State and local agencies will be conducting hurricane evacuation drills on major thoroughfares running inland from the coast today. They will be testing lane reversal plans for I-26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in the event of coastal evacuation orders from the governor, but lanes will not be closed or reversed today, according to news reports. Motorists traveling between Columbia and Charleston can expect a heavy law enforcement presence along I-26.
Citing SLED statistics, News 2 in the Lowcountry reports that fatal shootings involving law enforcement officers are on the rise in South Carolina, with deadly incidents having tripled from 2009 to 2013. There were 42 officer-involved shootings in 2013, 18 of which were deadly.
Atlantic Beach officials and residents have spoken out in support of Atlantic Beach Bikefest, also known as Black Bike Week, defying Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to end the motorcycle rally after a violent incident in nearby Myrtle Beach left three dead and seven injured on Memorial Day weekend. Former Atlantic Beach mayor Joe Montgomery told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News, “What happened in Myrtle Beach had nothing to do with our event. They are habitual criminals that came to Myrtle Beach. ... We are in good shape and nobody is going to stop this Bikefest.”
A Charleston County councilman is threatening to nix $1 million in county funding to The Citadel if the military college doesn’t agree to remove a Confederate flag from its chapel. The school has responded by saying the flag is a “Confederate Naval Jack” that is protected by the state’s Heritage Act. “I really feel saddened by this. It’s just still as if they are trying to preserve the Confederacy,” Councilman Henry Darby told The Post and Courier. He plans to introduce his proposal at a council meeting tonight.