MUSC infectious disease expert leads talk on children returning to school

MUSC Children’s Health hosted a webinar Friday morning to answer some parents’ biggest questions about COVID-19 and sending children back to school during the pandemic.

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

Famously Hot New Year organizers say celebration will likely be virtual due to COVID-19

  Only slight improvement in available child care, organizations can now apply to temporarily fill that need

Free meals for children available from Columbia Parks and Recreation Aug. 10 to 28

  S.C. Aquarium releases its 300th rehabilitated sea turtle back into the ocean

  US Army’s Black Daggers parachute team thanks SC health care workers

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  13-year-old boy saves money, donates over 300 backpacks to community

Rosewood community creates a petition for Black Lives Matter mural

  SC soldier who finished degree while serving overseas comes home to a big surprise

  WIS partners with American Red Cross to host blood drive Aug. 6

  First-ever Drive-Through SC State Fair to be held in October

  Local children put on their own WIS newscast

  SC officials warn of possibly harmful seed packages in your mail

Do not plant the seeds and do not throw them away, officials warn.

SCDEW announces 6-week extension of unemployment benefits

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said the state will now offer an additional six weeks of benefits for unemployed South Carolinians.

  VA Secretary: More facilities, resources could be coming to SC to keep up with growing veteran population

Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said he expects the VA’s footprint to expand in South Carolina over the next few years.

Columbia’s Greek Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns

The festival drew in over 170,000 attendees last year.

  Families celebrate new homes in Lexington with ribbon cutting

Trump praises S.C. deputy who saved infant’s life during traffic stop

  Annual back-to-school backpack giveaway won’t reach as many students because of COVID-19 concerns

First sea turtle nest hatches in the Palmetto State

  Church to host free clothing drive Saturday in West Columbia

Lexington Co. public hearing on COVID-19 relief fund allocation

Scholarship created to honor fallen Shaw Air Force Base pilot Lt. David Schmitz

The scholarship foundation will support young men and women who want to pursue their education and become a pilot.

  Servicemembers honor World War II veteran during ceremony for inspiring troops during pandemic

David Hubbard was recognized during a special ceremony at his home in Columbia after he made and donated more than 500 crosses to be distributed to members of the Armed Forces.

Charleston places first in top cities in U.S. in ‘Travel + Leisure’ World’s Best Awards survey

According to the magazine, no city has yet to knock the Holy City from its eight-year reign at the top of the list. This year, New Orleans placed number 2 followed by Santa Fe in the third spot.

Organizers ‘moving forward’ with planning for SC State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair is scheduled to be held October 14-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

Richland Co. Recreation Commission to open pool facilities on Wednesday

Use of the pool is free, but people will need to register for one-hour time slots on the RCRC website.

Officials to revamp Columbia Food and Wine Festival due to COVID-19

In an effort to create a safer environment for patrons, organizers of the Columbia Food and Wine Festival are working to redevelop the event’s programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Scrubbing off the hate: Artist removes racial slurs from his mural celebrating diversity

McClellan Douglas was told to expect hate for making a mural celebrating diversity, but the fact that he should expect backlash at all further motivated his art.

  Grab your pen and pad! Residents at nursing home in Chapin seek pen pals

You have a chance to make a new friend and give them that same feeling. Generations of Chapin is requesting pen pals for their residents.

Lowcountry beachgoers can use new, free app to navigate traffic, beach rules

If you plan to head to the beach for the holiday weekend or anytime this summer, a new phone app could help you before and during your trip.

SC celebrates the 4th of July with patriotic ‘Salute From the Shore’ flyover

South Carolina is celebrating Independence Day this year with a patriotic flyover performed by volunteer pilots with the Salute From the Shore organization.

United for Veterans partners with the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat Center to help local veterans

This month, United for Veterans needs your help to assist the Central Midlands Transitional Retreat Center in Lexington.

  Friends, church family helps woman celebrate 100th birthday in style

What a joyous birthday celebration for a Columbia woman who just turned 100.

