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  • My Take: We need more troopers on patrol

    My Take: We need more troopers on patrol

    Friday, July 21 2017 1:35 PM EDT2017-07-21 17:35:40 GMT

    Excessive speeding is a big problem in our state. On a daily basis, the interstates are filled with drivers going 15, 20 or even 25 miles over the posted speed limit. That’s not only illegal, it’s potentially deadly. That danger is the motivation behind a new speed enforcement campaign underway in South Carolina and neighboring states. It’s called “Operation Southern Shield.” Now through July 23rd, law enforcement officers are cracking down on speeders, ...

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    Excessive speeding is a big problem in our state. On a daily basis, the interstates are filled with drivers going 15, 20 or even 25 miles over the posted speed limit. That’s not only illegal, it’s potentially deadly. That danger is the motivation behind a new speed enforcement campaign underway in South Carolina and neighboring states. It’s called “Operation Southern Shield.” Now through July 23rd, law enforcement officers are cracking down on speeders, ...

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  • GUEST MY TAKE: Mayor Benjamin: "A 'Front Porch' is not a circus nor a beach"

    GUEST MY TAKE: Mayor Benjamin: "A 'Front Porch' is not a circus nor a beach"

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 9:22 AM EDT2017-07-12 13:22:44 GMT
    Our state capital is a special place – historic and treasured. Our beautiful SC is a welcoming state known for its southern hospitality.  The State’s Front Porch initiative that you’ve heard so much about will demonstrate our hospitality at its finest and provide an opportunity to showcase the best our state’s various regions have to offer.  A front porch is not a circus nor a beach.  It is a physical space that is both personal to its residents...More >>
    Our state capital is a special place – historic and treasured. Our beautiful SC is a welcoming state known for its southern hospitality.  The State’s Front Porch initiative that you’ve heard so much about will demonstrate our hospitality at its finest and provide an opportunity to showcase the best our state’s various regions have to offer.  A front porch is not a circus nor a beach.  It is a physical space that is both personal to its residents...More >>
  • My Take: How about using Finlay Park for "Front Porch"

    My Take: How about using Finlay Park for "Front Porch"

    Friday, July 7 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-07-07 18:30:11 GMT
    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s idea to create a “Front Porch” on the grounds has drawn the ire of Senator  Katrina Shealy.  Shealy has drafted an on-line petition that is attempting to thwart Mayor Benjamin’s plan to sue the State House ground to plant things like beach chairs, ping-pong, a putting green and more.  Benjamin has even secured a $195,000 grant to pay for all of this.  Shealy calls Benjamin’s suggestion “a really ...More >>
    Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin’s idea to create a “Front Porch” on the grounds has drawn the ire of Senator  Katrina Shealy.  Shealy has drafted an on-line petition that is attempting to thwart Mayor Benjamin’s plan to sue the State House ground to plant things like beach chairs, ping-pong, a putting green and more.  Benjamin has even secured a $195,000 grant to pay for all of this.  Shealy calls Benjamin’s suggestion “a really ...More >>
  • My Take: SC's roadways need to be more pedestrian-friendly

    My Take: SC's roadways need to be more pedestrian-friendly

    Thursday, June 29 2017 2:03 PM EDT2017-06-29 18:03:52 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    Last weekend, our community laid to rest a young man who was hit by a car while talking part in an F3 group run in Lexington. In fact, a total of four pedestrians in a span of seven days lost their lives on Midlands roadways.

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    Last weekend, our community laid to rest a young man who was hit by a car while talking part in an F3 group run in Lexington. In fact, a total of four pedestrians in a span of seven days lost their lives on Midlands roadways.

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  • My Take: Use lottery money to replace SC's aging school buses

    My Take: Use lottery money to replace SC's aging school buses

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:52 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:52:19 GMT

    Governor Henry McMaster last week vetoed 20+ million dollars that were to replace the state’s aging school bus fleet.

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    Governor Henry McMaster last week vetoed 20+ million dollars that were to replace the state’s aging school bus fleet.

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  • My Take: Flag Day reminds us to fly the Stars and Stripes more often

    My Take: Flag Day reminds us to fly the Stars and Stripes more often

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:51:53 GMT

    Happy Flag Day!

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    Happy Flag Day!

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  • My Take: SC: Where the rubber meets the road!

    My Take: SC: Where the rubber meets the road!

    Friday, June 9 2017 4:33 PM EDT2017-06-09 20:33:19 GMT

    The Midlands economy got another big boost this week with the announcement that the Wanli Tire Corporation plans to build a plant in Orangeburg County.

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    The Midlands economy got another big boost this week with the announcement that the Wanli Tire Corporation plans to build a plant in Orangeburg County.

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  • My Take: Finlay Park no 'crown jewel' anymore

    My Take: Finlay Park no 'crown jewel' anymore

    Monday, June 5 2017 1:47 PM EDT2017-06-05 17:47:06 GMT

    It used to be called the "crown jewel" of the Columbia parks system. But the label no longer fits. Anyone visiting the Capital City's Finlay Park these days can hardly miss the depressing degree of decay.

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    It used to be called the "crown jewel" of the Columbia parks system. But the label no longer fits. Anyone visiting the Capital City's Finlay Park these days can hardly miss the depressing degree of decay.

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  • My Take: WIS salutes the Columbia Urban League

    My Take: WIS salutes the Columbia Urban League

    Wednesday, May 31 2017 10:47 AM EDT2017-05-31 14:47:55 GMT

    The Columbia Urban League celebrates 50 years of service to our community this week.

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    The Columbia Urban League celebrates 50 years of service to our community this week.

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  • My Take: Kassy Alia has shined despite unimaginable grief

    My Take: Kassy Alia has shined despite unimaginable grief

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:57 AM EDT2017-05-16 14:57:56 GMT

    On Sept. 30, 2015, the Midlands lost a bright young officer with his full life ahead of him. Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia was gunned down by Jarvis Hall in Richland Mall seemingly without rhyme or reason. We quickly learned Greg left behind a wife, Kassy, and a 6-month-old son, Sal. Despite her unimaginable grief, the Midlands looked to Kassy to help all of us understand a completely preventable tragedy.

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    On Sept. 30, 2015, the Midlands lost a bright young officer with his full life ahead of him. Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia was gunned down by Jarvis Hall in Richland Mall seemingly without rhyme or reason. We quickly learned Greg left behind a wife, Kassy, and a 6-month-old son, Sal. Despite her unimaginable grief, the Midlands looked to Kassy to help all of us understand a completely preventable tragedy.

