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    ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A man who South Carolina deputies allege “ambushed” them this week died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during the incident, the county coroner confirmed Thursday. Earlier this week, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride told news outlets the deputies were searching for two people who ran out of a car after an attempted traffic stop Tuesday night when they were caught in an “ambush situation” and fired upon from a hill next to a Lowe’s parking lot. The deceased, Bryan Keith Hamilton, Jr., of Greer, South Carolina, also had three gunshot wounds to the lower extremities from deputies returning fire, county coroner Greg Shore said. McBride said deputies saw Hamilton with a firearm and...
    A South Carolina Democrat has flipped a state house seat in a special election, stirring excitement in the party as they approach the general election in November.  Spencer Wetmore handily defeated Republican candidate Josh Stokes by 20 points in Tuesday's election, according to The State. The seat was long held by Republicans and became a target for Democrats after former state Rep. Peter McCoy resigned earlier this year to become South Carolina’s U.S. attorney.  With Wetmore's win, Democrats now have 45 seats in South Carolina's 124-person lower chamber.  “By flipping this seat from red to blue, Spencer is giving Democrats more power in the chamber’s policymaking process,” Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post said in a statement. “Her win sends a...
    By The Associated Press Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Index-Journal on food trucks: If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it has taught us that getting a bite to eat isn’t what it used to be. Grab ’n’ go, curbside pickup has paved the way of the future, and owners of long-established restaurants that catered almost exclusively to dine-in customers found themselves having to improvise if they wanted to remain in business. They have done so by getting on board with curbside pickup and outdoor dining arrangements. So it should be no surprise that talk of food trucks has been plated up for Greenwood city and county councils to discuss in an effort to...
    Talk about leaving a mark. A tree in South Carolina was left glowing with what appeared to be burning claw marks after a lightning strike on Sunday. The City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department shared a photo to Facebook of the smoldering tree after the strike in the community located outside of Hilton Head. FLORIDA POLICE OFFICER SURVIVES LIGHTNING STRIKE OUTSIDE TRUCK THAT CAUSED 'BUBBLES FROM THE ASPHALT' "Check out what a lightning strike did today to a tree in the Battery Point subdivision!" the fire department wrote. A tree in Beaufort, S.C. glows after it was struck by lightning on Sunday during a thunderstorm. (City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department) Officials said that firefighters...
    By MEG KINNARD COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Democrat has flipped a legislative seat from Republican control in the victory heralded by some Democrats as a possible signal their party could make more gains this fall. Spencer Wetmore won more than 59% of the votes counted in Tuesday night’s special election in state House district 115, according to unofficial election results from the state election commission. Republican candidate Josh Stokes received just over 39% of votes counted. The seat in South Carolina‘s Lowcountry had long been held by Republicans but was targeted by Democrats seeing possible trends in their direction in the area, spurred in part by Democrat Joe Cunningham's 2018 victory in the 1st Congressional District. Its...
    ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A shooting in a small South Carolina city involving sheriff's deputies has left a man dead and a woman injured. The deputies were searching for two people who ran out of a car after an attempted traffic stop Tuesday night when they were caught in an “ambush situation” and fired upon from a hill next to a Lowe's parking lot, news outlets reported, citing Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride. The deputies returned fire and struck two people, McBride said. A police dog named Roscoe was also injured in the shooting and died Wednesday morning, WYFF-TV reported. The sheriff's office has handed the case to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, as is customary with any shootings...
    ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A shooting in a small South Carolina city involving sheriff’s deputies has left a man dead and a woman injured. The deputies were searching for two people who ran out of a car after an attempted traffic stop Tuesday night when they were caught in an “ambush situation” and fired upon from a hill next to a Lowe’s parking lot, news outlets reported, citing Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride. The deputies returned fire and struck two people, McBride said. A police dog named Roscoe was also injured in the shooting and died Wednesday morning, WYFF-TV reported. The sheriff’s office has handed the case to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, as is customary with any shootings...
    SAINT MATTHEWS, South Carolina -- Oscar winner Viola Davis bought herself a special present for her birthday and sent fans a strong message.Davis, who turned 55 on Tuesday, bought her childhood home in Saint Matthews, South Carolina. The house is located on a former slave plantation.In an Instagram post, Davis declared, "I own it... all of it."Davis and her family moved out of the house shortly after her birth.In a 2016 interview, Davis shared there was no running water and no bathrooms, only an outhouse.She ended the post with a Cherokee birth blessing: "May you live long enough to know why you were born."Davis recently made history when she was featured on the July/August 2020 issue of Vanity Fair.It was...
    The South Carolina Gamecocks think they’ll have fans at football games during the 2020 season. The SEC is hellbent on playing football in the fall during the coronavirus pandemic, and South Carolina is planning to have fans in the stands at Williams-Brice Stadium to watch the Gamecocks. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Gamecock Football (@gamecockfb) on Aug 9, 2020 at 11:22am PDT According to Josh Kendall, AD Ray Tanner said during an interview on 107.5 The Game that the Gamecocks are preparing for 24.6% capacity, which is just under 20,000 people. “It would be easy to pivot and go back to no...
    Connecticut, Georgia, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin are concluding primaries and runoffs tonight. Due to an influx in mail voting, however, it’s possible we won’t know all the winners for some time. We’re liveblogging all of the key races below, and you can also follow us on Twitter for blow-by-blow coverage. Resources: Primary preview | Cheat-sheet Results: Key races | CT | GA | MN | VT | WI Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020 · 11:16:47 PM +00:00 · Steve Singiser Good evening, and welcome to another lovely midsummer primary night! Polls have already closed in three states central to our discussion: Georgia, South Carolina, and Vermont. In Georgia, we have two GOP-held open seats where runoffs are on tap. In one of...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Most school districts in South Carolina will not open their doors to students all five days a week when they start the new academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the governor demanded all schools offer a five-day per week in-person option. The state Education Department approved the last of the reopening plans for all 81 districts in the state Monday. Just one out of every five school districts will open their doors to students five days a week, and four plans start without any in-person option for classes, although those districts promised to bring in students whose parents want them to be in a school building as soon as...
