Charleston County

  Charleston City Council split on budget decisions, allows rollback of tax credits

The City of Charleston could be rolling back on tax credits given to property owners for the first time ever. City leaders say it would give them another tool to help balance next year’s budget where they face an $18 million shortfall.

  Harrison launches PAC in Georgia to target U.S. Senate runoffs

Police searching for clues in murder at N. Charleston apartment complex

DHEC taking public comment on Charleston Waterfront Park expansion

  One person dead following shooting in North Charleston

  Lowcountry Food Bank sees another spike in food assistance needs

  Lowcountry doctor warns about relying heavily on rapid tests

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  Charleston leaders to discuss chain restrictions for Avondale business district

  Port Access Road project steps closer to completion

  Hospitals prepare for potential staffing shortages in the case of COVID-19 winter surge

Dorchester Road in North Charleston reopen following crash

SCDOT: Crash closes lanes on I-26

Road closed, tree takes down power lines in Mount Pleasant

West Ashley Holiday Market open Sunday

The West Ashley Holiday Market is providing an opportunity to do some holiday shopping on Sunday.

Crews respond to several crashes in Charleston area Saturday night

The Charleston Police Department says crews responded to the scene of several accidents Saturday night.

Airport, MUSC to offer mobile COVID-19 testing site this week

The Charleston International Airport and MUSC Health are scheduled to offer a mobile COVID-19 testing site this week ahead of Thanksgiving.

Crews respond to two-vehicle crash in Awendaw

The Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District says crews responded to the scene of a crash Saturday involving two vehicles.

Mount Pleasant has 17th biggest holiday budget nationally, study finds

Police searching for missing Mount Pleasant teen

  Local LGBTQ groups hold Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil

  SLED releases statement, information into investigation of teen who drowned

  Artistic director of Charleston Ballet Theatre dies after battle with cancer

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

  Charleston sheriff responds to email exchange between asst. sheriff, sheriff-elect

Charleston County’s sheriff responded late Friday to the backlash from an email his assistant sheriff sent to the sheriff-elect.

  Deputies arrest man wanted for fatal shooting at Ladson neighborhood

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office charged Jaduris Tyshawn Hunter with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime for the October fatal shooting.

  The Citadel looks to prevent spreading COVID amid holiday travel

Many college campuses are shutting down between Thanksgiving and the New Year, requiring students to return home.The Citadel is taking a slightly different approach.

Man accused of sexually assaulting child at West Ashley home

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office charged 30-year-old Jacobi Javeese Grant with three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

  Airport to host mobile COVID-19 testing with MUSC at new parking garage

A day after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster urged people to get tested for COVID-19 before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Charleston International Airport announced a collaboration with MUSC for mobile COVID-19 testing.

  James Island, Charleston County Parks to fund Festival of Lights traffic study

Every year the popular attraction brings hundreds of people on the island while also creating congestion for people who live in the area.

Coast Guard finds body of Charleston man who went missing after fishing ship capsized

Authorities identified the man as 50-year-old Don Melcoock who was found near St. Helena Sound.

  Johns Island zoning changes to shape future growth in rural area

Charleston County leaders are looking at how zoning changes on Johns Island can help with the impacts of increased growth along Main Road.

  Pfizer updates SC hospitals COVID vaccine timeline and safety

South Carolina hospital officials heard directly from Pfizer about what could be one of the first vaccines available, as early as next month, to fight COVID-19.

Find your next job at the Live 5 Virtual Hiring Event

Companies are looking to fill positions in transportation, food service, health care, manufacturing/industrial, communication, construction and fast food/convenience will be talking about job requirements, benefits, and more.

  Museum officials give hard-hat tour of International African American Museum site

The International African American Museum hosted a “hard hat tour” of the site Thursday afternoon.

Police investigating body found near S.C. Aquarium

The Charleston Police Department is investigating the death of a person whose body was found inside a car.

Airport holds ribbon cutting on new parking garage

Charleston International Airport officially opened its new parking facility Thursday at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.

