Jay Karr, The Island Packet

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Past articles by Jay:

This popular state park has the only authentic lighthouse you can tour in SC

The Hunting Island lighthouse is the only authentic lighthouse open to the public in SC. We took a tour in honor of National Lighthouse Day. → Read More

Here we go again! New buoy begins love affair with Hilton Head beach

Recent high tides and waves generated by Hurricane Chris send another lost buoy to the beach of Hilton Head Island. This one is in Port Royal Plantation. → Read More

Hilton Head Airport says farewell to prop planes and hello to the jet age

Hilton Head Airport inaugurates jet service with the arrival of the first American Eagle Embraer EJR-175 regional jet. → Read More

Ahoy boaters! Here's what you need to know to navigate the Lowcountry's no wake zones

With summer boating season in full swing, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to keep their speed to a minimum in no wake zones on the Bluffton's May River and Hilton Head's Broad Creek. → Read More

Mystery tank washes up on Hilton Head beach. So where did it come from?

A large metal tank washed up this week on Hilton Head Island's Burkes Beach in South Carolina. The U.S. Coast Guard investigated and found it not to be hazardous. → Read More

Hilton Head's 'chicken' man steps up crusade against speeders

Hilton Head Island resident Logan Cambron, known for wearing a chicken suit while patrolling for speeders in his neighborhood, continues his crusade to lower speed limits on Point Comfort Road. → Read More

Beaufort Memorial Day Parade canceled by rain, but other observances go on indoors

Rain forced the cancelation of the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade, but ceremonies in Beaufort and Hilton Head went on indoors → Read More

Rain forces cancellation of Beaufort Memorial Day Parade, changes to other observances

Threat of rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto is causing changes to Beaufort County Memorial Day observances → Read More

'Wounded warriors' storm Bluffton course for annual charity golf tournament

"Wounded warriors" gather at Hampton Hall in Bluffton, South Carolina for the 8th Annual Wounded Heroes Golf Classic charity tournament was held on Monday → Read More

Sunscreens can be confusing. Lowcountry dermatologist offers these tips

The sun is out, its getting hot, and the chance of getting a sunburn is high. Here are a few sunscreen tips to help make sure you don't come home looking as red as a summer sunset. → Read More

Want to swim with the fishes in the Beaufort River? Here's your chance

The 2018 Beaufort River Swim from Port Royal to the Beaufort Downtown Marina will jump off on Saturday, May 19. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA Learn to Swim Program. → Read More

Bluffton turns 2nd anniversary of student's tragic death into 'Day of Grace'

Bluffton High School students gathered before school on Monday in memory of Grace Sulak, who died two years ago in a crash while returning from a track meet in Columbia. At the ceremony, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka read a proclamation making May 7 "A Day of Grace" in honor of Sulak. → Read More

Port Royal to celebrate Cypress Wetlands birthday with bird bash

On May 12, the 'Birthday for the Birds' bash will celebrate the 6th anniversary of Port Royal's Cypress Wetlands and its extensive rookery for wading birds → Read More

Why is this man patrolling a Hilton Head neighborhood in a chicken suit?

To slow traffic through his Hilton Head neighborhood, resident Logan Cambro patrols Point Comfort Road in a chicken suit. He signals motorists to slow down when his radar gun tells him they are going faster than the speed limit. He also hopes the attention the chicken suit gets will help get the speed limit lowered. → Read More

The 2018 Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island Rib Burnoff and Barbecue Fest is coming Saturday, May 12, 2018, to Shelter Cove Community Park

The 21st edition of the popular Kiwanis Club of Hilton Head Island Rib Burnoff, featuring barbecue teams from around the country as well as local cooks, kicks off at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Shelter Cove Community Park. Proceeds benefit a variety of local children's charities. → Read More

Hilton Head's favorite beach just got a 13-foot sculpture that moves

“Sandy Roads (To the Beach)” a sculpture created by local artist Mark Larkin, was installed at Hilton Head Island's Coligny Beach Park on Friday, April 6, 2018. The 13-foot-tall piece is an abstract sculpture featuring multiple pieces that will move in concert with the ocean breezes. → Read More

March For Our Lives: Beaufort County joins the worldwide protest

People from Beaufort and Bluffton came out for the March For Our Lives, a worldwide series of protests on March 24, 2018. The marches were held to protest for better gun control and safer schools after recent mass shootings. → Read More

The gadgets in the HGTV Smart Home in Palmetto Bluff are amazing

The 2018 HGTV Smart Home is in Bluffton's Palmetto Bluff and has high-tech features → Read More

When will the Island Recreation Center expansion be done? We found out for you

The Island Recreation Center is in the process of being expanded from 14,000 to 34,000 square feet → Read More

Harbour Town lighthouse gets a new look for RBC Heritage

It’s goodbye candy stripes and hello plaid as the Harbour Town Lighthouse is to be redecorated for this year’s RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament → Read More