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  SC reports 588 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Sunday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 471,396 and confirmed deaths remain at 8,165.

Beaufort Police give all clear after Walmart evacuated due to unfounded bomb threat

  SC reports 632 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Friday

  Hilton Head town council to discuss renewing mask mandate

  Hilton Head seeing busy spring break season even amid pandemic

Quarter-century-old dog tag among items found in 12-foot SC gator’s belly

2021 RBC Heritage officially sold out

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Memorials left for family shot to death in Rock Hill

  SC reports 495 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths Thursday

S.C. constitutional carry bill draws criticism due to lack of training requirement

  Vaccine clinic held at Agape Family Life Center

  Building Hope: Beaufort community supports 3-year-old fighting cancer

Sole survivor in deadly York County shooting called for help after being shot multiple times, family says

SC House passes permitless carrying of guns, hate crime bill before crucial deadline

Thursday’s crossover deadline is a point at which any bill passing the House or Senate must get a two-thirds vote in the other chamber to be considered, a higher bar than is usually needed.

SC rep. says he will not ‘bow down to the Left’ on Hate Crime bill

The bill passed the SC House on Wednesday. It now heads to the Senate.

  SC reports 324 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 6,250 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 7.9%.

  Lowcountry business owners begin to plan for a post-COVID future in Jasper Co.

Dozens of Lowcountry businesses came together on Wednesday to discuss their progress during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are planning on moving forward into the future.

SC House OKs bill allowing open gun carry without permit

SC Senate approves proposal barring mandatory COVID vaccines

Key deadline looming in days at South Carolina Statehouse

  SC reports 358 new COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths Tuesday

  Nearly one year since deadly tornado in Hampton Co.

Motorcyclist killed in Beaufort Co. crash

Births among endangered right whales highest since 2015

Scientists say critically endangered North Atlantic right whales gave birth over the winter in the greatest numbers seen since 2015.

Lowcountry school sets world record with cereal boxes

A Lowcountry elementary school just set a Guinness World Record for most cereal boxes falling down in a domino run.

S.C. business owners struggle to find, retain employees as thousands file for unemployment

He said the other problem is he will fill a position, only to have the employee quit, and file for unemployment.

DHEC Epidemiologist: Another COVID-19 surge in SC is a ‘top concern’

Kelly pointed to a slight uptick in South Carolina’s rate of new cases per 100,000 people as a warning sign.

  SC reports 641 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 22,454 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.4%.

  United Way, partners providing PPE in the Lowcountry

A partnership for non-profits in the Lowcountry has led to several community resources being able to stay open safely.

South Carolina Aquarium welcomes 2 new otters

The South Carolina Aquarium is getting two North American river otters.

‘Tasting rooms’ trip up wine giant’s proposal in SC

A California wine maker wants to bring a new $400 million bottling center and warehouse to South Carolina.

8 vaccination sites coming to rural South Carolina

U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and officials with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control say the sites in Hampton, Allendale and Bamberg counties will be free and open to anyone 18 years or older.

  SC reports 632 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths Saturday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 25,045 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.5%.

McMaster files appeal on preliminary injunction of Fetal HeartBeat bill

Gov. Henry McMaster has filed an appeal on a pause of the Fetal Heartbeat law. Last month, a judge blocked the law from taking effect.

  SC reports 683 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths Friday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 25,392 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.9%.

Lowcountry restaurants struggle to meet growing demand amid staffing shortage

Restaurants are getting busier by the day, but many owners say they are struggling to find the staff needed to meet the demand.

  Bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 as many travel for Easter weekend

Tons of people have already started hitting the roads for the Easter weekend. Traffic on Interstate 95 was bumper-to-bumper for most of Friday afternoon for several miles.

  Gov. McMaster announces new PGA TOUR event coming in June to SC

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Congaree Golf Club announced Friday that the Palmetto Championship at Congaree, a PGA TOUR event, will take place June 7-13, 2021 in Ridgeland.

Woman killed in Robeson Co. road rage shooting buried on same day suspect arrested

Julie Eberly's family is thanking law enforcement for making an arrest in the case.

‘Cold face’: Sheriff reflects on moment deadly N.C. road rage suspect was taken into custody

An arrest has been made in connection with the deadly road rage shooting of a Pennsylvania woman on Interstate 95 in Robeson County.

SC restaurants strained by short-staffing

The key now is having people available to run them.

  SC reports 510 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths Thursday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 12,657 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.7%.

Wasted 15 million Johnson & Johnson doses affecting local South Carolina pharmacies

Preliminary investigations show this was all human error. Johnson & Johnson does not know when shipments will start again but the company says it will be able to deliver 24 million doses by the end of April.

Lane closures to begin next week for Hwy. 17 widening project

Commuters who drive between South Carolina and Georgia are noticing ramped up work on the Highway 17 construction project.

More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccines given in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said as of Thursday a total of 2,034,077 doses have been given statewide with 1,289,672 South Carolina residents having received at least one dose of vaccine.

