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Tony Santaella


Columbia, SC, United States

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Past articles by Tony:

SC governor files brief to overturn fetal heartbeat law ruling

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has filed the first brief in the state's appeal of a ruling blocking the state's new abortion restrictions law. → Read More

Lexington-Richland 5 superintendent was forced to resign, ex-board member claims

Dr. Christina Melton abruptly ended her term as superintendent of the district. → Read More

Amazon employee in West Columbia tests positive for coronavirus

The company said they made other employees who had close contact with that person stay at home for 14 days. → Read More

Community angry with lack of answers in death of 5th grader at SC school

The school board in Colleton County held an emergency meeting one day after 10-year-old Raniya Wright died. → Read More

TitleMax store damaged by 2015 flood finally torn down

The Columbia store was one of a group of businesses destroyed by the October 2015 flood. → Read More

Ex-Fifth Circuit Solicitor pleads guilty to using public money for hotels, trip

Dan Johnson admitted to using a Bank of America Credit card in 2016 for personal expenses. → Read More

Nikki Haley nominated to be on Boeing board of directors

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley may soon join the board of aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing. → Read More

Columbia Housing Authority director announces retirement, one month after deaths, evacuation

Gilbert Walker will stay on until June, and will oversee some structural changes before he leaves. → Read More

Van McCarty named new leader of South Carolina's military

McCarty, who's been in the military for over 36 years, will now be South Carolina's new adjutant general. → Read More

McDonald's hot coffee attack: suspect in case arrested

Camden police say they've found the man who got upset with an employee and threw hot coffee in her direction. → Read More

Fire burns building near Maxcy Gregg Park in Columbia

Heavy flames could be seen coming from a building not far from the entrance of Maxcy Gregg Park in Columbia. → Read More

Pickup crashes, flips into two Columbia homes

A car drove away from police, then crashes into two homes. → Read More

Rate cut for SCE&G customers, merger with Dominion Energy approved by SC commission

SCANA had said they were in danger of going bankrupt. In voting for the merger, commissioners said it would be worse for the state if the company collapsed. → Read More

South Carolina Mega Millions jackpot winner can remain anonymous

South Carolina is one of just six states that does not require the names of lottery winners to be made public in order to claim the prize. → Read More

Student Found with Loaded Gun in Backpack at Brookland-Cayce High School

Police believe the student brought the weapon to school accidentally. → Read More

Sumter Building Partially Collapses After Truck Rams Into It

The truck hit a power line first, then rammed right into the building. → Read More

Columbia to Get New Telephone Area Code: 839

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator announced this week that the Midlands--including the Columbia,SC area--will have an additional prefix, 839, that will join the current one, 803. → Read More

'They Were My Life:' Man Loses Wife, 2 Kids When SUV Hits Alligator in SC

The family had been on a trip to see a friend in Myrtle Beach when the tragedy happened. → Read More

Ex-SC Cop Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Killing Unarmed Man

U.S. District Court Judge David Norton handed down the sentence Thursday → Read More

'He Has This Community Terrorized,' Vista Shooting Suspect Has Long Rap Sheet

John Bates Jr., 28, is facing seven counts of attempted murder for the shooting in Columbia's Vista. → Read More