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The S.C. Department of Transportation owns $30.1 million worth of property in James and Johns Islands that sits empty. The property, including houses worth $1.3 million, were purchased because they were in the path of the 526 extension. Source: P&C

Students at rural Charleston County school Baptist Hill are taking AP Human Geography at Wando High School through teleconference. The program is the first of its kind in Charleston County and could expand to include other courses and schools in the future. Source: P&C

Santee Cooper discovered on Jan. 30, it had leaked a dumpster’s worth of dirt, sludge, and coal ash into the Waccamaw river. Oops. In September, Santee Cooper had worked to ensure that no coal ash leaked into the river during Hurricane Florence. Source: P&C

After the success of the 2018 hemp cultivation, twice as many farmers were given permits for 2019, including 19 of the original 20 farmers. Source: Free Times

Berkeley County School District’s former CFO has been sentenced to more than five years for embezzlement. He was arrested again in 2018 after it was alleged he stole $2,600 from Jackson Davenport Vision Center, who hired him to do their bookkeeping. Source: Live 5