Author: Mike Olson

Columbia celebrates first ever Black Voter Day

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Friday morning, the Columbia Urban League announced the first ever Black Voter Day. The organization says the purpose of this day is to help black citizens against voter suppression and ensure that their vote counts in the upcoming election.  The group says long lines, poll worker shortages and lack of access for disabled voters are all forms…

SCGOP calls for Jaime Harrison to drop staffers after offensive tweets are revealed

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– South Carolina republicans are calling on Senate candidate Jaime Harrison to release two of his staffers after their past controversial tweets resurfaced.  The tweets, attributed to Bre Maxwell and Guy King, contain antisemitic and homophobic slurs. Harrison, his campaign manager, as well as Maxwell and King released the following statements in response: Zack Carroll, campaign manager: “These inappropriate…

UofSC releases updated coronavirus data

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The University of South Carolina has released its latest COVID-19 numbers, as of September 17. According to the UofSC coronavirus dashboard, there are 170 current active cases on campus, 164 of which are students. 1,468 tests have been conducted since Tuesday, 59 of which came back positive. With nearly 300 tests still pending, the percent positive rate…

DHEC: 766 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 21 new deaths

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released its latest coronavirus data. DHEC reports 766 new confirmed cases and 21 confirmed deaths, bringing the total to 133,310 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 3,010 deaths. 6,324 tests were conducted on Thursday which yielded a percent positive rate of 12.1%. Confirmed and probable cases: please click here. Confirmed…

RCSD: Additional arrests made in connection to Columbia riots

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says they arrested three more individuals who participated in the riots on the weekend of May 30. Authorities say they arrested Nicholas Fleming on September 1 on charges of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, breach of peace aggravated in nature, participating in a riot, unlawful carry of a…

State leaders to ramp up coronavirus testing

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Beginning Saturday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Office of the Governor, the City of Columbia and the University of South Carolina are all teaming up to launch several days of free COVID-19 testing. The drive-through testing will be located at Founder’s Park and MLK Park from 11 a.m-3 p.m. Testing will be…

Authorities searching for two missing boys from Aiken

Courtesy: City of Aiken COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The Aiken Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help locating two missing boys. Authorities say 9-year-old Matthew Kinman and 7-year-old Jerry Kinman were taken from their bedroom at 53 Deerwood Court sometime Thursday night. Matthew is four feet tall, weighs 91 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes. Jerry is…

Opening arguments begin in CARES Act lawsuit

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Friday morning, the South Carolina Supreme Court began hearing opening arguments in a lawsuit against Governor Henry McMaster’s decision to use CARES Act funds on private school vouchers. In July, Governor McMaster announced his plan to use $32 million in COVID-19 federal relief funds on these vouchers. The funding was blocked after Orangeburg County attorney Skyler Hutto…

Fort Jackson working with MUSC to provide free COVID-19 testing

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Officials from Fort Jackson say they are partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina to offer free coronavirus testing for individuals with authorized post access. The testing will be available September 22 and 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m, with the main day for retirees and Veteran Health Identification Card holders being September 22. The drive-through testing…