JUBILEE 

Age: 1
Gender: Female 
Weight: 53 lbs
Breed: Shepard/Cattle Dog Mix 

FORT HOWELL GIVES VISITORS A VIEW OF THE CIVIL WAR

On Nov. 7, 1861, some 20,000 Union forces charged ashore on Hilton Head Island only to find that all Confederate fighters and white civilians had fled inland. The island was soon to become the United States’ Southern military headquarters for the duration of the war. 

About a year later, Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel decided to create Mitchelville, a town run entirely by, and for, formerly enslaved island residents. And in late summer 1864, members of the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment and the 144th New York Infantry hand built Fort Howell, a hulking earthworks fort, to protect the new town. 

The catalyst for change for many is often the coming of a new year. Start the year off right with small, manageable changes to your lifestyle that will help you conquer your New Year’s resolutions.

HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

The 2021 rankings are in, and Hilton Head Prep is leading the way in education — just as it has since its founding in 1965. According to the Best Schools Rankings list from Niche, Prep is the No. 1 private K-12 school in Beaufort County, the No. 1 boarding school in the state, the No 1. college prep school in the state, the No. 2 private K-12 school in South Carolina, and in the top 14% of all K-12 private schools nationwide. It all starts with Prep’s faculty — who average 20 years of experience and two-thirds have advanced degrees — and the administration, with more than 30 years of experience, on average — delivering Prep’s rigorous college prep curriculum, a strong arts and athletics program along with community service and character education. But here’s what matters more than the numbers: Faculty and staff members are passionate about learning and love the kids they teach. 

THESE TITLES ARE OLD AND SOME ARE NEW, BUT WE LOVE THEM JUST THE SAME

WINTER IS THE WARMEST SEASON by Lauren Stringer (2006)
Most people think summer is the warmest season. This story, however, is brimming with evidence to the contrary —from roaring fires to grilled cheese sandwiches to toasty flannel pajamas. A unique twist on the traditional wintertime picture book, the beautiful visual narrative follows a boy and his family through a day of hot breakfasts, steaming afternoon cocoa, and a festive candlelit party before bed. 

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SET TO MOVE INTO BLUFFTON CAMPUS

Hilton Head Christian Academy students will enter a new learning community, not a new school, when the 70,000-square-foot Bluffton campus opens, which is expected to be this month, school officials say. 

The $23-million campus, near the corner of Bluffton Parkway and Masters Way, is designed to fit the student and not the other way around, according to school leaders and campus designers. 

OKATIE ELEMENTARY’S DEWEESE IS TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Megan DeWeese has wanted to be a teacher for as long as she can remember. She has fond memories of playing school with her brother, using a large green chalkboard, which her daughters now use to “teach” their stuffed animals. 

Now she’s not only a teacher; she’s teacher of the year. 

THIS PLAN CAN QUICKLY GROW A BUSINESS OWNER’S WEALTHTHIS WEALTH

A select group of entrepreneurs are taking advantage of a more sophisticated retirement solution that most business owners are unaware of, let alone, benefiting from. 

A “typical” retirement plan may not serve business owners’ best financial interests. 

NAME: ANGEL
Age: 3 years old
Gender: Female
Weight: 55 pounds
Breed: English Pointer 
Temperament: Energetic, loving but shy. Gets along with cats. 

CROSS SCHOOL TEACHER SELECTED FOR NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

Lauren French, a teacher at Cross Schools in Bluffton, is one of 58 teachers selected for a National History Day fall professional development program. The course focuses on using online Library of Congress primary and secondary sources to develop and support student research skills and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium.