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House speaker seeks to hear from teachers

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina needs to continue to take more steps to overhaul education or risk falling behind other Southern states, House Speaker Jay Lucas said Tuesday. So while the state Senate plans to debate early in the 2020 session the … more

Lucky break helps teen survive stingray strike

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - The expression "timing is everything" couldn't be more true for Levi Dixon, a Bluffton 18-year-old who had an unusual - and nearly fatal - encounter with a stingray. Dixon, who works for Sea Monkeys Watersports on Hilton Head … more

Jury sentences man to death for killing his 5 children in '14

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina father was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his five children with his own hands. After they were dead, he drove around with their bodies for nine days before dumping them in garbage bags on the side of an Alabama … more

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Church vandalized, graves desecrated at another WALHALLA - Authorities in South Carolina's westernmost county are searching for those responsible for vandalizing one church and desecrating graves at another. WYFF-TV reports the Oconee County … more

Mother of slain children asks jury to spare ex-husband's life

COLUMBIA (AP) - The mother of five children who were killed by their father stunned a South Carolina courtroom Tuesday by asking the jury to spare her ex-husband's life. "He did not show my children any mercy by any means. But my kids loved him, … more

S.C. funeral home to honor unclaimed veteran

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina funeral home is asking people to come to the funeral of a 75-year-old Navy veteran who has no family to claim him. Caughman Harman Funeral Home said the funeral for Petty Officer Third Class James Miske will be 10 … more

Grandmother of man who killed 5 children asks to spare his life

COLUMBIA (AP) - The grandmother of a man who killed his five children asked a jury Monday to spare his life for the murders because her family has seen so much death and sadness. Roberta Thornsberry testified that along with losing her five … more

Beginning July 1, South Carolina drivers will see increase on gas prices

FROM STAFF REPORTS South Carolina consumers will soon see an increase at the gas pump. According to a news release from S.C. Department of Revenue, South Carolina's Motor Fuel User Fee will increase from 20 cents to 22 cents per gallon … more

Mercy or death? Jury takes up dad's fate for killing 5 kids

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina father convicted of killing his five young children should die for the murders because he made them suffer in a carefully thought out plan to avoid prison, prosecutors said Thursday. But a lawyer for Timothy Jones Jr. … more

U.S. Supreme Court turns down former S.C. officer's appeal in shooting case

COLUMBIA (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a former South Carolina policeman sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the shooting death of an unarmed motorist who was running away from a traffic stop. In a notice … more

This month in S.C. History: 1st Marine Guards are posted at Port Royal on June 26, 1891

FROM THE S.C. HISTORICAL SOCIETY Parris Island, in Port Royal Harbor, served as a Navy base for the Union throughout the Civil War. In 1882, Congress established a naval storehouse and coaling dock on the island. Then, on June 26, 1891, a marine … more

Jury finds S.C. father guilty of killing his 5 children, prosecutor seeks death penalty

COLUMBIA (AP) - A jury found a South Carolina father guilty of murder Tuesday in the deaths of his five young children, allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty. The Lexington County jury considered the case for about six hours over two … more

Prosecutor: S.C. father charged with killing 5 children is evil man who wanted revenge

COLUMBIA (AP) - Timothy Jones Jr. was a selfish, evil man who wanted to inflict revenge on the mother of his five children and tried to hide their bodies after killing them, a prosecutor said Monday in closing statements in his death penalty … more

Look out for manatees while boating, visiting the coast this summer

As manatees return to their summer haunts along the coast, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are reminding residents and visitors to be particularly alert while boating and to report … more

Shoes that fell off freighter in 2018 could hit beaches

CHARLESTON - Looking to score a nice new set of flip flops or running shoes this summer? Head to the beach. Scrape off the barnacles. Wipe off the slime. These beauties could be right off the boat - the Maersk Shanghai that lost containers full … more

Democratic official gets party backing for Graham challenge

COLUMBIA (AP) - A top Democratic National Committee official got major party backing Thursday in his challenge to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, support that brings with it the promise of help with fundraising and grassroots organizing … more

S.C. governor touts lawmakers' cooperation in budget vetoes

COLUMBIA - As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster makes selective use of his budget veto power, he's following through on a pledge to cooperate with state lawmakers if they worked with him. McMaster on Wednesday rejected just 28 items worth $41 … more

Review of Lee prison riot probe may finish soon

BISHOPVILLE (AP) - Prosecutors may be close to completing their review of an investigation of a riot at a South Carolina prison that left seven inmates dead. South Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Chrysti Shain told The Greenville … more

DHEC working to limit spread of hepatitis A

Although South Carolina is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, it is mild compared with the widespread outbreaks in other states, some of which have reported cases in the hundreds and even thousands. We want to keep it that way, which is why the … more

Woman charged in death of a child deleted texts after fatal shootout

LEXINGTON (AP) - Arrest warrants say a woman charged in the death of an 8-year-old boy during a home invasion deleted text messages from her phone shortly after the shootout. Authorities said 23-year-old Linda Lyn Monette planned to have someone … more
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