Lowcountry News

  Hardeeville holds supply drive for children heading back to school

  Gov. McMaster urging local cities to enact mask mandates

Crews in NMB rescue drivers on flooded roads, respond to multiple house fires

Downtown Charleston escapes major flooding from Isaias

‘We’re kind of nervous’: Some tourists opt to leave ahead of Isaias, others stay

Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach under ‘Double Red Flag’ warning due to Isaias

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Surfers brave the waves Isaias churns up at Folly Beach

  Hunting Island monitoring Tropical Storm Isaias

Lawmakers, health officials seek to bridge the broadband internet gap in SC

  Hilton Head Island expects little impact from Tropical Storm Isaias but still prepared

  DHEC: 1,105 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths in SC

  Everyone must wear face masks inside SC restaurants starting at 5 p.m. Monday, governor orders

Crews extinguish garage fire caused by battery charger on Hilton Head Island

A spokesperson for the Fire Rescue says that the fire started in an area where the homeowner was charging batteries for model airplanes.

  Hilton Head Island makes preparations ahead of potential Isaias’ impacts

Tropical Storm Isaias has Hilton Head leaders watching out for rip tides, wind, rain, and flooding. Riley says they plan to bring in extra crews at their fire station, as well as close beaches and parks.

  Bluffton Fire encourages residents to make preparations ahead of Isaias

Not only do they encourage you to have a plan, but also encourage you to secure outdoor items, charge batteries, and more.

Beaufort County School District delays meal distribution ahead of Isaias

Meal distribution is set to continue Tuesday at its scheduled time.

  SC announces 1,110 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths

  10th annual Bluffton Back to School holds drive-thru supply giveaway

  SC announces 1,491 new COVID-19 cases, 35 more deaths

McMaster says no plans to issue state of emergency for South Carolina

  Crowds enjoy the beach on Hilton Head Island ahead of Hurricane Isaias

  SC announces new case of MIS-C along with 1,346 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths

Lights out for sea turtles on the beach

As sea turtle hatching season begins, it’s now more important than ever to keep all white lights off the beach at night.

South Carolina is testing out a new way to get lessons to students without internet access

Datacasting uses SCETV’s signal. If you receive their channel via an antenna, you can receive this content, officials said.

  Gov. McMaster issues new executive orders for COVID-19

South Carolina COVID-19 restrictions create tough choices for business owners.

  SC announces 1,636 new COVID-19 cases, 48 more deaths

DHEC says 1,563 people are hospitalized and 245 are on ventilators.

  Beaufort police chief passes away after long battle with cancer

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy has passed away at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.

McMaster urges strengthening of local face mask ordinances, allows entertainment venues to open under conditions

On Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order that is aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina.

  DHEC announced 1,666 new COVID-19 cases, 48 additional deaths

The total number of people in South Carolina with confirmed cases since the outbreak began is now 85,423 and confirmed deaths climb to 1,551.

  Town of Bluffton updating hurricane plan during pandemic

The Town of Bluffton is taking another look at its 2020 hurricane plan as we keep an eye on an already busy tropical season.

Officials: SC State Fair will be a drive-thru event this year

In an effort to combat COVID-19 and still give back to the community, the South Carolina State Fair says they will host their first-ever free, drive-thru S.C. State Fair.

  DHEC says second SC child has died from COVID-19

This is the 21st straight day of more than 1,000 new cases in the state.

  Lowcountry hospital dealing with PPE supply chain issue

So far in the pandemic, hospital workers have been wearing a lot of PPE. Even stacking it to make sure they are keeping themselves safe as well as their patients.

  Beaufort officers learning new techniques during defense training classes

Officers with the Beaufort Police Department are learning a new type of defensive technique just in case there is a random violent encounter.

South Carolina distilleries seek pandemic relief

While businesses are still trying to figure out how to operate amid a global pandemic, small distilleries are a relatively new industry in America and are particularly susceptible to uncertainty.

Missing teenaged girls from Colleton County found safe

On Monday night, authorities announced that Rhiannon Smith and Hannah Carter were safely located.

  SC announces 1,226 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 additional deaths

This is the 20th straight day of more than 1,000 new cases in the state.

  Beaufort County Schools to remain flexible as students return to class

Parents, students, and teachers haven’t been able to step into their school since mid-March. Now, teachers and parents are able to choose whether they want face to face or virtual learning.

Lowcountry fire departments address lack of fire hydrants in neighborhood

Fire departments in the Lowcountry have joined together to make sure more areas have the best fire protection possible. One issue has been a lack of fire hydrants in one community.

South Carolina institutes face mask requirement for students, staff on school buses

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has instituted a face mask requirement for students and staff on state owned school buses.

Search continues for 2 Colleton County girls reported missing

Colleton County deputies say they are asking for the public’s help in finding two young teenagers.

  Hampton County singer balances international singing career with teaching

Many musicians grow up with a dream of leaving home for new exciting places. But for Nykki Smalls, an international music career is made sweeter by bringing that experience and knowledge back to Hampton County.

SC for Ed announces ‘motor march’ protests

The South Carolina education advocacy group, SC for Ed, says they will be holding a motor march outside the South Carolina Statehouse protesting the planned reopening of public schools in the fall.

South Carolina boy, 2, dies of accidental self-inflicted gunshot

The Aiken Standard reports that Aiken County authorities believe the child somehow shot himself Saturday night.

  1,170 new cases of COVID-19, 25 additional deaths announced by DHEC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 80,856 and confirmed deaths to 1,436.