    Polling indicates South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is in a fight of his political life. RealClearPolitics, an election prognosticator, moved Graham's race against former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Jaime Harrison on Tuesday to its "toss up" column, though the incumbent has an average lead of 8 percentage points on his challenger. The forecaster's change follows a Quinnipiac University poll last week that found Graham and Harrison each with 44% support. That's a dramatic shift considering Graham, a 17-year senator, won his third term in 2014 by 15 points. RealClearPolitics's categorization of the Graham-Harrison contest isn't reflected by other observers. Cook Political Report still describes the South Carolina seat as being "likely" Republican, as does Sabato's Crystal Ball and...
    George Bradley Jr. George Bradley Jr. (1942-2020) George Bradley Jr., 78, of Beacon, died Aug. 3 at Montefiore St. Luke’s-Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. George was born on March 3, 1942, in Aiken, South Carolina, the son of George and Louise (Mathis) Bradley. He served in the U.S. Army in 1963-64 during the Vietnam conflict. George worked for many years as a bridge operator for New York City and spoke highly of his time at the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting New York City with Brooklyn, his family said. He lived in his later years at the Castle Point VA Hospital and loved visitors. George is survived by his his siblings, Amanda Stallings, Mae Doris White and Norris Bradley. His family will receive...
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first phase of a new terminal at the South Carolina Ports is on schedule to open in March, officials said. Port officials said in a statement that concrete has been poured for the wharf. Buildings and booths for trucks are being finished. And, helicopters are helping run power lines to the new site, which will be named for Republican state Sen. Hugh Leatherman of Florence. The new terminal is the first phase of a six-year $2 billion project for South Carolina's busiest port that should double the amount of cargo the facility can handle. Crews are deepening the channel in Charleston Harbor to 52 feet (16 meters) to handle the world's largest ships. The new...
    CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A judge kicked a man convicted of a felony off a small town city council South Carolina, even though the man has been pardoned for his crimes. The problem is William R. King II's pardon came n 2018, after he was elected to the Chester City Council, Judge William A. McKinnon ruled. King was found guilty 27 times for felony fraudulent checks charges between 1999 and 2004, according to court records obtained by The Herald of Rock Hill. The South Carolina Constitution bars felons from serving in public office. King was elected to a four-year term on the Chester City Council starting in May 2017, but a group called Chester Citizens for Ethical Government sued in...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The doctor serving as South Carolina’s state epidemiologist said she regrets not speaking out publicly about her concerns as the state reopened close-contact businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Linda Bell said in June emails that Gov. Henry McMaster's staff misled the public to believe she supported the Republican governor's May decision to allow restaurants to resume dine-in service and barbershops and other businesses to reopen, The State reported Saturday. Bell has served as the public face of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control's effort to stem COVID-19. In an email to two agency colleagues June 21, Bell said she had tried to avoid any sign of public disagreement with McMaster during news conferences...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — New unemployment claims in South Carolina have dropped for the third week in a row, marking the lowest number of weekly claims filed since the pandemic began. The state Department of Employment and Workforce reported that about 8,900 people filed initial claims last week. "We are strongly encouraged by this downward trend in initial claims and the performance of the economy,” said Dan Ellzey, the agency's executive director, in a statement. Unemployment remains high relative to this time last year, when South Carolina was averaging 2,548 new weekly claims in July 2019. Since the state first shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, about 707,000 people have filed jobless claims and the state has distributed nearly...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, is tied in his reelection bid against Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, a poll shows. The Quinnipiac survey, released Thursday, found Graham, a major Republican ally of President Trump on Capitol Hill, is currently tied with his Harrison, who previously served as the chairman of the state's Democratic Party, at 44% each. About 8% are undecided, a potentially crucial bloc in a state where Democratic candidates in statewide raises usually have trouble rising above 47% of the vote. "He has been a firebrand advocate for national defense and a leader of his party for 17 years — but has Lindsey Graham's allegiance to the president put him in jeopardy?" wrote Quinnipiac voter...
    Democratic Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon is leading Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsAnalysis finds record high number of woman versus woman congressional races Group of GOP senators back more money for airlines to pay workers Republicans uncomfortably playing defense MORE (R) in the state’s closely watched Senate race, while Democrats in South Carolina and Kentucky are closing in on their Republican opponents, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.  The poll, released on Thursday, shows Gideon garnering 47 percent of the vote in Maine to Collins’s 43 percent. Both carry solid support among voters from their respective parties, while independents remain largely split: 46 percent favor Gideon, while 42 favor Collins.  But Gideon has an edge in favorability. Forty...
    SEC football logo. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) South Carolina is losing two promising linemen this season after they opted out due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The NCAA is requiring all member institutions to honor scholarships and give athletes an opt-out option this fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the list of athletes who won’t participate this year just keeps growing. The newest additions are Mark Fox and Jordan Rhodes, a pair of offensive linemen from the University of South Carolina. Both players have chosen to stay home with their families because of concerns about the spread of COVID-19 according to South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp. Muschamp also said that he fully understands and supports the athletes’ decision to...
    LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — The first trial in a South Carolina courtroom since the COVID-19 pandemic began included spread out jurors, a glass shield around the witness stand and bailiffs reminding everyone that masks are required. The murder trial started Tuesday in Laurens County and was the first case tried in front of a jury since courts closed in mid-March as the virust began spreading, Solicitor David Stumbo said. Two additional rows of chairs were placed in front of the jury box so jurors could stay socially distant, The Index-Journal of Greenwood reported. Only three spectators could sit in any one row, outside of the families of the defendant and the victim. Both prosecutors and defense lawyers sat on the...
    (CNN)A young boy in Conway, South Carolina, is making a big difference in his community, one act of kindness at a time.Feeding the hungry and mowing lawns for busy first responders and single mothers are just a few of the ways Greyson Winfield is making a positive impact. With the help of his parents, the 8-year-old started an organization called Helping Footprint -- which collects donations that are then used to buy gift cards for food or to help pay bills for area families. The son of two former firefighters has grown up around acts of service, which inspired him to do his part in his community -- and work toward becoming a man like President John F. Kennedy, said...
