First-ever drive-thru SC State Fair keeps up with traditions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Guests can drive through and see attractions and exhibits, or enjoy all their fair food favorites in a separate car line.

UofSC student laid to rest in North Carolina ceremony

  Thousands of SC small businesses, nonprofits could be in line for grants to keep them afloat

Celebrate Global Cat Day by sending WIS your pet pics!

  Furry Friends Fridays: Coco Chanel

  Columbia’s BullStreet District welcomes unique 75,000-sq. ft. office building

  Sumter physician featured in ‘One Vote’ documentary after registering thousands to vote

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City of Columbia Animal Services hosting ‘Come pick your pumpkin’ pet adoption

  Welcome home parade held for Saluda girl with terminal cancer

  We need you to help WIS spread some #JoyWithJudi!

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Bernard

SC Aquarium in need of donations to save critical programs

  Columbia native receives $100,000 from Google for his startup

  13-year-old CEO from South Carolina gets worldwide exposure

Gabby Goodwin balances the responsibilities of her successful company with being an 8th grade student.

‘I love you’: Father of slain Myrtle Beach officer shares heartfelt message

The father of a fallen Myrtle Beach police officer took to social media Sunday night to share a heartfelt message on his son’s passing.

Columbia VA to hold veterans’ drive-thru flu shot clinic on Thursday

The event will take place at Parking Lot #11 at the Columbia VA from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Webster

He loves playing with just about anything, especially rope or string toys.

Funeral services for both SC teacher and her mother who died from COVID-19 announced

‘Back the Blue!’: Resident picks up tab for North Myrtle Beach officer’s food

‘It’s the simple things’: Loris Police return stolen rocking chair to elderly woman

‘It was a priceless moment’: Carolina Forest boy receives token of friendship from his favorite garbage truck driver

  DEW working with banks to assure one-time LWA checks can be cashed after reported issues

‘I’m still on cloud nine’: N.C. man reels in massive catfish on Lake Norman

Job fair to be held in Fairfield County on Wednesday

The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three different locations in Fairfield County.

  Mask requirement among new regulations for Richland One football games

It’s one of several new measures the school district put in place for the safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Krispy Kreme celebrates Sports Spirit Day with $5 doughnut deal

If you wear your team gear to participating locations, you can receive up to four Original Glazed Dozens.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Goliath

He is a gentle giant and a a big, fuzzy, chocolatey 112-pound teddy bear!

Pawmetto Lifeline hosts emergency dog adoption special to save dogs from local kill shelters

Transport for 13 large dogs from two kill shelters in the Midlands to go up north has been canceled.

Soldier who’s been deployed for 13 months surprises mom at N.C. restaurant

Pfc. Felipe Vidrios, currently serving in the U.S. Army, was deployed for 13 months in Kuwait and his mother, Candy Vazquez, had no idea he was coming home.

Colony Apartment community to receive free Wi-Fi following generous donation from Charlamagne Tha God

The first installation will support the residents of the Colony and North Pointe Apartments.

Elton John postpones ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour stop in Columbia to 2022

Fans with tickets for the sold-out performance can use those tickets for the postponed date.

  Community honors Faye Swetlik seven months after her tragic death

Faye was just 6 years old when she was kidnapped and killed by her neighbor.

  UofSC student awarded Gray Television Media Fellows Scholarship

She says she will be using the $1,500 towards her studies and UofSC.

  Mother of Faye Swetlik speaks to WIS for first time ahead of park ceremony Tuesday

The Springdale Police Department is inviting members of the public to remember the bubbly little girl during the event, where a tree will be planted and a bench dedicated in Faye’s honor.

  Mother requests flowers at site of DUI crash that killed her son who would have turned 25, Monday

Newell's mother lives out-of-state and says, already, the response has been overwhelming.

Midlands woman celebrated with parade for her 100th birthday

Scott’s family decided because of the COVID-19 pandemic that they would hold a birthday parade instead of a party.

  Newberry Electric crew headed to AL to help with more than 77,000 customers without power

The teams will be assisting Baldwin EMC, which services about 80,000 customers. At last check, more than 77,600 of those customers are without power.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Bonita

She adores being petted and being close to her human. She loves giving affectionate head butts, “making biscuits” and of course cuddling!

Big Red Barn Retreat Center hosts 3rd annual Summer Jam Concert

Organizers say that the impact from this year’s concert focuses on veterans in the community.

  S.C. man looking to help family of child who died at Folly Beach

The family of Ian Hernandez held a vigil for the 6-year-old boy Wednesday night. Hernandez was killed after getting caught in a rip current off Folly Beach on Sunday.The boy was pulled from the water by one of several people who jumped in to try and save him.

  SC Red Cross volunteers out West encourages more people to help: ‘It certainly gives you a big sense of purpose’.

There are 36 South Carolinians currently volunteering with the Red Cross in the Gulf to support Hurricane Laura recovery efforts, and out West in response to the wildfires

  Midlands 7th grader donates time, love to local animal shelter

Her love of animals spurred her to find a creative way to get some of her friends & fellow students involved with giving back so she decided to do a linen drive.

  ‘Wall of Remembrance’ unveiled at 9/11 ceremony honoring fallen service members, first responders

The "Wall of Remembrance" was unveiled on Friday during the 10th Annual Morning of Remembrance Ceremony.

South Carolina native receives Medal of Honor from President Trump

Sgt. Maj. Thomas Payne led an operation to rescue 75 hostages in Iraq.

9/11 Remembrance Foundation hosts ‘Morning of Remembrance’ ceremony, ‘Wall of Remembrance’ to be unveiled

On the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina will honor South Carolina Midlands first responders and military service members during a 9/11 Historical Morning of Remembrance program.

