Lawsuit against Santee Electric settled UPDATED

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:37 a.m.

Charles Burgess, Tim Daniels and Tommy Stuckey have entered into a settlement agreement with Santee Electric Cooperative to settle their lawsuit with Santee according to a press release issued by the plaintiff’s attorney Jack Barnes. "I believe the settlement agreement with Santee Electric is a win win for all involved. The plaintiffs and …

School Closing Update UPDATED

Monday, January 27, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Williamsburg Academy will be closed on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 due to weather conditions. Daycare will also be closed.   Throughout the day, we have been monitoring the predicted weather conditions for the upcoming days.  It is predicted that weather conditions will begin to decline at 6:00 am tomorrow with snow beginning in …

BREAKING: Winter Storm Warning UPDATED

Monday, January 27, 2014 12:59 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area from noon Tuesday until 6 p.m. Wednesday. We are expecting snow, sleet and freezing rain with accumulations of snow and sleet that may exceed 3 inches. With temperatures below freezing, this may produce heavy ice on trees and power lines causing outages. Though Santee …

Months pass without road repair UPDATED

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:10 a.m.

It's been nearly seven months since a line of thunderstorms on July 1, dumped six inches of rain on Williamsburg County. The torrential rains …

Council may seek public input UPDATED

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:06 a.m.

Kingstree Town Council was presented with a new concept for finding ways to better serve the citizens.  Kingstree Town Manager Dan Wells presented his idea for council’s consideration during their January 13, meeting.   Council would spend a few months gathering input from citizens through a series of town hall meetings, surveys and other …

Employee robbed at knife point UPDATED

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Law enforcement continues to search for a suspect in connection to a Thursday, January 9, armed robbery.  According to Kingstree Police report, around 7:30 pm a lone black male entered the Kings Express (Sunoco) convenient store located at 1441 North Longstreet Street and began to shop. He placed several items on the counter while waiting for the …

Third suspect arrested in bank robbery UPDATED

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:09 a.m.

Hemingway Police Department has charged a third suspect in connection to a December 17, bank robbery. According to reports, Hemingway Police Chief …

Record cold brings out the best UPDATED

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:04 a.m.

Last week's winter chill affected the community in many ways. In the wake of the National Weather Service issuing special alerts for the region, …

County/State unemployment rate continues to drop UPDATED

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:29 p.m.

In November, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.1 percent from the October rate of 7.5 percent. The rate drop, according to a December 20, press release is the closest South Carolina has been to the national rate since 2002. “Today’s announcement is just another testament of the focus the state has on …

Three escape home fire UPDATED

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:34 p.m.

Two people are in critical condition after a Sunday evening fire. Around 9 p.m. on January 5, Williamsburg County Fire Department responded to a …

Recycling efforts moving forward but at a snail's pace UPDATED

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:25 a.m.

Williamsburg County's recycling efforts are continuing to expand. According to Williamsburg County Councilwoman Jeannie Brown-Burrows during a recent council meeting, the Recycling Advisory Board has been meeting and strategies are coming together. "We are upgrading and separating our plastic, cans, cardboard," said Brown-Burrows who leads the …

Gone in five minutes UPDATED

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:29 a.m.

It takes a theft less than five minutes to destroy a residential air conditioner in search for less than $40 dollars worth of copper. Copper theft …

Cedar Swamp Lights UPDATED

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The twinkling lights on a homeowner's bridge on Cedar Swamp Road intermingle with the glow of church windows and a setting sun to create a tranquil …

Hemingway suspects arrested in connection with a Florence County murder UPDATED

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Two Hemingway men have been arrested and charged in connection with a December 3, murder and armed robbery that occurred on Aline Street in Florence …

BREAKING NEWS: Valley Forge Flag Company Expanding Operations In Williamsburg County UPDATED

Saturday, December 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A U.S.-based, family-run flag manufacturer that has been in operation for more than 100 years is expanding its existing operations in Williamsburg County. Valley Forge Flag Company's $2.5 million investment is expected to generate 100 new jobs for the area.   “Our company is committed to manufacturing in the United States and keeping jobs …

BREAKING NEWS: Bank robbery UPDATED

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:38 a.m.

