Lowcountry News

  Fire department proposing developmental impact fee for Beaufort

The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department will discuss a developmental impact fee Tuesday evening.

New charter school in Colleton County school expected to open in 2021

Beaufort Co. Coroner identifies man killed in crash on Highway 21

  Ridgeland hosts festival honoring Dr. King, Jr.’s legacy

I-95 police chase ends in Yemassee

Deadline approaching for South Carolina presidential primary voter registration

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

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  Emergency drill held at Wade Hampton High School

  Lowcountry man helps researchers by catching great whites off S.C. coast

Yemassee Police seek theft suspect

Darius Rucker among those to be inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame

  Judge rules in favor of electric go-kart track on Hilton Head Island

Bill to keep S.C. on daylight saving time heads to governor’s desk

  Council discussing workforce housing on Hilton Head Island

Workforce housing, or housing that is more affordable for households where their income wouldn’t be able to afford housing close to their work, is in demand on Hilton Head Island.

Ft. Jackson holding a memorial service for 19-year-old soldier who died after training

Fort Jackson will be holding a memorial service to honor Pvt. Connor J. McGurran on Jan. 16.

  Whyte Hardee Boulevard Master Plan kicks off

The City of Hardeeville held a kickoff event for its “Whyte Hardee Boulevard Master Plan” on Wednesday night.

  S.C. preparing for Presidential Primary at the end of February

South Carolina is the fourth primary in the nation. It's the first in the south.

Discussion on education reform bill begins on Senate floor, teachers react

  SCDNR: Investigation into injured opossum ‘inconclusive’

Members of the General Assembly return to Columbia for start of session

  Troopers, firefighters show dangers of the roadway to Lowcountry students

Construction begins on new wings at May River High, River Ridge Academy

Man dies after falling four floors at N. Charleston shipyard, police say

Gov. McMaster wants to send South Carolina taxpayers another rebate check in 2020

The South Carolina governor submitted his Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 on Monday afternoon.

  Wildlife organization: Opossum beaten with clubs on Hilton Head Island golf course

A wildlife rehab organization says an opossum was beaten with clubs at a Hilton Head Island golf course.

  Beaufort teen shot before drowning in marsh

New information has been released involving a teenager’s death in Beaufort County.

  1 dead, 2 injured in Jasper County shooting

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting that happened early Sunday morning.

Deputies searching for man who attempted to kidnap 7-year-old girl

Charleston County deputies say they are looking for a man who walked into a North Charleston home and attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old girl.

Paralyzed S.C. man completes Charleston Marathon, breaks Guinness World Record

He beat the previous world record by almost three hours

Advocates push for bill that would give lawful immigrants more rights

A proposed bill aims to give lawful immigrants equal rights in South Carolina. State advocates say this could give our workforce a boost.

  Missing 3-year-old found safe in Ridgeland

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a missing 3-year-old boy who was last seen approximately at 5:45 p.m. Friday afternoon in the area of Carters Mill Road.

  Victim died from smoke inhalation, thermal injuries in trailer home fire in Beaufort Co.

Authorities are investigating after emergency crews found a body after extinguishing a trailer home fire in Beaufort County.

  Burton Fire District working to expand reach after answering more calls in 2019

One Beaufort County fire district is trying to improve after answering more emergency calls in 2019.

Bluffton Police make additional arrests in connection to 18-year-old’s murder

The Bluffton Police Department has made two additional arrests in connection to the Dec. 23 murder of 18-year-old Trey Blackshear.

Missing 95-year-old S.C. man found safe

A missing 95-year-old South Carolina man has been found safe, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Name of 19-year-old soldier who died after Fort Jackson training released

The name of a Minnesota Army National Guard soldier who died after a training exercise at Fort Jackson has been released.

  Lowcountry firefighters visit fatal fire site, offer safety tips to neighbors

There have already been several fires in the Lowcountry since 2020 began, including a deadly fire in the Burton Fire District on New Years Day.

Sheriff’s office: Sisters missing from South Carolina found safe

Authorities say two young sisters from Colleton County who were missing have been found safe.

'It’s a loss to the community’: Fallen Florence airport officer laid to rest

Family, friends and colleagues of a fallen Pee Dee law enforcement officer and volunteer firefighter will say their final goodbyes Thursday.

Dye, legendary golf course designer, dies at 94

Pete Dye, the legendary golf course designer who built some of America's most famous and challenging courses, died Thursday at 94. He built several courses in the Low Country, including Harbour Town Golf Links.

  Beaufort County schools celebrate national Law Enforcement Day

Thursday is national Law Enforcement Day. Several schools across Beaufort County celebrated by wearing blue, including Bluffton Elementary School.

  Hardeeville animal rescue helps hoarded dogs

An animal hoarding situation in Kershaw County, S.C. got a little better when a Lowcountry man stepped in to help.

S.C. Senate Majority Leader says Fetal Heartbeat Bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass

The bill would ban women from getting an abortion after a heartbeat is detected, or around six weeks into a pregnancy -- with exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother.

  911 call from Lowcountry teen’s death released

18-year-old Trey Blackshear was shot and killed on December 23, 2019 and a 16-year-old is charged with his murder.

DHEC: 9 flu-related deaths reported in South Carolina this week

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, there have been nine flu-related deaths reported in South Carolina this week.

