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Highway Patrol Investigating Accident

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident in Kershaw County. Trooper Judd Jones says just before 12:30 AM Thursday morning, a pedestrian was struck and killed at the intersection of Highway 1 and Robbins Avenue 2 miles north of Camden. Jones says the person driving the car has been located.The accident remains under…

Hurricane Igor Could Threaten East Coast

MIAMI (AP) – Tropical Storm Igor has formed into a major storm. Forecasters say the storm is a dangerous category 4 Hurricane and could create problems for South Carolina beaches Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Hurricane is expected to generate life threatening rip currents along the U.S. east coast throughout the weekend.  Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karl is churning towards the Gulf of Mexico,…

Idea by utilities leads to energy saving bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – An idea from South Carolina utility leaders to make rural homes more energy efficient through low-cost loans from the federal government has passed the U.S. House. Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina President Mike Couick said Thursday up to 1.5 million people in the state could take advantage of the program, which the Senate must approve. Customers…

Night Flying Exercises though Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – If you live near Shaw Air Force Base get ready for a noisy night. Officials at the Air Force Base say F-16 pilots will participate in night flying exercises through Friday. The F-16 jets are used to protect troops on the ground and battle other aircraft in air to air combat.

Sen. McConnell Defends Controversial Photo

(AP) _ A South Carolina Senate leader is defending a photo he posed for wearing a Civil War uniform alongside two blacks in servants’ costumes reminiscent of slavery.    Senate President Pro-tem Glenn McConnell said the photo taken in Charleston last week was an innocent moment among friends. The Charleston Republican is well-known as a Civil War enthusiast and re-enactor….

Senate leader defends photo evoking slave past

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina Senate leader is defending a photo he posed for wearing a Civil War uniform alongside two blacks in servants’ costumes reminiscent of slavery. Senate President Pro-tem Glenn McConnell said the photo taken in Charleston last week was an innocent moment among friends. The Charleston Republican is well-known as a Civil War enthusiast and…

Steve Harvey Broadcasts Show from Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – There was a celebrity sighting in the Midlands Thursday morning.   Comedian Steve Harvey hosted his nationally syndicated morning from the Home Depot on Two Notch Road. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin also appeared on the show and presented Harvey with the key to the city. ABC Columbia cameras also caught Senate Candidate Alvin Greene in the…

Tractor trailer explodes, shuts down I-20

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A tractor trailer explodes and closes a major interstate for hours. Thursday morning around 11 AM, officials say the large vehicle overturned and caught on fire near mile marker 57.  Highway Patrol troopers shut down both sides of I-20 during the investigation and clean up stages of the incident. At least one person was critically injured…

Verizon Wireless looking to hire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – If you’re looking for a job, Verizon Wireless says it is looking for new customer service representatives. They will hold a job fair this Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Hampton Inn on Clemson Frontage Road. You have to fill out an application online first before coming.Click here to go to the Verizon…

Former Irmo Star Greene Leads N.C. State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Russell Wilson threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns and North Carolina State beat Cincinnati 30-19 on Thursday night to improve to 3-0 for the first time in eight years. Jay Smith and Curtis Underwood Jr. had first-half touchdown catches, and Mustafa Greene had a 31-yard scoring run that gave N.C. State a 14-0 lead in…