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Visitors gather on the beach Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Newport Beach, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

May. 24, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities Sunday about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules and risking a resurgence of the scourge that has killed nearly 100,000...

Erin Darnell, left, digital integration specialist for Anderson School District Five, talks about K3 and K4 study packets with North Pointe Elementary School Principal Jill Gilreath on Monday, March 16, 2020.(Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP)

SC schools to have both in-person and virtual graduations

May. 24, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — High school graduation season is getting ready to start in South Carolina, and a quite a few students will be able to get their diplomas in their caps and gowns together and in person. In recent weeks, a number of districts said enough progress had been made fighting the COVID-19 ...

Large party leads to shooting with 2 killed, 5 injured

May. 24, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

Two people were killed and five others injured after gunfire broke out during a large party in Union County, southeast of Spartanburg, on Saturday night. Major Scott Coffer of the Union County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies responded to the scene near the intersection of Highway 114 and Highway 9 at...

Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

May. 24, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina zoo has reopened after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia welcomed back its first guests Saturday, but with much different rules. Visitors now must make a reservation for a specific time when they...

South Carolina soldier dies in Afghanistan

May. 23, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina soldier has been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman, 25, of Spartanburg, died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base from a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident...

A roll of voting stickers sits on a table as people arrive to vote in the Democratic primary in Hopkins, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

S Carolina likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

May. 23, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month's primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results. With more than two weeks to go before the primaries, the state had already mailed out 72,000 absentee ballots, which...

Meteorologists confirm tornado touched down in SC county

May. 23, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Fast-moving storms across South Carolina spawned at least one tornado in Cherokee County, the National Weather Service confirmed Saturday. The tornado touched down Friday in the northeastern part of the county, near the small town of Blacksburg and the York County line,...

No holiday weekend construction lane closings in SC

May. 23, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is giving holiday weekend travelers a gift — they aren't allowing construction workers to close any lanes on the state's interstates until Tuesday morning. The state wants to keep all lanes open as they expect some of the heaviest traffic in months over the...

Treasure hunter tricked by war hero scientist con man

May. 23, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — At a bar near Melbourne Beach, the underwater treasure hunter met the Army Ranger who was also a cryptocurrency millionaire and adjunct professor at one of America’s most prestigious universities. The conversation turned to the 300-year-old Spanish galleon wrecked on the ocean...

Sale of black school property leaves community 'overlooked'

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — They are calling it the neighborhood left behind. On May 5, Jon Childes, his wife and several of their New Washington Heights neighbors watched in muted chagrin with their phones as the Greenville County Council cast a final vote on the fate of 26½ acres — once home to...