    By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Wary of possible vulnerability to coronavirus-related lawsuits, hundreds of members of South Carolina's business community are calling on the state's federal lawmakers to support liability protections they see as vital for the state's economic recovery. In a letter sent Tuesday to all nine members of the state's federal delegation and organized by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, employers from major manufacturers and institutions of higher learning to health care providers and mom-and-pop businesses ask members of the House and Senate to support the SAFE TO WORK Act. They argued the act “provides targeted and temporary liability relief that would protect businesses, healthcare providers, and educational institutions against unfair and costly...
    FOUR people have died and millions have been left without power after Hurricane Isaias smashed the East Coast with tornadoes and rain on Tuesday. Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park, and authorities said two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City. 7 Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to wreck through the East Coast as it makes its way north after devastating much of North CarolinaCredit: AFP or licensors The storm had already left mass devastation in its path, having killed two people in the Caribbean and wrecking the Bahamas before it hit Florida on Monday. Isaias made landfall in North...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have spent decades in the U.S. Senate — McConnell was first elected in 1984, Graham in 2002 — and the southern Republicans are both up for reelection this year. Democratic voters would love to see both of them voted out of office, but according to new polls, Graham is by far the more vulnerable of the two. According to a new Morning Consult poll, Graham is leading his Democratic challenger, Jaime Harrison, by only 1% in South Carolina — which, factoring in the poll’s margin of error, makes that race a dead heat. But in Kentucky, Morning Consult found that McConnell is ahead of Amy McGrath — the...
    A new poll of South Carolina voters shows Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Trump putting TikTok ban on hold for 45 days: report This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms MORE (R-S.C.) leading his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison by a percentage point, 44 percent to 43 percent. Graham's slim lead in the Morning Consult survey released Tuesday is within the poll's 4 percentage point margin of error. Both candidates have the overwhelming support from voters in their respective parties, with 90 percent of Democrats saying they would vote for Harrison and 81 percent of Republicans saying the same of Graham. Graham has a 4-point lead among independents, 41 percent to Harrison's 37 percent. The...
    TROPICAL Storm Isaias is smashing parts of the East Coast and bringing tornadoes with it as it continues to head north. The storm left a trail of wreckage in its wake as it made landfall in North Carolina as a hurricane, with its strong wind gusts tossing boats against docks and displacing a still growing number of people due to floods and fires. 3 Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to wreck through the East Coast as it makes its way north after devastating much of North CarolinaCredit: AFP or licensors At least one person is dead after the storm's tornado's hit a mobile home park in Windsor, North Carolina. Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters 10 homes were destroyed...
    By SARAH BLAKE MORGAN, Associated Press NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaias brought dangerous winds and heavy rain over eastern Virginia early Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The hurricane's eye crossed over the coast just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h), and its top winds dropped to 70 miles per hour (117 km/h) by early Tuesday. But forecasters said tornadoes were possible, rainfall would remain a major concern and trees could fall, causing power outages as Isaias moves north along the mid-Atlantic and New England coastline. “We don’t think there is going to be a whole lot of weakening, we still...
    (CNN)Hurricane Isaias slammed into North Carolina Monday night, bringing coastal and inland flooding with the storm that is expected to keep moving up the coast.With wind speeds maxing out at 85 mph, Isaias strengthened back into a Category 1 hurricane before reaching land near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, around 11:10 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. Howling wind and water washing across in "one to two foot swells" closed a bridge in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Monday night, the Sunset Beach Police said on Facebook. A hurricane warning was in effect from the South Santee River area in South Carolina to Surf City, North Carolina, meaning hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, NHC said.Storm surge...
    By SARAH BLAKE MORGAN, Associated Press NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Isaias has made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane touched down just after 11 p.m. on Monday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h). Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias sped toward the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned oceanside home dwellers to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) and up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain in spots, as Isaias moved up the coast. The...
    Image copyright Getty Photographs Graphic caption Waves and wind as the storm brushed by Florida Coastal communities in the Carolinas are bracing for Hurricane Isaias, which is heading for the US japanese seaboard. The National Hurricane Heart predicts it will strike involving north-eastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina someday on Monday evening. Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting islands in the Caribbean, the place it brought about the loss of life of two people. But it has now gathered toughness with wind speeds of 75mph (120km/h). Isaias is the ninth named storm of the calendar year. The NHC warned Isaias would result in major rainfall, ensuing in “prevalent minimal to moderate river...
    By SARAH BLAKE MORGAN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Coastal shops and restaurants closed early, power began to flicker at oceanfront hotels and even the most adventurous of beachgoers abandoned the sand Monday night as newly restrengthened Hurricane Isaias sped toward the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned oceanside home dwellers to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) and up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain in spots, as Isaias moved up the coast. The Carolinas weren’t the only states at risk. “All those rains could produce flash flooding across portions of the eastern Carolinas and mid-Atlantic, and even in the northeast U.S.,” said Daniel Brown, senior hurricane specialist at the U.S. National...
    ISAIAS has strengthened back into a hurricane again and is expected to pummel the Carolinas as New Yorkers prepare for storm surges and heavy rain. The National Hurricane Center announced Monday night the storm is expected to make landfall at around midnight near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. 13Hurricane Isaias has quickly moved up the East Coast and will bring heavy rain, flooding, and strong gusts with itCredit: AFP or licensors 13The storm is expected to make landfall in South Carolina at around midnight on Monday before hitting New York City early TuesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press Carolinians should expect coastal flooding from storm surge, minor wind damage, and inland flooding from torrential rains to hit their areas tonight....
    Isaias strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane hours before it is expected to make landfall along the coast of the Carolinas.   The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina.  The storm’s maximum sustained winds reached 121 kph (75 mph) Monday evening and was centered about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Workers stack sandbags around a hydro-dam as they prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias in the lower Manhattan area of New York City, Aug 3, 2020.North of the expected landfall area, tropical storm warnings were in effect as far away as Long Island, New York and the Merrimack River in New Hampshire. ...
