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Track of tropical system could take aim at Upstate, weekend impact still too early to call

Forecasters predict a tropical system will bring heavy rain, storm surge and coastal flooding to the northern Gulf Coast as early as Friday and could impact the Upstate as early as Saturday evening.

The poorly-organized disturbance has a tropical storm warning in effect Friday for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida — extending from Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in the Florida Panhandle, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Nurses needed, Greenville Tech helps to fill the void

WYFF News 4 Investigates has been looking into the shortage of nurses in South Carolina. Our investigation found that there are more nursing positions open in the state than any other position.

Dr. Tracy Hudgins is the academic department chair for Greenville Technical College's department of nursing. She said students can earn an associate degree in registered nursing in 24 months and be ready to enter the workforce. She said most students have job offers before they graduate.

"We're seeing the job offers come sooner and sooner," she said.

WYFF News 4 Investigates dug into data from the National Center for Education Statistics and found that Greenville Technical College awarded the 5th most certificates or degrees for nursing in South Carolina in 2019...

Outbursts during bond hearning from man charged in hit-and-run death of Greenville teacher

The main investigators said hit and killed a Greenville County teacher as she crossed a road on the Swamp Rabbit Trail appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Mantavious McMorris was arrested Tuesday night and appeared at a morning bond hearing before Judge LaTonya Simmons.

Carli Brewer Soukup, 33, of Taylors, was hit and killed about 1:30 p.m. on June 6 on Sulphur Springs Road.

McMorris initially walked into court and said “Hi!” Waving, followed by “motherf------s.”

He was then escorted back out of the courtroom area.

McMorris was escorted back into the courtroom 15 minutes later.

Soukup's mother, Wanda Brewer Ickes, read a statement on behalf of Soukup and her family...

Anderson soldier's remains finally returning home after his death during Korean War

More than 70 years after he was killed in battle during the Korean War, an Upstate soldier is finally coming home.

A plane carrying the remains of Corp. William James McCollum landed Tuesday morning at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

A hearse carrying the remains left Charlotte just before 11 a.m. on its way to Anderson.

The hearse is part of a convoy that includes members of the Patriot Guard from both North Carolina and South Carolina.

Other groups are expected to pay their respects at overpasses as the convoy makes its way down I-85 on its way to the funeral home, specifically at Exit 63, in Spartanburg County, and Exit 27, in Anderson County...

'Wings of City' statue in downtown Greenville vandalized, city officials say

A statue in Falls Park in downtown Greenville was vandalized Saturday, according to city officials.

City officials tweeted Saturday morning that Parks & Recreation staff discovered "Bernardo Oriental," one of the statues in the Wings of the City collection, knocked off its pedestal.

Officials said parks and public works employees spent hours reattaching the statue.

Greenville Police are investigating and officials said the City intends to prosecute those responsible.

Controversy over the statues started weeks ago, when a petition was created to remove them.

Some consider the work graphic, sexual and demonic – others say it’s a diverse showcase of cultural identity and art...

Vice President Kamala Harris to visit Greenville next week

Vice President Kamala Harris is headed to Greenville.

The White House Regional Communication Director Ike Hajinazarian tweeted the news Friday morning and then Harris' office sent a news release about the trip.

"As part of the Month of Action, next week, the Vice President will launch a nation-wide tour to reach millions of Americans who still need protection against the virus, highlight the ease of getting vaccinated, encourage vaccinations, and mobilize grassroots vaccine education and outreach efforts," the release said...

Where, when to watch the 'Ring of Fire' partial solar eclipse at sunrise

You might want to set your alarm to wake up early Thursday morning.

People across the northern hemisphere will have the chance to experience an annular or partial eclipse of the Sun around sunrise.

Sunrise is at 6:15 a.m.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the sun’s light in some areas...

Picture of vehicle released after Greenville Co. teacher is killed in hit-run while riding bike near Swamp Rabbit Trail

Troopers have released a picture of the truck they say is wanted after a Greenville County teacher was hit and killed while riding her bike near the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

Carli Brewer Soukup, 33, of Taylors, was hit just before 2 p.m. on Sulpur Springs Road, the coroner said.

Troopers said Soukup was stopped at a crosswalk and a truck was traveling east on Sulphur Spring Road, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Soukup entered the crosswalk and was hit by the truck, troopers said.

Naked man breaks into West Asheville homes, assaults residents, steals items, police say

Police in Asheville say they are looking for help finding a man who broke into several occupied homes, assaulted residents and stole items all while not wearing any clothes.

Police said the home were broken into on Sunday in West Asheville.

In each of these cases, residents were assaulted and had items stolen from their homes, police said. They said no one was injured...

Spartanburg Co. Sheriff offers $25,000 reward for information to solve 2007 homicide

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is now offering a $25,000 reward for information to help solve a 2007 homicide.

On the 14th anniversary of the death of Crystal Bradshaw, 28, the sheriff's office is begging the public to come forward with information.

A billboard with Crystal's face and information sits on Boiling Springs Road near the Ingles.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says Crystal Bradshaw, 28, was found dead in her Boiling Springs home on June 3, 2007. They believe she was killed in the late hours of June 2...

