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Insanity case begins for man accused of killing 5 kids

COLUMBIA (AP) - Lawyers defending a father charged with killing his five children turned Wednesday to brain science and their client's odd statements to try to spare him from a possible death sentence. The insanity defense case for Timothy Jones … more

Mom of 5 slain children sobs on stand at ex-husband's trial

COLUMBIA (AP) - The mother of five slain children fell into heaving sobs during the death penalty trial of her ex-husband. Amber Kyzer frequently wiped away tears during her hour of testimony Monday at the Lexington County Courthouse. When a … more

S.C. Rep. Young honored as kind and hardworking

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina House has draped the desk of a member who died during the weekend in a black drape with a yellow rose. Rep. Ronnie Young died Sunday. House Speaker Jay Lucas said the Republican from North Augusta had cancer and … more

Police: Boy killed in drug robbery set up by woman

LEXINGTON (AP) - Authorities said a shooting that killed an 8-year-old boy in his South Carolina home was part of a robbery arranged by someone living in the house. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said 23-year-old Linda Lyn Monette planned to … more

Dad who shot daughter through door arrested for drugs

GREENVILLE (AP) - Authorities in South Carolina said a Greenville man who mistook his daughter for a potential intruder and killed her has been arrested on drug charges. Greenville County deputies said officers responding to the early Sunday … more

Store clerk killer is 1st in S.C. sent to death row since 2014

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina's death row is getting its first new prisoner in more than five years after a jury sentenced a man to death for the shooting of a store clerk during a robbery. Jerome Jenkins did not dispute he killed Balla … more

Women's prison tries to create community behind bars

By ADAM BENSON The Index Journal of Greenwood GREENWOOD - In one of the largest areas of Leath Correctional Institution, the cacophony of sewing machines is almost enough to drown out sounds of inmate laughter and conversation. As women in … more

Greenville Sheriff: Mom charged with dumping daughter in '90, dumped son in '89

COLUMBIA (AP) - A South Carolina mother already facing a murder charge for abandoning her baby daughter in 1990 is now charged with dumping the body of her infant son nearly a year earlier. DNA tests determined the two babies had the same mother … more

Southern half of S.C. in mild drought

CHARLESTON (AP) - The southern half of South Carolina, from Orangeburg County on down, has entered the state's mildest drought stage. The area has suffered below-average rainfall during the last 60 days, experts said. State climate officials … more

S.C. teen reported missing found dead

GREER (AP) - A teen reported missing has been found dead after it appears he was struck by a Norfolk Southern train near the Greer Mill community in South Carolina. The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports Greer Police Department spokesman Lt. … more

Lee inmates charged with blackmail in sextortion of Army veteran before suicide

Two South Carolina prison inmates were charged Friday with blackmail in connection with a sextortion scam that targeted Army veteran Jared Johns of Greenville shortly before he killed himself on Sept. 11, 2018. The charges against John William … more

Jury to decide: Dad kills 5 in rage or is he mentally ill?

COLUMBIA - A South Carolina father facing a death penalty trial in the slayings of his five children exploded in a selfish rage after his son ruined an electrical outlet and then spent days driving around with their bodies, trying to figure out … more

SCDPS warns drivers of unpredictable in new campaign, joins forces with local law enforcement

FROM STAFF REPORTS In preparation for the "100 Deadly Days of Summer," the historically dangerous time to travel between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is kicking off its Buckle Up, South Carolina, … more

Session ends: Ridesharing safety, dozens of other bills pass

COLUMBIA.(AP) — Dozens of bills passed the South Carolina House and Senate before the regular session was gaveled to a close Thursday, though key issues such as education reform and management of … more

8 S.C. counties to observe Confederate Memorial Day

LEXINGTON (AP) - South Carolina is one of the few states that officially observe Confederate Memorial Day today, and only eight of its 46 counties also give their government workers paid leave for the day each year. A survey of all 46 counties by … more

S.C. lawmakers hopeful state will join others passing hate crimes bill

COLUMBIA (AP) - Some South Carolina lawmakers are optimistic the state will join nearly the rest of the country and pass a hate crimes bill. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee voted Wednesday to advance a proposal that would make it a felony … more

DNA tests, dogged detectives credited with solving 1988 case

COLUMBIA - Police solved the 1988 stabbing death of an 80-year-old South Carolina woman not just with a cutting-edge DNA test, but also with nearly two years of interviews and other old-fashioned police work, authorities said. The DNA test in … more

Court hears appeal to reinstate lawsuit in massacre

RICHMOND, Va. - Survivors and relatives of nine people killed in a racist attack at a South Carolina church asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to reinstate their lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he … more

The Winyah Indigo Society incorporated May 21, 1757

Around 1740, Georgetown planters began to gather at the Old Oak Tavern, located on Bay Street, on the first Friday of each month. They discussed news from England, local events and the best methods to cultivate and harvest South Carolina's staple … more

Grandma pushing stroller charged in girl's death

FLORENCE (AP) - South Carolina authorities said they have charged both the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl and the grandmother who was pushing the girl across a highway in a stroller. Investigators said Emily Hall was … more
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