Latest South Carolina News

Mom gets 30 years for killing baby and leaving body in trash

Sep. 17, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — A Florida woman who killed her 6-month-old son in South Carolina because she was angry when the child's father wouldn't answer her texts or phone calls was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday. Vernita Lashon Jones told police she suffocated her son,...

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talks with players after a defensive stop against Wake Forest during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Citadel embraces shot at No. 1 Clemson in revamped schedule

Sep. 17, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

Citadel coach Brent Thompson wasn't sure his team would ever get the chance to play this season, let alone take on the nation's top-ranked team. But he said the school stayed patient as the coronavirus pandemic altered the college football landscape and was ready to strike when the opportunity came to play at...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

SC's governor signs into law new COVID-19 election rules

Sep. 16, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Wednesday changes in South Carolina voting rules allowing anyone to cast an absentee ballot without a reason in November's general election to help fight the spread of COVID-19. But the changes passed by the Republican dominated...

Senate Sergeant At Arms Chuck Williams, right, listens as the South Carolina Senate holds its session on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The Senate is meeting in a special session this week. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Collins)

SC House leader wants raises and bonuses, but not now

Sep. 16, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The chairman of the House committee that writes South Carolina's budget said he also wants a small raise for teachers and a $1,000 COVID-19 hazard pay bonus for lower-paid state workers, but now isn't the time to spend that money. Instead, House Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

SC lawmakers seek oversight on gov's emergency declarations

Sep. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some lawmakers Wednesday called for a more comprehensive plan to manage the coronavirus pandemic, including legislative oversight of the string of emergency declarations issued by Gov. Henry McMaster since mid-March. “How long will these limitations last? Is there a case number...

Officials: Counterfeit merchandise seized in South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A six-month investigation has netted more than $300,000 worth of counterfeit merchandise from a store in South Carolina, state officials said. South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond said an investigation by local, state and federal agencies began in March into the alleged sale...

6-year-old dies after struggle in water at Folly Beach

Sep. 16, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A six-year-old boy has died after a struggle in the water at Folly Beach, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. Ian Hernandez, of Ladson, was pronounced dead Monday at the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, the Post and Courier reported. An autopsy has been...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 16, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Sept. 16 The Times and Democrat on speeding: With fewer people on the roads during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems nearly all states are reporting that those on the roads are speeding more than ever. The result is making deadly highways even deadlier....

Corbin Boyce holds an American flag on the beach near Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, as strong winds and rough waves from Hurricane Sally scour the shoreline. (Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

The Latest: Sally's winds increase to 90 mph

Sep. 16, 2020 12:24 AM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather (all times local): PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally is strengthening as it creeps toward Florida and Alabama. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 1 storm's winds have increased to 90 mph (150 kph). Sally was centered about 65 miles (105...

The South Carolina House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Jay Lucas, gavels in to the start of a two-week-long special session, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House debated legislation to expand voting access ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay

Sep. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state workers. Now attention turns to the House, where leaders may prefer not to change the $9 billion budget at all with...