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2 people killed in South Carolina mobile home fire; 7 escape

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) - Two people have died in a fire at a mobile home near the South Carolina coast, while seven other people escaped. Beaufort County sheriff's deputies say the bodies of a man and a woman were found inside the home after firefighters extinguished the blaze around 12:15 a.m. Thursda


Resident catches Beaufort man breaking into Burton home, police say

A Beaufort man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly broke into a Burton home through a window, sending the startled resident inside sprinting from the house to call police, a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release said.


A new restaurant is coming to Beaufort Emily’s site. Here’s when it might open

A new restaurant is headed to the spot of a former downtown Beaufort favorite — and you won’t have to wait long for it to open. Mezes Mediterranean Grill is expected to open by the end of January at the location that long housed Emily’s Restaurant and Tapas Bar at 906 Port Republic Street.


South Carolina Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Medical Marijuana

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Medical marijuana could become legal in South Carolina. Lawmakers have re-introduced a bill called the “Compassionate Care Act.” “I want a bill that allows doctors to put medicine in the hands of patients who desperately need it,” said South Carolina Senator Tom Davis.


Hilton Head teacher charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor, jail log says

A Beaufort County elementary school teacher was arrested and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor Thursday morning, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center jail log.


‘A catastrophe’: New Beaufort Co school board revokes funding for school addition

Just two weeks after six Beaufort County school board members took the oath of office, the board reversed a decision made by their predecessors to use $6.3 million to expand an overcrowded Bluffton school linked to an ongoing FBI investigation into building costs.


Former deputy who admitted to affair with Hilton Head principal named leader of town committee

A 14-person citizen committee — originally formed by the Town of Hilton Head Island to give native islanders input on the project that may expand U.S. 278 and the bridges to the island — has only three native islanders on it.


Mom hopes ‘someone with a heart’ calls. Reward doubled for missing Beaufort Co. teen

Malik Spencer’s family has doubled a reward for any information that leads to finding the teen who has been missing for about a month. The reward — increased to $4,000 — is held in a nonprofit account by Love House Ministries.


South Carolina DMV chief: Don't wait to get Real ID-compliant cards

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Not enough South Carolina citizens are upgrading their driver's licenses to comply with federal identification requirements for boarding a plane, entering a federal building or getting onto a military base, the state's motor vehicles department chief told lawmakers Wednesday.


Developer, board of Beaufort Co. community sued over oversight of near-$1 million fund

Property owners in a private Beaufort County community are sparring with its developer and board members over how a large pot of the community’s money is overseen and spent. Bull Point property owners sued the community’s property owners board members, including developer Billy Gavigan, alleging the


Arrested: Man accused of throwing hot coffee at South Carolina McDonald's worker

CAMDEN, S.C. (WACH) - A man who allegedly threw hot coffee on a teenage employee at a South Carolina McDonald's drive-thru was arrested, according to police. On Dec. 22, video surveillance captured a man throwing hot coffee on the 16-year-old girl of a Camden McDonald's after he reportedly had to wa


This Beaufort restaurant was a local favorite for years. Now it’s doors are closed

When his restaurant expanded to allow an area for smokers before the practice was banned in Beaufort, Tommy Winburn bought a bar off the internet. He flew to Wisconsin where the 30-foot piece had been sitting in storage, rented the largest truck he could drive without a CDL and returned to Beaufort


‘Alarming’ & ‘confusing’: Beaufort Co. officials ask what’s holding up this investigation

It’s been more than two months since Beaufort County Council voted to hire an outside lawyer to investigate a controversial $24,000 consulting contract between the county and a former employee, but that inquiry has, seemingly, gone nowhere.


Own a dog in Beaufort Co.? If he barks a lot, roams or isn’t vaccinated, it may cost you

Not vaccinating your dog against rabies or letting him bark at all hours could cost you up to $500. But you’ll get a warning first. Beaufort County Animal Services, which runs area animals shelters, wants a tiered system of fines for violations that don’t involve animal cruelty.


Columbia man arrested for passing funny money in Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTGS) — Deputies in Beaufort County have arrested a man for trying to pay for his bill at a restaurant with a counterfeit $50. Investigators say Kevin Pierce, 38, of Columbia, used the fake money to pay for his tab at a restaurant near Greenwood Drive, but alert employees r


Tablets For South Carolina Prisoners

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina officials hope they can combat the dangers of illegal cellphones behind bars by giving inmates a different technological device. The Corrections Director said he's unveiling a tablet computer program.


New Tech Middle School Students present to County Council

Sarah Keith and Keeley Farris could not have imagined how emeresed their sixth grade students would become in a project they were assigned before Christmas break. The two middle school teachers co-teach a class called Humanities at Palmetto New Tech at Colleton County Middle School. Humanities is a


South Carolina teenager charged with murder, arrested in Greensboro after manhunt

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A 17-year-old was arrested in Greensboro for a South Carolina murder, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. At about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, U.S. Marshals Service Joint Fugitive Task Force members arrested Hassan Talib Reynolds.


The Awesome Cash-Only Diner In South Carolina That Deserves A Second Look

Hilton Head Island is one of the most visited places in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, yet most people drive right on by this little gem of a restaurant which is located right on the main road (William Hilton Parkway). But that’s about to change – that is, unless you have an affinity for tableclo


South Carolina armed robbery suspect could be headed to Augusta

(WRDW/WAGT) -- A suspect in an armed robbery in Lexington, South Carolina may be headed toward the Augusta area. The suspect is wanted in connection to an armed robbery at Pitt Stop gas station on Augusta Road, in Lexington, that happened January 11th.