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    Florence County dad dies in motorcycle crash

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    A motorcycle crash happened just after 4 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Pamplico Highway and East Effingham Highway. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling north on East Effingham whe More>>

    Florence mom threatened to bomb DSS during visit with children, SLED says

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    Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested a Florence woman Wednesday in connection with threats to destroy the offices of the Florence County Department of Social Services.Jennifer Nicole Sharp, 21, of Florence, was charged
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    Hwy 707 construction causes delays for Horry County students and parents Video included

    Traffic backs up more than a mile at various times before and after school on SC 707. Traffic backs up more than a mile at various times before and after school on SC 707.
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    Thousands of Horry County students and their families are forced to sit in traffic due to Highway 707 construction in the St. James attendance areas.School Officials says Burgess Elementary (620 students), St. James Elementary (800 students), St. James Middle (1190), and St James High School (1400) are affected by the construction."It's bad, the traffic is terrible,” said Lori Thompson.Thompson was waiting at St. Jame... More>>

    Florence mom arrested after child was born with drugs in system, deputies say

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    FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) - A Florence County woman was arrested Tuesday after deputies say her child tested positive for drugs.According to Sheriff Kenney Boone's Facebook page, Rachel Thompson,22,of Johnsonville was charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child .Investigators said Thompson tested positive for opiates and marijuana in March while pregnant with her infant child. Thompson was booked into the Florence County Detention Center. More>>

    SC toddler girl dies after being hit by golf cart in hospital parking lot

    Kirsten Jones, age 3 in a Facebook photo Kirsten Jones, age 3 in a Facebook photo
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    Police in Aiken are still investigating how a little girl died Tuesday after she was hit by a golf cart.The 3-year old, identified as Kirsten Grace Jones, was struck in the parking lot of Aiken Regional Medical Centers Monday afternoon. More>>

    SC House meets to vote on 2 vetoes, costs taxpayers $34,000

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    By Robert KittleThe South Carolina House of Representatives met for a one-day special session Wednesday to vote on two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs.House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the bills couldn't have waited until lawmakers return in January. “If you didn't come back until after the elections, the next General Assembly doesn't have the authority to deal with vetoes from the previous General Assembly. This Gen... More>>

    USC increasing patrols after recent crimes; armed robbery suspect arrested Video included

    40-year-old Kevin O’Neal was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in an armed robbery on USC’s Horseshoe last week. 40-year-old Kevin O’Neal was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in an armed robbery on USC’s Horseshoe last week.
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    By Robert KittleThe University of South Carolina is increasing patrols by campus police after four crimes in a week, three on campus and one just on the edge. A suspect in one of those crimes, an armed robbery, was arrested Tuesday.USC sends text message alerts to students and faculty to warn them of danger, and getting so many in a short time period has students worried about their safety. Sophomore Staci Toppi says, "I got text messages at like 2:30 in the morning and 4:30 in the morning, a... More>>

    Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

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    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says... More>>

    Southern 500 returning to Labor Day in Darlington for 2015 Video included

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    The Southern 500, which traditionally was run on Labor Day at the Darlington Raceway until about 10 years ago, will be returning to that weekend date starting next year, NASCAR officials said Tuesday.The race will be on Sept. 6 2015 at the Darlington Raceway and is am More>>

    Florence Two remains silent over grade tampering report

    Some question how 114 grades were changed at Hannah Pamplico High School. Some question how 114 grades were changed at Hannah Pamplico High School.
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    Earlier this month, a News13 Investigation exposed a grade tampering scandal at Hannah-Pamplico High School. More>>

    Horry County leaders announce day of countywide cleanup Video included

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    HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) - The results of this year's Horry County Litter Index shows cleanup projects have a positive impact on the area. To build on that county leaders want to take those efforts a step further and get everyone involved.The Horry County Public Safety Committee and members with “Keep Horry Beautiful” both met this week to announce plans for a countywide cleanup.Unlike other cleanup efforts that include smaller groups tackling a particular community...this project will cover... More>>

    Surfside Beach Council may designate more funds for beach preservation Video included

