Federal Aid Will Help Local Governments Recoup Costs UPDATED

Friday, October 16, 2015 3:39 p.m.

Public Assistance was approved by FEMA for 11 additional South Carolina counties to help them recover from October’s severe flooding. This assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency enables state agencies, local governments, and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response, debris removal, and infrastructure …

Shelters closed UPDATED

Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:38 a.m.

Williamsburg County Government officials have announced all shelters are currently closed. FEMA representatives are urging citizens to take pictures …

Two infants involved in crash UPDATED

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:18 p.m.

A single car crash has sent three people including two infants to the hospital. According to preliminary reports the car was traveling east on …

Flood relief for schools

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:17 p.m.

COLUMBIA – A special statewide monetary fund has been established to assist students in school districts affected by the historic flooding in South Carolina and can be viewed at floodreliefforscschools.org. Williamsburg County School District is one of 19 schools eligible for the assistance.

DNR Flood Mitigation assists property owners, local governments

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 1:20 p.m.

Due to the recent historic flooding the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Flood Mitigation Program has been evaluating and responding to the needs of impacted counties and municipalities.

Williamsburg County, Red Cross opens resource centers UPDATED


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Shelters like the one at Kingstree Senior High School continue to provide warm beds and food for displaced citizens. DSS and Red Cross volunteers are …

Curfew lifted, EMD at OPCON 3


Monday, October 12, 2015 11:30 a.m.

As of Sunday, October 11, 2015, The Williamsburg County Government Officials have announced the curfew that was implemented has been lifted.

Williamsburg County schools remain closed, WTC open UPDATED

Monday, October 12, 2015 11:34 a.m.

Schools will be closed Monday, October 12, 2015 and Tuesday, October 13, 2015. However, the School District Office will be operating on an inclement weather schedule.

Volunteers Needed to Help With Neighborhood Debris Removal, Survivors to Register

Monday, October 12, 2015 11:58 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C.- The United Way of South Carolina is asking for volunteers across the state who can help victims clean debris from their flood-stricken homes and sort the debris at the curb. United Way requests that volunteers register here: getconnected.uwasc.org/drm

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of South Carolina Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding UPDATED

Sunday, October 11, 2015 6:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in South Carolina affected by severe storms and flooding that began on Oct. 1, 2015:   “The U.S. Small Business …

IRS gives South Carolina flood victims tax relief UPDATED

Sunday, October 11, 2015 8:27 a.m.

The IRS announced that South Carolina flood victims who live or have businesses in the South Carolina counties that have been declared eligible for disaster assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after President Barack Obama declared them disaster areas will be given an automatic extension for any tax filing and payment …

Supervisor gives update UPDATED

Friday, October 9, 2015 8:37 a.m.

Williamsburg County officials are now in recovery mode, said County Supervisor Stanley Pasley. “We're in transition mode, moving from response …

Firestone delivers tractor-trailers filled with supplies UPDATED

Friday, October 9, 2015 10:01 p.m.

Dozens of local dignitaries and others gathered at the former Firestone Plant in Kingstree as a Bridgestone/Firestone tractor-trailer backed into the …

Temporary hunting closure for multiple counties

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 4:52 p.m.

Due to unprecedented statewide flooding, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has declared a temporary closure for hunting within five (5) coastal plain drainage systems on all game species except for alligator, doves, hogs and coyotes. The Department has received contacts from numerous concerned sportsmen. The flooding has created …

SCAM ALERT: Avoid fraudulent charities looking to profit off #SCFlood

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:06 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – In response to the devastation of the recent flood, many South Carolinians are searching for ways to help victims. The SC Department of Consumer Affairs and Secretary of State Mark Hammond advise consumers to be on the lookout for fake charities in the coming weeks. Here are a few tips to ensure donations get to those in …

Flood victim resources and volunteering information

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 2:53 p.m.

Please find below a listing of some of the resources available to flood victims as well as information about donations and volunteering.

18-wheeler no match for flooded road (w/video) UPDATED

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 1:57 p.m.

Tuesday night an 18-wheeler tried to negotiate a section of Highway 52 about a mile before the bridge at Black River.

President Obama Signs South Carolina Disaster Declaration UPDATED

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:05 a.m.

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on October 1, 2015, and continuing. The federal funding is available to affected individuals in the counties of Charleston, …


Tuesday, October 6, 2015 11:41 p.m.

UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNTS OF rain pummeled the Town of Kingstree causing catastrophic flooding early Monday morning.

Severe weather updates for Williamsburg County UPDATED

Monday, October 5, 2015 12:01 a.m.

  Williamsburg County Emergency Management says 300 power outages have been reported since Monday morning.  The agency is also reporting 53 flooded …

Officials urging evacuations UPDATED

Monday, October 5, 2015 2:54 p.m.

The Black River is expected to crest around 5:00 pm Monday, October 5. Williamsburg County officials are urging citizens living near the Back River …

Williamsburg County prepares for historic conditions UPDATED

Friday, October 2, 2015 2:09 p.m.

On October 2, the Williamsburg County Emergency Management Division moved to Operation Condition (OPCON) level four as the county's EMD staff …

School staff member arrested for alleged criminal sexual assault UPDATED

Thursday, October 1, 2015 4:39 p.m.

Sidney Tyrone Johnson, 41, of Greeleyville has been charged with criminal Sexual Assault with a Minor, 2nd degree. Johnson was arrested Thursday, …

Red Cross Urges People to Get Ready As Hurricane Joaquin Nears U.S UPDATED

Thursday, October 1, 2015 2:51 p.m.

  Heavy rains and flooding are threatening communities in the Mid-Atlantic even before Hurricane Joaquin is forecast to approach the U.S. late this weekend. The Red Cross is preparing to respond in multiple states and urges people in the path of the storm to get ready too.   “With South Carolina being threatened by heavy rains and Joaquin …

Citizens invited to ask questions about tax payment plan

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:14 p.m.

In April 2014, Williamsburg County Council passed an ordinance that would allow citizens the option to pay their taxes in installments; however, the plan has not been implemented.

Rare hummingbird makes stop in Kingstree

BY MICHAELE DUKE news@kingstreenews.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:26 p.m.

At first glance what looks like an albino hummingbird is actually a leucistic hummingbird. The beautiful milk-white specimen showed up at Jan and …

Williamsburg Academy establishes first cross country team



Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:34 p.m.

Williamsburg Academy has organized its first cross country team. The team consists of six girls ranging from sixth to 12th grade. The young ladies, …

Good Cop Alert! UPDATED

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:21 p.m.

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office, Lieutenant Willie P. Brown and Deputy April Johnson hung out with some kids at a recent Williamsburg …

Locals participate in Tunnel to Towers 5-K

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:31 p.m.

On September 18, members from Williamsburg County Sheriff’s Office and Williamsburg County Emergency Management Division/E-911 participated in …

Fixing our roads. Who’s getting what?



Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:41 p.m.

Since July 2014, Sindy Charles has been corresponding with Richard Livingston, resident maintenance engineer for the local Department of …

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