Charleston ranked in the top 10 cities for summer staycations

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 15 key metrics to determine the best places for a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation.

Lowcountry Chick-Fil-A location honors its 2020 graduates

Orangeburg County sheriff praises community after missing man found

For first time in 2 years, Dorchester Paws empties shelter

  Anglican church in West Ashley resumes in-person service with new safety protocols

Harris Teeter announces free COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites

Darius Rucker spreads message of hope, encouragement amid virus outbreak

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Lowcountry nonprofit to distribute free food in North Charleston Saturday morning

Live 5 Facebook Town Hall: I survived Covid-19

  NFL Player, North Charleston native sponsoring food giveaway

Community invited to pay final respects to civil rights leader and AME Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady

American Red Cross assisting family in Dorchester County after house fire

Goose Creek Police Department introduces K9, Bonnie

Berkeley Co. hosting blood drive as coronavirus causes blood shortage

The blood drive will be in the Assembly Room at the Berkeley County Administration Building, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, on Tuesday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

‘We’re all stuck in our homes’: Surfside Beach entertainer holds front porch concert for neighbors

TJ Walsh usually performs around Surfside Beach, but instead, he did it all in his front yard.

  Red Cross still helping S.C. tornado victims despite pandemic

More than 300 people lost their homes in the recent tornadoes, and the Red Cross is still working to get them back on their feet.

  New program encourages people to donate food to frontline workers

A North Charleston business started a program to help ease the stress for frontline workers across the Charleston area.

  Darius Rucker donates $50K to Lowcountry Food Bank, issues giving challenge

Charleston Police Department resuming hospital staff appreciation display

Moncks Corner church giving out food, other supplies to those in need on Saturday

  Lowcountry Food Bank relief drive raises more than triple the goal, but there’s still time to help

  Lowcountry Strong: Church to distribute food, supplies to people in need

Lowcountry Food Bank unites broadcasters for 24-hour relief fund drive

NICU team celebrates Easter at Summerville Medical Center

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Summerville Medical Center shared photos of its teams and babies celebrating Easter.

Lowcountry Food Bank fundraises to meet increased demand during coronavirus pandemic

The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) says it’s seen a 379 percent increase in the number of people who need emergency food assistance since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Summerville Medical Center to give Easter onesies to newborn babies

Officials with Summerville Medical Center shared photos of the new special onesie that will be given to newborn babies on Easter Sunday.

The town of Summerville and Dorchester County to hold heroes parade Saturday

The town of Summerville and Dorchester County will hold a heroes parade on Saturday afternoon to thank those working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Charleston County deputies read for children virtually Saturday night

Charleston County deputies are doing a virtual story time on Saturday night while families are home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local leaders comment on request for more COVID-19 testing in African American community

Data released by Mecklenburg County Friday shows that roughly 50 percent of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county are black.

  Lowcountry Strong: Sewing headbands, spreading ‘sunshine’ to help healthcare workers

A Mount Pleasant woman is sewing headbands with buttons on the side to help nurses and doctors in the Charleston area.

Mt. Pleasant school community providing meals for local healthcare workers

East Cooper Montessori Charter School is partnering with Coastal Crust to provide a box lunch to everyhealthcare worker at MUSC Health Primary Care located at the Citadel Mall

  North Charleston hotel offering first responders hotel discount

The North Charleston Marriott is now giving all first responders and support staff a 20% discount on rooms to show their appreciation.

  Lowcountry Strong: Artists start non-profit to keep creative scene alive during COVID-19

With public galleries, shops and events cancelled during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Lowcountry artists are feeling the financial strain.

West Ashley girl celebrates birthday without party, but with big smiles

When social distancing kept a little girl from having a birthday party, she found a creative way to celebrate.

  Town of Edisto Beach votes to adopt emergency ordinance restricting access to non-residence

Protesters were seen near the entrance to Edisto Island asking non-residents to stay home on Sunday.

