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The Latest: Gov. Lifts Barrier Island Evacuation Order, Cleanup Begins

September 12, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Palmetto Blvd. at Edisto Beach on Sept. 12, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local): 4 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Betsy Binette, who owns a crossfit gym with her husband Ted, was getting her workout in Tuesday. She squatted and pushed heavy chunks of pine tree into a pile after Ted...

VIDEO: Irma's Rain And Wind Arrive in South Carolina

September 11, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Folly Beach around high tide on Sept. 11, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Authorities are in the process of performing a damage assessment of roadways and causeways in the area that is expected to be completed Tuesday morning. Once it's...

The Latest: South Carolina Braces For Hurricane Irma Winds, Flooding

September 10, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
The scene from Folly Beach as wind from Hurricane Irma whips sand and waves on Sept. 10, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 7:50 p.m. BEAUFORT -- County officials are warning evacuees not to post information, including addresses, to social media about their vacant homes to prevent would-be thieves from targeting them. The...

The Latest: Curfew, Evacuation Order in Effect For Beaufort County Barrier Islands

September 9, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Troopers and National Guard troops.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 6:30 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Sheriff P.J. Tanner announced that a dawn to dusk curfew is now in effect for Beaufort County barrier islands under the governor's evacuation order due to hazardous effects from...

Updated: Governor Orders Evacuation of Several Barrier Islands as Hurricane Irma Looms

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Some Hurricane Irma preparations seen on Rainbow Row in Charleston on Sept. 8, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 8 p.m. BEAUFORT -- County Sheriff P. J. Tanner said the barrier island order to evacuate took into account the four King Tides that will be occurring, from Sunday through Monday, when Hurricane Irma...

Hurricane Irma Closings

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday that schools and government offices could be closed on Monday and Tuesday in some or all of the state's 46 counties. A decision on that is forthcoming. The following are current closings and other announcements related to Hurricane Irma:...

Governor Tells South Carolinians to Prepare For Evacuation Ahead of Irma

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Gov. Henry McMasters press conference on Sept. 7, 2017.

Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties could be under a mandatory evacuation order by Saturday morning, days before Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the state. Gov. Henry McMaster did order the evacuation of 143 health care facilities in Beaufort, Charleston,...

SC Price Gouging Law In Effect Ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday, following the governor’s state of emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Irma. “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our...

State of Emergency Declared For SC Ahead of Irma

September 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Gov. Henry McMaster holds a press conference on Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6, 2017.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Wednesday ahead of possible effects from Hurricane Irma. The precautionary move allows state agencies to begin coordinating resources ahead of the Category 5 hurricane that could affect South Carolina in the...

Former Rep. Jim Merrill Pleads Guilty, Cooperates with Corruption Probe

September 1, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, in Judge Robert Hoods Columbia courtroom on Sept. 1, 2017.

Former Rep. Jim Merrill, R-Charleston, plead guilty Friday to one misconduct in office charge stemming from a public corruption probe into the South Carolina State House. Merrill admitted his guilt to the one charge in Judge Robert Hood’s Columbia courtroom and was...

SC Sends Emergency Assistance to Texas

August 29, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
 South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams (SC-HART) have been deployed to Texas.

Helicopters and specialized teams are heading to Texas this week to assist with ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Tuesday that in response to Texas' request, the state is sending two helicopter aquatic...

Santee Cooper CEO Retires Amid Failed Nuclear Project

August 25, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
The Santee Cooper board meets on Aug. 25, 2017 and announces the retirement of CEO Lonnie Carter.

Lonnie Carter, the CEO of the state-owned electric company Santee Cooper, announced his retirement Friday, after a 35-year career ended in the wake of a failed nuclear power plant project. The announcement came at a special called board meeting in Columbia and after a...

Sen. Graham Calls on AG Sessions, DHS to Investigate Domestic Terror, Racist Groups

August 15, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Sen. Lindsey Graham in Columbia on Aug. 15, 2017.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he wants U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to personally investigate the domestic terrorism and civil rights abuses that happened in Charlottesville on Saturday. Graham, during an unrelated press conference, went further and called...

SC Attorney General Sues Opioid Company Over Epidemic

August 15, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
S.C. Rep. Eric Bedingfield holds a picture of his son who died from an overdose in 2016.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson lodged a lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, Tuesday, over deceptive marketing of painkillers to patients that helped fuel that state’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed in Richland County Court, alleges Purdue...

Hundreds Turn Out for Job Fair Following Nuclear Project Closure

August 14, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by G. Jackson
Hundreds attend the Employ SC job fair in Chapin on Aug. 14, 2017.

Hundreds of people attended a job fair in Chapin Monday, following the termination of the V.C. Summer nuclear project in late July. Approximately 6,000 people were affected by the project closure, many of whom sought out job opportunities with state agencies and private...

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