Hilton Head Isand Airport welcomed its first regularly scheduled commercial jet flight in June. A large crowd of officials, guests and media, plus two fire trucks spraying arcs of water, were on hand to greet American Eagle Flight 4529 as it arrived at the terminal. The new jet, a 76-passenger Embraer ERJ-175, is replacing the venerable Bombardier Dash-8 turboprops that have long served the island's airport and which are being retired by American Eagle.

A bridge on S.C. 46 between Bluffton and Savannah has been named for Melanie Lowther, a Pritchardville woman killed five years ago by a drifter who met Lowther and her husband when they stopped to buy him groceries and then continued to help him and his girlfriend. The man has since been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The bridge will serve to honor Lowther’s kind spirit and memory in the Lowcountry.

Sometimes, sanitation gets the attention it deserves. In recognition of an ongoing project to replace septic systems on the north end of Hilton Head Island with a modern sewer system, the Town of Hilton Head Island, in partnership with the Hilton Head Island Public Service District and Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Project SAFE (Sewer Access for Everyone) won a 2017 Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnership, presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council of Foundations.

First Tee of The Lowcountry is recruiting coaches and role models to assist with its rapidly-growing programs throughout Beaufort and Jasper counties. While a working knowledge of the game of golf is helpful, the group is looking for well-organized, patient individuals who represent First Tee’s nine core values and want to help children grow in golf and in life. For more information, call 843-686-2680 or email ndunham@thefirstteelowcountry.org.

Travel + Leisure magazine readers have voted Hilton Head Island the best island in the U.S. for the third straight year. The announcement was made on NBC’s “Today” show in June and showcased Hilton Head’s golf courses, resorts and 12 miles of coastline.

The American Heart Association announced that Catherine Donaldson will be the chairwoman of the 22nd annual Heart Ball of the Southern Coast. The Heart Ball will be held Feb. 2 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. In her role as chairwoman, Donaldson will work with local leaders to support the Southern Coast Heart Ball and expand the AHA’s mission. She has been a local Realtor for almost 15 years, and her commitment to the 2019 Heart Ball is personal: Her husband, Brad, died suddenly from a massive heart attack in September 2016.

NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL SET TO OPEN IN BLUFFTON

For decades, Larry Leary kept a mental scrapbook of every inspiring design style, every Old World detail that intrigued or amazed, and held onto them. A renowned restorer of historic homes, he plied his trade in some of the most lavish homes in the Northeast, with a client list of CEOs and business elites. With every classic home he restored, he made notes on the architectural details that defined its elegance.

WOMEN’S GROUP HELPS FAMILIES KEEP THEIR LAND

The home that Marilyn Blake grew up in was built by her father and uncle more than 50 years ago. It sat on land previously owned by Blake’s grandfather — land that had been in the family for more than 100 years. Her mother, Rosa Lee Driessen, had lived there until last year, when health issues forced her to move into a nursing home.

TROLLEYS ROLLING OUT ON HILTON HEAD THIS SUMMER

Pump the brakes, bicyclists and golf cart drivers. There’s a new way to get around Hilton Head Island: Old-fashioned trolleys will hit the road this summer to help ease traffic.

Tom DavisQuestion. What is different about the homeowners association bill that you blocked last year but passed this year? Why do you think we didn’t need a state agency to oversee neighborhood groups?

Last October, I published an opinion piece explaining why, as the 2017 legislative session in Columbia drew to a close, I blocked the so-called HOA bill that had been passed by the House. Here’s how we amended that bill so it could be passed during the 2018 session and signed into law by the governor.

gloriawGloria Daly was probably the most recognizable person on Hilton Head. She is known by school children, their teachers and administrators. She is known by Rotarians, community leaders and concert goers. She is known by every CEO and local artist. She was known by performers across the globe.

The Oyster Recycling and Reef Building Initiative received more than 11 tons of shucked oyster shells during its first season. The Outside Foundation began ORRBI after receiving a $9,015 grant from the Patagonia Environmental Grants program last fall. Together with the state Department of Natural Resource’s SCORE program, i2 Recycle and ORRBI established an oyster shell recycling collection facility at the Coastal Discovery Museum and created a shell pick up route with 12 participating local restaurants. For more information, go to The Outside Foundation’s Facebook page.

Herbert BergThe Beaufort County School Board unanimously voted to hire Herbert Berg as interim superintendent to replace Jeff Mos. Berg has worked as a superintendent for more than 35 years in Washington, Virginia and South Carolina. He was awarded Superintendent of the Year in 2006 and has been named one of the Top 100 American School Superintendents twice during his career. Moss’ resignation goes into effect July 31.

In the Republican primary, Katie Arrington defeated incumbent Mark Sanford and Dimitri Cherny for U.S. House of Representatives District 1. Incumbent Sheriff PJ Tanner defeated JoJo Woodward for Sheriff. Incumbent Jim Beckert defeated George Wright for Auditor. Incumbent. Jeff Bradley defeated Phil Hartman for S.C. House District 123. In the Democratic primary, James Smith defeated Phil Noble and Marguerite Willis for Governor. Joe Cunningham defeated Toby Smith for U.S. House of Representatives District 1. Democratic primary voters in South Carolina voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The advisory ballot measure, which is not binding and does not change any laws, was approved by an 82 percent to 18 percent margin. 

Portuguese manoOfficials are warning Lowcountry beachgoers about possible Portuguese man o’ wars washing up on shore this summer. A number of the jellyfish have been spotted on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston, while two sightings have been reported on Hilton Head this year. The brightly colored creatures are highly venomous, even when dead, and should be avoided and reported to the proper authorities. For more information, call 843-785-3494.

The catch limit for red drum in the South Carolina Lowcountry will be decreased from three fish to two fish per day, beginning July 1. Overfishing by saltwater anglers and fishermen has caused the species population to decline.