Digital Exclusives and Features

Facebook to allow users to ‘turn off seeing’ political ads

The company has long been embroiled in controversy for its political ads policy.

By Catherine Thorbecke Facebook announced it will allow people to “turn off seeing” political ads as the 2020 presidential campaigns ramp up in the U.S. ahead of November’s elections. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the changes in an op-ed for USA Today, saying it was part of the company’s efforts “to help 4 million people register to vote.” “And for those…

Quaker Oats plans to retire Aunt Jemima image

Company to remove ' Aunt Jeremiah' name and likeness

Image: Quaker Oats/ ABC News (ABC NEWS) — The woman on the front of the Quaker Oats syrup who has gone from a handkerchief head scarf. to a more updated image with curled hair and pearls is about to change again. The company, Quaker Food North America, says they decided to make the move as increaded national calls for among…

After 130 years, Aunt Jemima will vanish from packaging

Pepsico is changing the name and marketing image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup

A box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix sits on a stovetop Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Harrison, N.Y. Pepsico is changing the name and marketing image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, according to media reports. A spokeswoman for Pepsico-owned Quaker Oats Company told AdWeek that it recognized Aunt Jemima’s origins are based on a racial stereotype and…

City of Columbia launches special COVID-19 webpage

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– If you are looking for a resource in the City of Columbia for Coronavirus information, you can check out the city’s new webpage dedicated to information on COVID-19. According to city officials, they’re launching the new ‘microsite’ due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases. City officials say the dedicated special microsite will have COVID-19 related information…

One couple whose love is stronger than COVID-19

Husband and wife separated after coronavirus infection are reunited during tearful surprise

(ABC News) –After nearly seven decades of marriage Joyce and Don Hoffman have been forced to apart for weeks after she was admitted to the hospital with coronavirus. It’s the longest they’ve been apart in 67 years. Tom Llamas shows us a love stronger than the pandemic. Categories: Digital Exclusives and Features

DHEC hosting free mobile Coronavirus test sites across SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– If you are looking to get tested for Coronavirus, DHEC is hosting numerous mobile testing sites. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is hosting free mobile sites across the state. According to DHEC, there are 93 mobile testing events scheduled through July 17 with new testing events added regularly. Find a mobile testing clinic…

West Columbia’s Artisan Market makes a comeback

The popular local outdoor shopping experience is returning with safety precautions in place

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — West Columbia’s weekend market is making a comeback. Starting this Saturday,  June 13,  the city of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market will be open every Saturday, from 9am-1pm. The market will take place at the Interactive Art Park on Meeting Street. Organizers have put some safety precautions in place as the coronavirus pandemic continues. In…

The psychology behind why some don’t care about COVID-19

Some say they do not take the coronavirus as seriously as they did a few months ago, here's why

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (ABC/WPDE) – Even as COVID-19 cases rise in record numbers in South Carolina, many along the Grand Strand say they aren’t taking the virus as seriously anymore. Meredith Matson, a psychology professor at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, said there are two main reasons why people are getting tired of taking precautions: confirmation bias and compassion fatigue. Matson said…

‘Drive n Drop’ event to help Epworth Children’s Home

A week after a fire consumed their facility, a local church helps replenish what was lost

Image: The Washington Street United Methodist Church Columbia, SC (WOLO) — Last week Epworth Children’s Home caught fire destroying the maintenance shed. Columbia fire officials say the fire was electrical in nature. Damage to the facility resulted in the loss of much needed daily supplies. (Courtesy: CFD/Twitter) No one hurt at Epworth’s Children’s Home. The Washington Street United Methodist Church…