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    SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - The Surfside Beach town council will meet Tuesday evening to begin discussions of a Beach Nourishment Ordinance. Council members told News13 the beach is an important asset to the Town of Surfside, so they want to begin efforts to maintain and
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    • Businesses along the coast say weather has impacted marine wildlife

      Businesses along the coast say weather has impacted marine wildlife

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:22:10 GMT
      Along our coast, several business owners have said the weather has impacted marine wildlife this month. Rene Cobb, the first mate for the Sea Thunder, a dolphin cruise in North Myrtle Beach, said dolphins have been harder to spot this August. Cobb said traditionally they see dolphins about 90 percent of the time but this month, it's dropped below 50 percent. “There has definitely been a spike down since last August. I...
      Along our coast, several business owners have said the weather has impacted marine wildlife this month. Rene Cobb, the first mate for the Sea Thunder, a dolphin cruise in North Myrtle Beach, said dolphins have been harder to spot this August. Cobb said traditionally they see dolphins about 90 percent of the time but this month, it's dropped below 50 percent. “There has definitely been a spike down since last August. I...
    • SC House does not override Governor Haley's veto of Sen. Cleary bill

      No new station, money for Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue

      No new station, money for Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:32 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:32:41 GMT
      MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) - The South Carolina House met Wednesday for a one-day session. Lawmakers took up two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed earlier this year. One of those bills would have allowed for a millage-cap increase in the Murrells Inlet/Garden City FireRescue district. However, the Governor's veto held, and that millage increase will not happen.Thefire department works under a board ofdirectors that does not have the authority to make changes like a city or council council. T...
      MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) - The South Carolina House met Wednesday for a one-day session. Lawmakers took up two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed earlier this year. One of those bills would have allowed for a millage-cap increase in the Murrells Inlet/Garden City FireRescue district. However, the Governor's veto held, and that millage increase will not happen.Thefire department works under a board ofdirectors that does not have the authority to make changes like a city or council council. T...
    • Seasonal businesses along Grand Strand prepare to close until next year

      Seasonal businesses along Grand Strand prepare to close until next year

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:59:42 GMT
      As Labor Day weekend approaches, many businesses along the Grand Strand are preparing to close because of the loss in customers. Summer is winding down and kids are back in school, which causes a decrease in revenue. Cindy Cokleymanages Jungle Lake Golf. She saidthe course usually makes $600-700 dollars a night, butthat amount drops drastically after Labor Day. According to Cokley the loss in customers makes it more costly to stay open than to close. Cokley said the businessusually shuts down...
      As Labor Day weekend approaches, many businesses along the Grand Strand are preparing to close because of the loss in customers. Summer is winding down and kids are back in school, which causes a decrease in revenue. Cindy Cokleymanages Jungle Lake Golf. She saidthe course usually makes $600-700 dollars a night, butthat amount drops drastically after Labor Day. According to Cokley the loss in customers makes it more costly to stay open than to close. Cokley said the businessusually shuts down...
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    • Darlington man facing heroin and Oxycodone charges

      Darlington man facing heroin and Oxycodone charges

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:50:42 GMT
      Graham in an image from Darlington County JailGraham in an image from Darlington County Jail
      The Darlington County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit made an arrest on Tuesday in the Darlington area of Darlington County. Billy Benjamin Graham Jr., age 46,
      The Darlington County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit made an arrest on Tuesday in the Darlington area of Darlington County. Billy Benjamin Graham Jr., age 46,
    • Florence County dad dies in motorcycle crash

      Florence County dad dies in motorcycle crash

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:29:41 GMT
      A motorcycle crash happened just after 4 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Pamplico Highway and East Effingham Highway. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling north on East Effingham whe
      A motorcycle crash happened just after 4 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Pamplico Highway and East Effingham Highway. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2001 Harley Davidson was traveling north on East Effingham whe
    • Florence Open Pro Tennis Tournament has a new name and mission

