Angela McCall-Tanner saw the inner workings of the 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office, working in the office for 12 years, including five under current solicitor Duffie Stone.

She said she has learned a lot since leaving the office in 2011 to first run her own private practice and then serve as a Beaufort County magistrate from 2014 until late March. Seeing justice from all sides of the courtroom, she felt compelled to run against her former boss.

Solicitor Duffie Stone finds time to train while prosecuting the bad guys

Duffie Stone has always been a runner, but he wasn’t always a racer. That happened by accident about five years ago when, just for fun, he signed up for the Hilton Head Jingle Jingle 5k. He was hooked.

For Stone, running and prosecution go hand in hand. “I use running to think. I don't listen to music. I think about my cases. I can organize openings, cross examination and witness order in my head during my runs. The problem is that the more complex the case, the longer the runs. That's how I went from running 5ks to marathons.“

Behind the scenes at the Kiwanis Rib Burn-Off

Everyone knows that the most crucial ingredient in ribs, or indeed any barbecue, is time. Good barbecue is not cooked in an hour. To get that delicate smoke ring, that indescribable texture of pork that doesn’t fall right off the bone, but gently clings to it until pulled by teeth or fork, requires plenty of planning ahead and an evening spent biding your time beside a smoker.

Conversations about Hilton Head Island’s past and its rich history begin to unfold in interesting and unexpected stories. So often, we go through our daily lives at the store or while driving down U.S. 278 and don’t stop to think about the person next to us, or whether their contribution to our daily lives and existence has had any significance for us. That is what I found one day, just by asking the question, “How long have you been on the island?” The answer that I received spun an interesting tale ofentrepreneurship, love, courage, friendship and a dedication to improving a newly adopted community.

Meet 6 wonderful women of the Lowcountry

“The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind, but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long afar paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give.”

David O. McKay

On March 18, the University of South Carolina Beaufort appointed a new chancellor, Al Panu, during an investiture ceremony.

In attendance were state and local officials, the university’s board of directors, delegates from other colleges and universities, and USCB’s faculty and staff. They formally welcomed Panu as he received the Chancellor’s Medallion from USC President Harris Pastides.

Dot JegerShe may not be a native of Bluffton, but Dot Jeger is everything fellow Blufftonians aspire to be. A lifelong leader, a compassionate and dedicated volunteer and the personification of the word survivor. All these skills have come to perfect use as she has helped grow the Bluffton Village Festival, which will celebrate its 38th edition on Calhoun Street on May 7.

Despite the instant notoriety and the unlikely accomplishment of being one of the top eight contestants on the final season of “American Idol,” Lee Jean Jr. takes it all in stride. If you have the pleasure of meeting Lee, you will instantly see that the 16 year old Bluffton resident exudes a gentle, fun-loving and humble persona that is surprisingly unaffected by his instant Hollywood success. 


According to British comedian and actor Eric Idle, “A few brave men took a risk to allow us to make ‘Monty Python.’ One in particular took the biggest risk to put it on American television.” In a personal note, Idle writes about Hilton Head Island resident Ron Devillier: “His inspired bravery to take an obscure, late-night BBC show and put it on public television was the catalyst that led to Monty Python quietly subverting America.”

Photo From left: Christina Bates, Paulette Singleton, Dorothy Singleton, Vernie Singleton and Alvin Singleton

Hilton Head Island has the unique distinction of being the home of Mitchelville, the first black self-governing town in the United States. Stories of what happened in Mitchelville and the continued impact that it had on the Gullah community, the outcome of the Civil War, race relations and even compulsory education today are still unfolding. But little is known about the individuals and families, who after being thrust into servitude in a new land, chose to not only embrace their new surroundings, but to love, nourish and cultivate this island as their home.