Famously Hot New Year goes virtual for its 10th anniversary

The virtual party will begin at 10:30 p.m. on December 31 and will feature a performance by a national headliner, who will be announced at a later date.

  City of Columbia launches Equity & Inclusion Survey for community feedback

Lexington Police ask community to ‘Fill the MRAP’ for Toys for Tots

Foster dog and 11 puppies saved on Thanksgiving Day

  “It’s just warm and fuzzy”: Local shops feel the love on Small Business Saturday

Lexington Co. sergeant who served public for decades dies unexpectedly

#OptOutside: Free admission offered at all S.C. State Parks on Friday

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  Furry Friend Friday: Meet Spot

SC Dept. of Commerce urging communities to participate in Small Business Saturday

  Food banks see spike in demand during holidays amid pandemic

Extended Benefits program to end in December in SC

Winning $100K Palmetto Cash 5 ticket sold in Irmo, officials say

  How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely during the pandemic

World War II veteran from Ladson turns 104 years old

Pinckney has 12 living children, 45 grandchildren, 76 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren. He lives in the College Park area.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Grandpa Carl

Grandpa Carl has lived his entire life outside as a community cat.

Families Helping Families 2020: Goal to help 2,600 families across the Midlands

Families Helping Families helps ease the burden of families in need by providing gifts, clothing, food, and other essentials at Christmas.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach welcomes first penguin chick

The newest addition to Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has arrived!

Help honor military heroes this holiday season by donating to Wreaths Across America

Toy drive needs donations to help first responders comfort children

  BI-LO donates hundreds of turkeys to Midlands families in need

‘Sisters-in-arms’: Two sets of sisters graduate Marine Corps training at Parris Island in S.C.

  WATCH: Columbia Urban League hosts Equal Opportunity Day Dinner

FIRST ALERT: Leonid Meteor Shower peaks tonight

Richland Library expands indoor services at some locations

Indoor services such as browsing for books and using the computer are now available at select locations.

The Vista ushers in the holidays with 35th Annual Vista Lights celebration

COVID-19 protocols will be in place in the more than 60 participating galleries and shops.

City of Cayce hosting drive-thru Christmas event

The event will be held at Cayce City Hall from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on December 3.

Carolina Lights drive-thru holiday show returns to SC State Fairgrounds

It will run from Dec. 5 to 27, except for Christmas Day.

  Families Helping Families mourns longtime volunteer, scales back in 2020 because of pandemic

This year, they’re aiming for around 2,300. These families receive food, clothing and Christmas gifts. Last year, at an estimated value of about $1.5 million.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Lassie

Lassie lives a carefree life and loves being held.

  My Take: We need to support veterans year-round

Many veterans struggle to get the proper medical attention and basic life staples they need to live.

  'He gave his life’: Popular Myrtle Beach road named after WWII hero from Darlington

Thousands of people drive on Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach every day, but many may not know that it’s named after a war hero from Darlington.

  Jobs coming from White Claw brewing company celebrated by Richland Co. officials

As part of the contract, the company is expected to create 300 jobs by the end of 2025.

  ‘I realized once again that I had purpose’: New veterans program aimed at growth, healing comes to SC

A program aimed at helping combat veterans and first responders achieve post-traumatic growth just launched in South Carolina.

Allen University gets major donation from Boeing

Boeing announced it will be donating $1.5 million to fund the renovation of the former Good Samaritan Waverly Hospital.

Group pays off mortgage for family of fallen Sumter Co. deputy

The foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon outside of the Gillette family’s home.

City of Columbia hosts Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony

In lieu of its annual Veterans Day Parade, the city had a recognition ceremony to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

  97-year-old Midlands WWII veteran to receive Four Chaplains Award

A veteran here in the Midlands is being recognized for his work to uplift our service members during the pandemic.

Mark Anthony Brewing to build $400 million facility in Richland County

This will be one of the largest breweries built in the US in over 25 years.

  Short time left to register to give public comment on Dominion Energy’s proposed rate increase

It’s estimated that the typical South Carolina customer would see a less than 1% increase in their bills each year.

  UofSC Veterans Day 5k kicks off 3rd annual walk, run and ruck event

The 3rd annual UofSC Veterans Day 5K is virtual this year due to coronavirus.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Cheryl

She’s a happy chihuahua full of personality and looking for a forever home.

Hundreds of cards pour in for local Veterans

Hundreds of children and members of the community pitch in to write letters to Veterans in lieu of the annual Veterans Day Parade.

  LIST OF EVENTS: Guide to celebrating Halloween safely in the Midlands

Treating this year may be tricky but there are safe events planned.

