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 2021-04-21 02:58 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Law enforcement prepares for possible protests after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict...

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all counts for the murder of George Floyd. Last year, the video of Floyd's death sparked protest around the Midlands for months. "We have been down this road many times be...

 2021-04-21 02:47 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

People in the Midlands react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - The guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin brought a lot of reaction across the country and right here in Columbia. Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of all three counts he was charged with:second-degree mur...

 2021-04-21 01:51 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Windy fire threat Wednesday, then rain by the weekend...

The weather department is staying busy this week with a little bit of everything! On the agenda we have high winds, fire danger, chilly temperatures and significant rainfall expected. Wednesday will look pretty nice, and temperatures will warm up, but it&...

 2021-04-21 00:04 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Lexington County holds public funeral for unclaimed, indigent residents...

BATESBURG, SC (WACH) -- Songs and prayers filled the air at the Lexington County Cemetery in Batesburg Tuesday the first public memorial service since the pandemic started. "Sometimes it seems people are forgotten by society, but they're not forgo...

 2021-04-20 23:19 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Police: Woman charged after assaulting other woman...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) A 21-year-old woman has been charged in connection with an isolated assault investigation that happened in North Columbia Monday afternoon, according to the Columbia Police Department. Shanique Branham is charged with first-degree assa...

 2021-04-20 23:17 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Women allegedly attacked in Columbia club...

COLUMBIA, S. C. (WACH) -- A night out in Columbia turned violent for two midlands women after a man allegedly attacked them after they rejected his advances. The Richland County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident that happened at Restr...

 2021-04-20 18:51 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Manufacturing industry booming in South Carolina...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- As many businesses have struggled during the pandemic - a new study shows manufacturing has done pretty well in South Carolina. Manufacturing brings in hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and about a third of everyone who wo...

 2021-04-20 18:22 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

New exhibit at USC promotes inclusion and diversity...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) This isn't your ordinary exhibit, this one is filled with inspirational words that finish the phrase "Diversity and inclusion matter because... " "People are always trying to change others," said University of South...

 2021-04-20 13:27 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Rabbit disease concerns South Carolina wildlife officials...

S. C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) officials said they are concerned about a fatal rabbit diseasethat affects wild and domestic rabbits. Officials saidRabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus-2 (RHDV2) is a highly contagious disease that affects all ra...

 2021-04-20 10:05 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

SC State, Claflin University partner with MUSC for vaccination event...

(WACH) -- South Carolina State University and Claflin University are partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to give out coronavirus vaccines Tuesday, April 20. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be given out at the Smith Hammond Mid...

 2021-04-20 01:58 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

A few showers Tuesday with heavy rain by the weekend...

After a beautiful and cool start to the work week, we have mixed bag in store. Temperatures will start chilly Tuesday morning, but we'll still warm in to the mid 70s across the Midlands. We are expecting more clouds, but most of the day will be dry. F...

 2021-04-20 01:16 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Midlands reacts to closing arguments ahead of Derek Chauvin verdict...

The future of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, is in the hands of a jury after a day of closing arguments in court. Chauvin is being charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and mansl...

 2021-04-20 00:21 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

SC to host virtual job fair for veterans next month, more than 30 state agencies hiring...

Governor Henry McMaster joined the SC Department of Veterans' Affairs as well as our state veterans Monday afternoon to announce a virtual career next month. "South Carolina is a veteran state, a military state, and also the convenience and abilit...

 2021-04-19 23:51 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

SC employment specialist breaks down changes in collecting unemployment benefits...

For people across the Midlands claiming weekly unemployment benefits there is a crucial step to complete before you can access that money that's showing proof you searched for at least two jobs. "Because of the unemployment rate going down, more a...

 2021-04-19 23:36 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Opioid addiction rapidly rises amid pandemic, specialists fighting it with more tools...

Recovering addicts Zachary Gibson and Levi Millington know the struggles of opioid addiction all too well. It's a life both were privy to before they joined Reconciliation Ministries in Columbia. "It led me down the road to cocaine and methampheta...

 2021-04-19 23:27 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Orangeburg co. schools transition to in-person learning...

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S. C. (WACH) -- Since the pandemic hit, virtual learning has become the new normal for students across the state. Though as more people get vaccinated, it's back to school for many students as some school districts transition back t...

 2021-04-19 20:54 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Operation Pride helps tackle littering in Sumter County...

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WACH) More than 400 bags of litter, along with discarded tires, television sets and other large items, were collected during the first Operation Pride event in Sumter County this past weekend. Operation Pride took place Saturday, April ...

 2021-04-19 20:04 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Non-profit Webgyrlz Code is excited for Midlands Gives...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) Midlands Gives is making a difference by connecting communities with local non-profits and this week we're highlighting Webgyrlz Code. When it comes to the tech industry, it's still a field that's dominated by men. Women on...

