Latest South Carolina News

Topless photos, stolen bricks mean new fence at church ruins

Jun. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

YEMASSEE, S.C. (AP) — After vandals stole bricks from the ruins of an 18th century South Carolina church and a woman posed for topless pictures in its archway, the caretakers have put a fence around the site. Old Sheldon Church caretaker Bill Sammons says the 5-foot (152-centimeter) tall fence was...

'Emanuel' explores life after tragic church shooting

Jun. 18, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Pinckney was hiding under a desk holding the mouth of her then-6-year-old daughter when Dylann Roof fired more than 70 shots in Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. The new documentary, "Emanuel," explores life after the tragic...

South Carolina man charged with branding sharks like cattle

Jun. 17, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

AWENDAW, S.C. (AP) — A man has been charged with branding sharks like cattle off the South Carolina coast. News outlets cite South Carolina Natural Resources officials who say a 56-year-old Awendaw man was charged with illegal tagging of a saltwater fish last week. The misdemeanor can net a fine of up to...

Confederate monument vandalized with paint in Charleston

Jun. 17, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in coastal South Carolina say two people have been arrested after what appears to be red paint was thrown on a Confederate monument. Charleston police said the Confederate Defenders of Charleston monument downtown was vandalized Sunday afternoon with the red substance...

Democrats favor more access to capital for black businesses

Jun. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election. Appearing on stage one at a time,...

O'Rourke: White Americans don't know full story of slavery

Jun. 15, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries....

Dad sentenced to die, but executions rare in South Carolina

Jun. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A father who killed his five children will be a new resident on South Carolina's death row, where the population has dropped by 25% in eight years — but not because of executions, since the state hasn't put anyone to death in that time. The state is in an unofficial death...

Police: Woman was drunk, but no DUI for toy truck joy ride

Jun. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck. News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication. They say they spotted her cruising down...

Rescue group: Missing SC pony named 'Pikachu' found dead

Jun. 14, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. (AP) — A group dedicated to finding missing horses says a South Carolina pony named Pikachu has been found dead. Stolen Horse International got involved after Hidden Pasture Farm owner Kate Nichols said last week that her miniature palomino filly had vanished overnight. She said she had...

The Latest: Death sentence for father who killed his 5 kids

Jun. 13, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a death penalty trial for a South Carolina father (all times local): 3:10 p.m. A jury says a South Carolina father should be executed for killing his five children. The jury unanimously agreed on the death penalty Thursday for 37-year-old Timothy Jones Jr. in the...