    (Reuters) - Isaias regained hurricane strength on Monday night to become a Category 1 hurricane just hours before it was due to make landfall in the Carolinas with dangerous winds and storm surge, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The hurricane was located about 60 miles (100 km) east of Charleston, South Carolina, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph), the NHC added. "The center of Isaias will approach the coasts of northeastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina within the hurricane warning area during the next few hours," the Miami-based weather forecaster said. (Reporting by Asha Sistla in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Miami, Aug 3 (EFE) .- The winds of tropical storm Isaías will recover the strength of the hurricane before reaching this Monday the coasts of northeast South Carolina and southern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center reported ( NHC) of the USA The federal agency stressed in its latest bulletin that Isaías is “getting better organized” and is expected to make land tonight somewhere between the South Carolina and North Carolina limits as a hurricane with “dangerous winds and storm surges.” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called on the population to stay together as they have during the COVID-19 pandemic and to harness that “strength and resistance” during Isaias’ arrival. “Let’s stay safe from the wind and water, and from...
    Coastal communities in the Carolinas are bracing for Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to regain hurricane strength before it makes landfall. The National Hurricane Center predicts it will hit between north-eastern South Carolina and southern North Carolina sometime on Monday night. Isaias was downgraded after hitting islands in the Caribbean, where it caused the death of two people. The storm currently has sustained wind speeds of 70mph (110km/h). Isaias is the ninth named storm of the year and the latest National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast says the storm is "getting better organised" and will likely be at hurricane strength when it reaches the coast this evening. The NHC warned Isaias will cause heavy rainfall, resulting in "widespread minor to...
    Tropical Storm Isaias was gaining strength and expected to make landfall as a hurricane in northeastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina on Monday night, then continue inland up the eastern seaboard with storm warnings in effect as far north as Boston. The National Hurricane Center said the storm, centered 60 miles south southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 5 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon, was travelling at 16 mph north-northeast and getting better organized and had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Isaias dumped 2 to 4 inches of rain in South Florida and knocked out power for hundreds as it passed by Sunday, the Miami Herald reported, but largely spared the state, which was still seeing twice...
    Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to strengthen into a low-level hurricane before it makes landfall along the coast of the Carolinas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina. The storm’s maximum sustained winds reached 110 kph (68 mph) Monday afternoon but was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 Hurricane later in the day with winds of 119 kph (74 mph) or higher. Dark clouds and high surf produced by Tropical Storm Isaias can be seen as a man continues to fish on the beach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 3, 2020.North of the expected landfall area, tropical storm warnings were in effect as far...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Isaias is getting better organized and expected to make landfall Monday night at or near hurricane strength with dangerous winds and storm surge. Strong wind and heavy rain is forecast from the eastern Carolinas to the mid-Atlantic coast. At 5 p.m. Monday, the center of the storm was 60 miles south southeast of Charleston,  South Carolina. Maximum sustained winds are 70 mph.  Isaias is moving toward the north northeast near 16 mph. This general motion accompanied by a gradual increase in forward speed is expected through tonight followed by a further increase in the forward speed on Tuesday. Download The New CBS4 News App Here On the forecast track, the center of...
    WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) — A Maryland-based energy firm says it has completed its acquisition of a pellet plant in southeast Georgia. Enviva Partners of Bethesda, Maryland, previously announced that it would buy the Georgia Biomass plant in Waycross, as well as export terminal capacity that Georgia Biomass leases at the Port of Savannah. Enviva on Monday announced the completion of the deal. The Waycross plant began operating in 2011 and has a capacity of 800,000 metric tons per year. Enviva’s operations across the Southeast now include nine wood pellet production plants and five deep-water export terminals in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, the company said. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This...
    NHC Tropical Storm Isaias is nearing the United States coast. Read on to see live radar and maps of the storm, along with a map of its projected future path so you can track its approach to North Carolina. The storm is expected to strengthen back to a hurricane before making landfall.Live Streams, Trackers & Radars for Hurricane IsaiasThis first live radar below is from Windy.com. This radar is helpful for tracking the storm’s location live. You can press the + button on the right-side of the map to zoom in more closely. You can also move the map ahead in time to see where the storm is forecast to be headed. Google has a storm tracker here...
    Coronavirus pandemic creates Americas first female recession amid child care, unemployment woes The CDC Reports a Major Illness Outbreak in 34 States Tied to This Food South Carolina pulls in transfer WR from Tarleton State South Carolina is the latest football program to benefit from a lower level of the sport opting out of football this fall. © Getty Images In the middle of last month, the Western Athletic Conference — yes, the WAC — announced that it is delaying the start of fall sports, including football, because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Tarleton State was set to enter its first season in the FCS conference after moving up from Div. II. One member of the Texans won’t get to...
    By Myrtle Beach | Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Isaias was forecast to strike land as a minimal hurricane on Monday in the Carolinas, where coastal residents were warned to brace for flooding rains and storm surge. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina. Isaias was still a tropical storm at 11 a.m. EDT with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, but it was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane later Monday, with winds of 74 mph or more. “We are forecasting it to become a hurricane before it reaches the coast this evening,” senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown said. “It’s forecast to...
    BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of killing two people outside a Connecticut bar as authorities search for him in the Northeast and South. The marshals' Fugitive Task Force is looking for Russell Smith, of Windsor, Connecticut, who police say is wanted in connection with the fatal shootings of two brothers outside Elizabeth's Bar and Restaurant in Bloomfield on Feb. 22. The reward was announced Monday. Officials say Smith's last known location was in McDonough, Georgia, on July 31, and he has been known to visit people in New England, New York, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. Authorities say he may be...
    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to regain its hurricane strength on Monday as it moves up the East Coast of the United States and could make landfall in North Carolina or South Carolina by Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said. The forecast path showed the storm would continue churning up the coast and possibly soaking major cities such as Washington, Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday before moving into New England. "Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina tonight. Slow weakening is forecast after Isaias makes landfall in the Carolinas and moves across the U.S. mid-Atlantic region tonight and Tuesday," the hurricane center said...
    VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Isaias was forecast to become a hurricane Monday as it neared landfall in the Carolinas after bands of heavy rain from the tropical storm lashed Florida's east coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Surf City, North Carolina, in its 5 a.m. advisory. Tropical Storm Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and was expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 74 mph (119 kph) or more."We are forecasting it to become a hurricane before it reaches the coast this evening," senior hurricane specialist Daniel Brown said. "It's forecast to produce a dangerous storm surge, of 3 to 5 feet...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to restrengthen in a Category 1 hurricane on Monday as it approaches the Carolinas. At 5 a.m. Monday, the center of the storm was 115 east-southeast of Jacksonville. Isaias was moving toward the north near 9 mph. A turn the north and north-northeast along with an increase in forward speed is expected later Monday and Tuesday. Download The New CBS4 News App Here Some strengthening is anticipated on Monday, and Isaias is forecast to regain hurricane strength before it reaches the coast of northeastern South Carolina or southern North Carolina Monday night. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for: South Santee River South Carolina to Surf City...
    (CNN)After a weekend of storm preparation with utility crews being staged and shelters being opened in Florida, Tropical Storm Isaias is on track to impact the Carolinas, with storm warnings being extended as far north as Delaware early Monday morning.While Florida did not bare the brunt of the storm -- it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it glided off the eastern coast -- many counties and cities in the Sunshine state prepared to face a possible storm during the Covid-19 pandemic.Now coastal communities in the Carolinas could be in the track of the storm, with life threatening storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above ground level possible from Edisto Beach, South Carolina to Cape...
    By LILLIA CALLUM-PENSO, The Greenville News GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Restaurants continue to contend with COVID, and universities plan reopening strategies for the fall, but for culinary schools, which combine both elements, the landscape is particularly challenging. While program leaders across the state say enrollment is down, there is still a great need for hospitality education, but like everything else, it will look a little different in a COVID-19 world. In South Carolina, culinary schools changed quickly to add online and virtual elements to its classes, and they have spent the past few months honing and reframing everything from how they teach new health and safety protocol to how they prepare students for a culinary world that will likely require...
    BAKERSFIELD (CBSLA) — A Salmonella outbreak that has impacted dozens of states has been traced back to red onions from Bakersfield, Calif. The FDA says Thomson International, Inc. is recalling several varieties of onions because of the risk of cross contamination. Nearly 400 people have gotten sick. The cases were reported between June 19th and July 11th. The impacted states include Arizona, California, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young kids, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune...
    EDISTO BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Dozens of newly hatched sea turtles were recently found dead by a gas station at Edisto Beach, likely because white lights by the beach led the turtles toward land instead of the ocean, according to a conservationist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Sea turtles can mistake the light for the horizon and head towards the road instead of the ocean after hatching, Marine Turtle Conservation Coordinator Michelle Pate told WCSC-TV. “These are little two inch guys and gals that are coming out of the nest,” Pate said. “And they’ve got to make their way all the way to the Gulf Stream, and that’s a couple days of swimming for them. So they...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Isaias continues to bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds over the northwestern Bahamas. Tropical storm conditions are close to the east coast of Florida. At 8 a.m. Sunday, the center of the storm was 40 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach and 155 miles south-southeast of Cape Canaveral. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 8 mph. A general northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a north-northwestward motion tonight. A turn toward the north and north-northeast is anticipated on Monday and Tuesday with an increase in forward speed. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near or over the east coast of Florida Sunday through late Sunday night. Download The New...
    Thousands to evacuate as fire grows in SoCal Ground beef recall 2020: JBS Food Canada recalls more than 38,000 pounds of meat Old Dominion to make $1.5 million for 2024 game vs. South Carolina, the Monarchs’ biggest-ever single-game payday © Getty Images Old Dominion has added another game to its future football slates.  And a hefty payday in the process. Late this past week, Old Dominion announced it has reached an agreement with South Carolina on a 2024 football game.  The game will, of course, be played at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.  While no time has been set, it will take place on Aug. 31 in the Palmetto State. That game will mark the first-ever meeting between the Monarchs...
    SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — Two people have survived after a small plane crashed Saturday in a swampy area of South Carolina. The Sumter Fire Department, sheriff's office and emergency services division responded to a location between Highway 15 and Highway 401 in Sumter. Fire Department Division Chief Joey Duggan said a twin-engine Piper PA-31 went down around 10 a.m. The two people on board where taken to Prisma Health Tourmey Hospital for treatment of their injuries, Duggan said. No other information was immediately available on their condition. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, news outlets reported. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South Carolina
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A fugitive from North Carolina was killed in a shoot out with police in a South Miami-Dade home. It happened around 1:30 a.m. in a residence in the 25000 block of SW 147th Avenue. Download The New CBS4 News App Here When police went to arrest the 56-year-old man, he reported barricaded himself in the home. A Special Response Team (SRT) along with the hostage negotiators were called to the scene. A trying several times to get the man to surrender, SRT officers stormed into the home. When they did, police say the man shot at them, striking one officer on his ballistic vest. Police said there was an exchange of gunfire and the...
    Seven people were killed Friday after two planes collided in midair south of Anchorage, Alaska, state troopers said. The sole occupant of one of the planes was Alaska House Speaker Gary Knopp. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and an unidentified aircraft collided in midair around 8:30 a.m. Two FAA inspectors were sent to the scene to investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine a cause.  Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy said investigators would have the "full cooperation" of the state, Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA reported.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Part of Sterling Highway in Soldotna, Alaska, was closed due to falling debris, but the majority of the wreckage was...
    TWO planes collided midair on Friday killing seven people including an Alaska lawmaker. The crash occurred near an airport in Soldotna, leaving no survivors Alaska State Troopers said in a statement. Gary Knopp, an Alaskan State Rep. piloted one of the planes. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Most read in NewsToo Sexy for Twitch?Did Lana's bikini get husband Rusev kicked off Twitch?BLOODBATHFamily killed in murder-suicide pictured after dad 'shot wife, three kids & dog'PRES CLAIMSBill Clinton flew to Epstein 'orgy island' with 'two young girls', docs claimWALKING FREENo charges for white ex-cop who shot Black teen Michael Brown, prosecutor saysINTIMATE DETAILSVirginia Giuffre describes Ghislaine's breasts & privates in court docsTHE FUGITIVESCops hunt 'murderer'...
