‘I’m not leaving,’ speaker and author to talk at USC about experiences during 1994 Rwandan genocide

The Solomon Tenenbaum lecture series continues through the Jewish Studies Program at the University of South Carolina with a renowned speaker and author, known for his bravery and courage in the face of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

  SC Family launches 'Limitless Purpose’ movement for acceptance on World Down Syndrome Day

  Your best options for parking in Columbia for March Madness weekend

  Columbia residents worry about parking garage security after break-ins during concert

  School bus carrying 40 SC students catches fire during field trip; no one injured

  ‘We’ve dropped the ball,’ Fort Jackson leadership says as it works to improve on-post housing

  Columbia woman brings the arts to underserved children

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  Vacant Title Loans building damaged during October 2015 floods demolished Monday

Fort Bragg collects cards for WWII veteran’s 100th birthday

  The 37th annual St. Pat’s in Five Points celebration draws thousands to celebrate in Columbia

  WIS holds cookout for veterans

  Secret underground dining experience pops-up in Columbia

  U.S 301 still closed through downtown Bamberg after fire destroyed buildings

  Local faith leaders respond to New Zealand attacks

The attack in New Zealand has local faith leaders reaching out to support the Muslim community.

  CPD: Old Woodlands Road jogger incident was ‘big misunderstanding’

The Columbia Police Department is reporting that an incident where a man was yelling at a jogger to "get in the car" was actually a big misunderstanding.

  Year of the Veteran: Fort Jackson CG leads by examples of excellence

In the continued effort to spotlight service members and veterans in the Midlands community, WIS sat down with the man at the helm of the U.S. Army’s largest training installation at Fort Jackson.

  Residents near Five Points hoping for a safe St. Patty’s Day weekend

Residents who live near Five Points are calling for safety as the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration approaches.

  ‘Enough is enough’ neighbors say, after three pedestrian deaths in four years on Millwood Avenue

  ‘Just get in the car’: Columbia Police investigating 3 separate incidents where women were followed

  Columbia runner becomes first African American female to complete 15 marathons, each, in under three hours

  ‘You never know when you can be in need’ Donors grill-out for Allen Benedict Residents

  Lexington residents luck out of rain as Shamrock Parade rolls by

  Blythewood residents upset that TX investor wants to re-zone green space for housing development

  SCE&G to unveil new plan to rid Congaree River of nine acres of coal tar

SCE&G will unveil its newest plan to rid the river of pollution regulators said it caused a century ago at a public meeting on April 2.

  US Army Central welcomes new leader after change of command ceremony at Shaw Air Force Base

The US Army Central has a new leader, Lieutenant General Terry Ferrell.

  CPD searching for missing 56-year-old woman

Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook is asking for community assistance to locate a missing 56-year-old woman.

  American Legion Commander speaks to lawmakers about US Coast Guard sacrifice, aide provided by legion

The National Commander of the American Legion spoke to the state legislature this week about the sacrifice US Coast Guard members have made.

  4 Chihuahuas thrown over 9ft fence at SPCA in Sumter, only 2 survive

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people responsible for throwing and abandoning four puppies over a barbed wire fence Saturday night.

  Talk of the Town: Perfect your performance on the piano or tune up your tone on the tuba

Want to learn how to play or perfect your performance on the piano, the flute, a violin - even a ukulele?

  Community Builder: Midlands man faithfully serves Columbia’s homeless

Primus says Midlands man Larry Nichols has been at the center of the effort for those 10 years.

  Blythewood HS teacher selected for trip to commemorate 100th anniversary of WWI

A Blythewood High School teacher will visit France this summer for an opportunity to learn more about the history of World War I.

  Talk of the Town: STAGES, a one-man show that will make you laugh and cry

Actor and comedian David Lee Nelson remembers vividly the day he learned he had “the C word.”

  Centennial Park to be built at Fort Jackson

The Gateway to the Army Association is building a new area at Fort Jackson for families to gather and enjoy time together during Entry Training graduations and Family Day.

Trump aims to reduce veteran suicides with executive order

It's called the “President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide” – or PREVENT.

  Kickoff for St. Patrick’s Day begins tonight in Five Points

The official kickoff to the St. Patrick's Day festival begins tonight!

  Talk of the Town: Meet the 2019 Women of Distinction

The Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands invites you to an evening of recognizing women of distinction.

