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S.C. governor directs officials to release virus cases by ZIP code

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has directed South Carolina's health department to begin publicly disclosing confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code, a level of information specificity … more

Sumter may see almost 600 cases of virus by May

Michelle Logan-Owens has seen a lot in her medical career in Sumter. This coronavirus is different. Joining Tuomey Hospital 27 years ago and becoming CEO in 2015, since she took the helm the hospital has been through the 1,000-year flood that … more

S.C. will give 1st responders virus data to keep them safe

COLUMBIA - South Carolina public health officials are creating a statewide database of addresses of known positive COVID-19 cases, a secure tool only made available to first responders who have argued the information could help protect … more

S.C. officials defend limited data release as COVID-19 spreads

COLUMBIA - As businesses considered nonessential close across South Carolina to fight the coronavirus, state health officials are coming under increased scrutiny about information it isn't gathering or releasing about the spread of the virus. For … more

S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs warns of coronavirus scams

SUBMITTED BY S.C. DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRSCOLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams. No … more

A Q&A about filing for unemployment in South Carolina during COVID-19

With the number of people applying for unemployment rising daily, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce offers the following questions and answers:   Q. If someone can’t … more

S.C. cities defy state on restrictions as virus cases rise

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor is aiming to protect first responders during the new coronavirus outbreak, ordering that anyone calling 911 be asked if anyone near them has … more

S.C. health chief takes medical leave amid virus outbreak; Rep. Cunningham has virus

COLUMBIA (AP) — The chief of South Carolina's public health agency is taking temporary medical leave to combat high blood pressure, an absence officials said would not affect response to the … more

State parks close for 2 days to retool to fight virus

COLUMBIA - All state parks in South Carolina are closing Wednesday and Thursday as officials figure out and implement new policies to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the 47 state parks across South Carolina were busier than … more

New statue brings a legacy to Florence

By MATTHEW CHRISTIAN The Morning News FLORENCE - It took a trip to New York City for Florence City Councilman George D. Jebaily to learn about William H. Johnson. Jebaily spoke about a 1995 trip to the Big Apple as the city unveiled a … more

South Carolina Boeing worker tests positive for virus

COLUMBIA (AP) — An employee at Boeing's South Carolina production facility has tested positive for COVID-19, the company said Monday.Boeing spokeswoman Libba Holland said that the employee was … more

USDA designates 8 S.C. counties as primary natural disaster areas; Emergency support to producers in surrounding counties, border states also available

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated eight South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Anderson, Calhoun, Greenville, Lexington, Orangeburg, Pickens, Richland and Spartanburg counties who suffered losses due to … more

Orangeburg to pay $750,000 over false arrest claim

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina city has agreed to pay $750,000 to a man who sued over being jailed for more than four months on charges that he hit an officer, even though a police supervisor said the accusation wasn't true. The settlement for … more

Governor announces closure of all South Carolina public schools

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina's governor on Sunday announced temporary closures for schools across the state as more cases of the new coronavirus continue to emerge.Speaking at a news … more

U.S. government OKs letting S.C. tribe build N.C. casino

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) - The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has received permission from the federal government to build a casino and resort on land over the border in North Carolina. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved in … more

This month in S.C. history: March 1825, Joel Poinsett was appointed Minister to Mexico

Joel Roberts Poinsett was born in Charleston in 1779 and schooled in England. In 1797, he began medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland, but returned to Charleston after the first year. In Charleston, he studied law for a short time and then set off … more

McElveen's bill would charge $140M to take TVA coal ash

COLUMBIA - Less than a week after the Tennessee Valley Authority said it was looking at out-of-state sites to move millions of tons of coal ash, a South Carolina senator filed a bill that would charge the federal utility hundreds of millions of … more

State agrees to ignore its law on talk of gay relationships in sex ed

South Carolina education officials have agreed not to enforce part of their own state law that bans sex education teachers from mentioning any relationships other than heterosexual ones - unless the talk involves sexually transmitted … more

S.C. House OKs extra money for roads, teachers, tax relief

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina House passed the state's $10 billion budget Wednesday, putting additional money into teacher salaries, roads, safety at state prisons and tax relief and rebates. The House finished work on the spending plan a day … more

S.C. House rejects raises for all state workers in $10B budget

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina House Democrats warned their Republican colleagues who killed proposals Tuesday to give state employees an across-the-board raise that they are going to keep losing good workers. They also hinted those remaining may … more
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