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  SC Department of Corrections starting targeted testing at ‘hotspot’ facilities to slow spread of COVID-19

South Carolinians with loved ones behind bars said the rising number of COVID-19 cases in prisons concerns them.

Taiwan donates 92,000 surgical masks to South Carolina to support frontline medical personnel

  Visitors suspected of starting HHI dune fire with fireworks

  DHEC announces 934 new cases in S.C., 19 additional deaths

More than 3,400 boats participated in Lake Murray parade in support of President Trump, organizers say

S.C. has 10th fewest coronavirus restrictions, study finds

SC company rolling out face shields to schools across the country

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‘His recovery will take months or even years': Trooper struck by car on I-485 remains in critical condition

  Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting

Woman injured after being attacked by alligator in Beaufort County

Duke, Dominion cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Police: Woman killed by Fourth of July ‘celebratory gunfire’

South Carolina wildlife agency to reopen offices to public

DHEC: Over 1,400 new COVID-19 cases in SC, 150+ in Horry County

The state health agency released the latest numbers on the virus on Sunday.

EdVenture Children’s Museum to reopen July 14th

EdVenture Children’s Museum has announced they will be reopening and welcoming guests beginning July 14.

DHEC: Over 1,800 new COVID-19 cases in SC, 300+ reported in Horry County

The state health agency reported the latest numbers on the virus Saturday.

Mandatory mask petition started by South Carolina health care worker

An occupational therapist created the petition after she wondered if others were worried about the health and safety of senior citizens,

Jail records: Woman wanted for vandalism at Charleston 9 site arrested

LCSD: Missing Gaston teen found safe in Fairfield County

Don’t forget to be mindful of those with hypersensitivity to fireworks this weekend

Trump backs Dan Forest in North Carolina governor’s race

Robert E. Lee button found in time capsule under Confederate monument

  DHEC announces new single-day high for Horry County with 237 new cases

‘Put the damn mask on’: Strong message from SC hospital chief medical officer

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems Chief Medical Officer has a clear message to the community.

SC celebrates the 4th of July with patriotic ‘Salute From the Shore’ flyover

South Carolina is celebrating Independence Day this year with a patriotic flyover performed by volunteer pilots with the Salute From the Shore organization.

DHEC promotes virtual visitation grant for nursing homes

The health agency is providing more resources for families to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. McMaster orders DHEC to postpone allowing limited visitation in nursing homes

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants state health officials to hold off on allowing limited visitation in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Federal authorities have seized more than $80,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bills aimed at reopening several N.C. businesses during pandemic

The bills would have reopened gyms, fitness centers, skating rinks, bowling alleys, amusement parks and entertainment venues. One of the bills would have also allowed for parades and fireworks shows that could violate Phase 2 restrictions.

North Carolina has paid out nearly $5 billion in unemployment benefits

The Department of Employment Security has determined eligibility for 96 percent of its claims.

MUSC Burn Center bracing for July 4th injuries

MUSC’s Burn Center Director is bracing for a bad holiday weekend in terms of burn injuries. In fact, he’s worried it could be the worst they’ve ever seen.

Latest S.C. unemployment numbers show total of 635K+ new claims since March

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of people who have filed their first claim for unemployment benefits continues to grow months after the coronavirus pandemic began having a major impact on jobs in the state.

Pilot identified following F-16 aircraft crash on Shaw Air Force Base

Details of what caused the crash have not been released.

Woman checking mail one of 2 killed in S.C. police chase crash

Anderson city police are investigating a deadly police chase that left two people dead.

‘It’s a significant challenge’: Contact tracing becoming difficult as COVID-19 cases stay above 1,000 mark

South Carolina’s state doctors said the spike in coronavirus cases is making it harder for them to try and contain the virus through contact tracing.

New emergency transmissions detail response in downtown Charleston riot

Charleston County officials released recordings from the Consolidated Dispatch Center detailing how law enforcement agencies responded to downtown riots in May.

McMaster: Over 1,600 restaurants have applied to receive Palmetto Priority seal

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided an update on Wednesday on the number of restaurants that have begun the process of receiving a Palmetto Priority seal.

Preparing for July 4th: SC director of tourism thinks people will be safer than Memorial Day

South Carolina tourism’s slogan right now is, “When you’re ready, we’re ready.”

Army quarantines 90 soldiers with coronavirus at Fort Bragg

The U.S. Army has quarantined 90 soldiers and instructors who tested positive for the coronavirus during a survival course at Fort Bragg.

McMaster: No high school, college football until COVID-19 cases go down

The governor says the future of spectator sports seasons in the fall could be at risk.

Two arrested after Tillman monument at SC State House vandalized using incendiary device

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested two people after the Benjamin Tillman monument located at the S.C. State House was vandalized over the weekend.

  ‘This is a public health crisis’: DHEC reports record-high 24 new COVID-19 deaths in S.C.

The state health agency released the latest data on the virus on Wednesday.

SC education officials working to reach students who have been unaccounted for since school closures

The South Carolina Department of Education has released their plans to connect with students they’ve had minimal or no contact with since the pandemic forced schools to close in mid-March.

‘We want our schools open for in-person instruction': Cooper delays decision on reopening NC schools this fall

Governor Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced that his administration will soon give a statewide directive for reopening K-12 schools this fall.

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

Leaders at the College of Charleston are announcing many changes to student and academic life this fall to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including reducing housing capacity by more than a third.