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  • My Take: Roads bill a win for the state despite governor's veto

    My Take: Roads bill a win for the state despite governor's veto

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:41 AM EDT2017-05-16 14:41:41 GMT

    The WIS Editorial Board applauds our state’s lawmakers for doing the right thing and passing an infrastructure bill that is designed to fix South Carolina’s deadly and clogged road system.

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    The WIS Editorial Board applauds our state’s lawmakers for doing the right thing and passing an infrastructure bill that is designed to fix South Carolina’s deadly and clogged road system.

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  • My Take: Get an infrastructure deal done!

    My Take: Get an infrastructure deal done!

    Friday, May 5 2017 12:07 PM EDT2017-05-05 16:07:08 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    It appears that the gas tax proposal in the state legislature is at a critical mass. As expected, the House and Senate cannot agree on which version of a projected bill to finally fix South Carolina’s deteriorating roads.

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    It appears that the gas tax proposal in the state legislature is at a critical mass. As expected, the House and Senate cannot agree on which version of a projected bill to finally fix South Carolina’s deteriorating roads.

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  • My Take: Viewers displeased with lack of roads bill action

    My Take: Viewers displeased with lack of roads bill action

    Thursday, April 20 2017 5:02 PM EDT2017-04-20 21:02:12 GMT

    Last week’s My Take on the potential of yet another legislative session ending without a resolution on repairing our state’s deplorable roads, has generated more viewer responses than any other commentary to date. The viewers' obvious displeasure with our leaders to pass a gas tax increase is apparent. We thought we would share your comments. 

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    Last week’s My Take on the potential of yet another legislative session ending without a resolution on repairing our state’s deplorable roads, has generated more viewer responses than any other commentary to date. The viewers' obvious displeasure with our leaders to pass a gas tax increase is apparent. We thought we would share your comments. 

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  • My Take: South Carolina gas tax

    My Take: South Carolina gas tax

    Friday, April 14 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-04-14 23:19:40 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    Let's face it, our state has gone through massive growth in the last 30 years, and our infrastructure has not kept pace. We also think it is fair to say that South Carolinians are united in their demand for good, safe roads and bridges.  

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    Let's face it, our state has gone through massive growth in the last 30 years, and our infrastructure has not kept pace. We also think it is fair to say that South Carolinians are united in their demand for good, safe roads and bridges.  

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  • My Take: Congratulations Gamecocks!

    My Take: Congratulations Gamecocks!

    Friday, April 7 2017 11:49 AM EDT2017-04-07 15:49:36 GMT

    Our South Carolina Gamecocks are national champions!  Doesn’t that sound great?!

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    Our South Carolina Gamecocks are national champions!  Doesn’t that sound great?!

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  • My Take: Legislators need to pass a roads bill

    My Take: Legislators need to pass a roads bill

    Monday, April 3 2017 10:26 AM EDT2017-04-03 14:26:40 GMT

    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: State legislators may go another year without addressing road and infrastructure needs.

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    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: State legislators may go another year without addressing road and infrastructure needs.

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  • My Take: We salute USC's men's and women's basketball teams!

    My Take: We salute USC's men's and women's basketball teams!

    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    March Madness is once again upon us.  This year, there is a real reason to celebrate in in South Carolina as both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams from USC will be participants in arguably the most acclaimed college sports tournament in the country!  The WIS Editorial board salutes Coach Dawn Staley and Coach Frank Martin’s teams for the amazing seasons both teams have had in 2016-17.  The state of South Carolina is on the national collegiate ...

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    March Madness is once again upon us.  This year, there is a real reason to celebrate in in South Carolina as both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams from USC will be participants in arguably the most acclaimed college sports tournament in the country!  The WIS Editorial board salutes Coach Dawn Staley and Coach Frank Martin’s teams for the amazing seasons both teams have had in 2016-17.  The state of South Carolina is on the national collegiate ...

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  • My Take: Congratulations, Gamecocks!

    My Take: Congratulations, Gamecocks!

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:19:57 GMT

    The South Carolina Men’s Basketball team shocked the college basketball world on Sunday night with its huge upset in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament over second-seeded Duke University. 

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    The South Carolina Men’s Basketball team shocked the college basketball world on Sunday night with its huge upset in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament over second-seeded Duke University. 

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  • Guest Editorial: SC roads need repair

    Guest Editorial: SC roads need repair

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:16:08 GMT

    Our forefathers took bold actions and made much needed sacrifices to give us a great state to live in. Let's not bequeath a second rate version of it to our children and grandchildren.

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    Our forefathers took bold actions and made much needed sacrifices to give us a great state to live in. Let's not bequeath a second rate version of it to our children and grandchildren.

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  • My Take: Kudos to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

    My Take: Kudos to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 3:19 PM EDT2017-03-14 19:19:14 GMT

    Give credit to Columbia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carl Blackstone for creating a visionary strategic foresight planning group to shape Columbia’s future business, economic and development for the next decade. 

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    Give credit to Columbia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carl Blackstone for creating a visionary strategic foresight planning group to shape Columbia’s future business, economic and development for the next decade. 

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  • My Take: Don't let this session end without infrastructure funding

    My Take: Don't let this session end without infrastructure funding

    Monday, March 6 2017 12:07 PM EST2017-03-06 17:07:21 GMT

    This week, the South Carolina House of Representatives, for the third consecutive year, passed an infrastructure bill that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fix our state’s deplorable roads and bridges. By an overwhelming vote of 97-18, the Republican-controlled House gave its okay to raising the state’s gas tax by 10 cents gradually over the next five years. The bill now heads to the Senate where, in 2016, your elected senators failed to pass an...

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    This week, the South Carolina House of Representatives, for the third consecutive year, passed an infrastructure bill that would provide hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fix our state’s deplorable roads and bridges. By an overwhelming vote of 97-18, the Republican-controlled House gave its okay to raising the state’s gas tax by 10 cents gradually over the next five years. The bill now heads to the Senate where, in 2016, your elected senators failed to pass an...

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  • My Take: SC firefighters, we should be thanking you!

    My Take: SC firefighters, we should be thanking you!

    Friday, February 24 2017 4:38 PM EST2017-02-24 21:38:44 GMT

    WIS has been selected for the statewide South Carolina Firefighter’s Association Media Award for 2017.

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    WIS has been selected for the statewide South Carolina Firefighter’s Association Media Award for 2017.

