Tri-County

  Attorney argues mask ordinances may be illegal

More cities and counties are enacting ordinances to require masks. While many people are applauding the decision, others are saying it goes against their Constitutional rights.

  New emergency transmissions detail response in downtown Charleston riot

  McMaster says if COVID-19 cases continue spike crowd restrictions may continue into the Fall

Authorities searching for runaway from Charleston

Charleston police searching for missing 23-year-old woman

SLED investigating death of 18-year-old found on Sullivan’s Island

  Lowcountry hospitals respond to surge in COVID-19 patients needing medical care

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  1,497 new cases of COVID-19, and 24 additional death in South Carolina

  Police looking for information following fatal accident in West Ashley

Dorchester Co. passes ordinance requiring face masks in retail, food service establishments

Police searching for missing woman who took mother’s car

  College of Charleston finalized COVID-19 fall changes, housing reductions

  Durham continues fight to be Charleston Co. school bus provider as new company starts

  Dorchester District 2 hammers out strategies for 2020-2021 school year

In light of school starting back next month, Dorchester District Two is creating a district task force for help with COVID related challenges.

  Man sues limo company over spouse’s drowning death

Almost three years after a man drowned off the Isle of Palms, his spouse is suing the limo company that took him to the beach.

  Family launches investigation into death of 18-year-old found on Sullivan’s Island

The family of an 18-year-old man, who was found dead on Sullvan’s Island, is launching their own investigation into the incident.

  Roper St. Francis Healthcare sees 65% increase in COVID-19 inpatients in 1 day

Roper St. Francis Healthcare officials say the number of COVID-19 patients treated across their hospitals spiked in one day, signaling the largest increase in patients since the beginning of the pandemic.

  State health officials report 1,741 new cases of COVID-19 in SC breaking daily record

  Lowcountry businesses struggle to find enough employees

  Disproportionate COVID-19 numbers for Lowcountry Hispanic community

Severe thunderstorm warning expires for Charleston, Dorchester counties

Emergency crews responding to fire incident on Isle of Palms

  Governor signs bill that changes how Charleston Co. School Board members get elected

  Warrants issued for suspect in Charleston 9 Memorial vandalism

Investigators say they have issued warrants for a suspect in the vandalism of the Charleston 9 Memorial Park on Savannah Highway.

  New program aimed at fixing ‘critical crisis’ for people in rural Berkeley County

Staff at The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce recently came up with a new program called Berkeley Community Cares (BCC) to help people living in rural parts of the county.

Man arrested for attempted murder in North Charleston

North Charleston police arrested a man accused of firing shots at another man in a possible dispute involving two women.

Reunion: Cat returned to owner after 2 years

A Dorchester County animal shelter reconnects a cat and its owner after two years apart.

  Coroner identifies women killed in Cross shooting

The Berkeley County Coroner’s Office has released the identities of two women killed in a late-night shooting Sunday in the Cross area.

FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory extended into larger portion of Lowcountry

The National Weather Service extended a heat advisory just before noon Tuesday to include additional Lowcountry counties where the heat index could soar above 105 degrees.

Firefighters extinguish Awendaw house fire

The Awendaw-McClellenville Fire Department says one person is in the hospital after a house fire in Awendaw.

  Man, 9-year-old grazed by bullet in downtown Charleston shooting

Police are investigating a shooting late Monday night that sent a man and a 9-year-old boy to the hospital.

Deputies investigate theft of fishing equipment

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft from a boat docked on Kiawah Island.

  Charleston Police council to focus on improving police policies, diversity

A group assembled to look for ways to improve policing at the Charleston Police Department will meet Tuesday night with several key topics on the agenda.

  Charleston planning more underground power lines

The city of Charleston is working to jump-start is plan to install more underground power lines which city leaders say will help honor the historic and visual appeal of neighborhoods and homes and protect lines during big storms.

  Firefighters respond to reported early-morning house fire

Firefighters are battling a fire at a home in the Hollywood area.

  Charleston police searching for missing endangered woman

Charleston police are asking for the public’s help to find a missing and endangered woman. Authorities are looking for 53-year-old Allyson Martini Hardman.

  Community holds virtual forums for conversations with law enforcement

Over the last month of protests, we have heard plenty of calls for more dialog between police officers and the black community. On Monday, that call was answered.

  Doctors urging public to be safe as COVID-19 cases rise in South Carolina

The latest data from health officials reveal more than a thousand hospital beds in the state are being occupied by patients who tested positive or are under investigation for the virus.

James Island Council passes ordinance recommending public to wear mask

The town voted unanimously recommending people on the island also wear a face covering at salons, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other stores and offices that are open to the public.

  1,320 new cases of COVID-19, and 4 additional death in South Carolina

Monday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 34,546, and those who have died to 717, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Summerville passes ordinance for face masks to be worn in retail, food service businesses

The Town of Summerville has passed an ordinance requiring the public to wear face coverings in retail and food service establishments. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 through 11:59 p.m. on July 9.

Shooting in North Charleston injures two people

The investigation began at 5:04 p.m. when North Charleston police officers responded to the area of the 1100 block of Braddock Avenue for a report of shots fired.

  SCDNR investigating death of 18-year-old boater near Ravenel Bridge

SCDNR says they responded to a missing boater call on Thursday around 11 p.m. near the Ravenel Bridge. Officials say three days later on Sunday, Sullivan's Island Fire Rescue recovered his body at 9:40 a.m. on a sandbar near Sullivan's Island.

  Folly Beach passes ordinance requiring people to wear masks in public places

Folly Beach has passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face masks in all public places. It goes into effect on Tuesday at noon.

