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  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.

  SC couple uses blanket business to help families after nearly losing son to bacterial meningitis

  SC ranks among highest unemployment for people with disabilities. A Charleston shop breaks that mold.

  Live 5 takes ‘Polar Plunge’ in Special Olympics fundraiser

  MUSC therapy dogs get married at campus chapel

  Classroom Champions: Kathryn McLendon wants basic supplies for James Island students

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

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  Lowcountry teacher surprised with $25,000 award

  Charleston Korean War veteran surprised with wish before aggressive cancer treatment

Delta Airlines reunites toddler with lost doll at Savannah Airport

  Mosquito Beach set to get marker from National Park Service

  Classroom Champions: Teacher wants headphones for students at Andrews Elementary

  These famous faces in Hollywood have roots in the Lowcountry and South Carolina

Chiefs player celebrates Super Bowl win by paying all pet adoption fees at shelter

The KC Pet Project has more than 100 dogs up for adoption.

Son-in-law prevents 87-year-old from falling victim to sweepstakes scam

Had it not been for her son-in-law’s suspicions, an 87-year-old Rowan County woman might have gotten scammed out of all the money she had. It’s another example of someone saying they are with a popular sweepstakes but are really targeting the elderly in a scam.

  Minnesota woman finds her long lost dog thanks to Florida brewery featuring adoptable pets on beer cans

MotorWorks, a brewery in Bradenton, partnered with Manatee County Animal Services to begin printing adoptable pets on beer cans to raise awareness about animal adoption and one of the first dog’s they printed was a pup named, “Day-Day.”

  Classroom Champions: Kathryn Sanyal wants garden gear for Springfield students

Kathryn Sanyal teaches gifted and talented third through fifth grade students at Springfield Elementary in Charleston. Her class is known as SAIL, which stands for Students Actively Involved In Learning. To challenge them beyond the books, these students plant a garden.

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

Charleston Co. Deputy wins Deputy of the Year

  Liberty Hill Academy counselor receives national service award

  After dropping 155 lbs, Lufkin teacher runs first marathon

  Classroom Champions: Tiffany McCullough wants items for biology class at Carvers Bay High

Vice President Pence to visit Lowcountry, receive Patriot Award

Firefighter credited with saving man thrown from Back River Bridge speaks

The firefighter that rescued a driver from the Savannah River on Friday night says that was his first “real” rescue.

  Lowcountry native Darius Rucker among 6 educators, grads being honored

Darius Rucker is one of six people being honored in March for outstanding achievement as an educator or a South Carolina Public School graduate, according to the South Carolina Foundation for Educational Leadership.

  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.

Clemson family welcomes new addition in style

One Clemson family will be enjoying the game tonight with its newest addition.

  Clemson players meet teen battling leukemia at National Championship game

When Clemson took the floor at Media Day, you couldn’t help put notice some of the players talking to a teenager in the front row.

  Paralyzed S.C. man completes Charleston Marathon, breaks Guinness World Record

He beat the previous world record by almost three hours

  Classroom Champions: Four projects were funded in December totaling more than $1K

From calculators to frogs, requests from teachers on the Donors Choose website in December had a little bit of everything. From December 3, which was National Giving Tuesday, through the end of December, your contributions funded four projects.

  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.

  Boone Hall Plantation owner receives Order of Palmetto

Boone Hall Plantation owner Willie McRae received South Carolina’s highest civilian honor Monday.

  Volunteers pack more than 1,450 backpacks for children in foster care

More than 120 volunteers at Seacoast Church put together over 1,400 backpacks for the Charleston Department of Social Services as a part of the "Journey Bags" initiative.

Church celebrates 155 years of service

St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church has been in commission for more than 10 decades, 155 years to be exact, since 1865.

Dog reunites with original owner in Goose Creek four years after separation

Selene was found underweight but in the last week she gained about 10 pounds, with 15 more pounds to go to reach a healthy weight.

Summerville Medical Center welcomes first baby born in 2020

Summerville Medical Center welcomed the first newborn of the new year less than an hour after 2020 began.

  Lowcountry ‘Polar Plunges’ provide chilly start to new year

Across the coast, thousands are preparing to start 2020 with a swim in winter waters.

