S.C. Sen. Hembree’s condition improves as he’s pulled from coma, taken off ventilator

South Carolina state Sen. Greg Hembree was taken off a ventilator Saturday morning and is out of a medically-induced coma and alert, according to his daughter, Nora Hembree Battle. Hembree, 57, was initially hospitalized on July 26 for a brain aneurysm and was apparently recovering. But doctors placed him in a medically-induced coma after he contracted a staph infection, most likely from an IV, eight days ago, according to Hembree Battle.

The unofficial first weekend of summer kicked off with sun and salt in Myrtle Beach

The Sun Fun Festival and the Native Son's Salt Games combined to kick off the unofficial first weekend of summer in Myrtle Beach. Saturday's events included contests of strength, endurance and skill, a parade, live music and a parachute jump by th