Now, they're the bane of motorists' lives, damaging vehicles and causing accidents.
Potholes are an all too familiar hazard across our region, and a major expense.
Kent has 5000 miles of roads. Last year it repaired 28,500 holes at a cost of £1.6m pounds.
East Sussex has 2000 miles of roads, and repaired 7,500 potholes. The cost - £375,000.
So is there a better way of tackling the problem?
That's what a group of students in Sussex are trying to work out, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.
A woman from Brighton has been caught up in a Twitter blunder by Donald Trump.
The President-elect mistakenly sent a tweet praising his daughter Ivanka to a researcher with the same name at Brighton and Hove City Council. It's not the first time Ivanka Majic has had messages sent to her meant for the American businesswoman.
It has since been re-tweeted more than 5000 times.
Here's Ivanka Majic, speaking earlier on Good Morning Britain:
Ivanka has responded to Trump:
An inquest into the death of a man from Hampshire, and 29 other British holidaymakers killed in a terror attack on a Tunisian beach has got under way.
David Thompson, who was 80, and a retired Atomic Weapons Establishment scientist from Tadley, had been on holiday.
He was one of thirty people, gunned down on a beach in the resort of Sousse in June 2015.
An inquest heard today that the victims were systematically shot as they tried to escape. Kevin Ashford was at the hearing at London's Royal Courts of Justice.
Common painkillers will no longer be given free to some patients in Sussex.
The local NHS in Brighton and Hove says it's vastly more expensive to prescribe Paracetamol and Ibuprofen than it is to buy them over the counter.
A prescription from a GP costs the NHS £45 - that includes consultation time, of course.
But Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be bought for as little as 19 pence from some supermarkets.
Health chiefs want to save half a million pounds a year to spend on other services.
Patients may soon have to pay for other medications too, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.
Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a farm in Sussex, which left a member of staff needing hospital treatment.
It's the second raid in a year at Fishers Adventure Farm Park in Wisborough Green.
Security was stepped up after the first break-in, but thieves struck again this week escaping with valuable equipment, as Malcolm Shaw reports.
He was one of our greatest artists, and often drew his inspiration from the landscapes and seascapes of the South.
Many of the works of JMW Turner can be seen on display at Petworth House in Sussex.
But now, it's the venue for an exhibition for some of his lesser known paintings - a unique collection of watercolours rather than oils.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Exhibitions Manager Andrew Loukes.
Critically acclaimed drama series Unforgotten returns to our screens tomorrow night with another cold-case whodunnit.
The show stars Nicola Walker alongside the Chancellor of Sussex University, Sanjeev Bhaskar - and both have been out filming in our region.
Andy Dickenson went to meet them along with ensemble cast members Charlie Condou, formerly of Coronation Street, and Mark Bonnar, star of Catastrophe.
Unforgotten starts tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV1.
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It's the end of the year and for many businesses that means time to stock take - a chance to tot up all the assets.
But for some that's no easy task - imagine having to count thousands of constantly moving fish.
That's what staff at Brighton's Sea Life Centre are doing, and they've roped in visitors to help, as Malcolm Shaw reports.