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HILTON HEAD ISLAND WOMAN RECOUNTS ALLIGATOR ATTACK

What began as a typical morning at Hilton Head Plantation on Sept. 2 for 5-foot tall, 80 years young Ellie Kyle ended up in a fight for her life. 

Kyle was walking Lulu, her chihuahua-dachshund rescue dog, which she does each morning. 

“All of the sudden I look over, and an 8-foot alligator grabbed my legs and pulled me back in the water,” she said.

TCL’S CULINARY INSTITUTE OF THE SOUTH PREPS LOWCOUNTRY WORKFORCE

It’s not unusual to see the Lowcountry on the itinerary of cable channel celebrities searching for culinary culture spots. 

Don’t be surprised if one day some of the chefs featured are products of the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Culinary Institute of the South, which opens in January at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton and was unveiled to the public in November. For the last two years, students have been training, a few miles away, in a teaching kitchen at the college’s Angus Cotton Academic Center. 

ENJOY A LUXURY WEEKEND IN ASHEVILLE

In recent years Asheville, N.C., has become a local blueprint for many Lowcountry entrepreneurs on how to grow a thriving and passionate craft brewery scene. It’s just the latest creative and artistic revival to occur in this gem of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. 

While the majestic natural vistas, the arts and architecture draw millions each year, the city has some of the more luxurious weekend getaway spots for explorers looking for a quick weekend escape. 

BLUFFTON’S STAN ROGERS LEADS GRAY’S REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Growing up in the small Lowcountry town of Estill, Stan Rogers lived an hour inland from the broad, flat Atlantic beaches along South Carolina’s coast. But Hilton Head Island always felt like part of the neighborhood.

“We were always going to the beach, down to Coligny, when I was growing up,” he says. “I wasn’t born on Hilton Head, but my backyard was the beach.”

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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HHI ALWAYS KEEPS SIGHT OF ITS MISSION

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island has never lost sight of its mission, "Changing Lives … Making Disciples." 

“Especially in this pandemic, changing lives has mattered so much,” the Rev. Dr. Will Robinson said. “So, I think of our local outreach ministries and our global outreach ministries, and just how much more those have been needed because of the pandemic.”

MARTY FALLE TELLS STORIES THROUGH HIS MUSIC

American Country/Bluegrass singer-songwriter Marty Falle isn’t your typical country artist, though he does love his pickup truck.

There’s no manager, no touring. He’s strictly a Nashville recording artist who has owned a home on Hilton Head Island since 2003, a beautiful place to create his original music. Nevertheless, he boasts an international audience, all while maintaining a fulltime job with a Fortune 50 company. 

1. SECOND HELPINGS APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Marcus Tanner has been appointed as new executive director at Second Helpings. 

A native of northwest Tennessee, Tanner had a 27-year career in the Marine Corps. He has been stationed throughout the U.S. and has been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in Africa and the Mediterranean. He retired from the military in October. 

The new year is around the corner, but there’s time to maximize your money before the end of 2021. There are myriad ways you can reduce taxes you owe and plan for the future. 

From charitable donations to contributing to your 401K plans, now may be the time to think about tax-saving tips. 

LOCALLY-OWNED SHOPS HELP ENRICH THE COMMUNITY

Millions upon millions of small business owners each year invest in local youth sports leagues. They hire other local firms to help their business excel.

They pump money into the local economy through the wages they paid their employees.

And they enrich our community in countless other ways.

CHANGES COMING TO BUSINESS LICENSING

Lowcountry business owners — large and small — are confronting an inescapable fact of life: simplification is complicated.

A wholesale change to how South Carolina manages business licensing and taxation is creating confusion, conversation and a stepped-up need for communication.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOLIDAY SILVER

In any environment, silver is a classic leading character, especially when hosting meets Southern hospitality. When you add the glowing grandeur of the holiday season, silver steps forward, finds its light and becomes the star of the show. 

Though “made for the moment” of seasonal celebrations, silver can also be underused and overlooked due to the misnomer that it’s hard to care for. But sparkling, spotless silver is simpler than you’d think, if you know what it needs. 

CREATE A MEMORABLE HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE

Gathering around the table to celebrate the season is something to be cherished. A beautiful tablescape is the perfect way to get everybody into the holiday spirit. Whether entertaining a group of friends or enjoying an intimate family gathering, here are tips to creating a memorable holiday tablescape.

CHARTER ONE REALTY HOSTS ANNUAL TOY DRIVE

Charter One Realty has started its sixth annual Holiday Toy Drive in partnership with Deep Well, Bluffton Self Help, and the United Way. Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at its sales offices through Tuesday, Dec. 7. Charter One Realty is also collecting toys during the Bluffton Christmas Parade on Dec. 4. Parade attendees who wish to donate a toy to a child in need can drop a toy in a collection box at 1 Promenade St.

// WINTER WEDDING // Breaks tradition, full of surprises

What do football season and a winter wedding have in common? Just ask Hilton Head newlyweds, Camille and Charlie Schramm.

Both are graduates of the University of South Carolina and avid football fans, which explains Charlie’s choice for proposing in September of 2018 at — what else? — a tailgate.

Plan an unforgettable //DESTINATION WEDDING// 

With post-pandemic trending terms like “minimony” and “sequel wedding,” it’s hard to know how to begin planning your destination wedding, but fortunately Lowcountry experts have offered their insightful expertise. “When you have a vendor who translates for a Lowcountry feel,” Beth Baldwin of Beth Baldwin Weddings said, “it ‘marries’ the elements of the evening in perfect harmony.” The top advice for maintaining harmony: Hire a wedding planner.

SAYING ‘I DO’ TO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

Something just clicked when wedding photographers Amanda Olivia and Mekina Saylor met two years ago at a mastermind. “We are complete opposites,” began Mekina, “But we developed a friendship and we both like to give our clients the best possible experience.” That friendship has continued, and recently Amanda Olivia shot Mekina and her fiancé Nick Pennetti’s engagement photos on Hilton Head. “I call it an engagement ex perience because my sessions are an experience. I don’t want it to be 10 minutes and done,” said Amanda Olivia.