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Ketchup, pasta sauce face higher prices amid tomato shortage

COLUMBIA, S.C. — California is the nation's largest supplier of tomatoes used in products like ketchup and pasta sauce, according to the California Tomato Growers Association, but a drought in the area is threatening their supply. "For the last three years, we have far below normal rainfall and snowpack...

I-77 south near Fort Mill blocked due to overturned tanker

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Motorists in the Charlotte/Fort Mill area should be aware that all southbound lanes of I-77 are blocked at mile marker 83 due to a multi-vehicle collision. According to South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP), the incident involves an overturned fuel tanker that must be pumped out into another tanker before it can be uprighted and moved. The pumping and removal process will take hours to complete.

9 new businesses coming to Forest Acres

FOREST ACRES, S.C. — In the City of Forest Acres, business is green and growing according to Mayor Frank Brunson. "I think people are realizing what we've always had here," Brunson said. "We are a city that has a neighborhood feel." In the past few months, the city has...

Budget audit shows $3.3M unaccounted for in Swansea

SWANSEA, S.C. — Over the last few days, News 19 has been researching and digging into financial issues within the town of Swansea. A recent audit indicated millions, $3.3 million to be exact, are missing from the town's budget. Council Member Doris Simmons spoke with News 19 about why...

Two bitten by sharks in Myrtle Beach on Monday

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Two people have been bitten by sharks this week in Myrtle Beach. According to various media reports, Karren Sites of Pittsburgh was in the ocean in waist deep water on Monday August 15, when a shark came up and bit her on her arm. Her grandson was just a few feet away.

One injured in North Main Street shooting in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia Police are gathering evidence following an apparent shooting on Thursday evening. According to an initial statement from the department, police were called to the 5100 block of North Main Street around 6 p.m. Police said they arrived to find a female victim with an injury to the lower body. Police said the injury did not appear to be life-threatening.

Columbia Pinball: The secret world under glass

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia is known for a lot of things: The Gamecocks, the State Fair, famously hot temperatures, and now pinball can be added to that list. One of the largest pinball groups in the nation, a two-time pinball tournament world champion, and the leading pinball parts seller in the world, all call The Midlands home. And still, pinball remains one of the capital city’s best kept secrets.

Chick-fil-A testing new breakfast items in Aiken, Augusta

ATLANTA — Two nearby cities will serve as a testbed for a new product concocted by Georgia-based Chick-fil-A. The company announced on Monday that, for a limited time, it will be offering new Chorizo Cheddar Egg Bites at various Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country. In addition to being tested in Columbus, Ohio, Norfolk Virginia, Portsmouth, Virginia, Miami, and New Orleans, the new products will also find their way into locations in Aiken, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia.

High bacteria levels lead to swim advisory for portion of Saluda River

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Residents aiming to soak up some sun at a Columbia-area river should be careful what part they enjoy on Thursday. Columbia Water shared a swimming advisory announcement just after 12 p.m. warning swimmers to avoid the area of the Saluda River from the Saluda Shoals canoe landing to I-20. The announcement is in response to high bacteria levels found in a Wednesday sample in the area.

Popular Columbia restaurant temporarily closed due to fire

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A well-known Columbia restaurant is working to repair the damage left behind by a fire that happened early Wednesday. Columbia-Richland Fire officials said crews arrived around 1:30 a.m. to reports of a fire at The Grand on Main. Crews soon found fire coming from the rear side of the roof area and, upon closure inspection, were able to trace the fire to an exhaust system.

Town of Chapin looking to create a town administrator position

CHAPIN, S.C. — Over the past year, the Town of Chapin has seen significant growth which has in turn created more work for the town's Mayor and Council. "Lately, I'm here every day and it varies from three or four hours to all day.. We had a council meeting last night and I was here until 10 o'clock," Mayor Al Koon explained.

Mayberry Diner recreates the 'Andy Griffith Show' for diners in South Carolina

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. — If you travel 30 miles west of Newberry, you'll stumble across a blast from the past: the Mayberry Diner. Open for nearly five years now, the family-owned restaurant has become a regular fixture for the 500 people who call the town home. And as the name implies, it's meant to evoke the fictional Southern town setting from the iconic TV series "The Andy Griffith Show."

Deputies look for witnesses to possible road rage incident in Kershaw County

KERSHAW, S.C. — The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office is looking for witnesses in a suspected road rage incident that took place on Sunday, August 14. The suspected road rage incident led to a physical altercation on Lockhart Road near North Central High School, according to deputies. It all took place Sunday (8/14/22) at approximately 4:45 p.m. and involved a full-sized silver truck and a full-sized blue SUV, both pulling trailers.

Missing Clarendon County woman not seen in over a week

CLARENDON COUNTY, S.C. — Clarendon County deputies are asking for the public's assistance to find a missing woman who has not been seen in more than a week. Deputies say 32-year-old Deanna Sharlyn Cannon left her mother's home on Ralph Bell Road in Summerton on July 28 with some of her belongings, according to the Clarendon County's Sheriff's Office. Her mother notified the sheriff's office on August 11 after not having seen or heard from her since July.