 2021-04-19 18:38 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Deputies: Woman charged after attacking man with hatchet...

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) A woman has been arrested after she allegedly attacked a man with a hatchet in Red Bank Saturday night, according to the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. Andrea Branhan, 46, is charged with attempted murder and posses...

 2021-04-19 18:33 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Teens work to repair homes of older adults in Columbia...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- What does it take to make an impact? For some teens from Heathwood Hall High School, it was about giving back by working in their community. The senior class teamed up with Home Works to repair the homes of four older adults for fre...

 2021-04-19 14:48 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Lexington police looking for Wings and Ale theft suspect...

The Lexington Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a suspect in a theft from Wing and Ale in Lexington. The incident happened on Thursday, April 15 at Wings and Ale on Ellis Street. According to police, the person pictured dro...

 2021-04-19 14:47 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Gov. McMaster among others to announce virtual career fair for South Carolina veterans...

Gov. Henry McMaster will be joined by S. C. Department of Administration Director Marcia Adams and S. C. Secretary of Veterans Affairs William Grimsley to announce a virtual career fair, hosted by state agencies, for South Carolina veterans today, Monday,...

 2021-04-19 00:03 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Nearly two dozen remembered in Richland County burial ceremony...

"He was a great friend, very humble. Anytime you see him, he was always smiling," said Justin Hill, remembering his father, 56-year-old Charles W. Hill who died in February. Hill was one of twenty two people recognized in a burial ceremony at the ...

 2021-04-18 22:55 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Seasonal and mainly dry this week, though we could really use some rain...

Our work week starts of cool but not too chilly, a light jacket will do; just don't bundle up too much it'll be warm in no time. Morning Lows Monday. We're looking at another gorgeous Spring day across the Midlands. Mostly sunny skies and temp...

 2021-04-18 20:57 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Midlands Walmarts evacuated after bomb threats...

Two Midlands Walmarts were evacuated after receiving bomb threats on Sunday. The Walmart on Charleston Highway in Cayce was evacuated around 8:30 a. m. on Sunday. Officials with the Cayce Department of Public Safety (CDPS) responded and were on the premis...

 2021-04-18 18:07 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Woman charged in hit-and-run death of teen walking to work...

A driver has been charged with hit-and-run causing death after an 18-year-old was found dead in a South Carolina parking lot. Casey Marie Schinestuhl, 24, posted a picture of her shattered windshield on Facebook after the crash, saying she was in a wreck ...

 2021-04-18 17:46 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Memorial planned for 25 people who weren't claimed by family...

A coroner's office in South Carolina is holding its first public memorial service for people who died but their bodies weren't claimed by family or friends or were too poor to afford a burial. The Lexington County Coroner's Office will honor 2...

 2021-04-18 17:40 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Pedestrian killed after being struck by car in Florence...

One person is dead after they were struck by a vehicle in a Florence collision, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say. The crash occurred on US Highway 52 in Florence County on Sunday. The vehicle involved was traveling north on Highway 52 when it s...

 2021-04-18 17:31 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Hester Ford, oldest living American who was born in SC, passes away...

A North Carolina woman who grew up picking cotton, got married at 14 and went on to become the oldest living American with more than 120 great-great-grandchildren has died peacefully in her home. Hester Ford was either 115 or 116 years old depending on wh...

 2021-04-18 16:18 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Study: Delays in screenings because of COVID could mean more cancer deaths...

As the world looks toward recovery, cancer experts are bracing for a consequence of the pandemic that could impact thousands of lives. According to a release from the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, The National Cancer Institute est...

 2021-04-18 15:33 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in Kershaw Co. crash...

Kershaw County Coroner David West has identified the man killed in a deadly motorcycle crash on Timrod Road Saturday. The crash occurred around 4:20 p. m. Saturday near Bethune, South Carolina. West says that Brandon Quinn Trujillo, 51, died due to injuri...

 2021-04-18 15:19 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

DHEC announces 577 new cases, 14 additional deaths from coronavirus...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced577 new confirmed cases, 425 new probable cases, 14 additional confirmed deaths and 2 new probable death from coronavirus. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to...

 2021-04-17 22:33 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

A sunny and seasonal Sunday on tap...

If you're heading to an early church service Sunday morning it won't be too chilly. We're waking up right around normal in the mid 50s. Out the Door Sunday Morning. If you thought Saturday was nice you'll really love Sunday. We're look...

 2021-04-17 21:41 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Motorcyclist dies after collision on Timrod Rd...

A motorcyclist is dead after a collision on Timrod Road in Kershaw County, South Carolina Highway Patrol officials say. The collision occurred on Saturday around 4:20 p. m. The driver of the motorcycle was traveling west on Timrod Road when they ran off o...

