WMBF INVESTIGATES: Arrests, felonies don’t disqualify teachers from working in S.C. classrooms

Teachers undergo background checks before they are certified and hired but when criminal charges do pop up, it's up to districts and the South Carolina Department of Education to determine if the offense should disqualify a candidate.

Authorities urge parents to know apps that could pose a danger to their kids

North Myrtle Beach becomes first city in S.C. to ban commercial pet sales

Guest injury closes Carowinds roller coaster ride

  Parents voice concerns at EPA meeting regarding trash fire near Okatie Elementary

S.C. school district responds to teacher’s lawsuit for out-of-pocket classroom costs, unpaid work

Deputies arrest Orangeburg County man accused of shooting relative

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Former FSD4 superintendent issued reprimand for not reporting absences, not returning to district following students’ deaths

Man accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old girl while she pretended to sleep

‘The vehicle was a death trap’: Family of woman who drowned in HCSO transport van files lawsuit

SCHP: One dead in Orangeburg Co. crash

  Church drops lawsuit filed against Edisto Beach over civic center rental dispute

Telethon Monday to raise money for Homeless to Hope program

Buttigieg rallies support in Pee Dee, hopes to bring change to ‘divided country’

A crowd of around 300 voters piled into a sweltering Hartsville-area fellowship hall Sunday to hear from the latest Democratic nominee hopeful to visit the Pee Dee.

Owner of Myrtle Beach comedy club accused of hitting security guard with car

The owner of a Broadway at the Beach comedy club was arrested Friday night after allegedly hitting a security guard with his vehicle.

  Bishop of Charleston Catholic Diocese maintains child sexual abuse allegations are false

In a letter to the Catholics of Charleston dated Friday, Bishop of the Charleston Catholic Diocese Robert Guglielmone remained resolute in his innocence in the face a child sexual abuse allegations against him.

Sumter Co. Sheriff: Investigation underway after 2 adults, 7-year-old shot, injured

Three people have been injured in a shooting in Sumter County, according to officials with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

STUDY: Parents are paying children to get off their phones

SC pets deemed ‘unadoptable’ get second chance from SCDC inmates

Former Gamecock Athletics Director Mike McGee passes away

  VIDEO: Lightning bolt strikes inches away from S.C. school guidance counselor

Road reopens at I-20 W, I-26 after overturned semi forced lane closures

  RCSD releases dashcam video of chase, shooting after bank robbery

  VIDEO: Baby sea turtles prepare for a swim at S.C. beach

A group of baby sea turtles prepared to take some laps in the sea this week.

As Sanford warns a ‘storm is coming,’ he’s still weighing primary challenge to Trump

It has been a month since former Congressman and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford announced he would consider running against Donald Trump in a 2020 presidential primary.

Toxic algae found in popular Charlotte park pond

Water officials warn that coming into contact with the algae is toxic and if it’s ingested by an animal or child, it’s usually lethal.

'A living legacy’: Charlotte woman celebrates 115th birthday

Hester McCardell Ford of Charlotte celebrated her 115th birthday Thursday!

  ‘Is anyone looking into this?’: Community concerned after third reported suicide at Shaw Air Force Base this year

In the wake of another suicide among the ranks at Shaw Air Force Base, people are sounding off on social media.

Orangeburg mechanic run over by tractor-trailer, officials say

Officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating an incident in Orangeburg County where a mechanic was run over and killed by a tractor-trailer.

  Low level of potentially deadly gas detected near burning trash pile in Jasper Co.

They say the gas was detected at a level three, and a mandatory evacuation is not called for until level five.

Affordable housing community for adults with autism, learning disabilities coming to Conway

A new housing development unlike any other in Horry County is expected to open in Conway later this year.

  Sen. Graham plans to propose red-flag bill in wake of recent shootings

South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham said that, after spending the weekend with President Donald Trump discussing the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, he plans to propose a bi-partisan red-flag bill in the next month.

