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  • Carolina Ale House now open for business

    SUMMERVILLE, S.C.–There is a brand new restaurant in town.  Today, Carolina Ale House officially opened its doors to the public at 11 a.m. “Carolina Ale House is just the first of many regional favorites looking to make Nexton their home,” commented Kenneth T. Seeger, president, MWV Community Development and Land Management. This sports-themed restaurant is conveniently located along Highway 17A […]

    Carolina Ale House now open for business
  • County to tackle mosquito problems from the air

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–In response to a large salt-marsh mosquito hatch-off, Berkeley County Mosquito Abatement will be spraying, by aircraft, in the southern portion of Berkeley County over Daniel Island, Thomas Island, areas adjacent to Clements Ferry Road, and the dredge disposal sites along Clouter Creek. The aerial application will be made on Thursday, July 24th, between the hours of 6:30 […]

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  • Berkeley Electric CEO: Customers could pay $80 more under new rules

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—Berkeley Electric’s CEO Dwayne Cartwright recently appeared on The Bryan Crabtree Show to discuss the new regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Power proposal is designed to greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions generated by coal-fired power plants in an effort to slow down climate change. “Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, […]

    Berkeley Electric currently serves 87,000 customers throughout the tricounty.
  • Woman killed while walking on Highway 45

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Coroner Bill Salisbury, 27-year-old Inetha Pelote, from Cross, was walking near her home on highway 45 when she was struck by a truck Friday around 10:30 p.m. The coroner says she was transported to MUSC and pronounced dead at 1:18 a.m. on July 19. The death is being investigated by the Berkeley County Coroner’s […]

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  • SC at greater risk for larger, damaging earthquakes

    The USGS recently updated their U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the best and most current understanding of where future earthquakes will occur, how often they will occur and how hard the ground will likely shake as a result. According to USGS officials, the eastern U.S. has the potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes than considered in previous […]

    Damage from Charleston earthquake of August 31, 1886. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)
  • City seeks vendors and sponsors for fall festival

    The City of Goose Creek will present the “2014 Fall Festival” on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm behind the Marguerite H. Brown Municipal Center. This FREE event will feature live entertainment, arts/craft vendors, kid’s play area, safety demonstrations, food vendors, laser tag and much more!! This event will raise awareness and donations for Helping Hands […]

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  • State antler records down slightly this year

    The most recent round of white-tailed deer antler measuring conducted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources revealed 222 new records, including one Boone and Crockett qualifier. Each spring S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Section personnel make a concerted effort to measure deer racks throughout the state, with a major session during the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic in Columbia. […]

    Pictured: Whitetail Deer
  • New Apollo 8 exhibit comes to Patriots Point

    Starting this Sunday, July 20th, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum visitors can experience what it was like on board the Apollo 8 capsule. The Apollo 8 mission, which began on December 21, 1968, was the first to take humans in the vicinity of the moon. “The Apollo 8 mission was a tremendous step for the Apollo program, and really […]

    New Apollo 8 exhibit comes to Patriots Point
  • County close to settling deputy’s lawsuit for hefty sum

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—According to Berkeley Co. Spokesperson Chip Boling, council leaders recently approved up to $285,000 to settle a lawsuit filed against the county last year by a deputy sheriff. In May 2013, James Lamar Blakely sued the county stating that he worked many hours at the Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s Office without ever properly being compensated. Shortly after filing that […]

    County close to settling deputy’s lawsuit for hefty sum
  • Red Cross assists Jamestown man after house fire

    JAMESTOWN, S.C.–According to a spokesperson for the local chapter of the American Red Cross, volunteers assisted a Jamestown man after his home on Chicken Creek Road sustained minor fire damage early Wednesday morning. The Red Cross provided financial assistance for food, comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, and referrals to partner agencies to assist with the victim’s long term recovery. […]

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County to tackle mosquito problems from the air

July 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–In response to a large salt-marsh mosquito hatch-off, Berkeley County Mosquito Abatement will be spraying, by aircraft, in the southern portion...

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Carolina Ale House now open for business

Carolina Ale House now open for business

July 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

SUMMERVILLE, S.C.–There is a brand new restaurant in town.  Today, Carolina Ale House officially opened its doors to the public at 11 a.m. “Carolina Ale House is...

EDUCATION »

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Cypress Gardens hosting new Garden Ornament Workshop

July 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– Cypress Gardens, a beautiful and unique tourist attraction, is excited to announce their upcoming workshops. In an attempt to offer creative and...

