Briefs

SC public health agency urges people to get a flu shot

BY: - December 5, 2023

COLUMBIA — As the number of flu-like illnesses climbs in South Carolina, the state’s public health agency is encouraging people to get their flu shot for National Influenza Vaccination Week. There were 1,691 confirmed cases of flu in South Carolina the week of Nov. 19 through Nov. 25, bringing the total this season to 7,229. Four […]

Midlands Tech expands education for high-demand jobs with new Lexington campus

BY: - December 4, 2023

LEXINGTON — People in the South Carolina Midlands who want jobs in high-demand fields, such as heavy equipment operators or aides in a doctor’s office, could soon get the necessary training closer to home or work. Starting in January, Midlands Technical College will offer classes out of a former middle school as part of a […]

Local health departments in SC to offer free HIV, STD tests

BY: - December 1, 2023

COLUMBIA — Free testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, will be available across the state Tuesday. Statewide, 49 locations will offer tests for the virus that attacks the immune system in honor of World AIDS Day, which is meant to raise awareness of the disease, the state’s public health agency announced Friday. Testing will […]

At U.S. Senate lunch, Rand Paul aids Joni Ernst in choking emergency

BY: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst is doing okay after a fellow senator, Rand Paul of Kentucky, had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on the Iowa Republican when she choked on food during a closed-door GOP lunch Thursday. “Can’t help but choke on the woke policies Dems are forcing down our throats. Thanks, Dr. @RandPaul!,” […]

New SC website offers help on how to talk to kids about drugs, alcohol

BY: - November 28, 2023

COLUMBIA — A website encouraging parents to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol launches Wednesday as part of South Carolina’s effort to combat substance abuse. The Open Conversation SC website will include facts about drugs and alcohol, instructional videos on how to talk to children as young as 4 and as old as […]

Winthrop wins grant from Charles Schwab to train financial planners

BY: - November 28, 2023

ROCK HILL — As many as 40 Winthrop University business students could receive scholarships to become financial planners with a grant from investment giant Charles Schwab. The Charles Schwab Foundation would not disclose how much it gave but Winthrop administrators called the gift significant. The donation announced this month will fund scholarships and help with […]

Governor sings Spice Girls hit to explain SC’s economic development approach

BY: - November 28, 2023

WEST COLUMBIA — When it comes to South Carolina’s economic development strategy, Gov. Henry McMaster thinks the Spice Girls explain it best. The 76-year-old Republican governor took to the mic with a sampling of the British girl band’s 1997 chart-topper “Wannabe” during a Tuesday breakfast gathering of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. When […]

Nikki Haley wins support of conservative network founded by Koch brothers

BY: - November 28, 2023

A powerful conservative network is backing former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in her bid to topple former President Donald Trump and become Republicans’ 2024 nominee. Americans for Prosperity Action, which spent about $70 million in the 2022 election cycle, announced its endorsement Tuesday, noting this is the first time the political action committee had […]

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Former GOP legislator elected mayor of SC’s largest city

BY: - November 22, 2023

South Carolina’s largest city will be led by a Republican mayor for the first time since Reconstruction. In Charleston’s mayoral runoff election Tuesday, former state Rep. William Cogswell won over two-term incumbent Mayor John Tecklenburg by 569 votes out of 27,291 cast. Although the job is non-partisan, Cogswell was a Republican in the House, and […]

Golf courses could sell cocktails earlier under SC proposal

BY: - November 21, 2023

COLUMBIA — An early tee time could start with a bloody mary under a proposal expanding the hours and confines for cocktails at South Carolina golf courses. Currently, liquor drinks can’t be sold in South Carolina before 10 a.m., said Tim Smith, spokesman for the state Department of Revenue, which oversees alcohol licenses. But legislation […]

Look up! Traffic enforcement takes to the skies in SC for holiday travel

BY: - November 20, 2023

COLUMBIA — Planes will fly over South Carolina’s interstates to help troopers enforce traffic laws during the Thanksgiving holiday’s busy travel days. The planes will patrol the state’s highways Wednesday — when people are typically driving to their Thanksgiving destinations — and Sunday, when many are driving back home. Because of the number of people […]

Free vaccines offered through Autism Society of SC, with focus on elderly and disabled

BY: - November 17, 2023

NORTH CHARLESTON — Free COVID-19, flu and shingles vaccines will be available Monday in North Charleston as part of a federally funded program meant to increase access to immunization.  The Autism Society of South Carolina is working to vaccinate more people who may otherwise hesitate. After Monday’s event at the North Charleston Library, the next […]