New grants totaling $11.6 million will go toward the Hilton Head Island Airport Terminal Upgrade project. The airport has received $33 million overall. The approximately 43,000-square-foot project will likely begin this winter. Other airport funding includes the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration awarding $275,000 to remodel the control tower. This tower-improvement project will replace outdated equipment with energy-efficient equipment and systems.
SCAM COSTS HHI RESIDENTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said a Hilton Head Island resident lost almost $130,000 in a scam when she hand-delivered money and also withdrew cash and purchased gift cards. The scammer claimed to be from Amazon and transferred the woman to “CIA Agent William Nelson.” She was told her social security number had been compromised and was involved in payments to foreign nations. She was advised to withdraw all her money for it put into “Federal Protective Custody.” Contact local law enforcement if you believe you might be victim of a scam.
PILOT HOSPITALIZED AFTER LOWCOUNTRY PLANE CRASH
A pilot was taken to a trauma center after a plane crashed in Jasper County. The plane had gone missing from air traffic control at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. First responders found the pilot, who was hospitalized.
HILTON HEAD FIRE RESCUE CHIEF PLANS RETIREMENT
After 34 years of service, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue Chief Brad Tadlock announced his retirement, effective Oct. 3. Tadlock arrived on the island in 1988 from Illinois. He served as a firefighter, EMT, station captain and deputy chief of operations. He became fire chief in June 2014.
HHI PASSES E-BIKE ORDINANCE
Hilton Head Island Town Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance allowing lower-speed e-bikes, on the Town’s public pathways. The ordinance requires that safety information regarding the use of all bicycles be given to anyone who rents or purchases a bicycle on Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-341-4618.
SUN CITY WOMAN KILLED IN ALLIGATOR ATTACK
A woman in Sun City Hilton Head was killed by an alligator Aug. 15, the Beaufort County Coroner’s office said. The body of Nancy Becker, 88, was discovered near the pond in Sun City. Officials believe Becker was gardening near the pond and slipped into the water. The alligator, a 9-foot, 8-inch male, was removed from the pond and euthanized. Officials said there had been 18 alligator-related episodes and five deaths reported in South Carolina since 2000.
HERITAGE CLASSIC FOUNDATION MAKES $1.6 MILLION CHARITABLE IMPACT
Heritage Classic Foundation has donated $1.6 million to South Carolina charities this year. The foundation’s total impact since 1987 is $49.1 million, which has gone to educational and charitable initiatives.
MAYOR MCCANN WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION; 4 VYING FOR SEAT
Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann does not plan to seek re-election as mayor in the Nov. 8 election. McCann was elected as mayor in November 2018 and sworn into office in December 2018. JoAnn Orischak, Alan Perry, Thomas Cleary, and Michael Santomauro filed to run for the seat. “It has been a privilege to serve as mayor of Hilton Head Island and represent the residents who live here,” Mayor McCann said.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
BY ANNE CAYWOOD
Seven out of 10 low-income households in South Carolina will face a legal problem, according to a recent report from the SC Access to Justice Commission.
What do these legal problems look like? A woman in her 30s dealing with custody issues and collecting unpaid child support.
Something for Everyone
FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS SOUTH CAROLINA YACHT CLUB HAS BEEN A ‘SPECIAL’ PLACE FOR MEMBERS
BY MARK LETT | PHOTO SUPPLIED
As a globetrotting broadcaster and sailing commentator for the America’s Cup, Tucker Thompson has seen hundreds of boat clubs and yacht clubs.
So, when it came time last year to have his family of four join a club, which did he choose?
ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND NAMES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Each year the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island selects two students to receive a scholarship of $4,000 per year, offering each student $16,000 in scholarship support. Jehanne Marie Arnal from the Heritage Academy and Harper Krimm from Hilton Head Christian Academy are this year’s winners. Arnal will attend The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business where she will major in business with a focus on entrepreneurship. Harper will attend Anderson University, majoring in music with concentrations in voice and commercial music.
AIRPORT TERMINAL UPGRADE RECEIVES $12 MILLION IN STATE FUNDING
The Hilton Head Island Airport has received $12 million in additional funding for the estimated $53 million terminal upgrades in the South Carolina State budget. The project is estimated to begin in the winter of 2022 and be completed in mid-to-late 2025. The project will include approximately 43,000 more square feet of terminal space, three jetways for passengers, new parking, security upgrades, an all-new baggage claim, a new grand hall, and a four-lane passenger drop off and pick-up area.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND LAUNCHES SEWER CONNECTION PROGRAM
Hilton Head Island homeowners and renters who qualify may be eligible for grants from the Town of Hilton Head Island to help connect their single-family homes to public sewer. The town received funding to expand sewer connections and help those still on septic systems to transfer their homes to a “safer, reliable sewer” a news release said. Applications for Project SAFE are available at the Hilton Head Island Deep Well Project. For more information, call 843-785-2849 or visit hiltonheadislandsc.gov/program/sewer.
LOWCOUNTRY ENTREPRENEURS EARN FUNDING GRANT
Earth People Farms on St. Helena Island earned a South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship share of $150,000 for its agribusinesses. There were nine winners. Owned by sister-and-brother duo Najmah and Glen Thomas, Earth People Farms recently developed a EPFarmacy line of products, including a collection of herbs and herbal products in the tradition of their African and Gullah/Geechee heritage.
FORMER LAWYER CHARGED WITH KILLING WIFE AND SON
Attorney Alex Murdaugh was indicted on two counts of murder in the June 7, 2021 killings of his wife, Maggie Murdaugh, 52, and his son Paul Murdaugh, 22, state law enforcement said. Alex Murdaugh, 54, has denied having any role in the deaths. The indictment accuses Murdaugh of killing his wife with a rifle and his son with a shotgun. He was also charged with two counts of possession of a weapon during a violent crime. “Today is one more step in a long process for justice for Maggie and Paul,” said SLED Chief Mark Keel. Murdaugh’s attorneys said he “didn't have anything to do with the murders.”
GREENSPACE SALES TAX REFERENDUM ADVANCES
Beaufort County Council voted 8-2 to advance a 1 percent, four-year, $300 million Greenspace Sales Tax referendum that could be presented to voters on the November ballot. It will be to purchase land, conservation easements, and buy down density to slow and prevent development. The money may also be used to pay off debt from past land purchases. There will be a public hearing and the third reading of the referendum before it is on the November ballot. County Council rejected a proposed streets, roads, bridges, and greenbelts sales tax referendum, which was a 10-year, $770 million sales tax to address the county’s need for street, road, bridge, and greenspace projects identified by the citizen committee. The proposal failed in a 5-5 vote and did not advance to a third reading.