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Richland County to improve drainage on Rabbit Run Road

 

Road will temporarily close to through traffic during construction Motorists and pedestrians traveling along Rabbit Run Road will need to find alternate routes starting in early November, when the roadway closes for about two months for a drainage construction project. As part of the Southeast Richland Neighborhood Improvements Project (SERN), Rabbit Run Road will close…

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West Columbia offers new ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations

 

The City of West Columbia has new and enhanced ways to pay utility bills and traffic citations. The new system gives the ability to view water and sewer account details and pay traffic and code enforcement citations online. There is also a new pay by phone option.  To access the new and enhanced bill pay…

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City of Columbia accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards

 

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards program recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must…

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City seeking residents’ input on neighborhood park

 

The City of Greenville Parks & Recreation Department has developed a survey to help determine how residents currently use Kiwanis Park (2 Old Augusta Rd) and gather input on the types of playground amenities they would like to see added to the park. The existing Kiwanis Park playground structure is more than 10 years old and is…

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Justin Bamberg to speak at Remington College Columbia Campus graduation ceremony October 18

 

Remington College Columbia Campus’ class of 2019 will hear from a key South Carolina lawmaker during their Oct. 18 graduation ceremony. The commencement speaker will be State Representative and prominent local attorney, Justin Bamberg, Esq. Bamberg was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2014. He represents his native Bamberg County, along with…

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VC3 celebrates National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 

VC3 is celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) during the month of October. Observed every October, NCSAM was created by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance to promote cybersecurity education and help Americans stay safe online. Cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and the need for organizations to have a…

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Stop naming things after politicians

 
Richard Eckstrom

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller They’re a staple of the incumbent politician’s toolkit: the countless recognitions, resolutions, proclamations, ribbon-cuttings, and photo-ops which are more ceremonial than anything else, but which nonetheless pay dividends for elected officials. Certainly, these ceremonial activities can be a good way to recognize someone’s good deeds or bring attention to a…

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Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments adds to rural Long Range Transportation Plan meeting schedule

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments added an additional public input opportunity to its Long Range Transportation Plan meeting schedule. The additional meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Hollywood, S.C., at the Council Chambers at Town Hall. The BCDCOG will hold project public input meetings in each of the…

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SeamonWhiteside selected to play role in two community-shaping projects

 

SeamonWhiteside, local landscape architecture and civil engineering firm, has been selected to play a role in yet two more community-shaping projects. SeamonWhiteside has been selected to provide design services for the City of Easley. They have also recently been awarded the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility project in Taylors, SC. They will provide civil…

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The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents We The People: Portraits of Veterans in America

 

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents We The People: Portraits of Veterans in America, on view October 26 through December 22, 2019. In 2010, internationally renowned artist Mary Whyte set out on an inspirational seven-year mission to paint fifty large scale watercolor portraits of current day American veterans.  WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans…

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U.S. Department of Transportation approves Lowcountry Rapid Transit for project development phase

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation recently to initiate project development for South Carolina’s first mass transit project. A BCDCOG initiative, the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project development will receive key funding through the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, which will provide much needed dollars for the estimated…

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Technology simplifies tax payments for county residents

 

Thanks to improved technology, more Richland County residents are avoiding standing in long lines to pay their taxes. Working with the offices of the County Auditor and Treasurer, the Business Systems Division of Richland County Information Technology developed a way to pay taxes using QR (quick response) bar codes in 2013. The codes give taxpayers…

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The City of Greer sets a new record for gross retail sales

 

According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, in fiscal year 2019, the City of Greer recorded a record $1,351,257,057.66 in gross retail sales, including $794,275,439.16 in sales in the portion of the City of Greer located in Greenville County and $556,981,618.50 in the portion of the City of Greer located in Spartanburg County. This new…

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Technology Simplifies Tax Payments for County Residents

 

Thanks to improved technology, more Richland County residents are avoiding standing in long lines to pay their taxes. Working with the offices of the County Auditor and Treasurer, the Business Systems Division of Richland County Information Technology developed a way to pay taxes using QR (quick response) bar codes in 2013. The codes give taxpayers…

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Capital City/Lake Murray Country regional tourism office honors founder, Charlie Higgins

 

The Capital City/Lake Murray Country’s Board and staff will pause from their daily duties of promoting tourism on October 9, 2019, to honor the recent passing of the one of the organization’s founders, Charles L. Higgins (Charlie). He passed away on June 19, 2019. “Charlie’s passing was a sad day for our organization. Our board,…

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County of Lexington announces Sarah Johnson as new Economic Development Director

 

The County of Lexington announced the hiring of Sarah Johnson as the County’s new Economic Development Director. Johnson is charged with growing the economic health of the County by building relationships with local, national and international companies, while also making our community a viable place to develop, expand and cultivate lasting business opportunities. “I was…

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Richland, Lexington County residents can drop off items at Recycling Event

 

Saturday, Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to noon at Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road, Columbia Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are encouraged to bring recyclable materials to a joint event in which household goods will also be accepted for reuse. Electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal and tires are among the items accepted…

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Richland, Lexington County residents can drop off items at Recycling Event

 