Shaw Air Force Base identifies airman found dead in home this week

In a video posted Wednesday morning, the commander spoke with sadness and disbelief.

Now-former school employee accused of sending nude pics to student, attempted indecent liberties

Leigh Perkins Greene, 51, is charged with attempted indecent liberties with a student by school personnel other than a teacher, administrator, disseminate obscene picture, third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and providing alcohol to underage persons.

Missing Chesterfield woman found safe

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office has reported that they have located a 21-year-old woman who was previously reported missing.

Sheriff’s office: Threat against S.C. Walmart stores is a hoax

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says a hoax about Walmart is going around.

Conway man gets 10 years for sexually assaulting child

A Conway man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually assaulting a minor, according to a news release from the Horry County Solicitor’s Office.

Missing Florence woman found safe

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Florence woman.

South Carolina girl’s love for ‘Nemo’ lands her 3D-printed hand

Students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville are looking for people in need of hands.

SCDOT announces official restart of I-526 completion project with re-evaluation of environmental impact

The I-526 completion project which was once thought dead received an official new beginning on Wednesday morning.

South Carolina woman bitten by alligator while walking dog

A 68-year-old woman is recovering after being attacked by an alligator.

RCSD: Operation nets nearly 20 arrests after suspects solicited for sex on internet

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department, along with several law enforcement agencies, have made several arrests as part of Operation: Relentless Guardian.

Man left 5 children in hot vehicle at Florence Walmart, police say

A Florence man is accused of leaving five children inside a hot vehicle in a Walmart parking lot.

Boeing ‘noose’ lawsuit dismissed, court documents say

According to a stipulation for dismissal filed last week, both sides agreed to a dismissal and each side will pay its own attorneys fees.

Saluda pastor implements gun buy back program following gun violence incidents

A Saluda pastor is going beyond thoughts and prayers for gun violence victims by implementing a gun buy back program within her community.

Pawleys Island leaders to invest in millions of dollars worth of sand to widen beaches

Pawleys Island town leaders are figuring out a way to keep the island and the homes on it afloat.

Toxic algae killed three dogs in Wilmington, experts say it can happen in SC

The same bacteria that killed three dogs playing in a Wilmington, North Carolina pond last Thursday can be found in South Carolina.

Bomb team clears suspicious package report at Hilton Head Post Office

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet on Monday that they are responding to reports of a suspicious package at the Hilton Head Island Post Office.

Orangeburg County man paid $205k after leading police on a chase

Orangeburg County paid out $205,000 in damages and more than $56,000 in expenses to a man court records state pleaded guilty to not pulling over for police in June 2014.

Senate panel to debate changes to SC education overhaul bill

A small group of South Carolina senators plan to discuss potential changes to a massive bill to overhaul the state's education system.

Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigators searching for missing teen

Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for the public’s help finding a missing teenager.

Lawsuit: Teen commits suicide after constant bullying from classmates, faculty at Aynor Middle School

A disabled teen committed suicide after being subjected to constant bullying from faculty and classmates at Aynor Middle School, according to a lawsuit.

SC Sen. Scott will not run again after 2022 race

South Carolina U.S. Sen. Tim Scott said if he runs for reelection in 2022 and wins, he will not seek another term.

Making history: Grand Strand woman becomes first female to join S.C. National Guard Infantry

A 19-year-old woman is setting the tone for other women by being the first in South Carolina’s history to take advantage of a change in the United States military and she’s from the Grand Strand.

‘God rest her soul’: Family, friends remember Sumter native Sharee Bradley

Loved ones describe Sharee as the jokester of the family, a mother of three who loved her kids dearly and most of all, a woman of God.

Silver Alert cancelled for missing Hickory woman

A Silver Alert has been issued for an elderly woman who was last seen at a residence in Hickory.

Former SCDOT commissioner accused of involvement with prostitution

Police arrested John Norton Hardee, 72, on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Police: Man who shot intruder at Camden home should be protected by Stand Your Ground law

A woman was in her home with her boyfriend and several children when her ex-boyfriend tried to break in, police said.

