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  SC announces 3,528 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths Friday

‘This is unconscionable’: National Guardsmen relocated from Capitol to parking garage

SC Heartbeat Bill heads to full Senate after lawmakers vote out exceptions for rape, incest

Crews respond to early-morning house fire in Bluffton

  Neighbors welcome S.C. teenager home with Christmas parade after battling leukemia, COVID-19 over holidays

6-year-old boy dies after being attacked by dog in Hampton Co.

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  Deputies: Coyote pulled from SC elementary school restroom

  SC announces 3,363 new COVID-19 cases, 39 deaths Thursday

Harris Teeter to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines

SC adds some parents to vaccine list, considers Phase 1B amid high demand

‘Every dose of these vaccines should be used’: DHEC issues new guidance to speed up vaccination process

  More than 1,000 Beaufort Co. students quarantined

DHEC creating new phone line to handle only vaccine-related calls in S.C.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said it will soon be easier to get vaccine appointment help in South Carolina.

  SC announces 3,567 new COVID-19 cases, 56 deaths Wednesday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 362,451 and confirmed deaths to 5,729.

Kroger pharmacies in S.C. offering appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina have an additional place to make an appointment.

  DHEC: 2,570 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths announced Tuesday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 354,895 and confirmed deaths to 5,662.

Colleton County schools to debate return to in-person learning

IRS warns South Carolinians of potential COVID-19 relief payment scams

SC state parks offer mountains to sea virtual field trips

‘Moving at an unacceptable pace’: S.C. lawmakers form committee to review COVID-19 vaccine rollout

  DHEC reports 2,946 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths Monday

  Hilton Head Island holds MLK celebration with pandemic safety precautions

Death investigation underway at Hilton Head boat landing

A death investigation is underway at the Broad Creek Boat Landing on Hilton Head Island.

Publix to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment in S.C.

Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in South Carolina will now have one more place to make an appointment.

Colleton County detective dies after catching COVID-19

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says one of their detectives has died after contracting COVID-19.

  DHEC reports 4,584 new COVID-19 cases, 76 deaths Sunday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 351,887 and confirmed deaths to 5,654.

  DHEC reports 4,671 new COVID-19 cases, 64 deaths Saturday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 346,880 and confirmed deaths to 5,577.

  Beaufort Memorial Hospital canceling COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to decrease in expected shipment

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is canceling COVID-19 vaccination appointments after the hospital says it was informed it would not receive the expected dosage shipments in the coming weeks.

SC Hospital Association: Hospitals will receive ‘significantly less’ COVID-19 vaccine next week

South Carolina hospitals will be getting “significantly less” COVID-19 vaccines next week, according to officials with the South Carolina Hospital Association.

  DHEC reports 1,845 new COVID-19 cases, 93 deaths Friday, says numbers still incomplete

There are 2,424 hospitalized patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it and awaiting a test, DHEC said.

Shooting investigation underway in parking lot of Burton convenience store

An investigation into shots fired in the parking lot of a convenience store in Burton is underway Friday morning.

Pilot killed in plane crash in Rosewood neighborhood identified

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the single-engine plane hit a house before hitting the ground.

  DHEC confirms 4,809 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, but numbers still incomplete

DHEC says the percent positive from the 18,115 tests most recently reported to them was 26.5%.

  Biden taps Jaime Harrison to serve as Democratic chairman

Jaime Harrison, the failed South Carolina Senate candidate and longtime Democratic Party official, is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the national party, according to multiple party officials.

Heartbeat abortion ban may finally pass in South Carolina

A committee in the South Carolina General Assembly is set to take the first in a series of votes on a fetal heartbeat bill.

  Habitat for Humanity helps build benches to celebrate Beaufort’s history

If you take a walk around Beaufort, you will see colorful benches all over the place. They are meant to celebrate the history and diversity of the town.

  Beaufort Co. School System to take out loan after tax bills delayed

The Beaufort County School District is taking out a loan to keep the lights on while they wait on tax funding. That tax money is delayed while the county’s auditor and council are locked in a legal battle.

Mace co-sponsors bill to award Congressional medal for officer who diverted rioters

First District Congresswoman Nany Mace and two other House members are calling for an honor for a U.S. Capitol officer.

SC National Guard to send members to DC ahead of inauguration

Members of the South Carolina National Guard will provide support for Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration Wednesday.

Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting on Lady’s Island

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday morning on Lady’s Island.

Gov. McMaster defends COVID-19 response in State of the State

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to share his priorities for the year at his State of the State address.

100-year-old veteran from North Charleston receives 1,200 birthday cards

A North Charleston man received a big surprise from around the globe for his 100th birthday.

Plane crashes into home in Rosewood neighborhood

Multiple emergency crews are on the scene.

  DHEC: 4,673 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, but numbers still incomplete

*Wednesday’s case numbers, however, are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

Lowcountry residents still waiting on stimulus check

Millions of Americans are waiting on their stimulus payments due to a glitch.

  ATF recovers live grenade sold at N.C. thrift store in Horry County, SC

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have recovered a grenade sold at a Shallotte thrift store last year in neighboring Horry County, South Carolina.

