The Town of Hilton Head Island’s Office of Cultural Affairs announces the launch of The Artist's Gallery at Town Hall, an initiative to celebrate Hilton Head Island's art community. The gallery is slated to open at the end of September and local artists are invited to submit their work to be considered for the gallery. An online application is available at www.hiltonheadartsdaily.org.

COMPLETION OF LONGER RUNWAY TO DRAW MORE REGIONAL JETS

Air travel to the Lowcountry is changing: Larger, sleeker, commercial airliners soon will start landing on the newly expanded runway at Hilton Head Island Airport.

Now that the project is completed, regional jetliners will start arriving July 5. The larger Embraer 175 jet will replace the familiar sight of the American Airlines Dash 8 Turboprop descending from the island’s blue skies in approach to the airport. The more modern Embraer 175 has 76 seats and is configured for first class and coach. Depending on the model, the Dash 8 carries up to 48 passengers.

OFFICIALS EXAMINE LOCAL RECYCLING PROGRAMS

It’s a good idea to think twice about tossing that plastic bottle in the trash —the landfill that serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the rest of Beaufort County is filling up fast. But if you care and take the time to seek out a recycling bin, you may find yourself wondering: Before I recycle this, do I need to remove the cap?

BEAUFORT COUNTY AND S.C. VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS

South Carolina will hold primary elections on June 12, with runoff elections, if any, to be held June 26. Registered Beaufort County voters can cast their ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primary — but not both. For more information on the primary or to find out where to vote, go to bcgov.net/vote.

Women in Philanthropy held its annual grant awards and business luncheon on May 16 at Colleton River Plantation. The local philanthropic organization’s 2018 theme is “Addressing Women’s Health, Wellness, and Justice,” and grantees this year are: YMCA of Beaufort, $2,000; Neighborhood Outreach Connection, $2,000; Bluffton/Jasper County VIM, $3,500; Women of Faith and Power Ministries $5,000; Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic, $6,000; Osprey Village $8,000; Hopeful Horizons $10,000; Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry, $15,500; Hilton Head Volunteers in Medicine $10,000. 

The SunTrust Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity. The money will be added to proceeds from Habitat’s annual golf tournament to fund the group’s next home construction project. SunTrust has supported the annual golf tournament and Habitat for Humanity for years; the 21st annual tournament and auction will be held Sept. 24 at the Oldfield clubhouse.

The Reconstruction Era National Monument on St. Helena Island could become a national park if a bill filed in April is approved. The bill would formerly expand the monument’s footprint to include the city of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, including four other historic attractions. This will make it easier for sites in those two cities to be added to the park, if relevant to Reconstruction. The bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and Mark Sanford.

The 2017 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance was without a car auction, but a change to South Carolina law could bring it back for this year’s event. A bill allowing car auctions at the festival was approved in May and is waiting for the governor’s signature. In the past, ambiguity in the law led the festival to avoid an auction, but the new bill clears up any confusion.

Beaufort County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss has submitted his resignation to the  Beaufort County Board of Education, effective July 31. Upon departure, Moss will be paid his 2017-18 salary of $220,000, plus $44,000 in earned annuity and payments for benefits and unused leave days. Moss has served as superintendent four five years.

Hilton Head Island may see a mobile home subdivision on a 2.34-acre lot off of Gumtree Road. The goal is to offer residents of Hilton Head an affordable housing plan, with lots starting at $89,000. Owners will provide their own mobile homes. If the project receives approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island, the subdivision will begin development.

Mayors in northern Beaufort County held a news conference in May to warn residents about a future potential threat: Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the coast could stir up unexploded bombs, weapons and radioactive waste that were dumped on the ocean floor decades ago, they said. The group called on the federal government to investigate the matter before any testing work is permitted. Currently, eight permits have been issued to explore the Atlantic Ocean for natural resources. The S.C. Environmental Law Project is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal to block any testing.

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area has launched www.411.org, a nonpartisan website that features candidate bios, responses to league questions, sample ballots and more. Visitors to the site can enter their addresses for personalized ballot information. The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Area never supports or opposes political parties or candidates.