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Classmates show love for Faye Swetlik with Valentine’s Day cards

Community devastated by death of Faye Swetlik after days of praying for her safe return

  Burton Fire changes social media policy after spokesperson’s profanity-laced post

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to Citadel Cadets

  Who to call when you find roadkill in Beaufort Co.

  Beaufort home condemned after 18 cats, turtle found in unsafe conditions

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One dead in Colleton County crash, troopers say

  Democrats shift focus to South Carolina

St. Helena Island man arrested, charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor

Neighbors shocked, terrified day after 6-year-old girl disappears

  Hilton Head Island neighborhood votes against deer culling

  Beaufort Co. Democratic club holds forum on health care

S.C. officials continue search for missing 6-year-old last seen playing in yard

The girl, who is 6, has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a floral skirt and polka dot boots.

Education majors in SC could get more money for their lottery scholarships if education overhaul bill is signed into law

After she graduates, Sarah Campbell wants to be a middle school English teacher.

'Be praying for us’: Conway area church works to rebuild following massive fire

Crews responded to a fire at a Conway area church early Monday morning.

  Jasper County residents prepare for possibly weeks of river flooding

Flooding is possible in Jasper County for the next three weeks.

Cluster of white sharks ping off coast of Carolinas

Final voter information forum being held in Beaufort County

  2 dead after car fire on Henry Lawton Road

  May River principal apologizes for using racial slur

  New aviation laboratory opened at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School

  Beaufort Co. emergency responders prepare for severe weather

  Hilton Head Hospital holds cardiac age screening as part of Heart Health Month

February is heart health month. Hilton Head Hospital wants people to know being proactive with your heart health is just as important as getting any other check up.

  Palmetto Pre-K rolls out, helps S.C. parents find pre-kindergarten programs

South Carolina rolled out a new program Wednesday. Palmetto Pre-K will help parents find pre-kindergarten programs for their students. Those programs may be subsidized depending on the need.

Gloria, Allan LaCoe selected as Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade grand marshals

Meet the Grand Marshals for this year's Hilton head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade: Gloria and Allan LaCoe.

  Beaufort Chamber of Commerce looking for new president

The Beaufort Chamber of Commerce is changing leadership, but they say they’re still doing everything they can to help businesses in Beaufort.

Colleton County School superintendent resigns

The superintendent of the Colleton County School District signed a separation agreement paving the way for his departure, the school board confirmed.

  Deputies investigating after man stabbed to death during Beaufort Co. domestic dispute

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a South Carolina man died following a domestic dispute involving a knife.

CenturyLink customers could experience issues calling 911 in Jasper County

CenturyLink customers in Jasper County may experience issues when calling 911.

  New machines available to Lowcountry voters this week

The board of voter registration is hosting community forums to educate the public on everything they need to vote before this upcoming primary and all of the other elections coming up this year.

  S.C. woman dials 911 with her toes after car crushes her hands on highway

Emergency officials say a woman was able to dial 911 with her toes after her hands were crushed by a car as she was attempting to replace a flat tire on I-95 in Colleton County.

SLED investigating attempted sexual assault on S.C. prison employee

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating an attempted sexual assault on a prison employee Sunday.

Beaufort Co. parents can now send in applications for school choice

Parents in Beaufort county have some options about what school their children attend. Applications are open from Feb. 1 through Feb. 29.

  2 people injured in shooting on Jennings Road in Burton

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident on Jennings Road in Burton.

S.C. animal sanctuary seeking ‘piggy cuddlers’

An animal farm and sanctuary in Batesburg-Leesville is gaining national attention after it posted an ad on social media seeking “piggy cuddlers” to help socialize 100 rescue pigs.

  Bluffton Fire encouraging those in need to call 911 directly

The Bluffton Fire Department has a problem with how many calls they’re getting. But it’s not because they’re getting too many, it’s because they aren’t getting enough.

  Deputies release new photo of car seen in video hitting S.C. school crossing officer

Deputies are asking for the public’s help to locate a motorist who was caught on camera hitting a school crossing officer in downtown Charleston.

Beaufort police officer terminated after being charged with DUI

A Beaufort Police Department officer has been terminated from his position after being arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office locates missing Burton woman

Law enforcement in the Lowcountry says they have safely located 40-year-old Sofia Adame-Najera who was reported missing and endangered by her family Wednesday night.

SCHP investigates fatal wreck in Hampton County

A deadly single-vehicle wreck is under investigation in the Lowcountry.

  Bodies of married couple found in Hilton Head Island home

The body of a man and woman was found inside a home in Bryant Park Cottages in Hilton Head.

16-year-old arrested as fourth suspect in Bluffton shooting death

Bluffton Police say that a fourth suspect has been arrested and charged in connection to the shooting death of 18-year-old Trey Blackshear.

  Continued growth key topic at Jasper Co. State of the Community meeting

The Jasper County Chamber of Commerce brought county leaders together on Wednesday for a State of the Community meeting.

Deadline approaching for South Carolina presidential primary voter registration

The deadline to register to vote in the South Carolina presidential primary is Jan. 30.

