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SC officials raised concerns about this vaccine sign-up system, but DHEC still chose to use it. Why?

The pressure was mounting on South Carolina’s top public health official. CEOs from the Palmetto State’s major hospital networks, including Prisma Health, had just blasted the Vaccine Administration Management System, or VAMS. VAMS, an appointment scheduler for COVID-19 vaccinations and a data reporting tool used by the S.C. Department of...
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Woman Rescued From Window During SC Mobile Home Fire

The Island Packet (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) Nov. 27—A Marine and his fiancée escaped an early morning mobile home fire but suffered serious burns while their dog was killed in the fire. Firefighters were notified of the fire in the 500 block of Joe Frazier Road just before 1 a.m....
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Island Packet Online

Will SC face a COVID-19 surge this winter? DHEC talks case trends, natural immunity

The global COVID-19 outlook is bleak. Medical centers in the Upper Midwest, including in Minnesota and Michigan, are grappling with a surge of coronavirus hospitalizations. A concerning new variant has been discovered in South Africa. And deaths in Europe are quickly mounting. The grim news raises a crucial question: Will...

Man found not guilty of murder in former Hardeeville fire chief’s death

HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WSAV) – A man who was accused of shooting and killing a former Hardeeville fire chief in 2017 has been found not guilty of murder. Devon Dunham was arrested in August 2017 for the death of Martin Stevens. The 77-year-old was shot to death in his vehicle at the intersection of Ulman and Boyd streets.
ABA Journal

Weekly Briefs: New charges against lawyer accused of staging his shooting; Christian florist settles

Suspended South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, previously charged in an alleged scheme to have himself killed for insurance money, is facing 27 new charges as the result of five indictments by a South Carolina state grand jury. The indictments allege that Murdaugh stole $4.8 million from law clients and his law firm, PMPED, a shortened version of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth and Detrick. Murdaugh allegedly laundered the money by depositing it in an account that he called “Forge.” The name is similar to that of a legitimate structured settlement company, Forge Consulting. Among the alleged financial victims are the family of his late housekeeper, who died in what Murdaugh said was a fall at his home. The new charges include breach of trust with fraudulent intent, money laundering, computer crimes and forgery. (Reuters, the State, the Island Packet, South Carolina attorney general press release)