Lowcountry News

Round 1 of RBC Heritage draws large crowd on Hilton Head Island

Thursday, play officially got underway for the 51st RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island. Quite a crowd gathered for round one at the Harbour Town Golf Links.

  Community Champions: Rec Center Concession Stand

  S.C. Congressman comments ahead of Mueller report release

  First Tee of the Lowcountry has special day at RBC Heritage

  Community members frustrated after no new information released by school board in RaNiya Wright’s death

  Beaufort County Board of Education announces new superintendent

  Beaufort County sheriff holds meeting to discuss budget needs with county council

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  WATCH: Funeral services for the late former SC governor, US Senator Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

  Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings remembered as ‘legend,’ ‘man who knew how to get things done’ at funeral

Person of interest arrested in South State Bank robbery in Beaufort

Board expected to name new superintendent for Beaufort County Schools

  U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigns in Lowcountry

RBC Heritage kicks off with traditional opening ceremony at Harbour Town Golf Links

Suspect on loose after armed robbery at Quality Inn in Beaufort

olice say the suspect has a slender build, and is about 5′7. He was wearing an orange skull cap/beanie cap with a white cloth around his face.

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren hosting organizing event in Beaufort County

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is hosting an organizing event in Beaufort County on Monday, April 15.

Marine arrested for shooting, killing another Marine on base in Beaufort

A suspect is in custody after a MAG-31 Marine was shot and killed on the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC on Friday.

  Former Sen. Fritz Hollings’ casket lays in state at SC statehouse

Hollings served in Congress from 1966 to 2005

Coast Guard water rescue saves 3 near Seabrook Island

  Forum held for Beaufort County Schools superintendent finalists

  2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke makes stop in Lowcountry

  SC girl dances with prosthetic leg, goes viral

  Man charged with attempted murder in officer-involved shooting at Laurens Co. hospital

  Beaufort County EMS Paramedic named South Carolina Paramedic of the Year

  American College of Physicians releases new mammography recommendations

Nearly 270,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year - but there have been conflicting guidelines on how often women 40 and over should get mammograms.

Lowcountry man sentenced in 2016 death of woman whose home was set on fire

The Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office says a Shell Point man was found guilty Thursday of murdering a disabled neighbor in December 2016.

Preschool to pay out $15K after employee fed child Taco Bell hot sauce

As part of the settlement, the child’s parents agreed to release all other claims against the preschool.

  Gunman in SC hospital shooting identified; 1 in critical condition

This is a developing story; check back for more updates.

  The Great Food Truck Race filming on Hilton Head Island

Long lines of hungry people visited Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island Wednesday.

Ferry service available to Savannah from Hilton Head Island this weekend

If you’re planning to take the ferry from Hilton Head Island into Savannah for the St. Patrick’s festivities this weekend, you may want to start thinking of a Plan B.

  Cross-over deadline at the State House

Some of the more controversial bills at the South Carolina State House will be facing more of an uphill battle.

  Lawsuit filed against resort following deadly alligator attack on Hilton Head Island

You may remember an alligator attack that happened last August in Sea Pines that took the life of a woman on Hilton Head Island. Now, her family is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the resort.

  Town leaders present plan for workforce housing on Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island is becoming more and more popular. Not only are more people visiting the island, more people are also calling it home.

Husband of woman killed by alligator on HHI files lawsuit against resort

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the case of a woman killed by an alligator while walking her dog in 2018 on Hilton Head Island.

  Out of time: Several bills won’t make Wednesday’s crossover deadline to become law in SC

Time is running out for bills that could potentially become law in the Palmetto State.

  Bluffton man receives $78,000 smile makeover from Howard Family Dental

Your smile is supposed to be your first impression, and for Charlie Card, that wasn’t the case.

  Bluffton Police, city partner for campaign to combat distracted driving

Mike Lutzenkirchen started the 43 Key Seconds Campaign after his son Phillip, a University of Auburn star football player, died in a car crash in 2014. He visited Bluffton Tuesday to speak with leaders and the community about his campaign.

