Santee Cooper reduces spills to Santee; Santee to crest Saturday

Friday, October 9, 2015 4:14 p.m.

Santee Cooper has reduced its controlled spill at the Santee Dam on Lake Marion to 30,000 cubic feet of water per second as extreme inflows into the …

No Hunting Order Issued UPDATED

Friday, October 9, 2015 9:19 a.m.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resourses (DNR) declared a temporary hunting closure for four days in multiple counties including portions of Berkeley County.

Disaster unemployment made available to local residents

Friday, October 9, 2015 10:47 a.m.

Gov. Nikki Haley and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced that 16 counties, including Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, are eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) after FEMA approved them for individual assistance.

Council: Door-to-door salesmen must have permit

Friday, October 9, 2015 12:01 a.m.

If you’re soliciting wares door-to-door in Berkeley County, you will now be required to have a license.

Santee River continues to rise; shelter opens Friday for Jamestown residents UPDATED

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:16 p.m.

Santee River, which flows through Jamestown, is rising with more than half a million gallons added to its flow every second. The river is expected to …

Berkeley Co. schools open Friday on one-hour delay

Thursday, October 8, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Berkeley County School District students will return to school Friday, Oct. 9, on a one-hour delay.

Sheriff’s Office receives grant for 26 Tasers

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies will have a little extra back-up with a Department of Justice grant allowing for the purchase of 26 Tasers.

County Council goes paperless with iPads

Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Citing potential legal issues and cost-savings, Berkeley County Council approved purchasing electronic tablets for each council member and the supervisor — a total of $3,683.88.

Schools open on two-hour delay Thursday in Berkeley County UPDATED

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 1:26 p.m.

Berkeley County School District students will return to school Thursday on a two-hour delay. School bus pick up will operate on a one-hour delay.

Federal disaster declared for Berkeley County

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:41 a.m.

After Federal Emergency Management Agency and state damage assessment officials toured Berkeley County Tuesday in the wake of unprecedented flooding, …

Classes cancelled Wednesday; Employees will report UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:19 p.m.

Students in the Berkeley County School District will have another day off on Wednesday, officials announced on Tuesday.

Cross prepped for Burke, Baptist Hill

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:39 a.m.

Cross High School football coach Shaun Wright was less concerned with the postponed game against Burke High School than he was with the downtown …

Council approves bullet-proof vests for codes enforcement

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:10 p.m.

Berkeley County Council has approved spending $4,000 for the Planning Department’s eight codes enforcement officers to wear bulletproof vests.

Photos: Berkeley County grapples with unprecedented flood

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 4:01 p.m.

Independent reporter Lindsay Street rode around with Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Obie Pittman Monday to survey damage around Berkeley …

Supervisor: Berkeley Co. will be named disaster area

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:04 a.m.

Berkeley County was not one of the initial counties to be named federal disaster areas, but Supervisor Bill Peagler said the county will not miss out …

Blotter: Man walks into house, leaves fake foreclosure letter UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 12:19 p.m.

On the morning of Sept. 30, a Summerville man was sleeping in his house on Sanctuary Park Drive when another man walked through the door unannounced on the phone. The resident later told a Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputy that he heard the intruder say the house was ready to be packed and go through the refrigerator in the kitchen. As the …

BCSD cancels class for Wednesday

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 1:51 p.m.

Classes have been cancelled for Berkeley County students Wednesday, but employees are to return to work.

Floodwaters take 5-ton rescue truck off the road UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:42 a.m.

The people who chose to stay behind on French Quarter Creek Road in Huger needed to get out.

Travelers still stranded in Berkeley County UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Many weekend travelers were still stranded in Berkeley County on Monday.

Historic flooding sweeps through Berkeley county UPDATED

Monday, October 5, 2015 11:00 a.m.

The rain kept coming and the water kept rising in Berkeley County starting Friday and continuing into Monday, leaving residents stranded, sweeping …

Flooding worsens; District cancels school Monday UPDATED

Sunday, October 4, 2015 2:21 p.m.

Evacuations have been called for parts of Berkeley County Sunday and Berkeley County School District has canceled school for Monday.

Longleaf pine trees shedding needles is normal this time of year

Saturday, October 3, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Longleaf pine trees are shedding their needles across the sandhills and coastal plain, a normal occurrence this time of year, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Weather pushes games to Monday UPDATED

Friday, October 2, 2015 11:12 a.m.

Local schools rescheduled football games planned for Friday and those teams will play on Monday.

Emergency Director: Flooding poses danger this weekend

Friday, October 2, 2015 12:08 p.m.

Berkeley County government offices closed at noon Friday and the libraries will be closed through the weekend, but one office will remain open and on …

Committee downgrades drought for coastal counties

Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:01 p.m.

The S.C. Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call on Sept. 24, has downgraded the drought status of the coastal counties of South Carolina. Counties throughout the rest of the state remain in either incipient or moderate status, although the Committee is optimistic for more downgrades with the forecast of heavy rain around the state. …

Weather forcing rescheduling of games UPDATED

Thursday, October 1, 2015 1:03 p.m.

Schools are looking to weather reports and rescheduling football games planned for Friday.

Wood Duck box applications due Nov. 1

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:01 a.m.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the South Carolina State Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and the South Carolina Department of Corrections, will continue the construction and distribution of wood duck boxes this winter. Applications are available online at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/waterfowl/woodduck/application.html …

Crime briefs UPDATED

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:01 a.m.

On the evening of Sept. 22, a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy responded to Southern Sugar Drive in Moncks Corner. At the scene, residents told …

Fire Prevention Week Festivities in Moncks Corner

The Independent

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 8:26 a.m.

This year’s fire prevention theme is “Hear the beep when you sleep: every bedroom needs a working fire alarm.” …

Berkeley bands compete in inaugural honorary event

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:25 a.m.

McKissick Field in Summerville came to life Saturday as 10 high school bands from around the tri-county and one from the Upstate performed a variety …

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