After six years, third floor of jail to open Monday UPDATED

Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:10 p.m.

The third floor of the Hill-Finklea Detention Center opened Monday to fanfare from Berkeley County officials.

Utility ceases spilling from Lake Marion UPDATED

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:47 p.m.

Santee Cooper has concluded spilling operations from the Santee Dam on Lake Marion. The gates at the Santee Spillway were closed on the afternoon of …

For a second time, council says ‘no’ to prohibiting firing of guns in neighborhoods

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:01 a.m.

Councilman Tommy Newell knew he’d been beat for a second time when he called for a vote during the Facilities and Infrastructure committee …

Asbestos in old GCHS buildings increases demo costs

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:01 a.m.

Berkeley County School District will shell out an additional $213,004 for the Goose Creek High renovation project due to higher-than-expected levels …

Sen. Ted Cruz unveils five-step plan at county rally

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:16 p.m.

An eager crowd cheered and chanted the name of Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz as the Texas politician arrived at a rally of his …

Moncks Corner man pleads guilty to money laundering

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:43 p.m.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated in a press release that Keith Scott, 41, of Moncks Corner entered a guilty plea in federal court for conspiracy to conduct financial transactions involving proceeds of narcotics trafficking, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h).

Moncks Corner MLK parade UPDATED

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 2:47 p.m.

Wolves, Trojans make HSSR all-state teams

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The High School Sports Report has announced its all-state teams for football and other fall sports and will recognize those athletes at a banquet in …

Would-be Republican voters must register by Wednesday for presidential primary UPDATED

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:16 p.m.

Anyone wishing to vote in the Republican presidential primary next month must be registered to vote by Wednesday, Jan. 20.

For volunteers, hope blooms for reopening Cypress Gardens

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Cypress Gardens will reopen again — and hundreds of volunteers converged on Berkeley County’s top tourist destination to make sure that …

Moncks Corner MLK event looks at divisiveness in community

Monday, January 18, 2016 12:01 a.m.

A Muslim, a Jew and three Christians walked into a church in Moncks Corner. It’s not the beginning of a joke; it’s what happened during …

Player Profile: Jamia Gadsden

Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:58 p.m.

If Jamia Gadsden isn’t playing basketball, she’s splitting time between family, church and shopping.

Scholarship applications open for tri-county students

Sunday, January 17, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Coastal Community Foundation has announced that applications are available for its annual scholarship program. Assistance is available for tri-county high school seniors who plan to pursue a two- or four-year college degree.

Berkeley sweeps Region 8-AAA openers

Sunday, January 17, 2016 6:59 p.m.

Sermons on the sidelines?

Timberland sweeps region openers

Saturday, January 16, 2016 12:33 a.m.

Timberland High School’s basketball teams swept an opponent for the fourth straight time with victories in their Region 7-AA openers on …

National Championship commemorative envelopes available at select post offices

Saturday, January 16, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Six select South Carolina Post Offices will feature a special limited edition retail product beginning Monday. The new item is a commemorative envelope, recognizing the success of the Clemson football program in reaching the College Football Playoff National Championship game with Alabama. The specially licensed, full-color #10 envelope comes in a …

Change looms in rural community of Pringletown

Saturday, January 16, 2016 12:01 p.m.

The trees had always been there until one day they weren’t. The trees were just trees but their absence confirmed the headline: Volvo moving …

Scholarship targets high school seniors with a deceased parent

Friday, January 15, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The James F. Byrnes Scholarship Program was established in 1949 to assist young South Carolinians who had lost one or both parents.

County approves seeking bids for independent fire study

Friday, January 15, 2016 11:30 a.m.

Three years after the governing body of Berkeley County recommended an independent study of its 26 rural, volunteer fire departments, the bid process …

NWS: Rain could bring high water

Friday, January 15, 2016 9:15 a.m.

Rain expected today sparked the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Dorchester and Berkeley counties through Friday evening.

A resolution with rewards: Quit and Win campaign offers cash incentives to quit smoking

Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:01 p.m.

The year 2016 may be the year an adage is debunked.

South Carolina lawmakers propose raising minimum dropout age

Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

(AP) -- South Carolina lawmakers are making another attempt to cut the state’s high school dropout rate. A bill to be considered by General Assembly this year would raise the minimum dropout age from 17 to age 18.

In with the new: Moncks Corner’s swearing in ceremony for chief, council, commissioner and mayor

Thursday, January 14, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It was a night of new as 2016 got its official start with a swearing in ceremony at Moncks Corner town hall Jan. 4.

Forest Service offers fee-free Martin Luther King Day

Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:26 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests will offer a fee-free day Monday, waiving day-use fees at recreation sites on both forests.

437th Airlift Wing Commander Reflects on Wing’s 50 years in Charleston

For the Independent

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:31 a.m.

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. – Fifty years ago, on Jan. 8, 1966, the 437th Airlift Wing began its presence in Charleston, S.C. In the ensuing …

FEMA looks at numbers from flood relief

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:31 a.m.

Ninety days after severe storms and flooding in South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration have provided more than $219 million in grants and loans to assist in recovery, according to a statement from the agency.

‘Don’t forget to tell “the Dream”’

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:30 a.m.

A white man in his 20s — but looking not much older than most teenagers — entered Emanuel AME in downtown Charleston and sat in on a …

Legislative session to be telecast live

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 11:34 a.m.

The South Carolina Legislature will be seen live Tuesdays-Thursdays on the ETV World Channel beginning Jan. 12.

Suicides outpace population growth in Berkeley County

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 11:09 a.m.

At least 30 people died by their own hands in Berkeley County in 2015, contributing to a rate that appears to be outpacing the county’s …

Salisbury named volunteer of year by Berkeley County Prevention Board

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:01 a.m.

In recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the field of prevention and to the promotion of a safe and healthy drug-free county, the …

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