South Carolina alligator obeys pedestrian law

The South Carolina State Parks Facebook page posted the video to their page, saying that they teach all of their animals to use crosswalks in their parks

  Beaufort County Schools superintendent finalists named

Terry Dade and Frank Rodriguez are finalists to be the Beaufort County School District's next superintendent.

  Personal archive gives special look into the career of Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings

The late Ernest “Fritz” Hollings definitely left his mark on South Carolina and the country. This collection gives you an inside look into Hollings’ many years of public service.

  Charleston developer withdraws proposal to build 300 new apartments on Hilton Head

A Charleston-based developer looking to rezone the area near the Hilton Head Christian Academy went before the town council and withdrew their application to build 300 new apartments.

Trailer released for ‘Emanuel’ documentary on Charleston church shooting

Filmmakers released the trailer Monday for the documentary “Emanuel,” focusing on the 2015 massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

South Carolina college student dies at off-campus event in Hilton Head

A South Carolina college student has died over the weekend at an off-campus event on Hilton Head Island.

  Funeral arrangements announced for former US Sen. Ernest ‘Fritz’ Hollings

Hollings served in Congress from 1966 to 2005

Furman University student dies on Hilton Head Island

Elizabeth Davis, the president of Furman University, said in a release sophomore Caroline Smith from Atlanta died Saturday morning.

Former US Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina dead at 97

Former South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings, a moderate six-term Democrat who made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 1984, has died. Family spokesman Andy Brack says Hollings died early Saturday. He was 97 years old.

  ‘Take Back the Night’ held on HHI to raise awareness for sexual assault

Survivors of sexual assault gathered to share their stories or simply share that they are a survivor.

  New teacher retention program keeps first-year teachers in the classroom

CarolinaTIP is a three-year program that helps graduates transition into becoming successful classroom teachers. It was created by the College of Education to improve teacher retention. They have also partnered with school districts in the Midlands.

Taste of Bluffton set to kick off April 7

A Southern celebration of food starts this weekend in Bluffton.

5 arrested on multiple drug charges after search of Baggett Street home in Beaufort

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says five people are facing numerous drug charges after a search warrant was executed at a home in Beaufort.

SC DSS website will be down starting Friday

If you need assistance with your case on Friday during normal business hours, you can call 1-800-616-1309.

  Family, friends hold Honor Walk for 4-year-old girl who died following DUI crash in Colleton County

Family, friends and hospital staff at MUSC held an Honor Walk Thursday night for a 4-year-old girl who died following a DUI crash in Colleton County.

  City of Hardeeville passes 2 resolutions regarding fire services

Three items on the agenda involved the contract between the city and Jasper County surrounding the rural fire district. The mayor of Hardeeville did not mince his words when he came time to discuss the topic.

  Warm weather brings mating season for horseshoe crabs

If you see the horseshoe crabs on the beach, do not pick them up by their tail because they could break off.

  Multiple people report meteor sighting over Lowcountry Thursday morning

Those who reported it observed an object with a tail and blue light.

Liberty County deputies still searching for answers in 2013 Midway murder

It’s been almost six years since Midway coach and community hero, Ernie Walthour, was killed. Wednesday night, his family and investigators are asking for your help to bring his killer to justice.

Forum held in Beaufort County to discuss dangers of teenage vaping trend

Wednesday night, the first of several community forums was held in Beaufort County to discuss the dangers of teenagers vaping.

  Students, staff, and leaders rally to ‘save’ Denmark Technical College

“I needed something that was like a bridge and if that’s taken away students in the community won’t have that," Tucker said.

  Hundreds mourn 10-year-old who died after classroom fight

Exactly one week after her death following a classroom fight which drew the national spotlight and has shaken the Walterboro community, a 10-year-old Colleton County girl was laid to rest Wednesday.

  Lawmakers file ridesharing safety legislation in honor of Samantha Josephson

Angela Orth says the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson has been a rude awakening.

