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SC Gov. Henry McMaster: 'We are not going to shut down' due to COVID-19

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said there is no need for a state of emergency due to the omicron variant of COVID-19 and the state is not going to shut down.

McMaster spoke about the omicron variant on Wednesday after an event in Columbia.

"Of course, we are now in a very different situation than we faced a year ago or longer. But there is no need for a state of emergency in South Carolina to address the increase in COVID infections caused by the omicron virus," McMaster said. "There is no need for a state of emergency. There is no need for us to shut down. We are not going to close schools. We haven't and we will not close businesses. We will not impose mandates for face masks, vaccines or anything else."...

Authorities in Effingham County searching for escaped inmate wanted for murder

A murder suspect in Georgia walked out of the jail Monday night after the sheriff says recent storms caused a malfunction in the locking mechanisms of several jail cells and other secure areas.

According to Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, Kevin David Lenix Wilson, 32, escaped just after 8 p.m. Monday.

Wilson was indicted in August by a grand jury for a May 2020 homicide in Savannah.

In that case, he faces three counts of malice murder, one count of felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon...

NC trooper dies at hospital after being hit by brother during traffic stop, officials say

A North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper has died after being hit by his brother, also a trooper, while the two were responding to a traffic stop, authorities announced Tuesday morning.

It happened just before 9 p.m. Monday at High Shoals Church Road and Goodes Grove Church Road.

Trooper James N. Horton was responding to assist with a traffic stop being conducted by Trooper John S. Horton when Trooper James Horton lost control of his vehicle upon approaching the traffic stop.

Trooper James Horton collided with the stationary patrol vehicle and struck Trooper John Horton and the detained driver, who were standing along the roadside.

Two people attempt to break into ATM at Salem Wells Fargo, deputies say

Two people tried to break onto an Upstate ATM according to Jimmy Watt from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

Watt said two people attempted to break into a Wells Fargo Bank ATM located at Rochester Highway, Salem, South Carolina.

Deputies from Oconee County Sheriff's Department responded and the investigation continues, Watt said...

Anderson County deputy involved in deadly shooting with wanted suspect, sheriff says

One person is dead following a shooting involving an Anderson County deputy, according to Sgt. JT Foster with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Foster said that on Wednesday night at approximately 8 p.m., the deputy was involved in the shooting on Queen Anne Lane off of Old Greenville Highway.

Foster said the suspect involved was pronounced dead at the scene.

Their identity has not been released.

Foster said no deputies were injured in the incident.

Later Wednesday night, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride provided an update on the shooting...

First omicron variant case reported in South Carolina

The first case of the omicron variant has been reported in South Carolina.

Officials at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston said the sequencing team detected the first three cases of omicron variant in the state this week.

More information is expected to be released Wednesday afternoon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the first U.S. case of the variant was identified on Dec. 1. As of December 8, just one week later, cases had been reported from across the country, with 22 states reporting at least one case...

Georgia infant dies from COVID-19, health officials say

The Georgia Department of Public Health says an infant less than 1 year old died after contracting COVID-19.

DPH says it's the youngest COVID-19 death in the state since the start of the pandemic.

The child, from Houston County, was identified as a boy with a chronic underlying condition. The day he died has not yet been made public.

A total of 24 children ages 17 and younger have died across the state since the start of the pandemic, including two 1-year-old children, one in Cobb County and another in Thomas County...

15-year-old who posted threat about JL Mann charged, district says

The Greenville County School District says the student who posted a threat about a shooting at a high school has been charged.

The post, which appears to be a screenshot from Snapchat, has a black background with text reading that someone will "shoot up" JL Mann High School Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Police said a 15-year-old is charged with student threats. Officers said the teen was taken into custody Monday morning.

They said the teen was a JL Mann student.

A statement from the district released Monday morning said:

"We can confirm that the source who made the original threatening post on social media regarding JL Mann High School has been identified and is being charged by law enforcement. In keeping with the protocols of our emergency plan, we will have additional law enforcement and district personnel on campus today to provide an extra layer of security and to reassure students and staff. Parents are asked to remind their children that making threats against other students and the school has serious consequences."...

Chris Justus' annual winter forecast for South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia

After a wild two years of severe weather and hurricanes WYFF News 4 chief meteorologist Chris Justus is looking ahead to the winter season and what you can expect.

Justus says seasonal forecasting is about looking closely at the big picture patterns and looking for trends that will impact us locally.

One of the main patterns Justus looks at shows us entering a La Niña winter. Justus says those winters are typically dry and warm across the southeast.

Justus looked back at the last 21 years and out of all the La Niña winters locally, only two featured above-average snowfall.

A normal year would bring 5.1 inches of snow to the Upstate at GSP International Airport with just under 12 inches in the mountains at Asheville Regional Airport...

Horry County man told to take down Christmas lights

A South Carolina says his Christmas decorations have to come down after the HOA’s property management company said the display violated the by-laws.

Douglas Dwyer told WMBF-TV that it's been a labor of love decorating his condo, located in the Myrtle Beach Golf & Yacht Club.

His home is covered with what he estimates to be about 10,000 lights, but it's work he said was well-worth his time in order to brighten his neighbors' faces.

“It came together like a Tetris puzzle, so-to-speak — one piece at a time — and it just turned out to be magical,” Dwyer said.

After sharing the light show on Nextdoor, those in the surrounding residential community responded enthusiastically, with many passing by in person to get a look...

Bon Secours Health System relaxes employee vaccine mandate in Greenville hospitals

An Upstate hospital system announced Tuesday it will change its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.

The announcement came just hours after a federal judge blocked the vaccine requirement for federal contractors.

Bon Secours Health System said in a statement it was relaxing its previous requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated.