Patriots Point needs help finding WWII D-Day veterans to honor for invasion anniversary

More than 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of France on June 6, 1944.

  UofSC’s student-led Dance Marathon raises $1.038 million for children’s healthcare

Hundreds of USC students are currently locked into a 14 hour Dance marathon to raise money for children’s health.

  ’God was with me’: Lexington woman grateful after tornado narrowly misses her home

As that tornado ripped through Lexington County, residents took shelter inside their homes and hoped for the best. One woman on Muddy Springs Road in Lexington County believes that she only made it out okay by the grace of God.

  Multiple burglary reports caught on home security camera in heart of UofSC campus

Break-ins and attempted break-ins were reported at least four times since August 24th of 2018. And get this: it’s all at the same townhouse in the heart of the USC campus and caught on camera.

  ‘It’s natural and it helps’: SC Army veteran hopes to offer pain relief with new cannabis store

A Midlands Army veteran is finding healing, away from the front lines, after a health crisis ended her 25-year Army career.

  It’s Mardi Gras In Columbia! Annual parade brings many to the carnival season

Saturday, folks in Columbia didn't have to travel to New Orleans to get in on the fun, they just had to head down to the Rosewood Neighborhood to see the 9th annual Mardi Gras Columbia Festival and Parade.

  Cinderella Project Boutique gives free prom dresses: ‘You never know what someone is going through'

The Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar is kicked off their 18th annual Cinderella Project, providing gently used and new prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to high school students all over the state.

  ‘The sheriff’s job is to save lives’: Attorney says RCSD sheriff needs to offer protection at nightclubs

Todd Rutherford, the attorney working with the family who runs these nightclubs says, the sheriff isn’t doing his due diligence to protect the citizens.

Navy commissions Holy City’s 6th namesake, USS Charleston

The sixth ship named for the Holy City officially joined the U.S. Navy fleet shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday when the USS Charleston was commissioned.

  Renewed push for ‘constitutional carry’ in South Carolina

There are bills filed at the State House that would allow anyone who can legally purchase a gun, to carry it on public places that permit it.

  Health screenings, crisis counseling on the horizon for residents of Allen Benedict Court

Physical health screenings and crisis intervention assistance will soon be available to displaced residents of Allen Benedict Court apartments.

  Riverbanks Zoo helps establish colony for critically endangered turtle species

You’ve never seen them on exhibit, but for years Riverbanks Zoo has been working to help ensure the survival of a critically endangered turtle species.

  ‘I never thought I’d have to come to her funeral’ family and friends say final goodbye to Crestwood HS student killed in car crash

Hundreds of family, friends, classmates, and teammates of a teen killed in a car crash said their final goodbyes Thursday afternoon.

9 South Carolina restaurants and chefs nominated for prestigious James Beard Awards

The restaurants and chefs nominated are in Charleston, Greenville, Sullivan's Island and more.

  Talk of the Town: Beauty and the Beast coming to Harbison Theatre

Ah, the classic story of Belle - a young woman in a provincial town - and the beast who really is a young prince trapped under a spell.

  New luxury apartment complex set to open in downtown Columbia

The Keenan Complex, 3 historic buildings, will be redeveloped into more than 100 luxury style apartments and are available for touring through Historic Columbia.

  How do microplastics in our drinking water affect our health?

Our months-long WIS investigation into plastic in drinking water concludes with trying to answer one question: how bad is it for our health?

  SC Education Superintendent declares ‘fiscal emergency’ in the Sumter Co. School District

“Decisions that put the financial stability of a school district at risk and put the education of students and tax dollars of the public in jeopardy cannot be tolerated,” Spearman said in the announcement.

  RCSD: Missing man from Hardscrabble Road care facility located

A missing man who was last seen at his care facility on Feb. 23 has been located, according to RCSD.

  S.C. father-son duo ‘develop expertise’ for Columbia businesses

Tony and Hamilton Grant use their financial business to help inspire black communities to invest in generational wealth.

  Talk of the Town: A princess, an evil queen, and a mirror that doesn’t lie

A princess - the fairest in the land. And an evil queen. This could be any fairytale until you know there is a magic mirror - then you know it's Snow White.

  SC man buys $500 worth of Girl Scout cookies so girls could stay out of the cold

“What an amazing soul,” Dillard wrote.

