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Fort Jackson welcomes visitors to learn about Army training on Feb. 13

SUBMITTED FORT JACKSON - Fort Jackson commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. invites visitors to an up-close tour of Fort Jackson, basic training and its soldiers on Feb. 13. Fort Jackson will host a five-hour "Come Meet Your Army" tour to … more

Tax liens stall S.C. governor's Public Safety leader choice

COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Henry McMaster's choice to lead the South Carolina Department of Safety failed to properly pay his taxes in years past, a disclosure that stalled the nomination Tuesday. North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said the … more

Bill would raise age to get out of S.C. jury duty to 75

COLUMBIA (AP) - A state senator wants to raise the age someone can get out of jury duty in South Carolina from 65 to 75. Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey is sponsoring the bill because people are living longer and healthier lives. "Jurors … more

Clemson sets 2020 S.C. cotton, peanut meetings for Jan. 28, 30

by CLEMSON EXTENSION SANTEE - Southeast farmers can learn tips to maximize profitability of cotton and peanut crops at annual meetings planned by the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service this month. The annual South Carolina Cotton … more

Alzheimer's Association, DHEC share tips to reduce risk of cognitive decline

The Alzheimer's Association South Carolina Chapter is joining forces with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to urge residents to take brain health seriously in 2020. Growing evidence indicates that people can … more

Democratic Party unity gets boost in effort to unseat Lindsey Graham

COLUMBIA (AP) - As South Carolina Democrats seek to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, their party unity got a boost Wednesday when one of their candidates dropped out to support the campaign of a former state party chairman. In a news conference … more

S.C. supporters of abortion restrictions vow to keep fighting

COLUMBIA (AP) — Supporters of a bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Carolina want some leaders in the South Carolina Senate to know they won't let the proposal quietly … more

South Carolina Forestry Commission launches wildfire smartphone app

SUBMITTED The South Carolina Forestry Commission has released a smartphone app that allows residents, media and fire departments to view current wildfires and burn notifications, check the latest fire weather, receive push notifications about … more

Education debate previewed on day 1 of S.C. Senate

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina Senate spent its first day of the 2020 session Tuesday preparing for what could be a long and contentious debate about education. Senators voted to place a 60-plus-page education bill passed by the House last … more

This Month in South Carolina History: State ratified the Bill of Rights 230 Years Ago

During the debates concerning the Constitution, a major issue was the lack of a bill of rights that limited the federal government's power. Federalists, who favored a strong national government, argued that a bill of rights was unnecessary because … more

Lots of tax relief, raises in Gov. McMaster's new budget plan

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to give back nearly a quarter of the state's almost $2 billion surplus through rebate checks based on how much tax someone pays and a … more

Safe zone for homeless tents faces uphill climb

SPARTANBURG - Andrew Stanga lived in a tattered and torn tent off St. John's Street in downtown Spartanburg. While the shabby shell let rainwater in and was hardly thick enough to shield against cold weather, it was the only shelter the homeless … more

Employees on S.C. health plan can get virtual urgent care

COLUMBIA (AP) - The Medical University of South Carolina is providing free urgent care visits online for people on the state's health care plan. People needing medical care for things like colds, stomach viruses and other minor ailments can go to … more

McMaster wants to expand pre-K statewide

COLUMBIA (AP) - Gov. Henry McMaster wants to expand full-day pre-kindergarten for low-income 4-year-olds to every school district across South Carolina. The program was created in 2006 in response to a lawsuit by poorer, more rural school … more

Former Florence sheriff admits stealing money, avoids prison

COLUMBIA - A former South Carolina sheriff pleaded guilty Wednesday to committing crimes while in office, becoming the 10th sheriff to do so in the past decade. But like four of those other former lawmen, he won't spend any time in … more

Florida man charged with murder in death of Florence officer

FLORENCE (AP) - A Florida man has been charged with murder and additional crimes in the death of a South Carolina airport public safety officer. James Edward Bell, 37, of Homestead, Florida, was charged Monday with murder, discharging a firearm … more

Virtual reality lets visitors see Table Rock summit

PICKENS (AP) - A virtual reality project is letting people experience a tough hike at a South Carolina state park in a matter of minutes and without taking a step. Many people aren't able to make the strenuous 3.6-mile trek that climbs 2,000 feet … more

Charleston students to collect data for climate study thanks to grant

CHARLESTON (AP) - Students at two Charleston County elementary schools will have the opportunity to collect data and help scientists at NASA and NOAA who are analyzing data for an international climate change study. A $2,500 Department of Health … more

North Charleston man finds his stolen dog dead alongside a highway

NORTH CHARLESTON (AP) - A man whose dog was stolen during a truck theft in South Carolina found his beloved pet's body alongside a highway. Ben Brengle found the body of his 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever mix named Bella early Sunday, … more

Columbia's history being retold with eye on humanity for all

COLUMBIA - Historic Columbia's leadership had a choice to make in 2014. Do they continue to tell stories of the city's past in the same way, or was a recalibration needed to ensure all sides are presented? The occasion was a … more
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