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  SC DNR adopts Beaufort County senior

Police arrest 35 people on Sunday in connection to protests in Charleston

Gov. McMaster: 'Law enforcement is activated, on alert and ready’

312 new cases of COVID-19, and 7 additional deaths in South Carolina

Gov. McMaster says he welcomes protests, but National Guard is ready to respond to any violence

Mayor: ‘Band of thugs’ responsible for Charleston rioting, ‘won’t be allowed to do it again’

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Daylight reveals extent of damage downtown after protest turns to riot

Learn what type of COVID-19 testing is available, accuracy of tests as widespread testing comes to SC

SC governor offers response to protests following death of George Floyd

Kentucky theft suspect on the run since 2018 found in SC

Several days after Bertha, SC marks hurricane prep week

  Hilton Head Regional Hospital relaxing visitor rules

Money colleges, universities getting from CARES Act won’t cover losses from pandemic

Public and private higher education institutions across our state have been hit hard financially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hilton Head Island to restore services at town parks

The town of Hilton Head Island will restore all park services beginning on Saturday, May 30th.

Town of Hilton Head Island responding to incident involving alligator removal from Legendary Golf

The Town of Hilton Head Island has responded to an incident involving an alligator removed from Legendary Golf.

South Carolina voters can expect new “touchless voting” procedures for June primaries

New procedures will be in place on June 9th to protect voters and poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Touchless voting” will be the new process for casting a ballot, from the check-in process to selecting a preferred candidate on the voting machines’ touch screens.

Body of man reported missing in Ala. found near St. Helena Island

  COVID-19 testing expanding in the Lowcountry

SC governor extends state of emergency related to COVID-19 outbreak

Dental hygiene students in S.C. face license delays due to virus outbreak

Hours away from being put on ventilator, COVID-19 patient is saved by experimental treatment

  Bluffton man arrested for criminal sexual conduct with a minor

Shooting incident leads to juvenile’s arrest, no injuries

A juvenile was arrested after a shooting incident on Grahamville Road in Ridgeland on Wednesday evening, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

  Jasper Co. coach on the mend after hand reconstruction surgery

A Ridgeland, South Carolina coach was severely injured in a car accident in March.

DHEC director announces resignation amid coronavirus pandemic

The leader of South Carolina health agency announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down.

  Pandemic could change your hurricane evacuation plan

Beaufort County Emergency Management says the most important question right now is where you will go in case of an evacuation.

  Home invasion under investigation in Yemassee

Yemassee Police and SLED agents responded to the scene of a home invasion on Murcier Street Wednesday morning.

253 new cases of COVID-19, and 6 additional deaths in South Carolina

DHEC also announced today that 110,316 tests for COVID-19 have been performed in South Carolina since May 1.

  Hilton Head leaders reflect on extremely busy Memorial Day weekend

The town of Hilton Head Island has just wrapped up their first big holiday weekend since the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, leaders of the town are looking back and reflecting on the choices they made while they were preparing.

No reopening day set for SC AME churches; health disparities among African Americans a factor

Leaders in African Methodist Episcopal churches in South Carolina are taking virtual seminars to learn how to prepare the church buildings and congregations for a return.

  Man shot, killed at pool party on St. Helena Island

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting that occurred at a pool party on Monday night.

  Memorial Day weekend brings big boost to HHI businesses

There has been a full parking lot at Coligny Plaza on Hilton Head Island for the first time in months. And workers around the area say they feel like the summer season has finally returned.

  Visitors to Hilton Head take precautions for Memorial Day

Many people took advantage of Memorial Day to come down and take a weekend trip to Hilton Head despite COVID-19.

  DHEC announces five new COVID-19 deaths, 90 new cases in S.C.

The updated numbers were announced Monday afternoon.

SLED charges Hampton Co. teen with murder in connection to fatal May 3 shooting

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division made an arrest in connection to the shooting death of Robert L Haynes, Jr. on May 3.

Hundreds show on and off the water for ‘MAGA’ boat parade

The water was packed with participants and others out boating during the holiday weekend.

209 new cases of COVID-19, and ten additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 10,096 and those who have died to 435, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

South Carolina soldier dies in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, of Spartanburg, died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base from a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident was under investigation. No details were provided.

Beaufort County deputies looking for information on 1995 murder

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is searching for any information regarding a murder case from 1995.

VIDEO: Shark caught off the coast of North Myrtle Beach

A crowd gathered at the beach as the creature ended up on shore.

  Beach-goers fill Hilton Head ahead of Memorial Day

Those at Coligny Beach said it was the most crowded they’ve ever seen the beach. Traffic heading out to the beach was at a standstill.

209 new cases of COVID-19, and ten additional deaths in South Carolina

Today’s update brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in the state to 10,096 and those who have died to 435, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Town of Hilton Head passes resolution for masks in all public areas

Heading to Hilton Head Island this weekend? Don’t forget your face mask.

Investigation underway after body found in waters off St. Helena Island

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after the body of a man was found in the waters off of St. Helena Island on Saturday.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

Half of SC’s hospitality jobs gone; jobless rate hits record

South Carolina’s unemployment rate soared to a level never seen in more than 40 years of reporting as the coronavirus wiped out nearly half the state’s restaurant tourism and other hospitality jobs.