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  • My Take: It's time to do something about our roads

    My Take: It's time to do something about our roads

    Monday, February 13 2017 10:47 AM EST2017-02-13 15:47:52 GMT

    Governor McMaster, the WIS editorial board applauds your $5 billion request to President Trump for improvements to South Carolina’s infrastructure. Should that funding actually make it to the Palmetto State, it’ll just be another band aid. The State Department of Transportation says it needs more than $1 billion annually to properly fix South Carolina’s roads. What the state really needs is a recurring funding mechanism.

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    Governor McMaster, the WIS editorial board applauds your $5 billion request to President Trump for improvements to South Carolina’s infrastructure. Should that funding actually make it to the Palmetto State, it’ll just be another band aid. The State Department of Transportation says it needs more than $1 billion annually to properly fix South Carolina’s roads. What the state really needs is a recurring funding mechanism.

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  • My Take: It's time for some retail announcements for BullStreet project

    My Take: It's time for some retail announcements for BullStreet project

    Thursday, February 2 2017 4:36 PM EST2017-02-02 21:36:08 GMT

    In late 2010, Upstate developer Robert Hughes put a massive plot of land on Bull Street under contract for $15 million with the hope of creating a new retail and residential destination in downtown Columbia.

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    In late 2010, Upstate developer Robert Hughes put a massive plot of land on Bull Street under contract for $15 million with the hope of creating a new retail and residential destination in downtown Columbia.

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  • Farewell Gov. Nikki Haley

    Farewell Gov. Nikki Haley

    Friday, January 27 2017 9:01 AM EST2017-01-27 14:01:31 GMT
    This week we are saying farewell to one of South Carolina’s most historic leaders in recent memory- Nikki Haley. Tuesday night, Haley officially resigned as the 116th governor of South Carolina, passing the baton to Henry McMaster. When she took office in 2011, she made history by becoming the first woman and minority to lead South Carolina. From the Palmetto State to the Big Apple, she now heads to New York to become the US ambassador to the United Nations. It’s a pos...More >>
    This week we are saying farewell to one of South Carolina’s most historic leaders in recent memory- Nikki Haley. Tuesday night, Haley officially resigned as the 116th governor of South Carolina, passing the baton to Henry McMaster. When she took office in 2011, she made history by becoming the first woman and minority to lead South Carolina. From the Palmetto State to the Big Apple, she now heads to New York to become the US ambassador to the United Nations. It’s a pos...More >>
  • My Take: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States

    My Take: Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States

    Friday, January 20 2017 11:52 AM EST2017-01-20 16:52:01 GMT

    Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

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    Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

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  • My Take: Mr. McMaster, please leave a mark on SC in the form of a modernized infrastructure

    My Take: Mr. McMaster, please leave a mark on SC in the form of a modernized infrastructure

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 4:59 PM EST2017-01-18 21:59:59 GMT

    I may sound like a broken record here… But it is time to fix our roads.

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    I may sound like a broken record here… But it is time to fix our roads.

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  • My Take: We are in the season of giving

    My Take: We are in the season of giving

    Friday, December 16 2016 4:15 PM EST2016-12-16 21:15:42 GMT

    We are in the season of giving. The holidays mean spending time with our families and friends and helping others. And there's no shortage of charities out there. 

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    We are in the season of giving. The holidays mean spending time with our families and friends and helping others. And there's no shortage of charities out there. 

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  • My Take: Slager mistrial does not remove either side's chance to prevail

    My Take: Slager mistrial does not remove either side's chance to prevail

    Monday, December 12 2016 3:42 PM EST2016-12-12 20:42:57 GMT

    An old legal maxim says justice delayed is justice denied. In other words---denied when the opportunity for justice does not arrive in a timely way.

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    An old legal maxim says justice delayed is justice denied. In other words---denied when the opportunity for justice does not arrive in a timely way.

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  • My Take: Fix the water department

    My Take: Fix the water department

    Monday, November 21 2016 1:17 PM EST2016-11-21 18:17:17 GMT

    These days, it sure seems a dollar is becoming harder to come by. Prices for staples like groceries and clothes seem to be going up weekly. Power companies are consistently asking for permission to raise rates. Water rates have even gone up recently. We can mostly understand why all of those increases are necessary.

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    These days, it sure seems a dollar is becoming harder to come by. Prices for staples like groceries and clothes seem to be going up weekly. Power companies are consistently asking for permission to raise rates. Water rates have even gone up recently. We can mostly understand why all of those increases are necessary.

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  • My Take: Reach out to a veteran and say thanks

    My Take: Reach out to a veteran and say thanks

    Friday, November 11 2016 3:15 PM EST2016-11-11 20:15:12 GMT

    This week our nation will commemorate and honor America's military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Veterans Day –originally Armistice Day and created in recognition of the ending of hostilities in World War I –
    is an annual anniversary with thanksgiving, prayer and events designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.

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    This week our nation will commemorate and honor America's military veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Veterans Day –originally Armistice Day and created in recognition of the ending of hostilities in World War I –
    is an annual anniversary with thanksgiving, prayer and events designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.

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  • My Take: It's time to unite as a nation

    My Take: It's time to unite as a nation

    Friday, November 11 2016 10:53 AM EST2016-11-11 15:53:31 GMT

    Votes have been cast and "Decision 2016" is at an end. It was a long, often grinding campaign filled with intense rhetoric and intense emotion. Donald Trump has emerged as President-elect with a victory in the electoral college. We knew going in that no matter which candidate came out on top, half of the electorate would be ecstatic and the other half would be in despair. That is the very nature of politics.

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    Votes have been cast and "Decision 2016" is at an end. It was a long, often grinding campaign filled with intense rhetoric and intense emotion. Donald Trump has emerged as President-elect with a victory in the electoral college. We knew going in that no matter which candidate came out on top, half of the electorate would be ecstatic and the other half would be in despair. That is the very nature of politics.

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  • My Take: WIS has launched a new set

    My Take: WIS has launched a new set

    Monday, November 7 2016 11:38 AM EST2016-11-07 16:38:41 GMT

    Over the past few days, you have probably noticed some exciting changes at WIS. We have just debuted a new set that promises to give you a more appealing viewing experience.

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    Over the past few days, you have probably noticed some exciting changes at WIS. We have just debuted a new set that promises to give you a more appealing viewing experience.

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  • My Take Guest Editorial: Corporate Social Responsibility

    My Take Guest Editorial: Corporate Social Responsibility

    Tuesday, November 1 2016 4:31 PM EDT2016-11-01 20:31:46 GMT

    In celebrating the 49th year of the Columbia Urban League and the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner, our theme focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an economic imperative which benefits society by enhancing a community's quality of life.  Corporate Social Responsibility represents a vision along with an investment strategy that extends beyond shareholders and investors to all aspects of society.

