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.”

A retired school administrator is vying to represent Sun City on Beaufort County Council. Joseph Passiment will run for the District 6 seat Jerry Stewart plans to vacate when his term ends. Passiment taught business in New York and New Jersey and was a business administrator for almost 30 years in New Jersey schools before retiring to Sun City in 2015. He serves on the Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals.. 

To loosen the sand to create suitable nesting habitat for sea turtles, a contractor hired by the Town of Hilton Head Island is tilling portions of the island’s beaches. The work is being done in areas that recently were renourished. The work should be completed by the end of this month. 

The IRS, in collaboration with United Way of the Lowcountry and Beaufort County Human Services Alliance, are once again providing free tax return preparation for qualifying taxpayers. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax help to people who generally make less than $54,000 per year, as well as Lowcountry residents with disabilities, those ages 60 or older, and taxpayers who speak limited English.

SCE&G customers have a chance to win one of three smart thermostat prize packages, valued at $400 each. Customers can enter by having their old freezers and refrigerators picked up through SCE&G’s appliance recycling program by April 30. Scheduling a pickup is easy and free of charge. Each prize pack includes a Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi–enabled thermostat, two advanced power strips, two low-flow shower heads and five LED bulbs. Schedule pickup at www.sceg.com/smart

A sewer extension project has made sewer connections available to more than 120 homes in the Oakview, Marshland and Dillon Road areas. The work is part of the master sewer plan initiative and includes a commitment of $10 million from the Town of Hilton Head Island for sewer mains and $3 million from the Hilton Head PSD for new sewer lift stations and mains.

At an annual awards ceremony in February, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue awarded Rosemary Fisher, Justin Vader and Mike Breen with Citizen’s Service Awards for their efforts in performing bystander CPR.


For longtime islanders, it can be hard to believe that it’s been 35 years since Tom Reilley took a walk up William Hilton Parkway with a handful of friends, forming a parade that would ultimately be halted at the Sea Pines Circle for its lack of a permit.

For those new to the area, jostling for space along the parade route among 30,000 other spectators, it can be hard to believe that such a massive parade had such humble origins. The journey from there to here will reach the 35-year mark when the 2018 parade steps off at 3 p.m. March 11, rain or shine.