      Florence Open Pro Tennis Tournament has a new name and mission

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:21:51 GMT
      Photographs from 2013 Florence Open (Release authorized by USTA Pro Circuit)Photographs from 2013 Florence Open (Release authorized by USTA Pro Circuit)
      Florence's only professional tennis tournament, now in its third year, has a new title sponsor, McLeod Health, and a new name—the McLeod for Health Florence Open. The event is set for October 11-19 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. Earlier it was announced that the tournament had formed an alliance with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry to help support the fight against breast cancer in the Pee Dee Region. McLeod Health spokesperson Jumana Swindler noted that the partnership between McLeod, the F...
      Florence's only professional tennis tournament, now in its third year, has a new title sponsor, McLeod Health, and a new name—the McLeod for Health Florence Open. The event is set for October 11-19 at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. Earlier it was announced that the tournament had formed an alliance with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry to help support the fight against breast cancer in the Pee Dee Region. McLeod Health spokesperson Jumana Swindler noted that the partnership between McLeod, the F...
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    • SC House meets to vote on 2 vetoes, costs taxpayers $34,000

      SC House meets to vote on 2 vetoes, costs taxpayers $34,000

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:26:42 GMT
      By Robert KittleThe South Carolina House of Representatives met for a one-day special session Wednesday to vote on two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs.House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the bills couldn't have waited until lawmakers return in January. “If you didn't come back until after the elections, the next General Assembly doesn't have the authority to deal with vetoes from the previous General Assembly. This Gen...
      By Robert KittleThe South Carolina House of Representatives met for a one-day special session Wednesday to vote on two bills Governor Nikki Haley vetoed. The session cost taxpayers about $34,000 in mileage, hotel, and meal costs.House Speaker Bobby Harrell says the bills couldn't have waited until lawmakers return in January. “If you didn't come back until after the elections, the next General Assembly doesn't have the authority to deal with vetoes from the previous General Assembly. This Gen...
    • Lightning strike kills police K9

      Lightning strike kills police K9

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:18:01 GMT
       In a March 9, 2014 photo, Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service. In a March 9, 2014 photo, Cpl. Jason Gleason hugs his K-9 partner, Argo, during a K-9 Veterans Memorial Service.
      A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.The News Herald of Panama City reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, indicating a lightning strike.Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a hard ...
      A lightning strike from a passing thunderstorm in Florida killed a Panama City Beach police dog named Argo.The daughter of the dog's handler, Cpl. Jason Gleason, found the dog behind his kennel Sunday evening.The News Herald of Panama City reports Gleason left the dog in his kennel because he was on his way to a training session. Officials say most of the fur was missing from Argo's front leg above the paw, indicating a lightning strike.Police Chief Drew Whitman says Gleason is having a hard ...
    • USC increasing patrols after recent crimes; armed robbery suspect arrested

      USC increasing patrols after recent crimes; armed robbery suspect arrested

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-27 16:56:10 GMT
      40-year-old Kevin O’Neal was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in an armed robbery on USC’s Horseshoe last week.40-year-old Kevin O’Neal was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in an armed robbery on USC’s Horseshoe last week.
      By Robert KittleThe University of South Carolina is increasing patrols by campus police after four crimes in a week, three on campus and one just on the edge. A suspect in one of those crimes, an armed robbery, was arrested Tuesday.USC sends text message alerts to students and faculty to warn them of danger, and getting so many in a short time period has students worried about their safety. Sophomore Staci Toppi says, "I got text messages at like 2:30 in the morning and 4:30 in the morning, a...
      By Robert KittleThe University of South Carolina is increasing patrols by campus police after four crimes in a week, three on campus and one just on the edge. A suspect in one of those crimes, an armed robbery, was arrested Tuesday.USC sends text message alerts to students and faculty to warn them of danger, and getting so many in a short time period has students worried about their safety. Sophomore Staci Toppi says, "I got text messages at like 2:30 in the morning and 4:30 in the morning, a...
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    • Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

      Boston suspect's sister charged in NY bomb threat

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:29:36 GMT
      Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
      Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion she threatened to bomb a woman who previously had a romantic relationship with her boyfriend.
    • Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

      Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:38:46 GMT
      At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors hoping to change the world - or just make cool things. They are...
      Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.
    • Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

