Lowcountry News

Woman sues S.C. nail salon after she set her hands on fire while smoking

A woman has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Grand Strand nail salon, claiming her hands were burned after employees said she could smoke while her fingernails were covered in acetone.

State lawmakers continue to tackle affordable housing crisis, tour new development

Twins arrested after vehicle break-ins on HHI during Hurricane Dorian evacuation

  Bluffton High School students holding ‘Bills for the Bahamas’ fundraiser

  Beaufort County School District cuts funding for random drug testing program

Former ‘Southern Charm’ star Thomas Ravenel is sentenced

  House of Rep. passes bill that would ban seismic testing on our coasts

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  Beaufort County planning for remainder of hurricane season

House passes Rep. Joe Cunningham’s offshore drilling bill

DHEC tells owner of Jasper County debris pile to close

Area communities hold 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, events

Estill Police locate missing teen

Conway police searching for 16-year-old runaway

  Hampton County school districts 1 & 2 hold third meeting to discuss consolidation

The two districts will start sharing special education services and food services this year.

Pro-life and pro-choice advocates sound off on abortion bill

In a full meeting room, Senators listened to hours of testimony from supporters and people opposed to H.3020.

  State law fell short of enforcement on debris pile until it was too late

Records released to WTOC News by the SC DHEC reveal a long, contentious relationship with the owner of Able Contracting - one that goes back to 2013.

  Beaufort County enforcing punishment for vaping in schools

Those consequences can be anything from in-school suspension to being sent to an alternative education program, and the district is not afraid to enforce those rules.

Mark Sanford claims Republicans are burdened by ‘Trump fatigue,’ suffering from an identity crisis

  Community supporting St. Helena family in Hurricane Dorian aftermath

Coroner: Georgia man identified as victim in deadly crash on I-26 in Orangeburg County

Graham responds to Trump’s ousting of National Security Adviser Bolton

Estill PD searching for armed and dangerous man

State GOP cancels 2020 presidential primary

  State senator estimates S.C. will spend millions in debris fire cleanup

It could cost about $4.5 million to remove a smoldering debris pile that caught fire weeks ago in rural Jasper County, South Carolina.

  Hurricane Dorian impacts sea turtle nests on Hunting Island

Sea turtle nesting season is almost over, and with Dorian coming, conservationists were worried about what would happen to the eggs that have not hatched.

  Crews working to clear downed trees at Hunting Island State Park

In places like Hunting Island, state park rangers are working to clean up trees and debris as quickly as possible to get the park back open to the public.

Blown transformer causes power outage at Hardeeville campus, students dismiss early

A blown transformer has caused a power outage on the Hardeeville campus of the Jasper County School District.

Juvenile suspect charged with attempted murder after shooting on Southside Blvd.

A juvenile suspect was arrested for attempted murder in Beaufort County on Sunday.

SC Housing offering $15,000 to help with home down payment for qualified buyers

The agency recently released its 2019 SC Housing Needs Assessment, showing an affordable housing crisis for our state.

  Civil War cannonballs found on beach after Hurricane Dorian

“I wanted to get a metal detector and especially after the hurricane and see if there’s anything, any history or artifacts that kind of washed up on the shore,” Lattin said. “We actually just got lucky with no equipment, just spending a day at the beach.”

  St. Helena Island residents recover after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian barreled its way along Florida and grazed Georgia before striking the Carolinas. Now, residents are working to recover from the storm that left some areas untouched, and others with severe property damage.

Armed, dangerous St. Helena man arrested

The victim told investigators she was held at gunpoint by the unknown man and sexually assaulted over a period of several hours.

  Cleanup underway in Beaufort after Dorian sweeps through

Hurricane Dorian may have passed through the Lowcountry and the Coastal Empire, but many people are left with a big mess to clean up.

  Power outages after Hurricane Dorian

Power outages are being reported across coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry as Hurricane Dorian arrives off our coast.

