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City of Columbia offers new affordable housing loan program

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – The City of Columbia’s Community Development Department announced their new affordable housing loan program. Officials say the program will help a greater number of applicants become homeowners by offering a low down payment, and closing cost assistance.


Woman shot in car while with her family in Columbia

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Columbia police are investigating after a woman was shot in the arm Tuesday afternoon. Multiple officers were called a scene in front of the Greenlawn Memorial Park cemetery around 3:30 p.m., where they found the victim. But officers say that's not where the initial crime took


Cold temperatures open Inclement Weather Center in Columbia Tuesday night

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Temperatures are projected to drop below 40 degrees Tuesday night, prompting the United Way of the Midlands to open its Inclement Weather Center. With wind chill, temperature are expected to hit a low of 38 degrees Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is al


SNAP recipients to receive benefits early in March

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – People who receive food assistance will get their benefits early in March. According to the Department of Social Services, recipients will get their snap benefits for next month on March 5th.


Discrepancies continue as WIS uncovers more Columbia Housing Authority documents

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - An attorney for two former tenants of Allen Benedict Court apartments is calling the Columbia Housing Authority a “slum lord,” as the agency grapples in the fallout of two men found dead in their apartments in late January.


Body found outside Columbia McDonald's

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Columbia police are investigating after a body was found in a car outside the McDonald's on Garners Ferry Road. Police say they were called to the restaurant, located in the 7500 block of Garners Ferry Road, around 10 p.m. Monday night.


UPDATE: Road rage may have led to shooting

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – Columbia Police believe road rage may have led to a shooting Tuesday (2/19) afternoon. A woman was shot in the arm while riding with family in a car near I-77 and Bluff Road.


Medical marijuana should be legal in South Carolina, group says

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Supporters of a new medical marijuana bill in South Carolina say the drugs they're advocating are safe, despite what opponents say. The group met at the State House Tuesday where they held a news conference with reporters. Among them were doctors, veterans, and parents.


Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Evening' game

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the South Carolina Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:. Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


SC resident wins $500,000 in lottery, plans to celebrate with steak dinner and paying debt

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A Catawba lottery player woke up knowing they’d matched three numbers on their Palmetto Cash 5 ticket. Imagine their surprise when they found out their ticket matched all five numbers drawn resulting in a win of $500,000!


Deputies: Woman injured in shooting off Bluff Road

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Columbia Police Department is investigating a shooting on Bluff Road where a woman was shot with non life-threatening injuries. Investigators are determining a description of the suspect, who is possibly a male and the vehicle he was last seen driving.


One of Columbia’s oldest stores is returning to its Five Points roots

After several years away from Five Points, one of the oldest stores in the city is returning to its downtown roots. Gibson’s gift shop is moving from Forest Acres back to Saluda Avenue this spring.


Coroner: Man found dead in Sumter Co. ditch identified

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WACH) – A man found dead in an embankment in Sumter County Saturday has been identified, according to the Sumter County Coroner's Office. According to Coroner Robert Baker, 29-year-old Raphael Bostic was found dead in a ditch embankment near Cook and South Streets around 1:15 p.m.


Hundreds witnessed Gervais Street shooting, police say no one is sharing information

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)– A 21-year-old is dead after going to a party, now, police are asking for those present to step up and come forward with more details to help them find out why.


‘It is despicable:’ Where are the lights on Columbia’s interstates and highways?

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia man says he is fed up with the lack of lighting on interstates and highways in the area and is reaching out for help. John McLean, of Columbia, drove along I-77 from Two Notch Road to Shop Road on Saturday night. As he traveled to Highway 277 into Columbia and immedia


Doctor requested mold investigation at the Allen Benedict Court Apartments in 2013

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- David Darby, a former resident of Allen Benedict Court, shared a doctor's letter with News 19. He says it highlights just how serious the mold problem was in his building, even dating back to 2013.


Burglary suspect charged with assaulting woman who walked in on church break-in

Lexington County deputies have arrested a West Columbia man in connection with an assault during a church burglary. James Douglas Drayton, 20, is charged with first degree assault and second degree burglary, according to arrest warrants.


63 acres in West Columbia sold to Mungo Homes

NAI Columbia has announced the sale of 62.95 acres of land. The property sold is located between Jessamine Road and Leaphart Road in West Columbia. It is off of Mineral Springs Road, close to Oak Grove. Other addresses in the vicinity of the property indicate it is in the 1700 block of Jessamine Roa


Former election board member says Governor's removal order 'surprised' him

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A former member of the Richland County Voter Registration and Election Board is speaking out for the first time after being removed last week. Member Pete Kennedy had served for four years before being removed with the rest of his colleagues by Governor Henry McMaster last Thursday.


South Carolina governor, lawmakers push veteran affairs bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and members of the General Assembly are supporting legislation to elevate the Department of Veteran Affairs to a cabinet level position.