  Folly Beach to reinstate checkpoint, suspend short term rentals

Protesters were seen on Folly Beach Saturday morning after officials lifted restrictions and checkpoints on the island Friday night.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe donating 100,000 smoothies to healthcare workers, first responders

Tropical Smoothie Cafe announced its goal to donate 100,000 smoothies nationwide to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

BI-LO introduces special shopping hour for community heroes

BI-LO grocery stores will add a special shopping hour dedicated to healthcare providers and first responders.

Community Resource Center in Summerville holding supply drive for families in need

The Community Resource Center in Summerville is collecting items to support at least 1,500 people in the community.

Surprise party! York County deputies arrive to wish 4-year-old ‘Happy Birthday’ during social distancing warning

Clara, who was looking forward to the celebration, received a great surprise courtesy of the York County Sheriff’s Office.

SC Strong shirts saving jobs and supporting health care workers

A Midlands business owner has come up with a way to keep his staff working all while helping to support health care workers in the state. Koss Creative Brands in Columbia is now printing South Carolina “Strong” t-shirts during these uncertain and trying times.

Red Cross faces ‘critical challenges’ as blood drives get canceled

The American Red Cross says it is facing blood shortages and challenges to adjust service in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Lowcountry Strong: Mt. Pleasant women ‘feeding our heroes’ on the front lines

A grassroots effort, called “Feeding Our Heroes," took off after a Facebook post and some group messages.

  Financial planner says despite the impact of the coronavirus on the stock market, stay calm

“The stock market is very forward looking, a lot of what’s happening right now is based on fear of what might happen in the economy, not on what actually has happened yet,” Clay Abel said.

Charleston Black Expo, Taste of Black Charleston to carry on as planned

Organizers of of the annual Taste of Black Charleston and Charleston Black Expo confirmed both events will still run as scheduled.

  Dorchester Co. couple stuck in California after cruise ended early due to the coronavirus

Dale and Wylene Davis were excited about celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and Wylene's birthday. They had a great vacation. But their time in paradise has ended with a mandated quarantine in California.

  Classroom Champions: Stephanie Haecherl wants VersaTiles for students at Whitesides Elementary

Stephanie Haecherl says her students would benefit from VersaTiles. It is a self-checking, puzzle-like skill-building tool designed to improve reading and writing skills, and will also enhance their self-management and decision making abilities.

  The movie-going experience during segregation prompted blacks to fight for better treatment.

"They would often refer to the upper seats as the buzzard's roost or the peanut gallery because those were often the least cared for sections of the theater to begin with at the time," Professor Damon Fordham said.

  The Citadel’s first African American barber recalls his journey at South Carolina’s military college

Thad Miller got the job, but was told he could only maintain the hair of the black cadets at The Citadel.

  Charleston Wine + Food Festival underway through Sunday

The annual Charleston Wine & Food Festival, which highlights the Lowcountry’s diverse culinary and hospitality community, begins Wednesday.

  Classroom Champions: Rachel Renfro wants flexible seating options for Alston-Bailey students

These fourth graders are hands-on learners. Movement allows them to better focus and learn independently. Being able to move away from their desks keeps their blood flowing and their minds engaged.

  Edith Frierson Elementary students explain the history of Black History Month

Black History Month first began as Negro History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Woodson wanted schools and communities all over the nation to learn about the accomplishments of African Americans and celebrate their contributions to society.

Oyster roast to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The event will take place at Founders Hall on Old Towne Road from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Organization holding event to share traditions of Gullah Geechee people of the Lowcountry

The ‘Awakening the Ancestors’ event is on Sunday, February 23, at 4 p.m at the Wesley United Methodist Church of John’s Island.

Free shred event being held to get rid of old documents

A South Carolina bank is holding a free shred event Saturday morning for residents to help get rid of any of your unwanted documents safely.

Youth development organization hosts event to help prevent teen dating violence

Lowcountry Youth Services, a community bases, youth development organization, is hosting an event on Saturday to help prevent teen dating violence.

  Martin Luther King III speaks at Climate and Environmental Justice Town Hall on Saturday

On Saturday, state and national advocacy groups are holding a Climate and Environmental Justice Town Hall.

  Classroom Champions: Teacher wants books for history students at Charleston Math and Science

A teacher at a Lowcountry school wants to give his students a diverse experience. He’s asking for books that expose them to unconventional and challenging ideas.

