Williamsburg Co.

  New state park plan includes water trail, access to Black River

A proposed state park plan would provide the public with new access to a 70-mile stretch of the Black River in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.

Kingstree home damaged by Sunday night fire

  FIRST ALERT: Chance of showers, gusty winds late Saturday afternoon, evening

Kingstree closes city park because of unsafe bridge

Lowcountry counties require highest hourly wage in state to afford rent, national report finds

FIRST ALERT: Multiple Lowcountry counties under tornado watch

Deputies: 14-year-old arrested in connection with Kingstree bomb threat

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DHEC: vaccination clinics in Darlington and Williamsburg rescheduled amidst weather threat

  FIRST ALERT: Lowcountry under 2nd-highest severe weather risk for Thursday

  FIRST ALERT: Storms, strong winds possible Thursday

One killed in early-morning rollover crash near Kingstree

  Rural healthcare systems work to bring vaccines to ‘pharmacy deserts’

Deputies respond to Amtrak bomb threat

FIRST ALERT: Up to 3 inches of rain possible by Wednesday morning

A storm system moving across the southeast could dump a significant amount of rain over the Lowcountry into Wednesday morning.

FIRST ALERT: Highway 521 closed after two-vehicle crash

Firefighters say Highway 521 near Andrews is closed because of a serious crash.

  Police: Man attempted to wreck St. Stephen officer’s vehicle during pursuit

Saint Stephen Police say a man facing charges in connection with a pursuit Tuesday morning came to a sudden complete stop in an attempt to force an officer to crash.

Old Slave Mart Museum brings to life dark history of Charleston

"You're going to step foot on sacred ground. The museum itself is situated in an historic alleyway that back in the 1850s and 60s was used as an auction location to sell people of African descent."

Deputies investigating motel fire in Williamsburg County

Deputies ask for clues in deadly 2019 shooting

  More than 60 companies, agencies to take part in virtual hiring event

Crews clear scene of leaking propane tank in Williamsburg County, no injuries reported

Deputies seek public’s help in locating 3 missing people

Emergency crews respond to residential fire near Kingstree

  Williamsburg County couple charged in death of 9-year-old child

Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested a Williamsburg County couple for the death of a 9-year-old child.

  Williamsburg Co. School District tapping into program to hire teachers from abroad

As schools statewide work to fill urgently-needed teacher positions, some districts are tapping into international programs to bring teachers to the Lowcountry.

  35 staff COVID-19 cases, 2 inmate deaths reported at FCI Williamsburg

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg in the Salters area is currently reporting 35 coronavirus cases among employees, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 database.

  What’s Driving You Crazy: Potholes, cracked pavement in Williamsburg Co.

Work on a road South Carolina Department of Transportation engineers say is in “bad shape” is expected to start soon in Williamsburg County.

Working Wednesdays will connect Lowcountry companies with future employees

Each Wednesday a company will share information about job opportunities in a virtual platform.

  Prison workers union calls for action on COVID-19 outbreak at FCI Williamsburg

The president of a union representing employees of a federal prison in Williamsburg County is accusing the facility’s leadership of making a decision that led to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases behind bars.

SC Department of Transportation pays thousands to Kingstree family after accident

Back in November of 2016, Atonya McFadden was driving on Highway 521 near Andrews when a pine tree came crashing down on her SUV while she was driving.

  Concerns mount as COVID-19 cases increase at Williamsburg Co. federal prison

Relatives of people incarcerated at a Lowcountry federal prison say they are concerned as reports of COVID-19 cases behind the walls of the facility have skyrocketed over the last week.

  Parts of the Lowcountry see 30-degree temperature drop on Christmas morning

A cold front that moved in Thursday night pushed Christmas morning temperatures into a nosedive of as much as 32 degrees over the past 24 hours.

COVID-19 cases increasing at Williamsburg County federal prison

Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg now has 24 confirmed active coronavirus cases among inmates and eight cases among employees.

  Tri-County hospital bed occupancy above state average as COVID cases rise

With Christmas just one week away, the latest data from the state health department shows the Lowcountry has the highest acute hospital bed occupancy in the state with the Tri-County over or nearing full capacity.

  Williamsburg Co. schools will move to all virtual classes after winter break

The Williamsburg County School District says Kingstree area schools are going virtual due to COVID-19 and all Williamsburg County schools will switch to a virtual learning pathway the first week back from winter break.

State Treasurer finds money for you during 12 Days of Christmas Cash

South Carolina State Treasurer Curtis Loftis is hoping to deliver some holiday green to South Carolinians this year, with the 12 Days of Christmas Cash campaign.

  Former S.C. jail officer charged with having sex with inmate

A former detention officer at a South Carolina jail was arrested for having sex with an inmate and booked into the same jail where she once worked.

Deputies: Man shot outside Hemingway bar by unidentified gunman

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating a shooting that happened outside a Hemingway bar.

  Emergency crews extinguish fire at Hemingway High School

Emergency crews have extinguished a fire at a high school in Williamsburg County Wednesday night. It happened at the Hemingway High School.

Deputies working to find gunman who fired at pedestrians

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident they say targeted a group of pedestrians.

22-year-old charged in deadly double shooting

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office says a 22-year-old man was arrested in connection with a shooting that killed two in early October.

  County supervisor looks to fix finances in Williamsburg County with new plan

Williamsburg County Supervisor Dr. Tiffany Wright is looking to fix county finances with a three-phase plan. The result could save the county $1.5 million by the end of 2022.

  Firefighters extinguish fire at Williamsburg County landfill

Williamsburg County firefighters say a fire that broke out Friday afternoon at the Williamsburg County Recycling Center and Landfill is out.

Deputies searching for man missing since early September

Williamsburg County deputies are searching for a man who has not been seen since Sept. 3.

