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0315-Vibe-JuniorHeritageBluffton's Bryson Nimmer and Mexico's Ana Paula Valdes were crowned champions of the 2015 Sea Pines Junior Heritage on Feb. 8 on Hilton Head Island. The prestigious two-day junior tournament was played at Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point golf courses in Sea Pines.

Bluffton contractor Jeff Ballard and his wife, Joye, are passionate about bringing hope to the lives of young children in need.

The Ballards have spent the past 10 years working to improve the lives of orphans in Russia’s Far East region, where government orphanages have a reputation for being stark and joyless.

Many people that visit picturesque Daufuskie Island do so to get away from the stress of daily life. That’s why many island residents were surprised to see their island with no bridge listed among the nation’s “most stressed out” ZIP codes.

US Airways magazine featured a 54-page spread of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton in the December issue of its in-flight publication. The cover of the magazine featured the familiar image of the lighthouse at Harbor Town, the 18th fairway of Harbor Town Golf Links and Calibogue Sound.

Boys-girlsclub1American Idol. The Voice. America’s Got Talent. These popular future star discovery shows need to move over.

Bluffton has its own stage for promising recording artists of the future at the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton, which recently unveiled its new hi-tech recording studio.

The studio features two sections, one a large green and orange room loaded with Apple Macs and a keyboard synthesizer. The adjacent room, about 5-by-8 feet, is fully soundproofed and features overhead microphones and equipment for professionalquality vocal recordings.

MicrobreweriesSouthern Barrel Brewing Co. recently broke ground in Buckwalter Place, where it is building its 12,500-squarefoot flagship headquarters. This is Bluffton’s first microbrewery. The state-of-the-art facility will feature a 10,000-square-foot production facility, a 2,500-square-foot tavern serving food and an outdoor beer garden.

The facility is slated to open in February 2015, with beer production starting before the facility opens to the public. Southern Barrel will begin crafting eight separate types of beer including lager, amber, IPA, stout and wheat beers. Once the facility is up and running, some of those beers will be aged in barrels formerly used to house bourbon, rum, tequila and wine.

We’re not sure why Christmas lights are a thing, but it doesn’t really matter because they’re cool, and things that are cool don’t need an explanation. They just are.
Anyone who has lived on Hilton Head Island for a while still remembers the magic of Dove Street lighting up the holidays. The Dove Street lights went dim several years ago, but they are back this year in a new location.