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Students at Pine Ridge Middle Send Messages of Hope to Amtrak Survivors

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-Right after the Amtrak and CSX trains collided Sunday, Pine Ridge Middle School opened its doors to help survivor. Although all the victims are off the campus, students are still finding a way to support them. Officials said over 400 students attend the school, many of them living just miles away from the collision. Students wanted the…

Will You Stand for the National Anthem Sunday? Viewers React to the Governor’s Super Bowl Proclamation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- NFL players taking a knee to protest social injustices moved to the forefront of political conversations after President Trump condemned them for the act. South Carolina governor Henry McMaster stands with the president. Earlier this week, Governor McMaster issued a proclamation, encouraging everyone in the state to stand for the national anthem during Super Bowl LII. Whether…

House Democrats Introduce South Carolina Paycheck Fairness Act

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -Lawmakers announced a new bill today they say addresses an issue that has been long overlooked in South Carolina. House Democrats are joining Representative James Smith in his efforts to make sure women and minorities are paid for doing the same job as their colleagues, calling for more transparency when it comes to salary discussions. “There ought…

Corrections Officers, Richland Deputies Confiscate Over 800 Phones in County Prisons

More Than 6,000 Phones Collected From State Prisons in 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-Contraband continues to be an issue in our state prisons, South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said more than six thousand phones were retrieved from state prisons in 2017 and more than seven thousand in 2016. Law enforcement leaders say the Department of Corrections should not have to combat this issue alone. At a press conference…

Senators Stall Personhood Act in Judiciary Committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- One controversial topic sparked so much conversation Tuesday, it became the main topic of discussion in legislative committee. Senators from both parties raised questions about the Personhood Act before moving it any further in Judiciary Committee. If the act were to become law in South Carolina, constitutional rights would be established for each being, beginning at the…

IRS-Certified Volunteers Ready to Help You File Your Taxes

VITA is Holding Two Events Soon

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- The IRS officially began accepting tax returns Monday. One group wants to help you file your returns for free. The volunteer income tax assistance or VITA program has two events coming up to help people at no cost and make sure your taxes are done right. VITA agents will be at Richland Library’s main branch on Assembly…

Richland Woman Recognized in The Senate for Graduating High School in Her 80s

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)-Thursday afternoon, an 84-year-old mother of 12 was recognized before the State Senate for never giving up on her dream. “Mrs. Grimes, you are such an inspiration to all of us especially the four women in this chamber,” Senator Mia McLeod said before the body. After her husband died in 1991, Willie Dell Grimes moved from her native…

Richland County Administrator Shares Details on Plans for Columbia Place Mall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Just before the Christmas holiday, Richland County unveiled a multi-million dollar plan to enhance the community including a new judicial center, a multipurpose hub in Lower Richland and reconstructing Columbia Place Mall. Many people still have questions about the Renaissance plan, the future of Columbia Place Mall and the future of the stores inside it. Richland County…

Hundreds Come Out to Remember 108-Year-Old Midlands Woman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- One of the oldest members of the community was celebrated by hundreds in Columbia, Friday. Donella Brown Wilson’s 108 years of life in the Midlands was celebrated in a ceremony at Union Baptist Church on Germany Street. The church where Mrs. Wilson was a lifelong member was packed with so many people, each of them remembering her…

USC Seniors Host Clothing Drive to Keep the Homeless Warm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- This cold winter season we are experiencing is warming the hearts of some University of South Carolina seniors. What started off as a normal coffee run earlier this month sparked an idea for a call to action for social work major Morgan Larch. “This guy came up to my window and he had nothing on, he looked…