Thursday, May 8 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-05-08 19:07:55 GMT
Another appeal keeps the doors of a Lee County charter school open after the state moved to shut it down last year. The state's charter school district gave the Mary Dinkins Charter School the order toMore >>
Another appeal keeps the doors of a Lee County charter school open after the state moved to shut it down last year.More >>
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 >>
SUMTER, SC (WIS) -
A Midlands charter school that refuses to close its doors is now under federal investigation.
The state pulled Mary L. Dinkins School's charter months ago and ordered the school to close, but the school continues to operate.
Last fall SLED agents opened an investigation into the finances and the academics at the school. Part of that investigation is now in the hands of the FBI.
The school was supposed to close a year ago. But this morning, teachers, the principal, staffers and bus loads of students filed into the building.
The state says this year could be a waste for many MLD students.
Reporter: "These children showed up here today to attend classes. There is no charter, they're not receiving state credit and, at this point, if they were to go into a public school..." Benita Dinkins-Robinson, MLD director: "They are. This is a school and they will receive credit."
Robinson says although she's lost her charter, MLD is still an organized school.
Students here have missed every state standardized test this year, and risk losing credit for an entire grade level, state charter school officials say.
Reporter: "Technically, is this a situation where it's as though they're not going to school at all, in the eyes of the state?" Dr. Wayne Brazell, SC Charter School District: "I think so."
Brazell heads the statewide charter school district and led the move to pull MLD's charter for misconduct he says his agency found there.
Brazell has worked to help MLD parents place their children in public schools, but he says more than half of those parents haven't acted.
The district says MLD students and tax payers are paying a price now.
"They have no supervision right now," said Brazell. "There is no agency monitoring this school right now. They're not legally a private school, they're not legally a public school, so...it is concerning to us that kids are caught in no man's land right here."
Reporter: "Is MLD a state certified educational institution?" Robinson: "It's not. We are under appeal."
Brazell says he's never seen anything like what he's seen at MLD and says parents who are sending their children there should get them out.
Reporter: "What's your impression of the administration of that school at this point?" Brazell: "We're very concerned that some things are going on there. We think that school has not done the best for students academically, for the students that have attended that school."
The district has notified the City of Sumter City about MLD holding classes in a church building inside city limits.
As of this report our call to Sumter City Administrator Deron McCormick has not been returned.
It is unclear when SLED and the FBI will finish their investigations.
Robinson says she plans to open the doors again next school year.
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 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>