ELECTRIC CARS GAIN POPULARITY

“They all look like dinosaurs,” Hilton Head Island resident and Tesla automobile owner Edmond Hopper said as he watched conventional, gasoline-powered cars drive down U.S. 278. “I like technology, and I like saving the environment.”

The day his effervescent other half, Rheney, celebrated a milestone birthday, Edmond sat her down at his laptop and told her to select the final finishes of her new Tesla Model 3. Stunned, she leaned in to point and click, and with a deposit of $2,500 the car was hers.

HILTON HEAD PUBLIC SERVICE DISTRICT SAYS FUTURE IS SECURE

Water is life, so it’s refreshing to learn that the intrusion of salt water into public utility wells on Hilton Head Island is not a crisis. Thanks to abundant supplies and a half-century of careful planning by the Hilton Head Public Service District and other utilities, officials are confident that local consumers will enjoy high-quality drinking water and waste water treatment for years to come.

GETTING AWAY TO THE BEAUTY OF THE BLUE RIDGE

There’s a lot to love about Asheville, North Carolina, in the spring: Delightful weather, the Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop, the crisp, clean air. The mountain town also offers a bounty of outdoor adventures — hiking, climbing, fishing, camping, boating, biking, birding, rafting and off-roading.

If you’re looking for something a little less active, there’s unique shopping, dining and art displays.

Oysters are a familiar sight in the Lowcountry, both on dinner plates and in area waters. But without careful conservation, that won’t always be the case. A local environmental program is hoping to replenish these important natural filters even as local diners slurp more and more of them out of their shells.

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Our Prince of Scribes“Our Prince of Scribes”

EDITED BY NICOLE SEITZ AND JONATHAN HAUPT

Pat Conroy had a profound impact on the literary world. His work has inspired countless writers, and his generous spirit encouraged many to follow in his footsteps. Their appreciation for his support can be seen in a new collection of essays titled “Our Prince of Scribes.”

BLUFFTON EDUCATOR NAMED TEACHER OF THE YEAR

For Karen McKenzie, being named Teacher of the Year for 2018-19 by the Beaufort County School District is a dream come true.

“I have known since I was 3 years old that I wanted to teach,” she said. “I was the youngest of a lot of children and I tried to teach all the neighborhood dogs and cats. That didn’t go very well. I was thrilled when my neighbors had a child I could teach. I always knew this was what I was meant to do, and I’ve never thought I made a mistake.”

Lowcountry families have many wonderful options for their children's education. Experienced administrators, passionate teachers and motivated peers make the difference for students. In this section we celebrate high quality centers of learning in bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.