"Bon Secours continues to monitor and evaluate the rapidly changing information regarding the CMS COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

"We continue to strongly recommend that our employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but will not require it, in our Greenville market.

"This decision doesn’t change how we feel about the COVID-19 vaccine – it is safe, highly-effective and how we will move beyond this pandemic..." (Click the story to read the full statement)

City of Greenville rolls out latest measure to reduce noise along Main Street

Beginning Tuesday, the city of Greenville will roll out its newest initiative to keep noise from traffic along Main Street at a minimum.

City leaders will place a new series of signs, serving as a reminder of the city’s noise ordinance. The ordinance can carry a maximum fine of $100.

“One of the wonderful things about living in Greenville is having wonderful weather all year long, being able to find outdoors and when that is constantly disrupted, it’s a frustration that we hear about a lot,” said Beth Brotherton, spokesperson for the city of Greenville.

Brotherton said the signs will be placed along Main Street. In some cases, she said, they will appear in various portions of the roadway...

South Carolina prosecutor lets people trade toys for community service

A South Carolina prosecutor is again giving people a chance to get out of a little trouble this Christmas season by donating a new toy to needy children.

The program by the 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office knocks off some community service time for people in programs mostly designed for first-time offenders, Solicitor David Stumbo told The Index-Journal of Greenwood.

“When we have these folks in our diversion programs, part of it is learning how to be a giver and not a taker,” Stumbo said...

SC nurse created fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, indictment says

An employee of a South Carolina skilled nursing and rehabilitation center has pleaded not guilty after she was indicted on federal charges of creating false COVID-19 vaccination cards, according to a release from the Acting U. S. Attorney's Office.

The indictment says Tammy McDonald, a registered nurse and director of nursing at a center in Columbia, lied to agents with the FBI and U.S. Health and Human Services Department when confronted about the false cards.

The rehabilitation center and the person who received the fake cards were not identified in the indictment, which was issued Nov. 23 and unsealed Thursday.

McDonald pleaded not guilty Thursday during an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shiva Hodges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara asked for a $25,000 bond for McDonald, and Hodges set it at $10,000...

Truck crashes into Greenville County Schools bus, district says

A school bus taking students home was involved in a crash Wednesday after school, according to Greenville County Schools.

Tim Waller, with the district, said the crash was reported about 3:15 p.m. on Highway 25 and Garrison Road.

Waller said the bus was carrying students home from Ellen Woodside Elementary School.

Mitchell Ridgeway, with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a box truck ran a red light and hit a Ford Econoline van. Ridgeway said the van then hit the school bus.

Ridgeway said the driver of the box truck was cited for disregarding a traffic signal..

Proposal to reduce lanes through Slater-Marietta faces pushback

A proposal to change Geer Highway in Slater-Marietta faced steep opposition Tuesday night from people in that area.

SCDOT will soon resurface a more than four mile stretch of Geer Highway from Old White Horse Road to Highway 11.

Coordinating with county developments plans for the future, the agency said, engineers were also asked to design two alternate proposals to the current four-lane highway.

Engineers held a public input session Tuesday night at Slater Hall Community Center, sharing those three options.

In option one, SCDOT would resurface the road and keep the original four lanes. Option two would bring four lanes down to two lanes, add a turning lane and a bike path and option three would have three lanes, a turning lane and a bike path...

Greenville boy becomes National Gingerbread House champion

Parker Webster has always had a knack for creativity.

"I've always been interested in engineering and building," he said.

But even a few weeks ago, the Greenville native couldn't have known those skills would lead him to be a national gingerbread house champion.

Last week, judges awarded him first place in the five-to eight-year-old category for the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

He and his family visited the gingerbread masterpieces in previous years.

This year, he decided he wanted to give it a shot and so his mom and dad signed him up...

2021 Palmetto Bowl rivalry between Clemson vs. Gamecocks wrapped with lopsided final score

(AP) Will Shipley ran for 128 yards and a touchdown and Clemson’s defense smothered South Carolina for its seventh-straight win in the Palmetto State rivalry 30-0 on Saturday night.

The Tigers (9-3; No. 23 CFP) won their fifth straight this season and matched the longest win streak in the series that they set from 1934-40.

Clemson’s defense limited South Carolina (6-6) to 206 yards, its second lowest output this season. It was the Tigers’ first rivalry shutout since a 45-0 win in 1989 and its first time holding an opponent scoreless since a 49-0 win over The Citadel in 2020.

The Tigers outrushed the Gamecocks 265 to 43. “There’s nothing more demoralizing than to have the ball run on you,” Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said...

Trooper release vehicle description after deadly hit-and-run on Pickens Co. highway

Troopers have released a description of the vehicle they are looking for after a deadly hit-and-run Wednesday morning in Pickens County

A moped driver was traveling east on Highway 178 near Knoll St. around 1 a.m. when it was rear-ended by a vehicle, troopers said.

The moped driver died at the scene, troopers said. The driver's name has not been released.

Troopers said the vehicle they are looking for is a 2013-2017 Chevrolet Traverse. The color is unknown. Troopers said the vehicle should have possible damage to the right front near the area of the headlight...

String of Spartanburg restaurant, gas station armed robberies prompts warning from police

Three separate armed robberies in one Upstate city over the last three nights were cause for police to warn the public Monday about how to stay safe while shopping during the holidays.

Maj. Art Littlejohn, with the Spartanburg Police Department, said the first robbery happened about 9:15 p.m. Friday.

Littlejohn said two armed men forced someone at the Spinx Gas Station, located at 1605 John B White Sr Boulevard, to drive to an ATM and withdraw money.

He said the man left the scene after getting the cash from the victim, who was not harmed.

The next incident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday when three people were approached by two armed men in the parking lot of the Olive Garden, located at 1498 W. O. Ezell Boulevard, Littlejohn said...

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