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Orangeburg County coroner IDs I-26 crash victims

Five residents of West Virginia died in Thursday afternoon’s multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 26, according to information released Friday by Orangeburg County Coroner Samuetta Marshall.

Authorities search for man accused of stealing Darlington Co. cruiser, running over deputy

  LIST: Face mask ordinances in place across Grand Strand, Pee Dee

  Searching the murky waters of Lake Murray: an exclusive look at LCSD’s dive team training

  SC reports 1,558 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths Friday as hospitalizations remain high

Columbia man killed in fiery tractor trailer crash in Barnwell County

Grab your pen and pad! Residents at nursing home in Chapin seek pen pals

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Lowcountry beachgoers can use new, free app to navigate traffic, beach rules

Judge sets $1 million bond for man charged with criminal sexual conduct with minor

  FULL LIST: Face mask ordinances in place across SC

  Town of North face mask ordinance now in effect

‘Put the damn mask on’: Strong message from SC hospital chief medical officer

SC celebrates the 4th of July with patriotic ‘Salute From the Shore’ flyover

LIST: Here’s where face masks are and are not required in public places

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina continues to increase, communities across the state are meeting to discuss possible ordinances requiring people to wear face masks in public places.

Uber, #WHATSMYNAME Foundation partner to promote rideshare safety on college campuses

On Thursday, Uber and the #WHATSMYNAME Foundation have come together to promote rideshare safety for college students across the country.

United for Veterans partners with the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat Center to help local veterans

This month, United for Veterans needs your help to assist the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat Center in Lexington.

Pittsburgh area health officials link new COVID-19 cases to Myrtle Beach, other beach cities

Health officials in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area said people who recently tested positive for the coronavirus had traveled to Myrtle Beach and other Carolina beach towns.

Myrtle Beach City Council approves face mask mandate through Labor Day

DHEC promotes virtual visitation grant for nursing homes

Gov. McMaster orders DHEC to postpone allowing limited visitation in nursing homes

City of Florence issues proclamation requiring masks in certain places

  COVID-19 pandemic has nearly cut SC’s unemployment trust fund in half, could run out by end of year

  Protesters call for Columbia Police officer to be fired over use of force

  COVID-19 summertime spike leads to danger zone, disease expert says

What transpired in June was a record-high for daily infection and double-digit percent positive for COVID-19 testing statewide.

Married couple killed in crash involving car, motorcycle in Kershaw County

It happened around 9:10 a.m. on Highway 1 South near Longtown Road in Lugoff.

Deputies seek missing Orangeburg County man

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Clarence Rutland, Sr.

  SC reports 1,629 new COVID-19 cases and 19 more deaths Thursday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 39,587 and confirmed deaths to 777.

  Richland Co. Council passes emergency face mask ordinance

The Richland County Council has called a special meeting Thursday to discuss an emergency ordinance requiring citizens to wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  COVID-19 patients using ventilators increase as cases surge in SC

As coronavirus cases in South Carolina continue to surge, we are also seeing increases in the number of COVID-10 patients relying on ventilators. The good news is that hospitals in the state are nowhere close to running out of ventilators.

5 people killed in crash that has shut down I-26 in Orangeburg County

A detour is set up for drivers.

Orangeburg Co. man out on bond arrested on third attempted murder charge, deputies say

A 20-year-old Orangeburg County man has been arrested by Orangeburg County deputies after he fired shots at a car, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

  Foster embraces new challenges as new superintendent for Orangeburg Co. School District

The Orangeburg County School District selected Dr. Shawn Foster as its new superintendent.

  Friends, church family helps woman celebrate 100th birthday in style

What a joyous birthday celebration for a Columbia woman who just turned 100.

Families can now enjoy story time with new Richland Library phone line

The Richland Library has now added a phone line that allows families to listen to stories.

North Charleston requiring face coverings in public places

Mayor Keith Summey has signed an emergency proclamation requiring face coverings in public places in North Charleston beginning Friday, July 3, 2020 at noon.

  Georgetown County Council passes face mask ordinance; goes into effect midnight Friday

Georgetown County Council passed an emergency ordinance that will require people to wear face masks in certain businesses.

  City of Columbia giving out free masks until July 10

Citizens will be able to receive up to two free masks per person or five masks per family.

  City of Georgetown passes face mask mandate

City council meets Thursday morning to discuss the possible ordinance.

Man killed in hit-and-run in Newberry identified; suspect vehicle details released

Investigators need the public's help to find the driver who hit the man and didn't stop.

Prisma Health doctor arrested following racially-charged incident near Benedict College

It happened outside the gas station where recent protests have happened after a Black woman says the owner of a liquor store called her a racial slur and assaulted her.

Latest S.C. unemployment numbers show total of 635K+ new claims since March

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says the number of people who have filed their first claim for unemployment benefits continues to grow months after the coronavirus pandemic began having a major impact on jobs in the state.

Pilot identified following F-16 aircraft crash on Shaw Air Force Base

Details of what caused the crash have not been released.

  SC Strong shirts generate more than $15,000 in donations for SC Nurses Foundation

Donations from the South Carolina Strong Shirts have reached more than $15,000, and that check was just recently presented to the SC Nurses Foundation.

Woman checking mail one of 2 killed in S.C. police chase crash

Anderson city police are investigating a deadly police chase that left two people dead.

  Top SC health officials say COVID-19 spreads by simply breathing, warns drastic action must be taken to stop spread

With the Fourth of July weekend fast approaching, McMaster reminded people about his executive order limiting gatherings.

McMaster: Over 1,600 restaurants have applied to receive Palmetto Priority seal

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster provided an update on Wednesday on the number of restaurants that have begun the process of receiving a Palmetto Priority seal.

