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Applications open for Lowcountry Local First UPDATED

Friday, February 26, 2016 2:57 p.m.

Lowcountry Local First, in partnership with the College of Charleston's School of Professional Studies, has opened up a call for applications to the 2016 Growing New Farmers Program. This 6-month program offers a Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture and an optional apprenticeship, providing introductory agricultural production and business …

SC grandmother fights HIV/AIDS in PBS film UPDATED

SC grandmother fights HIV/AIDS in PBS film

By Desireé Cheeks

Special to The News

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:45 a.m.

Meet Wilhemina Dixon from Williston, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, in a new film from Independent Lens. …

Former Kingstree resident spotlights homelessness UPDATED

Former Kingstree resident spotlights homelessness

By Michaele Duke

news@kingstreenews.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:00 p.m.

A former Kingstree resident who was once homeless in several cities and states (including Kingstree) has taken his experience and nearly become the …

Hemingway students compete in robotics event UPDATED

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 2:39 p.m.

Williamsburg County students will be competing in the 13th annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition February 25-27, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The Hemingway Tigers (FIRST Robotics Team) will compete February 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and February 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trump woos Williamsburg UPDATED

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Voters went to the polls in South Carolina to make their republican presidential picks on Saturday, February 20. Of the 46 counties in the state, only seven counties had a voter turnout of 30 to 40 percent. No county had a turnout of 50 percent or greater.

Sheriff’s office seeks citizens’ input UPDATED

Sheriff’s office seeks citizens’ input

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:00 p.m.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning two suspects in connection to an armed robbery.

Industry, canal discussed during town council meeting UPDATED

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:37 a.m.

Several items were discussed during Kingstree Town Council’s February 15, meeting. Kingstree Interim Town Manager Richard Treme presented to council an update on construction projects.

Andrews man charged with manslaughter UPDATED

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 8:52 a.m.

Tauren Jonell Tisdale, 34, of 272 Tad Road, Andrews, has been charged with manslaughter following the death of his brother. On February 15, …

Greeleyville teen charged with attempted murder UPDATED

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 6:12 a.m.

Mark Kristopher Bryant, age 17, of McMillan Road, Greeleyville, was arrested and charged by the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office with two counts …

Local elected officials make endorsements UPDATED

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:34 p.m.

Senator Ronnie Sabb, who represents Williamsburg County District 32, joined U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn Friday, February 19, when he announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the United States President. Congressman Clyburn had pledged in the past not to endorse a candidate. According to recent polls, Clinton holds a 28-point lead. Sabb …

Library remains empty four months after the flood

Library remains empty four months after the flood

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Before the October flood, the Williamsburg County Library - Kingstree had 1,200 visits per week. Over four months later, 100 visits is the norm. …

Man's death under investigation UPDATED

Friday, February 19, 2016 9:23 a.m.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible murder that occurred in Andrews. According to an incident report on February 15, a family member found Jeremy William Tisdale, 44, of Tad Road, Andrews, unresponsive. According to Williamsburg County Coroner Harrison McKnight, the body was taken to a local funeral home and later …

Myers protest denied UPDATED

Friday, February 19, 2016 4:07 p.m.

A protest filed with the Williamsburg County Election Commission by Nate Myers was denied by the commission. Myers and Chris Williams ran for …

HUD awards nearly $21 million to improve, preserve public housing in South Carolina UPDATED

Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:55 a.m.

COLUMBIA – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro today announced HUD is allocating $20,936,059 to public housing authorities in South Carolina to make needed capital improvements in their properties.  The Housing Authority of Kingstree was awarded $222,255.  

Myers protests Williams' town council win. UPDATED

Thursday, February 18, 2016 11:12 a.m.

Thursday's official count shows Chris Williams as the winner in the special election for Kingstree Town Council District 3 seat. Williams beat challenger Nate Myers 26 to 25 votes; however, Myers has filed a protest.

Andrews man charged with attempted murder UPDATED

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:51 p.m.

