Mayors in northern Beaufort County held a news conference in May to warn residents about a future potential threat: Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the coast could stir up unexploded bombs, weapons and radioactive waste that were dumped on the ocean floor decades ago, they said. The group called on the federal government to investigate the matter before any testing work is permitted. Currently, eight permits have been issued to explore the Atlantic Ocean for natural resources. The S.C. Environmental Law Project is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal to block any testing.

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area has launched www.411.org, a nonpartisan website that features candidate bios, responses to league questions, sample ballots and more. Visitors to the site can enter their addresses for personalized ballot information. The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.

jeff bradleyQuestion. What do you think should happen in the SCANA nuclear plant debacle? Is this what you think will happen?

Answer. I think that management and shareholders should suffer the brunt of the failure of the nuclear power plant. I think we should reduce the nuclear rate premium to zero and put some — if not all — of the bad actors in jail. But another company like Dominion will probably acquire SCANA and assume responsibility for the Jenkinsville construction site. The General Assembly fired the Public Service Commission and has moved to reconstitute the Public Service Commission board. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product. 

Baynard MausoleumHILTON HEAD’S OLDEST STRUCTURE UNDERGOES RENOVATION

Dating to 1846, Baynard Mausoleum is the oldest standing structure on Hilton Head Island. Constructed by Hilton Head planter William Eddings Baynard, the mausoleum survived the Civil War, the development of the island and several hurricanes. Over the years, however, the building fell into disrepair — the stone ridge supporting the 2,500-pound bluestone slabs of its roof cracked in half, making it only a matter of time before the roof collapsed.

ANNUAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE BEST OF BLUFFON

Art, food, music, people: Mayfest brings together everything the Lowcountry loves about Bluffton. The annual event will mark its 40th year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 along Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry awarded more than $150,000 in grants to three local nonprofit groups on March 21. The foundation distributes grants three times a year as part of its competitive grant program.

CAREFUL RENOVATIONS HELP PRESERVE HEYWARD HOUSE'S PLACE IN HISTORY

Bluffton’s Heyward House is a veritable time machine: Cross its threshold and you step back to 1841. The timber-framed home — an example of West Indies-inspired architecture — looks much as it did when built in the 1840s by plantation owner John J. Cole.

Over the years, however, time took its toll.

Hilton Head Island’s annual PGA Tour stop crowned its first Asian champion when Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira surged from six shots back in the final round of the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. He defeated South Korean Si Woo Kim on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has launched a first-of-its-kind mobile app that will help law enforcement better respond to potential threats at area schools. The P3Tips app lets users anonymously submit tips about possible threats and track officers’ response.

Democratic candidates for South Carolina governor and the open District 1 congressional seat will host an evening of fun, food and music from 5-7:30 p.m. May 10 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island.

Covert Aire is joining forces with Bluffton Self Help, Lowcountry Radio Group and Mingledorff’s Inc. for the second annual Operation Cool Down. This summer program assists families or individuals in need with free repairs or replacement of their air conditioning systems. Last summer, Covert Aire and its partners helped provide over $10,000 in HVAC repairs and equipment during the inaugural Operation Cool Down. To be considered for Operation Cool Down, submit your story or the story of someone you know at covertaire.com.

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.