  New Wall of Remembrance to be unveiled during 10th annual Midlands 9/11 ceremony

The memorial standing right next to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center literally brings pieces of 9/11 here to the Midlands.

  ‘Awakening Blast of the Shofar’ event to be held on State House steps, pushing for country to return to biblical roots

The event being dubbed “Awakening Blast of the Shofar” is organized by Gates to Zion Ministries, located in West Columbia, S.C.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Duke

Once he bursts out of his shell, he’s a silly playful boy who LOVES to cuddle!

  4-year-old Concord girl rings victory bell after spending months in hospital for cancer treatment

A 4-year-old Concord girl is home after spending 140 days in the hospital for cancer treatments.

Springdale Police to hold dedication ceremony in memory of Faye Swetlik at playground

Those of the public who wish to attend the ceremony are asked to wear bright colors, as fay loved all colors and enjoyed dressing up.

  8-year-old afraid of law enforcement forms unexpected friendship with Kershaw County deputy

Williamson said was determined to change that fear and with the help of one Kershaw County deputy, she did just that.

Landlords argue eviction ban is not the best way forward

Landlords can no longer evict people for failing to pay rent if their tenant was impacted by the coronavirus. That comes as welcome news for people like Pamela Martin, who did not know about the moratorium on evictions until today.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Daffodil

She loves attention, affection, toys and treats!

  Community battles to keep public park after Richland Co. Recreation Commission makes changes

Residents along with former Richland Recreation Commissioners Helen Bradley and Rev. Charles Epps are fighting to keep a facility they helped build for the community.

Anderson community pays tribute to ‘hometown’ hero Chadwick Boseman

Boseman was born and raised in Anderson and would continuously give back to the community throughout his illustrious career.

SC Education Lottery Claims Center closes following staff member’s possible exposure to coronavirus

All lottery employees working at the Claims Center will be monitored and will voluntarily quarantine, per CDC guidelines.

James Brown’s daughter will speak at Chadwick Boseman tribute in Anderson, officials say

Boseman portrayed the “Godfather of Soul” in the film “Get on Up” in 2014.

Richland Co. Democratic Party to hold food drive, voter registration event on Labor Day

The event will feature a non-perishable food drive, voter registration, absentee voting information, and a chance for voters to meet local candidates running for office.

  100th birthday celebration held for Montgomery WWII veteran

A special celebration was held for a local World War II veteran Wednesday.

Columbia wins ‘coolest up-and-coming city’ reader’s choice award

The capital city has officially been named the “Coolest Up-and-Coming City” by Hemisphere Magazine’s inaugural Reacher’s Choice Award.

West Columbia City Council extends mask ordinance

This ordinance will expire on Nov. 1.

  Neighbors help West Columbia man with Down Syndrome celebrate 34th birthday

Neighbors and friends came together Tuesday to help him celebrate his 34th birthday with a drive-thru birthday party.

SCDNR to hold courtesy boat inspections at 4 Midlands locations ahead of Labor Day weekend

SCDNR will hold courtesy boat inspections at 15 different sites ahead of Labor Day Weekend

  Sept. 1 declared as Hester Ford Day in Mecklenburg Co. in honor of oldest living American

County commissioners have officially declared September 1 as Hester Ford day in Mecklenburg County.

  Protesters learn of CPD officer’s firing during demonstration calling for his termination

After complaints about the incident from Saturday night, the officer was initially suspended.

Upstate woman celebrates 105th birthday

Mrs. Lake White is a bright light to everyone she knows.

‘We want to make a statement on our campus’: UofSC student-athletes call for social justice amid recent events

Muschamp says that the reason for this discussion is to make a statement on campus, not only showing that they are against police brutality but to demonstrate leadership as well.

  ‘Wakanda Forever’: S.C. boy honors memory of Chadwick Boseman in viral photo

His enthusiasm has now taken him viral across social media platforms.

14 SC Co-op crews being sent to Louisiana to help restore power following Hurricane Laura

Each of the 14 construction crews are made up of 4-5 co-op employees.

  ‘Dog and Cat Blues’: Newberry Co. man writes catchy COVID song about pets

One local man says he’s knows this all too well and he’s coping with his guitar.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Phyllis

While Phyllis’s outcome is somewhat unknown, one thing is for certain – Phyllis lives life to the fullest!

  WIS Back-to-school special: COVID and the Classroom

The entire WIS news team went to districts throughout the Midlands -- talking with superintendents, school nurses, teachers and parents to give you a glimpse at the “new normal.”

  Rick Henry shares positive update after prostate surgery

He decided to share his story to encourage other men to get regular health screenings.

2020 Okra Strut canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, budget

According to town officials, the festival has been canceled this year due to COVID-19 concerns.

National Dog Day: Some pawsitive news!

Dogs bring us joy and comfort when we need it most.

SC native helps develop new French toast flavored Girl Scout cookie

Toast-Yay! cookies are French toast inspired and dipped in icing and will be nationally recognized beginning January 2021.

  Churches consider offering eLearning support for parents who can’t stay home for virtual instruction

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has put out a call to all of its more than 2,000 churches to consider providing these services, if possible, as a way to support their communities.

  Former Gamecock athletes urge UofSC leaders to rename Strom Thurmond Fitness Center

Thurmond was the longest-serving Republican in U.S. Senate history. He opposed integration and civil rights over his career.

Unique, new restaurant in Myrtle Beach expected to be ‘dino-mite’

The Dinoland Café announced on Friday that it will be opening its doors at 3 p.m. Monday at its location at 1012 South Kings Highway.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Petunia

She LOVES attention and wants to be petted all day.

SC has tracked down almost all 16,000 students who were unaccounted for during pandemic

Fewer than 1,000 students remain accounted for as of August 19.