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  State epidemiologist on newest COVID-19 numbers: ‘Wearing face masks works’

South Carolina’s state epidemiologist says new data released Wednesday indicates mask ordinaces across the state are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Palmetto Project helping people navigate unemployment insurance process

Viola Davis tweets ‘ I own it.... all of it’ with picture of home where her parents were sharecroppers

Free COVID-19 testing announced at several ‘pop-up’ sites around the Lowcountry

  Uptick in women and children experiencing homelessness

Spencer Wetmore wins state house Seat in Charleston

Man in custody following standoff in Orangeburg County

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SC law enforcement calls for signal jamming to stop cellphone use in state prisons

S.C. reports 928 new cases of COVID-19, 45 additional deaths

Health officials warn of 2 possible human rabies exposures from raccoons in Charleston County

Questions to ask your child’s school before going back to in-person class

Charleston area’s COVID-19 cases ‘headed in right direction,’ MUSC says

  New interactive map launched to help find free food giveaways

Bystander says he jumped in to help injured deputies after officer-involved shooting

After the gunshots stopped, Douglas Mastin came out and began helping the two deputies while waiting for medical staff

Murder suspect arrested in North Carolina extradited to South Carolina

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office announced that a suspect who fought extradition has been returned to South Carolina to face a murder charge.

College of Charleston suspends fall sports competition

The College of Charleston has announced the suspension of fall sports competition Monday.

S.C. reports 718 new cases of COVID-19, 17 additional deaths

Monday’s update on COVID-19 from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control brings the total number of confirmed cases in the state past the 100,000 mark.

SC governor asks health agency to track COVID-19 cases in schools

Deputies arrest shooting suspect after four-hour search

  Parents can help children face ‘return concern’ about going back to school

S.C. health officials: Respond to legitimate COVID-19 contact tracers, but watch for scams

KCSO looking for persons responsible for shooting dog, leaving it for dead on the side of road

One injured in Hartsville shooting

SC official regrets not voicing concerns with virus response

Bell wrote that she felt McMaster’s staff had misled the public regarding the pandemic.

Did you feel it? 5.1 magnitude earthquake in N.C. felt into S.C.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in North Carolina Sunday morning but was felt across the region.

Solider returns home to Myrtle Beach after deployment in Afghanistan

SPC Todd Caswell spent over 300 days on deployment in Afghanistan.

Memorial for DUI victim destroyed, victim’s wife pleads for people to be careful

Larry Williams, 65, was killed in 2017 after being hit by a woman who was driving under the influence.

UofSC host virtual commencement for 2020 spring and summer graduates

The announcement and display of candidate’s names are ordered by college, then by last name.

  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.

  Colleton County man’s recovery from COVID-19 called miraculous

After 65 days in the hospital, 27 of those on a ventilator, a 63-year-old Colleton County man overcame COVID-19.

Caught on camera: Man dumps gasoline on South Carolina police car, sets it on fire at police station

The whole thing was caught on security camera just after 9:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Pine Ridge Police Department in Lexington County.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

A variety of back-to-school essentials are exempt from the state’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes.

South Carolina’s 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday Weekend starts Friday

The state’s annual 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

SC school buses will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers

School districts will be using electrostatic sprayers twice a day to disinfect each school bus. Some school districts already have their own.

  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.

11th S.C. inmate dies from COVID-19

The South Carolina Department of Corrections confirmed the 11th death of an inmate from complications of COVID-19.

  New poll shows Graham, Harrison in tie for Senate seat

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday shows South Carolina’s Senate race between Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham and former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison in a tie.

Clemson releases updated 2020 football schedule

The Clemson Tigers will kick off its 125th season on Sept. 12 with a season opener on the road in Wake Forest.

  S.C. unemployment filings count since start of pandemic now tops 700K

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says more than 700,000 people in the state have filed an initial claim for unemployment benefits since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began.

Gov. orders flags lowered to half-staff Friday for Beaufort Police chief

Governor Henry McMaster orders that the flags atop the State Capitol Building be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset Friday, officials say.

North Carolina county joins Asheville with vote for reparations

A county in western North Carolina has joined the neighboring city of Asheville to apologize for its role in slavery and to take the rare step of supporting reparations for Black residents.

New poll shows Graham, Harrison within points of each other but experts say path for Harrison is ‘very narrow'

According to the Morning Consult, a non-partisan polling firm, Senator Lindsey Graham is only one point ahead of his Democratic challenger, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jamie Harrison.

S.C. receives $500K to house victims of human trafficking

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says South Carolina has received a $500,000 award from the Department of Justice to provide housing for victims of human trafficking in the state.

Missing 16-year-old from Columbia found safe in Alabama

Officials thank everyone who shared the alert to help find him.

  Survey: Teachers want to return to classrooms, students face tech challenges

Results of a survey of South Carolina teachers released Wednesday state nine out of 10 teachers want to return to the classroom this fall.

  South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday Weekend is this weekend

The state’s annual 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

  S.C. Aquarium releases its 300th rehabilitated sea turtle back into the ocean

The South Carolina Aquarium will release six Kemp’s ridley sea turtles Wednesday morning, marking its 300th release of rehabilitated turtles.

  SC bus driver expresses COVID-19 concerns: ‘We’re the first to come in contact with students'

According to safety measures in place by the South Carolina Department of Education, buses will have no more than 67% capacity with only one student per seat, when possible.

