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Past articles by Ashley:

Lowcountry groups warn of dangers with feeding, interacting with dolphins

It's an exciting moment for pretty much anyone living or visiting the Lowcountry's coast -- A dolphin sighting. There are even tours dedicated to catching a glimpse. However, some environmental advocacy groups warn that too close an encounter can have very serious impacts on dolphins and creatures throughout the waterways. Along waterways all over the Lowcountry, there are plenty of signs… → Read More

South Carolina premature birth rates among worst in the nation, March of Dimes says

Three-year-old Kennedy Feals is full of energy and kindness. Her favorite playmate is her mom Stephanie. The mother-daughter duo spend their free time at their Goose Creek home having make-believe tea parties and practicing Kennedy’s gymnastic skills. Stephanie has conquered much. She’s become an expert at balancing new life in the most heart-wrenching way. Kennedy was born just shy of 28 weeks… → Read More

Colleges see increased demand for mental health services

In Katie Braeuer's two years as director of counseling at Charleston Southern University, she’s seen a dramatic shift.We are really about maxed out on space,” she explains.The liberal arts school in North Charleston is now joining dozens of other universit → Read More

Mount Pleasant woman says breast implants caused serious health problems

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - Maria Gmitro has been keeping track of all her medical records for the last four years. She has two binders packed full.There were so many doctor’s appointments that I needed to start keeping track of it,” she says.Her medicin → Read More

James Island man blames Keurig coffee maker for kitchen fire

For nearly 44 years, the Hornsby family has lived in a two story home on James Island.I think we were very lucky, said Tommy Hornsby. Your house is probably the most valued asset that you have.However, 79-year-old Tommy says he almost lost it.I am glad we → Read More

Seized: Protecting the Streets of North Charleston Through Community Efforts

Right off Sumner Ave. in the heart of North Charleston, is one of the largest communities in the city. Charleston Farms is a place David Crane calls home.This was a farming community back 50 years ago. The community is pretty diverse, said Crane, Charlesto → Read More

Smartphones spying worries users when ads suspiciously appear

Smartphones can be addictive.One study shows 80 percent of users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up. Another found the average person checks their phone 150 times a day.When I'm not driving, I am on my phone, says college student Michael, 20. → Read More

Tips on protecting your children from identity theft

The walk to the mailbox is a daily habit many of us share. But for Pamela Mack, the daily routine brings anxiety and stress.STORY COMING UP AT 6 P.M.I wish it would stop,” Mack said. I wonder, 'what is in that box today?' I try to get it off my mind, but t → Read More

'Fighting my demons:' Charleston teen describes depression as ongoing battle

Several times a week, in a pond near his home, is where you can find 17-year-old Julian Fite.“When I come here I imagine a paradise,” explained Fite. When I am angry or sad or even stressed out, being here makes me feel content with myself.He says it's an → Read More

The Good Doctor raising awareness of issues faced by adults with autism

The Good Doctor is ABC’s newest hit show. It's dominating Monday night ratings. The drama centers around a young surgeon with autism. The main character struggles with communication and social settings.It's a show 23-year-old Clay Seim can relate to. He's → Read More

Poll: Do you know a child or adult with autism?

Do you know a child or adult with autism? 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum disorder. (Mobile app users can CLICK HERE to take the poll.)CloseThe Good Doctor is ABC’s newest hit show. It's dominating Monday night ratings. The drama centers around → Read More

New CCSD, Trident partnership gives more high school kids chance to earn college credits

Carlotta Garcia-Torres, 14, is getting an opportunity few teenagers get.“There were 300 other kids who applied to the school to get into it, and I was very excited to get the phone call, she said. ”This will help my future so it's really good for me.Carlot → Read More

Life in the South Carolina Lowcountry means life with alligators

You've likely seen viral video and pictures of gutsy South Carolina alligators getting too close for comfort.Last month in Bluffton, an alligator was spotted outside a pharmacy. In March, golfers on Kiawah were forced to keep their heads on a swivel when a → Read More

City officials share department improvements 10 years after Sofa Super Store fire

CHARLESTON (WCIV) -- In just under three weeks, the city of Charleston will reflect, honor, and pay tribute to nine heroes.June 18 marks the 10th anniversary of the deadly Sofa Super Store fire. Tuesday, fire officials discussed the significant changes mad → Read More

Lowcountry mom works to prevent childhood drownings after losing 17-month-old son

June 6, 2008. It's the day Michelle Zieg’s life changed forever.“Those early days are a fog. That is probably one of the hardest, the what ifs. Anniversary’s and birthdays are so hard. milestones are so tortures. Family pictures still feel like a knife.Zie → Read More

Gone to the dogs: Donations go a long way at CAS

The food bank shelves are packed at the Charleston Animal Society.Last year, we distributed over 50,000 pounds of food to needy families,” said CEO Joe Elmore.Due to growth in the tri-county area, the Charleston Animal Society expects to surpass that numbe → Read More

VIDEO: Local woman speaks about battle with anorexia

There is a lot of pressure to be thing, young and pretty. With so much information available on new diets, new workouts and the viral stories, the pursuit of perfection can become deadly.It can become suicide.Such was the case of a Mount Pleasant woman who → Read More

VIDEO: Staffing issues hit home for father of special needs student

No one has taught Michael Ackerman more than his 8-year-old daughter. Her innocence and love for learning is inspiring, he says.Sara Ackerman is one of about 5,000 special education students in the Charleston County School District. Her dad is frustrated o → Read More

Trump in N. Charleston: Children will get their 'American birthright'

Friday evening at Boeing in North Charleston was a much different scene than what happened there earlier in the day. The biggest observation – it was quieter.Air Force One landed in the Lowcountry and President Trump was ushered to the Boeing plant for a t → Read More

Holiday Helping with Ashley Blackstone: Peanut Butter Scotcharoos

Ingredients1 cup light corn syrup1 cup white sugar1 1/2 cups peanut butter6 cups crisp rice cereal1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips1/2 cup butterscotch chipsInstructionsGenerously butter a 9x13 inch baking pan. Set aside.In a large pot, mix together corn s → Read More