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  HHI Elementary students participate in ‘breakout box’ activities

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

Lowcountry water department lifts boil water advisory for Levy area

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival underway

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

Advocates for medical marijuana gather at South Carolina state house

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South Carolina to issue March SNAP benefits early

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

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

Reward offered in Hampton County after puppy shot in face twice

23rd annual Gullah celebration held on Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island bridal show attracts brides-to-be

  Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office asks for help in unsolved cases

Investigators from Beaufort County are asking for tips on a list of unsolved murder cases from as early of April 2018.

Fatal wreck in Beaufort shuts down highway

Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire. Once the fire was extinguished crews worked to pull the three people from the van. During this operation, they discovered that one of the people inside the van had died.

Bill aims to curb coyote population in South Carolina

Sen. Goldfinch introduced a bill that would establish a coyote bounty program. The state would pay licensed hunters $75 for every adult coyote they lawfully remove.

Memorial held at Battery Creek High School in honor of Beaufort County teen

Hundreds of family, classmates, teachers, and friends flooded Battery Creek High School to celebrate the life of 18-year-old Malik Spencer at a public memorial service Friday night.

  Lowcountry firefighters warning residents after responding to several cooking fires

Orange alligators spotted in Bluffton

Deputies not facing charges after man died following struggle with Beaufort County officers

Community groups, lawmakers push for bills they say will prevent a Parkland shooting

School board members in SC speak out against proposed ethics changes

Bluffton opens newly-renovated town hall

  Jasper County Terminates contract with City of Hardeeville

Mayor Williams says ending that longstanding contract and building two new stations right next door to their fire stations means costing taxpayers more unnecessary money.

Family holds memorial service for Beaufort County teen

The family of a Beaufort county teen found dead last month will hold a memorial service to remember him.

Memorial service held for Beaufort Co. teen found dead

The family of a Beaufort County teen found dead in January has planned a memorial service to remember him.

Goodwill employee returns prized possession to Beaufort County man

A Beaufort County man’s accidental donation led an employee on a mission to return the prized possession.

Hardeeville PD searching for Motel 6 robbery suspect

search is underway after a bold crime in broad daylight took place in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

S.C. bill pushes for Palmetto State teachers to earn national average

A new bill in South Carolina could give teachers more money if it is passed. The average teacher salary in South Carolina is $51,027.

  Victims, lawmakers rally on S.C. state house steps against drunk-driving

Victims of drunk driving and South Carolina lawmakers were on the steps of the State house on Tuesday as they push to crack-down on drunk driving in South Carolina.

Beaufort Co. Sheriff seeks to identify armed robbery suspects

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help as they try to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery on February 6th.

A look into how Charleston County deputies transports mental health patients

A bill filed in response to the drowning deaths of two mental health patients last year is hoping to change the way mental health patients are transported in the state.

Lowcountry lawmakers renew push to close ‘Charleston loophole’

This isn’t the first time lawmakers have tried to push through a closure of the loophole.

Man arrested in weekend home invasion in Yemassee

An arrest has been made in a Yemassee home invasion that left one woman injured over the weekend.

At least 82 birds killed in large fire at Awendaw exotic bird breeding business

Investigators are working to determine what caused a fire early Monday morning at an Awendaw bird breeding business that housed hundreds of exotic birds.

Jasper Co. arrests suspect accused of multiple burglaries

Jasper County Deputies have arrested a man accused of being involved in several burglaries.

Beaufort Co. teen arrested on attempted murder charge

School officials say Beaufort Elementary School was placed on lockdown by law enforcement Monday morning as officers served a warrant in the surrounding neighborhood.

Suspect still at-large after home invasion in Yemassee

Suspect fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle in an unknown direction.

Burton Fire Department rescues two dogs from house fire

Burton Fire Engineer Nick D’Angelo stated that when they turned onto Providence Rd, a blanket of smoke was banked down over the street, and black smoke was pouring from the front door.

Legislation hoping to stop overpopulation of pit bulls in South Carolina

Many are worried about the overpopulation of pit bulls in the state of South Carolina.

St. Joseph’s Candler Regional Medical campus breaks ground in Bluffton

This means St. Joseph’s Candler will also be expanding services and access to health care to a fast-growing community.

Lawmakers, utility and solar companies working together on energy bill

Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investments are on the line according to solar companies in South Carolina.

New Exit 3 coming soon to I-95 in Hardeeville

It’s been a decade in the making, but now Exit 3 on Interstate 95 in Hardeeville may actually be getting through some funding roadblocks.

State lawmakers, SC Governor explore potential sale of Santee Cooper

According to a report from a consulting firm, there are more than a dozen bidders for state-owned power utility, Santee Cooper.

South Carolina lawmakers renew push for pro-life legislation

Dozens of pro-life supporters visited the State House Wednesday for Personhood Day.

  SC bill wants to offer legal protection for underage human trafficking victims

The “Safe Harbor for Exploited Minors Act” wants to provide protection for minors charged with certain crimes involving prostitution and coerced involvement.

Flu cases spike in Lowcountry, hospitals start restricting visitors

In just the last two days, Beaufort Memorial saw 29 people coming through with the flu.