  Students who receive free or reduced-price school meals will get federal food assistance, officials say

Students from kindergarten to 12th-grade who normally receive free or reduced-price meals in school will receive federal food assistance.

  Preparing for July 4th: SC director of tourism thinks people will be safer than Memorial Day

South Carolina tourism’s slogan right now is, “When you’re ready, we’re ready.”

Sumter Co. deputies investigating shooting in Wedgefield

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating a shooting that happened on June 9.

  State-sponsored online learning program preparing for uptick in enrollment due to COVID-19 pandemic

Stephanie Walters has been teaching virtually for more than 7 years.

  DHEC reports highest number of deaths in a single day: 24 new deaths, 1,497 new COVID-19 cases

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced 1,497 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 24 more confirmed deaths.

McMaster: No high school, college football until COVID-19 cases go down

The governor says the future of spectator sports seasons in the fall could be at risk.

Officials: Fireworks shows still scheduled in Lexington

Three fireworks shows are scheduled for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend in Lexington County.

Two arrested after Tillman monument at SC State House vandalized using incendiary device

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested two people after the Benjamin Tillman monument located at the S.C. State House was vandalized over the weekend.

FAQ: What to know about North Myrtle Beach’s new mask ordinance

City officials answered a series of big questions from residents regarding the mask ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday.

13-year-old boy killed in stabbing in north Columbia identified

A 14-year-old faces a murder charge in the boy's death.

Fairfield Co. deputies in search of missing 36-year-old woman

The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is searching for 36-year-old Rachel Gladney.

Lexington districts become latest in Midlands to suspend summer workouts due to COVID-19

Summer workouts for student-athletes in two school districts in the Midlands have been put on hold due to COVID-19.

SCDEW launches Extended Benefits program to help unemployed residents

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is now offering the Extended Benefits program for those who have used their previous unemployment benefits.

Sumter City Council passes mandatory mask ordinance to go into effect July 3

People who do not comply could be fined up to $50.

Last surviving Buffalo Soldier from SC dies at 92

Funeral arrangements for the last surviving Buffalo Soldier from South Carolina are set to take place on July 1.

RCSD searching for 2 men in connection with 2 separate incidents stemming from May 30 riot

RCSD is trying to identify two men in connection with two separate incidents that occurred during riots on May 30 in Columbia.

  College student who tested positive for COVID-19 urges young people to take virus seriously

Since the beginning of April, there has been a 966% increase in newly-reported cases among young people aged 11 to 20 in South Carolina and a 413% increase in cases among people aged 21 to 30.

Sumter man reported missing found safe

The Sumter Police Department has announced that 62-year-old Isiah Smith has been found safe.

  COVID-19 surge continues in SC: Record high 1,741 new cases Tuesday, 17 more confirmed deaths

More than 1,000 people are hospitalized due to the virus as of Tuesday and the percent of positive cases based on the most recent testing is 19%.

City of Camden passes mandatory mask ordinance effective July 3

People can be fined up to $25 for each time they do not obey the ordinance.

  Orangeburg City Council votes to remove Confederate statue, rename John C. Calhoun Drive

On Tuesday, the Orangeburg City Council voted unanimously to remove the statue of John C. Calhoun and rename John C. Calhoun Drive.

Warrants issued for suspect in Charleston 9 Memorial vandalism

Investigators say they have issued warrants for a suspect in the vandalism of the Charleston 9 Memorial Park on Savannah Highway.

  Department of Transportation: Hole in Lexington bridge due to wear and tear

There is a bump in the road, or rather a hole in a bridge, for Lexington commuters.

  Season canceled for Columbia Fireflies, other Minor League Baseball teams

Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday that Major League Baseball would not provide Minor League affiliates with players, which ultimately forced the 2020 season to be canceled.

Face masks required in Orangeburg starting July 3, city council decides

Face masks will be required in food and retail establishments beginning at 6 a.m. Friday.

Richland Two superintendent announces he tested positive for COVID-19

Dr. Baron Davis, the superintendent of Richland School District Two, announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19.

City officials postpone opening of splash park in Newberry

Officials with the City of Newberry have postponed the opening of Gully Washer Splash Park.

Officials release WARN report detailing latest closings, layoffs in SC

Several companies across the state are set to either close or layoff employees, according to the SC Works WARN Notification Report released this month.

Hartsville City Council unanimously passes resolution encouraging use of face masks

The resolution does not require everyone to wear face masks, but it does encourage and emphasize the importance of wearing a mask in public.

Man dies after truck hits tree, Fairfield Co. Coroner says

A 40-year-old man has died after the truck he was driving hit a tree, according to the Fairfield County Coroner’s Office.

Marion County to begin requiring face masks in county-owned buildings

Marion County residents will have to start wearing face masks into all county-owned buildings starting next week.

DHEC recommends home-based festivities for Fourth of July during COVID-19 pandemic

With the number of COVID-19 cases at the highest they’ve ever been, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is recommending residents plan home-based festivities for the Fourth of July.

  Lexington Police say nurse accused of racist posts could be victim of identity theft

Lexington Police are investigating a batch of racist posts, which appeared to be written by a Midlands nurse. Several WIS-TV viewers reached out to us about the posts in early June.

Greenwood, Newberry Co. deputies searching for 2nd suspect involved in shooting on Pearl Street

Law enforcement from Newberry and Greenwood County Sheriff's Offices are searching intensively for a second suspect involved in a shooting that happened on Pearl Street around 11:25 Monday night in Greenwood.

  1,320 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths reported in SC on Monday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 34,546 and confirmed deaths to 717.