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DHEC: Over 1,400 vaccinations for hepatitis A administered in Aiken clinics

According to the Department of Health and Environmental Control, 1,481 vaccinations for hepatitis A have been administered at free public clinics in Aiken following the announcement of possible exposure to the virus at two downtown Aiken restaurants.


Trial set to begin for man charged in 2016 murder with body found in truck bed

A jury has been selected and a trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday morning for an Aiken man charged in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old man found dead in the back of a truck on Rushton Road in September 2016.


Suspect in child porn investigation taught special education in Aiken County for decades

Information released Wednesday shows the Aiken man arrested this week on 25 charges connected with child pornography worked with special needs children as a teacher in Aiken County for nearly 35 years.


Aiken Mayor, neighborhood groups, react to old hospital renovation plans as familiar new buyer is named

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Aiken County's old hospital has an interested buyer, who plans to convert the property into a hotel and conference center. You might not know the company WTC, LLC, but you may have heard the name Weldon Wyatt; he's the man behind Sage Valley, and now this project.


Aiken County man faces 25 charges related to child pornography

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An Aiken County man has been arrested and charged on charges of child pornography. Tracy Lee Smith, 61, is facing 25 charges of the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to the Office of the South Carolina Attorney General.


Former Aiken County Hospital complex has potential buyer

AIKEN — A new potential buyer for the former Aiken County Hospital and Aiken County office complex property has emerged. Only days after Kentucky-based Marian Group pulled its offer to purchase the 9.33-acre property on Richland Aveune, Aiken County Council unanimously approved on second reading Tue


Aiken council advances tax break in support of Kimberly-Clark plant expansion

Kimberly-Clark Corp. – one of Aiken County's largest employers – appears to be gearing up for an expansion. Aiken County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved on second reading an incentives deal that would pave the way for an at least $115 million investment at the company's massive Beech Island,


Movie Guide: What's playing in Aiken for the weekend of Feb. 22

British siblings try to break into the world of professional wrestling. With Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant. (1:48) R.


South Carolina mom outraged after kids told to pick cotton, sing slave song as "game"

ROCK HILL, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A South Carolina mother is outraged after her 10-year-old son, and his classmates, were told to pick cotton and sing a slave song with words like, "I like it when you don't talk back, make money for me," as part of a class field trip during Black History Month.


Defensive stand sends No. 6 USC Aiken past UNC Pembroke

AIKEN, S.C. - The No. 6 University of South Carolina Aiken men's basketball team used a huge night from Ty'lik Evans and a last-second defensive stand to secure a 90-87 win over UNC Pembroke Wednesday evening.


Report: North Augusta drive-by shooting had an estimated "100 rounds" shot between two cars

NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- An estimated 100 rounds were shot between two cars in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.


South Carolina ranked in the top 20 ‘most sinful states’ in 2019, according to a new study

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sometimes being bad isn't good for the state you're living in. According to a new WalletHub study that lists the most sinful states in the U.S. for 2019, South Carolina comes in at no. 20 on the list.


Hate groups climb in South Carolina for 3rd straight year even as Charleston politicians try to combat it

The number of hate groups in South Carolina increased for the third consecutive year in 2018, even as South Carolina lawmakers — almost all of them from the Charleston area — pushed legislation at every political level to condemn hate and racism.


Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton dies

Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton died late Monday night, according to a Tuesday morning email from Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Darryl Ables. The coroner had been battling cancer for two years, according to the email.


Subject wanted for questioning in forgery case

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help identifying a subject wanted for questioning in a forgery case. The person pictured in this article is wanted for questioning in connection to a 3rd-degree forgery incident that happened Nov. 1, 2018 at SunTrus


Walmart's "Baby Savings Day" to take over GA, SC stores this weekend

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Parents, get ready to save. Walmart is hosting "Baby Savings Day" on Feb. 23, 2019 between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help parents who need to save a few bucks on the essentials.


The push for medical marijuana continues at the South Carolina State House

COLUMBIA, SC - A busy day at the State House Tuesday morning as several bills and proposals came up for discussion. For starters conversations on medical marijuana kicked off on the first floor.


South Carolina accidentally dumps coal ash in river in Conway

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- The state-owned utility Santee Cooper says it accidentally dumped some sludge from a coal-ash pond at a closed coal-powered electricity plant into a South Carolina river.


"God's revenge is worse than mine." This woman missed seeing an unlicensed caregiver charged in her brother's death

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A grand jury has indicted a woman in the death of a disabled man prosecutors say was neglected. Investigators say Beverly Webb was in charge of Ronald Conner, who needed care 24 hours a day.


South Carolina is one of five states with no hate crime laws

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The evil that visited the Holy City on June 17, 2015 was unprecedented. A gunman entered Emanuel AME bible study and gunned down nine members as they prayed with him.