    By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As officials grapple with ways to carry out November’s general election amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina Democrats are again taking legal action to challenge limits on absentee voting, warning that poll workers and voters “are headed for calamity” unless changes are made. “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the orderly conduct of the November general election by diminishing the number of election workers willing to expose themselves to certain harm and the number of available polling locations willing to welcome the public,” attorneys for the state Democratic Party wrote Friday in a petition with the South Carolina Supreme Court taking action against state House Speaker Jay Lucas. “Current election procedures are...
    Clemson Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Clemson football wishes the Palmetto Bowl wasn’t canceled for 2020 season.Clemson football will have to look for another guaranteed victory in the non-conference now. With the SEC going conference-only for the 2020 college football season, that means the four in-state rivalries between ACC and SEC schools will not be played this year. Florida won’t play Florida State, Georgia won’t play Georgia Tech, Kentucky won’t play Louisville and Clemson won’t play South Carolina. That means the Palmetto Bowl isn’t happening. Per Clemson University athletic director Dan Radakovich, “Clemson aggressively lobbied the ACC to include an additional non-conference game for the primary purpose of maintaining our long-standing rivalry game with South Carolina.”...
    In the parking lot of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, South Carolina, construction workers have been working around the clock to erect a series of inflatable white and blue medical tents as doctors inside scramble to contain the wave of coronavirus patients.  The rural hospital, which serves a population twice the size of Rhode Island, is nearly full, forcing officials to ask the National Guard to erect the state’s first field hospital, comprising four tents to provide overflow capacity for at least a dozen virus patients at a time.  While the alternative care site won’t be usable for up to three weeks, Regional Medical Center President and CEO Charles Williams said the precautionary measure is necessary as the state continues...
    Kirby Smart, Georgia Bulldogs, (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) The nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback for 2022 will commit to either Georgia or South Carolina. Though the focus for Kirby Smart and his coaching staff at Georgia remains on the 2021 class, that doesn’t mean the Bulldogs haven’t been putting in major work on 2022 players as well. With recruitment, getting out to players as early as possible is the name of the game. That’s been the exact case with 5-star quarterback Gunner Stockton. The Tiger, Ga. signal-caller has picked up more than 20 offers throughout his recruitment and is ranked the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback for his class. Despite his National Signing Day still being well over a year...
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced new restrictions and new openings Wednesday to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He also called on local governments to pass mask ordinances. Event venues, festivals, theaters, stadiums, concert halls and similar venues are permitted to open, effective Monday, Aug. 3, as long as they follow state guidelines. “You can’t keep businesses closed forever,” McMaster said at Wednesday's news briefing, explaining that many such businesses have been closed since April. “The last ones that we’re lifting restrictions on have been closed for a long time. Now is the right time.” Attendance at such venues may not exceed 50 percent of the venue’s capacity, and masks are required to be worn. Social...
    Lindsey Graham’s Democratic Senate opponent, Jaime Harrison, slammed the South Carolina Republican for his 180-degree conversion from Trump critic to cheerleader, likening the flip-flop to “a live version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. During an appearance on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Harrison, a former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, decried Graham for his failure to do a single town hall in three years while taking every opportunity to golf or dine with President Donald Trump. In an internal poll released by Harrison earlier this week, he was down by only two points — within the margin of error — to Graham, 41% to 43%. “In 2016, Lindsey Graham was a vocal critic of then candidate Trump,” Lemon noted....
    Ed Orgeron, LSU Tigers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) What is the biggest trap game on LSU football’s schedule this season? LSU football can repeat as national champions, but the Bayou Bengals must avoid the trap game. Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers should be one of the 10 best teams in the country again in 2020. While they might be closer to No. 10 than No. 1, as they lost so much talent to the NFL Draft and key coaches to better jobs, LSU is certainly capable of playing in a New Year’s Six bowl and contending for another SEC West title. From there, it’s all about matchups in the College Football Playoff push. As we look at LSU’s 2020...
    Roger Sollenberger July 29, 2020 7:26PM (UTC) Sen. Lindsey Graham's campaign posted a Facebook ad last week featuring an image of his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison — who is Black — with a digitally darkened skin tone.  The image, which was originally published in the New York Times, relocates Harrison from a brightly-lit professional background to a dark background that is nondescript. Harrison, whose skin is noticeably darker, is juxtaposed with comedian Kathy Griffin, who is white and has red hair. Another more faint image of Harrison floats above her head.  : "Hollywood continues to bankroll my opponent, raising tens of thousands in campaign cash to attack me, but they fail to understand this simple fact: South Carolinians won't stand for Radical Leftists...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the fair announced Wednesday that they will be holding a drive-thru fair event on Oct. 20 and 21 at the fairgrounds in Columbia. Organizers say the event will be heavy on “unique, car-friendly attractions that highlight South Carolina’s agriculture, history, arts and culture.” Large-scale gatherings remain shut down across South Carolina as the coronavirus outbreak continues. As recently as June, officials...
    By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the fair announced Wednesday that they will be holding a drive-thru fair event on Oct. 20 and 21 at the fairgrounds in Columbia. Organizers say the event will be heavy on “unique, car-friendly attractions that highlight South Carolina’s agriculture, history, arts and culture.” Large-scale gatherings remain shut down across South Carolina as the coronavirus outbreak continues....
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There will be no rides or rows of games like ring toss, basketball or Whac-a-Mole, but officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the fair announced Wednesday that they will be holding a drive-thru fair event on Oct. 20 and 21 at the fairgrounds in Columbia. Organizers say the event will be heavy on “unique, car-friendly attractions that highlight South Carolina’s agriculture, history, arts and culture.” Large-scale gatherings remain shut down across South Carolina as the coronavirus outbreak continues. As recently as June, officials...