  Crane Forest neighborhood experiences three church burglaries in eight days

In the span of eight days, investigators say three churches were broken into at night, all in the same neighborhood.

  Man says he helped ‘terrified’ woman escape from suspicious person in Lake Katherine area

The Columbia Police Department is investigating a report of a suspicious person in the Lake Katherine neighborhood.

SC deputies help out fellow law enforcement couple with babysitting duties

The post refers to the sweet baby as "Reagan," who was officially the safest baby in the world.

  Fort Jackson police searching for attempted child abduction suspects

Officials with the Fort Jackson Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects in an attempted child abduction.

Finders keepers: South Carolina woman ‘did a happy dance’ after shark tooth discovery

A Myrtle Beach woman is still pinching herself Sunday after a routine walk on the beach led to a special discovery.

  Family, friends gather at basketball event in memory of slain Midlands teen

It's been nearly a year since a Richland County teenager was caught in the midst of gunfire on St. Andrews Road.

  Despite weather, 30th Annual Harambee Festival draws crowds at Benedict College

Through the weather, many came out to enjoy the food, vendors and music being played. George Devlin, chair of the Harambee Festival Committee says he has been a part of the event since its start in 1989.

  Easy & delicious margarita recipe for National Margarita Day!

Celebrate National Margarita Day in the most delicious way possible.

  ABC resident moves into permanent home: ‘The storm is finally over, and my new life is just beginning’

As many families continue to work to find their permanent home, WIS has been following the story of one family who has been displaced for the past month.

  Columbia barbershop hopes to inspire community with inclusive attitude

Owner Timothy Doe said of his business, "This barbershop is meant to inspire you - even if it's just for two minutes.”

  Talk of the Town: Free health fair just for you

Health help just for you is available this Saturday at the South University Community Health Fair.

The QM Group expands operations in Orangeburg Co. with $9.5M investment

The Quality Model Group of companies (The QM Group) announced Wednesday an expansion of its existing Orangeburg County plastic injection molding operations. The firm’s $9.5 million investment is projected to create 37 new jobs.

  Prisma Health to hold WellFest in March

Is your heart in good health? You can find out at WellFest on March 2.

  Composting 101: 3 things you need to know before you start

Composting is an easy and important way to bring life to your garden and help the environment.

  Talk of the Town: How to attack a cold virus and WHAT in the world is SCOBY?

Is a virus is attacking you? If so, how do you fight back? Lere' Robinson is a nutrition consultant with Alive Again. She uses food as medicine.

  Gov. McMaster announces proposed statewide veterans affairs cabinet agency

Gov. Henry McMaster is scheduled to hold a press conference following the supporters of medical marijuana press conference during the 11 a.m. hour on Tuesday.

  Attorney calls CHA ‘slum lord’ as new document uncover more discrepancies at Allen Benedict Court

An attorney for two former tenants of Allen Benedict Court apartments is calling the Columbia Housing Authority a “slum lord,” as the agency grapples in the fallout of two men found dead in their apartments in late January.

  Another record-breaking year for tourism in South Carolina

Dukes said he has seen a steady increase over the years of tourists popping in for some grub while visiting Columbia. “We rely strongly on the local community. We see tourism as our voice outside of Columbia.”

  The best cost-friendly historic hidden gems to visit in SC

Whether it's for a long weekend, spring break or just a family adventure, these budget-friendly hidden gems are perfect for everyone.

  Civil War reenactment recreates ‘Columbia’s Longest Day’

If you heard loud booms Saturday in Columbia, it was due to a Civil War reenactment. The event commemorated what's been called “Columbia's Longest Day.”

  ‘I have been able to prove my independence again. I will be a homeowner.’ Midlands woman accomplishes dream with help from Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers with Habitat For Humanity put the first nail on a new home Saturday morning for Tara Pierce, a woman who has been through job loss, blindness, and homelessness to get to this point.

  Gov. McMaster officiates change of command ceremony at McEntire Joint National Guard Base

This the first Adjutant General to be appointed by a South Carolina governor.

Chanticleer super fan Savannah Thompson welcomed as new university ambassador

Coastal Carolina students are welcoming another friendly face around the Conway campus. Savannah Thompson, namesake of all-abilities Myrtle Beach playground built in 2016, is the newest university ambassador at Coastal Carolina. The group took to Instagram Friday to welcome Savannah.