  Why are collard greens and black-eyed peas considered ‘good luck’ meals for the New Year?

There are many ways you can bring in the new year. Some will start 2020 by focusing on personal New Year’s resolutions, and others will eat a special meal in hopes to bring good fortune.

N.C. rescue cat garners national attention for resemblance to Baby Yoda

A cat that was found by a volunteer at the Humane Society of Rowan County has garnered national attention for her striking resemblance to the Star Wars character “Baby Yoda.”

  Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh gets early Christmas surprise on set

Christmas came a bit early Tuesday night for Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh.

  Local artist delivers Christmas wish to 9-year-old

For 9-year-old Michael his dog, Tido, was his best friend. But earlier this year, Tido passed away and for Christmas Michael was asking Santa for a new dog, but Santa wasn’t going to be able to make this happen.

S.C. boy forges new friendship with FedEx delivery driver

A Lexington boy said he is extra thankful this holiday season after befriending his neighborhood FedEx delivery driver over their shared love of basketball.

  Family speaks after UNC Charlotte hero Riley Howell is named Jedi Master in the Star Wars universe

The man who died as a hero in the shooting at UNC Charlotte, is now a Jedi Master. Lucasfilms made Riley Howell a canon Jedi Master and Historian in the Star Wars Universe.

SC serviceman surprises his kids in emotional holiday homecoming

A Columbia serviceman will spend the holidays with his family after returning from an 11-month deployment in Iraq and surprising his children upon his arrival.

  S.C. family hangs 75 handprints on Christmas tree for all those they fostered

At any given point could have between one and 20 kids living in the home of a Summerville family who has fostered more than 75 children this year.

Girl calls 911 for missing package, sheriff’s office arrests Grinch

The Randall County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the Grinch after he stole a present from a young girl in Amarillo.

Classroom Champions: Just $350 still needed to outfit dance students at Summerville High

Last week, dance teacher Laura Kogan needed $588 to complete a request on the Donors Choose website for some standard costumes students could wear during their performances. Now, she needs $350 to purchase them.

  Santa rides motorcycle downtown, helps Charleston Police deliver gifts

Some streets in downtown Charleston were briefly closed on Wednesday morning for an unlikely sight: Santa Claus riding through the city on a motorcycle.

Veteran who has logged more than 7,000 hours retires as East Cooper Medical volunteer

Wednesday was a very special day for one volunteer at the East Cooper Medical Center.

  Charleston Animal Society receives $11,000 from Petco Foundation Wishes

The Charleston Animal Society received a surprise of $11,000 on Thursday after two Charleston locals submitted their heart-warming adoption stories.

  Classroom Champions: Kogan wants costumes for dance students at Summerville High

As Summerville High dance teachers prepare for future productions, their students need costumes that can be worn for different types of performances. They are trained in ballet, modern and lyrical dancing.

McMaster, conservation leaders mark 300,000 acres preserved in the Lowcountry

Members of the task force say they want to preserve another 100,000 in ten years.

  When given $150 at Cops and Kids shopping event, girl buys groceries for family

When someone saw that she was buying groceries instead of toys with her gift card, they decided to give her a surprise

‘God’s provision was on full display’: Marion County crews rescue man who got lost on hunting trip

The man became disoriented in the 26,000-acre Woodbury Tract Wildlife Management Area and Heritage Preserve for approximately four hours.

  Georgetown residents and buiness owners put Christmas lights on Front Street

This comes after years of not having any Christmas lights display on the street

  Classroom Champions: Teacher wants scientific calculators for Harleyville-Ridgeville students

Math teacher Autumn Hart emphasizes to her students at Harleyville-Ridgeville Middle in the town of Dorchester that math is an exact science. She teaches sixth through eighth grade.

  Classroom Champions: Elementary teacher wants cool novels for Forest Hills students

Students in the third through fifth-grade age group grew up as tech babies, so reading can sometimes take a back seat. But these students really enjoy Manga and Graphic novels.

Unclaimed veteran to be laid to rest with full military honors on Friday at Ft. Jackson

An unclaimed veteran will be laid to rest with full military honors on Friday at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

  Classroom Champions: Mrs. K. wants preserved frogs for science students at Kingstree Middle Magnet

The teacher says dissecting frogs will give students real world application and enhance STEM education.