  Prisma Health pediatrician says trick-or-treating can be done safely with caution

This year, as we celebrate Halloween in the middle of a pandemic, some are wondering what this means for trick-or-treating.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Saturn

She’s very intelligent and has a sass and spicy tortitude.

S.C. dad gets second chance at life thanks to police officer’s kidney donation

A Greenville father and a Clemson Police officer rang a bell together at MUSC Charleston’s Transplant Center, marking the completion of a successful kidney donation.

  Multiple agencies providing free rides to the polls in SC

According to a Pew Research Center study, more than 7 million Americans say they did not vote in the 2016 presidential election because of transportation issues.

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

All adoptions are $13 from Oct. 26 to 30.

  This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Columbia moves to sidewalks and trails

The Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina Chapter normally would’ve had their Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Segra Park.

N.C. state trooper locates missing person from S.C. during traffic enforcement duty, reunites with family

Troopers said Barker started the reuniting process while emergency responders took the person to the hospital to be evaluated.

Molina Healthcare hosts drive-thru baby shower for new, expecting moms in Columbia

At the shower, Molina and its partners will give out 100 bag filled with baby essentials, along with educational materials on prenatal and postnatal health topics.

  Breast Cancer Awareness walks go virtual, Midlands survivor says disease not always a death sentence

Participants can still get out and walk, it just won’t be in the way that we’ve been used to doing it for so many years in one central location.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Rosemary

Rosemary is very affectionate and exceptional at giving kisses!

  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day even more necessary during pandemic

Multiple law enforcement agencies, hospitals and several other organizations are partnering with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide an easy drop-off location for anyone wanting to take part.

  Demand for Meals on Wheels in Columbia spikes during pandemic

Executive Director Andrew Boozer said the “Meals on Wheels” program is currently delivering as many as 800 meals per day when, before the pandemic, it would top out at 400.

Fluffy caterpillar one of the most venomous in the United States

Don’t be fooled by appearances. A fluffy caterpillar is one of the most venomous caterpillars in the United States.

  Ga. 5-year-old writes book about pandemic

A Georgia 5-year-old is feeling excited to help other kids through the pandemic right now and he’s doing so with a book.

Columbia Fireflies to host showing of ‘Hocus Pocus’ at Segra Park on October 29

The Columbia Fireflies will host a special showing of the 1993 Disney classic "Hocus Pocus on the stadium’s video board.

Fish farming operation investing $28.1 million in Orangeburg County, creating 82 jobs

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

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.

Children’s Trust launches website to assist South Carolina parents

The website is powered by a national resource network called Aunt Bertha, which makes it easier for people seeking help to find social services in their community.

  Applications now open for SC minority & small business, plus nonprofit grants

To qualify, you must employ no more than 25 people and have a business located in South Carolina since October 13, 2019.

UofSC student laid to rest in North Carolina ceremony

Sam Laundon, 19, of Cary, North Carolina, died Saturday, Oct. 10.

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

Right now, $40 million will be going to small businesses and $25 million to nonprofits across the state.

Celebrate Global Cat Day by sending WIS your pet pics!

Tune in to WIS at 4:30 p.m. to see all the cool cats and kittens.

  Furry Friends Fridays: Coco Chanel

She already knows so many important things such as sit, come, down and even her name!

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

The WestLawn building will be located between Starbucks and Segra Park, and right next to REI, which opened this summer.

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

In the film, Dr. Williams is one of just five people being recognized for their roles during Election Day, 2016.

  Welcome home parade held for Saluda girl with terminal cancer

During the parade friends, family, and community members waved and welcomed home the sweet little girl.

  We need you to help WIS spread some #JoyWithJudi!

Help us send Judi the same joy and love she uses to lift us up each and every day!

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Bernard

Some of his favorite things are car rides, walks playing with other high-energy dogs and snacks. Treats are a great way to gain his trust and he’s eager to learn when they are involved.

SC Aquarium in need of donations to save critical programs

A popular Lowcountry attraction is asking for help to stay afloat. The South Carolina Aquarium is at risk of cutting back on some vital programs, and they have launched a campaign to save them.

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

Harold Hughes was never supposed to be an entrepreneur.

  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

Demetria “Demi” Bannister died from COVID-19 Monday, Sept. 7. after being notified of her positive test results on Sept. 5. She was only 28. Bannister’s mother, Shirley Williams Bannister, died Sunday, Sept. 27, nearly three weeks after her daughter at the age of 57.

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

A North Myrtle Beach police officer was treated to a free meal, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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

The Loris Police Department helped return a beloved family heirloom to an 87-year-old woman.

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

For one little boy, garbage day is the best day.