Lowcountry site will test COVID vaccine in clinical trials

The Clinical Trials of South Carolina will be kicking off the third round of research for a vaccine, starting in August.

  DHEC: 1,368 new cases of COVID-19, 74 additional deaths announced in SC

DHEC says the percent positive from 7,202 tests reported to them statewide Wednesday was 19.0% (not including antibody tests).

  SC announces 1,921 new cases of COVID-19, 46 additional deaths and one new MIS-C case

DHEC said the number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators went up Friday.

  Hunting Island reopens after flooding

Hunting Island is back open after being closed for three weeks due to flooding.

  Beaufort Co. health officials speak about MIS-C, COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 numbers are continuing to rise across South Carolina and Friday, new cases of MIS-C have been reported in the state.

Man arrested in fatal Colleton County shooting of father, daughter

A Colleton County man now faces charges in connection with a Jan. 1 shooting that killed a father and daughter who were deer hunting.

Waterspout spotted off Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island’s Shore Beach Service posted an impressive photo of a waterspout spotted off the coast Friday morning.

Hunting Island reopens after severe flooding

Hunting Island is reopening on Friday after being closed for flooding.

  SC announces 2 more cases of MIS-C in children; 1,538 new cases of COVID-19, 49 additional deaths

DHEC says 1,723 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized and 241 of those people are on ventilators.

  Online changes for the S.C. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs is revamping how it operates.

  Operation Southern Shield underway in Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

We’re now three days into a multi-state law enforcement crackdown on speeding, not wearing seat belts and distracted driving.

Court temporarily blocks McMaster’s SAFE Grants program

An Orangeburg County circuit court judge signed a temporary restraining order Wednesday to prevent the distribution of SAFE Grants designed to help subsidize private and parochial school tuition for lower-income students.

  SC health agency announces 1,654 new cases of COVID-19, 39 additional deaths

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 74,761 and confirmed deaths to 1,242.

Bluffton Mayor hopes for reduction in COVID-19 cases following mask mandate

After Beaufort County reported 61 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, local leaders say they are hoping the face masks will slow the spread of the virus.

At least 100k SC households to receive mobile hotspots, monthly internet service for students

Priority is being given to households in counties that contain a school district that has been defined by the South Carolina Department of Education as having a poverty rate greater than or equal to 86%.

Exclusive interview: Pence stresses importance of wearing masks amid rising SC case numbers

Pence stressed President Trump took “early, decisive action” to prevent anyone from coming into the U.S. from China, formed the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and spearheaded widespread testing in the U.S.

Pence praises McMaster on handling of COVID-19, school reopenings in SC

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Columbia to address concerns about reopening schools safely.

Suspect in custody after homicide on Likita Lane in Yemassee

A suspect is in custody after a homicide in Yemassee, according to the police department.

  Beaufort mayor asking large crowds not to gather on sandbars

The mayor of Beaufort is asking people to think twice about their weekend plans, specifically about packing on sandbars.

  DHEC: 1,870 new cases of COVID-19, 56 additional deaths reported in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 73,101 and confirmed deaths to 1,203.

  Gullah Geechee Task Force meets to discuss land preservation

The Hilton Head Gullah Geechee Task Force met Monday to discuss land preservation, as well as cultural preservation, something they’re not alone in doing.

  DHEC announces 1,445 new cases of COVID-19, nine additional deaths reported in SC

According to DHEC, South Carolina has now surpassed more than 70,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

  Some South Carolina residents having to wait on COVID-19 results

Thousands of people in the Lowcountry have gotten tested for COVID-19.

Gov. McMaster announces SAFE Grants program to help families afford tuition for private schools

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday morning a new program that will provide scholarships or one-time grants to help families subsidize tuition for the state's participating private, parochial or independent schools in the state.

  Historical Society challenges you to learn more about Lowcountry

You're asked to get out of the house and visit the more than 60 historical markers all over Beaufort County.

Fans, supporters leave Kanye West’s Charleston campaign stop with more questions than answers

Kanye West’s first rally to kick off his presidential campaign coincided with a tight deadline to get his name on the ballot in South Carolina, but Kanye’s message left many people with questions about his run for office.

Family of 7-year-old who was killed in April scared for their safety, cyber bullying as killer remains free

Knowledge and his sister Adontis were shot April 29th while they were sitting in their living room, according to investigators.

  DHEC: 2,335 new cases of COVID-19, 19 new deaths reported in SC

DHEC also announced 1 new probable case and no new probable deaths.

Kanye West holds campaign rally in North Charleston Sunday

Rapper Kanye West held his first campaign rally in North Charleston Sunday afternoon, speaking to supporters about his possible bid for the White House.

  1,481 new cases of COVID-19 reported in SC, 39 new deaths

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 67,396 and confirmed deaths to 1,117.

Police officers arrest two teenagers in killing of husband of College of Charleston official

A report released by Charleston investigators states that the suspects are 15 and 16 years old. Both are charged with murder and attempted armed robbery.

Lowcountry Homeless Period Project seeking 2,000 packs of menstrual product donations

The Lowcountry Chapter of the Homeless Period Project provides free menstrual products to schools, shelters and anyone else in need.

  Beaufort Co. gives update on back-to-school plans

Beaufort County is getting a clearer image of what school will look like when it starts in September.

  SC reports 1,964 cases, 25 deaths Friday as percent positive drops

Of the more than 11,000 tests reported Thursday, 17.4% people tested positive. That's about a four-percent drop from the day before.

Free COVID-19 testing being offered in the Lowcountry

Lowcountry residents will have an opportunity to get tested Friday for COVID-19 for free.