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Staying safe during 36th Annual St. Pat’s Festival

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Our area’s largest annual street festival kicks off tomorrow and law enforcement agencies are working hard to make sure you stay safe. ABC Columbia’s Gabrielle Franklin has the details from agency leaders on how they plan to protect you. Related Federal Government Looking at new system for Medic… Several county fire departments working to contain… Thousands pay respects…

Dominion says SCANA should take a better deal if another company offers one

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Dominion Energy said they are making their merger a better deal for ratepayers but if legislators don’t like the plan, they can leave it alone. “We have been very clear, we said if someone else comes in and offers something better, you should take it. We understand, we may not be very happy but we understand. But right…

Governor McMaster discusses President Trump’s infrastructure plan with USDOT and SCDOT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- President Trump’s infrastructure plan was the talk Tuesday at a statehouse round table and it could mean money for roads. President Trump is proposing a $1.5 trillion  infrastructure plan that would be partially funded using federal dollars.” “What the president has done has basically proposed a framework without really writing the specific legislative language. The administration is…

USC students use Spring Break to visit civil rights sites and give back

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Spring break is underway at the University of South Carolina (USC) and one group is touring a painful chapter of our nation’s past in hopes of creating a brighter future for tomorrow. Around 20 USC students and three faculty members are touring civil rights landmarks around the south to continue the work leaders began decades ago. “A…

Driver in fatal I-26 wreck identified, DOT provides updates on road conditions

  ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WOLO)- A fatal accident that happened this morning on I-26 is still affecting traffic this evening. Traffic was a mess most of Friday after troopers said a tractor trailer traveling into Orangeburg veered off the road. “We had a single vehicle collision with an 18-wheeler. Happened approximately this morning at 10:03 a.m. The vehicle was traveling East when he…

Five Teachers Surprised As Superintendent Molly Spearman Announces State Teacher Of The Year Finalists

SUMTER, SC (WOLO)–  State Superintendent Molly Spearman is making her rounds surprising five teachers with $10 thousand dollars. The cash is not bad, but there is a lot more.  A big bouquet of Balloons, flowers, and a big old check was walking the halls of Mayewood Middle School   “You can tell he’s changing lives here in the middle of Sumter County,” Spearman said.  Zachariah…

Planned Parenthood supporters rally against personhood bill at the statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Dozens of women came to the statehouse Tuesday to speak out against a senate bill that would outlaw abortion. Planned Parenthood supporters say this bill would ban way more than just abortions but senators say that’s not the purpose of the bill at all. “The primary purpose of the bill is to protect human life from it’s…

Forestry Commission Offers Clarification Monday Morning Smoke

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Skies are clear now but Monday morning got off to a smoky start for many in The Midlands. Forest Protection Chief Darryl Jones said the smoke drivers saw on I-20 was smoke left over from two controlled or prescribed burns on Fort Jackson Sunday. “That burned was planned based on the weather prediction we get from the…

How Social Movements Could Impact The Oscars

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- This weekend, you can watch the biggest night in Hollywood when the Oscars air right here on ABC Columbia. After years of seeing similar types of movies getting nominated and winning Academy Awards, some say it could be a new age for the Oscars. “I think they’ve changed the rules so that the membership of the academy is…

Governor Continues Call for More Resource Officers, Superintendent Pledges to Start Training to Spot Disturbed Students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Governor Henry McMaster held a school safety program where agency officials, lawmakers, and educators all met to discuss solutions for ending school violence. Governor Henry McMaster is no longer calling for teachers to be armed in schools. Instead, he is sticking to the recommendation he proposed in his state budget, saying every school in every district needs a…