  Music of the Movement: A Lowcountry gospel singer explains the songs of the Civil Rights era

Whether it was a meeting, a march or a protest, during the Civil Rights Movement, there was always music.

  Bacon and Bourbon event rescheduled for May

Organizers of Bacon and Bourbon have rescheduled the annual event for May following an abrupt cancellation hours before it was to have taken place earlier in February.

  Live 5 takes ‘Polar Plunge’ in Special Olympics fundraiser

When the ocean’s temperature only measures 59 degrees, that might be enough to keep many out of the water. But members of the Live 5 team took the plunge for a good cause.

Lowcountry democrats attend events ahead of SC Primary

Democratic presidential hopeful and former vice president Joe Biden will be in the Lowcountry Saturday, just weeks before the South Carolina primary.

  St. Stephen plans to honor artist, educator Dr. Leo Twiggs

Dr. Leo Twiggs is one of the newest inductees into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

  Bacon and Bourbon event to be rescheduled after abrupt cancellation over liquor licensing issue

Organizers of Bacon and Bourbon plan to reschedule the event which was canceled hours before it was set to take place on Saturday.

The Citadel and Google raise awareness for STEM opportunities at annual “Storm The Citadel” event

Google is teaming up with The Citadel’s STEM Center for Excellence for the event that includes hands-on engineering competitions.

The City of Isle of Palms hosts Doggie Day

“Doggie Day at the Rec” brought together the City’s Animal Control with the community and its pets from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday.

  Mosquito Beach set to get marker from National Park Service

Mosquito Beach is about 10 minutes from Folly Beach, but in the 50's during the Jim Crow era that kept blacks and whites separate in the south, blacks could not go to Folly Beach.

  DD2 partners with Rotary Club of Summerville to distribute 10,000 meals to families in need

"The Strike Out to End Hunger" community service project is aimed to help families who are need within Dorchester District Two and the community.

Registration opens for third annual Tri-County STEMersion program

Registration is open for the 2020 Tri-County STEMersion program to connect educators with area industries.

Charleston County School District hosting school choice fairs

The Charleston County School District is hosting School Choice Fairs on Saturday as national School Choice week comes to a close.

Hartsville community looks to each other for support following deadly shooting

The Hartsville community continues to grapple with the tragic loss of three men after a shooting last weekend at Mac’s Lounge.

  Relief drive underway in N. Charleston to help Puerto Rico earthquake victims

The city of North Charleston is teaming up with a Charleston woman who grew up in Puerto Rico to help those affected by the earthquakes there.

  As new EPA rule redefines protected waterways, some fear Lowcountry impacts

Attorneys and environmental groups say a new federal rule could change water-quality protections for certain wetlands and tributaries across the Lowcountry.

  40th Annual Charleston Boat Show kicks off Friday

The 40th annual Charleston Boat Show is back in town and will run from noon on Friday through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

  Beaufort Co. group holds procession, prayer vigil in stand against crime

Activists and community members in Beaufort county are calling for change after a number of recent violent crimes and shootings.

  Classroom Champions: ELA teacher wants books for students at West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet

A new year brings an opportunity to try new things, and one teacher wants to inspire the love of reading in her students with books that reflect their personalities and interests.

New Miss Summerville, North Charleston titleholders crowned

Four young ladies from the Carolina coast are headed to Miss South Carolina this summer.

  Lowcountry wood carver turns hurricane debris into art

For most people, Hurricane Dorian left a mess. But for a master wood carver, it left opportunity when a giant tree landed in his neighbors yard.

  Annual Civil War, artifact show opens in Mount Pleasant

The Lowcountry Civil War and Artifact Show opened Saturday for its 25th consecutive year in the Charleston area.

  Salvation Army’s Red Kettle program falls tens of thousands of dollars short of goal

The Salvation Army in Charleston say they need your help after their holiday Red Kettle program came up tens of thousands of dollars short of their goal.

  N. Charleston groups holding food giveaways Saturday

While the holidays are a time filled with celebrations, for people struggling to put food on the table, it can be a challenge.