NEW SUPERINTENDENT SEES POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE

Months before he was named superintendent of the Beaufort County School District — even before he applied for the job — Frank Rodriguez spent four days scoping out the Lowcountry.

He traveled throughout the county, frequenting all the places where ordinary folks might be found. Grocery stores, post offices, public spaces. He told people he was thinking about moving here, that he has two kids — boys ages 10 and 14 — and asked what they thought of the public schools.

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND COUNCIL IS A VOICE FOR RESIDENTS

The Daufuskie Island Council doesn’t have official political power in Beaufort County, but the island’s residents look to it to solve many of their problems.

Daufuskie is accessible only by boat, so when a barge that provided crucial services to the island’s estimated 400 residents was temporarily suspended last year, they turned to council members for help. Likewise, questions about the island’s ferry service, police protection and trash disposal all come before the council, as do issues involving historic preservation, economic development, roads and the environment.

BLUFFTON COUNCILMAN REFLECTS ON PRESERVING BLUFFTON STATE OF MIND

Dan Wood might be one of the newest members of Bluffton Town Council, but he’s not new to community involvement.

Wood, who was elected to Town Council in 2015, has been living in the Lowcountry since 1979 and has served on boards and committees for a variety of organizations: the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, the Town Planning Commission, the Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, the Affordable Housing Committee. He’s also a member of The Church of the Cross and the founder of the Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival.

The towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the City of Hardeeville are separate municipalities. Due to annexations that have occurred over the years on the mainland, some areas in unincorporated Beaufort County are completely surrounded by Bluffton corporate limits. To find out if an address is within town limits, go to the Citizen Access Portal at www.Townofbluffton.sc.gov

Sheryse DuBoseMEET HHI'S NEW HEAD OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION

As a child in northern New Jersey and then on Hilton Head Island, Sheryse DuBose absorbed lessons that groomed her for her role as the island’s new historic neighborhoods preservation administrator.

Her father, Joseph Grant, was a native of Hilton Head. He and her mother, Julie, who was from Rhode Island, were both educators and raised her with stories of island life that nurtured her interest in historic preservation. “They gave me a strong sense of who I am,” DuBose said. “

MATH, LANGUAGES, HISTORY: WHATEVER THE SUBJECT, THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Students of all ages head back to classrooms this month, and while the end of summer can be tough, there are a few technology tools that can help make learning a little more fun for students and users of all ages.

FREEDOM

Freedom is a self-control app that restricts users’ access to other features of their phones or computers during study sessions. The app allows users to customize a list of distractions, such as the internet, social media, and other apps, and then blocks them during the user-determined timeframe. Once the user begins the study session, he or she will not be able to access anything listed as a distraction, forcing them to be productive.

WE ASKED LOCALS WHO GOT THEIR EDUCATION IN THE LOWCOUNTRY: "WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER AND WHY?"

ANDREW CARMINES

“Ms. Gray at Hilton Head Island High School was my geometry teacher, and she had a way of teaching that made something difficult very easy and actually made me love it. 

The Lowcountry's most adorable animals are here. More than 2,400 people voted and local judges chose a winner.

TAKE FIDO OUT TO BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER

THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS ARE PET FRIENDLY. SOME EVEN OFFER MENUS FOR FOUR-LEGGED DINERS.