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Past articles by Brad:

SC law enforcement cracking down on fraud during the coronavirus pandemic

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Federal agents say, any time the government injects cash or any kind of stimulus, there will be people who take advantage of that. COVID-19 stimulus is no exception, and the prosecution of some of those cases is underway. South Carolinians accounted for more than 70,000 paycheck protection program (PPP) loans, […] → Read More

50 Years: Those who were there recall Muhammad Ali’s exhibition fight at Stoney Field

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The City of Charleston is marking the 50th anniversary of an often forgotten piece of history. On June 30, 1971, Muhammad Ali came to Charleston for an exhibition fight at Stoney Field, and some of those closest to it shared their story with us. Michael Barrett’s father, Reggie, is the reason […] → Read More

South Carolina law enforcement fighting to keep positions filled

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Law enforcement across South Carolina is fighting a battle to keep positions filled. The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) is nearing critical staffing levels as the state continues to grow. According to South Carolina Department of Public Safety Director Robert Woods, staffing is his number one priority. “We are understaffed right […] → Read More

What you need to know about FEMA’s new flood maps and your insurance coverage

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – On the heels of severe weather awareness week and with hurricane season just around the corner, insurance agents say there is some welcome news for many when it comes to flood insurance. Mike Hatfield moved his family to their home in Mount Pleasant several years ago. It’s near the marsh and […] → Read More

The rise of telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – Unlike a lot of the COVID-era innovations, tele-health is not new. The frequency has certainly increased, but some doctors say they were already doing up to 50% of their “visits” over the phone. “A lot of times you don’t need to be in a doctor’s office or an emergency department […] → Read More

COVID-19 is not spreading at school, CCSD data shows

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – As more kids return to face-to-face instruction, doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina say you can look at the Charleston County School District as an example of how well mitigation measures work. “I was actually very nervous about starting school in the fall, because we really didn’t know […] → Read More

2 the Point: What you need to know about voting absentee for the November 3rd election

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – There has been much discussion over voting absentee, whether in-person or by mail, for the General Election in November. News 2’s Brad Franko speaks with Isaac Cramer, project manager with the Charleston County Board of Elections, about what you need to know when voting absentee and what security measures the county […] → Read More

Charleston County School District offers third option for safe restart

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – As students prepare to head back to the classroom this fall, the Charleston County School District introduced a third learning option – temporary remote instruction. Under this option, students would learn at home with a teacher from their home school. The Charleston County School District’s Chief Academic Officer, Karolyn Belcher, […] → Read More

School districts lack policies regarding in-school screen time

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Parents are pummeled by suggestions from experts to limit screen time for our kids. While some make the effort at home, more and more schools are incorporating tech into instruction. However, our school districts don’t have specific policies to limit that screen time. As of now, Charleston County, Berkeley County, and […] → Read More

DHEC drops four Lowcountry restaurants to C

The restaurants all scored high marks in their follow-up inspections, but lingering issues forced DHEC to drop their grades. → Read More

Routine inspection yields “C” for popular James Island restaurant

The Charleston Crab House on James Island dropped to “C” after an inspection on June 20 highlighted several violations. → Read More

DHEC inspectors hand out several “B” grades

John King Grill and Bar, Rarebit, and Stacks Coastal Kitchen are among those getting a "B" in this week's Restaurant Report Card. → Read More

DHEC drops popular King Street restaurant to a "C"

A routine inspection knocked Basil in Downtown Charleston to a "B" on May 23, the follow-up inspection spelled more trouble one week later. → Read More

North Charleston restaurant dropped to a "C" after consecutive inspections

Back-to-back inspections at Nick's Gyros and Phillys resulted in a "C" both times in the past week. → Read More

Toxic chemicals stored near food at North Charleston restaurant

Toxic chemicals stored close to food was just one of several violations that forced the Department of Health and Environmental Control inspectors to lower Peking Gourmet's grade to a "C". → Read More

Three restaurants dropped to "C" despite scoring 90% on inspection

Three Lowcountry restaurants have a C on the front door this week, but these are the situations where you need to read beyond the sticker on the door. All three scored better than 90% on their inspection. → Read More

What DHEC inspectors are looking for during restaurant visits

Looking through the inspections over the last week there are plenty of  *A" grades handed out by Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) inspectors who visited scores of restaurants across the area. → Read More

Mount Pleasant hot spot has grade dropped to "B"

Jack's Cosmic Dogs had its grade busted down to a "B" following an inspection that found several violations. → Read More

Roaches and hand washing cost restaurant an "A" grade

Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) inspectors dropped Shuang Xi Chen, on International Boulevard in North Charleston to a B in this week's report card. → Read More

New year, new grades for some Lowcountry restaurants

It is back to an A for Vickery's in Mount Pleasant, but The Junction Kitchen and Provisions in North Charleston slips to a B in this first Restaurant Report Card of 2019. → Read More