Hilton Head Island Magazine and News

NEW HIRES, NEXT YEAR’S CALENDAR AND SOME STELLAR STUDENTS STAND OUT IN OUR EDUCATION BRIEFS

Hilton Head Christian wins Academic WorldQuest competition

After 10 rounds of competition and two tie-breaking rounds, the 2022 Academic WorldQuest trophy was awarded to Hilton Head Christian Academy. May River High School finished second. Academic WorldQuest, a student outreach program of the World Affairs Council of Hilton Head, challenged eight teams from seven area high schools who answered 100 questions on topics related to world affairs. The event was held at Bluffton High School, the 2020 Academic WorldQuest Competition winner.

Champion Crowned

Jordan Spieth wins in playoff.

Celebrating the Class of 2022

EXPLORE THESE SAVANNAH SECRET SPOTS

By Anthony Garzilli 

Savannah is known for its rich history, charming downtown squares and welcoming hospitality, but there are many sites off the beaten path that are worthy of attention.

KARA ARTMAN’S WORK OFFERS A WINDOW INTO THE PAST

BY TIM WOOD | PHOTOS BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY 

Kara Artman has always been inspired when walking by the water. She loved her time along the Windy City rivers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to the Lowcountry after graduating in 2009 and has been walking the ocean edges ever since.

PLAN TO GET THE KIDS INVOLVED IN SOMETHING FUN

The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and with it the annual question faced by all parents: What are we going to do with the kids? Whether you’re looking to keep the kids engaged for a week, or just get them out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day watching Netflix, there is a great selection of some summer camps right here in the Lowcountry.

HILTON HEAD MOM INSPIRES HER CHILDREN TO SUCCEED IN ATHLETICS, ACADEMICS

BY JUSTIN JARRETT | PHOTO BY ROB KAUFMAN

Before he was one of the most sought-after high school linebackers in the country,

Jaylen Sneed could be found meandering against the run of play on a soccer field, or praying for a walk on a baseball diamond — or sometimes he might go missing for an hour or two at a track meet.

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON 

Sebastian Vela Garcia has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island since 2017. He considers the staff to be his family.

“They have helped not only me but also my mom through good and bad situations,” the 17-year-old said. “They have always been there for us. … My club community is one of my strongest motivations just to keep going and never give up. I have no idea where I would be today if it wasn’t for them.”

1. TOWN OF HILTON HEAD NAMES ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER

Shawn Colin has been named the Town of Hilton Head’s assistant town manager- community development. He will manage the town’s newly realigned Community Development Department. Colin joined the town in October 2006 as a senior planner. He was promoted to comprehensive planning manager in 2010, community development deputy director in 2013, community development director in 2018, and interim deputy town manager in 2020.

Barbara and Tonya Hudson continue rich seafood legacy

BY AMY COYNE BREDESON | PHOTOS BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY

If you live on Hilton Head Island — or have ever visited the area — you’ve most likely heard the name Hudson, and it was probably in the same breath as the word “seafood.”

The Hudson family came to Hilton Head more than a century ago and made quite a name for themselves in the seafood industry. Now the fourth generation of Hudsons, Tonya Hudson, is at the helm, with her mother, Barbara Hudson, always nearby to lend a hand.

Paint & Paper Tiger under new family ownership

BY JAMES A. MALLORY | PHOTO BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY

Bobby Heuser has done many things in his young career, including earning a degree in mechanical engineering, an MBA and working in private equity, strategic consulting and banking. But he never forgot a childhood dream of owning a family business.

His dream turned into reality seven years ago when Heuser, 38, and his parents, Bob and Renee, opened Heuser Ace Hardware at Buckwalter Place.

LED BY BURNT CHURCH DISTILLERY, WATTERSON BRANDS BUILDS BUSINESSES, BRINGS JOBS, AND GIVES BACK  TO THE LOWCOUNTRY

BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY RITTERBECK PHOTOGRAPHY

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

A guy moves to the Lowcountry from the Midwest, having amassed a successful career up north. He’s thinking about retiring but knows that his Type-A personality doesn’t make that even remotely possible. So he decides he’s going to stretch his creative muscles a little and see what he can come up with.

Weichert Realtors welcomes five agents

Kristi Webster, Brodrick Gaines, Darius Johnson, Jerry Serzega and Shakyah Boggs, have joined the team at Weichert Realtors.

BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY GUID0 FLUECK

Everyone has a magic number. For me, it was 413. As in the $413 electric bill I received one summer a few years ago.

HERE’S WHAT TO KNOW TO CREATE A UNIQUE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

BY DEAN ROWLAND

Big yards and big gardens provide a variety of options to enjoy all year long, from weekend parties to small gather-rounds with family and friends to quiet strolls amongst the flowers, plants and hardscapes.

Sentimental choices pull everything together

BY VICKIE MCINTYRE | PHOTOS BY PHILIP CASEY

“I never grew up dreaming about my wedding,” said Beaufort native Caroline Kinard Roberts, “so I didn’t expect it to be perfect.”

Justin Johnston and Beth Milbee’s wedding was a love story 22 years in the making

STORY BY BARRY KAUFMAN | PHOTOS BY ROB KAUFMAN

This past Halloween, while the island’s youngsters were going door to door in search of sugary delights, Justin Johnston and Beth Milbee were coming together in pursuit of something far sweeter than any candy. Surrounded by family and friends and framed by the natural majesty of Mitchelville Beach House, they said their “I Dos.”

Couple’s special bond celebrated with Bluffton wedding

BY BECCA EDWARDS | PHOTOS BY GABRIELA LOPEZ

What makes a good love story? Dylan Rosser would argue Willie and Nicole Cram do.

Officiating their wedding on Oct. 16, 2021, Rosser spoke to the 175 friends and family members in attendance and recounted the kind of love story that makes for a good rom-com complete with a happy ending and a life take-away.