Lowcountry News

  Lowcountry businesses hopeful governor’s order gets people back to work

Many small businesses in the Lowcountry are applauding a move by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster to get people back to work.

  “Seasons of Daufuskie” emphasizes, visualizes change on the sea island

SC governor signs into law college athlete compensation bill

  CAUGHT ON CAM: Armed Fort Jackson trainee hijacked SC school bus full of children, police say

McMaster requests end to federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs

SC Senate passes bill allowing open carry of guns with a permit

  SC reports 373 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Thursday

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SC Senate rejects open carry of guns without permits

New state park plan includes water trail, access to Black River

  Ice cream shop donates profits to Dwon Fields Jr. fund

No injuries after small jet goes off runway at Ridgeland airport

  Lowcountry doctors weigh in on debate over masks in S.C. schools

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado hit York County, S.C. destroying farm, killing about 4,000 turkeys

  SC reports 397 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Wednesday

All of DHEC's key indicators for COVID-19 are currently trending down.

  SC reports first sea turtle nest of 2021

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says a mother loggerhead laid the first nest of the season Tuesday night on Seabrook Island.

Millions in rent and utility assistance now available in SC

More than $270 million is available in South Carolina for landlords and renters who have fallen behind.

USS Yorktown artifacts used in big-budget Korean War movie

Multiple artifacts from the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum collection will be used to provide a historically accurate set for the upcoming film “Devotion”.

SC hate crime bill passes another hurdle

Driver killed after car hydroplanes on Hwy 170 in Okatie

Hilton Head’s mask ordinance will expire on May 16

  S.C.’s stay at home order was lifted one year ago

  COVID-19 precautions helping keep other illnesses at bay

  SC reports 294 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths Tuesday

S.C. lawmakers push to get ‘Open Carry’ bill passed before legislative session ends

People could soon be allowed to carry a gun openly without having to hide it in South Carolina.

Bill to help first responders suffering from PTSD passes SC House

A bill that would help first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is closer to becoming law in South Carolina.

Some looking to move to SC out of fear of forced vaccinations

People are uprooting their lives to go to cities with fewer COVID-19 laws and rules surrounding vaccinations, and South Carolina is a popular destination.

Hampton County school districts merging this summer

Hampton County School Districts One and Two officially merge on July 1.

  Dustin Johnson commits to Palmetto Championship

We’re just over a month away from the next PGA Tour event in our area: the Palmetto Championship at Congaree Golf Club, which will be played June 10-13.

  Hampton Co. School District 1 announce Summer and Fall plans

Hampton County School District One is working to finish what’s been one of the most difficult academic years yet.

Deadline approaching for people claiming unemployment benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says anyone receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits have to show proof of being employed, self-employed or had planned employment to continue receiving assistance.

  SC reports 398 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths Monday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials warn Americans to brace for $3/gal. gas

South Carolina gas prices have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week.

SC brings back Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

South Carolinians 60 and older can begin applying to receive free fruits and vegetables from various vendors throughout the state starting on Monday, May 3.

Turtle nesting season starts along SC beaches

Starting this weekend through October is a critical season for endangered Loggerhead turtles that call South Carolina's coastline home.

Bill raising SC marriage age to 18 takes 1st step in Senate

The state set the minimum age to marry at 16 two years ago.

  SC reports 456 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Sunday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 16,471 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.8%.

  SC reports 660 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Saturday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 482,310 and confirmed deaths to 8,367.

3 dead, several injured after head-on collision on Hilton Head bridge

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in Beaufort County early Saturday morning.

  Beaufort Co. educators concerned by low preschool enrollment

The Beaufort County School District says they are seeing concerningly low numbers in preschool registration for the new year.

  Plans announced for 2021 Beaufort Water Festival

Organizers and locals say this year’s Beaufort Water Festival will bring a big boost to the economy.

  SC reports 570 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Friday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Beaufort Co. School District lays outs plans for summer school program

The Beaufort County School District has had one of its most challenging academic years yet and school supervisors say now, they are trying to put together a program that will help students recover from the “pandemic school year”.

  Vaccinations beginning to taper across Beaufort Co.

Just over 30 percent of people in the state are fully-vaccinated. And roughly 10 percent more have gotten their fist dose.

  SC reports 430 new COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths Thursday

Everyone over the age of 16 in South Carolinians is currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

South Carolina DNR recovers body of missing boater in the Savannah River

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Dive Team recovered the body of a missing boater on the Savannah River.

Missing St. Helena Island man located unharmed

A missing St. Helena Island man has been located and is unharmed.

Bipartisan bill aims to change SC laws on non-certified officers, chokeholds

A South Carolina law enforcement officer can legally police by themselves before completing all their training, but state lawmakers may change that.

Joe Cunningham hosts first campaign rally in SC governor campaign

Former United States Representative Joe Cunningham officially kicked off his campaign for governor on Wednesday night in Charleston.

