The Literacy Center is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island to offer a family literacy program, focusing on bringing children ages 5-10 closer to their parents so they can develop reading and other skills together. A new children’s book is provided to each family every week during the six-week program to start a home library. The families are also partnered with volunteer tutors. For more information, call The Literacy Center at 843-815-6616. 

Visitors to Sea Pines will soon be limited to the number of cars they can parked at their rental property. Effective March 1, parking at short-term rentals will be limited to the number of vehicles that can reasonably park in each driveway. Overflow parking will be available in the trolley lot, as needed. The new policy will be modeled after the same parking procedures implemented by Palmetto Dunes Plantation. 

redcrossThe American Red Cross, the Heritage Classic Foundation and the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing invite the community to help those in need. Blood drives will be held in February and March in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. Participants will receive an RBC Heritage gift, while supplies last, and will be entered to win a grand prize package worth more than $900 that includes Doc’s BBQ and tickets for the RBC Heritage, to tee off April 9-15. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, go to

The Town Council of Hilton Head Island unanimously approved the redevelopment of 1.4 acres by Cordillo Courts on the island’s south end. In addition to improving the tennis courts, the town also plans to add a community building, pickleball courts and more parking. Neighborhood Outreach Connection, a nonprofit group fighting poverty, operates out of the condominium complex right by the site and promotes the space as a safe play area for children. Cleaning up and repairing the area may require additional funding approval in the next fiscal year.

A new subdivision on Hilton Head Island is planned for the Mitchellville Road area. The 1.5-acre Mitchellville Heights will include nine 2,000- to 3,800-square-foot homes. Moshe Dekel, a holistic medicine doctor, is planning the new development with the help of HRT Design Construction Concepts and the neighborhood will feature decorative fencing, Lowcountry landscaping and a property owners association.

Hilton Head Island Town Council voted unanimously to pass a new ordinance banning plastic bags on the island. The ordinance prohibits all businesses from providing customers with single-use plastic bags. Violating the ordinance will result in a fine between $100 and $500 per violation, but the ban won’t take effect for eight months. Proponents of the ordinance hope the ban on single-use plastic bags will have a positive impact on the environment and community.


Vicki Wood didn’t know that there were coyotes living on Hilton Head Island until last May. Her Norfolk terrier, Fletch, had a habit of escaping the electric fence that surrounded her backyard, so she’d had the fence moved so she could watch him better from the house. Then, at around 6:30 p.m. May 25, her son said he couldn’t see Fletch in the backyard.


When Christina Wilson heard that her cousin’s children had been put in foster care in 2003, she and her husband, Jason, knew they had to do something.

The Beaufort couple became licensed foster parents and took in the 5-month-old and 17-month-old girls. Two years later, the Wilsons adopted the children.


As the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson made her way to the front of the room, she gave a warning to those who awaited her arrival.

“You know I’m a hugger,” she said before embracing four members of the Caring Coins Foundation board. She also collected an $8,000 check on behalf of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, one of the more than 100 area organizations that have benefited from Hargray’s Caring Coins program.

A train-themed play structure planned in Bluffton is one step closer to reality thanks to a $10,000 donation from HVAC company Covert Aire. Called the Imagination Train, the project is part of a larger Field of Dreams and playground rejuvenation project in Oscar Frazier Park coordinated by leadership from the Rotary Club of Bluffton and the Town of Bluffton. The Imagination Train is directly sponsored by The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2018. The group is selling commemorative pavers and sponsorships. For more information, contact Melanie Thomas at 843-707-6219.

The Coastal Restaurant and Bar Group has partnered with the state Department of Natural Resources and the Outside Foundation to support an oyster recycling initiative. South Carolina is in desperate need of sanitized oyster shells to ensure oyster beds have enough harvest every year. This new initiative by CRAB will ensure that shucked oyster shells at Fishcamp on Broad Creek, Carolina Crab Company and both Crazy Crazy locations will be collected and recycled, via I2 Recycling. 

A Tennessee-based builder is planning to construct a 248-unit apartment complex on Buckwalter Parkway. The 44-acre property will feature the apartment complex Mystic Bluff, which will include a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, plus a large clubhouse, saltwater pool and a dog park. Mystic Bluff is one of several new development projects on Buckwalter Parkway expected to open in 2018. Other Buckwalter projects include an residential care facility for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, an expansion of eviCore’s headquarters, a St. Joseph/Candler’s medical campus, and a new Technical College of the Lowcountry facility and culinary campus. 

The Heritage Library, an all-volunteer organization supporting history and ancestry research, has had an eventful year. It received the largest grant ever given in Church Mouse history to restore Baynard Mausoleum, added Ft. Mitchell, Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum to the National Register of Historic Places, published a book about the history of Hilton Head Island titled “They Served,” and exhibited at the National Genealogy Society annual conference. The Heritage Library also partnered with one of the top five archeologists in the country for a Zion Cemetery project, gained regional television exposure with Savannah food celebrity Jesse Blanco of “Eat It and Like It,” and produced the limited “Ghosts and Myths of Hilton Head” tour — all while increasing participation and exposure thorough ongoing classes, programs and tours.