For longtime islanders, it can be hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since Tom Reilley took a walk up William Hilton Parkway with a handful of friends, forming a parade that would ultimately be halted at the Sea Pines Circle for its lack of a permit.

For those new to the area, jostling for space along the parade route among 30,000 other spectators, it can be hard to believe that such a massive parade had such humble origins. The journey from there to here will reach the 35-year mark when the 2018 parade steps off at 3 p.m. March 11, rain or shine.

More than 50 vendors and more than 200 brides flocked to the Hilton Head Bridal Show Feb. 18 at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bluffton. The show is the premier event of the year for brides, grooms, families, and wedding parties to see all the best that the Lowcountry has to offer for their upcoming weddings. Attendees at the 11th annual show tasted cakes, previewed wedding portraits, and checked out the latest in bridal fashions — including bridal gowns.


It’s not exactly a galaxy far, far away, but the city of Hardeeville — which Mayor Harry Williams has nicknamed “Starship: Hardeeville” — is focused on a bold vision of the future.

On the heels of the announcement that Jimmy Buffett’s Latitude Margaritaville residential community would be built in Hardeeville this year, the town also finalized an agreement with Argent Land Holdings to develop the 7,351-acre East Argent community, which is approved for up to 9,500 homes and 1.5 million square feet of commercial development over the next two decades.


“Willie, get a head count,” officer Oscar Frazier Jr. ordered as he buckled his seatbelt in the van idling at the entrance of the Boys and Girls Club of Bluffton.

“Ten, sir,” high school sophomore Willie Brown Jr. was quick to report.


Dr. Jack McConnell, the beloved founder of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, died Feb. 6 at the age of 93. Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, was a nationally recognized scientist and business executive in the health care field prior to hatching the idea for the VIM clinic.

The lighthouse in Harbour Town has a temporary new look: Its red stripes have been replaced with classic plaid to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.

Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has launched seasonal nonstop flights from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Denver and Philadelphia. The introductory rate from May through June 13 for the Denver route is $59, and the Philadelphia route will be $39. The Denver flight service will be the longest nonstop route from the Savannah airport.

Switch off your lights four an hour at 8:30 p.m. March 24 to show support for the earth. This symbolic lights-out event is this largest in the world, as individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories take part. Follow the hashtag #EarthHour on social media for more.

Local nonprofits have a chance to earn one of four $2,000 grants from The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. To enter, nonprofit volunteers must post a photo before April 11 on the foundation’s Facebook page of themselves holding #LowcountryVolunteers sign that explains why they volunteer. Details are at

Beaufort County residents will need to bring reusable bags or be prepared to pay for bags at local supermarkets starting in October. The county is the first in South Carolina to adopt a countywide ban on single-use plastic carryout bags at retail establishments. Businesses have been given eight months — until Oct. 14 — to stop providing plastic bags at checkout counters, but are allowed to implement the ban sooner if they choose. Supporters of the ban say it will be instrumental in protecting local wildlife and reducing litter.

Al Stokes recently was awarded with the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award at the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Ball. As the manager of Waddell Mariculture Center, Stokes is responsible for keeping area waterways pristine and stocked with diverse sea life, while supporting the state’s fishing industry. Shrimp, redfish, cobia and saltwater striped bass have been replenished through his efforts.

TangerKIDS is accepting entries for grants for schools in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. The grants can be used for school-wide programs, equipment, academic materials and supporting athletic and band programs. Teachers and administrators from local schools may submit grant applications through March 16. For more information, go to

Property owners and resort guests still have access to free beach parking at Sea Pines Resort, but visitors are now required to pay a $10 fee. Those who wish to park at the Sea Pines Beach Club will have to pay the $10 fee if they do not get one of the first 50 available parking spaces. The new rule is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.