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    In celebrating the 49th year of the Columbia Urban League and the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner, our theme focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as an economic imperative which benefits society by enhancing a community's quality of life.  Corporate Social Responsibility represents a vision along with an investment strategy that extends beyond shareholders and investors to all aspects of society.

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  • My Take: The Millennial vote

    My Take: The Millennial vote

    Monday, October 31 2016 12:27 PM EDT2016-10-31 16:27:50 GMT

    We are entering the final days of the 2016 Presidential campaign. And one of the biggest emerging story lines is the Millennial vote. 18 to 35-year-olds now represent more than 69 million voters. However, some question not only who they will vote for but if they will show up to the polls at all.  

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    We are entering the final days of the 2016 Presidential campaign. And one of the biggest emerging story lines is the Millennial vote. 18 to 35-year-olds now represent more than 69 million voters. However, some question not only who they will vote for but if they will show up to the polls at all.  

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  • My Take: Gov Nikki Haley saved lives

    My Take: Gov Nikki Haley saved lives

    Wednesday, October 12 2016 10:21 AM EDT2016-10-12 14:21:05 GMT
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley holds a briefing several days away from Hurricane Mathew's eventual landfall. (Source: WIS)South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley holds a briefing several days away from Hurricane Mathew's eventual landfall. (Source: WIS)

    Last week, as Hurricane Matthew was still in the Caribbean, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was faced with some very difficult decisions. As the forecast began to show a distinct path straight to South Carolina, a calm Governor Haley announced she had declared a state of emergency and called for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of coastal residents.

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    Last week, as Hurricane Matthew was still in the Caribbean, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was faced with some very difficult decisions. As the forecast began to show a distinct path straight to South Carolina, a calm Governor Haley announced she had declared a state of emergency and called for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of coastal residents.

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  • My Take: Let the system work before rushing to conclusions

    My Take: Let the system work before rushing to conclusions

    Thursday, September 29 2016 8:41 AM EDT2016-09-29 12:41:15 GMT
    Recent events in Charlotte have once again sparked widespread unrest.  Last week, Keith Scott was fatally shot by a police. The following day, downtown Charlotte was flooded with people protesting what they considered an injustice. Those peaceful protests quickly turned into violent riots with looting, fires and even death. At one point, it appeared downtown Charlotte was on the verge of anarchy. How could things spin out of control so quickly in a modern city in today's ...More >>
    Recent events in Charlotte have once again sparked widespread unrest.  Last week, Keith Scott was fatally shot by a police. The following day, downtown Charlotte was flooded with people protesting what they considered an injustice. Those peaceful protests quickly turned into violent riots with looting, fires and even death. At one point, it appeared downtown Charlotte was on the verge of anarchy. How could things spin out of control so quickly in a modern city in today's ...More >>
  • My Take: Don't let terrorists stop you from doing what you love

    My Take: Don't let terrorists stop you from doing what you love

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 10:11 AM EDT2016-09-27 14:11:06 GMT

    Events over the past week once again have many Americans concerned for their safety. Suspected terrorist, Ahmad Rahami, is now in custody after federal investigators say he was behind bombings in New York and New Jersey. It’s just the latest example of domestic terrorism that has some on edge.

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    Events over the past week once again have many Americans concerned for their safety. Suspected terrorist, Ahmad Rahami, is now in custody after federal investigators say he was behind bombings in New York and New Jersey. It’s just the latest example of domestic terrorism that has some on edge.

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  • My Take: The Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk is more than just a race

    My Take: The Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Walk is more than just a race

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 4:21 PM EDT2016-09-14 20:21:31 GMT

    This Friday is an event we look forward to all year long. That’s when thousands will hit the streets of Columbia for the Tunnel To Towers 5k Run and Walk. The runners will include young and old, soldiers and firefighters, many in their gear.

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    This Friday is an event we look forward to all year long. That’s when thousands will hit the streets of Columbia for the Tunnel To Towers 5k Run and Walk. The runners will include young and old, soldiers and firefighters, many in their gear.

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  • My Take: 'Choking Game' is a disgusting trend that won't go away

    My Take: 'Choking Game' is a disgusting trend that won't go away

    Friday, September 9 2016 4:31 PM EDT2016-09-09 20:31:57 GMT

    “He just made a mistake.”

    Those five words have stuck with me for the past 12 hours after I returned from the visitation and funeral for 11-year-old Garrett Pope, Jr. Garrett’s father, Garrett Sr., is a member of the Raycom family and is processing an unspeakable tragedy.

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    “He just made a mistake.”

    Those five words have stuck with me for the past 12 hours after I returned from the visitation and funeral for 11-year-old Garrett Pope, Jr. Garrett’s father, Garrett Sr., is a member of the Raycom family and is processing an unspeakable tragedy.

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  • My Take: If Colin Kaepernick wants to see change, what solutions does he suggest?

    My Take: If Colin Kaepernick wants to see change, what solutions does he suggest?

    Thursday, September 1 2016 10:45 AM EDT2016-09-01 14:45:26 GMT

    San Francisco 49er Quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a lightning rod of controversy after cameras caught him sitting during the playing of the national anthem. 

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    San Francisco 49er Quarterback Colin Kaepernick became a lightning rod of controversy after cameras caught him sitting during the playing of the national anthem. 

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  • My Take: What kids should learn from Lochte incident in Rio

    My Take: What kids should learn from Lochte incident in Rio

    Thursday, August 25 2016 4:13 PM EDT2016-08-25 20:13:05 GMT

    The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially wrapped up. Competition wise, it was a banner two weeks with the United States claiming 121 medals, including 46 gold medals. The next nearest nation was China with 70. That success is something all Americans can be proud of.

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    The 2016 Summer Olympics have officially wrapped up. Competition wise, it was a banner two weeks with the United States claiming 121 medals, including 46 gold medals. The next nearest nation was China with 70. That success is something all Americans can be proud of.

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  • My Take: Please reach out to Baton Rouge to help with flood recovery

    My Take: Please reach out to Baton Rouge to help with flood recovery

    Tuesday, August 23 2016 2:48 PM EDT2016-08-23 18:48:26 GMT

    Last year, South Carolinians and the rest of the country watched as a seemingly endless conveyor belt of rain punished the Palmetto State, dumping trillions of gallons of rain to a state already reeling from a national tragedy. Now, our friends in Baton Rouge find themselves suffering in almost the exact same way.

