“We need to go deeper:” Mayor Benjamin speaks about addressing gun crimes in 2020

Murders and gunshot victims rose in the City in 2019, say officials

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –There have been a growing number of gun crimes in the city of Columbia, and the Mayor says it’s time to address what he calls a “public health crisis.” And in Richland County, some techniques to help deescalate crime are already starting to make a difference throughout Richland county.  With a growing number of gun crimes in…

City leaders considering proposal to extend parking meter hours in Five Points

The new proposal would extend enforcement hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –If you’re heading down to Five Points in a month, you could be paying more money in the meter. The City of Columbia is considering a proposal that would extend enforcement of parking meters for two more hours, stretching from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Some members of the City Council say this idea came…

Columbia’s Finlay Park set to get 18 million dollar makeover

Columbia, SC (WOLO) — One of Columbia’s city parks is about to get a serious makeover. City officials are in the process of changing the face of Finlay Park to give it a new look. Thursday, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced a compete overhaul of the park which he says will carry a total price tag of 18 million dollars….

Columbia Fire Department unveils new service engine

(photo: CFD) Columbia, SC (WOLO) — The Columbia Fire Department spends countless hours putting out fires that flare up in the Columbia/Richland County community, and Thursday they heated things up with the unveiling of their new piece of equipment. (photo: CFD) Members of the Department gathered for the “Push In” ceremony where they gathered around new engine 9 to push…