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Ridgeland Town Council honors deputy sheriff for bravery

Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus and Town Council honored a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy for her distinguished service, heroism, and bravery during Thursday’s council meeting.

Man charged with arson in connection to fire at hotel in Hardeeville last month

SC Highway Patrol investigating deadly crash involving bicyclist

  WTOC rides along on Highway 278 Widening Project tour

Hilton Head Island shooting suspect found dead in apartment

Heavy law enforcement presence in Luray area of Hampton Co. following shooting incident

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

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  Hilton Head Island residents happy with fire improvements

S.C. officials say state making progress against opioid crisis despite death increases

Man wanted in Yemassee home invasion arrested in Virginia

Jasper County superintendent gives State of the District Address

Lawmakers moving quickly to lure Panthers to South Carolina

  Gray seal visits Hilton Head Island

  Young couple in shock after 9 pets killed in Beaufort County house fire

The Burton Fire District responded to Oak Bluff Court for a mobile home fire.

Lowcountry Job Fair happening Tuesday in Beaufort

The Free Lowcountry Job Fair is happening Tuesday afternoon at the Beaufort National Guard Readiness Center.

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.

  Bluffton students earn FAA drone pilot licenses

A group of Bluffton teens are taking to the skies.The high school students from May River High School and Bluffton High school now have their FAA drone pilot licenses.

1 killed, 1 injured in crash on Hwy 170 in Jasper County

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

High volumes of traffic is a problem that one town in Beaufort County is working to address.

  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.

Carolina Panthers weigh options of moving team operations to South Carolina

The Carolina Panthers are eyeing a move across state lines from North to South Carolina. The NFL franchise could be relocating its team operations to the York or Lancaster area.

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

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men after a kidnapping and assault Monday night.

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

South Carolina now has two new national parks after President Trump signed a significant lands bill on Tuesday.

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

A Hilton Head Island principal has been issued a reprimand by the state of South Carolina for unprofessional conduct.

Volunteers needed for oyster reef build in Bluffton

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resource is hosting its first oyster reef build of the year in Beaufort County and it is asking for help.

  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.

Beaufort county sheriff’s deputy arrested for domestic violence

An eight year employee of the sheriff’s office, Sergeant Scott will be suspended with pay pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

2 arrested on drug-related charges on Hilton Head Island

The two were transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center and incarcerated. They have yet to receive bond hearings.

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

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in identifying an individual in reference to a breaking and entering a motor vehicle case.

Crash cleared on Hwy 170 near Bellinger Cove in Beaufort County

Two crashes on Highway 170 near Bellinger Cove in Beaufort County Friday morning have been cleared and the road is back open.

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

If you were one of the hundreds of drivers stuck on I-95 Thursday evening near the Georgia/South Carolina line, it was because Georgia State Patrol had several troopers in the roadway after an incident involving one of their own.

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.