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

The Dept. of Housing granted the county nearly $2 million dollars to help amid the COVID-19 pandemic. as part of the CARES Act.

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

Organizers ‘moving forward’ with planning for SC State Fair

Richland Co. Recreation Commission to open pool facilities on Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SC Tax Free Weekend to be held August 7-9

South Carolina’s Tax-Free Weekend will begin August 7-9, meaning you won’t be charged sales tax on a variety of items.

  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

Columbia Fashion Week canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Firefighters surprise Harrisburg boy for his kindness

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

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

Richland Library to limit services due to 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.


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.

Aiken Co. Coroner identifies man killed in collision on Pine Log Rd.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who was killed in a collision on Pine Log Rd.

After closing to keep customers safe from COVID-19, SC shop now looking to sell as-is

As businesses reopen across the state, some shops may be re-evaluating their future.

Aiken Co. Coroner identifies man killed following single-vehicle collision

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died after a single-vehicle collision.

Kroger employees to receive ‘Thank You Pay’ after ‘Hero Bonuses’ come to an end

Hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy, and call center associates will be eligible.

  WIS TODAY: Aris Woodward shares ways to get kids in the kitchen

Many kids are wrapping up the school year and getting ready for summer.

  SC Evictions Resume: Families living in federally assisted, financed homes protected through July 24

Friday, May 15 a South Carolina Supreme Court order postponing evictions and foreclosures will expire. The ruling was in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downfalls that have come with it.

  COVID-19 pandemic creates sellers housing market in Columbia

New listings in the Greater Columbia-Metropolitan area from April of last year to this year are down nearly 20%.

  WIS TODAY: David Dubberly discusses legal implications as businesses reopen

What kind of COVID19 liability do businesses have as they reopen?

  WIS TODAY: Latasha Taste Walker discusses resources for students

In times of crisis, we can reduce our stress and anxiety by remembering we are part of a caring community.

U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs provides immediate housing funding for SC veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is sending funding to South Carolina to help veterans in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.

SC native sings ‘Rainbow’ for spot on ‘The Voice’ finale, voting ends May 12

NBC’s The Voice kicked off it’s semi-finals with all nine contestants and the four coaches singing a rendition of “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone to honor those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic Monday night.

  WIS TODAY: Dr. Shivani Patel explains what her dental office is doing to ensure the safety of hygienists, dentists and patients

Dr. Shivani Patel with 32dental in Columbia, took a break from patients Monday morning to speak on WIS Today about safety protocols now in place at dentist offices no re-opening.

  WIS TODAY: Dr. Anna Kathryn Burch discusses rare COVID-19 related disease that affects children

What do parents need to know about a rare COVID-19 related illness affecting children that has caused 5 deaths & up to 85 others to get sick? ‬

  While restaurants prepare to reopen dine-in services, small business are eager to get back to work

Mother’s Day and University of South Carolina graduation weekend are traditionally some of the busiest days on the calendar for Columbia restaurants.

Juvenile dies in hit-and-run crash in Robeson County

A juvenile was killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday night in Robeson County, officials said.

First Baptist Community, Harvest Hope host mobile food pantry in Sumter

The First Baptist Community Improvement Corporation is partnering with Harvest Hope to host a mobile food pantry in Sumter.

7Sunday hosts ‘For No Reason’ Facebook Live concert Friday night featuring local artists

Are you in the mood for some soulful R&B, a little Rock ‘N Roll, and maybe a little jazz? We know a place you can attend that concert from the comfort of your own house Friday night.

  WIS TODAY: John Tudor shares magic tricks and discusses changes to his business

Friday on WIS Today magician John Tudor shared some of his secrets.

  WIS TODAY: Jessica Reese weighs in on barbershops, salons reopening

How soon should barbershops & salons be allowed to reopen?

  WIS TODAY: Mike Gula discusses changes at Columbia Metropolitan Airport

If you have travel plans, Mike Gula from Columbia Metropolitan Airport has big changes you need to know about before booking your next flight.

  WIS TODAY: Laura Hewitt discusses SC hospitals and healthcare workers

Laura Hewitt from the S. C. Hospital Association stops by WIS TODAY to talk about the amazing stories they’ve seen so far and where they’re headed next. ‪

SC running community honors Ahmaud Arbery with running tribute

The running community in South Carolina joins other states across the nation in honoring Ahmaud Arbery with a running tribute on Friday, May 8.

  WIS TODAY: Mac Caldwell discusses mental health help during COVID-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted many lives and taken a toll on some people’s mental health.