Student detained after reported threat made at May River High School

The Bluffton Police Department detained a 15-year-old male student after a reported threat was made at May River High School.

  Public comments welcome during meeting on Southside Park improvements

The City of Beaufort is working on making improvements to community areas and one community park might be getting a facelift.

  First day of expanded vaccine eligibility in South Carolina

Wednesday was the first day that anyone over the age of 16 in South Carolina could register to get their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment scheduled.

  SC reports 474 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 10,665 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 6.6% (not including antibody tests).

  Vaccine eligibility expansion begins Wednesday in South Carolina

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced last week that vaccine eligibility is expanding for anyone who is 16 years and older on March 31.

‘She was my life partner’: Husband of woman killed in road rage reflects on his loss

A grieving husband is reflecting on the loss of his wife in a senseless act of violence along I-95 in Robeson County.

Robeson County Sheriff’s Office releases new picture of suspect vehicle in deadly road rage shooting

The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office has released a much clearer picture of the suspect vehicle they said was involved in a road rage shooting that took the life of a mother of six.

McMaster announces $6 million investment towards community computer labs

The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, also known as GEER funds.

Colleton Co. School District begins 5 days of in-person classes in May

Officials with the Colleton County School District said the school board voted 6-1 to expand in-person learning for district students to five days of instruction starting on May 3.

PGA TOUR event coming to Ridgeland, S.C. this summer

A second PGA TOUR event will be held in the Lowcountry in 2021.

  SC reports 344 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Tuesday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 464,538 and confirmed deaths remain at 8,056.

  Beaufort Water Festival will be held this summer

Beaufort City Council approved a plan Tuesday night to hold the Water Festival this year.

4-year-old drowns while vacationing on Hilton Head Island

A 4-year-old North Carolina boy died Sunday after drowning while on vacation with family on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

DHEC asking residents to submit dead birds for testing to help track West Nile virus

State health officials are asking South Carolinians to help track West Nile virus this spring and summer by submitting certain species of dead birds for lab testing.

SCDSS launches new child support portal

The South Carolina Department of Social Services has launched a new and more convenient way for people who either pay or receive child support to manage their cases.

SC bill could stop permits for oyster summer harvest

Oyster farming is a growing industry in the state, but one state lawmaker has concerns it is growing too fast without proper regulations.

TWO YEARS LATER: Revisiting the Samantha Josephson case

Investigators say Samantha got into a vehicle she believed was an Uber she called for a ride home.

  SC reports 499 new COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths Monday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 464,169 and confirmed deaths remain at 8,053.

Two men sentenced to prison for deadly shooting on St. Helena Island

Two brothers will spend over a decade in prison for the murder of a St. Helena Island man and his nephew.

S.C. Senator Lindsey Graham says he has an AR-15 to protect his home from gangs

Graham has long been an opponent of an assault weapon ban.

Beaufort County to require convenience center decals for solid waste and recycling beginning April 1

Beaufort County residents will be required to have convenience center decals on their vehicles for solid waste and recycling beginning Thursday, April 1

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare announces plan to relax COVID-19 visitation policy

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will be relaxing its COVID-19 visitation policy for surgical and hospitalized patients beginning Thursday, April 1.

Fact or Fiction: Blood donations after getting your COVID-19 vaccine

Leaders with the South Carolina American Red Cross say getting a coronavirus vaccine does not largely impact when someone can give blood.

Venus Williams returning to Lowcountry for Volvo Car Open

First time Venus has played on Daniel Island since 2017

Seminar on Johns Island provides search and rescue training using horses

A mounted search and rescue seminar is taking place on Johns Island.

SC House takes week off; SC Senate to take a long weekend

The House scheduled its annual furlough for this week.

  SC reports 644 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths Sunday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 463,643 and confirmed deaths to 8,053.

Deadly house fire under investigation in Burton

An investigation is underway into a deadly house fire that claimed the life of one person and critically injured two others in Burton.

S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources investigating harassment of alligator at golf resort

South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources opened an investigation on Tuesday into the harassment of an alligator at the Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort on St. Helena Island.

  SC reports 752 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths Saturday

SC reported 752 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths Saturday.

  SC reports 657 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths Friday

SC reports 657 new COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths Friday

  Sheriff: Mother of 6 killed in road rage shooting on I-95 South in N.C.

Authorities have responded to a shooting that occurred Thursday on Interstate 95 in Robeson County.

SC governor set to give vaccine eligibility update ‘very soon’

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to provide an update on eligibility for the COVID-19 “very soon,” according to his spokesman.

  More than 8,000 South Carolinians have died from COVID-19, DHEC says

SC reported 551 new COVID-19 cases and 31 more deaths Thursday.

3 people killed in crash in Jasper Co.

Police are investigating a deadly wreck in Ridgeland, S.C. where three people died.

  Should you donate blood after receiving the COVID vaccine?

This April, the American Red Cross is teaming up with INDYCAR to host blood drives across the country.