Town of Kiawah Island passes face mask ordinance

The Town of Kiawah Island has passed an ordinance which requires people to wear face masks in certain public areas including restaurants.

  Town of Mount Pleasant passes face mask ordinance

The Town of Mount Pleasant has passed an ordinance requiring people to wear a face mask during certain circumstances including when inside grocery stores and pharmacies.

Charleston family escapes late night house fire

Fire investigators say an occupant of a Charleston County home spotted fire near the front of the house and alerted the family, who was able to escape into their back yard.

  Deputies investigating double fatal shooting in Cross

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a late night shooting they say left two women dead.

  Police make arrest in fatal Charleston shooting

Charleston Police have arrested a 41-year-old man in the shooting death of a Ladson man earlier this month.

DHEC announces new list of mobile COVID testing sites this week

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says The Family Health Center will be hosting COVID-19 tests this week at various locations around the Charleston area.

North Charleston to distribute free face masks Tuesday

The City of North Charleston has announced that they will be distributing free face masks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Lowcountry.

FIRST ALERT: Crash involving two 18-wheelers blocks lane on I-526 West

The Mount Pleasant Police Department has just announced that there is a large collision on I-526 West near Long Point Road, heading toward the Wando Bridge.

Beaufort, Hilton Head pass mask ordinances; 5 other communities to decide Monday

Several Lowcountry communities will discuss and potentially vote Monday on whether to require their residents to wear face masks in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  Developers announce new Berkeley County industrial park

The Army Corps of Engineers says a new industrial park is in the works near Summerville.

  Berkeley County Landfill could soon nearly double in size

Berkeley County is looking to expand their approximately 38-acre landfill by more than 30 acres.

  Trident United Way tracks jump in calls for utility bill help

Trident United Way says daily utility service assistance calls in the first two weeks of June shot up 300% from the same time in May.

FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory in effect Monday as heat index could top 105

Expect a hot day Monday with a heat index in some Lowcountry counties above the century mark.

  Father and son missing on Lake Moultrie following Saturday storm found safe

A father and a son are safe after being thrown overboard during a storm on Lake Moultrie Saturday.

Police: Body found on sandbar near Sullivan’s Island

Police are investigating after a body was found near Sullivan’s Island Sunday morning.

Bees Landing Recreation Center closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

The employee has reportedly self-quarantined and the city is conducting a thorough contact tracing effort to find if additional employees will require testing.

Troopers: One dead following auto-pedestrian crash in Berkeley County

The crash is under investigation by South Carolina Highway Patrol

North Charleston Police searching for missing teen suffering from depression

The mother says that Grant suffers from depression and a heart and lung condition.

North Charleston to announce face mask distribution initiative

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey and city officials will hold a press conference on Monday to announce a face mask distribution initiative.

1,366 new cases of COVID-19, and 5 additional death in South Carolina

Sunday’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 33,221, and those who have died to 712, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Chris Singleton postpones book signing due to spike in COVID-19

Singleton’s book, “Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor,” is dedicated to his late mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton who was killed along with eight others at the Mother Emanuel AME shooting five years ago.

  Community members march for more diversity on DD2 school board

This week, legislators passed a bill that would add single-member school board districts to neighboring Charleston County. There are hopes the same can happen for Dorchester.

Crews responding to crash in Charleston County

One lane of Highway 17 South at Timmons Acres is closed while crews work the crash

Mt. Pleasant restaurant announces temporary closure, urges workers to get COVID-19 testing

Pages Okra Grill announced Saturday on a social media post that it would be closing its doors until further notice.

Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Johns Island Goodwill

An employee at a Goodwill in North Charleston has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release by the company.

City of Beaufort to consider mask requirement in public buildings

If passed, the ordinance will become effective on Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Police warn of heavy traffic on Isle of Palms Connector

Police are warning of delays and asks everyone to drive safely.

Free national teen defensive driving school in Charleston this weekend

The weekend’s sessions are being sponsored by local Charleston-area Allstate agents in tribute to the memory of Tripp Rabon, son of fellow agent Sandra Rabon, who lost his life in a car crash in 2015.

Police: Man last seen on Ravenel Bridge found and is safe

The Charleston Police Department has announced a man reported missing Saturday morning has been found.

  COVID-19 helps spark booming sales in consumer fireworks

With so many major fireworks displays canceled plenty of people are now looking to make their own fireworks shows at home.

  Health officials calling SC a COVID-19 hotspot, sees substantial increase in cases involving young people

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control are now calling South Carolina a hotspot for COVID-19 after announcing nearly 1,300 new cases in the state on Friday which is the second highest number of confirmed cases in a single day.

  Alzheimer’s researchers fight delays caused by COVID-19

Medical experts are worried that the COVID-19 pandemic has put delays on the search for a cure for Alzheimer's.

  Group calls for more change as CCSD employees begin diversity training

The Charleston County School District is set to spend more than $353,000 next fiscal year to train its staff, employees and even board members on implicit bias, racial diversity and other cultural issues.

Mount Pleasant leaders expected to hold emergency meeting on face masks

Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said he hopes that meeting will take place on Monday. A draft of the ordinance focuses on anyone going to grocery stores or pharmacies but could be more expansive.

  1,273 new cases of COVID-19, and 1 additional death in South Carolina

DHEC officials have announced the second highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day with 1,273 cases on Friday.

Isle of Palms passes ordinance requiring face masks for retail and food service establishments

The City of Isle of Palms has passed an ordinance requiring face masks for retail and food service establishments.

  Charleston Co. Schools considers mask requirement for students

The Charleston County School District is considering requiring all students to wear a face mask next school year, Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait announced on Friday.