Deputies identify wanted man in double fatal shooting in Williamsburg Co.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Marquise Franklin wanted for the shooting on Oct. 3 at the LaNue Floyd Village in Kingstree.

  Deputies: Man arrested after Williamsburg Co. Nightclub shooting

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office says they have arrested a man after a nightclub shooting hospitalized eight.

  Structure fire in Kingstree leaves one dead, two others injured

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

One dead, two injured in Kingstree shooting

One person is dead and two others were injured in a shooting in Kingstree that happened on the weekend.

Department of Revenue arrests 17 in S.C. accused of evading state income taxes

South Carolina Department of Revenue agents say 17 people, 14 of them in the Lowcountry, are facing charges related to tax evasion.

Deputies: Car Chase from Williamsburg Co. ends in river

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office says a car chase initiated by deputies entered Georgetown County and ended with the vehicle submerged in water.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado watch in effect for 21 S.C. counties

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for 21 counties across South Carolina, including two in the Lowcountry.

Judge grants Williamsburg man new trial in 2009 murder case

A Williamsburg County man sentenced to life in prison in 2011 in the shooting death of of a Hemingway woman will receive a new trial.

Georgetown County crews retrieve missing man’s vehicle near boat landing

Marine units with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office will assist Williamsburg County deputies Tuesday in the search for a man missing for more than two weeks.

Deputies searching for man missing since Monday

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man last seen Monday.

Troopers: Fatal Crash on Williamsburg Co.’s Morrisville Road

South Carolina Highway Patrol says one person has died after a car crash in Williamsburg County

FIRST ALERT: Dangerous heat possible Friday

The Live 5 Weather team declared Friday a First Alert Weather Day because of the possibility of the heat index surpassing 100 degrees.

Sykes Enterprises to close Kingstree call center, impacting 99 workers

After just over a decade in operation, a call center in Williamsburg County will be shutting down this fall.Sykes Enterprises will be closing its facility along U.S. 52 north of Kingstree on Oct. 31.

  FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory in effect through 7 p.m. for 4 Lowcountry counties

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for four Lowcountry counties where heat indices will likely surpass 110 degrees Thursday.

  U.S. Attorney announces indictments against 3 in Andrews postal worker’s killing

A grand jury returned indictments against three people Tuesday in the September 2019 killing of a U.S. Postal Service employee in Kingstree.

Deputies searching for robbers after home invasion leaves 3 wounded

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two people after a robbery ended with three people being shot.

Troopers looking for suspect in hit and run

South Carolina Highway Patrol says a collision occurred in Williamsburg County and the perpetrator left the scene.

Williamsburg County schools start Sept. 8 with in-person, virtual classes

Registration is still open, and students must be registered through an online form. District officials said students need to go through in-person assessment this week to see if their learning level has changed.

  Driver killed in Sunday night single-vehicle crash

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed one person Sunday night.

New tv show will feature a Kingstree woman and her large family.

I never thought coming from a small town that I would be on national tv, for naturally conceiving 14 children so I just want to say thank you Kingstree.

  Former teacher looking close the distance in learning

Falling back on her teaching experience and utilizing her master’s degree in counseling, Keyatta Oliver has decided to open the Infinite Hope Behavioral Health & Community Outreach Center in the heart of Kingstree.

Sheriff’s Office reduces budget to offset Williamsburg County budget shortage

County officials say the Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is reducing its budget to offset the funding shortage in the county’s budget.

Firefighters battle fire at Williamsburg meat packing facility

A fire at a meat packing plant in Hemingway Friday morning caused heavy damage to the building, firefighters say.

  Williamsburg County administrator in isolation after possible COVID-19 exposure

Williamsburg County’s administrator says she is self-isolating for 14 days after her daughter tested positive for COVID-19.

  Council votes to reduce pay for Williamsburg County employees

Government employees in Williamsburg County could soon see a decrease in pay.

  Superintendent says Williamsburg Co. students likely to stay home this year

The Williamsburg County Schools superintendent predicts her district will not have a regular school year as educators continue to plan around the coronavirus pandemic.

S.C hospital group reports increase in younger patients hospitalized with COVID-19

Officials with Tidelands Health say hospitalizations they are seeing from COVID-19 dispels a myth that only elderly people become seriously ill from the coronavirus.

One dead following crash in Williamsburg County

One person has died after a single-car crash in Williamsburg County Sunday.

Williamsburg Civil, Magistrate and Family Courts close due to deputies’ positive COVID-19 tests

Williamsburg County will be suspending their civil courts because several deputies have been hospitalized for coronavirus.

Two Williamsburg County federal prison employees test positive for COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons announced on Tuesday that two staff members at Federal Correctional Institution Williamsburg near Salters have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Voluntary separation program could be offered to some Williamsburg County employees

Williamsburg County officials are anticipating a 15 percent loss in revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Kingstree woman receives voicemail with racial slurs

At first the voicemail left on Des McFadden’s phone on Monday sounded like a standard business message but then the man on the phone never hangs up. He is heard speaking to someone else, describing McFadden by using the “N” word.

Pedestrian struck, killed in Williamsburg County crash, troopers say

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night in Williamsburg County.

Deputies investigating fatal shooting in Kingstree

The Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information on a deadly shooting Tuesday to come forward.

Deputies investigating shooting in Williamsburg County

Deputies are investigating a shooting in Williamsburg County Tuesday afternoon.

  Williamsburg Co. nursing home reports 79 staff and resident COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths

Data released by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control shows the only nursing home in Kingstree with nearly eight dozen confirmed cases among staff and residents over the past 30 days.

  Williamsburg Co. COVID-19 testing clinic adjusts hours because of weather

Weather concerns prompted an adjustment of hours for Wednesday’s COVID-19 testing clinic in Williamsburg County.