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) -
Diversity is a staple for most college campuses in 2013, but 50 years ago this week, three African-American students became the first to break down the barriers of segregation at the University of South Carolina.
"I was born in 1930," said James Soloman, one of those students. "I know what Jim Crow is, I know what racism is."
Solomon thought he had lived through the worst of it by 1963.
"1963, it wasn't unpopular for whites to act racist, those who wanted to. They were still asking blacks to ride on the back of the bus," said Soloman.
But it was in that year the Georgia native was granted enrollment at a school that had mixed feelings about having him there.
"People would stand behind the blinds and yell obscenities, 'Was your daddy a monkey'?, 'Do you have a tail?'" said Soloman.
In the south, an undercurrent of unrest from those oppressed was rising to the surface and Soloman's arrival on campus only fueled a tide of ignorance.
"That pattern of separateness among the races was being challenged by the civil rights movement," said Lacy Ford, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies at USC.
"A significant number of their fellow students did not want them there," said Val Littlefield, director of African-American Studies at USC.
The first day was quiet, as was the next two years at USC for Soloman as he pursued his graduate studies.
"I was 33 years old in 1963. I was in the Air Force when it was desegregated. I grew up on the mean streets of Atlanta in a housing project," said Soloman. "It just wasn't that much of a deal to me."
Soloman and his two fellow African-American classmates opened the doors for 11 more African-American students to enroll the next year.
"By the late 60's you do see protests, you do see students strategizing to become student body president, homecoming queen," said Littlefield. "Those issues are addressed by black students."
Soloman went on to hold public office multiple times after graduating from USC. Five decades after a reluctant admittance, he's proud of how far the school has come.
"I think this should be a teaching moment," said Soloman. "We should note those things that give us pride, and we should try to work to correct those things that give us heartache."
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 >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:58 AM EDT2014-08-20 10:58:00 GMT
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall. Multiple fire trucks and SCE&G crews responded to the scene in the 5100 block ofMore >>
Firefighters say a coffee pot is to blame for starting a fire that caused $50,000 in damages to a Columbia strip mall.More >>