  Candlelight vigil held for slain UofSC student in NJ

Family and friends of Samantha Josephson will hold a candlelight vigil for Samantha Josephson on Tuesday.

  Slain USC Upstate student Evan Gaines mourned and remembered, while questions remain about his death

The investigation continues in the death of USC Upstate student and Columbia native, 22-year-old Evan Jeffrey Gaines.

  Wrongful death suit filed after fatal boat crash lists new defendants

A wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal boat crash that took the life of a 19-year-old in Beaufort County has been re-filed and now names more defendants.

  Illegal dumping continues to be big problem in Hampton County

Hampton County is sending a warning out on social media saying “do not dump your garbage in the county.”

  Royal Live Oaks High School senior receives one of Amazon’s first future engineer scholarships

It’s a $40,000 scholarship to study computer science at a university of their choosing and receive a paid internship at Amazon after their freshmen year of college.

Beaufort Co. interim superintendent continues school closure process

Beaufort County Interim Superintendent Dr. Herb Berg is going to continue with plans to close Islands Academy.

SC lawmaker files bill in memory of slain UofSC student, calls to make Uber, Lyft safer

Governor Henry McMaster tweeted about the incident. He said he and First Lady Peggy McMaster were absolutely devastated and crushed by the news.

  VIDEO: Snow falls in Carolinas on second day of April

Spring may officially be here, but you wouldn’t know it stepping out the door on Tuesday morning.

IOP, Hilton Head Island begin stricter ‘on-leash’ beach hours for dogs

Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island begin their stricter on-leash hours on May 1.

  Consultant with Hilton Head offers several recommendations for preserving Gullah culture

Outside consultants gave recommendations to the community Monday night to preserve and protect the island’s Gullah Geechee culture and neighborhoods.

  Attorney: School was ‘on-notice’ of previous altercations in classroom before 10-year-old’s death

On the same day pathologists at MUSC performed an autopsy on a 10-year-old girl who died after a fight at her school, the child’s father announced plans to speak to the media.

  24-year-old man charged with kidnapping, murder of UofSC student Samantha Josephson

The Columbia Police Department says their investigation in the disappearance of 21-year-old University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson has now become a death investigation.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant arrested for DUI, child endangerment

Officer James Prusinowski was arrested for driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Brush fires continue to plague Burton South Carolina

Over the March 22 to 24 weekend, Burton Fire Department, with assistance from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, extinguished five brush fires that were threatening residential homes. All fires were believed to be caused by unattended yard debris fires or illegal trash fires.

  Too early to determine whether criminal charges will be filed in 5th grader’s death, solicitor says

As a community waits for word about the cause of death for a 10-year-old girl who died two days after a fight in her Colleton County school, attorneys for her family say the child’s loved ones are demanding transparency.

Historic mansion up for sale in South Carolina Lowcountry

A historic mansion is up for sale in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

  South Carolina could be next state to ban minors from using tanning beds

As skin cancer rates continue to rise and tanning bed usage among 12th graders is higher than the national average, there’s a push to keep minors out of tanning beds.

  School Board releases brief statement on 5th grader’s death, community members angrily demand answers

The Colleton County School Board made its first public comments Thursday afternoon after a special meeting called to discuss a classroom fight authorities say led to the death of a 10-year-old girl at Forest Hills Elementary School.

  Community devastated after 10-year-old dies following classroom fight

Flowers, balloons, and stuffed animals were left in front of a Colleton County elementary school where investigators say a fight in a classroom led to the death of a 10-year-old girl two days later.

  South Carolina DMV selling personal information for millions of dollars

Every day, hundreds of South Carolina residents get in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles and give personal information to the people who work there.

  Gun goes off near River Ridge Academy in Beaufort County

River Ridge Academy teachers and students in Beaufort County had a scare Tuesday afternoon.

  Beaufort County agencies teaming up to fight opioid crisis

This comes after the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are responding to overdoses at an alarming rate this year. In January and February alone, deputies responded to more than 20 overdoses.