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Grants awarded to improve 21 South Carolina communities

 

S.C. Department of Commerce awards $7 million in Community Development Block Grant funds . Twenty-one communities across South Carolina are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by more than $7 million in funds from the latest round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The S.C. Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds…

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Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House scheduled for December 9

 

First Family welcomes South Carolinians for holiday celebration Governor Henry McMaster, First Lady Peggy McMaster, and the First Family invite South Carolinians and their families to join them for a Christmas Open House on Monday, December 9, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Governor’s Mansion. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves will be present to…

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City offering full season of holiday happenings

 

The City of Greenville is offering a full lineup of holiday activities and events and transforming downtown into a festive destination for shopping and dining this season. Highlights include: Night of Lights Friday, December 6 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Main Street, from Court Street to Broad Street The event will feature the official Christmas…

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The City Manager’s Spotlight – December 2019

 

The City Manager’s Spotlight provides details about what is happening in the City of Columbia in an effort to keep citizens informed about City operations. The City Manager’s Spotlight on December 2019 reflects important initiatives that will highlight major projects in the City of Columbia as well as events and upcoming meetings. Here is a…

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Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine elected to the Board of Directors for the National League of Cites

 

At the 2019 National League of Cities City Summit, which was held last week in San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine was elected to serve a 2-year term on the Board of Directors for the organization. She was also re-elected to serve as a member of the Board for Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) and the…

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Riley Center announces six Mayors selected to Mayors’ Design Fellowship’s second class

 

The Riley Center for Livable Communities announces today the six Mayors who have been selected to participate in the second class of the Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship. The 2020 Riley Mayors’ Design Fellows are: Mayor Alston DeVenny, of Lancaster Mayor Rick Osbon, of Aiken Mayor Bob Pettit, of North Augusta Mayor Christie Rainwater, of Hanahan…

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City of Charleston to give away free reusable bags and straws at upcoming workshops for residents

 

Residents are encouraged to join one of two free workshops designed to provide tools and resources that will help support a smooth community-wide transition to the City’s new single-use plastic regulations that take effect January 1, 2020. The following workshops are being hosted by the city of Charleston Sustainability division: Sunday, December 8, 1 to…

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Miracle House of Hope Ministries held in contempt of court

 

Organization violated prior court order barring it from soliciting in South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced today that the South Carolina Administrative Law Court has held Miracle House of Hope Ministries in contempt for violating an order barring the organization from soliciting in the state of South Carolina, and has issued a bench…

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Joint statement on County Square from County Council Chair Butch Kirven and Mayor Knox White

 

Following the success of last week’s charrette with Urban Design Associates, the City and County have agreed to defer council action on the application to rezone the County Square property in an effort to allow for additional planning. In the spirit of collaboration, both the City and County would like to process the feedback and…

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DHEC releases Annual Report outlining many communicable diseases that make South Carolinians ill

 

Today, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control released its 2018 Annual Morbidity Report on Reportable Conditions, which provides data and details about many of the diseases that cause significant injury, complications, or death among South Carolinians. The report is meant to provide residents, as well as healthcare organizations and providers, government and…

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Mayor unveils 2019 Babcock Center Christmas Ornament

 

Mayor Steve Benjamin and representatives from the Babcock Center unveiled this year’s “Official City Ornament” at a press conference on November 22nd.  This year’s ornament depicts the historical Township Auditorium. This is the 27th ornament in the collectors’ series. Each ornament is 24-karat gold on brass and comes in a felt case. All proceeds from…

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Gov. Henry McMaster designates chair of South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees

 

South Carolina First Steps, the state’s early childhood agency and a statewide nonprofit organization, announced that Governor Henry McMaster has designated business leader David Morley as the new chair of the South Carolina First Steps Board of Trustees. Morley will also serve as chair of the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), an interagency group coordinated…

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City of Charleston, Doha, Qatar enter into Charleston Sister Cities International Partnership

 

