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South Carolina reports 1,993 new COVID-19 cases

Tuesday’s report also included 22 probable cases as well as 24 confirmed deaths and 2 new probable deaths.

Local student welcomes Biden’s student loan forgiveness proposal

S.C. crossing guard who died after being hit honored in Spartanburg

1 arrested, 1 sought in connection with murder of Orangeburg Co. teacher

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

  SC vaccine demand outpacing supply; call center to launch this week

SC woman spends days registering for COVID vaccine after losing husband of 58 years

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Ambulance company offers 8-week EMT course for free in Columbia

Person of interest wanted in deadly New Year’s Day assault of 82-year-old in Rock Hill, S.C.

  SC reports 2,736 new COVID-19 cases, death toll inches toward 6,000

Three lottery tickets in SC miss jackpot by one number

  McMaster touts progress in SC vaccinations, but pushes for more

Conway Girl Scout sending cookies to military members

  SC woman who lost husband to COVID pushes for streamlined vaccine rollout

The state health department hopes to launch a simpler vaccine registration system this week, a development that can't come quickly enough for a widow who lost her husband of 58 years to COVID in November.

  Lawmakers to decide on possible retroactive raises for state teachers

When House members return to the floor next week, they’ll have a new joint resolution before them that would retroactively give teachers the salary increase they did not receive last year.

SC man helps investigators ID victims in 1976 cold case killings

A Clemson graduate who followed a 44-year-old murder case for years helped investigators finally find the resources to identify the two victims.

Officials identify three teens shot, killed hours apart Saturday in Rock Hill

This call appears to be unrelated to the shooting earlier that night on Byars Street.

Coroner identifies two teenagers killed in double homicide outside home in Rock Hill

  For COVID-19 survivors, the right time to get the vaccine may vary

SC’s neighboring states all report cases of COVID-19 variant

Deputies arrest man wanted in Sept. armed robbery

99-year-old S.C. man who suffers from impairments missing

SC reports 3,450 new COVID-19 cases, 60 deaths

SC House has Santee Cooper; Senate has abortion on calendars

Both the South Carolina House and Senate have long awaited and likely contentious bills on their calendars this week.

SC man killed by machine at work, coroner says

The coroner said Anthony Lemmons became entrapped in a machine and died from his injuries.

QB transfer Hilinski looks to make impact at Northwestern

Hilinski is involved with the “Hilinski’s Hope Foundation,” which aims to destigmatize mental illness among college athletes.

2 charged with homicide by child abuse in Simpsonville, SLED says

Homicide by child abuse carries a sentence of 20 years up to life in prison, Campbell said.

  More SC children testing positive for COVID-19

More children across the country are testing positive for COVID-19 than ever before, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  SC reports nearly 3,500 new COVID-19 cases, 63 deaths

Saturday’s reported on COVID-19 in South Carolina edged the state’s death toll closer to the 6,000-mark.

4 dead, others injured after car crashes into pond in Myrtle Beach

Authorities said the crash happened at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

SLED: Officials find military equipment in Saluda River

Sometime Friday morning, a fisherman was near Black’s Bridge when he found what he thought was military equipment of some sort in the water.

18-year-old charged in Wednesday night shooting

Orangeburg County deputies arrested an 18-year-old accused of firing into an occupied vehicle.

SCDOT gets high marks in annual financial audit

The audit said the agency has strong internal controls to prevent improper or unnecessary spending.

Over 75% of SC’s Pfizer vaccine doses have been utilized, DHEC says

The state also said nearly 30% of the Moderna vaccine has been utilized.

House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

The General Assembly selects Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit and Family Court judges after a screening process.

Prisma Health exhausts excess vaccine allotment, calls for more doses in SC

Prisma Health is calling for more doses to be allocated, saying the demand for the vaccine in South Carolina far exceeds the number of doses available.

  Advocacy groups renew push to reform civil asset forfeiture law

The law allows law enforcement to seize money or items that are suspected to have been made illegally. Local law enforcement agencies can retain 75% of the forfeiture proceeds, while 20% goes to prosecutors.

  Report: COVID-19 impact on SC teaching jobs still unclear; districts to be surveyed again

New data from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement showed some improvement in teacher recruitment and retention across South Carolina last year.

Walmart expanding COVID-19 vaccine program to South Carolina

The retail chain says it will also expand the program to other states.

SC newborn dies after testing positive for meth, mother charged with homicide

An autopsy conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina concluded the child’s death was caused by the mother's drug use.

  SC reports more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19

Friday’s report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control listed 3,528 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 23 confirmed deaths.

Sen. Goldfinch calls on McMaster to make general head of S.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort

Two state senators are asking South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster to appoint a general as head of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort.

  Democrats formalize Jaime Harrison as national party chair

The Democratic National Committee formally elected Jaime Harrison of South Carolina as chair, signifying an early alignment between President Joe Biden and state party leaders around the country.

  CCU president tests positive for COVID-19, according to university

Coastal Carolina University President Michael Benson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to information from the college.

  Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion ahead of Friday night’s drawing

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot continues to climb after no one picked the winning combination for Tuesday night’s drawing.

‘This is unconscionable’: National Guardsmen relocated from Capitol to parking garage

The troops were preparing to head home following President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

  36-year-old Lexington mother of 10 children dies from COVID-19

Ashley Bennett died just days after giving birth to her 10th child.

  Investigators identify victims of 1976 cold case out of Sumter County

The victims have been linked to missing person reports in Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Advocacy group says there’s no excuse for S.C. leaders not communicating vaccine rollout plan for teachers

An advocacy group says school workers are continuing to be left in the dark about the vaccination process.

