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.”

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.