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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

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 …

Hospital suspends operations UPDATED

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 2:00 p.m.

Modular unit expected to be erected onsite within a few weeks

Participate in the Feb. 12-15 Winter Baltimore Oriole Survey, Great Backyard Bird Count UPDATED

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:44 p.m.

       The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct an annual Baltimore Oriole Winter Survey on 12-15 Feb. 2016. This survey is in …

Waste Pesticide Disposal Collection Dates & Locations Set UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:21 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Waste Pesticide Disposal Program dates and locations are set for February 2016. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is offering several opportunities to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides.

Local students sign letters of commit UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:25 p.m.

Running back Isiah Odom signs with Limestone University while his mother Felicia Bradshaw looks on. He plans to pursue a degree in business …

Monsanto Company Makes Donation to Plant it Forward SC UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:54 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monsanto Company donated $25,000 to Plant it Forward South Carolina, an initiative by South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture, on February 1, 2016.  Plant it Forward SC will provide relief funds specifically for covering a portion of seed costs for 2016, as well as hay losses livestock farmers had because of the flood. …

Green technology focuses on Lane UPDATED

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Reducing statewide carbon emissions will be part of Williamsburg County economics if the Town of Lane has anything to do with it. The idea of turning …

10 key tax tips for farmers and ranchers UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:12 p.m.

Farms include ranches, ranges and orchards. While some may raise cattle, poultry or fish and others grow fruits or vegetables, all will report their farm income on Schedule F, Profit or Loss from Farming. If you own a farm or ranch, here are 10 tax tips:

Dancing through the decades sure to sweep you off your feet UPDATED

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:00 p.m.

The dance event of the year is coming to Williamsburg County but you won’t need dancin’ shoes to participate. The annual Williamsburg …

Williamson Honored as State Employee of the Year UPDATED

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 1:03 p.m.

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

Black History Month celebrates James Leonard Farmer, Jr. UPDATED

By Cassandra Williams Rush Special to The News

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 3:15 p.m.

“I would like it to be known that I founded the Congress of Racial Equality in 1942, organized the Freedom Rides in 1961 and attempted to …

Doodle for Google SC winner revealed

Monday, February 8, 2016 12:27 p.m.

GREENWOOD, SC - A talented student in Greenwood, SC will soon have his art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is …

Almost 600 in SC getting GED after passing score lowered UPDATED

Monday, February 8, 2016 8:25 a.m.

Almost 600 South Carolinians will get their high school diplomas without having to again take the GED test. The South Carolina Education Department has announced that the GED Testing Service has lowered the passing score for the General Educational Development Tests from 150 to 145. That means about 600 people in the state who have taken the test …

UPDATE: 24-hour walk-in clinic opens UPDATED

Sunday, February 7, 2016 12:01 a.m.

The Williamsburg Regional Hospital, which turns 52 years old this year, was no match for the October historic flood. Severe damage to key areas of …

South Carolina officers trained on anti-meth technology

Friday, February 5, 2016 2:18 p.m.

South Carolina – February 5, 2016 – This week, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association (SCLEOA), in conjunction with Appriss, conducted three trainings across the state on the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx), which is the a real-time, stop-sale technology used to ensure that purchasers of pseudoephedrine (PSE) …

McKnight recognized as health policy program fellow

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:15 a.m.

Representative Cezar McKnight has been recognized as Health Policy Fellow by the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (IMPH). …

Providing a hand up - not a hand out

By Jennifer Kellahan

The News Correspondent

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Need a job? Can’t get ahead and need a hand up? Opportunity for young people in our area abounds with Telamon YouthBuild. The program …

CCT College announces fall 2015 President’s, Dean’s Lists UPDATED

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Central Carolina Technical College President Dr. Tim Hardee has announced fall 2015 student honors lists. This term, 429 students have been honored.

Hemingway woman charged with murder UPDATED

Sunday, January 31, 2016 5:10 p.m.

Editor's note: the headline should say Kingstree instead of Hemingway but due to technical issues cannot be updated at this time. Phyllis E. Owens, …

Highway sign dedicated to late patrolman UPDATED

Sunday, January 31, 2016 12:36 p.m.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety held a highway dedication ceremony in honor of Patrolman Arnold Reo "Buck" Carter who was killed in …

Officials begin audit on addresses UPDATED

Friday, January 29, 2016 12:45 p.m.

The Williamsburg County Emergency Management Division /E911 will begin a countywide audit of all county addresses. Officials are looking to see if your address is prominently and properly displayed and checking to see if the address is properly recorded in their records.

Winter weather - snow dusting

Thursday, January 28, 2016 5:00 a.m.

A dusting of snow was all that Williamsburg County experienced this weekend; a stark contrast to other parts of the east such as New York where JFK …

First annual youth forum promotes non-violence

Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Telamon Youthbuild/Americorps participants, The Town of Lane, and Williamsburg County Law Enforcement first annual Youth Forum was held on Monday …

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