Last week, Charleston City Council unanimously approved a Sister Cities partnership with Doha, Qatar. During a Qatari delegation visit to Charleston in October, the Ambassador of Qatar to the United States of America Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al Thani, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg and Charleston Sister Cities International President and CEO Neita Wiese held…

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Statewide Adoption Day means a forever home for nearly 80 children

 

The SC Department of Social Services recognizes November as National Adoption Month and November 25th is proclaimed by Governor McMaster as Statewide Adoption Day in SC. Nearly eighty (80) children are scheduled to be adopted by 60 families and in family courts in Anderson, Charleston, Horry, and Sumter Counties. Many families have agreed to share their stories about…

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State Treasurer’s Office Works to ‘Serve Those Who Serve’

 

By South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis   Our nation’s military members know what it means to serve. They are selfless individuals who have committed themselves to safeguarding our country, its values and freedom. The significant sacrifices our service members make are usually not made alone. They are shared by those that support them the most…

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One SC Fund awards more than $313,000 for Hurricane Relief and Disaster Preparation

 

Grants bring total to more than $4.8 million distributed to nonprofits since the fund’s inception The One SC Fund Committee awarded $313,344 in grants to 11 organizations across South Carolina in the fall 2019 grant cycle for disaster relief and recovery projects. To date, the One SC Fund — established by former Governor Nikki Haley…

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South Carolina’s Employment Situation – October 2019

 

    Number of South Carolinians Working Continues Record Setting Pace Unemployment Rate Remains at All Time Low   Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey’s Statement on October 2019 Employment Situation: “The news is astounding. An unemployment rate of 2.6 percent. More than 58,000 new jobs created in 2019. More than 12,000 people removed from…

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Andrew Yang to speak at College of Charleston’s Bully Pulpit Series

 

The Bully Pulpit Series at the College of Charleston will host a conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Yang will meet with faculty, staff, students and the community as part of the College of Charleston’s “Bully Pulpit Series” on Nov. 22, 2019. The event will take place in the Stern Center Garden at 71 George Street at 10:30…

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Residents can help ‘Stuff an Ambulance’ for EMS toy drive

 

Richland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) again is responding to the call to help disadvantaged children during the holiday season and is seeking help from the community to “Stuff an Ambulance” with unwrapped toys, blankets, book bags and more. This year, the division of the County’s Emergency Services Department is holding its third annual toy…

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United Community Bank Ice on Main opens for 2019-20 season

 

The start of the holiday season kicked off today in downtown Greenville with the opening of United Community Bank Ice on Main. Since its inception in 2011, the 3,200-square-foot open-air rink has welcomed almost 115,000 skaters. “United Community Bank Ice on Main has become a winter tradition that truly adds to the City’s distinctive charm,”…

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Take the Survey: Help us plan for growth around the Swamp Rabbit Trail

 

The City has developed a short online survey designed to gather additional public input on the study area for the Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension Master Plan. Please feel free to share the survey link with anyone who may be interested in the project. The deadline to participate in the survey is Sunday, December 8. As…

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City kicks off annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive

 

The City of Columbia, Richland School District One and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation have kicked off the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive ends December 6, 2019. The food drive is held each year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s…

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Majority Whip Clyburn statement on passage of export-import bank reauthorization

 

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn Released The Following Statement Today On Passage Of Legislation To Reauthorize The Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank For Ten Years, Increase Its Financing Capacity, And Reform The Agency. “Manufacturing Is On The Decline In The United States, Which Is Why We Are Doing Everything We Can To Spur Job Growth And…

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Municipal Run-off Election

 

The Municipal Election Commission of the City of Columbia announces a run-off election for the City Council At-Large seat to be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The following candidates shall be included in this election for terms ending on December 31, 2023: Howard Duvall Sara Middleton Absentee voting…

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Residents Can Help ‘Stuff an Ambulance’ for EMS Toy Drive

 

Richland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) again is responding to the call to help disadvantaged children during the holiday season and is seeking help from the community to “Stuff an Ambulance” with unwrapped toys, blankets, book bags and more. This year, the division of the County’s Emergency Services Department is holding its third annual toy…