  HHI airport seeing more travelers than in recent weeks

Travel through an airport right now can be a tricky decision for some, but the director of the Hilton Head airport said they are seeing an uptick in travel after a few slow months.

  Attractions reopen on Hilton Head Island

Attractions are back open Friday in South Carolina and the tourism industry is hoping Memorial Day weekend brings a hole in one.

British Airways suspends flights at Charleston airport for season

Charleston International Airport officials have confirmed British Airways suspended direct service from Charleston to London.

Tourist attractions across South Carolina can now begin reopening

As of Friday, popular tourist destinations forced to close months ago can begin welcoming visitors back.

  ‘Together Beaufort’ aims to help restaurants

Beaufort restaurants and businesses are operating under new guidelines called “Together Beaufort” since the last city council meeting.

BCSO locates missing 15-year-old girl

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says a missing 15-year-old girl who was last seen Tuesday night in Burton has been safely located.

  Beaufort National Cemetery cancels Memorial Day events

In the middle of Beaufort, 44 acres are set aside for 22,000 grave sites of veterans and their families.

Beaufort Co. teachers clean classrooms, reflect on end of school year

Teachers in Beaufort are returning to their classrooms, but it’s not to teach.

Gov. McMaster lifts restrictions on S.C. attractions starting Friday

McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.

SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22

Attractions large and small may reopen on Friday, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

  Death toll in SC related to COVID-19 surpasses 400, percent positive slightly increases

DHEC announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus and eight additional deaths on Tuesday.

  Hilton Head Island High School hoping to win virtual “championship”

There will be no South Carolina high school spring sport championships in 2020; the seasons ended abruptly due to COVID-19, but the South Carolina High School League is having a different type of competition: a virtual one.

  Jasper County Schools signs up for e-learning pilot project to address make-up days

If they get in, the school system would use digital resources for makeup days if the school is canceled for bad weather or other situations.

  Hilton Head Island prepares for Memorial Day weekend

Summer is exactly a month away, but the holiday that marks its unofficial start is just days away.

Investigation continues after shots fired at car with child inside

Investigators with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to looks for answers after a car carrying three adults and one baby was shot at on Wednesday afternoon.

Beaufort Elementary School employee tests positive for COVID-19; building cleared

District officials said a Beaufort Elementary School staff member who has been working in the building tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday morning.

  Jasper Co. Schools applies to use resources for make up days

A Lowcountry school district is hoping to take the same technology students used during the COVID-19 outbreak into the future.

SC 8-year-old injured in tornado gets released from hospital with special sendoff

Brooke Hoover was impaled by a tree and suffered multiple fractures, as well as internal injuries, when the tornado ripped through her home.

  Coronavirus patient released from S.C. hospital after 46 days

In the last few months, getting to walk down the hospital hallway has become more and more of a big deal. On Tuesday, one woman was able to who has had a harder month than anyone.

  Shore Beach Services focused on safety after shark spotted at Coligny Beach

A shark sighting off of Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach on Monday has Shore Beach Services reminding people about what safety measures they should be taking this season.

  As COVID-19 cases surpass 9,000 in SC, percent positive falls drastically

DHEC announced 137 new cases of the novel coronavirus and eight additional deaths on Tuesday.

Some South Carolinians still waiting for unemployment benefits during coronavirus pandemic

As hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians have filed for unemployment due to COVID-19, some are still waiting for the cash to come in. One man who has been waiting for two months, but says he hasn't seen a dime.

Bond denied for SC mother accused of setting car on fire with 14-month-old baby inside

The little boy is in critical condition at a local hospital.

  SC announces 126 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

This brings the total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 8,942 and those who have died to 391.

SC small business owners push for liability protection amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to the state’s chapter of the National Federation on Independent Business, 96% of businesses in South Carolina are considered small businesses.

Salons, spas reopen in SC with new safety precautions to keep customers safe

Business owners say their customers are excited to be back.

South Carolina salons busy, cautious on first day back open

Owners at Lava Salon said they are glad to open their doors but have put several protocols in place to protect staff and guests.

SC gyms, fitness facilities reopen for the first time in nearly two months

Gyms and other fitness facilities throughout South Carolina reopened their doors Monday for the first time in nearly two months.

  Close contact businesses reopening in South Carolina

Close contact businesses are finally able to re-open in South Carolina. Monday businesses all over Beaufort County got back to work and saw their clients for the first time in months.

SCDMV to resume driving tests for non-commercial drivers on May 26

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will resume offering skills tests for non-commercial drivers (Class D) who wish to get their driver’s license.

Lowcountry child care centers adapting routines to keep children safe during pandemic

As parents are returning to work, more child care centers are reopening in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Bluffton Fire District encouraging residents to make emergency plans for hurricane season

The Bluffton Fire District wants people to remember to take the time now to plan for hurricane season.

UofSC cancels fall break, makes changes to Fall 2020 semester

University of South Carolina officials announced plans for an accelerated fall semester, according to a letter posted to the university website.

Public, community pools set to reopen Monday with restrictions

Public pools around the state will be opening for the first time in months Monday.