SCDEW launches Extended Benefits program to help unemployed residents

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is now offering the Extended Benefits program for those who have used their previous unemployment benefits.

Two adults, child killed in Columbus Co. crash; responding fire truck runs over woman

Three people, including an 8-year-old girl, were killed in a multi-vehicle collision on N.C. 410 in Columbus County early Tuesday morning.

Last surviving Buffalo Soldier from SC dies at 92

Funeral arrangements for the last surviving Buffalo Soldier from South Carolina are set to take place on July 1.

Police investigate incident at Georgetown hotel that left man dead, woman injured

Police responded to the Roadway Inn on 600 Church Street at 8:27 a.m. to a report of victims “covered in blood,” Georgetown Police Capt. Nelson Brown said.

College student who tested positive for COVID-19 urges young people to take virus seriously

Since the beginning of April, there has been a 966% increase in newly-reported cases among young people aged 11 to 20 in South Carolina and a 413% increase in cases among people aged 21 to 30.

No announcement planned today on public school future

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was expected to make an announcement today, but his press office announced last night the coronavirus briefing Wednesday will not include a discussion of K-12 public school operations for this coming year.

  SC schools report more than 16,000 students have been unaccounted for since statewide school closures

According to a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education, schools have not been able to make contact with 16,085 students across the state since they were closed because of the pandemic in March.

  Orangeburg City Council votes to remove Confederate statue, rename John C. Calhoun Drive

On Tuesday, the Orangeburg City Council voted unanimously to remove the statue of John C. Calhoun and rename John C. Calhoun Drive.

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.

  DHEC: Take precautions against COVID-19 ahead of July 4th weekend

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend fast approaching, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is urging residents to take the proper precautions to protect against COVID-19.

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.

SC teen receives two negative COVID-19 tests before learning she has the virus

As testing increases in South Carolina, and the percent positive rises, some are wondering about the accuracy of the tests.

  ‘Turn yourselves in’: Sheriff says search for agitators in May protests continues

On Monday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference about agitators from protests held in Columbia in May.

Springfield girl makes wooden flags for law enforcement

A 12-year-old girl in Springfield is using her time to make American flags with thin blue lines for law enforcement departments.

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.

  DHEC announces 1,320 COVID-19 cases in S.C.; 165 new cases in Horry County

The updated numbers were released Monday afternoon.

CAUGHT: Two escaped inmates captured in Catawba County

Vue and McDonald were captured around 12:30 p.m. Monday without incident at the Baymont by Wyndham hotel in Hickory, N.C. Both inmates will face escape charges.

South Carolina gas tax increases July 1

The gasoline tax increase pays for road improvements in the state.

State Treasurer’s Office says more than $650 million in property unclaimed

The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office is looking to help citizens put some extra cash in their pockets this summer.

Hilton Head Island council votes ‘yes’ on ordinance requiring face masks

Hilton Head Island Town Council will vote on an ordinance to make masks mandatory in certain areas on the island during a special called meeting on Monday, June 29.

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.

Covid-19 researcher says we can no longer accurately model how the virus will spread

Dr. Alex McLain says modeling a virus' spread is like tracking a hurricane. But, the COVID-19 predictions were so off, he says it's like forecasters thought a storm would hit North Carolina but hit Maine instead.

North Charleston Police searching for missing teen suffering from depression

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

4 injured after car drives through fence at Upstate speedway, police say

Four people were injured when a car drove through a fence at the Laurens County Speedway, according to Courtney Snow with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

SCSU coach Garvin became ‘numb’ to prejudice, seeks societal change

Coaches in athletics have a unique opportunity to unite and bring people together beyond the locker room.

DHEC: Over 180 new COVID-19 cases in Horry County, statewide total over 33,000

The state health agency released the latest data on the virus on Sunday.

‘Our state becomes increasingly sick’: Local lawmaker calls for statewide mask mandate

Gov. McMaster has previously stated he will not implement a mandate on masks.

Artists paint mural on Beatties Ford Road to lift spirits after deadly shooting

Beatties Ford Road is getting new artwork on the street. The artists behind the mural say the inspiration for the painting sparked after last Sunday’s shooting. Four people died and several others were hurt.

Requirements for Clemson students to return, graduation plans announced

The university is going to require all students and employees to wear face coverings in a number of circumstances while on university property.

DHEC: Over 200 new COVID-19 cases in Horry County, state total surpasses 31,000

The state health agency released its latest numbers on virus Saturday.

  ‘Dangerous, deadly disease’: McMaster pleads for people to wear masks; S.C. deemed COVID-19 hotspot

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and state health officials will hold a media briefing Friday on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

State health officials release metrics for measuring COVID-19 spread to SC school districts

The AccelerateED task force recommended school districts seeing high spread of COVID-19 in the fall should do full distance learning.

WMBF Investigates: The cost of fighting COVID-19 in South Carolina

As of June 1, DHEC has spent $13,374,865.71 from its Act 116 COVID-19 Response Account.

  DHEC announces 1,273 new COVID-19 cases in S.C.; 82 new cases in Horry County

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced on Friday the second-highest number of new coronavirus cases since the agency started tracking the virus.

  Fire Chief: Vandalism at Charleston 9 firefighter memorial ‘heinous, disgusting'

The Charleston Police Department is investigating vandalism discovered early Friday morning at the memorial site for nine city of Charleston firefighters killed in a 2007 furniture store fire.