Dylann Roof appeals convictions, death sentence in killing of 9 church members

White supremacist Dylann Roof is appealing his convictions and death sentence in the killing of nine church members in downtown Charleston, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Son of Emanuel AME shooting victim reacts to Dylann Roof’s decision to appeal conviction

The son of one of the Emanuel Nine, who has been in the public eye since the June 2015 shooting, reacted Wednesday morning to the news that convicted shooter Dylann Roof is going to appeal his death sentence.

  Concerns over affordable living in Beaufort

The mayor of Beaufort is calling for a change. He says it is getting too expensive to live in the city and the county.

  Former Saluda Co. deputy involved in Shai Werts’ case had troubled past

You’ll remember Deputy Charles Allen Browder III. He’s the one seen in video arresting Georgia Southern quarterback Shai Werts for what he thought was cocaine on the hood of his car.

  Heritage Foundation gives scholarships to Lowcountry students

Students in the Lowcountry were given scholarships Tuesday.

Marine accused of killing fellow Marine at Beaufort Air Station found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

A Marine that was accused of killing his fellow Marine while the two were stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on January 6th.

Judge denies bond for one of two suspects charged in deadly weekend shooting at S.C. nightclub

Two people have been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting over the weekend at a Hartsville nightclub, according to officials.

  South Carolina legislative members meet with local business owners

Business leaders and politicians came together to lay out a plan about what issues they will take to the South Carolina state house.

Body found following report of man jumping off Amtrak train in Colleton Co.

Emergency officials say a body has been found following a report of a man jumping off an Amtrak train in Colleton County.

  Free tax resource available to seven counties in S.C.

Residents in seven counties across the South Carolina Lowcountry can come to free tax events and make sure they are getting the most money back possible.

Lowcountry Gullah folk band wins big at the Grammy Awards

A Charleston-based Gullah folk band is bringing a Grammy back to the Lowcountry.

SCHP investigates fatal crash on US 278

A deadly wreck is under investigation in the Lowcountry.

  Organizations help 64-year-old woman repair her home after Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian wasn’t as devastating as some feared it could have been in our area, but our coastal communities weren’t totally spared.

  Hardeeville rescue gives update on 25 dogs saved from hoarding situation

A hoarding situation outside of Columbia brought 25 dogs to a shelter in Hardeeville. They are all out of danger, but that doesn’t mean they’re all out of trouble.

  Royal Live Oaks Academy holds ribbon cutting

After years of learning in trailers and community buildings - one Hardeeville school finally has a building to call their own.

Sketch released of Hilton Head robbery suspect

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch of the suspect in Sunday night’s robbery at Frozen Moo on North Forest Beach Drive on Hilton Head Island.

  New park opens in Beaufort County

Crystal Lake Park debuted in Beaufort County on Thursday.

  New benches showcase town history in Beaufort

You can see a few more colorful pieces of furniture around Beaufort. The town unveiled several new benches painted by local artists.

SCHP investigates deadly crash on US 278 in Beaufort County

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that happened Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 278 near Rose Hill Way in Beaufort County.

McMaster discusses education, goals in State of the State address

Watch it live at 7 p.m. right here on wistv.com.

Deputy tases his own K-9 after dog bites cow in Georgetown County

A deputy was forced to tase his K-9 partner after the animal bit a cow during an investigation into a burglary in Georgetown County.

  Lowcountry organization holds meeting to discuss ways to notice, combat human trafficking

Beaufort County is re-energizing the fight against human trafficking.

Sheriff’s office seeks car stolen from Hilton Head Island apartment

The car is a 2015 Dodge Dart with a South Carolina license plate of QUR433. It was taken from The Legends apartment complex on January 20th at 6:30 p.m.

  Fire damages residential building on Hilton Head Island

An early-morning fire damaged a residential building in Palmetto Dunes early Tuesday morning.

SC senators begin to share proposals to change education bill

Tuesday afternoon, legislators began to mull over some potential changes to a bill some say will reform education in South Carolina.

  Fire department proposing developmental impact fee for Beaufort

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department will discuss a developmental impact fee Tuesday evening.

Burton man sentenced in murder, arson case

A Burton man has been convicted of killing his neighbor and attempting to burn her body.

  Board of directors decides to cull deer from Hilton Head gated community

The board of directors of one Hilton Head Island gated community has decided to cull up to 25 white-tailed deer from the neighborhood.

New charter school in Colleton County school expected to open in 2021

The Colleton County School District is among the districts with some of the lowest performing schools in the state, according to the State Board of Education report card data.

Beaufort Co. Coroner identifies man killed in crash on Highway 21

One person is dead after a crash on Highway 21 near Jasmine Hall Road on Saturday.

  Ridgeland hosts festival honoring Dr. King, Jr.’s legacy

Many enjoyed the first-ever MLK Festival in Ridgeland, featuring a petting zoo, karate demonstrations, plus local vendors.

I-95 police chase ends in Yemassee

A police chase through Jasper County ended in Yemassee Thursday night.

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

Cameras captured the moment the tornado ripped through North Central High School, causing major damage.

  Emergency drill held at Wade Hampton High School

Law enforcement, EMS, fire, and other agencies all took part in an emergency drill at Wade Hampton High School on Friday.

  Lowcountry man helps researchers by catching great whites off S.C. coast

Many of us are fascinated by great white sharks, but one Hilton Head man takes that passion a step further and catches them.

Yemassee Police seek theft suspect

Yemassee Police are asking the public’s help finding a theft suspect.