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Supporters Rally for Bill to Close Charleston Loophole

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-People from all over South Carolina came out to support bill S.516, designed to extend the background check period to five days to close what many call the Charleston Loophole, a flaw that allows gun buyers like Emanuel 9 shooter Dylann Roof to get a gun if they do not hear FBI in three days. Moms demand action…

Claflin Welcomes Africa University for Research Partnership

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WOLO)- A historically Black university in South Carolina is teaming up with the first fully accredited university in Africa for a unique research partnership. Administrators from Africa University in Zimbabwe visited Claflin University Monday to work on finalizing the details of their new collaboration. “This partnership is one between two United Methodist-related institutions that develop pathways for students and faculty from…

Gov. McMaster Said He Would Sign Bill Putting Guns in Hands of Teachers, If Bill Was Proposed

Columbia, SC (WOLO)– The Florida school shooting has revived the debates on school security and gun legislation.  One of the big topics when it comes to gun laws is putting guns in the hands of teachers, and here in the Palmetto state, Governor McMaster said he’d be for it. “If it comes to my desk, I’ll sign it. But all…

Midlands Community Bids Farewell to Homeless Veteran, Two Other Unclaimed Servicemen

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- In January, the Lexington County Coroner’s Office confirmed the body of a veteran and former Richland County deputy was found in a makeshift shelter in the woods. Friday, dozens came out to honor that former deputy and two other unclaimed veterans in memorial. Diane Peryslak is former deputy Dennis Reidy’s first cousin. She says she flew down…

For the love of horses: EQUUS Film Festival rides into Camden this weekend

CAMDEN, S.C. (WOLO) – The EQUUS Film Festival takes over Camden this weekend. The festival features film screenings, panels and workshops, all devoted to horses and the people who love them. Good Morning Columbia’s Grace Joyal talked to local festival producer Julieanne Neal about what visitors can expect. You can buy tickets to the three-day festival, here.  

Mother of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Speaks on School Safety Solutions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Michele Gay said this recent shooting is bringing up painful memories but she is pleased with the efforts of people in South Carolina and others nationally to find some sort of resolution. Michele Gay’s seven-year-old daughter Josephine died along with 25 others after a gunman opened fire on sandy hook elementary. Now Michele travels to different communities…

Funeral Arrangements for Reverend Billy Graham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WOLO)- The Billy Graham Library and House Speaker Paul Ryan have announced plans to memorialize the televangelist pioneer. A motorcade will leave the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, N.C. Saturday, February 24th at 1 p.m. and arrive at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte at 3 p.m. for a ceremony. On Monday, February 26th, Graham will lie…

Columbia Reacts to Reverend Billy Graham’s Death

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Reverend Billy Graham died at his home North Carolina Wednesday morning. Graham was born just one state over but he made several stops in the Palmetto State throughout his lifetime. Several people in Columbia said Graham left a big imprint on their lives. Raphael Anzenberger, a global evangelist and adjunct professor at Columbia International University, said Billy…

Columbia residents share thoughts on proposal to stop alcohol sales at 2 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- The debate on scaling back the hours of operation for bars in Columbia continued Tuesday as a city council committee held a public hearing. Residents from neighborhoods around Five Points are coming out in support of Councilman Howard Duvall’s proposal to fully repeal a permit that allows Columbia bars to serve alcohol past two in the morning….