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More state schools set to flout mask mandate ban

COLUMBIA - With hundreds of South Carolina students already quarantined for COVID-19 at the start of the fall semester, the state's second-largest public school district will require masks in schools despite a state budget proviso that bans … more

South Carolina State delays fall semester because of COVID

ORANGEBURG (AP) — South Carolina State University is delaying fall classes by several days to give students more time to get vaccinated as COVID cases spike across the state.Classes scheduled … more

Deputy fatally shoots accused carjacker after 40-mile chase

CHAPIN (AP) - A South Carolina sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who carjacked a vehicle, crashed into at least 10 cars during a chase and then charged the deputy at the side of the interstate, Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster … more

SC pharmaceutical plant to require COVID vaccine for workers

COLUMBIA — A South Carolina-based pharmaceutical manufacturer that has offered coronavirus vaccines to the public and run thousands of COVID-19 tests throughout the pandemic will now require … more

Upstate school district moves back to virtual classes; staffing shortages, DHEC recommendation can prompt temporary shift

COLUMBIA (AP) — COVID-19 cases have prompted the largest South Carolina school district already back open to return to virtual lessons as students in more than 60 other districts prepare to … more

S.C. growth clustered along coast and Charlotte areas

COLUMBIA - South Carolinians are gravitating toward the state's coastline and the suburbs south of Charlotte, detailed Census figures released Thursday show. Since 2010, the state has grown by nearly 500,000 people to a total population of 5.1 … more

Surgeries rescheduled as two S.C. hospitals over capacity

COLUMBIA (AP) — A South Carolina health system is rescheduling surgeries and reassigning nurses after two of its hospitals topped 100% capacity as the delta variant spurred a new wave of … more

Police: Man arrested for tattooing child inside a McDonald's

LAURENS (AP) - A South Carolina man accused of tattooing a juvenile in a fast-food restaurant has been arrested and is facing charges, police said. Brandon Presha, 28, of Laurens, was arrested Tuesday on charges of illegal tattooing and underage … more

USC offers game tickets, tuition as vaccine incentives

COLUMBIA (AP) - Free tuition, Apple products and coveted tickets to this year's Carolina vs. Clemson game are among prizes the University of South Carolina is offering to students, faculty and staff who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Interim … more

Doctor: S.C. schools facing more virus cases in fall

COLUMBIA - South Carolina schools will undoubtedly face more COVID-19 outbreaks this fall as students return to classrooms amid the delta variant's rapid spread, a top state health official forecasted Wednesday. Districts could try to keep … more

South Carolina growth clustered along coast, Charlotte areas

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolinians are gravitating toward the state's coastline and the suburbs south of Charlotte, North Carolina, detailed Census figures released Thursday show.Since 2010, the … more

McMaster gets anti-abortion organization's 2022 backing

COLUMBIA - A leading anti-abortion group has picked South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster as its first gubernatorial endorsement in next year's elections, part of a broader strategy to seed top state jobs with abortion opponents as the U.S. Supreme … more

S.C. prosecutor: Law bars city's school mask order

State law prohibits South Carolina's capital city from instituting a school mask mandate intended to cover children who are age-ineligible for the coronavirus vaccine, according to guidance from the state's top prosecutor. In a letter sent … more

S.C. governor repeats: No mask requirement needed in schools

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday continued to urge people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but also repeated that whether students wear masks in class should be solely … more

Columbia mayor will require masks in some city schools

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's capital city has mandated the use of masks in city schools where some students are too young to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a move that Mayor Steve Benjamin has said will help protect vaccine-ineligible … more

Graham urges Trump to speak up on vaccines

COLUMBIA (AP) - As he recovers from a breakthrough infection of the coronavirus, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he has urged former President Donald Trump to press his supporters to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which the South Carolina … more

Shark attacks lifeguard on Hilton Head Island, 2nd incident in one week at beaches near Savannah

HILTON HEAD ISLAND (AP) - A lifeguard on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island has been bitten by a shark, authorities said. The lifeguard is recovering and expected to survive after Tuesday's attack, WTOC-TV reported. The lifeguard was checking … more

Columbia's mayor ponders school mask mandate

COLUMBIA - The mayor of South Carolina's capital city is considering issuing a school mask mandate, a move he says would protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the coronavirus' resurgence. The effort would put Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, a … more

Founder of Charleston's esteemed Black community paper dies

CHARLESTON (AP) - James "Jim" French, the founder of a weekly paper that has served as a mainstay for Black communities in Charleston for nearly half a century, has died. He was 94. French, who founded The Charleston Chronicle in 1971, died July … more

Top prosecutor: University of South Carolina can't require mask use

COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina can't lawfully require students and staff to wear face coverings on campus this fall, despite increasing cases of coronavirus, thanks to recent legislative action, according to the state's top … more
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