      Cowabunga! Storm sends big waves to California

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:38:44 GMT
      The surf was churning in Southern California, and even bigger waves were brewing.
      Thundering surf spawned by a Pacific hurricane pounded the Southern California coast Wednesday, causing minor flooding in a low-lying beach town while drawing daredevil surfers and body-boarders into churning, 20-foot...
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    • Man found dead after Robeson County home invasion

      Man found dead after Robeson County home invasion

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-08-27 14:45:13 GMT
      The Robesonian reports aLumberton man was found deadTuesday morning after a home invasion.The Robeson County Sheriff's Office reportedlyfoundthe bodyof 57-year-old Milton Cummings after they received a 911 call around2 a.m. from his mother's home on the 100 block of Powhatan Drive near Chicken Road. Another family member and a7-year-old also reportedly lived at the home with Cummings and his mother. Authorities report Cummings had been assaulted but there's no indication of how he died.There ...
      The Robesonian reports aLumberton man was found deadTuesday morning after a home invasion.The Robeson County Sheriff's Office reportedlyfoundthe bodyof 57-year-old Milton Cummings after they received a 911 call around2 a.m. from his mother's home on the 100 block of Powhatan Drive near Chicken Road. Another family member and a7-year-old also reportedly lived at the home with Cummings and his mother. Authorities report Cummings had been assaulted but there's no indication of how he died.There ...
    • Leaders break ground on youth homeless shelter in Little River

      Leaders break ground on youth homeless shelter in Little River

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:30:53 GMT
      Leaders broke ground Tuesday on a new shelter for young people on the North End of the Strand. The Sea Haven for youth shelter is going up in Little River.Christina Jackson, the Executive Director for Sea Haven, said the one story building will house up to 16 youth at a time. That will double their capacity from what they currently house.The residential program will act like a home for youth ages 13 to 17 years old wh...
      Leaders broke ground Tuesday on a new shelter for young people on the North End of the Strand. The Sea Haven for youth shelter is going up in Little River.Christina Jackson, the Executive Director for Sea Haven, said the one story building will house up to 16 youth at a time. That will double their capacity from what they currently house.The residential program will act like a home for youth ages 13 to 17 years old wh...
    • McLeod Regional Medical Center recognized for stroke treatment

      McLeod Regional Medical Center recognized for stroke treatment

      Monday, August 25 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:41:49 GMT
      The Centers for Disease Control calls stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in this country. South Carolina has one of the nation's highest rates of death, due to stroke.That's why McLeod Regional Medical Center focuses Positively Carolina efforts to treat stroke victims.On Monday, the hospital held a celebration after it was awarded the Joint Commission's certification for an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.McLeod...
      The Centers for Disease Control calls stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in this country. South Carolina has one of the nation's highest rates of death, due to stroke.That's why McLeod Regional Medical Center focuses Positively Carolina efforts to treat stroke victims.On Monday, the hospital held a celebration after it was awarded the Joint Commission's certification for an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.McLeod...
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    • Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

      Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:27 GMT
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      A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
      A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...
    • 'Party mansion' in North Raleigh sells for $1 million

      'Party mansion' in North Raleigh sells for $1 million

      Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:42:52 GMT
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      A North Raleigh house commonly referred to as “the party mansion” sold last month for $1 million.
      A North Raleigh house commonly referred to as “the party mansion” sold last month for $1 million.
    • NC college students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape

      NC college students create nail polish to help protect women from date rape

      Monday, August 25 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-25 15:33:52 GMT
      Students in the Materials Science Engineering department at North Carolina State University teamed up to invent a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs. Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB often go undetected because they are often odorless and colorless. Rohypnol, used to be in white tablet form but recently it's been formulated as to be green with a blue core. The manufacturer made the change to try and identify tampered drinks at clubs. But generic versions of...
      Students in the Materials Science Engineering department at North Carolina State University teamed up to invent a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date-rape drugs. Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB often go undetected because they are often odorless and colorless. Rohypnol, used to be in white tablet form but recently it's been formulated as to be green with a blue core. The manufacturer made the change to try and identify tampered drinks at clubs. But generic versions of...
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