Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
She holds the world record for running a marathon in full combat gear. She just survived 61 hours of the Spartan Death Race in Vermont. Now 1st Lieutenant Sophie Hilaire faces one of the biggest challenges of her military career.
The West Point graduate is going to Afghanistan for her first deployment.
"I'm really excited," she said. "I volunteered. I've been in the Army active duty for three years and I haven't deployed yet, and I don't feel alright with that. I really want to go to Afghanistan. "
"This has been so much of my training in college. I took electives just to learn more about the culture over there," said Hilaire. "I really feel like I'd be missing out."
Hilaire will be working as a logistics officer for a Provincial Reconstruction Team, made up of about 100 people from all branches of the military. They will be working in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border.
"We'll all work together to restore our province," she said about the mission. "Anywhere from basic village infrastructure like working out contracts to lay down pipes, to humanitarian type effort, such as schools for women."
Hilaire hopes she will have the opportunity to work with Afghan women.
"I've heard that I'll be working on female engagement teams, so that definitely would mean that I'd be working with the civilian populace," she said. "I'm pretty excited about the opportunity perhaps to go in there and work with women."
Along with reading books and online research, Hilaire has been asking her fellow soldiers who've been there for advice, including her boyfriend, who's still in Afghanistan.
"He's told me about how I need to carry myself as a woman over there," she said. "The way that you talk to people so that people don't misconstrue what you're trying to say, or not take you seriously."
Hilaire is aware of the dangers she faces in her mission.
"Keep your head down," was the advice of her commanding officer, Lt. Col. Mike Daniels. "And don't trust anybody."
"I've had classmates who haven't come back," said Hilaire."I've had dear friends who have come back handicapped in some way. It's hard. You just kind of block it out and go do what you have to do. It doesn't mean anyone's okay with it, or it's any less horrible, but what can you do?"
"There are definitely people doing way, way, way more dangerous jobs than me. I worry for them. Some of them are really close friends."
On her way back to South Carolina from the Death Race in Vermont earlier this month, Hilaire stopped at several military hospitals in the Washington, D.C. area to visit some of her wounded friends. Hilaire's Death Race team raised $7,250 for the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
"It was very humbling to see them and talk to them about what they've been through," she said. "It makes our efforts in raising money for them and doing the race in their honor all that much more important."
One friend, a naval officer, was blinded. She said he is doing well and has qualified to compete in the Paralympic Games in London. Another friend is one of only five people who have survived a quadruple-amputation.
Sophie won't be the only Hilaire in Afghanistan. Her sister, who also graduated from West Point, deploys the same time she does.
"Actually, I might see her in Kuwait on the way over there," she said. "That would be pretty funny."
But she will miss her brother graduate from West Point next May. It's a small sacrifice to help rebuild a nation destroyed by three generations of war.
"I hope everyone walks away with that feeling of success and they made a difference," said Hilaire. "People come back and say they have more of an appreciation for living in America and that the little things don't bother them as much anymore. I'd like to have a better perspective and outlook on life, and I hope I can gain something positive like that."
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:00:09 GMT
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.Local author and formerMore >>
Some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina are just a short drive away from the Midlands. And some of the most interesting places in the state are right in our back yard.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:55:40 GMT
You may not have heard of Morgan Reeves or seen any of his election ads on television. That's because the state gubernatorial candidate doesn't have any and he doesn't have any campaign contributions.More >>
Independent candidate Morgan Reeves is looking to level the playing field when it comes to campaigning for elections. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:53:16 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:30:17 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:52:08 GMT
The suspect wanted for shooting into an occupied Sumter home has turned himself in. Terrance D. Haynesworth, 32, was wanted by the Sumter Police for a shooting that took place on Sampson Street on MondayMore >>
Terrance D. Haynesworth turned himself after being wanted for a shooting on Sampson Street. More >>