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SCDOT to host “Fall Cleanup” event across South Carolina

 

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will be holding an agency-wide highway litter cleanup event on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. SCDOT’s “Fall Cleanup” will include hundreds of employees, from Headquarters to our county offices, joining together to help pick up litter across the state. “Litter is epidemic across South Carolina,” said Secretary of Transportation Christy…

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West Columbia welcomes new Mayor and City Council members

 

The City of West Columbia City Council held a Special Council Meeting on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 6 PM, to administer the oaths of office to the newly-elected Mayor Tem Miles, re-elected District Two Councilman Trevor Bedell, newly elected District Four Councilman Joseph Dickey, re-elected District Six Councilman Jimmy Brooks, and newly elected District…

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Mayor Steve Benjamin elected as Vice President of the Global Parliament of Mayors

 

Following a successful stint as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, which concluded in July, Mayor Steve Benjamin has been elected as the Vice President of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM). The election occurred On November 11, 2019 during the GPM’s Annual Summit in Durban, South Africa. Mayor Benjamin will serve a…

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S.C. Office of the State Treasurer recognized for communications excellence

 

The S.C. Office of the State Treasurer was recently recognized for communications excellence at the International Association of Business Communicators S.C. Chapter 2019 Palmetto Awards ceremony. “I am proud of our agency’s work to interact with the many customers we serve at the State Treasurer’s Office, whether it’s individual citizens, local governments, state agencies or…

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Majority Whip Clyburn, Rep. Adams, Rep. Clay introduce legislation to reform Opportunity Zone program

 

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-6), Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-1) introduced H.R. 5042, the “Opportunity Zone Reform Act,” which aims to tighten rules around the Opportunity Zone program and terminate zones that are not low-income. This legislation is a House companion to nearly identical sections of S. 2787,…

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U.S. Census Bureau seeks to hire applicants

 

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. Individuals interested in applying can go on the 2020Census.gov/jobs website to apply immediately. These jobs have flexible hours and pay $14.50 to $15.50 an hour plus mileage. Positions for hire include Office Clerks, Enumerators (Census Takers), Field Supervisors and Office Supervisors. U.S. Census…

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Life Cycle Engineering awarded $17.5 million contract from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard

 

If you work at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF), your mission is clear: DEFEND OUR NATION. Every person, every day, contributes to fleet readiness. Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) is proud to be a part of keeping this workforce and their ships “Fit to Fight.” Under a $17.5 million,…

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Deadline nears to sign up for sewer service in Lower Richland

 

Residents interested in connecting to County utilities through the Southeast Richland Water and Sewer Project have until Dec. 16 to sign up for services and avoid fees to tap into the system before construction begins. Construction on the project, designed to address water and sewer concerns in Lower Richland County, is scheduled to begin in…

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Deadline nears to sign up for sewer service in lower Richland

 

Residents interested in connecting to County utilities through the Southeast Richland Water and Sewer Project have until Dec. 16 to sign up for services and avoid fees to tap into the system before construction begins. Construction on the project, designed to address water and sewer concerns in Lower Richland County, is scheduled to begin in…

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Gov. Henry McMaster and S.C. Department of Employment of Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey announce record cuts to unemployment insurance tax rates

 

2020 tax rates will be 34 percent lower than 2019, and the UI Trust Fund is now solvent. Governor Henry McMaster was joined by S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey and South Carolina business leaders today to announce that the South Carolina 2020 unemployment insurance tax rates for businesses will be…

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2018 South Carolina infant mortality report released

 

New data released today by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) shows that South Carolina’s infant mortality rate increased to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births. In 2017, the state’s infant mortality rate was 6.5 deaths per 1,000 births. “One death of a newborn is one too many,” said Nick Davidson, DHEC’s interim director…

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S.C. Department of Revenue issuing 400,000 rebate checks this week

 

