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Million Womxn SC hold vigil in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calls out congressmen

The Million Womxn organization plans to mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Saturday evening.

US Surgeon General visits Columbia to launch new COVID-19 testing initiative with state leaders

  DHEC: 706 new cases of COVID-19, 9 new deaths announced in SC

Tigers ready to play in front of home crowd Saturday vs. The Citadel

Officials: Missing boys from Aiken found safe with mother in Florida

City of Charleston working with Hispanic community to improve relations

  Bowman resident begins clean-up after Thursday flooding

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  SC Supreme Court hears arguments over COVID-19 grant money promised to private schools

  SC surpasses 3,000 deaths associated with COVID-19

NWS confirms at least 4 tornadoes occurred in the Midlands during Thursday’s storms

  DHEC reports 532 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools as of Sept. 18

  UofSC sees continued drop in number of active COVID-19 cases on campus in Friday report

Kershaw Co. man arrested after deputies find drugs, guns in home

Vulgar, offensive tweets surface from two of Jaime Harrison’s campaign staffers

Harrison is running against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham in a close race.

River Bluff HS postpones football season opener after 3 team members test positive for COVID-19

Officials with Lexington One announced Friday that the River Bluff high school varsity football team will not take the field on Sept. 25 after three people associated with the team tested positive for COVID-19.

  Accidental shooting of 12-year-old happened when children were home alone, deputies say

The child is expected to be released from the hospital Friday.

  2 SC boys taken from foster care home, mother wanted for questioning

Officials are looking for 9-year-old Matthew and 7-year-old Jerry Kinman.

  Newberry Electric crew headed to AL to help with more than 77,000 customers without power

Multi-day free COVID-19 testing initiative in Columbia

  Impacts of Sally could almost double Congaree River water levels in a few days

  Sumter Co. residents face flood damage to homes after Thursday’s storms

  Remnants of Sally dumps inches of rain on Orangeburg Co., officials watching river and creek levels

Several charged in thefts of cars, collectible figurines worth $15,000

Broad River correctional officer dies after testing positive for COVID-19

This is the second death of a staff member associated with COVID-19 at the prison.

  DHEC identifies two reasons behind the drop in cases: masks and less testing

Recent data from the state agency shows drops in cases are more distinct in municipalities where mask mandates are in effect.

Sinkhole caused by weather forces officials to close part of highway in Sumter

Officials said U.S. Highway 15 North under the U.S. 76/378 bypass is now down to two lanes between North Pike and South Pike.

  SC announces 740 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths Thursday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 132,565 and confirmed deaths to 2,992.

Woman pleads guilty to killing infant son, dumping body in trash can

Vernita Jones was sentenced following her guilty plea earlier this week.

  Deputies charge Lexington Co. man with murder after victim shot, left in woods

According to authorities, William David House was fighting with the man at a home on Pelion Road when House shot the man. House told deputies he shot the man in self-defense.

Stranded driver, man who stopped to help both killed in crash on I-26

Both men were hit by a car and died at the scene just after midnight Thursday, the coroner said.

‘Disgusted and disappointed’: FSD1 leaders fire teacher after making ‘inexcusable’ Facebook post

The Florence One Schools superintendent said he is disgusted and disappointed by a Facebook post that was made by one of his teachers.

Missing woman last seen at truck stop in Clarendon County

Angela Reyes was last seen Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Loves Truck Stop in Summerton.

  S.C. superintendent encourages school districts to return to face-to-face learning for some students

South Carolina’s state superintendent is encouraging schools to offer a return to face-to-face learning for students who need it the most.

Myrtle Beach man accused of distributing child sexual abuse material

A Myrtle Beach man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly distributing child sexual abuse material.

S.C. has paid more than $4 billion in unemployment claims since pandemic began

South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce said the payout of state and federal unemployment benefits surpassed the $4 billion mark since the pandemic began.

Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office ends search for 75-year-old endangered man, found safely

The direction of Lynch’s travel is currently unknown.

  S.C. man looking to help family of child who died at Folly Beach

The family of Ian Hernandez held a vigil for the 6-year-old boy Wednesday night. Hernandez was killed after getting caught in a rip current off Folly Beach on Sunday.The boy was pulled from the water by one of several people who jumped in to try and save him.

A rare blue moon will light up the night sky this Halloween

This year’s blue moon will be a monthly blue moon. There will be a full moon on Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, 2020. Because October has two full moons scheduled, the latter full moon is dubbed as the blue moon.

  SC announces 489 new COVID-19 cases, 28 additional deaths Wednesday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 131,428 and confirmed deaths to 2,968.

  New poll shows skepticism among Americans regarding COVID-19 vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a little more than half of Americans say they would not get a COVID-19 vaccine if it’s available before Election Day, even if the vaccine is free and available to everyone.

SC governor signs bill to expand absentee voting due to COVID-19

Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by members of the South Carolina General Assembly on the second floor lobby for the occasion.

UofSC reports significant decrease in number of COVID-19 cases on campus

When looking at the total number of people who have had COVID-19 at UofSC since Aug. 1, the number of cases grows to 2,220.

'We’re happy to do it’: Horry County woman travels nearly 3,000 miles to help wildfire victims in Oregon

An Horry County woman is in Medford, Oregon right now, volunteering with the Red Cross to help people affected by wildfires in Oregon.

  Facts vs. Fiction: Local doctor provides insight on wearing face masks during pandemic

Let’s answer some of your questions about masks.

Deputies investigate bomb threat made against Camp Road Middle School

Deputies have cleared the scene at Camp Road Middle School where they continue to investigate a bomb threat made Wednesday during a virtual class.

Officials: Eighth Broad River Correctional inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Ernesto Alanso, according to SCDC, tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1 was hospitalized on the same day. He died in the hospital on Wednesday.