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    Last year, South Carolinians and the rest of the country watched as a seemingly endless conveyor belt of rain punished the Palmetto State, dumping trillions of gallons of rain to a state already reeling from a national tragedy. Now, our friends in Baton Rouge find themselves suffering in almost the exact same way.

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  • My Take: Discussion of use of SRO's is necessary

    My Take: Discussion of use of SRO's is necessary

    Friday, August 12 2016 8:57 AM EDT2016-08-12 12:57:39 GMT

    We are about to enter the start of another school year. It's a time for hitting the books, reconnecting with classmates and getting re-acclimated with the rigors of education.

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    We are about to enter the start of another school year. It's a time for hitting the books, reconnecting with classmates and getting re-acclimated with the rigors of education.

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  • My Take: It is only through unity, and not violence, that we will see positive change

    My Take: It is only through unity, and not violence, that we will see positive change

    Friday, July 15 2016 11:56 AM EDT2016-07-15 15:56:45 GMT

    This has been another emotionally charged week. We cried together as President Obama eulogized five Dallas police officers who were senselessly killed as they served and protected others. That was followed by a series of heart wrenching funerals. All happening against the backdrop of continuing questions and outrage over fatal officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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    This has been another emotionally charged week. We cried together as President Obama eulogized five Dallas police officers who were senselessly killed as they served and protected others. That was followed by a series of heart wrenching funerals. All happening against the backdrop of continuing questions and outrage over fatal officer-involved shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.

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  • My Take: Let's build bridges rather than tear them down

    My Take: Let's build bridges rather than tear them down

    Monday, July 11 2016 11:06 AM EDT2016-07-11 15:06:27 GMT

    A series of heart-wrenching events have played out across our screens this week. Each leaving people in tears and asking "why?"

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    A series of heart-wrenching events have played out across our screens this week. Each leaving people in tears and asking "why?"

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  • My Take: Thank you Maj. Gen. Cloutier for your leadership at Fort Jackson

    My Take: Thank you Maj. Gen. Cloutier for your leadership at Fort Jackson

    Monday, June 27 2016 4:44 PM EDT2016-06-27 20:44:14 GMT
    Major General Roger Cloutier Jr. (Source: WIS)Major General Roger Cloutier Jr. (Source: WIS)

    Fort Jackson is welcoming its 49th commanding general Friday. Brigadier General John “Pete” Johnson takes over for Major General Roger Cloutier Jr. Cloutier is leaving Fort Jackson to become the chief of staff for the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. We at WIS would like to thank Cloutier for his dedication and hard work during his time at Fort Jackson.

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    Fort Jackson is welcoming its 49th commanding general Friday. Brigadier General John “Pete” Johnson takes over for Major General Roger Cloutier Jr. Cloutier is leaving Fort Jackson to become the chief of staff for the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. We at WIS would like to thank Cloutier for his dedication and hard work during his time at Fort Jackson.

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  • My Take: Love always wins over hate

    My Take: Love always wins over hate

    Thursday, June 16 2016 11:58 AM EDT2016-06-16 15:58:33 GMT

    Once again America mourns a senseless act of terror, the deadliest mass shooting on our soil.

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    Once again America mourns a senseless act of terror, the deadliest mass shooting on our soil.

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  • My Take: Gov. Haley's signature on roads bill is better than nothing at all

    My Take: Gov. Haley's signature on roads bill is better than nothing at all

    Friday, June 10 2016 4:30 PM EDT2016-06-10 20:30:27 GMT

    The Roads Bill is now law. Yes, the plan that has been the source of so much debate this session was signed by Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday. And it came with none of the pomp and circumstance that we so often see with major bill signings.

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    The Roads Bill is now law. Yes, the plan that has been the source of so much debate this session was signed by Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday. And it came with none of the pomp and circumstance that we so often see with major bill signings.

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  • My Take: Shame on the NBA

    My Take: Shame on the NBA

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 10:38 AM EDT2016-05-25 14:38:22 GMT

    Last weekend in the NBA playoffs, network TV cameras caught a despicable act by Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green. 

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    Last weekend in the NBA playoffs, network TV cameras caught a despicable act by Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green. 

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  • My Take: Legislature was right to override veto

    My Take: Legislature was right to override veto

    Monday, May 23 2016 11:57 AM EDT2016-05-23 15:57:06 GMT

    A bill providing up to $40 million in aid to South Carolina farmers devastated by last year's historic flooding is now state law. This week, both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Nikki Haley’s veto of the plan.

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    A bill providing up to $40 million in aid to South Carolina farmers devastated by last year's historic flooding is now state law. This week, both the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Governor Nikki Haley’s veto of the plan.

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  • My Take: The end of an era for Honor Flight South Carolina

    My Take: The end of an era for Honor Flight South Carolina

    Monday, May 16 2016 1:56 PM EDT2016-05-16 17:56:58 GMT
    Veterans return to Columbia after the final Honor Flight. (Source: WIS)Veterans return to Columbia after the final Honor Flight. (Source: WIS)

    It's the end of an era for Honor flight of South Carolina.

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    It's the end of an era for Honor flight of South Carolina.

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  • My Take: Waiting to fix bad bridges could prove to be fatal

    My Take: Waiting to fix bad bridges could prove to be fatal

    Monday, May 9 2016 12:54 PM EDT2016-05-09 16:54:44 GMT

    Last Sunday, during a rainstorm, a tractor-trailer driver lost control along I-20 on a bridge over the Wateree River in Kershaw County. Both the truck and the driver went into the river after hitting the guard rail of the 46 year old bridge with such an impact that the concrete side rails broke.

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    Last Sunday, during a rainstorm, a tractor-trailer driver lost control along I-20 on a bridge over the Wateree River in Kershaw County. Both the truck and the driver went into the river after hitting the guard rail of the 46 year old bridge with such an impact that the concrete side rails broke.

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  • My Take: Penny Tax

    My Take: Penny Tax

    Monday, May 2 2016 4:39 PM EDT2016-05-02 20:39:39 GMT

    It's not the easiest story to follow or report. But we need to pay continued attention to the latest developments in the tax fight between Richland County government and the state Department of Revenue.

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    It's not the easiest story to follow or report. But we need to pay continued attention to the latest developments in the tax fight between Richland County government and the state Department of Revenue.

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  • My Take: Congratulations to Jennifer Wise!

    My Take: Congratulations to Jennifer Wise!

    Tuesday, April 26 2016 11:53 AM EDT2016-04-26 15:53:56 GMT
    Jennifer Wise in her classroom. (Source: WIS)Jennifer Wise in her classroom. (Source: WIS)

    South Carolina’s teacher of the year is from right here in the Midlands!

