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  • Goose Creek mayor issues ‘Knights of Columbus’ proclamation

    GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler has signed a proclamation declaring August 10-16, 2014 as “Knights of Columbus Family Week” in the City of Goose Creek. Mayor Heitzler met with representatives of the Goose Creek Knights of Columbus to sign the proclamation. During this week, Knights of Columbus members will commemorate both the birth and death of their Founder […]

    Pictured (Left to Right): John Camp (Advocate), Steve Ekhaml (Lecturer), Steve Gearhart (Grand Knight), Mayor Michael Heitzler, Frank Strunk (Deputy Grand Knight), 
Robert Ashton (Social Director), John Flinn (Membership Director)
  • Funny man & ventriloquist Jeff Dunham headed to the lowcountry

    America’s Favorite Comic/Ventriloquist and the star of Comedy Central’s highest-rated specials, Jeff Dunham and his beloved cast of characters have taken their “Disorderly Conduct” tour worldwide. Dunham is best-known for his famed troupe of sidekicks who are on tour with him: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the […]

    Pictured: Jeff Dunham (Provided) Tickets go on sale August 1st.
  • Businessman convicted on tax evasion charges

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson recently announced that Syed Ahmed of North Charleston pled guilty in the Berkeley County Court of General Sessions to two counts of Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat a Tax, in violation of S.C. Code Section 12-54-44(B)(1), as amended. Ahmed, owner of Discount Tobacco in Summerville, admitted to underreporting taxable sales from […]

    Ahmed, owner of Discount Tobacco in Summerville, admitted to underreporting taxable sales from 2008 through 2011 in an amount in excess of two million dollars, thereby evading $167,004 in sales tax owed to the State of South Carolina.
  • Volunteers needed in Pineville & Mount Holly to help cancer patients

    Every day, many cancer patients need rides to medical facilities for treatment. To help solve this problem, the American Cancer Society is having a recruitment campaign for its Road To Recovery program in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Georgetown counties. Through this program, volunteers provide free transportation for local cancer patients in need of a ride to and from cancer […]

    American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers to transport patients to local treatment
  • SC’s tax free holiday kicks off Friday

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Starting this Friday, Berkeley County shoppers can save a good bit of money at the store thanks to the annual tax free holiday. Clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers, blankets, bath towels, and pillows are only a few of the items that are exempt from sales tax during this tax free weekend. The savings will officially start August […]

    For three days, shoppers won't have to pay the usual six percent sales tax on select items
  • Santee Cooper to conduct aerial treatments for invasive plants in lakes Marion and Moultrie

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – From Aug. 5 through Aug. 15, Santee Cooper will conduct helicopter treatments of Environmental Protection Agency-approved aquatic herbicides in lakes Marion and Moultrie, targeting the invasive aquatic plant crested floating heart. Non-native crested floating heart is an aggressive plant, which is very difficult to control. At present, very few herbicides are effective in controlling this plant […]

    Santee Cooper file photo of helicopter treatments of EPA-approved aquatic herbicides for invasive weeks (2012). Photo credit: Jim Huff
  • Local firefighters show off their competitive side on the ball field

    MONCKS CORNER, S.C.—Firefighters are known for putting out fires but not necessarily for their skills on the ball field. However, that has recently changed—at least in Berkeley County. Earlier this month, several of the volunteer fire departments formed a softball league. The league is made up of Moncks Corner Rural, Pineridge, Whitesville, Macedonia and Santee Circle. “A couple of us […]

    Local firefighters show off their competitive side on the ball field
  • Coonfest attracts hundreds for a day of fun on the lake

    BONNEAU, S.C.—The scorching weather didn’t stop hundreds of eager boaters from taking part in this year’s Coonfest on Saturday. They came out in full force this weekend—and a few even came from out of town. The event attracted several hundred boats. Folks got to mingle with other boaters while listening to live music provided by the Corbitt Brother’s Band as […]

    Coonfest attracts hundreds for a day of fun on the lake
  • Trident Breast Care Center named a ‘Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence’

    Trident Breast Care Center is now South Carolina’s only Center of Excellence. The center was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC™). This is an incredible honor as it is one of only twenty-seven breast care centers in the United States to receive this level of certification. […]

    Pictured: Trident Medical Center
  • Father found guilty of killing son & shooting son’s fiancée

    BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson announced today that a Berkeley County jury found 62-year-old Johnny Irby guilty of murder and attempted murder on Thursday for the shooting of his son and the son’s fiancée at their home in Moncks Corner. Circuit Court Judge Roger M. Young sentenced Irby to thirty years on each charge to run concurrently. Telly Irby, […]

    Johnny Irby was convicted of murder and attempted murder.  He will serve 30 years in prison.
 
 

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Ahmed, owner of Discount Tobacco in Summerville, admitted to underreporting taxable sales from 2008 through 2011 in an amount in excess of two million dollars, thereby evading $167,004 in sales tax owed to the State of South Carolina.

Businessman convicted on tax evasion charges

July 29, 2014 at 11:04 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson recently announced that Syed Ahmed of North Charleston pled guilty in the Berkeley County Court of...