Missing woman last seen near Myrtle Beach found safe, police say

A missing 39-year-old woman has been found safe, authorities said.

Man arrested after leading deputies on high-speed chase in Newberry County

Officials said the driver trie to wreck the deputy’s car by swerving and slamming on brakes several times during the chase.

MUSC now offering saliva testing for COVID-19

Instead of a swab up the nose, patients at MUSC can now test for COVID-19 by simply spitting in a tube.

Benedict College partners with CVS Health to offer free COVID-19 testing this month

Benedict College and CVS Health will offer free COVID-19 testing throughout the month of September.

Former ITT students to receive $330 million in debt relief nationally, state attorney general says

Officials in South Carolina were able to obtain $8.6 million in debt relief for students in the Palmetto State as part of the settlement.

Police in Sumter seek 2 men wanted for armed robbery of cellphone store

Officials said two men walked into a Metro PCS store before 6 p.m. and held the store clerk at gunpoint while demanding merchandise from the store.

  SC Red Cross volunteers out West encourages more people to help: ‘It certainly gives you a big sense of purpose’.

There are 36 South Carolinians currently volunteering with the Red Cross in the Gulf to support Hurricane Laura recovery efforts, and out West in response to the wildfires

SC urges owners to lower dam levels ahead of Hurricane Sally

South Carolina environmental officials are urging owners and operators of reservoirs across the state to be ready to handle potentially heavy rainfall in the coming days as Hurricane Sally makes landfall and drenches inland areas.

New push for statewide 5-day in-person school introduced by Greenville SC Reps.

The joint resolution still needs to pass through three readings in both the SC House of Representatives and the state Senate.

  School districts across the midlands report positive COVID-19 cases for students and faculty

It’s something one Richland 2 parent said makes her even more confident that virtual is the way to go.

Hunters tracking deer find human remains in Dorchester County

Hunters who were tracking a deer discovered human remains in Dorchester County over the weekend. Just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to Old St. George Road just outside of St. George for the discovery.

  Richland Co. Council expected to OK $730,000 in external grant funds for elections commission

County officials expect the Richland County Council to approve a grant agreement that will result in the office receiving $730,000 in grant funds.

  About 100 anti-mask protesters meet at SC State House for rally

The group wants Governor Henry McMaster to end his state of emergency regarding COVID-19 and for cities and counties across the state to remove any mask ordinances.

  SC lawmakers vote to expand absentee voting due to COVID-19 pandemic

The bill passed with a 115-1 vote.

Former SC teacher’s license revoked after ingesting illegal substance in front of class

A student recorded a video showing what appears to be the teacher snorting a substance from the surface of his desk.

Chick-fil-A testing out Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich in N.C., S.C.

Chick-fil-A is testing out a brand new chicken sandwich at select restaurants in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Wanted sex offender surrenders to authorities at Charleston Co. Detention Center

William Mazyck surrendered to State Probation and Parole Agents at the detention center at 5 p.m.

Local family’s ‘pride and joy’ following cancer diagnosis

Doctor after doctor told Natasha Green she was likely suffering from a simple sinus infection. Her symptoms were unwavering, so Natasha sought the advice of a specialist.

Court Records: Mt. Pleasant to pay family $3M after man dies following encounter with police

The Town of Mount Pleasant is paying a family $3 million after court documents say a man died following an encounter with Mount Pleasant police.The incident, which happened last September, is part of a wrongful death settlement.

Suspect wanted for receiving stolen goods captured after search in Lexington County

Officials are looking for 31-year-old Allen Wayne McCormick near S.C. Highway 6 and Pleasant View Drive.

  DHEC: 701 new COVID-19 cases, 22 additional deaths announced Tuesday

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 130,917 and confirmed deaths to 2,943.

City of Columbia extends face mask ordinance within city limits with unanimous vote

The previous emergency ordinance was set to expire on October 4. However, the new ordinance will now expire on November 15.

DHEC: 414 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools in SC

In all, 275 cases reported were students and 139 cases reported were employees.

Aces’ Wilson named AP WNBA Player of the Year

Wilson was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week twice this season and the conference’s Player of the Month in August.

Authorities seize more than $300K in counterfeit merchandise during raid

Officials said the business offered several items that included trademarks from popular name brands.

Officials: Allen University shooting suspect gave fake name, false information after arrest

After running his fingerprints through the National Crime Information Center database, officials have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Craishun LeTroy Nickens.

  SC House to discuss Senate absentee bill during special session, massive education bill unlikely to pass

State senators unanimously passed a bill which would allow all South Carolina registered voters to vote absentee for the upcoming elections because of the pandemic.

The COMET bus driver placed under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19

The driver will be quarantined for 14 days and will then be retested.

CPD: 3 injured in 2 shootings on Edgewood Avenue and McAlister Street

Officials say all the victims received non-life threatening injuries to their lower bodies.

  RCSD: Man arrested after officer-involved shooting near Harbison Blvd. wanted in Minnesota for double murder

Officials have arrested 29-year-old Renard Carter in connection with an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night near Harbison Boulevard.

  SC announced 525 new COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 130,256 and confirmed deaths to 2,922.

DEW offering free courses to unemployed South Carolinians

More than 4,000 courses and certifications are available.

  Babcock Building owners say their ‘commitment is not diminished’ after Saturday fire

In a statement, the owner of the building says his organization still plans to turn the building into apartments as was previously planned.

  SC senators considering hazard pay bonus for some essential state employees

Senators are considering a one-time bonus for frontline state employees making $50,000 or less a year.

RCSD investigating 5 shootings that took place Sunday

Deputies in Richland County are investigating five different shooting that happened on Sunday.