District judge sides with Myrtle Beach on two claims in lawsuit over Bikefest

A U.S. district court judge has sided with the city of Myrtle Beach on two claims made against it in a lawsuit surrounding the Atlantic Beach Bikfest.

  Judge dismisses state from lawsuit against SAFE Grants program

An Orangeburg County circuit judge dropped the state of South Carolina from a lawsuit filed over Gov. Henry McMaster’s SAFE Grants program.

Carowinds to remain closed for rest of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Carowinds will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 50 dogs seized from home in Chester County, S.C.

The incident happened at a home on Berrywood Lane in Fort Lawn, South Carolina.

‘Just shocking’: Hurricane Isaias takes out portion of Sea Cabin Pier in Cherry Grove

The Sea Cabin Pier in the Cherry Grove area sustained significant damage Monday night as Hurricane Isaias lashed the Grand Strand.

SC families with internet issues say they have no choice but to send children back to school

The coronavirus pandemic continues to shine a light on how many South Carolinians are truly in the dark when it comes to internet access.

13-year-old boy saves money, donates over 300 backpacks to community

On Tuesday, Jaylin Clyburn held his second backpack and school supply drive. He also had one on Saturday. Jaylin says he wanted to make sure every kid’s hand was filled with a backpack.

Deputies arrest half brothers after clerk shot during armed robbery

Two half brothers have been charged with attempted murder after a clerk was shot during an armed robbery at a convenience store in Orangeburg County.

Over 100 baby sea turtles found dead in Cherry Grove after Hurricane Isaias

A combination of the high tide and storm surge from Hurricane Isaias appears to have resulted in the deaths of over 100 baby sea turtles in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach.

UPDATE: Crews working to restore power after Isaias moves through area

Utility companies in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are reporting power outages as Hurricane Isaias impacts the WMBF viewing area.

HCFR crews help battle multiple house fires in Ocean Isle Beach after Isaias makes landfall

Horry County Fire Rescue crews assisted firefighters in Ocean Isle Beach battle multiple house fires as Hurricane Isaias passed through the Carolinas.

  Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina with 85 mph winds

The National Hurricane Center said Isaias made landfall in southern North Carolina around 11:10 p.m. near Ocean Isle Beach.

LIST: Closings announced throughout the Lowcountry due to Isaias

As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the Lowcountry, a number of local and county governments along with organizations have begun to announce temporary closures of offices, parks, and services.

  S.C. reports 1,105 new cases of COVID-19, 11 additional deaths

Monday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 92,404, and those who have died to 1,721, according to DHEC.

Missing 13-year-old Rock Hill girl found safe

Police in Rock Hill say a 13-year-old girl who was missing for more than a week has been found safe.

  McMaster order strengthening face mask rules takes effect Monday

Tougher face mask ordinances issued last week by Gov. Henry McMaster as the state aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 take effect Wednesday.

Teacher among four from South Carolina killed in Alaska plane crash

The Spartanburg County School District Six Facebook page said Dawkins Middle school art teacher, Heather Hulsey, died in a plane accident during a trip to Alaska.

Where to find sandbags in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaias

In preparation of Tropical Storm Isaias, Lowcountry municipalities are distributing sandbags to citizens.

Missing woman in Orangeburg County found safe

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office has announced that a woman reported missing in Orangeburg County has been found safe.

Beaufort County School District delays meal distribution ahead of Isaias

Meal distribution is set to continue Tuesday at its scheduled time.

5-year-old S.C. hero honored for saving dad during medical emergency

5-year-old Jaxon Goodman was given an Honorary Commendation for Bravery from Sheriff Max Dorsey.

  SC announces 1,110 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths

DHEC says 1,427 people are hospitalized and 230 are on ventilators.

SC school district to report nearly 4,000 laptops stolen

Nearly 4,000 student laptops are missing in one South Carolina school district and officials say they will soon have to turn the matter over to police.

Twin-engine plane crashes in SC, 2 aboard survive

Two people have survived after a small plane crashed Saturday in a swampy area of South Carolina.

Four injured in three-vehicle accident with entrapment in Horry County

Four people were transported to the hospital with injuries after an accident with entrapment in Horry County Saturday afternoon.

  SC announces 1,491 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more deaths

DHEC says 1,453 people are hospitalized and 235 are on ventilators.

  Hurricane Isaias expected to approach southeast coast of Florida on Saturday

The latest forecast track continues to show the system come pretty close to the South Carolina coast on Monday evening, however it’s still expected to weaken to a tropical storm by the time it gets to us on Monday.

Massive fire at Ocean Lakes Campground damages 12 homes, displaces 45 people

Horry County Fire Rescue crews are responding to reports of multiple structures on fire at Ocean Lakes Family Campground Friday morning, according to officials.

  New training tool for SC doctors battling COVID-19

The SCMA, South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and BlueCross BlueShield South Carolina partnered to provide the online training modules for free for all South Carolina physicians

  McMaster says no plans to issue state of emergency for South Carolina

“We have no intention of issuing an emergency evacuation order,” he said during a press conference this afternoon. “It looks like it will not be necessary.”

  Rental assistance programs inundated with calls as federal moratorium on evictions expires

Rental assistance programs are being inundated with phone calls for help as the federal moratorium on evictions expires Friday.

  6th S.C. child diagnosed with MIS-C, condition associated with COVID-19

An Upstate child is the sixth one diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, a rare condition that has been associated with the novel coronavirus.

  SC announces new case of MIS-C along with 1,346 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 88,523 and confirmed deaths to 1,647.