SC authorities warn residents about property repair scams after Hurricane Dorian

Officials with the department of labor, licensing and regulation want to warn South Carolina property owners about scams following Hurricane Dorian

Gov. McMaster lifts evacuation order for all SC counties effective immediately

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation order for all counties effective immediately.

  Locals make last minute stops before curfew takes effect in Beaufort County

Hurricane Dorian has left the Lowcountry, but the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says officers and deputies are still pushing a tight curfew.

  Hilton Head Island residents breathe sigh of relief

Most of the cleanup Thursday has been for downed trees. Emergency Manager Tom Dunn says they’ve responded to more than 80 of those calls.

  JEEP WATCH: Owner explains why Jeep was left on beach during Hurricane Dorian

A red Jeep captured the attention of the nation Thursday while Hurricane Dorian’s heavy rains and gusty winds battered the Grand Strand coastline.

Lowcountry man captures surreal video of island of trees floating by during Hurricane Dorian

A Lowcountry man was in the midst of preventing water from getting into his home during Hurricane Dorian’s swipe of the coast Thursday when he saw something strange.

  Cleanup underway in the Lowcountry after Hurricane Dorian

Lots of limbs and debris are in the road and power trucks are out all over Beaufort County.

Portions of Beaufort Co. will have a curfew Thursday night

A curfew will be in effect Thursday night for some portions of Beaufort County, S.C.

Gov. McMaster lifts evacuation order for 3 South Carolina counties

Gov. Henry McMaster will lift mandatory evacuation orders for three South Carolina counties as of 3 p.m. Thursday, but local authorities will decide when residents will be allowed back in.

Sidney Lanier, Talmadge bridges open following Hurricane Dorian

The Sidney Lanier bridge in Glynn County and the Talmadge Bridge in Chatham County have reopened following Hurricane Dorian.

LIST: Emergency shelters open for Dorian evacuees

Mandatory evacuations in South Carolina have led to about 360,000 people leaving the coast as of Wednesday afternoon.

Man escapes early-morning house fire in Beaufort Co.

An early-morning house fire is under investigation in the Lowcountry.

SC deputies capture young gator...and name it Dorian

Berkeley County Animal Control officers responded Wednesday in the hours before Hurricane Dorian approached the South Carolina coastline to an unwelcome subject.

Beaufort County officials say now is the time to shelter in place, stay off roads

Officials say those who not evacuate need to stay indoors and avoid driving, as conditions are expected to further deteriorate Wednesday night into Thursday.

Troopers begin process of breaking down I-26 lane reversal

Lane reversal operations on I-26 will stop at noon on Wednesday, according to South Carolina Department of Transportation officials.

Charleston County bridges will not close during hurricane, advisories will be issued

Emergency officials are cautioning motorists that traveling on some Lowcountry bridges many not be possible due to storm winds on Wednesday.

  More than 6K Parris Island recruits arrive in Albany, Ga.

Training does not stop for the recruits out of Parris Island.

15 dollars per gallon for gas during Dorian? SC Attorney General warns of potential price gouging

As Hurricane Dorian makes its way toward South Carolina’s coast- the state’s top law enforcement officer is warning of possible price gouging in the aftermath.

  Many Hilton Head Island residents not evacuating ahead of storm

WTOC caught up with several residents in Coligny Plaza who say they’re prepared to ride out the storm.

  U-Haul offering free storage to residents in the Carolinas impacted by Dorian

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free self storage and U-Box container usage to people in Georgia and the Carolinas who could be impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

McMaster on Dorian: ‘This is a serious storm, heed the warnings’

If you are in the evacuation zones of eight coastal South Carolina counties, the time to leave is now, Gov. Henry McMaster said at a news briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Charleston International Airport to close Wednesday because of Dorian

All flights at the Charleston International Airport will be suspended as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials say.