  SC Strong shirts generate more than $15,000 in donations for SC Nurses Foundation

Donations from the South Carolina Strong Shirts have reached more than $15,000, and that check was just recently presented to the SC Nurses Foundation.

  Lexington Police say nurse accused of racist posts could be victim of identity theft

Lexington Police are investigating a batch of racist posts, which appeared to be written by a Midlands nurse. Several WIS-TV viewers reached out to us about the posts in early June.

  Columbia’s mask ordinance goes into effect Friday morning; here are answers to FAQs

The ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings in Columbia takes effect Friday, June 26 at 6 a.m.

  SC food pantry sees demand increase as pandemic continues

While many businesses across the Palmetto State have reopened and some people are returning to work, the need for financial assistance and help putting food on the table is still evident.

CEO of the Red Cross for SC resigns, served organization for nearly 2 decades

The American Red Cross of South Carolina announced the resignation of longtime CEO, Louise Welch-Williams effective July 10th, 2020.

COMET launches ‘Saving Sarah’s Seat’ campaign in honor of local civil rights icon

The COMET is honoring one of South Carolina’s civil rights icons, Sarah Mae Flemming, through its “Saving Sarah’s Seat” campaign to spotlight her contributions to the civil rights movement in our state and country.

Columbia Fashion Week canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Officials with Columbia Fashion Week have announced this year’s event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

  Firefighters surprise Harrisburg boy for his kindness

The organization has helped house and feed many people during the pandemic.

City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation re-opening plan postponed due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases over the past week, the City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department has decided to delay Phase 4 of its re-opening plan.

‘Enjoy lunch on us’: Blue Knight members pay for HCPD officers’ lunch

Some Horry County police officers got a nice surprise at lunch on Wednesday.

Richland Library to limit services due to COVID-19 pandemic

Officials with the Richland Library are limiting their services in order to safely provide materials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unity March planned in Charleston in commemoration of Mother Emanuel tragedy

A Unity March is planned for this Sunday in observance of the fifth anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy. The event is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 21.

Free COVID-19 testing available at Benedict College on June 19-20

Supplies to help fight the spread of COVID-19 will also be available for free.

  Sumter County community unites for peaceful march and rally

A peaceful march that started at Grace Baptist Church in Sumter turned into a rally for unity when community members reached the Sumter County Courthouse.

  Midlands men planning to wear their “Sunday best” to recreate Million Man March

A Midlands group is inviting the community to join them as the recreate the historic Million Man March, this weekend, in the wake of national unrest after the death of George Floyd. That’s happening at the Martin Luther King Junior Park in Columbia, Sunday, June 14.

Soda City Market to reopen this month

Officials have announced the reopening the Soda City Market on June 27.

Columbia 5th grader raises $1,500 for Black Lives Matter through lemonade stand

Nine-year-old Dylan Cabe said he saw the protests happening and wanted to help.

Lizard’s Thicket to temporarily close 2 locations to address staffing needs at other restaurants

A pair of Lizard’s Thicket locations will be closed indefinitely to support other their other restaurants around the Midlands.

Church to hold ‘Drive n’ Drop’ supply drive for Epworth Children’s Home

The Washington Street United Methodist Church has begun a “Drive n’ Drop” supply drive to benefit Epworth Children’s Home.

  City leaders, law enforcement, activists and residents protest peacefully for racial justice in Newberry

Newberry is a majority African-American city less than a tenth the size of Columbia, but on June 7, hundreds in the small city were determined to set an example for the rest of the country.

  Local civil rights activist shares her experience protesting for racial equality in Columbia and Washington, D.C.

Many of the protests we have seen in Columbia have been led by young politically engaged activists. Civil rights leaders from the 1960′s say these young activists are a welcomed addition and applaud their efforts of peaceful protests.

  SC Housing expands Palmetto Heroes low interest home loan program, recognizes more essential workers during pandemic

The South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority (SC Housing) is introducing a new program Monday, June 8 to provide more home ownership opportunities to the people they say are the most dedicated community servants in our state, especially as we endure the coronavirus pandemic.

