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A new amusement park is coming to Myrtle Beach.

Work began last week on the new “Funplex” at Ocean Boulevard and 15th Avenue North.

The park will be tropically themed and feature seven family-thrill rides, a walk-up bar and a restaurant.

"Designed for families and thrill seekers alike, rides will be themed to match the Grand Strand beach vibe and include the tallest, interactive 360° flying jet ride on the market, and first-of-its-kind in North America," a news release from The Funplex said...

Former T.L. Hanna coach raises money to buy a grave marker for Radio

It's been nearly a year since T.L. Hanna legend Radio died, and his grave still does not have a marker.

Radio died in December at the age of 73.

He had been associated with the high school's football program since 1964 when he befriended Coach Harold Jones.

"Radio touched so many people," Jones said. "He just has so much love to give. He taught us all. We didn't teach him a thing."

Jones said he and others have picked up a marker for Radio's grave that costs $4,700.

Georgia to release report on presidential race hand tally today

Georgia election officials expect to release a report today on a hand tally of the presidential race.

The hand recount of nearly 5 million votes stems from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request. The law requires the audit to be done before the counties’ certified results can be certified by the state.

The deadline for the counties to complete the audit was 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, ahead of the Friday deadline for state certification. Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system, said he expected the secretary of state’s office to put out a report on the results by midday Thursday, according to the Associated Press...

Squirrel causes power outages in South Carolina

A section of South Carolina’s capital city was without power Monday after a squirrel caused equipment damage that led to the blackout.

Dominion Energy said in a Twitter post that the animal caused the outages in downtown Columbia. Company spokesman Matt Long told The State the squirrel was killed while damaging the equipment.

Another power outage was reported Monday after a dump truck hit some wires in the city, Long said.

By 11:45 a.m., nearly 1,800 customers had reported being without power, according to an outage map on the energy company’s website....

2nd coronavirus vaccine shows early success in U.S. tests

For the second time this month, there’s promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the U.S. and around the world.

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S...

Georgia hand tally of presidential race getting underway

Election officials in Georgia’s 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law.

The law requires that one race be audited by hand to check that the machines counted the ballots accurately, not because of any suspected problems with the results. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger chose to audit the presidential race and said the tight margin — Democrat Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump by 14,000 votes — means a full hand count is necessary...

Balance of power: Perdue, Ossoff set for Georgia US Senate runoff

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat.

Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel was able to get enough votes so that neither Perdue or Ossoff was able to clear the 50% threshold needed for an outright win.

Thousands of absentee ballots and in-person votes cast early needed to be counted after Election Night passed, forcing a long and tense wait before the race could be called.

The contest has already seen huge spending from outside groups on both sides and millions of dollars more are expected to pour into the state ahead of the runoff.

Trevor Lawrence returns to Clemson practice after being sidelined due to COVID-19 protocol

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence returned to practice Monday after being sidelined for the last two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 28th.

Lawrence detailed his experience with the virus in a press conference on Monday.

"I'm feeling good," Lawrence said. "Back to my old self. No more symptoms really. Still taste and smell are a little bit weird but I feel great."

Lawrence was on the sidelines for Clemson's game at Notre Dame. He could not play due to protocol regarding cardiac monitoring.

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek dies at 80 after nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer

Alex Trebek, who presided over the beloved quiz show "Jeopardy!" for more than 30 years with dapper charm and a touch of school-master strictness, died Sunday. He was 80.

Trebek, who announced in 2019 that he had advanced pancreatic cancer, died at his California home, surrounded by family and friends, "Jeopardy!" studio Sony said.

The Canadian-born host, who made a point of informing fans about his health directly, spoke in a calm, even tone as he revealed his illness and hope for a cure in a video posted March 6, 2019.

In the video, Trebek said he was joining the 50,000 other Americans who receive such a diagnosis each year and that he recognized that the prognosis was not encouraging.

Nikki Haley looking to re-enter Republican national stage, analysts say

Political analysts at Clemson University believe that former South Carolina governor and former U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's recent involvement and support of fellow Republican campaigns and candidates, both locally and nationally, foreshadow her possible intentions to run for political office on the national stage in the near future.

Over the past several weeks through this election cycle, Nikki Haley has been stumping for her South Carolina political colleagues across the state and showing support for her Republican colleagues across the nation...

