Live 5 Scambusters: Isolation of pandemic creates void for scammers

According to a recent Wells Fargo study, 25% of respondents age 60 years old and older acknowledged feeling lonely, while 43% reported that they may not speak to anyone for days at a time.

  You Paid For It: Lunches for Lab Workers

  Fact or Fiction: Does the CDC suggest doubling up masks?

  Thousands of vaccine-eligible S.C. residents don’t have driver’s licenses, prompting access concerns

  Tax filing tips from the IRS

  Lowcountry dentists notice uptick in oral health problems during pandemic

  Williamsburg Co. School District tapping into program to hire teachers from abroad

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  Smokers could be eligible for COVID vaccine in Phase 1C ahead of general public

  Local school districts pay $4,000+ per TFA teacher recruited

  State treasurer calls Teach For America a ‘financial boondoggle’ for S.C. taxpayers

  Live 5 Scambusters: Stimulus payment scams deemed ‘common’

  You Paid For It: Repairs made to King Street after brick archway collapses

  State pays $2000 to Charleston man following lawsuit for wrongful arrest

  Charleston County schools invest $700K in new technology for virtual learners

With hundreds of students still learning from home because of the pandemic, the Charleston County School District decided to invest in some new technology.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Never pay to ‘jump the line’ for coronavirus vaccines

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs says the most common pandemic-related scam currently relates to vaccine availability.

  ‘We’re getting tired:’ S.C. nurses share experience inside COVID units

Some frontline workers said they are “exhausted” as patients fill more than 80-percent of the available hospital beds statewide and as COVID units approach capacity.

  More than 100 S.C. school nurses using smart thermometers to track fevers, potential outbreaks

Students in more than 100 South Carolina schools are now using smart thermometers, allowing nurses to track fevers and potential outbreaks down to specific grade levels.

  Prison workers union calls for action on COVID-19 outbreak at FCI Williamsburg

  Charleston police release disciplinary histories of officers involved in Jason Cooper’s death

Family files lawsuit against driver, passenger after son killed by runaway utility trailer

  Victim advocates fight SC shortage of nurses trained to conduct rape kits

  S.C. Superintendent says schools need to offer in-person option, warns against winter sports

  Concerns mount as COVID-19 cases increase at Williamsburg Co. federal prison

  Thousands in SC wait for broadband internet access as deadline looms

Companies working to install fiber to give more South Carolinians broadband internet access face a deadline this week some may not be able to meet.

COVID-19 cases increasing at Williamsburg County federal prison

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg now has 24 confirmed active coronavirus cases among inmates and eight cases among employees.

  Family wants law strengthened after son killed by runaway utility trailer

This Christmas will mark the first without the Hayes’ loved one. Corey Hayes, 24, died in a crash along US 701 in Georgetown on June 17.

  More S.C. parents saying no to common vaccines

In a year where people have been waiting for a coronavirus vaccine, a portion of parents seem to be foregoing the common vaccines when it comes to their children.

  Dorchester Co. Coastal Center cited for failure to follow COVID safety guidelines

A Dorchester County long-term care facility for people with disabilities failed to follow infection control procedures amid an ongoing COVID outbreak among residents and workers, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  S.C. superintendent ‘alarmed’ as school districts report increase in number of failing students

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said she’s alarmed by the increase in the number of students failing at least one class in the first nine weeks of the school year.

  S.C. superintendent not told about governor’s announcement on school testing program

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said in an email to the state’s superintendents that she was not given “advance notice” of Gov. Henry McMaster’s announcement about rapid COVID-19 testing for schools.

  School board members push for answers after unexplained $100k ‘student injury’ settlement

Some Charleston County School Board members said they have not been given details about a $100,000 “student injury” settlement paid out by the district this year, and now a couple of them are pushing for answers.

  You Paid For It: Construction to start soon on new pedestrian bridge in McClellanville

Construction for a new pedestrian bridge in McClellanville will finally be underway in the next couple of months.

  After Lowcountry man’s death, Live 5 investigates increase in local ketamine usage

James Britt, Jr. was injected with ketamine by Charleston County EMS outside Mount Pleasant’s Snee Farm community.