Sullivan’s Island pub cancels annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’ over COVID-19 concerns

Dunleavy’s Pub called off its 26th annual Polar Bear Plunge that was scheduled for New Year’s Day.

  State records slight drop in first-time unemployment claims over past week

South Carolina employment officials say the number of people who filed their initial claim for unemployment benefits for the week ending Saturday dropped slightly over the previous week.

  Controversial development on James Island getting an extension on plans

A controversial development on James Island is getting an extension for the site’s concept plan. The proposed plan could add up to 38 homes on Central Park Road.

Detective who took leading role in charges against Charleston rioters named officer of the year

A Charleston detective who took a leading role in charges against rioters in this past summer’s downtown riots has been named Police Officer of the Year by the Knights of Columbus.

  Bus drivers protest outside CARTA garage, call for hazard pay

Some drivers for the Lowcountry’s largest public transportation provider are calling for hazard pay to be provided to bus operators as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  Charleston tea cafe among latest closures announced as pandemic slows business

A Charleston small business announced plans to close its doors at the end of the month after struggling with a take-out only business model.

  Boeing: FAA clears 737 MAX to fly again

The Boeing Company says that their 737 MAX model has been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration two years after a pair of crashes that killed 346 people.

Police investigating after motorist finds murder victim in North Charleston

The investigation began on Tuesday morning when North Charleston police officers responded to the 2300 block of Elegans Drive where Charleston County deputies were on the scene of a deceased person.

  Carnival cancels all cruises leaving from Charleston through end of February

Carnival Cruise Line says it canceling all cruises from U.S. homeports through Jan. 31 and from Charleston specifically through February.

  Commercial surfing instruction at Isle of Palms beach one step closer to becoming a reality

On Tuesday night, council passed the first reading of the ordinance. Amendments will be discussed further at a meeting in January.

  Doctors in the Lowcountry prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

Announcements about two major vaccine trials from Pfizer and Moderna have heightened anticipation as South Carolina health officials prepare for distribution.

  Cops: Guns found after teenagers crash stolen car into steps of Charleston post office

nvestigators have arrested two teenaged boys after a stolen car crashed into the stairs of the Charleston post office following a chase which led to the discovery of two guns Tuesday morning.

Johnson VA Medical Center will distribute free Thanksgiving dinner for Veterans-in-need

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center plans to distribute pre-packaged Thanksgiving dinner meal kits to Veterans in need on Saturday.

  Some concerned following changes to Lowcountry Rapid Transit System route

The decision to change the Lowcountry Rapid Transit System route to exclude the last few miles came as a shock to both activists and local county council members.

  New school board could change direction of Charleston County public education

The Charleston County School Board now has some new faces. The new school board could change the direction of public education in Charleston County.

  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.

  Parents charged after 4-year-old killed in accidental shooting at N. Charleston apartment

The North Charleston Police Department arrested 22-year-old Machayla Walker and 28-year-old Eugene Young.

N. Charleston cancels annual Christmas parade

The city of North Charleston announced it will not hold its annual Christmas parade this year.

  Dozens of new affordable housing units planned at Charleston historic school

People who call Charleston’s Eastside neighborhood home will soon see dozens of new affordable housing units in a historic school, but some community members say they don’t want it to make parking more congested as people move in.

Emergency crews responding to multi-vehicle crash on Johns Island

St. Johns Fire District officials say it’s on River Road near the Food Lion entrance west of Maybank.

  Section of road in West Ashley to be closed until January

Contractors say a section of a road in West Ashley will be closed until mid-January.

Steeplechase of Charleston returns to Stono Ferry Racetrack

The annual equestrian event, Steeplechase of Charleston, is happening Sunday at the Stono Ferry Race Track in Hollywood.

High tide flooding closes roads in Charleston Sunday morning

The Charleston Police Department has closed several roads in Charleston Sunday morning due to high tide flooding in the area.

