After a tumultuous year for the Beaufort County Board of Education, many candidates have filed to try to win a seat to represent southern Beaufort County.

Most list restoring the public’s confidence in the board and improving community relations as their top priorities, following the controversy surrounding Superintendent Jeff Moss’ decision to change school district policy to hire his wife.

Do you often think of South Carolina as an innovator in education? Most of us would answer that question with a resounding no.

According to EdWeek.Org, a national organization that ranks all 50 states (along with the District of Columbia), South Carolina schools come in as 43rd nationally, with a numeric score of 69.6. Compare that to Massachusetts, which ranked No. 1 with a score of 86.8, and Nevada, coming in dead last with a score of 65.2.

Upcoming anniversary bash and the launch of its first book, ‘Southern Coastal Living,’ starts a new chapter for the island’s famed design house.

Most companies celebrate their 30th anniversary with a party that looks back on their past success. But that’s not how J Banks Design Group plans to mark this milestone.

Join us for a spin with entrepreneur Trey Snow, who’s bringing a new ride to Old Town.

The rain had just tapered off in Old Town Bluffton as Will Moody greeted me by his pedicab in the Old Town Dispensary courtyard. The brief cloudburst, a remnant of Tropical Storm Julia’s crazed path around the Lowcountry, had scared off most of Old Town’s late-night scene. And yet the electric glow emanating from under the bike still drew curious onlookers. Dodging raindrops, a middle-aged bar patron peppered Moody with questions: how far he goes, how long he spends on the bike, what he charges.

Local entrepreneur introduces gelato brand to nationwide audience

Before her first and only trip to Italy in 2002, Ramona Fantini’s Sicilian friend told her that trying gelato would be life-changing. She was not wrong.

Robo-advisers are bringing financial advice to the masses by charging low management fees for customized asset allocation and automatic portfolio rebalancing.

More and more investors are turning to “robo-advisers” as a cheaper and more efficient alternative to traditional financial investment firms that require substantial investment sums and charge up to 1 percent to 2 percent annual portfolio management fees.


You never know who you might meet in life. It could be someone who can change your life for the better overnight.

This happened to Chris Williams, a 42-year-old recently retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and three-time Purple Heart recipient. It didn’t happen during one of his seven deployments overseas in war zones. It happened here in the Lowcountry last fall when he met Mark Peterson.


Like many small business owners, John Tolly started Sunny Daze Surfboards with a mix of knack, necessity and passion.

“Buying surfboards can be very expensive, so I forced myself to make my own equipment,” Tolly says. He made his first board in 1997, and opened Sunny Daze Surfboards in 2000. “It began as a hobby and a passion, and it is still my passion today.”

Every so often, it is important that we reflect on where we have come from in order to find a path forward.

In this time of planning the future of our island home, we must preserve what is best and set a course for our future. So with this anniversary issue of Hilton Head Monthly, I thought I would examine some of the facts about how Hilton Head Island has changed during the life of this magazine.


Government and community leaders from Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort were among those in attendance to acknowledge the growth of Hargray’s fiber-fueled network over the past year.