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Sep 15, 2023

Planned Parenthood lawsuit challenges SC abortion law

COLUMBIA — Abortion providers urged South Carolina’s highest court on Thursday to lengthen the narrow window when a pregnancy can be legally terminated under the state’s strict new ban. The conservative state’s all-male Supreme Court last month upheld a so-called “fetal heartbeat” law commonly understood to restrict access after about six weeks of pregnancy, which [[...]

Sep 12, 2023

Companies partner to improve rural broadband

Two South Carolina companies are working together to improve internet connectivity in rural South Carolina. STL, headquartered in Columbia with a manufacturing plant in Lugoff, and TruVista, headquartered in Chester, are investing heavily in manufacturing and building fiber networks, the companies said in a news release. STL is an optical and digital solutions company. TruVista […]

Sep 7, 2023

Officers kill man after ex-wife slain, deputy wounded

LEXINGTON — Law enforcement officers in South Carolina fatally shot a man after he broke into his ex-wife’s home, killed her, drove her car through her garage door and fired at police during a chase early Wednesday, authorities said. One deputy was wounded in the shootings in Lexington but is expected to survive, Lexington County […]

Sep 5, 2023

GOP candidates search for a path against Trump in SC primary

ANDERSON — A microphone in hand, Sen. Tim Scott left the podium at a recent barbecue event in South Carolina and made his way through tables draped in red, white and blue as attendees finished plates of pulled pork and baked beans. As he talked about his campaign, Scott passed Casey DeSantis, the first lady […]

Aug 31, 2023

Idalia upends court schedules in several counties

Courts in many South Carolina are closed or are adjusting their schedules for today in the wake of Hurricane Idalia. The storm, which had been downgraded to a tropical storm, was about 60 miles west of Charleston at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. It was moving northeast at 21 mph, the Associated […]

Aug 24, 2023

SC high court upholds strict abortion limit

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s newly all-male Supreme Court reversed course on abortion Wednesday, upholding a law banning most such procedures except in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. The continued erosion of legal abortion access across the U.S. South comes after Republican state lawmakers replaced the lone woman on the court, Justice Kaye Hearn, who reached […]

Aug 17, 2023

Midlands Technical College president to retire

Ronald L. Rhames, the president of Midlands Technical College in Columbia, has announced plans for retirement. Rhames, who started his career with the college in 1990, is expected to retire by June 30, 2024, according to a news release. The Midlands Technical College Commission will launch a nationwide presidential search for the best candidate to […]

Aug 17, 2023

Missing bolt leads to sheriff’s helicopter crash

A police helicopter that crashed at a South Carolina airport was missing a bolt that should have been removed and reinstalled during maintenance about six weeks earlier, federal officials said in a report. A second bolt on the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office helicopter also was loose and the pilot, who survived, told investigators he felt […]

Aug 11, 2023

Company’s kits aim to tackle housing shortage

A Charleston-based company that creates modern pre-fabricated homes is offering a promising way to address housing shortages and create more affordable housing. The company’s housing build systems have parts that essentially snap together and can be built in just days with no specialized labor required. Construx (formerly Charleston Fab Lab) owners Rob Bertschy, chief revenue […]

Aug 10, 2023

Pandemic fraud scheme sends SC woman to federal prison

A South Carolina woman and a Florida woman have been sentenced after pleading guilty to commit wire fraud related to unemployment insurance benefits. Nariman Mahmoud Masoud, 35, of Florence, South Carolina, and Susan Masoud, 34 of Tampa, Fla., were sentenced recently in federal court, a news release says. Masoud must serve 12 months and one […]

Aug 9, 2023

Grants help nonprofits boost health care access

Eight nonprofit organizations in South Carolina have received grants from the CCME Foundation, a nonprofit organization that support health care quality improvement in the Carolinas. Seven nonprofits in North Carolina also shared in the grants totaling $502,480, according to a news release. The one-year grants run from Aug. 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024. The […]

Aug 8, 2023

Columbia accounting firms will combine

Two Columbia public accounting firms have announced a merger effective this month. Fleischman & Associates PA will merge its professional practice into The Hobbs Group as of Aug. 21. Combining forces, the firm will have a team of more than 50 professionals specializing in a range of services, including assurance, taxes, accounting, advisory, small business […]

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