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Hidden History: Slaves Brought To Local Area Leave An Imprint On The World

AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF) - We are learning more about Africans who entered America on one of the last two slave ships. Even though they are long gone, the slaves have had an impact on the world of art.


South Carolina drug dealers arrested

NEWPORT—A pair of South Carolina residents were taken into custody this week in Newport after having active warrants for dealing drugs in their home state. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Newport police officers were dispatched to CVS in reference to an altercation between a male and female. Upon arrival, Patr


Double Suicide in Edgefield County

A forty-three year old woman and a forty-nine year old man, both residents of a home on Brim Oak Drive in the North Augusta area of Edgefield County, were found dead in their home Feb. 12 as a result of what has been ruled a double suicide. According to an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office report on


Students at South Carolina school told to pick cotton, sing ‘slave song’ on field trip, report says

A South Carolina mother was outraged after her 10-year-old son was told to pick cotton and sing a “slave song” while on an elementary school field trip -- but the school reportedly defended the activity, saying it was about the "Great Depression."


Edgefield County School Board selects new superintendent

Edgefield, S.C. - The Edgefield County School Board has named Dr. Kevin O'Gorman as the next superintendent of Edgefield County Schools, according to a post on the district's Facebook page.


Today's events for Feb. 16

The Edgefield County Historical Society will present "The Loves of Lucy Pickens" at 7:30 p.m. today and Feb. 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24 in the William Miller Bouknight Theatre in the Edgefield Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield. Show tickets are $20. For more information or to p


Breaking News: One Dead, One Injured After Shooting in Martinez

Evans, Ga (WJBF) - News Channel 6 has learned that one person is dead and other injured after a shooting in Columbia County. The shooting was between brothers. The one that died shot himself after shooting his brother who's in the hospital.


Annual Economic Development Report Presented to County Council

Will Williams, President/CEO of the Economic Development Partnership presented to Edgefield County Council the Annual Update on the State of the County’s Economic Development at Council’s most recent monthly meeting, Feb. 5. Williams began his presentation by giving a highlight of economic developme


Three Augusta area 'underperforming' Bi-Lo stores are closing

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three "underperforming" Bi-Lo stores in the Augusta area will be closing their doors by the end of March. That's the word from Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Bi-Lo, who says these three stores have been targeted for closure by March 25:


Dashcam video released from deadly crash in Batesburg-Leesville

LEESVILLE, SC (WIS) - Dashcam video has been released showing a police chase in Batesburg-Leesville earlier this month that ended in a deadly crash. That crash took the life of a 26-year-old man.


'Disturbing' N. Augusta drive-by shooting featured gun stolen from Aiken DPS officer

NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- Cash, drugs, and a stolen gun were found at the North Augusta drive-by on Pershing Drive. But now we're learning more about the stolen gun, which was taken from an Aiken Public Safety officer's unlocked car in September.


New South Carolina legislation taking aim at coyotes

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - South Carolina state lawmakers have introduced new legislation that could earn you money. The Coyote Bounty Program is for the lawfully capture or killing of adult coyotes.


Law Enforcement in SC is visible as they work towards achieving Target Zero

AIKEN COUNTY (WFXG) - North Augusta Public Safety has been teaming up with Aiken Department of Public Safety to keep drivers on the road safe at all times. Since 2013 there have been 1900 collisions on US 1 in North Augusta.


Trial for Aiken man charged in 2016 Bates murder draws to close, jury set to deliberate Friday

The murder trial continued Thursday for the Aiken man charged in the shooting death of 21-year-old Denzel Bates in 2016. On Sept. 21, 2016, Aiken Public Safety officers responded to a call on Rushton Road near Wrights Mill Road, where they found Bates' body lying in the back of a truck.


Former SC special education teacher faces 25 child pornography charges

AIKEN COUNTY, SC — A retired South Carolina teacher faces more than two-dozen charges in connection with possessing and distributing child pornography, according to officials.


Looking ahead to South Carolina presidential primaries

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA (WTOC) - We’re about one year away from the South Carolina presidential primaries. The state has already seen its fair share of potential presidential candidates.


SC Lower State basketball championships: Matchups, players to watch and story lines

All games played at Florence Center. Tickets are $12. Who: Lexington (29-0) vs. Berkeley (25-1) Game notes: Lexington is in the state semifinals for the 10th time in the 32 years Bailey Harris has been the coach. The last time the Wildcats made it this far came in 2012 when they lost in the state fi


Former Rep. Robert Smalls dies in South Carolina, Feb. 22, 1915

An escaped slave and Civil War hero, Robert Smalls, who served four terms as a representative from South Carolina’s southeastern corner, died in his hometown of Beaufort on this day in 1915 at age 75.


UPDATE: Two brothers involved in deadly Martinez shooting

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- News 12 is told at least one person is dead after a domestic shooting in Martinez, according to the Columbia County Coroner's Office. The shooting happened around 7:08 a.m. Friday at a home on the 100 block of Holiday Drive.


New SC grant could help improve Aiken neighborhoods and get violent criminals off streets

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A project aimed at getting the most violent criminals off the streets is getting new grant money, and Aiken could see some of that. But Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) goes deeper than law enforcement.