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    South Carolina’s teacher of the year is from right here in the Midlands!

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  • My Take: Fireflies take the field in Columbia

    My Take: Fireflies take the field in Columbia

    Monday, April 18 2016 11:29 AM EDT2016-04-18 15:29:13 GMT
    The Columbia Fireflies pose for a team picture outside Spirit Communications Park (Source: WIS)The Columbia Fireflies pose for a team picture outside Spirit Communications Park (Source: WIS)

    Play ball! A new era has arrived in the midlands. After 12 years, professional baseball has returned with the arrival of the Columbia Fireflies, an affiliate of the New York Mets.

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    Play ball! A new era has arrived in the midlands. After 12 years, professional baseball has returned with the arrival of the Columbia Fireflies, an affiliate of the New York Mets.

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  • My Take: Stay safe on the waters

    My Take: Stay safe on the waters

    Thursday, April 14 2016 6:27 PM EDT2016-04-14 22:27:35 GMT
    (Source: WIS)(Source: WIS)

    Several recent boating deaths are a sobering reminder of the dangers that can turn a day of recreation deadly.

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    Several recent boating deaths are a sobering reminder of the dangers that can turn a day of recreation deadly.

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  • My Take: "Bathroom Bill" is absurd

    My Take: "Bathroom Bill" is absurd

    Friday, April 8 2016 4:56 PM EDT2016-04-08 20:56:55 GMT
    Absurd. That is the only word we could use to describe the bill put forth on the Senate floor on Wednesday by Spartanburg Sen. Lee Bright that would block local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances covering the use of public bathrooms by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The Upstate senator is taking his cue from a similar law passed by the North Carolina legislature in March – a law that has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Tar H...More >>
    Absurd. That is the only word we could use to describe the bill put forth on the Senate floor on Wednesday by Spartanburg Sen. Lee Bright that would block local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances covering the use of public bathrooms by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The Upstate senator is taking his cue from a similar law passed by the North Carolina legislature in March – a law that has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Tar H...More >>
  • My Take: Do something about pedestrian accidents

    My Take: Do something about pedestrian accidents

    Friday, April 1 2016 5:03 PM EDT2016-04-01 21:03:11 GMT

    Recent pedestrian accidents involving vehicles, including a fatal accident on Elmwood Avenue at Main Street, have brought to light a serious problem in the Columbia area. 

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    Recent pedestrian accidents involving vehicles, including a fatal accident on Elmwood Avenue at Main Street, have brought to light a serious problem in the Columbia area. 

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  • My Take: The road repair waiting game continues

    My Take: The road repair waiting game continues

    Wednesday, March 23 2016 10:13 AM EDT2016-03-23 14:13:08 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 10:13 AM EDT2016-03-23 14:13:07 GMT

    South Carolina drivers continue to play the waiting game for our representatives to get something done to fix the state's decaying, cracking roads.

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    South Carolina drivers continue to play the waiting game for our representatives to get something done to fix the state's decaying, cracking roads.

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  • My Take: Raising the gas tax, how much will it really cost motorists?

    My Take: Raising the gas tax, how much will it really cost motorists?

    Friday, March 11 2016 11:35 AM EST2016-03-11 16:35:51 GMT
    Friday, March 11 2016 11:35 AM EST2016-03-11 16:35:50 GMT

    Over the last few months, we have taken on the issue of repair our terrible roads in South Carolina more than any other topic.  Why?  There is, quite frankly, nothing more important to our state's well-being than rebuilding our crumbled and dilapidated roadways, our pathways to commerce and our very livelihoods.

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    Over the last few months, we have taken on the issue of repair our terrible roads in South Carolina more than any other topic.  Why?  There is, quite frankly, nothing more important to our state's well-being than rebuilding our crumbled and dilapidated roadways, our pathways to commerce and our very livelihoods.

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  • My Take: The roads plan, is it enough?

    My Take: The roads plan, is it enough?

    Monday, March 7 2016 8:24 AM EST2016-03-07 13:24:31 GMT
    Monday, March 7 2016 8:24 AM EST2016-03-07 13:24:31 GMT
    The seemingly endless filibuster in the state Senate finally came to an end this week. It looks like our crumbling state roads are finally going to get the added attention they so badly need. More >>

    The seemingly endless filibuster in the state Senate finally came to an end this week. It looks like our crumbling state roads are finally going to get the added attention they so badly need.

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  • My Take: Solicitor Donnie Myers should step down

    My Take: Solicitor Donnie Myers should step down

    Friday, February 26 2016 3:55 PM EST2016-02-26 20:55:39 GMT
    Friday, February 26 2016 3:55 PM EST2016-02-26 20:55:38 GMT
    11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers was arrested at his home and placed in a patrol car. (Source: SCDPS)11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers was arrested at his home and placed in a patrol car. (Source: SCDPS)
    Earlier this week, 11th circuit solicitor Donnie Myers was charged with DUI after crashing his car about a mile away from his Lexington home.  More >>

    Earlier this week, 11th circuit solicitor Donnie Myers was charged with DUI after crashing his car about a mile away from his Lexington home. 

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  • My Take: South Carolina is epicenter of political world, for now

    My Take: South Carolina is epicenter of political world, for now

    Friday, February 12 2016 4:59 PM EST2016-02-12 21:59:31 GMT
    Friday, February 12 2016 4:59 PM EST2016-02-12 21:59:31 GMT
    Iowa and New Hampshire are yesterday’s news. The caucuses and the nation’s first primary have helped winnow the field for both Democrats and the GOP. But with remaining candidates now focusing much of their attention on the first Southern primary here in the Palmetto State, they face a far different political landscape.  More >>

    Iowa and New Hampshire are yesterday’s news. The caucuses and the nation’s first primary have helped winnow the field for both Democrats and the GOP. But with remaining candidates now focusing much of their attention on the first Southern primary here in the Palmetto State, they face a far different political landscape. 

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  • My Take: Remember when political campaigns were about platforms, not rhetoric?

    My Take: Remember when political campaigns were about platforms, not rhetoric?

    Monday, February 8 2016 11:15 AM EST2016-02-08 16:15:34 GMT
    Monday, February 8 2016 11:21 AM EST2016-02-08 16:21:40 GMT
    Those who vote in SC get a sticker to mark the occasion. (Source: WIS)Those who vote in SC get a sticker to mark the occasion. (Source: WIS)

    Welcome to South Carolina. After the crape paper, balloons, and victory parties are cleaned up in New Hampshire, the eyes of the nation – and the political class – turn to our beloved Palmetto State.

