Author: Rob Dew

Dorn VA Medical Center host emergency blood drive

coronavirus and its spread has left blood donations in high demand, and Columbia health officials stepped up

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — As blood drives across the nation have been cancelled due to concerns of further spreading the coronavirus, health officials here in Columbia stepped up to do their part. Tuesday the Columbia veterans affairs health care system held an emergency blood drive at The Dorn VA Medical Center as the demand for blood donations grow dire. Organizers…

Two arrested after bodies found in burning car

Courtesy: ASG Detention Center Richland Co., S.C. (WOLO)–Richland Co. deputies say two men are charged with murder after two bodies were found inside a burning car. Investigators say Joshua Ellison and Willie Singleton were arrested last week after the bodies of Janio Lopes and Rachel Ravenell were found on the side of the road in Sumter. SLED investigators later determined…

SC schools closed through April

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)–Students will not return to South Carolina classrooms until at least the end of April. Tuesday Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent Molly Spearman released a joint statement. It reads in part,  “Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the…

Columbia seeking input from small businesses

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– City officials say they are extremely concerned about the impact of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses. The Office of Business Opportunities is offering this survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID-19COCbizsurvey , to determine the best way the City of Columbia can assist small business owners. The survey will be open until Friday, March 27th. For questions regarding…

Columbia City Council approves $6 million economic stimulus plan

City of Columbia Council meeting Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)–The Columbia City Council passed an emergency economic relief package it says will help businesses and residents survive the pandemic. According to Mayor Steve Benjamin the “Resilient Columbia” stimulus package will fortify small businesses, non profits and first responders. According to the mayor the relief will provide law enforcement and first responders with…

US Dept. of Ed grants SC request to waive some standardized testing

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)–Students in South Carolina will not take any more standardized tests this school year. Monday state superintendent Molly Spearman announced the US Department of Education has approved the state’s assessment suspension waiver. That means the state will not administer SCREADY, SCPASS ,EOC exams, Pre-K and alternate assessments. In a news release,  Spearman says, “the suspension of South Carolina’s…

WATCH: Medical equipment from national arrives in SC

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– According to DHEC, in order to help healthcare workers responding to COVID-19, the state requested and has received its full allocation of medical equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. According to the department it received 55 pallets in the initial shipment which includes N-95 masks, face shields, surgical masks, gowns, and gloves. DHEC says members of the…

UofSC on campus resident tests positive for COVID-19

UofSC/Twitter Columbia, S.C. (WOLO)– According to a spokesperson for the University of South Carolina, the university was made aware Friday night that a student living in a residence hall on campus tested positive for COVID-19. UofSC officials say under the direction of DHEC, the student and 17 other residents of the building are in quarantine pending further investigation. UofSC says…

Richland County : curbside pickup for Residents could be delayed

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–Some Richland County residents may experience delays in their trash pick-up. County Officials say the delays are due to staff restrictions in some of the county’s contracted trash haulers. The county is asking residents to be patient and if there is a delay, the garbage will be picked up as soon as possible, say county officials.  According to…

Ft. Jackson increasing security due to COVID-19

file Ft. Jackson, S.C. (WOLO)–  There are new policies in place at all Fort Jackson gates. A spokesperson for the base says leadership says the new measures are to “safeguard the health and safety of soldiers, families, civilian employees and the local community while preserving the ability to produce the Army’s newest soldiers.” Starting Thursday, security guards will conduct a…