  SC reports 403 new COVID-19 cases, 28 deaths Wednesday

Three of the deaths dated all the way back to August, October and November of 2020, DHEC reported.

  Mask mandate will expire this week in Beaufort

The City of Beaufort has joined a list of Lowcountry municipalities allowing the mask mandate to expire.

SC reports highest one-day confirmed death total in April

South Carolina reported the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in a single day for the month of April Wednesday.

SC Senate stalls bill allowing open carry of guns

The chances of South Carolina joining most other states allowing licensed people to openly carry pistols and not hide them under a jacket has dimmed.

Hilton Head, Daufuskie Island experiencing 911 phone line issues

There is a disruption to the 911 phone lines on Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island.

  Tanger Outlets Hilton Head held jobs fair on Saturday

Tanger Outlets Hilton Head will be holding a jobs fair on Saturday, May 1 to fill open positions for the spring and summer seasons at both Tanger 1 and Tanger 2

  SC reports 307 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths Tuesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 9,163 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.6%.

  Bluffton names new town manager

Bluffton Town’s Council unanimously approved Stephen Steese to be Bluffton’s new town manager.

  SC reports 362 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Monday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 13,206 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 3.7%.

Graham: Those who are vaccinated ‘are pretty much good to go’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham urged people to get the COVID-19 vaccine after touring a vaccine clinic in North Charleston Monday.

  Ribbon-cutting ceremony opens new bridge over Harbor River

A long-term project in Beaufort County has finally opened.

  Jasper Co. School District finalizing plans for in-person graduation ceremony

The Jasper County School District is finalizing its plans for graduation, summer school, and they are beginning to plan for next fall.

Graham stands behind comments denying systemic racism in America

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham did not back down from comments he made on Fox News that America is “not a racist country.”

Crash causing delays on northbound I-95 in South Carolina

Delays are expected on Interstate 95 near Exit 5 in South Carolina.

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare to relax visitation policy on Monday, April 26

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare has announced that it will be relaxing its visitation policy for its patients in its adult and pediatric emergency departments beginning next Monday, April 26.

Colleton Co. returning to five-day in-person learning

The Colleton County School District say they will begin offering a five-day-a-week, in-person school schedules for students for the first time since the pandemic began.

Former Congressman Cunningham officially announces run for governor

After recently filing paperwork to run for governor, former Congressman Joe Cunningham is starting to roll out his campaign.

  Queen Mother of Gullah Geechee Nation visits Savannah, speaks at Weeping Time memorial about use of sacred lands

The Gullah Geechee Queen Mother was in Savannah on Sunday for her first stop along the coast to talk about the state of the Gullah Geechee Nation. Queen Quet spoke at The Weeping Time memorial to spread awareness of their fight against those she says are building on sacred ground.

Protestors demand Tillman statue be removed from State House grounds

The group says Tillman is a known racist and shouldn’t be commemorated on State House grounds.

  SC reports 424 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths Sunday

Today’s report brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 479,207 and confirmed deaths to 8,304.

SC Rep. Clyburn fined $5K over screening

A handwritten report said Clyburn “walked around” a metal detector.

  SC reports 511 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths Saturday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 30,596 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 5.3%.

  Where to watch the Blue Angels’ flight training this weekend in Beaufort County

If you are driving this weekend and happen to take a look up, you might see a very special air show.

  Beaufort County announces graduation plans for the Class of 2021

Just a few months ago students in the Class of 2021 in Beaufort County were not sure they were going to have a graduation. Next month, students will be lining up on their football fields ready for a big, in-person celebration.

Bill could improve women’s access to birth control by allowing pharmacists to prescribe

There has been some progress in efforts to improve women’s access to birth control in South Carolina. Senate bill 0628, the “Pharmacy Access Act,” would allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptives.

SC bill aimed to prevent plastic pellets in local waterways closer to becoming reality

A South Carolina bill aimed at preventing plastic pellets from spilling into local waterways is one step closer to becoming reality as the Senate passed the bill on Friday. It will now head to the House.

  SC reports 607 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Friday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 18,516 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.6%.

PHOTOS: Incredible morning SpaceX launch seen from Ga., S.C. coasts

The launch of NASA’s Space X Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station lit up the early morning sky Friday along the East Coast.

Coastal Carolina to end drive up COVID-19 testing next week

Vaccination numbers have been tapering off over the last week and another COVID precaution has also been slowing down recently and now hospitals are making changes in response to demand.

  SC reports 408 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths Thursday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 10,992 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 4.7%.

SC hate crime bill backers realize time running out

Supporters of making South Carolina the next-to-last state in the U.S. to pass a hate crime law acknowledge they are running out of time in this year’s legislative session.

Joe Cunningham files preliminary paperwork for SC governor’s race

The Democrat lost his re-election bid in 2020 for South Carolina’s first Congressional District.

  SC reports 391 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 9,090 molecular tests most recently reported to them was 6.3%.