It’s a little-known fact that Hilton Head Island is home to two of the three locked harbors on the East Coast of the United States.

Most visitors to the island have heard of a lock or canal system, like the Panama Canal, but aren’t sure how the systems work or what they are.

A lock system is a combination of gates and a chamber that allows a vessel to go from one water system at one level to another system a different level.

IF YOU’VE SPENT ENOUGH TIME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND, YOU’VE HEARD THE SOUND.

If you’ve spent enough time on Hilton Head Island, you’ve heard the sound. The distant thump thump thump of rotors beating the air, a barely audible drum line just barely audible over the sound of the waves, cars and other rhythms of a Hilton Head summer.

You’ve most likely heard that thump grow louder and scanned the skies for its source, finding it when a bright orange H-65 Coast Guard Dolphin bursts from over the tree line and makes its way to the water.

As we celebrate the birth of our nation on Independence Day, it’s worth noting just how important the Lowcountry was in the fight for that independence. Two historic sites just down the road from one another were at the heart of the battle.

Today, the Old Sheldon Church ruins have become one of the most sought-after wedding locations in the South. But the Yemassee landmark was once at the center of a Revolutionary War battle.

Hilton Head Island’s devotion to cycling pays off with prestigious national designation.

As if Hilton Head Island didn’t have enough to be proud of.

Last month, the League of American Bicyclists added another feather to the multitude that adorn Hilton Head’s hat by selecting the island as a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community. This isn’t just some small point of civic pride to place on a website or in a tourism brochure – this is a national recognition, at the highest level, of Hilton Head Island’s devotion to making the world a more bike-friendly place, one path at a time.

Hilton Head Island has garnered top accolades from TripAdvisor and Forbes magazine, which have named it as one of the top U.S. islands and locations for travel. TripAdvisor, the largest online travel community in the world with 45 million unique visitors monthly, named Hilton Head Island No. 5 on its list of the Top 10 Islands in the U.S. in its 2015 inaugural Traveler's Choice awards.

Plantation Golf Club is flying high after being named “New Clubhouse of the Year” by Golf Inc. magazine. The 23,000-square-foot facility serves two Sea Pines golf courses — Heron Point by Pete Dye and the Ocean Course.

With $30 million in college scholarships and acceptance letters from more than 100 colleges and universities, the graduates of Beaufort County School District are ready to pursue higher education.

The Mitchelville Preservation Project is working to preserve Hilton Head Island’s place in American history. The Mitchelville settlement was founded in 1862 and was one of the first self-governed communities for former slaves.

The Lowcoutnry Broadband Plan paves the way for Hargray to provide gigabit speeds to residential areas, businesses and the public via Wi-Fi to common areas and participating resorts. The fiber optic-based technology will provide Internet speeds 100 times faster than the national average.

The tax season came and went, and left some of us asking ourselves, “How did I pay so much?” Everyone feels a tax burden of some kind, but its weight can vary across different states and counties.

Beaufort County and the Hilton Head Humane Association have partnered to build the ultimate animal shelter for $5 million along S.C. 170 in the Okatie area. Still keeping the Humane Association’s island location open, this facility will replace the quickly deteriorating shelter outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Hilton Head Island Mayor David Bennett has a new proposal for planned apartments along Broad Creek at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. Instead of one large apartment complex, Bennett wants to split the development into two smaller four-story buildings on either side of Veterans Memorial Park.

AFTER YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT, THE HILTON HEAD ISLAND ROWING AND SAILING CENTER HAS FINALLY SET SAIL FROM ITS NEW HOME ON THE SHORES OF SKULL CREEK.

“It was a long journey, but it’s a journey that’s going to have a great positive result for our community,” says Hilton Head Island Recreation Association executive director Frank Soule.

Shelter Cove Towne Center is now offering a free shuttle service to take shoppers around the center. The 8-person golf cart will be available from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. If you are at the Shelter Cove Towne Centre and would like a lift, call 843-505-6635.

It’s amazing how one simple phrase can have such a dramatically different impact on you as you age.

When you’re a kid, the arrival of summer means it’s time to dump all the random quizzes, notes and discarded M.A.S.H. games that line the bottom of your backpack, bid the schoolyard “goodbye” (because you’ve already forgotten everything they taught you in French class, including the word “adieu”), and embrace three months of luxuriating and living life at your own pace.

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