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New student newspaper covering Fairfield County news

WINNSBORO, South Carolina — A collaborative project between Fairfield Central High School, Richard Winn Academy and the Barclay School has student journalists telling the stories of Fairfield County.


South Carolina mom, boyfriend allegedly tortured kids, 5 and 7, with hot sauce and peppers

A South Carolina mother and her live-in boyfriend were arrested Wednesday, accused of subjecting the woman's children to “horrific” abuse with hot sauce and peppers, authorities said.


Highway 213 in Fairfield County closed after three-car accident

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Fairfield County Fire units are on the scene of an accident has caused Highway 213 to close down. The incident involved three vehicles. It is unclear at this time how the accident occurred.


South Carolina ranked in the top 20 ‘most sinful states’ in 2019, according to a new study

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sometimes being bad isn't good for the state you're living in. According to a new WalletHub study that lists the most sinful states in the U.S. for 2019, South Carolina comes in at no. 20 on the list.


South Carolina lawmakers suggest changes to education bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers introduced proposed changes Wednesday to their massive education reform bill including the addition of a teacher bill of rights, eliminating a stipulation of imprisonment for school board members who do not complete a mandated training program and strik


Morning house fire destroys Brooks Dr. home in Fairfield County

BLAIR, SC (WIS) - Fire crews in Fairfield County responded to a fire that destroyed a home on Wednesday morning. At 5:20 a.m., units responded to the scene on Brooks Dr. in Blair, SC. The first arriving units found a fully involved fire, officials said.


Hate groups climb in South Carolina for 3rd straight year even as Charleston politicians try to combat it

The number of hate groups in South Carolina increased for the third consecutive year in 2018, even as South Carolina lawmakers — almost all of them from the Charleston area — pushed legislation at every political level to condemn hate and racism.


County honors native son Isaac Woodard, Jr.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE – A commemoration and unveiling of a historical marker in Batesburg-Leesville on Saturday honored Winnsboro native Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a World War II veteran whose savage beating at the hands of a callous, intolerant sheriff helped inspire civil rights in America.


SC lawmaker collapses on House floor for second time

COLUMBIA, SC — A Richland County lawmaker was taken out on a stretcher after collapsing on the floor of the S.C. House of Representatives on Wednesday. The incident marked the second time state Rep. Jimmy Bales, D-Richland, has had a medical episode on the House floor, after he collapsed during Hous


How One South Carolina Woman Is Working To Educate Parents On Vaccinations

An outbreak of measles in Washington and Oregon has refocused attention on parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids, often known as “anti-vaxxers.” Public health advocates have struggled to change these parents' minds. One South Carolina woman has a different approach. She is reaching out to p


Historic marker in SC honors African-American veteran brutally beaten seven decades ago

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, S.C. — A historic marker was dedicated on Saturday to honor an African-American soldier who was brutally beaten in Batesburg-Leesville over 70 years ago.


Volvo begins exporting S60 from South Carolina to Europe

Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, South Carolina, near Charleston, is now exporting cars to Europe. The plant began building the Volvo S60 sedan six months ago and has now started shipping them to Belgium for distribution among Volvo's European dealers, the automaker said Wednesday.


CPD: Shooting near Bluff Road may have stemmed from road rage, search for suspect continues

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department is investigating an incident where a woman was shot in the arm while riding in a vehicle with family members. Police say the woman was shot in the arm when she was with family near Bluff Road on Tuesday. The car eventually traveled to Greenlawn Mem


Sumter police seek location of man wanted for questioning in case where body was found

Now that the body found near railroad tracks in the city on Saturday has been identified, authorities are working to locate a person he was seen with before his death. Raphael Bostic, 29, of Columbia, was found dead at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday down an embankment from railroad tracks near Cooks and S


The push for medical marijuana continues at the South Carolina State House

COLUMBIA, SC - A busy day at the State House Tuesday morning as several bills and proposals came up for discussion. For starters conversations on medical marijuana kicked off on the first floor.


South Carolina accidentally dumps coal ash in river in Conway

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) -- The state-owned utility Santee Cooper says it accidentally dumped some sludge from a coal-ash pond at a closed coal-powered electricity plant into a South Carolina river.


SC teachers' group caught fire overnight

COLUMBIA — Whenever Blythewood High School teacher Lisa Ellis reboots her computer, a quote from English novelist George Eliot flashes on the screen: "What do we live for if not to make life better for others."


South Carolina is one of five states with no hate crime laws

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The evil that visited the Holy City on June 17, 2015 was unprecedented. A gunman entered Emanuel AME bible study and gunned down nine members as they prayed with him.


February 1903 - South Carolina’s first child labor law is passed

On February 13, 1903, the state legislature passed a resolution, introduced by Richland County Senator J.Q. Marshall, stipulating that no child under ten years old could be employed in a factory, mine, or mill. The bill also mandated that, over the next two years, the age would increase so that by 1


Driver killed after running off road, striking tree in Richland County

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol said one person was killed when the vehicle they were operating ran off the road and struck a tree in Richland County.