1. ROTARY CLUB OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Mary Briggs has assumed the role of President of the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island. She has been a member of the Club since 2001, an officer of the Board since 2018 and has chaired numerous committees. Briggs has served as a school principal and assistant superintendent of schools for the Beaufort Country School District and as the president and CEO of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra since she moved to the area in 1997. She currently serves as Vice President of the Lean Ensemble Theater Board of Directors.

ARTIST ALEX GENTEMANN PAINTS THE COLORS OF MUSIC

For Alex Gentemann, a Hilton Head native and recent graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, sound is not merely heard — it is also seen.  And in an array of colors that correspond to the tonality of the sound.

“I see dark colors for the base notes, mid-range colors for the mid-tones, and for high notes like the sopranos, I practically see white,” Gentemann said.

ARTIST DEBBY BLOOM THRIVES ON POSITIVITY AND OPTIMISM 

Artist Debby Bloom is a woman who has learned to say “yes” when challenged. 

Whether it’s painting new subjects or moving across the country during a pandemic to open her first studio/ gallery in Palmetto Dunes Resort, she relies on creativity and optimism to guide her. 

It’s a process she’s been fine-tuning since childhood.

KEN FAGUT IS ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

There’s a rite of passage each of us encounters in our lives, and for some reason we usually encounter this seminal moment at the age of 13. It’s when we discover the one thing we love; the one passion that will dictate every moment from then on out.

For Ken Fagut, that rite of passage came the first time he mounted his bicycle, started pedaling, and didn’t stop until he’d put 100 miles of road beneath his wheels.

1. STONEWORKS NAMES SALES MANAGER

Shannon Baltzegar has been promoted to sales manager at StoneWorks. She is the daughter of founder John Baltzegar III and one of the company’s owners. She has worked in the business officially for more than 23 years. Baltzegar is a member of Professional Women in Building Council of Hilton Head Area HBA.

RETIRED AIR FORCE GEN. LLOYD NEWTON AIMS TO INSPIRE YOUNGER GENERATION

A drive on Interstate 95 can seem monotonous: the usual flurry of hurrying cars, rumbling tractor-trailers and signs for fast food.

But in northern Jasper County there’s a landmark worth catching your eye. 

1. ROC DENTAL GROUP WELCOMES PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

Katie Brown has joined ROC Dental Group as its newest patient care coordinator. Originally from Colorado, Brown has lived in the Lowcountry for the past year and a half and has worked in the healthcare industry for the past four years.

RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH WELCOMES MEMBERS WITH OPEN ARMS

Michael and Andrea Faber moved across the country to be a part of Resurrection Christian Community Church. 

Michael had started attending the Hilton Head Island church 11 years ago, after meeting and becoming good friends with the church’s senior pastor, Len Stubbs. He attended the church on Spanish Wells Road for almost a year before moving to Las Vegas for work. After seven years there, he moved to Michigan to be closer to his mother. 

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2021

Monthly recognizes seniors from the area’s high schools. 

JIMMY DELOACH JR. HONORS DAUGHTER WITH FOUNDATION IN HER NAME

On the morning of April 22, 2015, seven Georgia Southern University nursing students were heading to St. Joseph's/Candler in Savannah for their last day of clinical rotations when they were involved in a horrific seven-vehicle wreck on I-16. Five of them did not survive. 

The father of one of those nursing students decided to turn the tragedy into good. After all, his daughter’s favorite Bible verse was Romans 8:28, which says, “All things work together for good for those who love God.”