EXPECTED TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION, BUT CRITICS SAY PLAN WON'T SOLVE PROBLEMS

A crucial step is on the horizon in the area’s effort to replace aging bridges leading to Hilton Head Island and ease traffic congestion that clogs the roadways.

Officials are hoping by early next year to hear which of the construction alternatives proposed for the $272 million project is preferred, according to Craig Winn, SCDOT project manager. But that announcement may not be the final word. Concerned island residents are pushing for an individual review of the traffic issues to ascertain whether all issues have been addressed.

The Lowcountry continues to grow. Take stock of who we are as a community with this statistical snapshot.

The towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the City of Hardeeville are separate municipalities. Because of annexations, some areas in unincorporated Beaufort County are surrounded by Bluffton corporate limits. To find out if an address is within town limits, go to the Citizen Access Portal at townofbluffton.us/bluffton.

SEA TURTLE PATROL, TURTLE TRACKERS VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE

At 5 a.m., most people are still sleeping or slowly starting their day. But Amber Kuehn and the dedicated members of Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island embody the term “early risers.”  

Before sunrise, Kuehn, Sea Turtle Patrol HHI manager, and members of the nonprofit group head to the beach in a coordinated effort to preserve the lives and spread awareness of sea turtles.  

FORGING AHEAD

The year 2020 will be remembered for many things, but most strikingly for the coronavirus pandemic. Amid this public health crisis, we know we must forge ahead on our journey through the next couple of decades.

To define that journey, we will turn to Our Plan, our new 2020 to 2040 comprehensive plan that is to be adopted this year.

BEACH CASUAL

Stay cool this summer with these coastal fashions.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Ah, the great outdoors, where humidity renders eyeglasses completely opaque, the no-see-ums attack us, and the summer sun wants nothing less than to roast our skin to an angry red.

Sure, it’s not all bad. But the fact is, there are times where the great outdoors can be a little bit too much. There comes a time when a little air-conditioned comfort is called for, when we yearn for some kind of indoor diversion while we recharge for our next outdoor foray.

SCHOOL PROFILES

A primer on the area’s finest educational institutions.

WOUNDED WILDLIFE FIND NEW HOMES AT LAURA’S LITTLE CRITTER BARN

Growth in greater Bluffton has displaced the area’s wild animals, whose habitats have been upended by landscaping crews, traffic, construction and other human activities. When those animals are injured or need a new home, people call in Laura Sterling, owner of Laura’s Little Critter Barn.

More than 100 squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rabbits and other animals live at the 5-acre farm off of Malphrus Road. The nonprofit rescue, rehab and sanctuary also cares for farm animals and unwanted pets.

HELP SCIENTISTS LEARN ABOUT OUR MOST FASCINATING WILDLIFE

Admit it: You may not always see them, but you always look for them.

Sneaking a quick glance from the Cross Island Parkway and the bridges that connect Hilton Head Island to the mainland, most of us scan the waters below for the tell-tale fins of bottlenose dolphins as they break the surface.