Tony Bartelme


Tony Bartelme is senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He has earned national honors from the Nieman, Scripps, Loeb and National Press foundations and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Reach him at 843-937-5554 and @tbartelme

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Charleston County will rein in the number of employees who use government charge cards for expenses, a decision that follows reports of fraud and misuse.

County Administrator Jennifer Miller directed the procurement department to trim the number of p-cards over the next 30 days, Shawn Smetana, the county's spokesman, said.

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Gale winds pushed up high tide water Friday to cause widespread flooding across the low lying waterfronts and streets. Then came the rain. It all goes away on Saturday, leaving South Carolina a few degrees warmer than the chilly Thanksgiving holiday. Less than an inch of rain is expected.

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Hurricane Florence's slow-motion path through South Carolina and North Carolina broke flooding and rainfall records. But scientists say it also fits a pattern: as the Earth warms, we can expect to see slower storms, ones that dump previously unheard of amounts of rain. This will require coastal residents and even ones inland to rethink how and where they build, experts say.

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Florence’s floods are receding in some parts of South Carolina, but the storm’s record-breaking deluge left behind new challenges: displaced snakes, a stew of potentially deadly microbes and daunting decisions over how to pay for damaged and destroyed businesses and homes.

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