Red Cedar Elementary has earned a certification in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — instruction after an on-site visit by an outside review team. Red Cedar is the seventh Beaufort County school district school to earn the certification from AdvancED, giving Beaufort County more STEM-certified schools than any other district in South Carolina.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has installed sand fencing along more than five miles of beachfront, from Alder Lane in South Forest Beach to Singleton Beach near the Folly.

Three-time congressional candidate Dimitri Cherny is entering the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district seat of South Carolina. He’ll face off against incumbent former Gov. Mark Sanford and Katie Arrington in the upcoming June 13 primary.

Another summer, another honor: Southern Living magazine recently named Hilton Head Island the South’s Best Beach for 2018, earning praise for its flat, wide Atlantic beaches and waterways that readers said are perfect for paddling. And access to world-class golf at resorts like Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes didn’t hurt, either.

scholarship

The Island School Council for the Arts will host its third annual scholarship luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at Port Royal Golf Club. At the luncheon, Beaufort County high school students who have been awarded the 2018 ISCA Scholarship form the Joan Stuckart Memorial Scholarship Fund — designated for visual arts students — will be recognized; five students will be selected based on their demonstrated excellence in the arts, superior academics, and desire to pursue a college degree in visual arts.

Donald Scott ChandlerLt. Donald Scott Chandler has been appointed Bluffton’s interim police chief.

He joined the Bluffton Police Department in 2006 and has nearly 20 years of experience in law enforcement. During his 12 years in the department, he has served as a patrol sergeant, traffic unit sergeant, neighborhood services unit sergeant, investigations lieutenant and patrol lieutenant.

David BennettQuestion. What do you think the role of the town or local government should be in addressing workforce housing?

Answer. We have the opportunity to build community and ease traffic by reducing our reliance on workers who reside off-island. The town should advocate for high-quality housing that fits our island’s character and is owned and operated by the private sector. And town staff should take the role of a clearinghouse, matching supply and demand, identifying and vetting partnerships and other opportunities and ensuring long-term affordability and maintenance standards. 

Sheriff WoodwardWOODWARD’S CHALLENGE OF TANNER FOR SHERIFF JOB A “NEXT CAREER STEP”

Joey “Jo Jo” Woodward might have surprised some residents when he announced he was challenging long-serving Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner in the upcoming local election. But Woodward’s reason for running is fairly straightforward: “It is that time in my career,” he said.

LOWCOUNTRY LEGAL VOLUNTEERS ADDS LAWYER, PLANS EXPANSION.

Thanks to a generous donation, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers is extending its reach in a region where wealth and poverty discreetly co-exist.

The money, with a match from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, allowed the Bluffton-based group to add a new attorney — a move that doubles the number of practicing lawyers on the nonprofit organization’s staff.

FATE OF CROWDED BLUFFTON SCHOOLS IN HANDS OF VOTERS ON APRIL 21

Voters who head to the polls later this month will have their own opinions about the Beaufort County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Moss, but the bond referendum isn’t about adults—it will decide the fate of Bluffton students in overcrowded schools.

Bluffton High School sophomore Ami Hughey broke school rules in an effort to urge students to speak out for improved safety.

Valentina Galindo and Emma Mayers, juniors at Hilton Head Island High School, sought to create a secure environment for student advocacy without facing disciplinary actions.

A LOOK AT THE HERITAGE, THEN AND NOW

The RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is celebrating the 50th PGA Tour stop on one of Hilton Head Island’s best golf courses. While the track has remained mostly unchanged over the years, almost everything else about the island has changed.

TOP PGA PROS EXPECTED AT THE HERITAGE

Wesley Bryan first visited Harbour Town Golf Links as a 14-year-old more interested in bird-dogging the PGA Tour stars than watching his dad tee it up in the Heritage.

It was a different story last year, when he came back from a four-shot deficit in the final round to become the first Palmetto State native to don the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing’s signature tartan jacket.

TIPS TO ENSURE HERITAGE IS FUN FOR EVERYONE

First time attending the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing? You're in for a real treat — but the scene at Harbour Town Golf Links can be a bit daunting to a first-time spectator.

Let's get the most important thing out of the way first: Do not, under any circumstance, yell "Get in the hole!" Just don't do it. The marshals are instructed to lead anyone who does so to the nearest lagoon and feed them to the alligators. (OK, that last part isn’t true, but it's still not advisable.)

Darren ClarkeDarren Clarke of Northern Ireland won The Open Championship in 2011 at Royal St George's and also captained Europe's Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in 2016. In 2005, he finished runner up in The Heritage. Clarke’s charitable foundation helps further junior golf in Ireland and raises money for breast cancer awareness. He’s also the owner of Darren Clarke’s Tavern on Hilton Head Island, an old-world, golf-themed tavern specializing in steaks and Irish-inspired cuisine.