    Democrat Jaime Harrison hit Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRepublican senators revolt over coronavirus proposal McConnell wants FBI money out of coronavirus bill GOP senators question inclusion of FBI funding in coronavirus bill MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday for running a Facebook ad that features an apparently darkened image of the Senate hopeful, suggesting that the ad carries racist undertones.  “Lindsey Graham is playing a part in a 400-year history of an Old South that had no room for people who looked like me,” Harrison, who is Black, said in a statement, later adding that “Lindsey Graham might have darkened my face — but it’s Lindsey who the people of South Carolina can’t recognize.” The ad, which began running on July 23 and cost...
    (CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham's reelection campaign posted an advertisement to Facebook earlier this month featuring a digitally altered image of his opponent -- who is Black -- with a darker skin tone.The campaign ad, uploaded to Graham's Facebook on July 23, includes an image of his Senate rival Jaime Harrison that was originally published in the New York Times. The version of the image in Graham's ad, however, shows Harrison surrounded by a dark, portrait-style background effect with a notably darker skin tone. "Hollywood continues to bankroll my opponent, raising tens of thousands in campaign cash to attack me -- but they fail to understand this simple fact: South Carolinians won't stand for Radical Leftists telling them how to think and...
    A South Carolina dog was reunited with its owners two weeks after it jumped out of a moving car near Charleston, a local ABC News station reported Sunday. Spectacularly, the dog was returned to his 90-year-old owner from 500 miles south in Miami, the owner’ son, Tim Whitfield, told ABC 4. The dog, named Belle, is owned by Shirley Whitfield, who bought Belle after her previous dog of 16 years had died, according to ABC 4. (RELATED: Stolen Dog Returned After Owner Hired A Plane To Fly Banner Searching For Him) WATCH: Belle had been caught in traffic when a driver stopped and grabbed the dog fearing for her safety. The people who picked her up were traveling from Charleston...
    Kanye West has submitted petitions with 1,327 signatures to get on the ballot for New Jersey in his latest bid for the White House, the same day he was in apparent crisis his wife following a disastrous campaign rally in South Carolina on July 19.  The rapper exceeded the requirement of at least 800 signatures and submitted on deadline day in order to appear as an independent candidate in the Garden State, TMZ reported. Although it was believed West is running under the Birthday Party, the term 'slogan pending' appears on his state document alongside the other independent parties that have signed up to challenge President Donald Trump on November 3.  Those parties include the Alliance Party, Constitution Party, Green Party, Libertarian Party,...
    SOUTH CAROLINA (WABC) -- Kanye West's bid to appear on the New Jersey ballot for president is full steam ahead.West has submitted petitions Monday, with 1,327 signatures in his quest for a presidential run.In the Garden State, the requirement for Independent candidates to file for president is 800 signatures. West surpassed that, but from now until July 31 at 5 p.m., there's an objection period where someone can challenge the validity of individual signatures submitted. If there are no objections, West gets a place on the ballot.West's first campaign event took place in South Carolina since announcing plans to run for president.EMBED More News Videos The rally is scheduled to take place in South Carolina with attendance limited to registered...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — About a third of the students in South Carolina's largest school district don't plan to attend school in person next school year, taking advantage of a robust online program offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 23,000 of the 77,000 students in the Greenville County School District picked its virtual program, which requires a yearlong commitment to staying outside a school building, officials said Tuesday. Many districts in the state have experimented with virtual schools before, but the COVID-19 pandemic has them suddenly blossoming as an education alternative, especially for parents worries about sending their children into a school building full of people. And while the nearly two-month long spike in...
    Democrat Jaime Harrison’s (S.C.) Senate campaign released an internal poll on Monday finding him in a statistical tie with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House, Congress talk next coronavirus relief bill as COVID-19 continues to surge VOA visa decision could hobble Venezuela coverage GOP may face choice on tax cut or stimulus checks MORE (R-S.C.). The survey, conducted by veteran Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher, finds Graham at 43 percent and Harrison at 41 percent. That’s within the survey’s 3.5 point margin of error. The poll found that 51 percent of voters disapprove of the job Graham is doing. About 33 percent of South Carolina voters said Graham deserves to be reelected, with 59 percent saying it’s time for someone new....
    MIAMI – A pet dog that jumped out of a car window on a South Carolina highway has been found two weeks later, nearly 600 miles (966 kilometers) away in Miami, according to a relative of the owner. The dog named Belle escaped from the moving car near Charleston on July 15, according to Tim Whitfield, whose 90-year-old mother owns Belle. Whitfield put out a call for help on Facebook at the time and said that he bought the puppy for his mother after her dog of 16 years recently died. She was “heartbroken" after hearing the dog was lost, Whitfield added. I hate to keep asking for favors, but tonight, my Mom’s little dog jumped out of the rear...
    MIAMI (AP) — A pet dog that jumped out of a car window on a South Carolina highway has been found two weeks later, nearly 600 miles (966 kilometers) away in Miami, according to a relative of the owner. The dog named Belle escaped from the moving car near Charleston on July 15, according to Tim Whitfield, whose 90-year-old mother owns Belle. Whitfield put out a call for help on Facebook at the time and said that he bought the puppy for his mother after her dog of 16 years recently died. She was “heartbroken" after hearing the dog was lost, Whitfield added. After nearly two weeks of searching, Whitfield learned over the weekend that a car of Florida residents...
    FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Organizers for the annual South Carolina Pecan Festival said this year’s gathering will be cancelled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Organizers held off on cancelling the festival for as long as possible to see if daily reported COVID-19 cases would decrease in the state, The Florence Morning News reported. But cases have continued to rise in the state since Memorial Day. The event, originally scheduled for Nov. 6 this year, usually draws 50,000 people to downtown Florence. “Like an old pecan tree, the drastic cutting back can result in tremendous new growth and restoration of balance," festival chairman George D. Jebaily said. “Our S.C. Pecan Festival committee plans to use this time to continue...
    AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child who is believed to have accidentally shot himself. Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables said it happened at the child’s home in Graniteville around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the Aiken Standard reported. The boy was identified as Jamarious Rogers. He was pronounced dead a hospital around 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Ables said an autopsy was planned. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South Carolina
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina pushed past 80,000 Sunday. The increase of 1,412 is the fewest new cases in more than two weeks, according to numbers released by the Department of Health and Environmental Control. Weekend numbers can sometimes vary because of delayed reporting. The number of new deaths confirmed from the respiratory illness rose by 25 to 1,436. More than 700,000 tests have now been conducted in the state. Of the 7,500 total tests reported Sunday, 15.6% were positive. That's lower than in recent days, but South Carolina continues to have one of the highest positivity rates among the states, a key indicator that the state may not be doing enough...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Highway Patrol says three people died before dawn Sunday in a wreck near Columbia. The driver and two passengers in a Dodge Ram pickup died after the truck hit a tree in dense retail area along U.S. 1 near Interstate 77 on the north side of Columbia, Master Trooper Brian Lee told news outlets. The truck ran off the left side of the road and smashed into a tree, Lee said. Troopers didn't immediately release a cause of the wreck. The Richland County Coroner’s Office will publicly identify the crash victims after notifying the families and performing autopsies. None of the three people in the truck was wearing a seat belt, according to...
    By SAMANTHA SWANN, The Herald-Journal SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A new mural, courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County, has joined the city’s growing collection of public art. The mural, entitled “Determined: A Tribute to Angelina and Sarah Grimké,” celebrates the South Carolina sisters who were both abolitionists and suffragists as well as the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment in August. It can be seen on the Henry Street facing wall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg. Karen Mitchell, president of the League of Women Voters of Spartanburg County said the Grimké sisters came to mind almost immediately when the league began planning their centennial celebration last year. Angelina and Sarah...
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The confirmed COVID-19 death toll in South Carolina increased by 74 Saturday to 1,412, the state’s largest one-day increase in reported deaths related to the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The total number of confirmed cases reported in the state reached 79,674 according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, an increase of 1,368. South Carolina currently isn’t providing daily hospitalization reports. The state says that since Wednesday, hospitals have been making a change to a new federal reporting system and that there are inaccuracies in reporting as the hospitals make the transition. “Once DHEC is able to verify the information the hospitals are reporting as part of this new system is accurate...
    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A man who shot and killed a father and daughter while deer hunting in South Carolina was charged with negligently using his gun, authorities said. Sean Peterson faces two counts of negligent use of a firearm while engaged in hunting that resulted in death, South Carolina Department of Resources spokesman Robert McCullough told WCSC-TV. Peterson was hunting in an area near Walterboro on Jan. 1 when he shot and killed 30-year-old Kim Drawdy and his 9-year-old daughter, Lauren, investigators said. The father and daughter were mistaken for deer as they trying to drive the animals into an area where they could be hunted, authorities said at the time of the deaths. Wildlife officials didn't release additional...
    A WNBA star has written a powerful essay to in which she details how she has been 'angry and humiliated and belittled and unheard' through her life — but she's not letting it stop her from making herself heard. A'ja Wilson, 23, is a forward for the Las Vegas Aces — but the road to success has been a difficult one, paved with both overt and covert racism. In a new essay for The Players' Tribune this week, the University of South Carolina alum got candid about her own experiences, telling Black girls that she sees them and recognizes that they 'just want to be seen as human beings in this world.' Speaking out: WNBA star A'ja Wilson, 23, wrote a powerful...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson University officials said Friday the college could lose more than $100 million because of the COVID-19 pandemic while insisting the school is in good enough financial shape to survive the budget blow. Officials also told trustees that even though in-person classes are being delayed for about a month, they are determined to have safe, face-to-face classes in the fall semester, although classes will be taught so they can also immediately go fully online if the pandemic gets worse. Provost Bob Jones showed the virtual Board of Trustees meeting a classroom for a large lecture course being put together over basketball courts at a gym with desks all 6 feet (2...
    BAY MINETTE, Ala. – A man accused of killing his wife and burying her in a shallow grave in South Carolina, then imprisoning a teenage family member, was arrested in Alabama, authorities announced. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office took Dionicia Nava Abarca, 42, into custody at a highway gas station in Bay Minette early Sunday, the agency said in a statement obtained by news outlets Thursday. Abarca was charged with the unlawful imprisonment of his 17-year-old nephew after a deputy approached a car at the closed business, and the teen driver told the officer he was being forced to take Abarca from South Carolina to Texas, officials said. The body of Abarca's wife, Alisia Campos Garcia, 37, was discovered Sunday...
    BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and burying her in a shallow grave in South Carolina, then imprisoning a teenage family member, was arrested in Alabama, authorities announced. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office took Dionicia Nava Abarca, 42, into custody at a highway gas station in Bay Minette early Sunday, the agency said in a statement obtained by news outlets Thursday. Abarca was charged with the unlawful imprisonment of his 17-year-old nephew after a deputy approached a car at the closed business, and the teen driver told the officer he was being forced to take Abarca from South Carolina to Texas, officials said. The body of Abarca's wife, Alisia Campos Garcia, 37, was then...
    Kanye West is reportedly refusing to see his wife Kim Kardashian. The All Day hitmaker, 43, has sparked concern in recent days with a string of erratic social media posts and a bizarre appearance at a rally for his presidential campaign in South Carolina - during which he wept hysterically. Following his shocking claim that the couple had planned to abort their eldest child and criticised activist Harriet Tubman - it's now been claimed he's had very little communication with the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 39, this week. Tough times: Kanye West is reportedly refusing to see his wife Kim Kardashian Sources told TMZ that Kim has made attempts to talk to her husband about his mental...
    South Carolina’s business community is calling for safe harbor liability protections for businesses operating in good faith during the coronavirus pandemic. Both of South Carolina’s neighbors, Georgia and North Carolina, have passed COVID-19-related liability protection legislation. “South Carolina is at a competitive disadvantage when you look at other states that have implemented proposals, and we have still yet to act,” Ted Pitts, president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, told The Center Square. Gov. Henry McMaster joined 20 other Republican governors Tuesday in a letter urging Congressional leadership to include liability protections in the next round of federal coronavirus relief funding. The letter asked that health care workers, businesses and schools that make good faith efforts...