Some years drag on, while others are gone in the blink of an eye.
It seems like only yesterday that we made the decision to devote our January issue to telling the fascinating stories behind each familiar face in our annual Intriguing People of the Lowcountry issue. In fact, this installment marks the 21st edition of that feature.
The profiles are a celebration of who we are as a community, and include the diverse and fascinating backgrounds of our neighbors, their many hidden talents and interests. If you’ve lived here a while, you probably know some of the people featured. But I guarantee you’ll find out things about them you didn’t know.
We’ve included a diverse group this year, from Hilton Head Island High School football coach BJ Payne, who talks his transition from the wrestling ring to the gridiron, to actress and wig maker Sonya Grant. From prison volunteer Jodie Randisi to radio personality Mike Buxser and scientific siblings Decker and Maile Paulmeier, these are people who excel because they love what they do.
Their stories come from all over, including reader suggestions. If you feel like we missed the chance to feature someone fantastic this year, please reach out. We’re always taking suggestions for the next installment of Intriguing People.
Beyond these fascinating stories, there’s plenty to enjoy in this issue. We join three ladies of Daufuskie Island as they prepared their famed deviled crab (we tried to get the recipe, but their lips are sealed), and salute Hargray’s Caring Coins program as it hits the $3 million mark in charitable giving. You also won’t want to miss our in-depth investigation on the coyotes of Hilton Head. We also profile some of the Lowcountry’s finest educational institutions, highlighting students, teachers and notable graduates from some of our area schools.
The new year brings with it many things, including a chance to reinvent and improve ourselves. We’re here for you with a financial checkup on page 30, offering practical suggestions for almost anyone looking to improve their bottom line in 2018. After that, we get advice from our area’s health and beauty experts on pages 52-58 to face 2018 looking our best.
Here at Frey Media, we kicked off 2018 with a complete makeover of our company website. We invite you to visit FreyMedia.com to see the many opportunities we offer for local businesses to partner with us.
It’s a brand-new year, and we’re thrilled to usher in a new chapter of the Lowcountry’s story with you, dear readers, neighbors and friends.
ANUSKA FREY AND CAROL WEIR