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A warning against potential Dominion, SCE&G merge

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – Tuesday (4/17) afternoon the former director of the Virginia Sierra Club, and another former utility company manager says Dominion’s record in its home state is not good and merits deeper scrutiny. They warned against a potential SCE&G and Dominion Energy merger. The event was facilitated by local nuclear watchdog Tom Clements. A spokesperson for Dominion says…

House Democrats Call For Prison Reform After Lee Correctional Incident

Columbia, SC (WOLO)– Democratic Representatives in the House are speaking out after seven prisoners were found dead and 17 were injured at Lee Correctional Institute.  Dozens of representatives held a press conference demanding change for more funding, increasing employment, and treatment of prisoners in the state. The lawmakers said they were disgusted with the stories they heard coming out of Lee…

Orangeburg man arrested for sexually assaulting a small child, officials say

Orangeburg, S.C. (WOLO) – Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced a man has been taken into custody after allegedly sexually assaulting a small child. “This is absolutely despicable,” the sheriff said. “This child has not had a chance to outgrow cartoons and dolls nor learned to ride a bike, and yet in her short life has been assaulted in such…

Claflin President Announces Retirement

Orangeburg, S.C. (WOLO)–After more than 20 years of service, a Midlands university president is calling it a career. Tuesday afternoon Dr. Henry Tisdale announced his retirement as president at Claflin University. Since he began in 1994 Tisdale oversaw numerous facilities improvements as well as a doubling in enrollment. Tisdale’s last day on the job will be June of next year.

Opioid Bills pass through Senate subcommittee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina lawmakers are closer to passing legislation to address the opioid crisis in the Palmetto State. Members of a Senate subcommittee voted in favor of two bills Tuesday to expand the use of tamper-proof prescription pads and who can distribute the opioid antidote Narcan. Legislators say using the special paper that reads “void” if copied…

Woman wanted in connection with identity fraud investigation

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) – The Columbia Police Department (CPD) financial investigators are working to identify and locate a female who’s wanted in connection with an identity fraud investigation. The suspect is accused of fraudulently using the victim’s identity to obtain multiple lines of credit in an excess of $10,000 at various stores. Those businesses include sporting goods and jewelry stores. The attached surveillance…

Bull Street Development Project progress

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – City leaders say they are making progress on the ever-evolving Bull Street Development Project. Monday (4/16) afternoon members of the Bull Street Commission met to discuss the status of the development which is in the fourth year of a projected 20 year project. Commission Chair Howard Duvall says there are some exciting developments coming. Among the…

Chicken farm owner describes “terrifying” Sunday storm

GILBERT, SC (WOLO) – Over in Gilbert a family that owns two chicken farms believes they were hit by the confirmed EF-2 tornado Sunday (4/16). One of the homeowners tells us she felt her home lift off the ground. Debris scattered across the yard, windows shattered, and power lines came down. The chicken farm is missing a roof. The homeowner…