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The abrupt resignation of Aiken County Public School District Superintendent Sean Alford, who was widely viewed as rising star in state education circles, has exposed a bitter divide in this rural community, with allegations of racism, a threat of physical violence and a school board in turmoil.
In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, at least 36 Charleston employees have been combing the city to look for and record damage from the storm. By Wednesday, they had visited more than 28,000 properties but didn't find much.
Hurricane Dorian on Sunday did little to ease concerns about its surging wind and rain hitting South Carolina in the coming days, causing local and state officials to ratchet up preparation efforts.
While Denmark has now turned into an example of failing infrastructure and injustice on the presidential campaign trail, views about the safety of its water have created lasting fracture points in this small city, about 20 miles southwest of Orangeburg.
Thieves stole roughly $300,000 of palladium, a lucrative silvery-white metal, from a chemical plant in Georgetown in July.
Attorneys for South Carolina's highest-ranking Catholic continued to push back Thursday against allegations that Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone sexually abused a young parishioner in New York in the 1970s, saying the accusations were fabricated in an attempt to squeeze money from the church.
The bishop denies the allegation of repeatedly sexually abusing a young boy beginning in 1978 while serving as a pastor in New York.
Florida-based Hannah Grace Homes says it will no longer seek to open a facility in Pickens County, yielding to mounting local resistance about the prospect of its arrival in the small community of Sunset.
With a state inspection looming, the would-be host of Freedom Village USA says the group is no longer coming to South Carolina.
Back-to-back storms that caused extensive flooding and the threat of bigger tides are convincing many to go higher. But raising a historic home can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and flood insurance payments often aren't enough.