South Carolinians 70 and older can now make appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

As of Wednesday, people in South Carolina who are 70 years old or older can make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

DHEC seeks help filling vital COVID-19 vaccination positions

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says they are looking for any qualified individuals to help administer COVID-19 vaccines.

SC starts program to help residents pay rent, mortgage

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority says they are launching a program to help renters and homeowners who have struggled to pay their bills because of the pandemic and quarantine.

SC lawmakers face a full slate of priorities as they begin the new session

The 124th session of the South Carolina General Assembly began with hundreds of prefiled bills in both chambers.

  SC announces 1,361 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 29 confirmed deaths in incomplete Tuesday report

Tuesday's low case numbers are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

Jasper Co. School System delaying return to in-person learning

The Jasper County School District is delaying the start of hybrid in-person learning for two more weeks, according to the school district.

Food Lion recalls select in-store prepared ground beef varieties from Beaufort store

Food Lion is recalling a number of ground beef products from a store in Beaufort because it may contain foreign material.

DHEC: 70 and older can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments starting Wednesday in S.C.

Any South Carolina resident aged 70 or older can begin scheduling an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Jan. 13, state health officials announced.

State law enforcement preparing for possible armed protests at SC capitol

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says it is on a state of heightened security as state law enforcement prepares for possible armed protests in the state.

  Latest COVID-19 case numbers, deaths announced by DHEC incomplete

Monday's low case numbers are due to an internal systems issue, according to DHEC. The agency is working with its vendor to correct the issue and will report the missing case numbers once the issue is resolved.

Reckless homicide charges in deadly crash over SC bridge

Authorities say two drivers are charged with reckless homicide after their crash caused a minivan to fall off a South Carolina bridge, killing a pregnant woman and her three sons.

Two killed in Camden house fire, officials investigating

The fire occurred on the 1600 block of Lyttleton Street shortly after 5 a.m.

  DHEC: 3,667 new COVID-19 cases, 48 additional deaths announced in SC Sunday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 323,855 and confirmed deaths to 5,315.

Teacher group urges South Carolina schools to move fully virtual in new letter

SC for Ed posted the letter to social media Sunday afternoon, citing a high spread of the virus across the state in the past two weeks.

  DHEC: 4,576 new COVID-19 cases, 52 additional deaths announced in SC Saturday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 320,105 and confirmed deaths to 5,267.

Trump administration invests $16 million towards high-speed broadband in rural South Carolina

This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

  Beaufort Co. School District discusses protocol for students learning when sick

Beaufort County schools are back to in person learning five days a week, but have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Many cases from the winter break.

  Burton Fire urging safety after 2 house fires

We are just one week into 2021 and the Burton Fire District has already responded to several fires. Their warnings for how you can stay safe, especially in the kitchen and with home maintenance.

  SC shatters record with nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases announced Friday

DHEC also announced 28 additional deaths.

Beaufort man wanted for kidnapping, burglary

Investigators with the Beaufort Police Department are searching for a man who is wanted for Kidnapping and Burglary.

Former SC U.S. Attorney explains possible charges for crimes on Capitol Hill

Former South Carolina U.S. Attorney Pete Strom says the federal law is broad and allows people to be charged for crimes particularly in conspiracies that begin in one place and end in another.

Aspiring rapper admits to fires at SC governor’s rental homes

A judge sentenced 23-year-old Frank Wilberding to the more than 600 days he has spent in the Richland County jail awaiting trial on arson and other charges.

  Boeing to pay more than $2.5B fines in conspiracy case

Boeing has agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion in connection to a conspiracy to defraud the FAA related to the evaluation of the company’s 737 MAX airplane, according to officials with the United States Department of Justice.

  Graham on riots: ‘They could have killed us all’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a task force to identify and prosecute those who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers out of their chambers as they worked to affirm the Electoral College vote.

  South Carolina state senator responds to Wednesday’s riot at US Capitol

State Senator Tom Davis, from South Carolina, represents thousands of people across the Lowcountry in Jasper and Beaufort counties.

  Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine distributed in the Lowcountry

The second round of vaccines are being completed in the Lowcountry.

  SC announces 3,935 new COVID-19 cases, 51 more deaths Thursday

DHEC says the percent positive is at an all-time high of 34.2%.

Resident displaced by fire on Goethe Hill Rd. in Beaufort Co.

A resident was displaced after a fire in the attic of a home on Goethe Hill Road in Beaufort County Wednesday night.

Lowcountry hospitals nearing capacity as COVID-19 cases rise

COVID-19 cases have been rising for the past few weeks once again in the Lowcountry. Now, hospitalizations are moving with it.

  SC announces 4,037 new COVID-19 cases, 71 more deaths Wednesday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 13,052 tests most recently reported to them was 30.9%.

Sen. Tim Scott to propose commission to examine integrity of November election

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will introduce a bill Wednesday to establish the 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee, which would scrutinize the November election, his office says.

S.C. Dept. of Education deactivates COVID-19 complaint form for teachers, students, families

The South Carolina Department of Education deactivated an online form that allowed teachers, students and families to report instances where COVID-19 protocols were not followed in schools.

Sex offender arrested, charged for kidnapping 11-year-old girl

The deputy found the girl inside a wrecked vehicle with 63-year-old Charles Hargett.

  SC surpasses 300,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 302,003 and confirmed deaths to 5,068.