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VP Mike Pence coming to SC to campaign for Sen. Lindsey Graham

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to South Carolina to help Senator Lindsey Graham kick off his 2020 re-election campaign, officials announced Monday.

Man wanted for property damage in Beaufort County

New legislation could let you take more of your favorite craft beer home

  Lowcountry students celebrate National Pi Day

Winner of $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot was woman who decided to take ‘scenic drive,’ lawyers say

2 killed after tractor-trailer collides with car in Jasper County

Port Royal holds transportation workshop to discuss traffic problems

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  Ferry service available to Savannah from Hilton Head Island this weekend

Carolina Panthers weigh options of moving team operations to South Carolina

  Men charged with kidnapping, assault and battery after incident at St. Helena Island home

2 national parks established in SC after President Trump signs lands bill

Hilton Head Principal issued reprimand by state for “unprofessional conduct”

Volunteers needed for oyster reef build in Bluffton

  South Carolina lawmakers debate proposed budget plan

Lawmakers at the South Carolina State House have began their debate over a proposed budget plan.

Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival underway

Hilton Head Island residents will have a little more to “whine” about this week as the 34th annual Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival kicked off on Monday!

It’s Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week in South Carolina - here’s what you need to know

In a proclaimation by Governor Henry McMaster for this week, “SCEMD and the National Weather Service are promoting awareness of the hazards associated with severe weather, including tornadoes and floods, and the procedures that help keep people safe.”

Police arrest woman accused of stealing $4K puppy from pet store

Summerville police arrested a woman Saturday who pet store employees say stole an expensive puppy from their store by concealing it in her jacket.

Medical-legal partnerships working together to help families across South Carolina

Beaufort county sheriff’s deputy arrested for domestic violence

2 arrested on drug-related charges on Hilton Head Island

Sheriff’s Office attempts to identify breaking and entering auto suspect in Beaufort County

Crash cleared on Hwy 170 near Bellinger Cove in Beaufort County

Crash on I-95 GA/SC state line involved Department of Public Safety SUV

Increased law enforcement presence in area of Hwy 170, Broad River Blvd. after armed robbery

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two suspects after a victim says he was robbed at gunpoint and shot in the leg.

  Elizabeth Screven honored with plaque at Palmetto Bluff

Thursday was a truly historic day at Palmetto Bluff as the Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution honored Elizabeth Pendarvis Screven.

Quick response saves Lowcountry home from fire

The Burton Fire District and the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department were able to save a home in Mink Point Wednesday night due to a quick response and closed doors.

House passes extensive education reform bill after hours of debate

After six hours of debate, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to pass a massive education reform bill Wednesday evening.

  N.A.A.C.P. holding event in S.C. for first time in almost 20 years

The civil rights organization originally put the state on economic sanctions because of the confederate flag in 2000.A boycott was started after lawmakers moved the confederate flag to the front lawn.

Community Champions: Second Helpings rescues food for people in need

Second Helpings of Hilton Head offers the first step toward eliminating food shortages in the Lowcountry.

May River Rd in Bluffton back open after multiple-vehicle crash

Bluffton Police have closed a portion of May River Road in Bluffton due to a multiple-vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning.

Wednesday marks 8th annual Walk to School Day in SC

Schools across South Carolina asked students to hop out of the car and walk to school with their parents and teachers on Wednesday morning.

Small SC town reacts to lottery winner claiming record-breaking prize

Last October, the KC Mart on Lee Vaughn Road sold a $1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket. On Monday, the lottery winner claimed their prize and elected to remain anonymous.

South Carolina DMV to hold driver suspension eligibility week

Drivers licensed in South Carolina that lost their driving priveleges as a result of certain suspensions may be able to reduce or clear their remaining suspension time.

  Body recovered from Beaufort marsh area identified as missing boater

South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources is investigating after a woman’s body was found in the marshes near Broad River Landing of Beaufort.

Bluffton Police arrest suspect involved in 2018 shooting

Officers with the Bluffton Police Department have arrested a suspect involved in a September 2018 shooting that injured one woman.

Winner claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions Jackpot in South Carolina

The South Carolina Education Lottery Commission says the winner of the $1.5 billion jackpot from the Oct. 23, 2018 Mega Millions drawing has come forward and submitted a claim for the underlying prize.

  Hardeeville Police seize 300 grams of marijuana and cash

Hardeeville Police, along with several other departments, seized over 300 grams of marijuana and nearly 700 dollars in cash, leading to two arrests.

  Downtown Beaufort celebrates fifth year of ‘First Friday’

Downtown Beaufort was the place to be Friday night. In fact, you can find the area bustling with people almost every first Friday of the month.

Renewed push for ‘constitutional carry’ in South Carolina

There are bills filed at the State House that would allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun, to carry it on public places that permit it.

  Parris Island historical marker unveiled Friday

The island has a long history stretching back to the 1500s. The Spanish went there attempting to establish missions among the Native Americans.

Hilton Head Island man wanted on kidnapping, other charges

The Sheriff’s Office says 38-year-old Joseph Dion Simmons is currently wanted for kidnapping, assault and battery and trespassing.

  Yemassee Police Department opens new substation on Railroad Avenue

Yemassee Police cut the ribbon on a new police substation on Thursday to help better serve their community.

  What’s in Our Waters?: Researching sharks off the coast

“The few sharks we’ve captured down here have been some of the most important data sets in opening up the whole North Atlantic white shark puzzle,” said Chris Fischer, Founder, OCEARCH.