  Charleston Co. Schools pays out $100k for ‘student injury,’ refuses to explain

The Charleston County School District paid out $100,000 in a settlement earlier this year, but the district’s lawyers are now refusing to fully release the public documents that would explain why.

  Some parents and school leaders question COVID case reporting

Some parents and private school leaders say they are struggling to trust how positive cases of the coronavirus in classrooms are being reported.

  Infectious disease expert calls maskless crowds outside downtown Charleston bars ‘stunningly stupid’

An infectious disease expert is calling on the City of Charleston to do “much more” after two videos surfaced showing crowds of maskless people outside downtown bars for two straight weekends.

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

Nurse practitioners are questioning their own education at some colleges. There’s no national standard on how to educate nurse practitioners, while medical education for doctors was standardized more than 100 years ago.

  Deadline for Boy Scout abuse claims in bankruptcy court

As sex abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America continue, attorneys here in the Lowcountry are handling many of the national claims in bankruptcy court.

  Charleston Co. Elections hopes changes will help Election Day lines

“Monumental” is the word Charleston County Elections Executive Director Joe Debney used to describe this year’s election.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A boss in need of a favor may be a scammer in disguise

An email or text from your boss probably warrants an immediate response but if your boss asks a favor you may want to pause for a second.

  25 COVID-19 cases reported at Coastal Center; four dorms quarantined

A Dorchester County facility that has more than 140 residents and employs nearly 350 people is once again in the midst of an active COVID-19 outbreak.

  Former S.C. prison warden, associate get thousands in payout after inmate escape

The former warden and associate warden of Lieber Correctional Institute in Ridgeville got paid a combined $35,500 in a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

  COVID-19 outbreak causes concerns at Coastal Center in Summerville

More coronavirus concerns are cropping up at a state-run facility that serves roughly 140 people with disabilities and special needs in Dorchester County.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about phony DMV websites

State Departments of Motor Vehicles offer many of their services online if citizens don’t feel comfortable going in person, but the Better Business Bureau says scammers are taking advantage.

‘I am unrecognizable’: Medical tourist surpasses weight loss goal

It’s a series called "Fighting for My Life and that’s exactly what Will Smink did was fight for his life.

  CDC recommendations for trick or treating

Experts say the idea of Halloween this year is extra scary when you think about strangers interacting in the middle of the COVID pandemic.

  Charleston Co. schools plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccine when available

The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is on, and Charleston County schools are getting ready for the moment one is approved. The school district hired a vaccination nurse who started Tuesday.

  Live 5 Scambusters: New study shows COVID-19 scams jumped nearly 50,000% earlier this year

As the Coronavirus pandemic stretches into another month, the reports of COVID-related scams keep piling up.

  Packed Moncks Corner rodeo event raises COVID-19 concerns

A rodeo held last week on public property in Berkeley County drew large crowds, raising questions over how such an event was able to take place in the midst of a pandemic.

  Cardiologist encourages heart checks for some student athletes after COVID-19 recovery

Some health experts are raising new concerns about the lasting impacts of the coronavirus on the hearts of student athletes. Dr. Lanier Jackson, a pediatric cardiologist for the Medical University of South Carolina, is concerned about a potentially deadly complication that can linger long after.

  Residents concerned about plans for new sewage pump station on Thomas Island

Construction on a long-awaited sewage pump station project in Berkeley County is expected to start next week, but some people who live near the site say they just learned about the plans over the summer and are not happy.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Online network provides scam resources for seniors

As millions of elderly Americans fall victim to fraud, a network of state agencies and organizations offer resources for seniors to fight the scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: A package waiting for delivery may be a scam

If you’re a big online shopper and receive frequent packages at home, scammers could be targeting you.

  At least 400 Charleston businesses have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic

At least 416 businesses have closed across the City of Charleston, according to city code enforcement officials.

  A local look at college COVID-19 reporting

College and universities depend on COVID-19 data to shape policies and procedures for campus operations, but not all South Carolina schools are reporting COVID cases the same way.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB warns about spoofed pages to hide poor ratings

The Better Business Bureau offers ratings for hundreds of thousands of businesses based on their performance and customer service, but a new BBB warning shows the ratings aren’t always what they seem.

