South Carolina

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Creepy Facebook Posts Add to Mystery of Missing Couple

They haven't been seen since Aug. 31

(Newser) - Seemingly innocent posts on the Facebook page of South Carolina man Charlie Carver are in fact deeply disturbing, friends and family say. Carver and girlfriend Kala Brown disappeared on Aug. 31, and loved ones say the posts that have appeared on the account this month were clearly written by somebody... More »

Man Saves Dog From Grisly Elevator Death at Last Second

'I just did what you are supposed to do'

(Newser) - A dog named Boo Boo owes its life to a quick-acting hotel manager in South Carolina, reports Today . Boo Boo was on a leash when its owner got onto an elevator at the Roadway Inn in Greenville, but the elevator's doors closed with Boo Boo still in the hallway.... More »

A Civil War-Era Find on a SC Beach, Thanks to Matthew

16 rusty cannonballs were discovered near Charleston after hurricane

(Newser) - Local media alerted residents in and around Charleston, SC, on Sunday that they were probably going to hear something "like an explosion. That heads-up was because 16 rusty cannonballs were unearthed by Hurricane Matthew on Folly Beach, the city's Facebook page announced, and per USA Today , they appeared... More »

Weakened Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall in US

Four deaths have been reported, all in Florida

(Newser) - A weakening Hurricane Matthew continued its march along the Atlantic coast Saturday, lashing two of the South's most historic cities and some of its most popular resort islands, flattening trees, swamping streets and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands, the AP reports. According to the AP , it made... More »

Obama: This Is 'Still a Really Dangerous Hurricane'

600K without power in Florida

(Newser) - President Obama is echoing a meteorologist in warning that Hurricane Matthew is no joke. This is "still a really dangerous hurricane," Obama said Friday, per the AP . He urged people not to be complacent after early headlines suggesting the storm isn't as bad expected, noting that people... More »

Sandy Hook Mom Pens Moving Letter to Jacob Hall's Mom

'Jacob was your superhero. Dylan was my Superman': Nicole Hockley to Renae Hall

(Newser) - No one ever really knows another's pain over the loss of a loved one, but Nicole Hockley probably has, more than most, a "sense of the journey" Renae Hall is now taking. Hockley is the mom of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook... More »

A Superhero Funeral for a Superhero Boy

Townville shooting victim Jacob Hall laid to rest surrounded by all his favorite characters

(Newser) - No sadder news emerged in the aftermath of the Townville school shooting last month than the death of 6-year-old Jacob Hall . But though his family and friends lost the South Carolina first-grader much sooner than they should have, they didn't lose his spirit—which is why a variety of... More »

Florida Preparing for 'Direct Hit' From Hurricane

Gov. Rick Scott warns 'massive destruction' is possible

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is warning residents to "prepare for a direct hit" from Hurricane Matthew, expected to arrive on the US coast as soon as Thursday. The "extremely dangerous" storm crossed Haiti and Cuba on Tuesday, killing seven people, and is expected to hit the Bahamas on... More »

South Carolina Plans Mass Hurricane Evacuation

It will impact 1 million people

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she plans to issue an evacuation order Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Matthew so that 1 million people can safely and comfortably leave the coast, the AP reports. Haley said at a Tuesday news conference that she will finalize the order Wednesday morning, unless there... More »

6-Year-Old Shot in SC School Shooting Dies

A bullet struck a main artery in Jacob Hall's leg

(Newser) - A coroner says a 6-year-old boy has died days after he was critically wounded in a school shooting in South Carolina, the AP reports. Anderson County coroner Greg Shore said Jacob Hall died about 1pm Saturday. Jacob had been fighting for his life at a hospital since the shooting Wednesday... More »

SC Shooting Victim 'Fighting for His Life'

6-year-old Jacob Hall was shot in femoral artery in Townville

(Newser) - One of the two young students injured in Wednesday's school shooting in Townville, SC, has been released from the hospital after being shot in the foot, the Greenville News reports. But the other, 6-year-old Jacob Hall, is "fighting for his life," per a statement by Jacob's... More »

Cops: Teen Killed Dad, Opened Fire at Elementary School

Two students and a teacher were wounded

(Newser) - A South Carolina teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The AP reports teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in rural Townville. One of the... More »

'Choking Game' Kills 11-Year-Old

Garrett Pope's parents are speaking out to warn others

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, the parents of Garrett Pope, Jr., found the 11-year-old South Carolina boy in his room, dead from accidental asphyxiation. Now they're speaking out to let the world know that something called the "Choking Game" killed their little boy and to warn other parents so the same... More »

Family's 'Nagging Question' About Son's Death Resolved

SC officer fired 13 months after shooting the unarmed teen

(Newser) - The South Carolina police officer who shot and killed Zachary Hammond has been fired more than a year after the unarmed 19-year-old's death. Seneca Police Chief John Covington declined to comment further on the firing of Mark Tiller, a six-year veteran of the force who had been on paid... More »

Cops Step Up Patrols After More Carolina Clown Sightings

Kids say clown tried to lure them with treats

(Newser) - Cops are seeking a suspect with white overalls, red shoes, red bushy hair, a white face, and a red nose after the latest in a string of disturbing clown sightings in the Carolinas. In the latest incident, police in Winston-Salem, NC, say the suspect tried to lure kids into woods... More »

Sheriff Vows to Arrest Creepy Clowns

Sightings continue in Greenville, South Carolina

(Newser) - More sightings of people dressed in clown makeup and wigs have led police in Greenville, SC, to warn that anyone doing so will be arrested. "It's illegal. It's dangerous. It's inappropriate, and it's creating community concern so it needs to stop," says Police... More »

SC Sprays for Zika, Kills Millions of Bees

Beekeepers in Dorchester County say they weren't warned

(Newser) - The plan was to kill droves of mosquitoes to combat West Nile and Zika in South Carolina. An unexpected result: millions of honeybees ended up dead, too. Officials in Dorchester County who approved Sunday's aerial spraying of an insecticide have apologized after beekeepers lost entire hives and their livelihoods.... More »

Revolutionary War Battlefield Finally Found

Exact site of the Feb. 3, 1779, encounter was only recently discovered

(Newser) - Historians say they've found the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of Grays Hill on the South Carolina coast. There's a roadside marker on US 21 north of Beaufort generally describing the battle, in which "a force of South Carolina militia, continentals, and volunteers ... defeated the British... More »

FBI Has Horrifying Theory on Missing Teen

Authorities believe Brittanee Drexel, 17, was raped and tossed into gator pit

(Newser) - The FBI believes Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old girl vacationing in South Carolina, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and dumped in a gator pit after disappearing from Myrtle Beach in 2009, USA Today reports. According to NBC New York , it's the first time the FBI has given its thoughts on what... More »

Kids: Clowns Are Trying to Lure Us Into SC Woods

Police have so far uncovered nothing suspicious

(Newser) - Residents of Greenville, South Carolina, say a person (or people) dressed as a clown has been trying to lure children into the woods near an apartment complex, WSPA reports. On Aug. 21, a woman called authorities to report that her son had seen "clowns in the woods." Another... More »

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