HILTON HEAD COUPLE TREKS ACROSS AMERICA IN A 1960 MGA SPORTS CAR

Liz Niner, a retired special education teacher’s aide, decided that 2017 was the year she would check off another item on her bucket list: Traveling across the U.S. in a 1960 MGA sports car.

She and her husband, Lee, have been involved with MG sports cars since 1981. They spent years showing off their three cars around the U.S. and in Canada and Great Britain, so it made sense that a cross-country trip would be on her to-do list. But for Liz, it wasn’t just another ride.

TINY HOMES OF HILTON HEAD OWNER JAMES MCGRATH IS WALKING THE WALK, ONE TINY STEP AT A TIME.

Somewhere in the middle of the woods on Daufuskie Island — we’re not at liberty to say where — a tiny house is making a huge statement. It’s the affordable housing of the future, with the American dream of owning a home adjusted to the scale of modern living. It’s a statement about living in tune with the environment, completely removed as it is from the grid.

COUPLE’S DONATION TO ST. JUDE INSPIRES OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, everyone sits together in the cafeteria for lunch: doctors, parents and patients. It’s an opportunity for those affected by childhood cancer to comfort and interact with others dealing with the same things. This special facility is on the frontlines in the battle against the disease, and it’s the inspiration for Hilton Head Island residents Claire and Tony Karnas.

Amy PraterMOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO JUST TWO OF THE LOWCOUNTRY WOMEN HONORING THE FIGHT CANCER TOGETHER AT ANNUAL WALK.

When Hilton Head Island resident Amy Prater was diagnosed with stage 3 ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer in 2010 at the age of 41, she got proactive. She had three tumors on her left breast, the largest measuring 9 centimeters, so she underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy, 33 radiation treatments, a double mastectomy, the removal of 23 lymph nodes and reconstruction surgery.

NEW WEST MARINE STORES OPENS ON HHI

West Marine, a Waterlife Outfitter, has opened a new, larger store on Hilton Head Island. The 13,000-plus-square-foot store is at 430 William Hilton Parkway. Store Manager Tom McEwin and his staff of 16 have more than 125 years combined experience in boating, fishing, sailing, cruising and paddling experience. The store specializes in fishing gear, apparel, engine parts, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks and electronics.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE OPENING NEW AUDI DEALERSHIP

Peacock Automotive broke ground Aug. 22 on its new 30,000-square-foot, $6 million Audi dealership at New River Auto Mall. Construction is expected to be completed by spring of 2018. The new facility is expected to bring 20 new jobs to Peacock Automotive, which currently employs 600 people. The new Audi dealership will feature a state-of-the-art repair center, plus an Audi sports facility that will expand inventory of high-performance sport models and offer more sport factory parts and accessories.

HILTON HEAD NATIVE TURNS HER LOVE OF JEWELRY INTO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

As a child, Selina King loved playing “dress up” with her mother’s 1970s-era costume jewelry and the fine jewelry her father made for the family businesses. The chunky, hammered pieces; the oversized chandelier earrings; the cocktail rings; the stones and the crystals all made her feel beautiful.

TRADITIONS. THEY INSPIRE A NOSTALGIC FEELING IN MANY; AT ONE POINT, LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT TRADITIONS. THEY WERE IMPORTANT, VALUED AND TIME-HONORED

Today, however, many of these beliefs, behaviors and ways of life seem to be falling by the wayside, no matter how hard we cling to them. For example, many Gullah traditions on Hilton Head Island are more than 150 years old. But they too are fading. The language, skills and the traditions of the Gullah are slowly fading away. But they won’t disappear forever, so long as the Orage family makes its home on Hilton Head.

TWENTY YEARS AGO, UNDER THE TURBULENT, ENERGETIC ZODIAC SIGN OF ARIES, HANNAH WICKLUND WAS BORN TO NANCY MITCHELL AND MATT WICKLUND OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND.

Fast-forward to this fall, when fans will watch her reap the harvest of a life nourished by music. Her band, The Steppin’ Stones, will tour the West Coast for the first time, accompanied by some big names, and then head to Europe. It’s all coming full circle for Hannah, who came of age playing for visitors at sundown under Harbour Town’s Liberty Oak.

VenezuelaAs Venezuela descends into economic and political chaos, one of the South American country’s native sons has found a safe harbor in the Lowcountry.

Gustavo Rattia, who is 33, was lucky to get his family out of Venezuela before things got as bad as they are now. He, wife Rossany and young son Sebastian emigrated to Bluffton in February 2015, and they say the peace and quiet of their new life in the Lowcountry life is a blessing.