Christine Grefe

Fourteenth Circuit Assistant Solicitor Christine Grefe has received the Ernest F. Hollings Award for Excellence in State Prosecution for her juvenile caseload work in Family Court. She was recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in late September at the annual Solicitor’s Conference in Myrtle Beach.

Grefe has been a prosecutor with the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office since 2004. She is one of the longest-serving attorneys in the office and is its lone prosecutor for juvenile cases, which are typically handled in Family Court. As assistant solicitor, Grefe works closely with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and the Solicitor’s Office Juvenile Pre-Trial Intervention, Arbitration and Juvenile Multidisciplinary Court teams, which she was instrumental in forming.

She was recently nominated to serve on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council.

Grefe is a graduate of Converse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a longtime Lowcountry resident and stays involved with community theater.


Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation won a Gold Award for its Lowcountry Fresh Market and Cafe, and the best project in show (economic project of the year) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented Oct. 6 at the IEDC Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Twenty-five award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received over 500 submissions from four countries.

The Lowcountry Fresh Market and Cafe project, located in Bluffton, entails a direct investment of $5.83 million and the creation of 44 new jobs at an average annual wage of $42,696. 

EMG Consulting and Clemson University partnered to complete an economic impact study on the project.  The study showed a projected total impact of 45 jobs and $21.219 million impact in Beaufort County alone and 63 jobs and $27.32 million impact to the State of South Carolina.

SCORE SC Lowcountry is offering a Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop series beginning Oct. 27 and continuing from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Dec. 8. All sessions are via Zoom.

The workshops are tailored to veterans, active military and military family members, but are open to the public. Each session will be structured to allow for live interaction with presenters.

For more information and to register, visit or email

Morgan Bowers and Haley Grayson have joined Memory Matters as program specialists for the agency’s in-person and virtual clients. Bowers and Grayson both are recreational therapists who have experience working with older adults with various cognitive impairments.

Bowers comes to the position from Tenet Health, where she conducted assessments and implemented goal-centered activities for patients. She also interned at Walter Reed Medical Hospital in Maryland, receiving hands-on experience with veterans diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

Grayson is a Georgia Southern graduate who worked as a residential assistant at an assisted living and memory care center. She also interned at Tampa General Hospital, where she assessed patients to create a plan of care, and created activities for the patients to perform, positively affecting their treatment.

Memory Matters is a local nonprofit organization that provides memory care, and support for caregivers. For more information, visit or call 843-842-6688.

Valerie Shreckengost

Valerie Shreckengost, who has been an agent-realtor for the past two years with Real Estate Five of the Low Country, is now an agent-partner-realtor.

Larry Stoller is broker-In-charge of the Bluffton company.

Shreckengost has special skills in the areas of staging homes and handling inspection issues. She is also an effective home buyer advocate.

Shreckengost can be reached at 843-540-3829, or







Dr. Richard Gough

The President of the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Dr. Richard Gough, joins distinguished leaders from across South Carolina to participate in the Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), an award-winning Furman University’s Riley Institute program.

Now in its 18th year, the program equips participants with tools and perspectives to leverage diversity to improve organizational outcomes and drive social and economic progress in South Carolina. Dr. Gough is one of 42 individuals to be a part of the 15th Lowcountry cohort.

Dr. Gough will take part in a highly interactive curriculum consisting of case studies, scenario analyses and other experiential learning tools that maximize interaction and discussion among classmates and facilitate productive relationships. Working alongside classmates, Dr. Gough will also develop a capstone project that raises awareness of community need.

To see a full list of participants and for more information about the Diversity Leaders Initiative, visit

Hillary and Eric Dollenberg of Dollenberg Properties have joined Keller Williams to launch Keller Williams Luxury, Hilton Head. They will serve as directors of luxury for KW Luxury HHI, with offices in the Village of Wexford.

The luxury brokerage will be exclusively for top agents who serve a distinct clientele and property category. KW Luxury HHI has distinguished branding, a worldwide luxury referral network, and state-of-the-art technology.

Agents of Keller Williams Luxury will receive industry-leading training and the opportunity to work among top producers in the field.

Clients of KW Luxury HHI will experience white-glove, concierge service., including scheduling packing, moving, cleaning and getting families settled in the communities into which they move.

For more information, contact or call  843-290-3063.

Lot 9 Brewing Co., a local nano-brewery, has won a Bronze Medal for its Blonde Ale in the 2021 U.S. Open Beer Championship.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship judges more beer styles than any other competition in the world. This year, more than 8,000 beers representing more than 140 different styles were judged from breweries from all over the country.

Lot 9 is located at 258 Red Cedar St., Unit 14, in Bluffton.

Hilton Head Health has been Voted Best in America three years in a row by USA Today 10Best.

The resort’s Indigo Spa was named the No. 1 Best Hotel Spa in America and the resort was also named the No. 2 Best Wellness Resort in the U.S.

Hilton Head Health has made the top three since 2017, landing the No. 1 spot in 2017, 2019 and 2020. This year was the first time the Indigo Spa, which opened in 2015, was nominated for Best Hotel Spas.

According to 10Best, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to select the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.