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Kalvin Hunt not guilty by reason of insanity in deadly ride in stolen Port Royal firetruck

Kalvin Hunt, a former Marine who fled naked from the Naval Hospital Beaufort and stole a Port Royal firetruck in 2012, was found not guilty by reason...

Kalvin Hunt, right, is escorted through the Beaufort County Courthouse on Dec. 18, 2014. Hunt was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity in the death of a pedestrian he struck while driving a stolen Port Royal firetruck in February 2012.

Veterans' check presentation prevented at Beaufort National Cemetery

Members of a veterans group say they were asked to leave Beaufort National Cemetery on Tuesday when they went there to present a donation to an ...

<span>Members of a veterans group say they were told to leave the Beaufort National Cemetery on Tuesday when they showed up to present a donation to an organization raising money to expand the burial grounds. </span>

Flu virus hits Beaufort County schools earlier, harder than usual

Winter break couldn't come soon enough for some Beaufort County schools, which are experiencing a high numbers of flu cases early in the season.

Our staff photographers showcase their 2014 photos of the year

Our staff photographers share their favorite images of 2014 and the stories behind them.

A slow Saturday was coming to an end on Feb. 8 when I got a call from my editor scrambling me to cover a massive fire at the Port of Savannah. Heading into Savannah on U.S. 17, the column of smoke generated by the burning warehouse full of imported rubber was like something out of a war movie. I decided to detour onto Hutchinson Island to see what kind of view I could get of the conflagration from across the river, eventually finding myself beneath the north tower of the Eugene Talmage Bridge, from where I took this photo.

The Beaufort model trains are back for Christmas

Eight model train sets are on display this week as part of the Beaufort Railroaders 22nd annual Display of Model Trains at the Beaufort library.

Jonah Miller, 6, of Beaufort, right, points to part of the holiday train display while with friend Angel Cintron, 6, center, and his father Simon Miller, of Beaufort, during the annual display of model trains presented by the Beaufort Railroaders at the Beaufort Library on Dec. 16, 2014.
Business

Lowcountry Economic Alliance to consider its own demise

The Lowcountry Economic Alliance board of directors will discuss whether it should dissolve the organization and contracts for its three staff ...

Sunday beer, wine sales ramping up in Jasper County

Shoppers in Jasper County no longer need to travel outside the county to purchase alcohol on Sundays, but area stores haven't seen much effect from...

Thermometer keeps climbing on United Way fundraising goal

The United Way of the Lowcountry has raised nearly $2,072,000, or 86.3 percent of its goal of $2.4 million in this year's campaign.

Save-A-Lot grocery store coming to Columbia’s Celia Saxon neighborhood

For the first time in four years, residents in Columbia’s Celia Saxon neighborhood will have a convenient, affordable grocery store serving...

Where in SC can you buy beer and wine on Sunday?

Tables locating counties and cities with Sunday alcohol sales in South Carolina.

Features

The Beaufort model trains are back for Christmas

Eight model train sets are on display this week as part of the Beaufort Railroaders 22nd annual Display of Model Trains at the Beaufort library.

Jonah Miller, 6, of Beaufort, right, points to part of the holiday train display while with friend Angel Cintron, 6, center, and his father Simon Miller, of Beaufort, during the annual display of model trains presented by the Beaufort Railroaders at the Beaufort Library on Dec. 16, 2014.

Tips to get through flu season

Beaufort County School District nursing coordinator Denise Unruh provides tips to help parents and students get through the flu season:

No dead ends for former Beaufortonian Eric Holowacz arts council director

There once was a man in Beaufort who herded fiberglass cows and pigs, gave time and space to artists, arranged a turtle-filled arts retreat out on...

Eric Holowacz

5 Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 19

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions

Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls...

Cars enter and depart from Sony Pictures Entertainment studio lot in Culver City, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film, "The Interview," and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars.
Opinion

Public gets shut out by Jasper County board

The Jasper County school board flunked again this year when it labeled its superintendent "above average," even though student performance has been anything but.