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    Welcome to South Carolina. After the crape paper, balloons, and victory parties are cleaned up in New Hampshire, the eyes of the nation – and the political class – turn to our beloved Palmetto State.

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  • My Take: Continue training after getting CWP

    My Take: Continue training after getting CWP

    Wednesday, February 3 2016 11:14 AM EST2016-02-03 16:14:44 GMT
    Wednesday, February 3 2016 12:08 PM EST2016-02-03 17:08:38 GMT
    Two CWP holders shoot at men trying to rob a Columbia barbershop. (Source: WIS)Two CWP holders shoot at men trying to rob a Columbia barbershop. (Source: WIS)

    The fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect inside a Columbia barbershop sparked widespread reaction from WIS viewers this week.

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    The fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect inside a Columbia barbershop sparked widespread reaction from WIS viewers this week.

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  • My Take: Lawmakers should work fast on roads bill

    My Take: Lawmakers should work fast on roads bill

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 10:01 AM EST2016-01-26 15:01:09 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 10:01 AM EST2016-01-26 15:01:09 GMT
    From traffic jams to potholes, driving through the Palmetto State is an unsettling experience. More >>

    From traffic jams to potholes, driving through the Palmetto State is an unsettling experience.

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  • My Take: Governor Nikki Haley's State of the State address

    My Take: Governor Nikki Haley's State of the State address

    Monday, January 25 2016 10:43 AM EST2016-01-25 15:43:22 GMT
    Monday, January 25 2016 10:51 AM EST2016-01-25 15:51:58 GMT
    Governor Nikki Haley gives the 2016 State of the State address. (Source: ETV)Governor Nikki Haley gives the 2016 State of the State address. (Source: ETV)

    The dust is settling from Wednesday's "State Of The State" address. It was a night of lofty goals and emotional moments that set the tone for the year ahead.

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    The dust is settling from Wednesday's "State Of The State" address. It was a night of lofty goals and emotional moments that set the tone for the year ahead.

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  • My Take: Governor Nikki Haley's State of the Union response

    My Take: Governor Nikki Haley's State of the Union response

    Friday, January 15 2016 11:44 PM EST2016-01-16 04:44:26 GMT
    Friday, January 15 2016 11:44 PM EST2016-01-16 04:44:25 GMT
     If you needed any more evidence that South Carolina is squarely in the middle of the 2016 battle for the White House, you just have to look back to Tuesday night.   More >>

     If you needed any more evidence that South Carolina is squarely in the middle of the 2016 battle for the White House, you just have to look back to Tuesday night.  

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  • My Take: Gov. Haley's State of the Union response

    My Take: Gov. Haley's State of the Union response

    Thursday, January 7 2016 2:57 PM EST2016-01-07 19:57:23 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 12:00 PM EST2016-01-08 17:00:09 GMT
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Source: Governor's office)South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (Source: Governor's office)

    Next Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has a once-in-a-political-lifetime honor -- chosen by her party to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

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    Next Tuesday night, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has a once-in-a-political-lifetime honor -- chosen by her party to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

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  • My Take: Increase in SC highway deaths in 2015

    My Take: Increase in SC highway deaths in 2015

    Friday, January 1 2016 11:36 AM EST2016-01-01 16:36:38 GMT
    Friday, January 1 2016 11:40 AM EST2016-01-01 16:40:58 GMT

    2015 marked a significant rise in traffic deaths in South Carolina. There have been 942 deaths this year compared to 813 in 2014. 

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    2015 marked a significant rise in traffic deaths in South Carolina. There have been 942 deaths this year compared to 813 in 2014. 

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  • My Take: Guest Editorial Gun Violence

    My Take: Guest Editorial Gun Violence

    Friday, December 4 2015 10:25 PM EST2015-12-05 03:25:29 GMT

    I'm Reverend Kevin Ogilvie from St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington and I am presenting this editorial to share "My Take" on gun control, the state of Christianity and recent tragedies which have rocked our community.

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    I'm Reverend Kevin Ogilvie from St. James Lutheran Church in Lexington and I am presenting this editorial to share "My Take" on gun control, the state of Christianity and recent tragedies which have rocked our community.

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  • My Take: Thanksgiving

    My Take: Thanksgiving

    Monday, November 30 2015 11:06 AM EST2015-11-30 16:06:14 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 11:43 AM EST2015-11-30 16:43:30 GMT
    We are thankful this week because it is Thanksgiving.More >>

    We are thankful this week because it is Thanksgiving.

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  • My Take: Resettling Syrian Refugees

    My Take: Resettling Syrian Refugees

    Monday, November 30 2015 10:58 AM EST2015-11-30 15:58:50 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 11:41 AM EST2015-11-30 16:41:51 GMT
    With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans are preparing to join in fellowship. But during a time to celebrate our unity, there is a hot button issue that is dividing people from all walks of life…how should we handle Syrian refugees? More >>

    With Thanksgiving just days away, Americans are preparing to join in fellowship. But during a time to celebrate our unity, there is a hot button issue that is dividing people from all walks of life…how should we handle Syrian refugees? 

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  • My Take: `Awareness` celebrates 45 years

    My Take: `Awareness` celebrates 45 years

    Monday, November 30 2015 11:25 AM EST2015-11-30 16:25:36 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 11:41 AM EST2015-11-30 16:41:24 GMT
    WIS is proud of its heritage as the Midlands local TV station for over 63 years.  Today, we honor and acknowledge one of the longest-running locally produced television programs in the country, "Awareness", which began right here on WIS in 1970.  For 45 years now, Awareness has been able to create positive programming targeting an African-American audience with relevant , current topics.More >>

    WIS is proud of its heritage as the Midlands local TV station for over 63 years.  Today, we honor and acknowledge one of the longest-running locally produced television programs in the country, "Awareness", which began right here on WIS in 1970.  For 45 years now, Awareness has been able to create positive programming targeting an African-American audience with relevant , current topics.

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  • My Take: Devastating flooding changes Midlands forever

    My Take: Devastating flooding changes Midlands forever

    Monday, November 30 2015 11:38 AM EST2015-11-30 16:38:47 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 11:38 AM EST2015-11-30 16:38:46 GMT
    South Carolina is healing from one of the biggest natural disasters in recent memory.More >>

    South Carolina is healing from one of the biggest natural disasters in recent memory.

