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City of Cayce announces public input session for the 2020 Cayce Comprehensive Plan

 

The City of Cayce will hold a public input session for residents and businesses to provide their thoughts on the 2020 Cayce Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will be held on August 13, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Steel Hands Brewing, located at 2350 Foreman Street in Cayce. All local governments are mandated by law…

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Gov. Henry McMaster signs Executive Order establishing the South Carolina 2020 Complete Count Committee

 

Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette to Serve as Chair of the Committee Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2019-22, which establishes the South Carolina 2020 Complete Count Committee – a committee created to work with the United States Census Bureau and other stakeholders in order to raise awareness of the importance of the 2020…

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BCDCOG receives $1.4 million in Volkswagen Settlement Fund

 

The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) today received nearly $1.4 million from South Carolina’s share of the Volkswagen Settlement Fund that will be used to purchase two all-electric buses and a pair of charging stations. “This is another win for public transit in the Lowcountry,” said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. “Clean energy…

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Land Development Division releases Floodplain Management Plan progress report

 

The County of Lexington’s Land Development Division has released a report outlining the progress made in mitigating the potential flooding hazards throughout the County. The report lists 22 action items identified by County officials and residents and published in the 2017 Floodplain Management Plan as important steps in addressing how the County will prepare for…

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Spartanburg Water opens window for public comment on new rules and regulations

 

In a continued effort to work with our customers and community, Spartanburg Water is opening a window to receive public comments on a draft set of rules and regulations for the management of our drinking water reservoirs. These include the North Pacolet River, the South Pacolet River, the Pacolet River, Lake William Bowen Reservoir, Municipal…

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SCDOT Statement

 

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, two South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Horry County highway maintenance workers, Cecil Morgan and David Sibbick, were killed when they were struck by a driver while patching a pothole. These losses bring the total number of SCDOT employees killed in the line of duty to 85. “These two young men…

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Invitation for public testimony

 

Your input is wanted about these five agencies Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; Department of Education; Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; Secretary of State’s Office; and South Carolina Housing Finance and Development Authority   The House Legislative Oversight Committee has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 10:00…

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Area mayors to proclaim August Homeless to Hope Month, provide update on Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert

 

Please join Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie for a press conference to proclaim August 2019 as Homeless to Hope Month and provide an update on the second annual Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 in Council Chamber at Charleston City Hall, located at 80…

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House Task Force on rural broadband sends letter to FCC Chairman Pai on Educational Broadband Service Decision

 

Decision would eliminate important education requirements that will harm communities House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), and members of the House Task Force on Rural Broadband sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging his agency to reverse its decision to eliminate education requirements for…

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$9.33 million investment in South Carolina school buses, public transit

 

First Round of Volkswagen Settlement Funds to Purchase 78 New School Buses, 3 Public Transit Buses. Gov. Henry McMaster, Superintendent Molly Spearman, SCDOI Director Ray Farmer made this announcement today. Governor Henry McMaster was joined today by S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and S.C. Department of Insurance (SCDOI) Director Ray Farmer to announce that…

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City of Hartsville opens outdoor basketball court

 

The City of Hartsville Parks and Recreation Department has opened an outdoor basketball court on the campus of Byerly Park located at 701 West Washington Street. This court is open daily from Dawn to Dusk and is free to the public. This court was a vision brought forth by the City of Hartsville’s Parks Committee…

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Landmark effort by Richland County, Columbia to spur commercial development

 

Local governments join forces on shared vision: more construction across the region In a landmark joint effort, Richland County and the City of Columbia are collaborating to jumpstart commercial development across the region. Recently cited by SmartAsset as the number four U.S. city where millennials are moving, the Columbia, S.C., region offers residents and visitors a vibrant…

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Landmark joint effort by City of Columbia and Richland County to open the door for commercial development

 

Local governments join forces on shared vision: more cranes in the sky across the Columbia, S.C., region In a landmark joint effort, Richland County and the City of Columbia are collaborating to jumpstart commercial development across the region. Recently cited by SmartAsset as the number four U.S. city where millennials are moving, the Columbia, S.C., region offers…

