Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette Blogs
You know it's Heritage week when the guard at the front gate to Sea Pines is wearing full-blown Scottish regalia. The optimist in me hopes he gets tossed a few more bucks for that.
Hopefully, the powers that be at The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette don't get any ideas ... although sports reporter Justin Jarrett could probably pull off a kilt, and sell some subscriptions while he's at it.
It seems someone is looking out for the Verizon Heritage. I drove through rain all the way to Hilton Head Island this morning, and I was certain the opening ceremonies for the 41st annual installment of the PGA Tour event would be washed out.
But barely a drop of rain hit the ground at Harbour Town Golf Links, as two-time defending Heritage champion Boo Weekley picked up his hardware (a second tartan jacket and another trophy bearing the gentleman golfer), rode an old-school hickory driver across the 18th fairway like a stick horse, then used that same club to knock the ceremonial opening tee shot into the Calibogue Sound — and away we go.
The wait is finally over! The Obama family got its anticipated pet dog on Easter Sunday — a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo. As you can see, he's pretty darn cute. Here are some facts about our new first pooch:
Saturday was "moving day" at the Masters, and for some big names that meant time to move on to the Verizon Heritage. As a matter of fact, it seems it was a bad week for a number of Heritage regulars.
Penny and I hope the Easter Bunny brings you a basket full of treats! Perhaps we'll see you at the biscuit hunt tomorrow. We'll be there in our Pack gear enjoying the event and the season. Come say hello!
This photo of the Penny Bunny (who hates these pink ears but humors me by wearing them for about two minutes) is from last year. Hope it makes you smile. :)
By JEFF VRABEL • 843-706-8140
So I’m sitting at home last week, knocking back some beef jerky and watching me some “Jon and Kate Plus 8” (SO. CUTE. OMG.) and it hits me — I require a rack of lamb, 3/4 of a pecan log and nine canisters of squirty cheese for the next day’s breakfast and it’s already 8:30 at night and “American Idol” is coming right up and it’s not like Simon and Paula and that boring new girl are going to wait for me to complete last-minute cheese purchases to entertain America.
Now this might be a problem for any of those schlubs who live in “New York City” or “Texas” or “Some Other Country,” but happily I live in Bluffton, S.C. We may have our problems here — tiny traffic circles, a few potholes, some sort of location-based genetic problem that renders us unable to use the phrase “no” when someone arrives pitching a hastily assembled Snap-Tite high-density housing development — but lack of grocery shopping options, well, sir, that is just not one of them. In fact, I am prepared to say that it’s easier to obtain groceries in Bluffton, S.C., than in any other municipality of any size in America. Yeah. I said it, Raleigh-Durham.
Whale Branch Elementary will avoid state takeover — after five years of persistently low test scores — by participating in a project created by the state Department of Education to give high-poverty and under-performing schools extra help.
The school will be monitored closely by the state Department of Education through the Palmetto Priority Schools project. State officials will meet regularly with the school’s principal, district superintendent and school board chairman.
Here's an egg hunt happening North of the Broad that benefits Chain Free Beaufort. The hunt will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at Pigeon Point Park in Beaufort. Bring your leashed dog and try to sniff out some cool prizes. A $5 donation gets you three eggs — or three chances to find the perfect prize. A $10 donation gets you seven eggs. Some eggs are duds, while other contain prizes.
Details: 843-812-6574 or www.chainfreebeaufort.org.
Out today is the “Paul Blart” look-alike comedy, “Observe and Report.” First off, you have to wonder what Hollywood is doing to release two movies with such similar plots so close together. While it’s no secret that ideas seem to be running short in the think tank, couldn’t these at least have been spread further than just three months apart? I mean, really. While I ran down this similar plot back in January, I’m gonna go for it again due to slight differences ... such as the cast.