  Chief Skip Holbrook joins WIS TODAY to discuss recent protests, arrests and Joshua Ruffin case

Chief Skip Holbrook joins WIS Today to give in-depth details regarding recent protests and arrests in Columbia.

  WIS TODAY: Chef Aris Woodward and student Amari Sims give cooking demo on WIS Today

In another ‘Foodie Friday’ the WIS Today team welcomes back Richland Northeast High School Culinary Arts Instructor, Chef Aris Woodward, but this time she is not the one showing off her skills in the kitchen.

  SC veterans, father and son, battle COVID-19 together

Thankfully, both men have been released from the hospital and have made full recoveries.

  WIS TODAY: Dr. Pena-Cabana discusses mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Many of us have made big changes since the coronavirus hit our country, and for some this has been a stressful, lonely emotional time.

Project to expand SC rural broadband access may connect families this summer

The majority of connection right now almost has to happen online. But without adequate internet, some people could be left isolated.

  Orangeburg County church pauses in-person services after congregant tests positive for COVID-19

A church in Orangeburg County is preaching a new message: get tested.

  Lexington crossfitters complete ‘The Murph Challenge’ for Memorial Day

A mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another mile run. Together, they make a workout that’s meant to say thank you.

  WIS TODAY: Hart Bridges, UofSC student, discusses his mask making business

A University of South Carolina student has been working to make masks since on-campus classes were called off. Hart Bridges spent the last year as a freshman enrolled at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC Columbia.

SC Veterans Affairs Office participates in national #GoSilent event

This Memorial Day, South Carolina Veterans’ Affairs Office will have a moment of silence to honor fallen soldiers.

Greenville County 16-year-old now paralyzed, spreads pool safety message

A Greenville County 16-year-old is turning what happened to him into an opportunity to spread a pool safety message.

  My Take: Even during a pandemic, we must remember the true meaning of Memorial Day

We must never forget those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

  First-year teachers receive book donations to help build classroom libraries

More than 4,000 books were collected by Pi Beta Phi and given to South Carolina teachers.

  WCAI expands utility, housing assistance to help even more families amid pandemic

A Midlands organization which offers utility and rental assistance year-round, is now expanding those services to meet the increased demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Fort Jackson officials say they have more COVID-19 recoveries than active cases

The first two soldiers to recover from the coronavirus graduated Basic Combat Training on May 14.

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Today’s self-isolation world comes with distance – but that distance can be spanned with tech help.

  Apply now for up to $1,500 toward rent payment through SC Housing

SC Housing has set aside $5 million to help South Carolinians facing financial hardships amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  Gov. McMaster sits with WIS to share thoughts on COVID-19 response in SC

Despite more opportunities opening for South Carolinians to return to life as we knew it, Governor Henry McMaster is reminding everyone the fight against the pandemic is not over.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden to reopen on Memorial Day weekend

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has announced it will reopen May 23.

  Tragedy inspires first children’s book by son of Charleston church shooting victim

Chris Singleton lost his mom in the Emanuel AME Church shootings in Charleston in 2015. Five years later, on that exact date, Singleton will release his first children’s book.

Former Gamecock Jeffery gives back to high school alma mater by paying for senior posters

When seniors at Calhoun County High arrived on campus to check in supplies to end the school year, they were in for quite the surprise.

Soda City Comic Con canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday, officials announced the cancellation of this year’s Soda City Comic Con.

Newberry Co. Coroner identifies man killed in single-vehicle collision

The Newberry County Coroner’s Office has identified the person killed in a single-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Johnston Street and Coates Street.

  COMET increases bus service as businesses reopen

The COMET will now operate on a Saturday level of service. All public transportation remains free during this time.

Orangeburg officials find missing 66-year-old man after days-long search

He was found “safe and sound” early Monday by a citizen in Jamison who spotted him coming out of a wooded area.