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Annual Operation Move-out Initiative to begin July 31

 

The city of Charleston’s annual “Operation Move-out” initiative will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31 and be conducted through 5 p.m. on Monday, August 5. During this time, tenants are asked to place trash items at the curb by 7 a.m. for same-day pickup. Crews will operate daily, with the exception of Sunday,…

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DHEC encourages parents to get their students vaccinated now in preparation for school

 

In a few weeks, South Carolina students will begin returning to school, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is reminding parents to be sure that vaccines are on their child’s back-to-school list. South Carolina children enrolled in childcare (including pre-K) and 5K through 12th grade must be up to date on the required…

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A Conversation with Jim Clyburn, The South Carolina Business Council

 

The South Carolina Business Council (SCBC) is a private, not for profit entity comprised of Washington, DC area leaders in government and commerce with South Carolina ties. The purpose of the SCBC is to provide an educational forum for the free exchange of ideas regarding South Carolina, the welfare of its citizens, its government, the…

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Run raises funds for dogs

 

By W. Thomas Smith Jr. More than 400 runners many with dogs joined Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and members of the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) for the 9th annual K9-supporting GUARDIANS OF THE NIGHT 5K run beginning at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, Sat. July 27. The nighttime run, which began at 10:30 p.m.,…

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Shop Road extension opens to traffic

 

Shop Road Extension is now open to motorists from Pineview Road to Longwood Road. The new four-lane divided highway runs about a mile and crosses over Reeder Point Branch. Work on the extension began in early 2017 and was completed this week. The project aims to increase mobility for residents in the area and support…

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Temporary closure of trail section in Cleveland Park

 

Beginning Tuesday, July 30, a section of the trail along Lakehurst Street in Cleveland Park will be closed to allow crews to begin work on the final stage of the Cleveland Park Streambank Stabilization Project. The closure is expected to last through September. Detour signs will be in place on either side to guide trail…

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Charleston Police announce stepped up presence in response to recent incidents

 

Due to a number of recent incidents, the Charleston Police Department has increased police presence in the Market Street and Waterfront Park areas. Many of the offenders in these incidents appear to be older teenagers and young adults who initially came to the Market area to engage in illegal street peddling activities. Among the recent…

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U.S. Census Bureau seeks to hire over 6,000 applicants across Lexington, Richland and Kershaw Counties.

 

Every ten years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. While the next census itself will be taken in 2020, the Census Bureau is already recruiting to fill important positions to begin work in August 2019. Individuals interested in applying can go on the 2020Census.gov/jobs website to apply immediately. These jobs have…

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City Manager Teresa Wilson unveiled Resiliency Knowledge Center at statewide conference

 

City Manager Teresa Wilson and the City’s Emergency Management Team conducted a presentation for approximately 120 city and county management officials from across the state of South Carolina. The presentation was conducted for the 2019 South Carolina City and County Management Association (SCCCMA) Summer Conference. On behalf of the City of Columbia, City Manager Teresa…

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Community newspaper column by S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom

 
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By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller   Most of us probably remember learning things in high school that we rarely if ever use as adults – like how to calculate the area of a trapezoid or how to solve a quadratic equation. Yet nearly all of us do, at some point, need to take out a…

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Greenville Chamber receives national recognition at Chamber Executives Conference

 

The Greenville Chamber received numerous awards at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) 2019 Annual Convention in Long Beach, California. The Greenville Chamber received two “Awards of Excellence” in the Communications Excellence awards program; Julie Alexander, the Chamber’s former Senior Investor Development Manager, received a Gold Level Lifetime Sales Achievement Award; and Ben…

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Public invited to review proposed supplemental instructional materials and textbooks

 

The public is invited to review supplemental textbooks and instructional materials for South Carolina High School Credential (SCHSC) courses that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. The instructional materials are available virtually from July 12 through August 11, 2019, using the links provided by publishers. The public comment form and publisher-provided…

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City of Charleston kicks off annual First Day Festival school supply drive