Crews work to put out McClellanville house fire

The Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District says crews responded to the scene of a structure fire at a residential home early Sunday morning.

Red Cross needs donors, offering incentives for blood drive Sunday

The Red Cross says their organization in dire need of blood supplies and will be hosting a blood drive in North Charleston.

4-year-old killed in accidental shooting in North Charleston

The North Charleston Police Department says a 4-year-old died after accidentally shooting himself Saturday morning.

Nonprofit in Charleston builds children’s playhouse at The Pink House

A Charleston-based nonprofit, Doors to Dream, is building a children’s playhouse on the grounds of the The Pink House.

Flooding closes roads in Charleston Saturday morning

The Charleston Police Department closed several roads in Charleston Saturday morning due to flooding in the area.

  Animal control officers capture escaped pig on Johns Island

Charleston Police say they captured a pig Friday that escaped from his owner approximately a month ago from a Johns Island property.

  Mount Pleasant mayor extends mask ordinance for 60 days

Mayor Will Haynie said the proclamation will become effective on November 15 at 12:01 a.m. The town’s existing mask ordinance was set to expire on Monday.

  Charleston City Council to consider tax increase to balance 2021 budget

Charleston city leaders are working to balance the 2021 budget against an $18 million shortfall. The Charleston Ad Hoc Budget Committee met on Thursday and decided on a proposal that involves increasing taxes.

Ben Sawyer Boulevard reopened after crews clear downed electrical lines

Officials with the Mount Pleasant Police Department announced the road had reopened shortly after 10 p.m.

  Several Portuguese man o’ wars spotted on Kiawah Island

Richard Ramsey said he encountered about eight of the marine hydrozoans, known for their painful stings, along a one mile stretch of Kiawah’s beach on Wednesday.

  Charter school’s students switch to at-home learning after staffer’s positive COVID-19 test

Students at Orange Grove Charter School will not return to the classroom until after the Thanksgiving break after a school staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the school’s principal has confirmed.

  Report: Majority of Charleston homes vulnerable to flooding, storm surge

A new report shows the vast majority of the homes and businesses in Charleston are in at-risk areas during storm surges and rising tidal flooding.

  Men pursue federal lawsuit against North Charleston Police Dept. for claims of excessive force

Three men are taking their claims of excessive force against the North Charleston Police Department to federal court.

  Live 5 Investigates: Uncommon COVID-19 symptom months after recovery

Three months after recovering from COVID-19, a Lowcountry woman has a new, bizarre symptom.

  Man claims Charleston County Sheriff’s Office negligent in injury, arrest

A Charleston County man is taking his case against the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office to federal court. Richard Smith originally filed his complaint in the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas in September; however, his claims were moved to federal court on Nov. 6.

Charleston works to close $18M shortfall for 2021

A Charleston budget committee is meeting Thursday to consider options to balance the city’s budget against an $18 million shortfall.

First-time S.C. unemployment filing totals continue to fluctuate as pandemic continues

South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce reported a small increase in the number of people filing their initial unemployment claim.

  R.B. Stall High School makes jump in graduation rates

R.B. Stall High School is working on their approach to keep students in school. This year, the school’s graduation rate was the highest it has been in a long time.

  Charleston airport reopens after suspicious package prompts evacuation

Officials at the Charleston International Airport say they received word Wednesday afternoon that people could return to the airport after a suspicious package forced an evacuation Wednesday morning.

Thousands of Tri-county area students return to classrooms

Thousands of Tri-county area students returned to their classrooms Wednesday, and for some, it was their first time back in a desk since schools closed because of the pandemic in March.

  WATCH: Trident Medical welcomes physician assistant returning from Iraq

Trident Medical Center says they welcomed the return of a physician assistant who had been serving overseas with the South Carolina National Guard.

  More than 5,000 Charleston Co. students head back to in-person learning

The Charleston County School District says more than 5,000 Charleston County students will be heading back to school in-person and many of them will now need to transition to different classrooms to accommodate the changes in class sizes.