Human remains found in Bamberg County identified as missing Beaufort County teen

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says human remains recovered on Jan. 22 in Bamberg County, SC has been identified as missing 18-year-old Malik Spencer.

Bluffton man arrested, charged with criminal sexual conduct

Bluffton Police have arrested and charged a 54-year-old man with criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

Bills aim to add mental health education in middle school curriculum

A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.

Bill aims to add mental health education in SC middle school curriculum

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.

BCSO seeking new information in 1975 cold case

Investigators say on Feb. 4, 1975, Dorothy Kay Olbert, who was 50 at the time, was reported missing by her husband around midnight after she failed to return to their Hilton Head Island residence from a church meeting.

Peacock Subaru, Palmetto Animal League featured in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV

Peacock Subaru in Hardeeville, S.C., was jammed Sunday afternoon with several hundred people who turned out for a watch party for Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV.

USC students watch Super Bowl to vote on best ad of the night

One hundred students and faculty in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications gathered Sunday night for Cocky's Super Ad Poll to watch the game and critique this year’s lineup of Super Bowl commercials.

Breaking down Zero to Twenty Committee, consolidation and tech college proposals in education bill

A massive education reform bill filed in the House and Senate last week is proposing consolidating school districts with a student population less than a 1,000.

Bill aims to strengthen South Carolina background checks

There is a renewed effort at the South Carolina state house to stop guns from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have a firearm.

Beaufort School District accepting school choice applications beginning February 1st

The Beaufort County School District will begin accepting school choice applications for the 2019-20 academic year beginning on February 1st through February 28th.

Grand Marshal announced for Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This year’s Hilton Head Island - St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal has been announced.

SC lawmakers listen to hours of testimony on education reform bill

Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) told the House K-12 Education Subcommittee he knew his 84-page education reform bill wasn’t perfect.

City of Hardeeville gets improved water reclamation facility

The facility can treat 2.7 million gallons of water a day. It's also beneficial to residents and businesses health wise.

Hampton County warning against illegal dumping

The county has set up surveillance cameras to catch the people responsible.

Stolen cars found, suspects arrested following rash of burglaries on Hilton Head Island

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve captured all the suspects involved in a rash of burglaries and stolen cars in the Avalon Villas community.

Hundreds of SC teachers visit lawmakers days after education reform bill filed

Poor pay, overcrowding, and a lack of funding were some of the issues teachers from across the state brought to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Beaufort County seeing increase in drug overdoses

They’ve seen seven overdoses in the last week - two of them fatal.

Beaufort County business leaders set legislative priorities

The chamber wants lawmakers to focus on economic development, education and workforce, military, infrastructure, tax reform and tourism.

Fire displaces Lowcountry family of four

A family of four cannot stay in their home after a house fire in Burton, South Carolina.

United Way of the Lowcountry holding Dine Out & Give Back event Jan. 25

The United Way of the Lowcountry’s Dine Out & Give Back one-day event is happening Friday, Jan. 25.

SC lawmakers to consider raising state’s minimum wage

Lawmakers are considering two bills that could raise minimum wage in South Carolina for the first time in more than a decade.

SC lawmakers discussing Education Bill

School district consolidation, a student bill of rights, and recruiting and retaining teachers are some of the things an 84-page bill filed Thursday by South Carolina lawmakers wants to do.

Push to keep e-cigarettes away from minors in South Carolina

A judiciary House subcommittee voted to consolidate three bills curbing the use of vaping products by teens.

Investigators looking for 4 suspects after multiple cars stolen from Hilton Head neighborhood

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is looking for four suspects after a string of crimes in a Hilton Head neighborhood where three cars were stolen.

Low magnitude earthquake reported in Fairfield Co.

A minor earthquake has been reported in Fairfield County.

False information circulating on social media about February SNAP benefits in SC

If SNAP participants have questions, they can contact their local office

Bluffton Police Department introduces K-9 Justice as newest member

The Bluffton Police Department would like to introduce K-9 Justice as the newest member of its team.

Gov. Henry McMaster focuses on education in first State of the State address as elected governor

McMaster’s office confirmed the governor’s State of the State address to the General Assembly will be delivered at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Crews fixing power outage issues in Savannah, Hilton Head Island

Power has been restored to the majority of Palmetto Electric customers in Beaufort County, SC.

SC for ED to hold Money Matters Lobby Day

With education being one of the primary focal points of Gov. Henry McMaster’s agenda heading into his first elected term as the state’s top lawmakers, teachers from across the state want their voices heard.

Jasper County families wait for flood waters to recede

We continue to follow up on a story out of Jasper County where close to 25 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding. Many have been out of their homes since Dec. 1.

SC Governor Henry McMaster delivers State of the State Address

For the first time since being elected, Governor Henry McMaster gave his State of the State Address to the General Assembly and the citizens of South Carolina on Wednesday.

South Carolina group opposes medical marijuana bill

A large group of South Carolina lawmakers, law enforcement, and religious leaders sent a clear message on Wednesday.

Missing Jasper County woman with medical conditions safely located

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says they have safely located a missing 68-year-old woman with medical conditions.