Law enforcement has arrested Charles Lewis Bazen, 55, of 228 Lambert Road, Andrews with two counts of Attempted Murder to include Weapons/ …

South Carolina Export Sales Top $30 Billion In 2015, Achieve Sixth Consecutive Record Year UPDATED

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:23 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the sixth consecutive year, the State of South Carolina has set a record for total export sales. Today, Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Ports Authority announced that the State's 2015 export sales totaled $30.9 billion, according to data from the U.S. Department of …

Primaries around the corner UPDATED

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:18 a.m.

The Democratic Presidential Preference Primary election will be held Saturday, February 27. Citizens who would normally vote in the election at the J. …

Williamson honored as State Employee of the Year UPDATED

Williamson honored as State Employee of the Year
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:00 p.m.

The S.C. Association of Regional Councils of Government named James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, Ph.D., president of the SC Technical …

Local students attend Palmetto Boy’s/Girl’s State UPDATED

Local students attend Palmetto Boy’s/Girl’s State
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 11:00 a.m.

The W.J. (Billy) Britton American Legion Post #8 and the Ladies Auxiliary sponsored eight students to attend the Palmetto Boy’s State and …

Close race with Williams beating Myers UPDATED

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 8:01 p.m.

The unofficial winner for the Kingstree Town Council District 3 seat is Chris Williams who beat challenger Nate Myers. Of the 348 active voters in Precincts 1 and 2, 50 cast their vote. In the end, Williams had 26 votes to Myers' 24 votes, with one write-in and three provisional ballots that have not been counted. Certification will take place …

HHS students attend 2016 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium UPDATED

HHS students attend 2016 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Monday, February 15, 2016 5:30 p.m.

On January 29, 21 students from Hemingway High School attended the 45th Annual South Carolina Department of Defense Junior Science and Humanities …

Scam Calls and Emails Using IRS as Bait Persist UPDATED

Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:55 a.m.

Scams using the IRS as a lure continue. They take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. They use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. They may try to steal your identity too.

SLED: Violent crime rate down 12 percent in SC in 2013 UPDATED

Saturday, February 13, 2016 6:48 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The rate of violent crime dropped more than 12 percent while the rate of property crimes was down almost 6 percent in South Carolina from 2012 to 2013. Assaults on law enforcement officers increased.

Locals sent to hospital after ingesting pill UPDATED

Friday, February 12, 2016 2:08 p.m.

At least two local people have been hospitalized in two Florence County hospitals after taking an unknown drug. On the evening of February 11, two people from Williamsburg County became ill after they took what is believed to be Roxy, a nickname given to a type of Oxycodone at a home on Hill Lane in Kingstree, according to news reports. …

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.65 Million to Support Automotive Manufacturing in Berkeley County, South Carolina UPDATED

Friday, February 12, 2016 1:58 p.m.

  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.65 million grant to Berkeley County, South Carolina to construct a new regional sewer system to support automaker Volvo's first U.S. manufacturing facility. According to the grantee, this project will help …

Hospital status update UPDATED

Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:42 p.m.

The first of what most likely will be many briefs regarding the Williamsburg Regional Hospital took place in County Supervisor Stanley Pasley's …

Hemingway precinct moved temporarily UPDATED

Thursday, February 11, 2016 11:22 a.m.

Citizens who would normally vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary election at the J.J. Mitcheom Center in Hemingway will vote at the …

Foxworth Auto and Tire receives Image Award UPDATED

Foxworth Auto and Tire receives Image Award
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:00 a.m.

The Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber presented the Image Award for January to Foxworth Tire and Auto in Kingstree. Seventy-five years ago, …

Grant workshop offered for Ag producers and rural businesses UPDATED

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:49 p.m.

USDA, Rural Development is offering agricultural producers and rural small businesses in South Carolina an opportunity to reduce their energy consumption with the assistance of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). A workshop will be held Thursday, February 18 at 11:00 A.M. at the Santee Electric Cooperative Conference Center, 424 Sumter …

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