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Explorers find Civil War-era artifacts in Charleston

Attention history lovers, a team of archaeologists have just made what’s being called a major discovery in the Charleston Harbor. Exploration group, The Black Dive, say they’ve recovered a number of artifacts dating back to the Civil War. The team discovered it about four weeks ago. Dr. Michael Torres, Ph. D. , one of the explorers, believes the items came from a Confederate blockade runner.… → Read More

Charleston woman hospitalized while waiting for COVID-19 results

A Lowcountry woman's family has been left on the outside looking in—literally. Their loved one is now hospitalized with a suspected case of coronavirus. On Tuesday, Marie Price said her mother, Annie Myers, is very sick and being treated at Roper St. Francis downtown. She said her mom was finally tested for coronavirus on Monday, but it all began a few weeks ago when her mother got sick with a… → Read More

Charleston area says "so long" to single-use plastic Jan. 1

Much of the Charleston area will say “so long” to plastics in the new year. The ban on single-use plastics begins New Year’s Day for several municipalities, including city of Charleston, unincorporated Charleston County, James Island, and Isle of Palms. The ban means businesses will no longer be allowed to use single-use plastic items like straws, bags, cups and plates. It also includes plastic… → Read More

Charleston County sending some recyclables to Berkeley County after temporary halt

Charleston County’s mounting recycling problem is nearing a fix. On Friday, the county began sending a portion of the recycling to be sorted at the RePower South facility in Berkeley County. The remainder will be processed at the existing Romney Street recycling center. Charleston County’s longtime recycling contract with Horry County ended in February. By March, there was no place to send it,… → Read More

Lowcountry man, 76, longest serving prison warden in the US

Most people spend their lives trying to stay out of prison, but one man has spent his life there by choice. He's the warden of Ridgeville's MacDougall Correctional Institute. Sunday marks Edsel Taylor’s 50th anniversary with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He’s spent 45 of those years serving as warden. 50 years is a huge milestone in any career, but it’s unheard of in the world of… → Read More

Lowcountry families advised to have fire escape plan

Practice makes perfect. This week is Fire Prevention Week and local departments want to make sure you're prepared. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire and there’s been a string of recent residential fires across the Lowcountry. Last week, a Goose Creek apartment complex caught on fire—twice—and destroyed several apartments. On Friday, a fire ripped through a home on… → Read More

Mount Pleasant Police warn parents about six apps they need to know about

WCIV ABC News 4, Charleston, South Carolina provides coverage of local and national news, sports, weather and community events in the region, including North Charleston, Mt Pleasant, Summerville, Hanahan, Goose Creek, Rantowles, Cottageville, St George, Moncks Corner, Jacksonboro, Ravenel, Cottageville, Walterboro, Sullivans Island, Dewees Island and Folly Beach. → Read More

Two democratic presidential contenders make stops in Charleston Monday

Several presidential candidates started the week in the Palmetto State. Two democratic contenders spent Monday morning in Charleston. Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped by the International Longshoreman’s Association to discuss the impacts of automation on the industry. “Tens of millions of American jobs are being threatened by automation,” said De Blasio. “Why? → Read More

The literary legacy of author Dorthea Benton Frank

A final farewell to a beloved author. Dorthea Benton Frank—known for her books about the Lowcountry—died last week after battling a blood disorder. She was 67 years old. She was known as “Dottie” to longtime friends like Marjory Wentworth, a local author and poet. The two sparked a friendship after Wentworth penned a poem in Frank’s 2001 novel, “Plantation. ” “She just always wanted to be here,… → Read More

Lindsey Graham, Lowcountry authorities call for red-flag laws to fight mass shootings

As the nation calls for action on gun reform, there’s some movement at the federal level. South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham is calling on states to adopt red-flag laws. He’s been pushing for legislation since last year, along with President Donald Trump, who reiterated his support during Monday’s press conference following the weekend’s mass shootings. → Read More

