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Francis Marion National Forest Road Repair and Maintenance To Begin

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The Francis Marion National Forest has awarded two three-year contracts to address road repairs and maintenance throughout the district road system. Recent weather events, such as the severe storms and flooding in the fall of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, produced historic rainfall which led to widespread erosion and damage affecting 157 National Forest System roads. Repairs […]

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Goose Creek Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Stacy B. Middleton, age 47, of Goose Creek was sentenced in federal court in Charleston on two felony counts of Willfully Preparing and Filing a False Income Tax Return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2). Senior United States District Court Judge Patrick Michael Duffy sentenced Middleton […]


Berkeley County To Host Public Meeting On Road Widening Project

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Berkeley County will host a public meeting at Cane Bay High School, located at 1624 State Road Summerville, S.C., on October 24, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The meeting aims to answer questions and provide information regarding the proposed widening of US-176. This meeting will have a drop-in type format with displays for viewing, and citizens will […]

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Santee Cooper Names Interim CEO and COO

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – The Santee Cooper Board of Directors recently named James E. Brogdon Jr. interim president and CEO. Brogdon retired from Santee Cooper in 2014 as general counsel and executive vice president. Current President and CEO Lonnie Carter announced his retirement Aug. 25. The Board also named Marc R. Tye, Santee Cooper executive vice president of competitive markets […]

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Coroner: Body of Missing Scuba Diver Recovered

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–The two-day search for a missing scuba diver has come to a tragic end. During a news conference Monday, Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury announced that rescue crews recovered the diver’s body from the Cooper River around 12:30 p.m. The Berkeley County Rescue Squad, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and SCDNR had spent several days looking for the […]

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Berkeley County Coroner: 2 Traffic Fatalities in a 10-Hour Period

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–Within ten hours, Berkeley County had 2 traffic deaths a mile apart on I-26 near the 187-mile marker.  At approximately 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 5), a sedan and an 18-wheeler collided in the west bound lane at mile marker 186 ½. The driver of the sedan, 88-year-old, James Reynolds of Dorchester, S.C. collided with a truck and then […]

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Berkeley Rescue Squad, Sheriff’s Office, DNR Searching For Missing Diver

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–A diver has gone missing on the Cooper River, according to Berkeley County first responders. The Berkeley  Rescue Squad, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and DNR are actively searching for the diver. First responders were notified of the diver’s disappearance shortly after 12 p.m. Saturday. A command post has been set up at the Cypress Garden boat landing. […]

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Goose Creek Police: Forgery Suspect’s Identity Sought

GOOSE CREEK, S.C.–The Goose Creek Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the individual involved with the forging of a check on 09/22/2017. Police say the subject pictured above utilized a forged check to purchase merchandise at 605 St James Avenue (Walmart) in Goose Creek. If you have any information as to identity of this subject, please contact […]

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Report: Average Credit Score In Berkeley County Is 647

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C.–When it comes to your finances, we all know that your credit score plays a big role. Your credit score often determines the interest rate you’ll pay for credit cards, car loans, mortgages and whether you’ll get a loan in the first place. Recently, LendEDU compiled a list of 150 towns and cities with the highest (and the lowest) […]


Report: South Carolina’s Teen Birth Rate Continues Steady Decline

South Carolina’s teen birth rate has declined by 67% since peaking in 1991, continuing decades of success for communities acrost the state. This includes a 9% decrease from 2015 to 2016, landing the teen birth rate for 15-19 year olds at 23.8 per 1,000 females. Declines over the past 25 years have been most substantial among African American youth ages […]