  Four million Americans waited more than 4 weeks for their first unemployment check

Millions of Americans have waited more than 4 weeks to get their first unemployment check. State offices, overwhelmed with claims, calls and emails have lagged in processing claims.

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

School is in full swing and districts are spending millions of dollars making sure students and staff are safe during the pandemic.

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC reported what it calls a “troubling” drop in routine vaccinations for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency said while families followed public health warnings about staying home during the pandemic, “an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations.”

  Live 5 Scambusters: Water slides ordered but something else is delivered

Parents looking for ways to keep kids entertained at home are buying water slides and swing sets at bargain prices but something much different is being delivered.

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

After thousands of students weren’t heard from when the state went fully online in March, teachers say they have concocted a new plan on keeping attendance.

  Live 5 Scambusters: BBB says sweepstakes scams are using the COVID-19 pandemic, targeting seniors more

If you’ve won the lottery or sweepstakes you don’t have to pay anything to get your money, but some people are still sending thousands of dollars to scammers.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Finding free education on a variety of scams

Education is key when it comes to recognizing scams and knowing the red flags can save you from becoming a victim.

Dept. of Consumer Affairs offers free help to spot job scams

Rising unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people desperate to find work and given scammers more ammunition.

  ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license

Pandemic Pods have emerged as a classroom alternative for children who will be starting their school year virtually.

  South Carolina disabilities department reports 36 COVID-19 deaths

More than a thousand people who either work for or depend on the services of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Charleston Co. Schools spends $1.2 million on virtual academy they may not fully use

The Charleston County School District spent $1.2 million creating its Virtual Academy, its long-term virtual option, but part of it may now be scrapped for the start of the year.

  You Paid For It: New yard waste process should save county money

The Bees Ferry landfill in West Ashley brought in about 70,000 tons of yard waste alone last year.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Don’t be counted as a victim of Census scams

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the U.S. Census Bureau a curveball and delayed the process, but as the push to finish the count ramps up, scammers may take advantage.

  Charleston Co. teacher: District ‘not being honest’ about letting teachers choose

Some Charleston County teachers are pushing back after school district officials said publicly they have a choice about teaching in-person classes.

  State investigates reports of people ‘double dipping’ in unemployment funds

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce has seen hundreds of thousands of claims for unemployment.

In-person classes to resume at center serving those with disabilities, special needs

Classes will soon be back in session at a Dorchester County facility that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

  You Paid For It: New water well in Awendaw coming soon

After a three-year delay, a project to build a second water well in the Town of Awendaw finally has the green light again.

  Live 5 Scambusters: FTC warns about new round of COVID-19 relief scams

As Congress considers another economic relief package to help during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission has put out another warning about potential scams.

  Hundreds of evictions filed in the Tri-County since moratorium lifted

It’s been more than two months since the moratorium on evictions in South Carolina was lifted and requests for help are still coming in.

  COVID-19 and the Cafeteria: School districts release fall safety plans

Lowcountry districts have been challenged to find a way for kids to return to cafeterias safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they are starting to reveal some of their plans for how the new lunch lines will work.

  Parties in the pandemic: What experts and Lowcountry laws say

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some weddings and other large functions are continuing to take place in the Lowcountry.

  Hospitals looking at protocols in place for tropical systems in the midst of coronavirus

Three months into hurricane season and with the most active months still ahead, hospitals around the Lowcountry are not only getting their response plans in place but also figuring out how to deal with a tropical system in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Live 5 Scambusters: Brushing up on brushing scams

If you receive a package in the mail that you didn't order, you may be part of a scam and not even know it.

  Fact or Fiction: Profiting off pandemic patients?

Some social media posts that are circulating question whether the count of COVID cases is accurate, claiming that hospitals could be inclined to inflate the numbers for financial benefit.

  State addresses COVID-19 and staffing concerns at Coastal Center

In the days since Live 5 News revealed dozens of COVID-19 cases associated with a center for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Dorchester County, more than 15 workers at the facility have reached out expressing concerns.