Katie Augustine, WFLA NEWS

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Charleston, SC, United States

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Recent articles by Katie:

Missing daughter reunites with family 51 years after being kidnapped as a toddler

The family announced on Sunday that a DNA match led them to Melissa. → Read More

Ceremony held to bless IAAM grounds

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – An intimate pre-opening ceremony at the International African American Museum (IAAM) was held on Wednesday. The Blessing of the Water and Sacred Ground took place to honor the grounds the museum stands on. It overlooks the Atlantic passage where thousands of enslaved African Americans entered the country. “We understand our history […] → Read More

Lowcountry Food Bank receives major donation ahead of holiday season

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Lowcountry Food Bank can now provide hundreds of thousands of meals to food-insecure people across the Lowcountry thanks to a major donation by Hendrick Automotive Group. The group presented a $75,000 check to the food bank Monday morning. It was raised by employees of the group coupled with a […] → Read More

Dr. Annie Andrews participates in early voting

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Democratic candidate for South Carolina’s First Congressional District, Dr. Annie Andrews, cast her ballot Tuesday in Mt. Pleasant. Shortly after, Dr. Andrews spoke with News 2 and reiterated what she believes are some of the most pressing issues in the state and country and how she plans to make changes […] → Read More

CCSD leaders vote to expand Carolina Park Elementary

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Charleston County School board voted on Monday to partially expand Carolina Park Elementary school. “It’s a win for north Mt. Pleasant not just Carolina Park,” said Jonathan Mars, a Carolina Park parent who has been at the forefront of the large group of parents advocating for an expansion over […] → Read More

IOP residents urging city council to protect Wild Dunes from development

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – The first of two public hearings on the Isle of Palms regarding possible development at Wild Dunes Resort brought dozens of residents to city hall to share their opposition to the potential project Tuesday evening. Some of the green spaces, golf courses, and recreation spaces within the Wild Dunes […] → Read More

Inflation impacting pumpkin prices as local farmers battle rising costs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Americans will be paying more at the pumpkin patch this year as inflation is impacting the Halloween staple. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows pumpkin prices fluctuating by week from the first week of September until now, with the highest price reaching $5.80 during the second week of September. Prices […] → Read More

Pawleys Island recovering after Hurricane Ian

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – In the days since Hurricane Ian made landfall in South Carolina, coastal communities have been picking up the pieces. That includes Pawleys Island, which is 13 miles north of Georgetown, where the storm made landfall. The island was heavily impacted by the hurricane. Storm surge inundated the island impacting roadways, […] → Read More

Last-minute preparations underway ahead of storm

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – People across the Lowcountry are making final preparations ahead of any impacts we may see from what is currently Hurricane Ian. Sandbag stations are set up all across the Lowcountry and people are preparing their homes for impact. A local home restoration expert, Kevin Smith, owner of ServPro in Mt. Pleasant, […] → Read More

CARTA passengers share concerns with bus system

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) passengers are sharing some concerns about operations within the bus system. “Well, the busses are never really on time, the drivers drive erratically. I’ve been thrown out of the seat twice,” explained Joshua Blanton. Blanton and his wife rely on CARTA every day. They drive […] → Read More

McClellanville community angry over unattended ditches

MCCLELLANVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Thomas Williams, who was born and raised in McClellanville, is asking for help and answers to a problem plaguing many in the area. The ditches that are meant to aid water drainage in the unincorporated McClelleanville area are largely overgrown, have standing water, and are clogged, according to Williams. He says […] → Read More

Local non-profit working to make bicyclists, pedestrians safer

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston Moves, a non-profit organization with a goal of improving safety for vulnerable road users such as walkers and bikers, is conducting research along some busy Charleston County corridors to compile data to use for upcoming projects. “We’ve got this pretty long list of areas throughout the county that we […] → Read More

CCSO: Man injured in Johns Island shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A man was injured in a shooting on Aridwick Road near River Road on Johns Island early Sunday morning. Shortly after 2 a.m., CCSO deputies responded to a report of a shooting where they found a man who had been shot lying on the ground outside of a home. Deputies rendered […] → Read More

Mt. Pleasant residents to vote on tax increase in November

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Mt. Pleasant Town Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to put a recreation referendum on the ballot for the November general election. The referendum seeks to levy a tax increase on property owners to fund future recreation projects. Now, it will be up to the people of Mt. Pleasant to decide whether […] → Read More

Rental operators react to possible changes for Mt. Pleasant short-term rental ordinance

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – The Town of Mt. Pleasant Planning Department is looking to make some changes to the town’s short-term rental (STR) ordinance. Michele Reed, the town’s Planning Director, says the ordinance needs to be tightened up and language clarified after some issues have come up since it went into effect in January […] → Read More

Proposal for ‘retail village’ in North Mt. Pleasant causing controversy

MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – A proposed retail village in North Mt. Pleasant is raising concerns for some residents nearby. Plans for the nearly 15-acre property located across Highway 17 from Oakland Market and Lowes include a racquet club with tennis and pickleball courts, retail, restaurants, office space, and a luxury pet boarding facility. Developers […] → Read More

Candidates, election offices prepare for runoff election

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina primary runoff elections are happening Tuesday, June 28th, and candidates along with local and state elections offices are preparing. Runoff races take place when no candidate gets a majority vote which is 50% plus one. The top two candidates in a race qualify for a runoff. Statewide the runoff […] → Read More

Lowcountry cities, counties say they’re ready for hurricane season

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The 2022 Hurricane season is officially underway and preparations are in place across the Lowcountry and statewide. In Charleston County, emergency management leaders started preparing months ago and say they’re ready. “We’ve been prepping for this for over six months now updating plans, having meetings with our sheltering staff, also with […] → Read More

Family of woman killed in October train vs car crash files wrongful death lawsuit

UPDATE: May 19 | 12:30 PM– Jail records show Vanderhorst was granted a $50,000 bond on each count totaling $150,000. _____ UPDATE: May 18 | 3:38 PM– Aszeria Vanderhorst was charged on Wednesday with three counts of Reckless Homicide and booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center. NCPD issued the following statement: “It was a […] → Read More

AMFD responds to concerns about first responder staffing

AWENDAW, S.C. (WCBD) – Some people in Awendaw say more first responders are needed in the growing area. This comes as the Awendaw planning commission approved the preliminary plans for a 200+ home neighborhood. One resident and a volunteer on the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District says with the new development, she’s worried the department won’t be […] → Read More