  Community votes on proposals to better Beaufort High School

Change could be on the way near Beaufort High School. It might include a difference in how students, buses and teachers get to school.

White nationalist politician who spoke at deadly Charlottesville rally extradited to SC to face kidnapping, gun charges

A white nationalist who ran for the U.S. Senate in Florida and was a featured speaker during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, domestic violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

  Bluffton couple aboard Carnival cruise ship crash

You may remember a story from a few weeks ago that made national headlines - two Carnival cruise ships crashed into each other in Mexico.

  Enormous trash pile cleared in Jasper County

An enormous debris pile in Jasper County that burned for six months is now clear.

All trash removed from Able Contracting site

“Mt. Trashmore” is finally gone.

  S.C. law enforcement investigating house fire on Monticello Drive

Arson investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are responding to assist in determining the cause of the fire.

Beaufort deputies attempt to identify card fraud suspect

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office are attempting to identify a suspect that they say used a stolen credit card at a Bluffton Gamestop.

Colleton Co. Council votes to place Sheriff Andy Strickland on leave without pay

Colleton County Council voted Tuesday night to place Sheriff Andy Strickland on leave without pay.

89-year-old Sun City man found

Virgil Howard has been found safe and unharmed.

Boil Water Advisory lifted for Levy community in S.C.

The boil advisory for Levy is now lifted.

SC Governor set to propose plan to expand full-day pre-kindergarten statewide

According to state officials, there are more than 70,000 open jobs for highly skilled people in South Carolina.

Defendant in Beaufort Co. boat crash death lawsuit requests venue change

A defendant has filed a request to move a lawsuit involving the death of a Lowcountry teen from Hampton to Beaufort County.

Man arrested in connection to 2018 attempted murder in Lowcountry

An arrest has been made in a shooting that injured a man on St. Helena Island back in July 2018.

Coroner releases autopsy details in deadly Colleton Co. hunting accident

Details from the autopsy report were released Monday in the Colleton County hunting accident which left a father and daughter dead.

SLED investigates fatal officer involved shooting

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating an officer involved shooting that left a man dead Sunday morning.

  Massive pile of trash is almost gone in Jasper Co.

After half a year of continuous work, neighbors are happy with the results of the Able Contracting trash fire, even if they say there’s still a lot of leftover emotion.

School district mourns death of S.C. girl killed in hunting accident

The Colleton County School District released a statement Friday following the death of a girl who was killed in a hunting accident on New Year’s Day.

Third earthquake in 2 months recorded early Friday morning near Cayce

A small earthquake was recorded around midnight on Friday by the U.S. Geological Service (USGS).

DNR: Hunter fatally shot father, daughter after mistaking them for deer

Emergency officials say a father and his daughter were killed in a hunting accident when they were mistaken for deer in Colleton County on Wednesday.

  State park admission price increasing in S.C.

South Carolina is making some changes with the new year, and for nature lovers they could be affecting how you spend your money.

  Suspect spotted driving truck stolen with dog inside arrested; dog still missing

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a man wanted in connection with the theft of a vehicle was arrested.

  Dry Christmas trees a fire hazard

Christmas is over but that does not mean everyone has taken down their Christmas trees. The Beaufort Fire Department says even though you may not be celebrating anymore, if you still have your tree up you still have responsibilities.

S.C. escaped inmate captured after 40 years on the run

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says a man who escaped from an Anderson County work crew in 1979 was captured on New Year’s Day.

Active shooter training happening Thursday at Hilton Head Elementary

Agencies throughout Beaufort County will be participating in active shooter training at Hilton Head Island Elementary School on Thursday, Jan. 2.

What’s on tap for S.C. lawmakers in 2020

When lawmakers return to Columbia for the start of the second year of a two-year session, they'll have a lot on their plates.

South Carolina has sixth-highest growth rate in the country

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows South Carolina had the 6th highest growth percentage from July 2018 to July 2019.

S.C. doctors say early surge in flu cases, unusual trends are concerning

The latest South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Environmental Control (SCDHEC) report shows 708 reported flu cases already this season.

S.C. Treasurer reminding residents to check for unclaimed money

The South Carolina Treasurer’s Office is encouraging residents to start 2020 off right by checking to see if they have any unclaimed money.

One person injured in Seabrook house fire

One person was injured in a fire at a home in the Seabrook community in Beaufort County on Tuesday evening.

Bluffton man charged with sexual assault of a minor

A Bluffton man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a minor.

Lowcountry stores see little impact from change in Ga. fireworks law

When Georgia changed its fireworks laws in 2018, the mother-son duo worried it would impact their business. But so far, they haven’t seen a change.

  Bluffton Police hoping you have a safe New Year’s Eve

The Bluffton Police Department will be active Tuesday night, patrolling the streets to make sure everyone is safe this New Year’s Eve.

Yemassee Police offer free rides home to New Year’s celebrators

If you’re in the area and have had too much to drink, call Yemassee Dispatch. A police officer will come to your location and make sure that you get home safely.

Sheriff’s Office seeks to identify Lowcountry shoplifting suspect

Deputies say this is the third time in two weeks that the man has taken merchandise from Best Buy without paying for it.

Stray S.C. buoy washes ashore in Fla.

A rogue navigation buoy that bounced along Atlantic waters for more than two years has come to rest on a beach in Florida.

S.C. representative says raising minimum wage could result in jobs being cut

The issue of raising the minimum wage has been debated across the nation for years.