‘You’ve earned it!’” Rep. Rice gives first-class seat to soldier heading home on leave

Congressman Tom Rice continued his tradition of bumping a soldier or veteran up to first class on a flight.

  SC Heartbeat Bill heads to full Senate after lawmakers vote out exceptions for rape, incest

South Carolina’s so-called Fetal Heartbeat Bill could reach the state Senate floor for a full debate as early as next week.

  AstraZeneca trial continuing at MUSC; doctors hopeful FDA approval could come soon

Approved COVID vaccines are in short supply but another option already approved in other countries is being tested in the Lowcountry.

  Neighbors welcome S.C. teenager home with Christmas parade after battling leukemia, COVID-19 over holidays

Ariel Griffith was in the hospital and unconscious on Christmas Day, so her family decided to make it up to her.

6-year-old boy dies after being attacked by dog in Hampton Co.

A 6-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog in Hampton County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Report: Lawyer for former Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone to represent Trump

The attorney has also represented former SC governors in the past.

Retired WWII nurse celebrates 100th birthday in Horry County

Though her birthday isn't for three more days, a former World War II nurse got a surprise celebration in Conway.

FBI: SC man facing explosives charge had ‘prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president’

An Upstate man whose home was searched by FBI agents over the weekend said he had a “prophetic destiny to kill or harm the president”, according to testimony made in federal court on Thursday.

  Opponents worry bill could expand private influence over SC public schools

Some state lawmakers are pushing to expand schools of choice in South Carolina under a new designation called “schools of innovation."

SC reports more than 3,363 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths

The state of South Carolina has now completed more than 4.5 million COVID-19 tests on residents since the pandemic began last march.

  SC reports 3rd consecutive drop in weekly first unemployment claims

South Carolina employment officials released the latest totals of first-time unemployment claims, showing nearly 6,700 people filed in the week ending Saturday.

Makeover begins for Myrtle Beach SkyWheel ahead of 10th anniversary

The iconic Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is missing some pieces as it undergoes a makeover for its upcoming 10th anniversary.

First Lady Jill Biden’s prayer partner in the Midlands to pray at 59th Inaugural Prayer Service

Robin Jackson, the first lady of Brookland Baptist Church, will be giving a prayer during Thursday’s service.

Clyburn: Bush called him a ‘savior’ for boosting Biden

Clyburn believes Wednesday was historic.

Florence recycling plant to close, impacting hundreds of jobs

A Florence recycling plant will be closing in March, affecting about 360 jobs, officials said.

  Harris Teeter to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines

Harris Teeter announced it will distribute COVID-19 vaccines to eligible people at its pharmacies once it becomes available.

Local SC fashion designer dresses V.P. Kamala Harris, Former First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, showing her commitment to American-made designers, wore a blue coat and dress by Alexandra O’Neill.

  SC adds some parents to vaccine list, considers Phase 1B amid high demand

South Carolina health officials are making a few thousands parents eligible for the coronavirus vaccine as they begin to finalize plans for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts in the state.

  Deputies arrest Dorchester Co. man accused of damaging church, van

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year-old Richard Matthews of St. George who has been charged with malicious injury to a place of worship, trespassing, breaking into a motor vehicle and malicious injury to personal property.

‘Every dose of these vaccines should be used’: DHEC issues new guidance to speed up vaccination process

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has released new guidance to accelerate the process of getting people vaccinated in South Carolina.

S.C. vaccine committee publishes ‘interim draft’ of who to include in Phase 1b, surveys businesses

The Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Vaccine Advisory Committee is getting closer to identifying exactly who is in South Carolina’s Phase 1b.

‘You’ve blessed our memories’: Family, fellow officers celebrate Horry County LCpl. Melton ‘Fox’ Gore’s life

The funeral wasn’t so much a sad occasion as it was a celebration of life.

  Law enforcement outnumbers protesters at SC Statehouse on Inauguration Day

Law enforcement officers heavily guarded South Carolina’s capitol Wednesday as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office in Washington.

  Bell: State health department overwhelmed by vaccine call volume

Health officials with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss where South Carolina stands in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

I-26 WB lanes in Orangeburg Co. blocked due to overturned tractor trailer

All lanes of I-26 westbound lanes in Orangeburg County are blocked Wednesday afternoon. Troopers with Highway Patrol say there is an overturned tractor trailer near the 154 mile marker.

  For some, the wait for unemployment claim approval has lasted for months

Relief is not coming fast enough for those still waiting on their unemployment claims to be filled.

SC reports more than 3,500 new COVID-19 cases

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 3,567 new and 93 probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

  Rep. Nancy Mace speaks on inauguration and outgoing President

South Carolina Representative Nancy Mace will be speaking on President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and outgoing President Donald Trump’s last days in office.

‘Thank you for your service to our nation!’: Sen. Graham poses with S.C. National Guard troops before inauguration

“Thank you for your service to our nation!” Graham tweeted along with pictures of him and the troops.

Report: 16-year-old victim in Loris area shooting hit after suspect fired from vehicle

Shots fired at a vehicle early last Friday in the Loris area resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl, according to investigators.

Gov. McMaster orders flags to half-staff for fallen officer

Governor Henry McMaster says he is ordering flags on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff.

S.C. couple charged with homicide by child abuse, SLED says

A man and woman have been charged with homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of a juvenile, according to Justin Lee Campbell, a spokesperson with the City of Simpsonville.