It was musical theatre The Cypress way last month as members and staff came together to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Cypress. Songs like Fifty, Nifty Bottles of Medicine, There’s No Silver in My Gold, The Boomers are Coming Tomorrow and Gonna Build The Cypress highlighted the zany presentation. Written by members Marilyn Lorenz, Miki Hughes and Jean Thompson, the The Cypress Follies made light of life in the "golden years” at the Hilton Head Island retirement community. 

Taking stock of Bluffton’s surging growth.

In those heady days before the economic collapse of 2008, it was a phrase you’d read in every newspaper, magazine and real estate pamphlet in town: Bluffton is Booming.

Callawassie Island has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Billy Bagwell, Director of Agronomy, led the effort to obtain the sanctuary designation for Callawassie and is recognized by Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International.

sendaheroThe Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department is this year's recipient of Wexford Charitable Foundation's "Send a Hero" program. Through the generosity of Wexford members who raised $10,000 to sponsor the program and the owners of Aerial Adventure, Roger & Pam Freedman who very kindly donated passes, 100 members of the Sheriff’s Department and their guests will receive a complimentary visit and lunch at the Aerial Adventure in Hilton Head.

mayriverA long list of accomplishments, and only one year under their belt

One might think the hard part for May River High principal Todd Bornscheuer has ended, now that the Bluffton school has completed its first academic year. But there will be no coasting for the principal or staff of the new school, which is in one of the fastest growing areas in the county.

S.C. Youth Leadership Conference introduces yesterday’s executives to tomorrow’s potential leaders

Bill Moss was listening to the radio in 2014 when he heard about a program that he thought would be a perfect fit for the Hilton Head Island area.

The interview had nothing to do with retirees, golf or the beach. It was a discussion about a youth leadership program at the University of Southern Maine.

One morning, as I slowly began my day by doing minor chores and letting my mind glide over the televised news, a commercial for Target stopped me in my tracks.

In the commercial, I saw a black female plus-sized model wearing underwear. Although the image lasted for just a few seconds, in my mind, the commercial was delivering a powerful visual message that challenged some prevailing ideas about gender, American standards of beauty, and race.

When Bill Palmer shook hands with Jim McGlothlin after a Las Vegas golf outing dinner in February 1988, it set in motion an almost 30-year journey for Palmer — and soon may also set a new course for the future of the greater Bluffton and Hilton Head Island area.

That late-night handshake closed the deal to start Scratch Golf Company as a new subsidiary of McGlothlin's Virginia-based United Company. The immediate goal was to purchase a quality piece of land in Bluffton and build the first true public course in the area. Today, three decades later, that handshake may result in the re-shaping of southern Beaufort County as the first major development to emerge from the recently established Beaufort County Community Development Code.

Wesley Bryan earned the first PGA Tour victory of his career with a win at the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Bryan edged out Luke Donald by one shot to finish atop the leaderboard April 16. Patrick Cantlay, Ollie Schniederjans and William McGirt rounded out the top five. Bryan earned $1.17 million for the win.

Melvin Abel and Patrick Conley weren’t alone in their love for golf during April’s RBC Heritage Tournament, but their paths to get there certainly stand out.

The town of Bluffton is seeking applicants for its Neighborhood Assistance Program, which offers repairs to homes and properties of low- to moderate-income residents. This program, which is operated through the town of Bluffton’s Affordable Housing Committee, offers assistance with repairs for projects such as leaking roofs, unstable or unsafe floors, failing septic tanks, inaccessible private roads, removing broken or unwanted items from a resident’s property, removing unsafe structures from a resident’s property, ensuring local emergency services have an official address to a resident’s property and assisting in obtaining proper paperwork for heirs’ property.

The Beaufort County Board of Education recently revised the 2017-18 academic calendar, changing the first day of school from Monday, Aug. 21, to Thursday, Aug. 17. By state law, no South Carolina public school can begin classes prior to the third Monday in August, which this year is Aug. 21. But legislation recently approved by the General Assembly allows school districts to begin the 2017-18 year on Thursday, Aug. 17, because of the solar eclipse that will affect much of South Carolina on Aug. 21.

After four years on the market, the Beaufort mansion featured in the movies “The Big Chill” and “The Great Santini” has finally sold — and for much less than the original $4.5 million asking price. New York City developer Katie Cunningham, a Beaufort native, recently purchased Tidalholm Mansion for $1.76 million. The 7,400-square-foot waterfront property, located at 1 Laurens St. in Beaufort, includes 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms.

RepairsWork to repair the Rowing and Sailing Center at Squire Pope Road Community Park has begun. Nix Construction started the project on March 21 and expects to be complete it by June 20. Repair work includes work on the pier, pier handrails and the floating dock. The dock will be closed until repairs are complete.

Bluffton Friendly CityIn a recent report, Palmetto Promise Institute unveiled the most enterprise-friendly cities in the state. Topping the list is the town of Bluffton. Buoyed by an impressive decadal population growth, healthy job growth and a low business tax burden, Bluffton scored a total of 81.07 points out of a possible 100 points. Mauldin, Greer, Simpsonville and Fountain Inn round out the top five, respectively.