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are encouraged to bring recyclable materials to a joint event in which household goods will also be accepted for reuse. Electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal and tires are among the items accepted at the event from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12 at Irmo High School, 6671…

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Advertisement of vacancies on various Boards and Commissions

 

The City of Columbia is accepting applications to fill several vacancies on the following boards and commissions. Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) Seeking three (3) Applicants.  The purpose of BPAC is to advise the Mayor and City Council Members, the City of Columbia transportation planning staff; community organizations; and partners on bicycling and pedestrian issues…

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Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments invited public input on Long-Range Transportation Plan for region’s rural areas

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments is currently updating its Long Range Transportation Plan for the region’s rural areas and the agency is seeking public input in doing so. Long Range Transportation Plans are multimodal plans that set priorities for spending federal funds on transportation projects in the region over the next 25 years. These projects include improvements…

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City of Columbia Municipal Election Tuesday, November 5, 2019

 

 The Municipal Election Commission of the City of Columbia announces the general election for the City of Columbia to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. South Carolina law requires you to register to vote at least 30 days before the election. Citizens desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered in-person at…

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Department of Commerce launches Pursuit Pass

 

New tool provides opportunity to access more statewide events The South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation, in partnership with the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), today announced the launch of Pursuit Pass, a new tool for individuals to participate in prominent, statewide technology and innovation-related events for a flat rate. The Pursuit Pass offers…

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S.C. Department of Commerce awarded grant to support export assistance programs

 

State of South Carolina receives U.S. Small Business Administration grant for eighth year The S.C. Department of Commerce has been awarded a State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the eighth year. This program is designed to support and encourage small business export success. The state was awarded…

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Greenlink to celebrate Try Transit Month

 

October is “Try Transit Month” in the city of Greenville and Greenlink has a full schedule of events to celebrate. Try Transit Month is part of an ongoing initiative to educate Greenville County residents about the economic and environmental benefits of public transit and encourage citizens who do not typically use public transportation to ride…

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Federal assistance approved for State of South Carolina and 11 counties following Hurricane Dorian

 

In response to Governor Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump approved Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 11 counties affected by Hurricane Dorian. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations for certain expenses they have incurred during large-scale emergencies.…

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USDA invests in community facilities improvements for 3.3 million rural americans in 23 states including South Carolina

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56 projects to improve community facilities and provide essential services for 3.3 million rural residents in 23 states. “Modern, accessible and reliable community infrastructure, public safety facilities, schools and health facilities are essential…

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General Municipal Elections scheduled for November 5

 

The General Municipal Elections for the city of Greenville will be held on Tuesday, November 5.  Candidates for office include: Mayor – Knox White (R) City Council At-Large – Dorothy Dowe (D) and George Fletcher (R) City Council District 1 – Matthew K. Johnson (D) and John DeWorken (R) City Council District 3 – Ken…

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City to hold information sessions on ADA compliance study

 

The City of Greenville recently retained the WT Group’s Accessibility Consulting team to evaluate its parks and recreation sites, policies and programs for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before the WT Group submits its final report, the City’s Parks & Recreation Department will host two public information sessions to: Review the ADA requirements…

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City of West Columbia public parking garage now open

 

The City of West Columbia’s Public Parking Garage located at 310 Court Avenue at State Street in the Brookland Development and street parking is now open to the public. This project adds 105 parking spaces to West Columbia’s river district. The parking is free of charge. Future parking projects in the river district will provide approximately…

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Charleston mayoral forum Sept. 27th to draw a large turnout

 

All six Charleston mayoral candidates will participate in a forum at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019, at Seacoast Church – West Ashley Campus, located at 2049 Savannah Highway, 29407. Moderators for the forum will be Carolyn Murray, WCBD TV-2 news anchor and Robert Behre, Post and Courier reporter. The moderators will open the forum with their questions for the candidates,…

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Greenlink seeking public input on proposed route changes

 

Greenlink has scheduled a series of public meetings to give customers an opportunity to review and comment on proposed changes to Route 504 and Route 508 that are designed to improve their on-time performance. Each of the meetings will have a drop-in style format and the same information will be shared at each meeting. Customers…

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State tax issue? Meet with SCDOR’s taxpayer advocate at an office near you later this year

 

Need help resolving a tax issue with the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR)? SCDOR’s Taxpayer Advocate, who is based in Columbia, will visit SCDOR offices across the state beginning in October. The Advocate listens to taxpayer concerns, ensures the SCDOR’s policies and procedures do not cause unnecessary hardship, and can intervene on a taxpayer’s…

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Twelve percent of children in South Carolina live in concentrated poverty

 

New Data Snapshot from Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Little Progress Made Since 2012 on Child Poverty Rate Approximately 130,000 children in South Carolina live in concentrated poverty, according to “Children Living in High-Poverty, Low-Opportunity Neighborhoods,” a new KIDS COUNT® Data Snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Using the latest data available from the U.S.…

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County’s flood recovery program, Mungo Construction form partnership to rebuild lives

 

