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Woman in small South Carolina city dies in crossfire

Sep. 28, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — A 72-year-old woman getting out of her car in a small South Carolina city died after being caught in the crossfire between people in two vehicles, authorities said. Carolyn Sims was able to tell police officers in Newberry that people in a truck and a car were shooting at each other...

S Carolina police find guns in car surrounded by protesters

Sep. 28, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina spotted a truck surrounded by protesters over the weekend and discovered two men inside with loaded handguns, a rifle, a wooden club, knives and a stun gun, among other weapons. Charleston police intervened when they saw a group of protesters leave the main...

Hundreds mourn Myrtle Beach civil rights leader

Sep. 28, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people shuffled into the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Friday morning to memorialize civil rights leader Bennie Swans Jr., who died last week. Those close to him celebrated his life with a number of gospel songs, memories that sometimes caused laughs and calls to...

SC city plans diversity training after social media posts

Sep. 27, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MAULDIN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina city will spend $50,000 on diversity training and programs after one of its city council members drew objections for sharing social media posts defending the Confederate flag and criticizing racial justice protests as “getting out of hand.” The Mauldin...

S Carolina seeks comments on removing toll from coastal road

Sep. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is looking for input on its plans to convert one of the state's two toll roads into a free parkway next summer. The Cross Island Parkway on Hilton Head Island will no longer collect its $1.25 toll next July, the South Carolina Department of Transportation...

Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) throws a touchdown pass during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against South Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 16 Tennessee wins seventh straight 31-27 over Gamecocks

Sep. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano expected a difficult time at South Carolina. He also expected the 16th-ranked Vols to come out on top, no matter how hard things got. The Vols squandered a two-touchdown lead in the second half and held on to defeat the Gamecocks 31-27 for...

Activist fights to save housing project in South Carolina

Sep. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Local attorney and civil rights activist Hemphill Pride II is calling on the city to preserve the 80-year-old Allen Benedict Court public housing project, which he says is an important symbol of Black history in Columbia. “The project produced some of the most outstanding...

Court nixes SC witness requirement on absentee ballots

Sep. 26, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court has reversed course and reinstated a ruling by a South Carolina federal judge that would not require a witness signature for those wishing to vote absentee in that state. A majority of judges on the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday vacated a ...

SC councilman arrested, accused of child molestation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county councilman is in custody, accused of molesting a child, state authorities said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested Bamberg County Council Chairman Kerry Trent Kinard on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor,...

Part of Interstate 77 near Columbia to close this weekend

Sep. 26, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Part of Interstate 77 around Columbia is closing this weekend so crews can demolish a bridge over the highway. The crews are removing the old bridge that carries vehicles from northbound state Highway 277 on to I-77 northeast of downtown Columbia from Friday night until Sunday night,...