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South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman addresses the initial gathering of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster on safely scaling the state's economy back up amid the new coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC education leader wants more summer school money

May. 25, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top education official wanted $115 million for summer school programs to get some of the state's most vulnerable students back on track after missing at least 10 weeks of in-person classes because of the coronavirus. But Accelerate SC, the state's special reopening...

A voter fills out her ballot at a primary polling place, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Judge: SC voters don't need witness to sign absentee ballot

May. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

A federal judge says people voting by absentee ballot in South Carolina don't have to have a witness sign the voting papers. U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs on Monday ordered South Carolina officials to not enforce the requirement for a witness signature on ballots in the June 9 primary or any ensuing...

Man dies in latest shooting on Myrtle Beach tourist strip

May. 25, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has died after he was shot near the main tourist strip in Myrtle Beach, the third shooting in the area in a little more than a week. The Horry County coroner tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that Cadric Elmore Jr. of Greenwood was found shot to death early...

Police eye former college employee as illicit video source

May. 25, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Police have identified a former employee of an upstate South Carolina college as a “person of interest” in illicit videos that showed female athletes in changing clothes in locker rooms. The Gaffney Police Department haven't charged the man, but noted in a news release...

2 dead, 5 wounded after shooting at South Carolina party

May. 25, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

JONESVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A party attended by hundreds on a rural road in upstate South Carolina ended with gunfire, two men dead and five more wounded. The Union County coroner said 21-year-old Curtis Lamont Bomar of Spartanburg died Saturday night before he could be taken to a hospital, while 17-year-old...

COVID-19 meant less driving in SC and less gas tax collected

May. 25, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Traffic is South Carolina is down significantly since the coronavirus pandemic began, cutting the amount of money the state road agency takes in by $78 million, officials said. When the COVID-19 shutdown started in March, traffic in South Carolina dropped 25% compared to March 2019,...

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo, Wagener residents Pam and John Logan ponder the possibilities while visiting the Titan Farms market on US 1, near Aiken Regional Airport in Aiken, S.C. Tuesday was the market's first day of business for the 2020 season. (Bill Bengtson/The Aiken Standard via AP)

A fruitful start: Peach production persists amid pandemic

May. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — The health nightmare from the past couple of months has put the brakes on a variety of local traditions, but peach production is rolling ahead as usual around Edgefield and Saluda counties, with growers having their harvesting crews in action and produce stands going into business....

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...