Articles by Jeffrey Collins

70-Year-Old Pipe Break in South Carolina Causes 30M Gallon Water Spill

Much of one of South Carolina’s largest counties was left without water after a 70-year-old pipe broke, sending a torrent of water over a main highway and closing schools, businesses and county offices. A 20-inch (51-centimeter) iron pipe that carries …

South Carolina High School Arson Case Cracked After 23 Years by Fingerprint

A 40-year-old man was charged Tuesday with burning down his South Carolina high school more than 23 years after authorities say he set books and other papers on fire in the hallways. Daniel Scott Harris, 40 left his fingerprints in …

South Carolina Farmers Say Crops In Danger as Drought Grows

Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread. A special committee that reviews drought in the …

Hurricane Dorian Means 4th Evacuation in 4 Years for Many Southeast Residents

It’s become a hurricane-season ritual in the Southeast: When a storm threatens, coastal residents board up homes, load up SUVs and fill highways where the traffic lanes are reversed to offer a speedy escape inland. For some people, Hurricane Dorian …

Sponsor of S.C. Bill Requiring Lighted Uber Signs Say Just First Safety Step

A lawmaker sponsoring a bill in South Carolina requiring Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing drivers to have a lighted sign said he knows it isn’t a foolproof way to keep riders safe. But Rep. Seth Rose said it is …

Storm-Lashed South Carolina Reassesses Role of Global Warming

When he took the job 15 years ago, Horry County Emergency Manager Randy Webster figured his biggest disasters would be wind and surge rolling over his county’s beaches, South Carolina’s top tourist destination. Instead, his worries have shifted inland, where …

South Carolina Gov Creates Commission to Tackle State Flooding Problems

Gov. Henry McMaster isn’t taking three once-in-a-lifetime floods in South Carolina in four years lightly. He created a commission of dozens of government officials, business leaders and academic experts and told them their job is to solve the problems for …

How Michael Could Affect Florence Recovery in Storm-Weary Carolinas

In the storm-weary Carolinas, Hurricane Michael’s approach stoked fresh fears among homeowners who still have tarps on their roofs or industrial dehumidifiers drying their floors from destruction left by Hurricane Florence. Thousands of homes in North and South Carolina were …

Flooding Forecast in Some South Carolina Communities Not as Dire as First Feared

The last community in the way of Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters as they slowly flow to the sea got some good news Wednesday – the predictions aren’t as dire as they once were. And it appears the Waccamaw River won’t top …

More Rain Expected in Already Soggy South Carolina

The soggy remnants of Florence keep causing chaos in coastal South Carolina long after the hurricane swirled ashore, with rivers still flowing far beyond their banks and a new storm gathering more rain just offshore. Authorities urged up to 8,000 …