Six months after lawmakers approved $50 tax rebates for eligible taxpayers and less than one month after the October 15 Individual Income Tax extension deadline, the final numbers are in from the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR). More than 1.2 million qualifying taxpayers will receive $50 rebate checks over the next month, with 400,000…

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Gov. Henry McMaster, S.C. Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin release final Commission report

 

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Floodwater Commission Chairman Tom Mullikin today released the Commission’s final report at its quarterly meeting in Horry County this morning. “Major hurricanes and major flooding events in the last few years have shown us that water management is a statewide issue,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This report is a…

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Business, neighborhood leaders announce 10-Point Plan to Renew Five Points

 

Columbia City Councilman Daniel Rickenmann Steve Cook, Owner, Saluda’s Restaurant and the President of the Five Points Association; and Rox Pollard, Director of Retail Services Team | Columbia, Colliers International discuss the importance of the 10-Point Plan At a press conference on Thursday, November 7, business owners, neighborhood leaders, and elected officials announced a new…

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Record cuts to unemployment insurance tax rates

 

2020 tax rates will be 34 percent lower than 2019, and the UI Trust Fund is now solvent. Governor Henry McMaster was joined by S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey and South Carolina business leaders today to announce that the South Carolina 2020 unemployment insurance tax rates for businesses will be…

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Richland Counts! 2020 Census Seeks Workers in Richland County

 

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting for a variety of temporary jobs – right here in Richland County. As part of the Richland Counts! campaign efforts, provided is the following information from the U.S. Census: This is your chance to play a part in history! Temporary census positions offer the perfect opportunity to earn extra…

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City Kicks Off Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive

 

The City of Columbia, Richland School District One and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation have kicked off the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honor the Dream Food Drive benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank. The food drive ends December 6, 2019. The food drive is held each year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s…

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RIA approves grants for enhancing water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure

 

More than $10 million in grant funding awarded The S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant assistance for 24 projects, totaling more than $10.8 million. Recognizing that the investments made today will offer long-term sustainability, these projects will help strengthen and improve water, sewer and storm water infrastructure capacity, serving residential and business customers…

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National Adoption Month focuses on older youth in foster care

 

Governor McMaster proclaims November 25th Statewide Adoption Day in SC As National Adoption Month begins, 140 children in the state’s foster care system are legally free for adoption and waiting for a permanent place to call home – a “forever family.” The SC Department of Social Services reports that nearly 100 of these youth are ages 10-17. All…

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Lexington County Veterans Day Parade- road closures & detours

 

Chief Terrence Green would like to notify the greater Town of Lexington community that there will be road closures and detours during the afternoon of Sunday, November 3, 2019, before and during the Lexington County Veterans Day Parade in downtown Lexington. The road closures and detours will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the closure of…

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2020 series to celebrate County’s eventful year

 

Richland County is planning a series of Engage Richland events and activities to celebrate the year 2020, which also corresponds to the street address for the County Administration Building. The [email protected]: A Yearlong Engage Richland Experience kicks off in January. Engage Richland is a year-round series of public events that encourages residents to learn about…

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Public invited to open house for GVL2040

 

The City of Greenville will host its second open house for GVL2040, the comprehensive planning process, on Wednesday, November 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at East North Street Academy (1720 E North St). The drop-in style meeting will be informal and community members are invited to stop by any time during the open house.…

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Baxter-Patrick James Island Library now open to the public

 

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) officially opened the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library, located at 1858 South Grimball Road, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 2. “This facility offers the public access to the latest library resources, services and technology while providing features unique to the surrounding James Island community, its history and culture,”…

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USDA invests $1.4 billion in rural electric infrastructure improvements in 21 states

 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. “Modern and reliable electric infrastructure has been a cornerstone to rural prosperity since the Rural Electrification Act of 1936,” Secretary Perdue said. “This funding we…

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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 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. To view the candidate listing visit https://www.columbiasc.gov/elections. To view your voter registration, voting location, or your sample ballot visit www.scvotes.org. In-person absentee voting ends on Monday, November 4,…

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