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An aerial view of Harbour Town. (Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau) An aerial view of Harbour Town. (Courtesy of the Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau)
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    Hostage released at the Trumbull County Jail

    Hostage released at the Trumbull County Jail

    A five hour hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail ended with the safe release of a corrections guard taken hostage by 3 inmates.

    Authorities “talked it out” with the inmates resulting in the release of the guard who at one point had a homemade prison weapon held to his throat.
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    A five hour hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail ended with the safe release of a corrections guard taken hostage by 3 inmates.

    Authorities “talked it out” with the inmates resulting in the release of the guard who at one point had a homemade prison weapon held to his throat.
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  • Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Suspect in Trumbull County jail hostage crisis facing death penalty case

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:55:14 GMT
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
    One of the three inmates identified as being involved in a hostage situation at the Trumbull County jail faces criminal charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted.Authorities say that 29-year-old David Martin of Cleveland is awaiting trial for the murder of Jeremy Cole in Warren in October, 2012.Martin was a neighbor of Cole who was shot to death at a home on Oak Circle SW. A woman was also wounded during the crime.The Trumbull County Grand Jury handed up a ten count indictment a...More >>
  • Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Remembering Idora Park over the years

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-04-24 00:52:10 GMT
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>
    This Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating fire that led to the closing of the Idora Amusement Park. Glenn Stevens took a look back at Idora Park's history and the memories it made for generations. More >>

The largest sea island between New Jersey and Florida, and one of America's great resort meccas, Hilton Head is surrounded by the Low Country, where much of the romance, beauty, and graciousness of the Old South survives. Broad white-sand beaches are warmed by the Gulf Stream and fringed with palm trees and rolling dunes. Palms mingle with live oaks, dogwood, and pines, and everything is draped in Spanish moss. Graceful sea oats, anchoring the beaches, wave in the wind. The subtropical climate makes all this beauty the ideal setting for golf and for some of the Southeast's finest saltwater fishing. Far more sophisticated and upscale than Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, Hilton Head's "plantations" (as most resort areas here call themselves) offer visitors something of the traditional leisurely lifestyle that's always held sway here.

Although it covers only 42 square miles (it's 12 miles long and 5 miles wide at its widest point), Hilton Head feels spacious, thanks to judicious planning from the beginning of its development in 1952. And that's a blessing because about 2.3 million resort guests visit annually (the permanent population is about 35,000). The broad beaches on its ocean side, sea marshes on the sound, and natural wooded areas of live and water oak, pine, bay, and palmetto trees in between have all been carefully preserved amid commercial explosion. This lovely setting attracts artists, writers, musicians, theater groups, and craftspeople. The only city (of sorts) is Harbour Town, at Sea Pines Plantation, a Mediterranean-style cluster of shops and restaurants.

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