Some folks would call what John Hunter does this time each year a major undertaking and a huge amount of stress.

LOOKING BACK AT LOCAL HEADLINES JANUARY: The Lowcountry was welcomed to the New Year with a powerful overnight storm on Jan. 3 that left thousands without power. Severe storms and a cold front brought heavy rain and heavy wind. Wind gusts reached 49 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.



We’ve seen The Bridge at Calhoun take shape over the past year, and now developer Matt Cunningham said the mixed-use center at the corner of Calhoun and Bridge Street is finally full of activity.

The West Course at Belfair recently reopened following a $5.8 million, five-month golf course renovation. The project included a new irrigation system, re-grassing of greens, bunker renovations, as well as other projects to improve the award-winning course’s playability and aesthetics. 


Hilton Head High School’s girls won the SCHSL Class AAAA girls state tennis championship. The Seahawks defeated Greenville to claim the school’s first tennis crown since 2019. Emily Ruckno won the individual Class 4A/5A championship.


Jasper County hosted the CJ Cup in Gillisonville, with Rory McIlroy earning the win. McIlroy closed with a 4-under 67 for a one-shot victory over Kurt Kitayama. He finished at 17-under 267, to win for the 23rd time on the PGA Tour.

Beaufort County Council approved sign-on and relocation bonuses for new hires in the detention center, emergency medical services department, and the sheriff’s office. The policy, effective for employees with a hiring date of Nov. 1 or later, will provide new employees with a sign-on bonus of $5,000, paid in two installments: $2,500 upon hiring and the other $2,500 after successfully completing a probationary period of employment.

The SC Department of Education and the SC Education Oversight Committee released the 2022 School Report Cards with ratings of Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory. District schools at the elementary level that received an Excellent rating are Beaufort, Coosa, Okatie, and Red Cedar. Schools rated Excellent at the middle school level were H.E. McCracken and River Ridge Academy.

Christina Gwozdz was elected new Beaufort County Board of Education chairperson after a special called meeting. The position was vacant when the former chair, David Striebinger, passed away. She previously served as chair from 2019-2021. Gwozdz has represented District 9 since January 2017. 


Hilton Head Town Council voted unanimously to adopt a Workforce Housing Framework, which includes allocating $1 million annually for workforce housing, beginning with the current fiscal year. The framework includes four pillars, with each having specific goals and strategies. The pillars include engagement and collaboration; planning; establishing a management program and policies; and providing a “consistent, sustainable, and multi-sourced revenue model for funding workforce housing initiatives and partnerships.” For more information, visit