Not profiling people is foolish and dangerous

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has promised a campaign to end profiling "once and for all." This despite the fact that, as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently pointed out, blacks account for a highly disproportionate amount of crime...

We all need police officers

I saw a story on the news the other morning during which a person said that every time an unarmed black man gets killed by a white police officer, a decorated white police officer should be shot.

Lots for Obama to brag about

Several recent letters have complained about the performance of the president. Perhaps the writers are upset because of the following reasons:

It was great to find inspiration on front page

After reading so much negative and bad news on the front pages of newspapers over the years it was so refreshing to read such an uplifting, encouraging and spiritual article about the Courage Award on the front page of the Dec. 10 paper. The ...

South Carolina

Lancaster candlelight vigil honors lives lost to violence

The Lancaster Alternative Police Strategy hosted a “Stop the Violence” candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Lancaster City Hall building...

The Rev. George Williams addresses close to three dozen people  Thursday night at the Lancaster Alternative Police Strategy&#x2019;s candlelight vigil in remembrance of residents who died from criminal violence. Williams leads the Deliverance Word of Faith Church in Lancaster.

Family, residents mark year anniversary since Heather Elvis disappeared

The family of Heather Elvis lit candles held by dozens of community members Thursday to symbolically give back to the people who have given them so...

Natalie Mijac (left) and Kristen Jarvis light candles arranged as a cross at the vigil.

USC Professor: Prosecutor should appeal judge’s Stinney ruling

The prosecutor who this week lost a case involving the 1944 execution of a 14-year-old boy said Thursday he is undecided about whether to appeal a...

Stinney&#x2019;s prison mug shot

Batesburg-Leesville man charged in series of rural fires

A Batesburg-Leesville farmer has been charged with 10 counts of arson following a series of barn fires early Wednesday in Saluda County, the State...

Myrtle Beach man facing charges in eight recent business robberies

A Myrtle Beach man has been connected to a string of business robberies in Georgetown and Horry counties, authorities said after his arrest early ...

David Leland Yelton
Nation/World

Stephen Colbert retires his ‘Report’ and the host he played

Nine years of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as...

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York.  "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)

NASA | NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space

It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, ...

It&#x2019;s official &#x97; our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings.

Abused kids die as officials fail to protect them

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities – many of them...

This Dec 2 photo shows the home in Arundel, Maine, where 10-week-old Ethan Henderson sustained brain injuries that caused his death on May 8, 2012. Gordon Collins-Faunce was convicted of murder in his son Ethan&#x2019;s death.

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Police carry equipment near a road block outside a house where eight children have been found dead in the Cairns suburb of Manoora, Australia, on Friday. Police said when they got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside the home. The victims range in age from 18 months to 15 years.

Officials: U.S. embassy in Havana soon

The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Cuba for more than 50 years, but establishing one may not take much time.

People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That&#x2019;s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba.
Sports

Battery Creek boys handle rival Beaufort High, remain perfect at 7-0

An inspired Eric Freeman helped Battery Creek win 61-54 and sweep rival Beaufort High for the first time under coach Antoine Youmans, who is in his...

Battery Creek&#039;s Markell Smalls, center, finds himself hemmed in by Beaufort&#039;s Flint Wright and Otis McClain (00) during Thursday&#039;s game.

Martin, Gamecocks looking for win vs. Clemson

South Carolina coach Frank Martin has a better understanding of his school's rivalry with Clemson after losing his first two matchups with the Tigers...

Clemson guard Rod Hall drives past Auburn forward Cinmeon Bowers during Sunday&#x2019;s game.

Morris: Focus on teammates molds South Carolina into a team

Dawn Staley first sought an assist in team building from a Charlotte-based firm several years ago. Around tournament time each season, South Carolina team members engaged in an exercise designed to better mold individual personalities into a single...

Rivera: Newton 'probably' will start vs. Browns

The Panthers' Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton prepares to throw a pass during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks

The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, Dallas Mavericks guard Jameer Nelson (14) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. The Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, Dec. 18, 2014. The Celtics will send Rondo and forward Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
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