Mungo Construction, founded by Mungo Homes, the nationally recognized Columbia-based homebuilder, is adding its expertise to Richland County’s efforts to help residents displaced by the 2015 flood. As part of a federally funded program to replace single-family homes severely damaged by the historic weather event, Mungo Construction is demolishing existing buildings and constructing new houses,…

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City of Columbia accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards

 

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards program recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must…

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St. David’s Church to celebrate RCSD, other first-responders

 

By W. Thomas Smith, Jr.   COLUMBIA, S.C. – Homemade chili, bread, deserts, coffee and tea will be served at no charge to first responders in Columbia and Richland County this coming Sunday afternoon and evening, Sept. 29, by members of St. David’s Episcopal Church in northeast Columbia. And the first 100 guests to arrive…

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation August 2019

 

Number of South Carolinians Working Increases Significantly Nonfarm Payroll Employment Continues Upward Trend   DEW Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s Statement: “South Carolina’s numbers continue to be strong as the unemployment rate drops and the number of individuals working consistently reaches new records. While this is great news for the state, it creates challenges for employers…

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City’s Office of Business Opportunities and Columbia Water in conjunction with MBDA Business Center to host Waterline Contractors’ Training Series

 

The City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities and Columbia Water in conjunction with MBDA Business Center – Columbia, SC to host Waterline Contractors’ Training Series. This program offers a practical approach to successfully bidding, implementing, and closing out a City of Columbia waterline project. Attendees will learn practical strategies, build their capacity to submit completed bid packages,…

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Grant spurs improvements for Broad River Road Corridor

 

Richland County is taking steps to improve aesthetics for the Broad River Road Corridor. Enhancements outside The Sunshine House, a child care and early education facility on Broad River Road, were recently completed as part of a grant program from the County, and more projects are forthcoming. The County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program developed the Commercial…

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West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market now open

 

The City of West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market is open every Saturday, from 9 AM – 1 PM, through November 23, 2019, under the pavilion, at 425 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC, in the Interactive Art Park. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. The City of West Columbia invites…

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South Carolina is mourning the passing of Emily England Clyburn; librarian, activist, and philanthropist

 

Dr. Emily England Clyburn passed away the morning of Thursday, September 19, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina.  Born in the Whitesville section of Berkeley County near Moncks Corner, South Carolina, she was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mattie England, and siblings Arthur England and Mattie Mae England Wadley. Known affectionately as Ms.…

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Congressman Joe Wilson appointed to NDAA Conference Committee

 

Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement on his appointment to the conference committee for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): “I am extraordinarily grateful to serve another year on the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee for fiscal year 2020. As a veteran of the Army Reserve and the Army National…

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Angie Stone, Human Resources Director for Town of Hilton Head Island, chosen for Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative

 

Angie Stone, Human Resources Director for the Town of Hilton Head Island, joins other leaders selected from across the Lowcountry to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman University’s 14th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). “Discovering ways in which differences can strengthen our organizations is of utmost importance as we seek to grow and…

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Columbia City Council gives first-reading approval to business fee reform plan

 

Columbia City council on Tuesday gave first reading approval to a business fee reform proposal by Moe Baddourah. Under the proposal, businesses which have a 501(c) tax status from the IRS — but otherwise operate as a profitable company — would begin paying business license fees like the rest of the city’s businesses.  Baddourah first…

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City of Charleston Hurricane Dorian September 16 recovery update

 

Over the weekend and throughout the day today, city crews and contractors continued working to clear debris from Hurricane Dorian citywide. Citizens can track the progress of debris removal in specific zones throughout the city by viewing the city’s storm debris collection map, linked here: http://gis.charleston-sc.gov/hurricane-maps-tools/ Today, crews collected storm debris in the following zones, where…

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City of Columbia accepting nominations for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards

 

The City of Columbia is accepting nominations for the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards. The Dream Keeper Scholarship Awards program recognizes exemplary displays of committed service to the tenets of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service must…

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City of Columbia to celebrate National Community Planning Month

 

The City of Columbia is celebrating National Community Planning Month this October.  The City of Columbia prioritizes planning, working to improve our public space and parks, planning for preservation and sustainability, and helping formalize a vision for the future of our city and our communities.    National Community Planning Month is a time to highlight the…

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City of Hartsville launches new resident engagement system

 

The City of Hartsville has launched Citibot, America’s first interactive text messaging and customer service solution for civic engagement with government. Citibot is a communication tool for citizens and their governments. Using text messaging, Citibot helps users report a city issue, search a website, send notifications and analyze data. Lauren Baker, City of Hartsville Public…

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New partnership unites SC businesses with exceptional needs students through state tax credit programs

 

Exceptional SC and the South Carolina Research Authority announced Wednesday the formation of Exceptional Connections – a business-education partnership that unites South Carolina’s business community with more than 3,000 exceptional needs scholarship students and schools across the state. At a formal announcement at the SC Governor’s mansion, Gov. Henry McMaster said of the partnership, “The…

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City of West Columbia water update

 

Lake Murray is currently experiencing turnover, a naturally occurring event, which contributes to an increase in natural organic matter. This summer, the region has experienced periods of heavy rain followed by long dry periods with high temperatures. As a result, the water treatment facilities that draw from Lake Murray have been presented with extremely high…

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