Asheville police release list of calls officers will no longer respond to

The Asheville Police Department on Wednesday released a list of citizen calls that officers will no longer answer in response to an alarming number of officers who have left the force.

The release stated that 84 officers have quit since Jan. 1, 2020.

"As a result of the staffing crisis, several changes in officer response will go into effect immediately in order to improve response times for emergency calls made to 911," according to Public Information Officer Christina Hallingse.

Officers with the Asheville Police Department will no longer respond to the following types of crimes:...

Greenville County Council denies funding to Hispanic Alliance after art controversy

Greenville County Council voted 4 to 8, denying the Hispanic Alliance $7,500.

The money was allocated from the accommodations tax, collected from the hospitality industry to encourage more tourism. The funding comes from tourism tax dollars - not private tax dollars.

But controversy first started weeks ago over statues part of the ‘Wings Over Greenville’ exhibit in Falls Park and the Peace Center. Some consider the work graphic, sexual and demonic – others say it’s a diverse showcase of cultural identity and art.

The Hispanic Alliance worked with the City of Greenville and private sponsors to bring the sculptures to downtown as a temporary exhibit...

11 cats, 4 snakes, Bearded Dragon, 8 dogs found in SC home in 'deplorable conditions,' sheriff says

Eight people have been charged after animals were found living in deplorable conditions inside an Upstate home, according to the sheriff.

Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds said animal control was called about noon on May 25 to a home on Carriage Farms Court in Gray Court about a malnourished dog.

Reynolds said when deputies arrived they found an underweight dog with spine, hip and rib bones showing.

At least seven other dogs were also observed on the property at this time with no water in sight, except for a small amount that was dark green in color containing insects, Reynolds said.

He said some of the dogs had no shade or shelter from the elements and one dog was covered in fleas and was later discovered to have heart worms...

Upstate waterparks prepare for weekend reopening, some still looking for help

As Upstate waterparks are set to reopen this weekend, some are still looking to fill open positions, including lifeguards.

“We always say we want our people to be adaptable,” said Patrick Elliott, park director at Shipwreck Cove, a waterpark in Duncan.

Thankfully, Elliott has plenty of lifeguard and staffing help coming off an unusual year.

“We have a lot of returners, so they didn’t really have a big issue with it but filling them in those spots in a year where the calendar is just unknown was a little tricky,” he said.

Lifeguards are fully staffed at Greenville County’s Discovery Island Waterpark in Simpsonville, which is also set to reopen this weekend. But not all Greenville County waterparks have that staffing luxury...

Drive-in concerts coming to Greenville to help cancer awareness

It's a weekend to honor, remember and celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day.

"Rock the Lot" is a two-night drive-in concert event set to take place on June 4th & 5th at the Greenville Downtown Airport.

It will be the first time the city of Greenville with host a drive-in only concert series.

The event is hosted by the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance.

"After the past year, we're thrilled to be out," said CSPA Executive Director, Kay Roper. "We're thrilled to be rocking the lot for cancer survivors all over the world!"

All proceeds will help to raise funds for cancer awareness and the tickets will be sold per car load...

Tommy's Country Ham House to close Sunday after more than 30 years in business

Tommy's Country Ham House in Greenville will close its doors Sunday after more than 30 years in business.

Owner Tommy Stevenson said he's retiring.

"This has been one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made," Stevenson said. "The Country Ham House has been my life. This year, I'll be 80 and I want to spend more time with my children and grandchildren."

Originally located on Buncombe Street, Stevenson purchased the restaurant in 1985.

It moved to its current location on Rutherford Street in 1997...

Moderna says its COVID-19 shot works in kids as young as 12, will submit data to FDA next month

(AP) - Moderna said Tuesday its COVID-19 vaccine strongly protects kids as young as 12, a step that could put the shot on track to become the second option for that age group in the U.S.

With global vaccine supplies still tight, much of the world is struggling to vaccinate adults in the quest to end the pandemic. But earlier this month, the U.S. and Canada authorized another vaccine — the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech — to be used starting at age 12...

Mickelson makes history at PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson has made history at the PGA Championship as the oldest, at 50, winner in major championship history.

Mickelson finished off his 73 with a simple par on the 72nd hole to the wild cheers of fans at the Ocean Course.

Mickelson raised his arms in triumph and hugged his caddie, his brother Tim, for his sixth career major and second PGA win joining his Wanamaker Trophy from Baltusrol in 2005.

Mickelson broke the previous mark for oldest player that was held by 48-year-old Julius Boros in winning the 1968 PGA Championship...

Feelin' hot hot hot! Weekend heats up, even warmer temps on the way

Temperatures are on the rise throughout the weekend with even warmer weather expected early next week.

Today, highs will reach the mid-80s in the Upstate with sunny skies. But then the heat is on!

Saturday could see the first 90-degree temperature of the year.

Sunday continues the warming trend with highs in the 90s.

Monday is when it really starts to get hot. The Upstate can expect highs in the mid-90s with high humidity...

Asheville police release picture of tattoo hoping to identify man in critical condition

Detectives in Asheville are asking for help to identify a man who is in critical condition.

He is described as a white man, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs 142 pounds.

He has brown hair and blue eyes.

He has several tattoos on his body, with the most distinct being a cassette tape with the letter "A" and the number "2" on each side located as his lower abdomen...

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