Balance of power: Democrats' Senate drive halted by GOP; key races undecided

Democrats faced increasingly long odds as the battle for Senate control hangs in balance, and Republicans brushed back multiple challengers to protect their majority. Still, it was too soon for the GOP to declare victory.

In Michigan, Democrats were spared a loss late Wednesday when Sen. Gary Peters beat back a tough challenge from Republican John James. But Republicans held on to Susan Collins in Maine and other key seats across the map.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Donald Trump’s campaign helped his GOP allies, but that state election officials were still counting ballots. Key Senate races in North Carolina, Alaska and Georgia remained undecided.

“We're waiting — whether I'm going to be the majority leader or not,” McConnell said at a news conference in his home state of Kentucky.

Greenlink offering fare free rides on Election Day

Greenlink is offering fare free rides on Election Day in Greenville County.

"We don't want the lack of transportation to be a barrier for somebody to get out and cast their vote," said James Keel, director of Greenlink.

Keel said fare free rides on Election Day isn't a traditional practice for Greenlink.

"Mostly because we want to be non-partisan," Keel said. "Most groups that want to sponsor fares for Election Day have some sort of partisan interest, but Proterra being a bus manufacturer and wanting to sponsor that for us, it was very easy for us to do..."

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, and will miss Saturday's game against Boston College, according to Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney.

“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation," Swinney said in a statement to the media. "He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College. While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.”...

Cancelled Gaham Harrison Debate has been rescheduled just in time for the election

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) and The Post and Courier announced that the previously canceled U.S. Senate debate between Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democrat challenger Jaime Harrison has been rescheduled for Friday.

The debate is set for 7 p.m. and will air on SCETV and SC Public Radio.

We will have the debate live inside this story.

The moderators are Gavin Jackson, SCETV, Thelisha Eaddy, SC Public Radio and Jamie Lovegrove, The Post and Courier....

Challenger in Greenville County race for sheriff, Guy, blasts Lewis for appearance in campaign ad

Community leaders and the Democratic candidate for Greenville County sheriff, Paul Guy, held a news conference Monday in Greenville, targeting a campaign ad that has Sheriff Hobart Lewis endorsing Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham is in a fierce battle to maintain his Senate seat for a fourth term against Democrat Jamie Harrison.

A statement by the organizers reads: "The recent published advertisement featuring Hobart Lewis is a calculated, professionally produced wanton piece of propaganda designed to misinform and misguide the citizens of Greenville County."

A campaign ad paid for by Security is Strength PAC shows Lewis standing in front of a clearly marked county vehicle, as he talks about his support for Graham.

Vice President Mike Pence to hold campaign rally in Greenville Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Greenville this week for a campaign rally, according to campaign officials.

In a release from the Trump Campaign, officials said Vice President Pence would be in Greenville on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

We're told the "Make America Great Again!" Victory Rally will feature remarks from Pence and Republican candidates.

The Greenville event will be held at Donaldson Airport, and doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Two patrol cars honor fallen Greenville deputy

A new car - parked outside the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home in Simpsonville on Thursday.

It was supposed to be then-Master Deputy Conley Jumper’s new vehicle.

“Everybody’s got a jumper story but one of the unique things about Sergeant jumper is that he never had a new vehicle... 28 years he never got a brand new car,” said Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis Thursday outside the visitation. “It would be ready the next week, actually, he would’ve gotten it. and we had to put them in a Tahoe because he’s a pretty large fella and he had a dog, and he was looking forward to it and he went down there and seen it and said this is what he wants,” said Sheriff Lewis...

Man charged with murder in connection to crash that killed Greenville County deputy

The names of the suspects connected to the traffic stop in which a Greenville County deputy was killed have been released.

SLED said Ray Kelly and Tornell Laureano were in the car that was pulled over Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 85 near White Horse Road.

Wednesday night Ray Kelly was booked into the Greenville County Detention Center.

According to the jail records, Kelly faces a slew of charges:

    • Murder
    • Speeding
    • Driving too close to vehicle in front
    • No driver's license
    • False information to police
    • Trafficking meth and cocaine
    • Possession of weapon during a violent crime
    • Resisting arrest with assault & injury
    • Assault and battery high and aggravated
    • Resisting arrest with deadly weapon
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