Tree lighting sets ‘Christmas Town USA’ aglow for holiday season

The small North Carolina town of McAdenville, “Christmas Town USA,” lit up Monday night for the first time of the 2019 holiday season.

  Shop owners and shoppers enjoy Small Business Saturday in Summerville one year after major renovations

Exactly a year after Hutchinson Square began to open back up from renovations, local business owners and buyers came out to enjoy Small Business Saturday

Family of soldiers receives Quilts of Valor on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day for us all to fill our stomachs with our favorite foods, be with loved ones, and give thanks.

  Classroom Champions: Thanks for $2971 in donations to nine Lowcountry classrooms

From early learners to high school students, your generosity has touched the lives of students of all ages and all subjects. As Classroom Champions, you've donated $2971 to nine classrooms from Georgetown to Ridgeville already this school year.

  S.C. organ donor to be honored posthumously at Rose Parade

A Berkeley County man who died from a brain aneurysm earlier this year will be honored as an organ donor at the Rose Parade in California on New Year’s Day.

Vintage 1965 Mustang restored by high school kids, raffling off for $20

A gorgeous 1965 Ford Mustang was just restored to its former glory by a group of high school students.

Healthcare network to give away 200 Turkeys to Medicaid recipients in Charleston

A free event will provide turkeys to Medicaid recipients in need Saturday.

Chapin community works to raise money for beloved basketball coach diagnosed with cancer

In October, Mark Snelgrove was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. For the Chapin High School basketball team, the fight to win now goes beyond the courts.

  Classroom Champions: Brown wants sand and paint supplies for autistic students

Gwendolyn Brown teaches third through fifth grade students at North Charleston Elementary School. All of her students are autistic.Some have limited verbal communication. Some are non-verbal. But all are eager to learn, and Brown says that's why sensory exploration is crucial.

Group receives big donation for program bringing cheer to young patients

A program that aims to bring joy to patients at MUSC Children’s Hospital received a large grant from State Farm Tuesday.

Dog who saved owner from fire honored by Lowcountry firefighters

A dog in Beaufort got a pretty special honor on Tuesday.

You can get texts from Santa leading up to Christmas

The holly, jolly, man himself will text jokes, sayings, recipes, facts, and little reminders.

Missing man found alive after 33 years by childhood friend

After months of planning, the man, who went missing in 1986, made his way back to his hometown to see his childhood friends once again.

Boy, 8, raises more than $50K for homeless veterans over 4 years

The 8-year-old has helped nearly 3,000 veterans so far with the care packages he calls "hero bags."

  9/11 Heroes Run set for Sunday afternoon

A special event designed to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as military and first responders is set for Sunday.

Live 5’s Raphael James and wife Sarena win Spot Light Award

Congratulations, Raphael and Serena!

  Photographers put on photo shoot for 3rd grader who was denied school picture

The 8-year-old was denied a school picture because of the red braid extensions in her hair.

Live 5 hosts Job Blitz Phone Bank to help job seekers find work

Consultants with SC Works and their partnering agencies will be taking your phone calls, answering these questions on Thursday, from 4 p.m to 6:30 p.m. Look for the number to call on Live 5 News when the phone bank opens.

  Classroom Champions: A Georgetown County teacher wants reading games for her third graders

Melissa Chastain teaches third grade at Plantersville Elementary. Her students are eager learners. She says like many children their age, they learn more effectively when given the opportunity to use their hands.

Myrtle Beach golf pros raise over $130K for scholarships for children of fallen, disabled service members

A group of Grand Strand golf industry professional donated over $130,000 to go toward scholarships for the children of fallen or disabled members of the Armed Forces.

  Lowcountry firefighter surprised at bell-ringing to mark end of cancer treatments

Friends, family and fellow firefighters surprised one of their own Tuesday as he marked the completion of chemotherapy.

‘I about fell over’: N.C. Army veteran wins $276,688 Cash 5 jackpot

Ernest Dodson of Greensboro plans to use his $276,688 Cash 5 jackpot winnings to pay off all his debts — and get a new big-screen television.