Latest Columbia News

Republicans need runoff for South Carolina state senate seat

Aug. 15, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans need a runoff to pick a candidate for a vacant state senate seat in the Columbia area. None of the four candidates received a majority of the vote in Tuesday's primary for the seat given up by Columbia Republican Sen. John Courson after he pleaded guilty to misconduct in...

4 Republicans, 3 Democrats seek South Carolina Senate nods

Aug. 14, 2018 1:04 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Four Republicans and three Democrats are seeking their parties' nomination for a vacant state Senate seat in South Carolina. Republican Columbia Sen. John Courson resigned in June after pleading guilty to misconduct in office related to his use of campaign funds. The district covers...

Woman shot to death at home with children present

Aug. 13, 2018 8:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A woman has died after she was shot at a home in South Carolina with several children inside. News outlets reported that Richland County sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the northeast Columbia area around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and found a 33-year-old woman with a gunshot wound...

Project could cause big backups on SC 277 into Columbia

Aug. 13, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Drivers could face big delays on one of the main routes into downtown Columbia as crews work on a drainage project. The city of Columbia says it will cut the inbound side of state Highway 277 down from three lanes to two on Bull Street in downtown after the expressway from the...

South Carolina to add 839 to list of area codes in 2020

Aug. 13, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina residents will have a new area code in less than two years. The North American Numbering Plan Administration has announced the new area code of 839 to overlay the existing 803 area code which covers the central part of the state. It will take effect in 2020. A news...

Obama Foundation holding training in South Carolina

Aug. 12, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Obama Foundation is hosting a leadership training event in South Carolina this weekend. The foundation is putting on a boot camp event for its Community Leadership Corps program in Columbia. Organizers say the six-month program is designed to bring together motivated young people...

Woman found dead inside South Carolina home with door open

Aug. 10, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has been found dead by her roommate, who told police the door of their home was open. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts says 56-year-old Joan Staub was beaten to death. Columbia Police said on Twitter that Staub's roommate called police around 8:30 a.m....

Woman found shot to death behind South Carolina church

Aug. 10, 2018 5:50 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The body of a woman has been found behind a South Carolina church. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts tells news outlets that 52-year-old Brenda Victoria Jackson had been shot before she was found in the wooded area behind Rehoboth Restoration Church on Tuesday. Watts said her cause...

Police: Former chief charged after not returning guns

Aug. 9, 2018 1:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a former South Carolina police chief faces breach of trust charges after failing to return two guns to former employers. Richland County deputies say they found the guns last month at former Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott's home after tracking a fugitive to his...

Snow day? No, Beyonce day lets S Carolina students out early

Aug. 8, 2018 5:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Students at six schools in South Carolina will get to leave early thanks to Beyonce and Jay-Z. Officials with the Richland 1 School District said expected heavy traffic from a Columbia concert starring the two entertainers led them to close the schools after a half day on Aug. 21. The...