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The Town of Hilton Head Island has installed sand fencing along more than five miles of beachfront, from Alder Lane in South Forest Beach to Singleton Beach near the Folly.

Three-time congressional candidate Dimitri Cherny is entering the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district seat of South Carolina. He’ll face off against incumbent former Gov. Mark Sanford and Katie Arrington in the upcoming June 13 primary.

Another summer, another honor: Southern Living magazine recently named Hilton Head Island the South’s Best Beach for 2018, earning praise for its flat, wide Atlantic beaches and waterways that readers said are perfect for paddling. And access to world-class golf at resorts like Sea Pines and Palmetto Dunes didn’t hurt, either.


The Island School Council for the Arts will host its third annual scholarship luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at Port Royal Golf Club. At the luncheon, Beaufort County high school students who have been awarded the 2018 ISCA Scholarship form the Joan Stuckart Memorial Scholarship Fund — designated for visual arts students — will be recognized; five students will be selected based on their demonstrated excellence in the arts, superior academics, and desire to pursue a college degree in visual arts.

David BennettQuestion. What do you think the role of the town or local government should be in addressing workforce housing?

Answer. We have the opportunity to build community and ease traffic by reducing our reliance on workers who reside off-island. The town should advocate for high-quality housing that fits our island’s character and is owned and operated by the private sector. And town staff should take the role of a clearinghouse, matching supply and demand, identifying and vetting partnerships and other opportunities and ensuring long-term affordability and maintenance standards. 


Joey “Jo Jo” Woodward might have surprised some residents when he announced he was challenging long-serving Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner in the upcoming local election. But Woodward’s reason for running is fairly straightforward: “It is that time in my career,” he said.


Thanks to a generous donation, Lowcountry Legal Volunteers is extending its reach in a region where wealth and poverty discreetly co-exist.

The money, with a match from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, allowed the Bluffton-based group to add a new attorney — a move that doubles the number of practicing lawyers on the nonprofit organization’s staff.


Voters who head to the polls later this month will have their own opinions about the Beaufort County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Moss, but the bond referendum isn’t about adults—it will decide the fate of Bluffton students in overcrowded schools.

Bluffton High School sophomore Ami Hughey broke school rules in an effort to urge students to speak out for improved safety.

Valentina Galindo and Emma Mayers, juniors at Hilton Head Island High School, sought to create a secure environment for student advocacy without facing disciplinary actions.

Mark SanfordQuestion. You visit Beaufort County often and always have an active schedule of public meetings while you’re here. What issues are frequently brought up by your constituents at the grocery stores, libraries, neighborhood community centers and other locations where you meet with them?

Answer. Since (the shooting in) Parkland, it’s overwhelmingly been guns. Typically, it’s the things that impact people’s lives. This obviously means roads and infrastructure in Beaufort County, but it also means government taxes and spending, health care and even things like immigration or what comes next in the wake of the storms we’ve had of late.



After a fire at The Crazy Crab restaurant in early March, the restaurant closed its doors for repairs. The fire, which occurred as the staff was preparing for the lunch crowd on March 7 and has been ruled an accident, caused extensive damage to the building’s kitchen and roof and left one employee with minor burns. The Crazy Crab had been planning to renovate its outdoor pavilion and bar before the fire and now plans to reopen Memorial Day weekend.

silvergardenThe Silver Garden on Hilton Head Island has recently expanded and added an art gallery to the silversmith shop. Located at 32 Palmetto Bay Road in The Village Exchange, the new art gallery features an exhibition of 25 artists of all mediums.

beccaedHospice Care of the Lowcountry has selected Becca and Lee Edwards as the admirals of the 2018 Yacht Hop of Hilton Head. This annual event is the hospice group’s largest fundraiser, and admirals are chosen based on their qualities of leadership and community involvement. This year’s Yacht Hop will be held May 6 at Harbour Town Yacht Basin, where guests can tour yachts and sample hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. For more information, go to www.hospicecarelc.org.

Mayra Rivera was unanimously elected the new chairwoman of the Beaufort County Democratic Party in February. Rivera is the first Latina to lead the group, replacing longtime chair Blaine Lotz. Rivera lives in Bluffton and serves as a legal assistant at Deverall Immigration Law Firm. She has a law degree from the University of Puerto Rico Law School and a master’s degree in international law from the Institute of Law and Economy in Spain.

Georgia Tech’s Savannah campus will launch a live, online version of its coding boot camp on April 28. The 24-week program will teach participants the skills needed to create front- and back-end web applications. The boot camp is designed with the consideration of working professionals and students, and is two three-hour evening classes during the week and a fourhour class on Saturdays, which students will attend remotely. To learn more, go to www.savannahcodingbootcamp.com.

Palmetto AnimalShop to save homeless pets during Palmetto Animal League’s ninth annual online auction. The no-kill shelter in Okatie will kick off Bid for PAL at 8 a.m. April 20 at PALAuction.org, through 10 p.m. April 23. This event features hundreds of items donated by local businesses.

“You can get great deals on items like golf and restaurant certificates,” said auction co-chairwoman Nina Bean. “Bid on vehicles, boats, pools and travel adventures including a trip to Kenya.”