Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-19 12:46:09 GMT
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.Saluda County Sheriff John Perry said most of those arrested on chargesMore >>
Twenty people have been rounded up in a month as part of a crackdown on drugs in Saluda County, according to the sheriff's office.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
The police chief for Gulf Shores along Alabama's coast is weighing-in on the actions of the law enforcement commander in charge of Ferguson, Missouri's in the wake of an escalating crisis brought on byMore >>
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore wrote a blistering open letter to Captain Ronald S. Johnson, who was given command of law enforcement operations following days of looting and rioting in the city.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:24 GMT
Deep in a mine shaft in the California desert, the body of a pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine was discovered after a search of nearly two months.More >>
A former Marine charged Tuesday with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body, a sheriff's investigator said.More >>
Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:19:09 GMT
A Kansas City police officer is being investigated for his posts on social media, one of which claimed a photo of an Oregon murder suspect was Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot at leastMore >>
This is not Michael Brown. But a Kansas City Police Department officer may be in hot water for saying it is.More >>
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
The ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 has sparked a reaction across the country and right here in our own backyard.
But the question is how far reaching this ruling will be since South Carolina does not recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions.
We spoke to a long-time couple who say even though the rulings may not be a sweeping mandate for change, it's still huge step in the right direction.
Clayton King and Jeffery Schwalk already had plans in place to go to New York to get married this summer, but this will now make that special day even more meaningful.
King met Schwalk 30 years ago. They never thought they would see the day when they could be legally married.
While they cannot be married in this state, King says the Supreme Court rulings mark progress.
"When they actually announced it and it actually sunk in, what was just said I was dumb founded and then I was overwhelmed, and I'm still kinda flying high on the whole thing," said King. "I'm pretty psyched."
On their 30th anniversary, the couple will head to New York to recite their vows in front a few friends and family. South Carolina is home and they plan to fight for the right to say "I do" here.
"I think that if you run away to some place where it's easier your shirking your responsibilities that you have," said Schwalk. "Gay rights organizations would probably like to see us actually step up to the plate and work toward having marriage equality across the country rather than finding way to sort of work around the new situation."
The couple attends Reformation Lutheran Church. It was under the leadership of Pastor Bill Eiwen until last year when he retired. He decided long ago to support marriage equality for everyone.
"I was elated for the people because during my work over the past five years, I've had the opportunity to meet just plain people, just regular people, they just happen to fall in love with someone of the same gender," said Eiwen.
He's done a lot more than offer support. Eiwen has performed commitment ceremonies and affirmation for marriage ceremonies for gay couples who have gotten married in other states. Here in Columbia, he says the ruling adds a layer of hope for people in the gay community who have held onto the dream that their marriage would also be recognized in the eyes of the law.
"And while it may not be guaranteed everywhere, because it's guaranteed some places there is the hope for them for the future," said Eiwen.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:58:47 GMT
One lane of the interstate has been reopened after it was shut down due to a deadly crash early Monday morning. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the collision happened around 3:21 a.m. on theMore >>
One person is dead and five others were injured when a tire blew on the vehicle they were riding in early Monday morning on Interstate 26.
Monday, August 18 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:39:10 GMT
A home was badly damaged in a fire on Quail Rd Sunday. (Source: Beth Baldauf)
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to a home on Quail Lane near Trenholm Rd and found the home engulfed in flames. No injuriesMore >>
A home is likely a total loss after a fire swept through most of the structure Sunday afternoon. More >>
Sunday, August 17 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-18 00:10:48 GMT
Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in Sunday. (Source: Tom Round)
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday. The Prosperity native took home the $500,000 grand prize in the Forrest Wood Cup held in Columbia. Anglers from across the nation headed to Lake MurrayMore >>
It was a big pay day for Anthony Gagliardi Sunday.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:40 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:40:14 GMT
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.Council member Moe Baddourah was the lone "no" vote. CouncilMore >>
The Columbia City Council approved a $2.2 million contract with a Kansas City, Missouri firm to design the ballbark at the Bull Street development.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:11:12 GMT
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. The call came in near dusk in Kershaw County. "A reckless driver headed east on I-20 towardsMore >>
A slow speed chase in Kershaw County by a 92-year-old man raised a question of how old is too old to drive. More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-20 12:09:03 GMT
For many businesspeople like real estate Jennifer Harding, Fort Jackson is worth fighting for. A loss of jobs on the Army post would have an especially drastic impact on her business."It means a loss ofMore >>
The loss of 3,100 Fort Jackson personnel could have a heavy affect on businesses around the Army post. More >>