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We've all heard of beauty pageants, and most of us have heard of body-building competitions. But in between those two are "figure competitions," which emphasize muscle tone over muscle size. And for one local woman, figure competitions have motivated her to live a healthy lifestyle and to be disciplined about her diet.

Let the flag wave

This July 4 is the 50th anniversary of the 50-star American flag. The flag became official on the holiday in 1960, marking the addition of Hawaii as a state. So, from one group of islanders to another: Aloha from HHI!

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Grab your friends and family and join the crowds as the Lowcountry celebrates Independence Day. Click here for fireworks listings.

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“I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina Lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies. You can be moved profoundly by other vistas, by other oceans, by soaring mountain ranges, but you can never be seduced.”

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There are more than 50 miles of pathways for walking and hiking on Hilton Head Island, but if you’d like to get off the beaten path, here are a few other places in the Lowcountry for a walk or hike:

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The scenario sounds perfect: a nice spot by the water, a cozy chair, perhaps a cold drink in hand. Everything goes according to plan, until three hours pass and no fish seem interesting in your bait and reel. For those fishing novices, it may feel like a waste of time or that there’s something wrong with their technique.

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Nearly 50 years ago, a Frenchman named Pierre-Marcel Lemoigne developed parachutes that were intended for towing instead of free falls. During the next decade, this creation underwent numerous alterations by various designers, but it eventually translated into one of the most unique experiences on water: parasailing.