 

In preparation for the Annual First Day Festival, the city of Charleston is coordinating a school supply drive to ensure that local students have the materials they need to begin the new school year. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, August 14, and pre-packed bags of school supplies will be distributed to students at the Festival on…

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City Council to vote on International African American Museum construction contract

 

Tonight, Charleston City Council will vote on a construction contract with Turner Construction Company to build the International African American Museum for a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $58,457,323. In addition to the construction contract, the following items related to the museum are on the meeting’s agenda: Owner’s Agreement between the city and the IAAM non-profit for…

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Upstate Forever will transfer bike-share operations to the City of Greenville in late 2019

 

Local conservation group Upstate Forever, who has operated Greenville B-cycle since March 2013, will give up the reins as program operator later this year. The City of Greenville has committed to taking over the local bike-share program. “We are proud that we have been able to offer the community a bike-sharing option for more than…

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Public art highlights county’s stormwater campaign

 

Richland County Stormwater Management is partnering with Columbia Water, One Columbia and a local artist on a storm drain public art project. The art project is part of the “Drains Aren’t Dumps” storm drain marking campaign that kicked off on July 12. The campaign will bring attention to the harmful effects pet waste, lawn clippings…

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The Power of Words

 

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s “Peace Officer” initiative is changing public perception By W. Thomas Smith Jr. In Jan. 2018, the Richland County Sheriff’s Dept. (RCSD) became the first sheriff’s office, nationwide, to add the words PEACE OFFICER to several of its marked patrol vehicles, ultimately its entire fleet of marked vehicles. That’s 600-plus vehicles.…

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Chapman Cultural Center launches the creative crosswalk public art project in Spartanburg’s downtown cultural district

 

Chapman Cultural Center announced the implementation of a new public art project that will bring unique crosswalk murals to three intersections in Spartanburg’s Downtown Cultural District through funding provided by the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s One Spartanburg initiative and through a research grant from USC Upstate. The murals will be painted at the intersections…

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Cleveland Street Sidewalk Project set to begin next week

 

The City of Greenville will begin a new sidewalk construction project along the north side of Cleveland Street, between McDaniel Avenue and Southland Avenue, the week of July 15. Weather permitting, the project is expected to take three to four months to complete. This neighborhood improvement project is part of the City’s sidewalk expansion program,…

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Area youth gain work experience through City of Columbia & Columbia Urban League Partnership

 

Sixty youth began their summer break at various sites in the City of Columbia as part of the Columbia Urban League’s Science Technology Enrichment Program (STEP). STEP exposes youth ages 14 to 19 to global technology and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics skills necessary to obtain and maintain gainful employment in the emerging global workforce.…

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Registration begins for 13th Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence

 

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and Mayor Pro Tem Tameika Isaac Devine announce that registration is now open for the 13th Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Finlay Park. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City is hosting the walk to raise awareness about the abuse and violence taking place…

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Something special happened in flood-ravaged Marion County

 

By Tom Mullikin and John Cleveland Something very special happened in Marion County. S.C., last month. June 15, the day before Father’s Day, hundreds of volunteers descended on the town of Nichols, S.C. – In fact, as many volunteers as the population of the town itself. They were there to do the dirty and unglamorous…

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Upcoming events in Richland County

 

2019 Reassessment: How Does This Affect My Property? Event date: 7/16/2019 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM County Council Chambers, 2020 Hampton St., Columbia Richland County recently completed its five-year Countywide reassessment, which is used to determine property tax rates. During this Engage Richland event, the Assessor’s Division will explain the County reassessment process and how…

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Greenlink launches new monthly pass

 

Greenlink is offering a new monthly pass through its electronic TouchPass ticketing system, which allows customers to pay their bus fare using a reloadable smart card or smartphone app. Customers can now use their TouchPass smart card or smartphone app to purchase a 31-day unlimited ride pass for $50 (full fare); $42 (student/youth fare) or…

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Demolition of Bridgepointe Townhomes begins

 