 2021-04-17 20:21 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

South Carolina bill would prevent prosecution of sex trafficking victims...

A group of senators have approved a bill that would prevent prosecuting on prostitution charges anyone who is a victim of sex trafficking. A subcommittee sent the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Supporters say it's time to clean up o...

 2021-04-17 18:48 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Family, friends of lost service members commemorate them with engraved bench...

Friends and family of service members who gave their lives in combat gathered at the South Carolina National Guard complex on Bluff Road Saturday to honor their lost relatives. During the commemoration ceremony, National Guard members unveiled a bench wit...

 2021-04-17 16:12 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

South Carolina college's band picked for 2022 Macy's parade...

A South Carolina college is sending its band to New York City to march in next year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Benedict College's band will make its first appearance in the department store's iconic parade in 2022, the school announ...

 2021-04-17 16:06 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

DHEC announces 616 new cases, 12 additional deaths from coronavirus...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced 616 new confirmed cases, 352 new probable cases, 12 additional confirmed deaths and no new probable deaths from coronavirus. This brings the total number of confirmed cases...

 2021-04-17 01:42 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Still a nice weekend: Just dodging a few showers on Saturday...

Saturday is going to be one of the coolest and cloudier days in our forecast, but it doesn't look like we're going to see much actual rain. It will likely playout skies look cloudy and rainy, but not much actually comes out of the clouds. Hourly f...

 2021-04-16 23:25 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

'Just a very good kid': neighbors describe Summit assault victim...

RICHLAND COUNTY, S. C. (WACH) -- An assault against a young black manthat was caught on camera in a Richland County neighborhood has sparked protests and rage in the community. The video of the assault shows Jonathan Pentland telling a young black man tha...

 2021-04-16 21:35 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Deputies: Person of interest sought in fatal February shooting...

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WACH) Investigators are looking for a Berkeley County woman as a person of interest in a fatal February shooting in Santee, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office. Investigators are looking for Lamonica "Starasi...

 2021-04-16 20:59 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Deputies: Search underway for missing man with mental illness...

SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WACH) Deputies need your help finding a missing man with a history of mental illness, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Danny Gibbs, Jr. , 44, was last seen by his family at his home on Cherryvale Drive Thursday, Apri...

 2021-04-16 18:55 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

SC family filed lawsuit after dog killed, fights for legislative change to pet statutes...

One South Carolina family is fighting for legislative change after loved ones say an alleged drunk driver killed their dog in December. The Grant family has filed a lawsuit and hopes that a new statute would place more value on household pets. "Our pe...

 2021-04-16 17:55 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Woman rescued from Congaree River after jumping from bridge...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) A woman was rescued after she jumped off the Blossom Street bridge and into the Congaree River Friday, according to the City of Cayce and the Columbia Fire Department. The bridge was blocked off near the intersection of Blossom Street ...

 2021-04-16 17:47 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Harvest Hope receives 40,000 pounds of protein from Tyson Foods...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) Food insecurity has always been an issue here in the Midlands, and the pandemic has increased those numbers. So, local food providers are finding ways to lend a hand. "COVID has brought to light many root cause issues that cause fo...

 2021-04-16 14:25 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Sheriff: Deputy fired after drinking and crashing patrol car...

A Richland County deputy has been fired after crashing his patrol car and having alcohol in his system at the time, saidRichland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Former deputyMichael Mazerolle, 58, was fired on April 16 for violating the department policy, said ...

 2021-04-16 12:50 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

SCDHEC to give COVID-19 vaccine update Friday...

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will hold a 45-minute statewide briefing for media to provide an update on COVID-19 and the state's vaccine rollout efforts. Dr. Brannon Traxler, Director of Public Health, will ...

 2021-04-16 10:30 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Fort Jackson soldier suspended from duties after viral video leads to assault charge...

Fort Jackson says that Jonathan Pentland has been suspended from instructor duties at the facility, according to a post on the fort's official Facebook page. Pentland, Sgt. 1st class in the Army, is suspended from his duties pending the outcome of an ...

 2021-04-16 02:35 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

"It feels like a hate crime:" Victim of brutal attack speaks out, suspects arrested...

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Richland County deputies have arrested two people in connection with an attack outside of the Dollar Tree on Two Notch Road in Columbia. Husband and wife John Kingkade, 38, and Krystal Kingkade, 37, are both charged withtwo counts of...

 2021-04-16 01:45 

WACH

[ Columbia, SC ]

Rain expected for the Midlands over the weekend...

After a hot last few days, the chill is setting back in across the Midlands. Temperatures will be colder for Friday morning, with lows below normal in the mid 40s for most of the Midlands. Friday morning forecast low temperatures across the SC Midlands. T...

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