Author: Lee Williams

School Resource Officers attend crisis intervention training

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department held its annual crisis intervention training for Richland County’s school resource officers. The annual event is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and certified through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, 3-5 million children in the United States have a mental illness.

Tax Free Weekend approaches, shoppers discuss back-to-school purchases

A variety of purchases will be exempt from South Carolina’s 6% sales tax during Tax Free Weekend. Exemptions on select items begin tomorrow and last through Sunday. Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers.

With the new school season being just around the corner, Walmart is ready to help shoppers find the most budget-conscious ways to check items off of their back-to-school lists.

Deputies ambushed in Northeast Columbia subdivision

Sheriff Leon Lott says deputies with Richland County Sheriff’s Department were ambushed with gunfire at around 5:30 a.m. this morning at Carriage Oaks subdivision in Northeast Columbia.

Deputies were called to the neighborhood over a possible domestic dispute. But when the deputies arrived to the home, the homeowners told deputies that they had no dispute and didn’t call the police. As deputies left the home, more than fifteen shots were fired from an assault rifle in their direction–striking the deputies’ vehicles.

Teacher organizations discuss school staffing concerns

As the school year approaches, many teachers face numerous concerns along with the excitement of a new year.

Staffing shortages are the biggest concern for many school districts. According to the Center for Educator Recruitment Retention and Advancement, there were over 1,100 teacher vacancies across South Carolina as of this February. Currently some districts still have over 100 vacancies to fill.

Midlands resident helps victims of Kentucky flooding

As rescue teams continue to help victims of Kentucky’s flooding, some local Midlands residents are doing their part to help as well.

Bob Mann, a Gaston resident, arrived in Kentucky this past Saturday. He and other American Red Cross volunteers are currently camped out at the University of Pikeville. Each day part of his job is to help find places for flood victims to stay.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates to help combat higher inflation rates and slow consumer spending

The FOMC raised its policy rate by three quarters of a percentage point

 “I guess the first thing I would say to every household is that we know inflation is too high and we understand how painful it is. Particularly for people who are living paycheck to paycheck and spend most of that paycheck on necessities such as food and gas and heating their homes and clothing and things like that. We do understand that those people suffer the most,” said Chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell.

Two non-profit organizations team up to help end gun violence

"Building Better Communities" and "The Sally R. Brasley Foundation" want to be positive forces in the community

Two local non-profit organizations are teaming up to help stop gun violence while giving back to the community.

Perry Bradley and Roy Brasley are determined to help stop gun violence and give back to the community. Bradley is the founder of “Building Better Communities” and Brasley is the founder of “The Sally R. Brasley Foundation.”

The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps celebrates its 247th birthday this Friday

Today starts Regimental Week for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, a week long celebration that honors the history and the heritage of Army chaplains.

This Friday the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps will celebrate its 247th birthday.

This week is known as regimental week for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, and today starts the celebration that honors the history and the heritage of Army chaplains.