Author: Angela Rogers

Mayor Steve Benjamin, Council members excited for new CHA Commissioners

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– There are four new board members on the CHA Board of Commissioners. The Columbia city council announced the four new board members at their meeting. The council had nearly 40 people apply for the positions and city council was pleased with the pool of applicants. “This is a significant responsibility. Whose visibility has been raised to a new…

Multiple tornadoes cause damage across the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– The National Weather Service has confirmed three tornado touchdowns here in the Midlands area spreading from Elgin all the way up in Lexington County. The National Weather Service had three surveying crews out assessing the damage. The National weather service said March is just the start of tornado season, and being in the middle of an El Nino…

Excessive force in question: Florence County Sheriff says, ‘our officers did nothing wrong’

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– It is a subject that can make many people uncomfortable, but it as a topic that has come up all across the country. What is excessive force and where do we draw the line? A recent incident out of Florence is raising that very question. This incident caught on camera happened in Florence County last month. The woman…

School Resource Officer training is changing to keep up with students

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– A stabbing at A.C. Flora High School earlier this week and an incident in Orangeburg has highlighted the importance of School Resource Officers in schools.  These days they are expected to wear so many different hats while class is in session. These days, School Resource Officers (SRO’s) aren’t just in schools for security. “We’re not walking around…

Project Lifesaver helps bring loved ones back home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) —  More than 16 agencies in South Carolina are helping bring loved ones home. They are a part of Project LifeSaver which is an international program that has helped more than 3,500 people get home safely. It all started back in 2006 when Sheriff Leon Lott brought the technology to the department in hopes of bringing more loved ones…

RCSD investigating incident at A.C. Flora HS that injured student

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– A fight at AC Flora High School sends a 17-year-old to the hospital with serious injuries and now a 15-year-old girl is facing charges. Deputies are still trying to figure out what led to this violent of a fight, they say the two girls had an ongoing dispute, but student never thought it’d come to this. Nicolas Martin says…

Dir. Gilbert Walker to retire, what’s next for CHA

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– It is the end of an era for the Columbia Housing Authority. Director Gilbert Walker will retire in June after being with the authority for more than 50 years. His retirement comes after months of controversy when two residents died in the Allen Benedict Court apartments in January because of gas leaks and a lack of…

Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott visit Columbia, talk Opportunity Zones in the State

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– Vice President Mike Pence talked about faith and community growth while he was in Columbia. Pence joined Senator Tim Scott to tour an opportunity zone here in the state. Opportunity Zones will soon be all across the state and the country thanks to Senator Tim Scott. Vice President Pence said this community, this state, and the nation…