Author: Lee Williams

$32 million in grant money awarded to victims’ services groups

More than $32 million in grant money is being awarded to victims’ services groups across South Carolina. The grants are being awarded to private non-profit organizations, sheriff’s offices, police departments, solicitor’s offices, and state agencies. Attorney General Alan Wilson says the grant money will help assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking, in their recovery.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, signs and support

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. One percent of men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer. “Early detection is key. So we recommend any woman who is 40 or older get an annual mammogram. And then if you’re under 40 we…

Charter school leadership attends Kids First Conference

Leadership from charter schools across the state came together for the 2nd annual “Kids First Conference.” Hosted by the Charter Institute at Erskine and South Carolina Public Charter School District, the two day conference gives teachers and school leaders a chance to hear inspirational speakers, legislative panels, and have a little fun.

DHEC offers free HIV testing during “PrEP Awareness Week”

This week is the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s third annual “PrEP Awareness Week. “DHEC finds the pre-exposure prophylaxis pill known as PrEP to be highly effective for the prevention of contracting HIV. “If taken as prescribed either as a pill once a day or as an injectable that you receive every 2 months, PrEP can reduce your chances of acquiring HIV by up to 99 percent,” says Robinson.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept. tests new public safety technology

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)—Deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department experienced some of the latest technology in public safety. Hosted by the tech company Axon, the roadshow allowed law enforcement to experience interactive product demos. Virtual reality training provided deputies in-depth scenarios on how to exhibit more compassion and empathy during interactions, gave them de-escalation tactics, and provided virtual reality scenarios…