Author: Miya Payton

Mental health and suicide prevention in the Midlands

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Conversations about suicide prevention and mental health are being had since the passing of former Miss USA and EXTRA correspondent who had ties to Columbia.  The former USC student athlete died by apparent suicide over the weekend.  USC tweeting, “Please keep the Kryst family in your thoughts and prayers. Please remember, you’re not alone. help is…

Central Carolina Community Foundation awards more than $8.3 million in grants and scholarships

COLUMBA, S.C. (WOLO) – Scholarships are available for college students in the Midlands and across the state. The Central Carolina Community Foundation says more than 8.3 million dollars was awarded in grants and scholarships for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The foundation is encouraging students to apply now for the 2022- 2023 school year. The organization says this year this year…

School District of Newberry County shift to virtual learning Jan.18 -21

NEWBERRY, S.C. (WOLO) – School District of Newberry County says its experiencing a high number of students and staff impacted by COVID-19. As a result, school district leaders say schools will shift from in-person classes to virtual learning on Tuesday, January 18th until Friday, January 21st. There will be no school-related extracurricular or after school activities during this time. Breakfast…

Teen charged after a state sign was altered to include racial slur

SUMTER, SC (WOLO) – The Sumter Police Department says a 17-year-old was taken into custody Sunday after a digital message board was altered to include a racial slur. Investigators say the teen is charged with aggravated breach of peace and is being held in a state Department of Juvenile Justice facility. According to Sumter Police, the offensive message was reported…

Jazz Girls Day at the University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – This weekend young girls from middle and high schools in South Carolina were invited to join the jazz faculty at the University of South Carolina’s school of music for its Jazz Girls Day. Organizers say it was the first Jazz Girls Day and the curriculum included improvising with blues and sessions for All-State auditions. Colleen Clark with…

Blood supply dangerously low in South Carolina

According to the Red Cross, they are approaching a supply crisis due to the lack of donated blood in South Carolina. One Columbia mother is speaking out after her son who has sickle cell disease had to wait several days before receiving blood due to the shortage. 

A Columbia church vandalized twice in two weeks

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Bell Memorial Baptist Church wants answers after its property was vandalized twice in the past two weeks. Johnnie Mae Rich-Butler is Pastor Leeroy Butler’s wife, she says there have been no services on the property for almost two years since the start of the pandemic but routine checks are made weekly. According to Johnnie Mae, two weeks…

Family announces funeral service for kayaker found in Lake Carolina

  COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Funeral services have been announced for a missing kayaker that was found dead at Lake Carolina. 20-year-old Theron Wallace went missing on Christmas morning and after days of searching his body was discovered. Theron was identified by the Richland County Coroner on January 4th.   The family says the lake was Theron’s place of peace…

Proudly Pro-life March and Rally held in Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Hundreds of people marched from USC Russell House to the State House for the Stand Up for Life March and Rally. The rally was formed by the South Carolina Citizens for Life, members say the hope is to eliminate abortion from society. South Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette and Attorney General Alan Wilson were speakers at the…

Community supports fundraiser held for local youth basketball team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – This weekend a community fundraiser was held for a Camden youth basketball team. Team803 held a car wash for donations and local restaurant Haile Street Grill provided hot dogs and BBQ. Coach Zyrique Bradford says the donations will go toward uniforms and transportation to games. The team was started three years ago to help youth spread…