Hundreds already using emergency shelters one day after mandatory evacuations along SC coast

With mandatory evacuations now underway along the South Carolina coast, there are more than a dozen emergency shelters available to accommodate those who need a place to stay, as we continue to await possible impact from Hurricane Dorian.

  Longtime HHI resident evacuating for first time ahead of storm

On Hilton Head Island, one man who has never left for a storm has decided to change his mind this time around.

Lyft offering discounted rides to South Carolina shelters

Lyft is offering discounted rides for those evacuating to South Carolina shelters.

Residents and vacationers evacuate the coast along I-26

Travelers on several South Carolina highways experienced dense traffic today as residents and vacationers on the coast evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

SC Highway Patrol begins I-26 lane reversals in preparation of evacuation

South Carolina Highway Patrol has begun the process of flushing traffic from Columbia to Charleston along the eastbound lanes of I-26.

McMaster: Evacuation from coast ahead of Dorian going smoothly

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is set to update the Palmetto State’s preps for Hurricane Dorian.

Airbnb offering free temporary housing to displaced residents, relief workers due to Hurricane Dorian

Airbnb has announced a program offering free temporary housing for displaced residents and relief workers due to Hurricane Dorian.

Pet-friendly shelter in Jasper County opens

A pet-friendly shelter in Jasper County opened at noon on Monday ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival to the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

  SC Gov. Henry McMaster issues mandatory evacuations, effective at noon Monday

Residents in the following zones must evacuate beginning no later than noon on Monday.

Governor McMaster holds 2nd press conference to discuss Hurricane Dorian

Governor Henry McMaster held two news conferences to discuss Hurricane Dorian.

Beaufort County leaders urge preps for Dorian, but no evacuation plans yet

Leaders from across Beaufort County held a news conference Sunday urging people to do everything they can now to prepare for impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

  S.C. governor declares state of emergency ahead of any impacts from Hurricane Dorian

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

SC family finds more than 80,000 bees in house wall

One James Island family was in for an un-bee-lievable surprise when they poked a hole in their wall.

  Beaufort, Battery Creek high school football game postponed due to potential threat of violence

An athletic director sent an email to WTOC that states the game is postponed “due to ongoing friction in the community and a potential threat of violence.”

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro campaigns in the Lowcountry

Castro will share the debate stage in less than two weeks with some strong candidates. He says he’s ready for debate number three.

Bluffton Fire responds to house fire, saves animals inside

Bluffton Fire officials are investigating a house fire that took place Thursday night on Willow Run.

  Massive burning trash pile in Jasper County mostly contained

An enormous trash pile burning for weeks in Jasper County is mostly contained now, and a transition is in the works to begin clean-up efforts at the Able Contracting site over in South Carolina.

Economists keeping a close eye on RV dealers across the state, country

Barry Brown’s family opened up Browns RV Superstore in Chesterfield County more than 3 decades ago.

Do you have supplies for your hurricane kit yet? SCEMD says now is the time to prepare

As Hurricane Dorian churns in the Atlantic, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division wants you to be prepared if and when a storm makes its way to the Palmetto State.

Two-headed sea turtle hatchling turns heads

A two-headed sea turtle hatchling is turning heads on Hilton Head Island.

  Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School breaks ground on new CATE building

Jasper County students interested in science and technology have something to look forward to.

  Lowcountry first responders preparing for potential storm impacts

With Dorian looming, Burton firefighters start to put those plans into action, taking inventory like Station 2 did on Wednesday.

  Burton firefighters, crash victim visit high school to promote seat belt safety

The Burton Fire Department is trying to teach new drivers the most important tool to save their lives in a crash: their seat belt.

Missing 5-year-old twins possibly spotted in Conway area, officials say

Horry County police are asking for the public’s help in locating 5-year-old twins who are believed to be in the Conway or Myrtle Beach areas.

Proposed S.C. bill will make threatening schools, churches and public spaces illegal

Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District One schools during the first week of classes. With the topic of school safety on many parents minds as school is officially back in session, state lawmakers are working to make those threats a crime.