This Week in South Carolina

President Declares Disaster For South Carolina and 16 Counties Due to Hurricane Irma

October 18, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Work on Folly Island following Tropical Storm Irma

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that a major disaster exists in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 16 counties affected by Hurricane Irma, but not for individuals. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public...

This Week in SC - The Opioid Crisis

October 16, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Aimee Crouch
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Rep. Eric Bedingfield and SCDAODAS Director Sara Goldsby address the growing opioid epidemic in our state.

South Carolina Sends 150 Guardsmen to Puerto Rico

September 28, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
An image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order Thursday to send 150 engineer soldiers with the S.C. National Guard to assist in recovery efforts following the widespread destruction wreaked by Hurricane Maria. The engineers are part of a multi-state Engineer Task Force...

Vulnerable Adults, South Carolina's 'Hidden Crisis'

September 26, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. Statehouse

The growing number of maltreated, vulnerable adults is a “hidden crisis” in South Carolina, fueled by an aging population, high turnover within the state Department of Social Services and low funding, the agency’s director said Tuesday. DSS Director Susan Alford told a...

SAT And AP Scores Edge Up in South Carolina

September 26, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
South Carolina Students Outpace Nation on SAT and AP Scores

South Carolina students outperformed the national average on both the SAT and Advanced Placement exams, according to the State Department of Education. The overall mean SAT score was four points higher than the national mean at 1,058—out of a potential 1,600 on the recently...

The Latest: Gov. Lifts Barrier Island Evacuation Order, Cleanup Begins

September 12, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Palmetto Blvd. at Edisto Beach on Sept. 12, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local): 4 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Betsy Binette, who owns a crossfit gym with her husband Ted, was getting her workout in Tuesday. She squatted and pushed heavy chunks of pine tree into a pile after Ted...

VIDEO: Irma's Rain And Wind Arrive in South Carolina

September 11, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Folly Beach around high tide on Sept. 11, 2017.

The latest on now Tropical Storm Irma's effects in South Carolina (all times local): 6:45 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Authorities are in the process of performing a damage assessment of roadways and causeways in the area that is expected to be completed Tuesday morning. Once it's...

The Latest: South Carolina Braces For Hurricane Irma Winds, Flooding

September 10, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The scene from Folly Beach as wind from Hurricane Irma whips sand and waves on Sept. 10, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 7:50 p.m. BEAUFORT -- County officials are warning evacuees not to post information, including addresses, to social media about their vacant homes to prevent would-be thieves from targeting them. The...

The Latest: Curfew, Evacuation Order in Effect For Beaufort County Barrier Islands

September 9, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Troopers and National Guard troops.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 6:30 p.m. BEAUFORT -- Sheriff P.J. Tanner announced that a dawn to dusk curfew is now in effect for Beaufort County barrier islands under the governor's evacuation order due to hazardous effects from...

Updated: Governor Orders Evacuation of Several Barrier Islands as Hurricane Irma Looms

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Some Hurricane Irma preparations seen on Rainbow Row in Charleston on Sept. 8, 2017.

The latest on hurricane preparations in South Carolina (all times local): 8 p.m. BEAUFORT -- County Sheriff P. J. Tanner said the barrier island order to evacuate took into account the four King Tides that will be occurring, from Sunday through Monday, when Hurricane Irma...

Hurricane Irma Closings

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Henry McMaster said Thursday that schools and government offices could be closed on Monday and Tuesday in some or all of the state's 46 counties. A decision on that is forthcoming. The following are current closings and other announcements related to Hurricane Irma:...

State Public Hotline Activated

September 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by SCEMD
scemd heaquarters

Columbia, S.C. (Friday, Sept. 8, 2017) – Residents in South Carolina who have questions about Hurricane Irma can now call the state’s toll-free hotline. Operators with the Public Information Phone System (PIPS) are available 24 hours a day for as long as is needed. If you...

Governor Tells South Carolinians to Prepare For Evacuation Ahead of Irma

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Gov. Henry McMasters press conference on Sept. 7, 2017.

Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties could be under a mandatory evacuation order by Saturday morning, days before Hurricane Irma is expected to reach the state. Gov. Henry McMaster did order the evacuation of 143 health care facilities in Beaufort, Charleston,...

President Declares State of Emergency for South Carolina

September 7, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Hurricane Irma, center.

President Donald Trump issued a state of emergency declaration for South Carolina on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the expected effects of Hurricane Irma. The move provides the state with federal funding assistance and resources in preparation for the Category 5 storm that...

SC Price Gouging Law In Effect Ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson implemented the state’s law against price gouging Wednesday, following the governor’s state of emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Irma. “With the possibility that Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Carolina, our...

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