LOWCOUNTRY HUMAN RESOURCES HOLDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Lowcountry community is no stranger to the labor shortage seen across the country. Businesses that are struggling to find and keep qualified employees should consider attending the Lowcountry Human Resources Association’s annual conference, titled “Recruiting and Retaining Employees in a Tight Labor Market.” The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. Business owners, managers, HR representatives and recruiters are welcome to attend. Registration is required by Sept. 9. Cost is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, call 843-816-4985.

COURTNEY KENNEWEG’S RETURN TO HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Restaurants on Hilton Head come and go, but a handful remain year-in and year-out. Among this minority of mainstays are the island’s two Crazy Crabs. What is it about the Crazy Crabs?

“High-quality fresh food, good service and a fun atmosphere,” Courtney Kenneweg said in a heartbeat.

J. BANKS DESIGN PROJECT EARNS TOP HONORS

J. Banks Design Group-designed John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida, was selected as the first-place winner in the Private Club Remodel category by Golf Inc. magazine in its annual Clubhouse Competition. The contest annually recognizes the best new and renovated clubhouses in the United States and internationally. J. Banks designed the interiors of the 50,500-square-foot club.

PREP STUDENT DESIGNS BETTER BALLET SHOES

Sometimes the biggest innovations arise from simple problems.

Take Abigail Freed: Last year, she found herself growing frustrated with her ballet shoes, because they wore out so quickly. As a member of Hilton Head Dance Theatre, she went through a pair of pointe shoes at every performance — and with a production like “The Nutcrakcer” that had multiple performances, rehearsals and practices, she was going through shoes fast. And at $100 a pop, it became an expensive problem.

MELLENCAMP SISTERS LOVE HILTON HEAD’S ‘SMALL-TOWN FEEL’

They weren’t raised in a little pink house, but the daughters of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp know the joys of growing up in close-knit, idyllic small town, courtesy of Hilton Head Island.

THE TIES THAT BIND DAVID AND KAREN BURKE

Family is integral to the story of Burke’s Main Street Pharmacy — a Hilton Head Island mainstay — and to the life of co-owner David Burke and his wife, Karen.

COASTAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL DONATES HIGH TECH TO TCL

Coastal Carolina Hospital recently donated an OEC mobile C-Arm to the radiologic science program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The C-Arm machine is used in operating rooms across the country and visualizes surgical patients’ anatomy in real time during critical surgical procedures. TCL students now can train side by side with their peers in a simulated laboratory environment.

FUTURE LAWYER IS ALSO BEAUTY QUEEN

Angela D. Middleton

When most people think of beauty pageants, they conjure images of tall, slender women walking gracefully around on stage in tiny bikinis. They have big hair, perfect makeup and bright smiles. When asked questions about the economy or current events, they refer to vague notions of world peace.

Angela D. Middleton is turning this notion of the typical beauty queen on its head. As the winner of the South Carolina Plus America Pageant, she’s helping girls see that women of all races, shapes and sizes can achieve their dreams.

REALITY STARS COME FROM THE LOWCOUNTRY

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are a rich vein of talent for some of the most popular reality TV shows in recent years. A Bluffton man got his 15 minutes in the limelight in May, and three recent episodes followed the cast of “Southern Charm” — including two area natives — during a stay at a luxury rental on Hilton Head. And, of course, the Lowcountry is home to a Food Network star.

J. BANKS WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBERS

J. Banks Design Group recently promoted one and hired several new staff members to its commercial support department.

Amanda Ives, Allied ASID, was promoted to design support manager of the company’s residential and commercial support teams. Previously, Ives managed the residential support staff, where she assisted with property management and scheduling for the firm’s hospitality projects.