Steve Benjamin

“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…

Registration Underway for Annual Drills and Skills Clinic

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin held a press conference Wednesday to invite the public to register for the 7th Annual Mayor’s Drills & Skills Clinics. (Matt Perron) COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Mayor Steve Benjamin and Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department are giving kids in South Carolina’s capital city a way to stay active as summer begins. Registration is now open for…

Midlands Bank “Pays” It Forward

"Keeping the Midlands Beautiful" and making our environment a little greener. That's the goal of TD Bank's "TD Tree Days" project.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) —”Keeping the Midlands Beautiful” and making our environment a little greener. That’s the goal of TD Bank’s “TD Tree Days” project. Monday, employee volunteers planted trees at Owens Park. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was on hand to help out. It’s just one way organizers say they can enhance our community. The hope is the trees will add…

Columbia Celebrates Black History

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Folks honored history and looked to the future Monday as the City of Columbia celebrated Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza. Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac-Devine and Mayor Steve Benjamin were among the speakers. The mayor says he hopes events like these help educate our youngest residents. Benjamin says, “What I hope that the…

Holiday Shopping for Flood Survivors This Weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — This weekend survivors of South Carolina’s historic flooding will have a unique opportunity to select their own holiday gifts at a free private shopping experience. Shoppers will be able to shop for new bedding, toys, furniture and clothing beginning Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13 at Dutch Square Center. Brands Include: Aeropostale, Free People, GAP, Gerber…