Local advocate says breast implant recall promising sign

A breast implant linked to cancer was recalled on Wednesday. Pharmaceutical company Allergan voluntarily recalled its textured breast implant at the request of the Federal Drug Administration. On Wednesday, the FDA said new data shows a link between the company’s implant and anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a rare cancer of the immune system. It’s big news for people, including local advocates… → Read More

Hot summer posing challenges for S.C. residents without AC

It’s been an extremely hot summer, even with the air conditioning on full blast. It’s hard to beat the heat without it, but there’s plenty of people in the Lowcountry without AC. Once considered a luxury, it’s become more of a necessity. This summer has been a busy one for nonprofit groups like East Cooper Community Outreach. Resource manager Whitney Cooper said the number of requests for… → Read More

Alcohol consumption may increase sunburn risk, new study says

Here’s another reason to lather on the sunscreen—a new study suggests there’s a link between alcohol consumption and skin cancer. It comes from a small study of healthy men in Germany. The research found the amount of UV light it takes to burn the skin is significantly less after consuming a few drinks. Two other studies showed similar findings. It’s not an entirely new concept, but the findings… → Read More

New Lowcountry home gifted to injured U.S. Army veteran

It’s home sweet home for a wounded army veteran and his family. On Friday, U. S. Army Sergeant First Class Matthew Weise was given the keys to a brand-new house—completely mortgage-free. More than 100 people showed up for the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting. It was a project spearheaded by Lennar Homes and Operation Finally Home. More than 100 people showed up for the dedication ceremony… → Read More

Fad Diets of the decade: Keto and Whole 30

They’re the latest diets flooding your social media feeds. Friends, family, even co-workers are going all-in together on the Keto and Whole 30 diet. From the Atkins Diet to the juice cleanse craze, people are always hungry for something new and usually—a quick fix. Last October 26-year-old Holly Hill and several co-workers went on Whole 30. The month-long diet wasn’t easy, it meant no sugar, no… → Read More

Taxi companies want equal standards to operate Uber, Lyft

Ridesharing companies are now a mainstay in major cities. Uber began operating in Charleston roughly four years ago. Since then, ridesharing services have exploded around the state. But in South Carolina, Uber and Lyft operate under a different set of rules and regulations than taxi and limousine transportation services. → Read More

Land trust eyeing McClellanville shrimp dock to preserve the industry

Shem Creek isn’t the only spot where shrimp docks are dwindling. McClellanville is dealing with the same issue, as growth and development slowly gobbles up pricey waterfront property where local fishermen need to dock. Believe it or not, there are only nine working seafood docks in the entire state of South Carolina. One of the major unloading wholesale facilities is Carolina Seafood located on… → Read More

Cypress Gardens to reopen after 3.5 year closure

Cypress Gardens is finally opening back up. The 170-acre preserve has been closed since October 2015, when it was wiped out during the historic “thousand-year flood”. Typically revered as a pristine oasis, Cypress Gardens has been anything but with renovations over the last 3. 5 years. Director Heather McDowell is more than ready for the noise to stop. “We did not think, we did not expect to be… → Read More

Charleston County School District switches to compostable meal trays

Charleston County schools are going green. Starting this week, all schools in the district will quit using plastic foam lunch trays. Compostable trays will be used for cafeteria food service instead. District officials said the move will keep 2. 9 million plastic foam trays from going to the landfill. The change comes after testing it out at James B. Edwards Elementary School over the last year.… → Read More

Dorchester PAWS takes in dog who got caught on fence

Trips to the emergency vet are never cheap and a Summerville couple needs help after finding an injured dog over the weekend. When Lindsey Shattuck and her fiancé Daniel Cooper returned home from church on Sunday, Shattuck said she heard a dog whimpering. She followed the sound and found Ginger, a neighbor’s dog, dangling upside down, her leg caught on a metal fence. “Her head was on the ground… → Read More