Demolition of the Bridgepoint Townhomes will begin at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The city of Charleston purchased the 32 townhomes, located within the Church Creek drainage basin, using hazard mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management agency, after the homes flooded four separate times in three years. Following demolition, the properties will remain…

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SC Ports reports record cargo volumes, 9% uptick in FY19

 

South Carolina Ports Authority handled record cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston in fiscal year 2019. SCPA handled nearly 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) from July 2018 through June, an 8.8% increase in annual TEU container volume. SCPA moved 200,406 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month.…

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 Dutch Dialogues public involvement opportunities scheduled week of July 15

 

The city of Charleston, Historic Charleston Foundation and numerous community partners will host a series of public Dutch Dialogues Charleston events this month to provide community members and local stakeholders an opportunity to engage with the team and offer feedback on their progress. Dutch Dialogues Charleston is a collaborative effort involving national and international flooding…

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GVL2040 update and survey

 

The project team from czb and Ingalls Planning & Design (IPD) held its first meeting with the City’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee on June 11. The team’s goals for the first meeting included getting to know the steering committee members, discussing preliminary findings from early data analysis and working with committee members to prepare for…

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City of Greenville Board and Commission opportunities

 

A number of City of Greenville boards and commissions have terms expiring in the coming months. Individuals interested in serving on a board or commission can complete an application online. City Council reviews applications six to eight weeks prior to a term’s expiration date and as unexpected vacancies occur during the year. ·         Accommodations Tax Advisory…

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Gov. Henry McMaster forms advisory panel for S.C. Department of Veterans’ Affairs secretary search

 

Governor Henry McMaster announced the formation of an advisory panel made up of a diverse group of stakeholders to assist in the search of the first secretary of the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The panel will be chaired by former South Carolina Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr. and consists of 11 other…

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

 

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive July 8, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Columbia-Richland Communications Center’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, City Manager Teresa Wilson announced. The Columbia-Richland Communications Center has to comply with approximately 213 standards in order…

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Nine communities receive the distinguished 2019 John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award

 

On June 21, 2019, the National Community Development Association (NCDA) recognized the following winners of the 2019 John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award during a luncheon at the 50th NCDA Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Pasco County, FL Newton, MA Quincy, MA Greenville, NC Columbia, SC Dallas, TX El Paso, TX Plano, TX…

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High Wire Distilling Co. expanding operations in Charleston County

 

Expansion Creating 45 Jobs High Wire Distilling Co., a producer of premium, handcrafted small batch spirits with an agricultural focus, today announced plans to expand its operations in Charleston County. The $3 million investment will create 45 jobs. High Wire Distilling Co. is dedicated to producing high-quality spirits such as gin, whiskey, amaro and small…

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City of Charleston announces hire of Diversity, Racial Reconciliation, and Tolerance Manager

 

The city of Charleston today announced its hiring of Amber Johnson as the first-ever manager of Diversity, Racial Reconciliation, and Tolerance. Johnson received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Hampton University and a Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University. She is a licensed attorney with both the South Carolina and Florida Bar Associations and…

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Atlantic Packaging expanding operations in Dorchester County

 

Expansion Creating 10 New Jobs Atlantic Packaging, a leading distributor of industrial packaging materials and paperboard converter, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. The company’s investment of $4.5 million is expected to create 10 new jobs. Founded in 1946, Atlantic Packaging opened its Summerville location in 2007 focused exclusively on packaging and distribution services.…

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Greenville Zoo creates sensory inclusive environment for guests

 

While a trip to the zoo is a great way to spend time with family and friends, for individuals with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other sensory challenges, the unexpected noises and crowds can trigger anxiety and related reactions. As a result, the Greenville Zoo has partnered with KultureCity, a nonprofit organization that provides accessibility…

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SCPRT seeking public input on draft recreation plan

 

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism is seeking public input on the draft 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. SCORP is a planning document that identifies outdoor recreation issues of statewide significance and evaluates the supply of and the demand for outdoor recreation resources and facilities in South Carolina.  SCORP provides unified…

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