Lowcountry man wanted in connection to drug investigation

Investigators are currently looking for Tyler Fields. He is wanted for simple possession of marijuana, trafficking in MDMA, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Hampton County Sheriff’s Office involved in deadly police chase

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office says it was involved in a deadly police chase on Wednesday.

Bluffton man convicted of sexual assault with minors

A Bluffton man will spend the next 35 years in prison.

  Bluffton named safest city in South Carolina

Home Security Advisor is calling Bluffton the "Safest City in South Carolina."

  South Carolina lawmakers debate plastic bag ban

There’s a renewed push for a bill that would repeal any ordinances created by local goverments in South Carolina based on a plastic bag ban.

  Sheriff: Man killed in shootout with deputies in Huger; multiple guns found on suspect

A suspect was killed following a shootout with deputies in Huger, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Debate over Sunday liquor sales bill continues, sent back to subcommittee

A bill currently being debated by state lawmakers would let local municipalities in certain counties create an ordinance or referendum to allow liquor to be sold on Sundays.

Proposed SC bill would allow for Sunday liquor sales

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce has a question for its members – would they be in favor of Sunday liquor sales?

  United Way of the Lowcountry honors Publix as part of Appreciation Day

Publix is the United Way’s largest corporate donor and helps them not only financially, but also by volunteering throughout the communities in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

Crash involving 2 Hampton County school buses under investigation

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash Tuesday morning involving two school buses.

Boeing nominates former SC Gov. Nikki Haley for election to board of directors

Haley, 47, was first elected to a seat in the South Carolina statehouse in 2004 before serving as governor between 2011 and 2017

Solar companies keeping close eye on Energy Freedom Act

Solar companies and advocates for the bill say if it isn’t signed into law, South Carolina could lose thousands of solar jobs and potential investments.

  As weekend hotel fire investigation continues, Hardeeville leader talks affordable housing solutions

Firefighters are calling the scene a “major fire incident.”

Search continues for missing boater near Parris Island

Officials with South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources say that one person is missing after a boat struck a bridge at Archers Creek near Parris Island, early Sunday morning.

Expect delays on Robert Smalls after two-vehicle wreck at foot of Broad River Bridge

The Burton Fire District is working a two-vehicle wreck on Robert Smalls, Monday afternoon.

All lanes Highway 170 blocked after wreck at Savannah Highway in Port Royal

All lanes of Highway 170 east and westbound are blocked following a wreck, Monday afternoon.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office investigating triple-shooting in Hardeeville

Investigators say three men were shot on Church Road around 10 p.m. after a drug deal gone bad.

Plane crashes at Ridgeland Airport

Crews with the Ridgeland Fire Department are on the scene of a plane crash at the Ridgeland Airport.

  South Carolina’s role in setting the field for presidential elections

Potential presidential candidates from across the country continue to visit the Palmetto State ahead of next year’s primaries.

City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department throws birthday party for 6-year-old

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department received a call for help that firefighters say was unlike any other call they have responded to.

  Beaufort County Allocates $20k For Jacob Kits

A firefighter is on a mission to save lives in Beaufort County Schools.

  Measuring Hate: Lowcountry crimes and errors uncovered

The Lowcountry is known for hospitality and friendliness, frequently named a top destination for people from all over the world to visit. Yet even here, there are violent crimes every year rooted in hatred.

  VP Mike Pence tours opportunity zone in Columbia, SC

Opportunity zones were created to incentivize developers for investing in areas that have been overlooked in the past.

  Sheriff’s Office identifies body found in vehicle behind Bluffton Target

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the person whose body was found inside a vehicle behind a Target store in Bluffton Thursday morning.

South Carolina lawmakers listen to proposed changes to education bill

this house bill has bi-partisan support.81 sponspors have now signed on to the bill. on both sides of the aisles.

  Community Champion: Family Promise of Beaufort County

2.5 million children become homeless every year, nationwide.

  Child, 3 dogs removed from Burton home after welfare check

Deputies discovered trash around the home as well as dog feces and urine soaked into the carpet in different areas.

  PGA Tour presents 2018 Charity of the Year Award in the Lowcountry

The organization was chosen because of its mission and way of alleviating hunger.

  HHI Elementary students participate in ‘breakout box’ activities

Students are given clues to figure out how to crack codes for a box. Then, they have to unlock the box within a specific time limit.

Family concerned for well-being of 22-year-old man missing from Hilton Head Island apartment

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 22-year-old man who was reported missing from his Legends apartment on Hilton Head Island.

Lowcountry water department lifts boil water advisory for Levy area

The Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has lifted a boil water advisory for the Levy community.

  Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival underway

The 12th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival runs Feb. 18-24, 2019.

Unofficial results for the special election for HHI Ward 6 council seat

The unofficial results are in for the special election on Hilton Head Island.

  Advocates for medical marijuana gather at South Carolina state house

Weeks after South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson called marijuana the most dangerous drug in America, advocates for medical marijuana were at the South Carolina state house again on Tuesday.

South Carolina to issue March SNAP benefits early

The South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) will be issuing March Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early.

  Puppy shot in face moved to temporary home to recover after surgery

A puppy in Hampton County that lost both of his eyes but survived being shot point blank is recovering at a temporary home.

S.C. governor holds week-long conference on tourism and travel

Hundreds of people are flocking to Columbia for the governor’s conference on tourism and travel this week and it is no surprise-tourism brought in more than $20 billion into the Palmetto State in 2018, making it the number one industry in South Carolina.

  Reward offered in Hampton County after puppy shot in face twice

There is a $500 reward for information that can lead to an arrest of whoever is responsible for shooting a puppy in the face.