School superintendent, college-bound 18-year-old killed in SC crash

Two people are dead after a head-on-crash in Chester County Thursday night.

SC deputies find 10-year-old boy who went missing from YMCA camp

A 10-year-old boy went missing from YMCA Camp Greenville, according to Jason Cox with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

After federal court sentence, former SCDOT commissioner could face charges at state level

A former South Carolina Department of Transportation Commissioner was sentenced to 45 days of house arrest and 18 months probation Wednesday on an obstruction charge

Coroner releases cause of death for S.C. mother, 5-year-old remains missing

The coroner has released the cause of death for a 29-year-old mother of three from Sumter who was found dead in her apartment Monday.

CPD: Doctor accused of inappropriately touching 11-year-old patient

A doctor faces assault charges for what he’s accused of doing to an 11-year-old boy in his care, police said.

Horry County Sheriff’s Office captures inmate who escaped prison two decades ago

A suspect who has been on the run for about 20 years is back behind bars, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday.

FIRST ALERT: NOAA increases hurricane season forecast in latest update

NOAA has increased the risk of an above normal hurricane season.

Huge wave causes woman to lose prosthetic ‘beach leg’ during Myrtle Beach vacation

A woman vacationing in Myrtle Beach has an interesting request for fellow beachgoers: If you see a fake leg give her a call.

  ‘God is going to bring you back to us’: Family of Nevaeh Adams holds onto hope she could still be alive

Wednesday morning, outside of the apartment where Sharee Bradley was murdered, her family gathered to thank the public for their concern and thank police for their continued search efforts.

What you need to know about the SCANA settlement check you got in the mail

Two years later, there’s a check-in your mailbox. But for how much?

Bond denied for S.C. man accused of woman’s murder, child’s disappearance

Daunte Johnson, 28, is charged with one count of murder in death of Sharee Bradley, 29, after investigators found her body in her apartment Monday night.

Federal government announces it has removed one ton of plutonium from South Carolina

Officials with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office say one metric ton of plutonium has been removed from South Carolina.

RCSD deputy charged with solicitation of minor, attempted criminal sexual conduct

A deputy with the Richland County Sheriff's Department has been arrested and charged with criminal solicitation of a minor.

  ‘We keep hope that perhaps she’s still alive’: Search for missing 5-year-old S.C. girl enters third day

The search for a missing 5-year-old girl who has not been seen since her mother was found dead continues into its third day.

Horry County Schools toughening punishment for students caught vaping

The rise in vaping among teens is pushing Horry County Schools to toughen its stance.

Sidney Moorer’s attorney, prosecutor meet with judge

A suspect at the center of a high-profile kidnapping case is back in Horry County.

18-year-old Lake City man wanted for attempted murder turns himself in

A 18-year-old man wanted in connection to a Lake City shooting has turned himself into authorities.

  Father of missing 5-year-old Sumter girl speaks for first time since her disappearance

A 5-year-old is missing after her mother was found dead inside their apartment around 6 p.m.

S.C. program offers ‘bed shaker’ smoke alarms for hearing impaired

Most people rely on a smoke alarm to help get to safety during a fire. But for some, standard smoke alarms aren’t enough.

Bullet resistant backpacks add extra layer of protection for school bound children

The harsh reality of mass shootings in public areas, including schools, has some parents thinking about safety precautions for their children, which includes buying bullet resistant backpacks.

Cardinal Newman Principal apologizes after threats surface against school

On Monday, parents of Cardinal Newman student received a letter from school principal Robert Loia.

  VIDEO: Sharks spotted feeding along stretch of beach in S.C.

A Richmond, Va., woman vacationing along the Grand Strand caught quite the marine life spectacle while on the beach Monday morning.

Bomb squad detonates grenade round found in Murrells Inlet

The Horry County Police Department’s bomb squad was called around 1:30 p.m. Monday to Waccamaw Drive in Murrells Inlet for an unexploded ordnance.