Business »

For three days, shoppers won't have to pay the usual six percent sales tax on select items

SC’s tax free holiday kicks off Friday

July 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Starting this Friday, Berkeley County shoppers can save a good bit of money at the store thanks to the annual tax free holiday. Clothing, footwear,...

EDUCATION »

Under the district’s new approved JH Policy, the district will “fill high school interscholastic coaching positions with qualified employees of the district.”

BCSD approves “ban” on parent volunteer coaches

July 23, 2014 at 3:42 pm

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–In an 8-to-0 vote Tuesday, school board members voted to no longer allow parent volunteer coaches in junior varsity and varsity sports—except...

Entertainment »

Pictured: Jeff Dunham (Provided) Tickets go on sale August 1st.

Funny man & ventriloquist Jeff Dunham headed to the lowcountry

July 29, 2014 at 11:10 pm

America’s Favorite Comic/Ventriloquist and the star of Comedy Central’s highest-rated specials, Jeff Dunham and his beloved cast of characters have taken their “Disorderly...

Government »

Pictured (Left to Right): John Camp (Advocate), Steve Ekhaml (Lecturer), Steve Gearhart (Grand Knight), Mayor Michael Heitzler, Frank Strunk (Deputy Grand Knight), 
Robert Ashton (Social Director), John Flinn (Membership Director)

Goose Creek mayor issues ‘Knights of Columbus’ proclamation

July 29, 2014 at 11:22 pm

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler has signed a proclamation declaring August 10-16, 2014 as “Knights of Columbus Family Week” in the City of Goose...

Health »

American Cancer Society seeks volunteer drivers to transport patients to local treatment

Volunteers needed in Pineville & Mount Holly to help cancer patients

July 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Every day, many cancer patients need rides to medical facilities for treatment. To help solve this problem, the American Cancer Society is having a recruitment campaign for...

 

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These peaches are being recalled for possible contamination.

Fruits sold at select stores recalled for possible contamination

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches nectarines, plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are reportedly impacted by this recalls. Listeria […]

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Pictured: John Weik (Courtesy: S.C. Department of Corrections)

Moncks Corner man on death row receives new sentence hearing

A Berkeley County man convicted in the brutal killing of his former girlfriend may have a new chance to avoid the death penalty. John Weik, 47, of Moncks Corner is currently sitting on death row at Lieber Correctional Institution for shooting the mother of his child, Susan Hutto Krasae, 27, in 1998. Shortly after the murder, Weik confessed to law […]

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Moncks Corner man charged with sexual conduct with minor

MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of 66-year-old Kenneth Raymond Crismond of Moncks Corner on one count connected to sexual conduct with a minor. The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, a member of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, made the arrest. In November 2013, an undercover officer with the Charleston Police Department […]

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Five teens arrested in several Cane Bay vehicle break-ins

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–According to Dan Moon with the Berkeley Co. Sheriff’s office, deputies have arrested five suspects in connection with thefts from several vehicles in the Cane Bay subdivision in Summerville. Moon said one suspect was spotted standing next to a vehicle he had just broken into, and in his possession were the very items taken from that vehicle. Deputies […]

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Under the district’s new approved JH Policy, the district will “fill high school interscholastic coaching positions with qualified employees of the district.”

BCSD approves “ban” on parent volunteer coaches

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–In an 8-to-0 vote Tuesday, school board members voted to no longer allow parent volunteer coaches in junior varsity and varsity sports—except under special circumstances. This was the second and final reading. The measure also passed on first reading in late June. The approved policy does not sit well with some parents. In fact, Sally Wofford of Moncks […]

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Pictured: Mark Sanford

Mark Sanford shows banking support for legal marijuana businesses

There’s no doubt marijuana is a hot topic.  Some people support its legalization in South Carolina largely citing medical benefits.  Others believe it only impairs a person’s judgment and leads to increased crime. Recently, one Lowcountry lawmaker weighed in on the drug. “I have never used any drug and don’t want our boys using them,” Congressman Mark Sanford wrote on […]

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Pictured: Johnny Dangerfield (Courtesy: LinkedIn)

Johnny Dangerfield avoids prison, still selling cars

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.—According to federal court documents, Johnny Dangerfield will not spend time behind bars for his reported involvement in a car dealership scheme that resulted in big profits for the former Suzuki dealer. On July 18, prosecutors dismissed the indictment and Judge C. Weston Houck approved it. For years, Johnny’s Suzuki was a staple on Lowcountry television. Every weekend, […]

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Five people died on SC roadways this weekend

Five people died on SC roadways this weekend

Although deaths on South Carolina roadways for the year of 2014 are slightly lower than they were up to this point in 2013, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has released a preliminary report announcing that five people died this weekend alone. Out of those five, three were inside of a vehicle and two were pedestrians. Of the three […]

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DHEC to hold informational session on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal

DHEC to hold informational session on EPA’s Clean Power Plan Proposal

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will hold an informational session to provide stakeholders with available information on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan proposal. The agenda includes a basic overview of the proposal, a discussion of various state agencies’ roles, and the significance of public engagement in the proposed plan. The session will […]

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Carolina Ale House now open for business

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 […]

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