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New Apollo 8 exhibit comes to Patriots Point

New Apollo 8 exhibit comes to Patriots Point

July 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Starting this Sunday, July 20th, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum visitors can experience what it was like on board the Apollo 8 capsule. The Apollo 8 mission, which...

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Former politician, reality star Thomas Ravenel to run for U.S. Senate

July 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Former State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is hoping to get back into politics. In June 2007, Ravenel was indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges.  He resigned from...

Health »

Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, was recently identified in the Caribbean.

DHEC confirms SC’s first case of chikungunya virus in 2014

July 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed the first case of chikungunya virus this year in a South Carolina resident. The case...

 

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Shooting sends two men to the hospital

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—Berkeley Co. deputies are investigating a double shooting that took place shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. According to an incident report, officers were dispatched to the area of Smalls Hills Road and Back River Road where they found a man lying on his side near the embankment of a wooded area. Officers said the 31-year-old man had been […]

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Walmart Neighborhood Market headed to Goose Creek

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.—People who call Goose Creek home will soon have another option for buying groceries. According to Mayor Michael Heitzler, he and other city leaders met with representatives for Walmart Neighborhood Market approximately two months ago.  Plans are now moving forward to build a store in the area. “They were very impressed with Goose Creek,” Heitzler stated. “They think […]

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New food cart brings New York-style hot dogs to Berkeley County

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–Berkeley County may have plantations, parks, and an abbey, but it was lacking its very own mobile hot dog stand–that is, until Tarcha Miracle Simmons started Miracle’s Tasty Express this spring. A native of the Long Ridge community in Moncks Corner, Simmons says she got the idea for starting a food cart after she saw several in the […]

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Coastal Conservation Association helps DNR protect oysters

Coastal Conservation Association helps DNR protect oysters

Oysters are essential to healthy coastal waters in South Carolina. They provide habitat for the fish we catch, filter our water, and protect our shorelines from erosion. Oysters are the staple of one of our most iconic social traditions: the oyster roast. Over the last three years the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken significant steps to ensure that future […]

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Man killed after truck runs off road near Bonneau

Man killed after truck runs off road near Bonneau

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Berkeley Co. Coroner Bill Salisbury, 41-year-old Gary Edwin Simmons was traveling on Harristown Road near Bonneau when his truck ran off the roadway and overturned around 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Salisbury say Simmons was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene. He added that his death has been ruled accidental. The accident […]

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Goose Creek Police seeks public comment to maintain accreditation

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®), will arrive on August 3, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Goose Creek Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Verification by the team that the Goose Creek Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a […]

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Cypress Gardens hosting new Garden Ornament Workshop

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– Cypress Gardens, a beautiful and unique tourist attraction, is excited to announce their upcoming workshops. In an attempt to offer creative and educational experiences for children and adults alike, Cypress Gardens is offering a Garden Ornament Workshop in which participants will create beautiful garden ornaments with Portland cement. Interested? Check out the schedule for the workshop below. […]

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Pictured L to R (Standing in Front): Randy McNicoll, Tom Heiden, Todd Biegger, Chris Torres, Kevin Scott, Tammy Lyons, Patrolman David Michael “Mike” Mitchum, Tom Wareham, Senior Chaplain Tom Richmond. 
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City names ‘employee of the year’

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–The City of Goose Creek recognized its employees for their hard work and dedication during the recent city council meeting. This year, the following outstanding employees and volunteers were recognized: 2014 City Employee of the Year Michelle Soderberg Golf Department Employee of the Year Todd Biegger Part Time/Seasonal Golf Department Employee of the Year Tom Heiden Department of […]

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Red Cross volunteers assist victims of St. Stephen house fire

ST. STEPHEN, S.C.–Early Friday morning, American Red Cross volunteers provided assistance to an adult and child whose home caught on fire.  They say the damage was major. A spokesperson for the Red Cross says that the family lives on McKelveys Road in St. Stephen. Volunteers provided financial assistance for lodging, food and clothing, along with referrals to help the family […]

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Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, was recently identified in the Caribbean.

DHEC confirms SC’s first case of chikungunya virus in 2014

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed the first case of chikungunya virus this year in a South Carolina resident. The case occurred in an Upstate resident who recently returned from a trip to Haiti. Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia, was recently identified in the Caribbean. The symptoms of […]

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