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Steve WilmotIt certainly has been a year like no other. And in no other year have we been more excited or grateful to welcome you back to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. 

COVID-19 brought great perspective for all of us: Community is so important, especially through the biggest challenges. Challenges unimagined. To have the opportunity to welcome our fans back to the grounds is an honor. 

Three Beaufort County sites are now among six spots joining the Reconstruction Era National Historic Network. The national collection includes 67 public and private sites and programs that provide education, historical interpretation, and research related to the American Reconstruction era from 1861 to 1900, a news release said. The local sites are Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on Hilton Head Island, Penn Center on St. Helena Island and Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaufort. 

HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMYLed by Dior Shelton’s 17 points, Hilton Head Christian Academy’s girls basketball team won the SCISA Class AA state basketball championship. The Eagles defeated Palmetto Christian Academy 48-32 at Sumter Civic Center to earn their third straight title. Abby Peduzzi added 11 points. 

In SCHSL competition, the Hilton Head High boys basketball team fell to South Point High 52-50 in the Class AAAA state-title game at the USC Aiken Convocation Center. 

At the SCHSL state wrest l ing championships, Eli Hall (220 pounds) and Gabe Juarez (160 pounds) of May River High and Hilton Head High’s James Levy (113 pounds) won state titles. 

The Rotary Club of Bluffton canceled 2021 Mayfest due to the COVID-19 concerns. This would have been the event’s 43rd year. 

“We look forward to better days ahead and to hosting Mayfest in 2022,” a news release said. 

The Breeze trolleys serving Hilton Head Island will begin service starting Saturday, April 10. The free service includes a second route serving mid-island residents and guests. The trolley service is expected to operate every day through Labor Day. The South Island Route will follow the same service hours, routing, and stops as last year using two trolleys each day. The new Mid- Island Route will use one trolley and will serve portions of William Hilton Parkway, Folly Field Road, and Shelter Cove Lane. The service will run 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit breezetrolley.com

STONEWORKS GIVES BACK TO DEEP WELL PROJECT

Deep Well Project received a $500 check from StoneWorks from proceeds of StoneWorks’ winter Level porcelain promotion. Customers received a discount on their Level porcelain and StoneWorks donated to Deep Well on their behalf.

1. A scenic view from the beach entrance at the Omni Resort Hilton Head as provided by Chris Webb.

2. Shauna Phillips captured the image on the water while fishing. 

3. Sunset on Broad Creek as photographed by Rebecca Shupp.

The 53rd annual RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is set for April 12-18, with limited spectators on-site and strict health and safety protocols. COVID protocols include mandatory use of facial coverings and social distancing, according to a news release. 

The fan guide to safety policies for the 2021 event is listed at RBCHeritage.com/COVID19

Hilton Head will not host its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The parade’s committee announced that after meeting with town and county officials and “on-going concerns related to COVID-19,” the parade has been canceled for the second consecutive year. The parade was set for March 14. The committee plans to hold the parade March 13, 2022. 

State residents age 65 or older are eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. DHEC’s online tool at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations accepting appointments. According to a new release, 81.7 percent of COVID-19 deaths in South Carolina have been among those 65 and older. The average age for COVID-19 related deaths in South Carolina is 75.