Hemingway Police continue to search for multiple suspects following a bank robbery. According to reports, around noon on Tuesday, December 17, Police received a call of a robbery at Anderson Brothers Bank on East Broad Street in Hemingway. Williamsburg County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call as well and assisted Hemingway Police in …

Kingstree Christmas Parade UPDATED

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:14 a.m.

On Friday December 13, the Town of Kingstree held its annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Photo by Michaele Duke

Counterfeit money: catch it or get stuck with it UPDATED

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:07 a.m.

The scenario is typical: It's 5 p.m. and a line of customers wait their turn to pay for gas. One customer hands the employee $100.  With the …

Incident at club prompts advice from Sheriff UPDATED

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:06 a.m.

A recent incident at a local nightclub has prompted Williamsburg County Sheriff Michael Johnson to issue an advisory to the citizens. "Violent crimes happen more often this time of year because of the holidays," said Johnson. "Be cautious and report anything that looks suspicious by dialing 911." The advice stems from a December 4, armed robbery …

Cotton UPDATED

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:09 a.m.

Frosty crystals on bolls of cotton glisten in the morning sun. The chill in the air marks the end of the season and farmers hustling to harvest their …

Sales named Strategic Plan implementation director UPDATED

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 8:54 a.m.

Kenneth Sales has entered into an agreement with The Williamsburg County Development Corporation to assist in Williamsburg County's Strategic Plan implementation, according to a press release. The development of the five-year strategic plan involved gathering input from numerous citizens, business owners, entrepreneurs, educators and consultants. …

Williamsburg Are The Champions UPDATED

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:03 a.m.

Williamsburg Academy Stallions celebrated their first 2013 SCISA Class A state championship. Photo by Michaele Duke

Town councilman arrested UPDATED

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 8:57 a.m.

A Kingstree Town Councilmember and his father were arrested November 22, and charged with bypassing utility meters.  Chalmers Hammett, Sr., 65, and Kingstree Town Councilman Chalmers "Bubba" Hammett, Jr., 42, both of Kingstree, were booked at the Williamsburg County Detention Center.

Town manager announces investigation of alleged stolen water UPDATED

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:11 a.m.

An investigation is being conducted by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) into an alleged illegal water tap of Kingstree's water and wastewater service by a public official. The investigation was made public in a statement presented by Kingstree Town Manager Dan Wells during his manager's report at a November 18, Kingstree Town …

Husband/wife team celebrate reopening UPDATED

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:06 a.m.

The Holts have plenty of to be thankful for. Less than a week before Thanksgiving, Carroll and Mary Jean celebrated the grand re-opening of their …

DHEC holds public hearing UPDATED

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:01 a.m.

A handful of residents turned out for a public hearing presented by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The hearing was presented at the request of citizens who wanted to know more about Williamsburg County's application for demonstration-of-need to expand the Williamsburg County Class Two Landfill located behind the closed …

Veterans Day service attended by many UPDATED

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 9:07 a.m.

On November 11, the nation paused to honor those living veterans, as well as those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen that are serving to protect …

District celebrates report card results UPDATED

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:33 a.m.

Williamsburg County School District celebrated with cake and balloons Friday after receiving an overall Absolute rating of “Average” and a Growth rating of “Good” on the 2013 SC Annual School District Report Card, an increase in performance from last year's report. The state Department of Education released the data Friday. …

Search continues for missing girl UPDATED

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:24 a.m.

The Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office continues to search for 16-year-old Makala Woods. Woods is 5'5", 120 pounds, and has sandy brown shoulder …

Club scene of shooting UPDATED

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:37 a.m.

A shooting at a Greeleyville nightclub ends in one man dead and a woman wounded. Terry Williams, 31, of Greeleyville has been charged with murder in …



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