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  • My Take: Spring Valley High incident

    My Take: Spring Valley High incident

    Monday, November 30 2015 11:27 AM EST2015-11-30 16:27:21 GMT
    Monday, November 30 2015 11:27 AM EST2015-11-30 16:27:20 GMT
    Once again. South Carolina is in the world spotlight. This time because of an ugly incident that happened inside a Midlands classroom. You've likely seen the video by now -- a student appears to be defying the orders of school officials and a Richland County school resource officer. The deputy eventually yanks the student out of her desk and drags her along the floor.More >>

    Once again. South Carolina is in the world spotlight. This time because of an ugly incident that happened inside a Midlands classroom. You've likely seen the video by now -- a student appears to be defying the orders of school officials and a Richland County school resource officer. The deputy eventually yanks the student out of her desk and drags her along the floor.

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  • My Take: Spurrier showed Gamecocks `Yes, it can be us`

    My Take: Spurrier showed Gamecocks `Yes, it can be us`

    Monday, October 19 2015 12:51 PM EDT2015-10-19 16:51:44 GMT
    Monday, October 19 2015 12:56 PM EDT2015-10-19 16:56:39 GMT
    The Steve Spurrier era is over for the University of South Carolina football team. More >>
    The Steve Spurrier era is over for the University of South Carolina football team. More >>
  • My Take: Join me in supporting our local law enforcement officers

    My Take: Join me in supporting our local law enforcement officers

    Friday, September 18 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-09-18 23:13:21 GMT
    Monday, September 21 2015 1:11 PM EDT2015-09-21 17:11:54 GMT
    I am appalled at the number of stories we see these days involving police officers being killed or wounded.  More >>
    I am appalled at the number of stories we see these days involving police officers being killed or wounded. More >>
  • My Take: City should spend water and sewer money for infrastructure improvements

    My Take: City should spend water and sewer money for infrastructure improvements

    Monday, September 14 2015 8:03 AM EDT2015-09-14 12:03:01 GMT
    Monday, September 14 2015 1:19 PM EDT2015-09-14 17:19:34 GMT
    Here in Columbia, we have some of the best tasting water in the state.More >>
    Here in Columbia, we have some of the best tasting water in the state.More >>
  • My Take: Football season is back

    My Take: Football season is back

    Monday, September 7 2015 11:40 AM EDT2015-09-07 15:40:44 GMT
    Monday, September 7 2015 11:43 AM EDT2015-09-07 15:43:52 GMT
    The countdown has ended and football is officially back. Whether you're a Gamecock, a Tiger or support one of South Carolina's many other fine universities, the love of the game is something that unites people from all walks of life.More >>
    The countdown has ended and football is officially back. Whether you're a Gamecock, a Tiger or support one of South Carolina's many other fine universities, the love of the game is something that unites people from all walks of life.More >>
  • My Take: Live TV Tragedy

    My Take: Live TV Tragedy

    Friday, August 28 2015 4:58 PM EDT2015-08-28 20:58:32 GMT
    Monday, August 31 2015 5:37 AM EDT2015-08-31 09:37:54 GMT
    Two young journalists lost their lives Wednesday morning during a senseless act of violence on LIVE TV in Roanoke, Virginia.More >>
    Two young journalists lost their lives Wednesday morning during a senseless act of violence on LIVE TV in Roanoke, Virginia. More >>
  • My Take: Terrorists should not be held in SC

    My Take: Terrorists should not be held in SC

    Tuesday, August 25 2015 7:42 AM EDT2015-08-25 11:42:09 GMT
    Tuesday, August 25 2015 7:45 AM EDT2015-08-25 11:45:16 GMT
    Should the Naval Brig in Charleston be the future home for Guantanamo Bay detainees? Our state's top leader says, "Absolutely not!"More >>
    Should the Naval Brig in Charleston be the future home for Guantanamo Bay detainees? Our state's top leader says, "Absolutely not!"More >>
  • My Take: Healing from Tragedy

    My Take: Healing from Tragedy

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 1:40 PM EDT2015-07-22 17:40:29 GMT
    Thursday, July 23 2015 5:37 AM EDT2015-07-23 09:37:21 GMT
    The following My Take is an expression of opinion by the editorial board at WIS, and presented by Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze. Wow. It's been a long month, hasn't it?More >>
    The following My Take is an expression of opinion by the editorial board at WIS, and presented by Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze. Wow. It's been a long month, hasn't it? Our state has been the epicenter of a tragic national story that has had a ripple effect on all of us.More >>
  • My Take: Independence Day

    My Take: Independence Day

    Friday, July 3 2015 4:52 PM EDT2015-07-03 20:52:01 GMT
    Friday, July 3 2015 5:58 PM EDT2015-07-03 21:58:09 GMT
    Independence Day is once again upon us. But as we prepare to celebrate our nation's birthday...there is a certain degree of divisiveness in the air. The two weeks since the Charleston churchMore >>
    Independence Day is once again upon us. But as we prepare to celebrate our nation's birthday...there is a certain degree of divisiveness in the air. More >>
  • WIS GM: What happened to legislators' promises on road funding?

    WIS GM: What happened to legislators' promises on road funding?

    Sunday, June 7 2015 10:11 PM EDT2015-06-08 02:11:37 GMT
    Monday, June 8 2015 6:10 AM EDT2015-06-08 10:10:48 GMT
    As we reported in our My Take segment last week, South Carolina's long awaited roads bill appears doomed to make it. And as legislators head home for 2015, a key promise remains unfulfilled. More >>
    As we reported in our My Take segment last week, South Carolina's long awaited roads bill appears doomed to make it. And as legislators head home for 2015, a key promise remains unfulfilled. More >>
  • My Take: It's time to agree on a plan to fix SC's roads

    My Take: It's time to agree on a plan to fix SC's roads

    Monday, June 1 2015 11:39 PM EDT2015-06-02 03:39:53 GMT
    Tuesday, June 2 2015 9:08 AM EDT2015-06-02 13:08:03 GMT
    The following “My Take” is an expression of opinion by the editorial board at WIS, and presented by Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze. It's time to stopMore >>
    The following “My Take” is an expression of opinion by the editorial board at WIS, and presented by Vice President and General Manager Lyle Schulze. It's time to stop messing around and agree upon a workable plan to fix South Carolina's pathetic roads.More >>
  • AN INTRODUCTION: WIS 'My Take' with Lyle Schulze

    AN INTRODUCTION: WIS 'My Take' with Lyle Schulze

    Thursday, May 28 2015 9:25 PM EDT2015-05-29 01:25:31 GMT
    Friday, May 29 2015 10:21 AM EDT2015-05-29 14:21:15 GMT
    We are now almost half way through 2015 and my how time has sped by.More >>
    We are now almost half way through 2015 and my how time has sped by.More >>
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