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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 This tower-improvement project will replace outdated equipment with energy-efficient equipment and systems.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bluffton Town Council approved a resolution that requests the South Carolina Department of Transportation to partner with the town to help reduce speed limits on “certain state-owned roads” in town. The roads included are portions of Bridge and Wharf streets, portions of Red Cedar, Whispering Pine and Pin Oak streets, Jason and Able streets, a portion of 8th Avenue, Shults and Goethe roads, and Hilderbrand Street. The plan is part of the “Pathway and Pedestrian Safety Improvements” initiative.

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.

Stephenie Price resigned as police chief of the Town of Bluffton. Price’s last day of employment with the Town is expected to be on or before Sept. 15, according to a new release. Captain Scott Chandler has been named interim chief. During her nearly two years with Bluffton Police Department, Price developed a mental health and wellness program and supervised the newly created community mental health advocate position. Price has been chief of police since Oct. 12, 2020.

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.