Category Archives: Government

Mayor Benjamin welcomes new Mayor’s Fellows to City Hall

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin welcomes 15 students this summer to the Mayor’s Fellows program. The program provides both undergraduate and graduate-level students with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how a high-energy local government operates. The fellowship caters to students seeking course credit or to those simply wishing to gain public service experience. To…
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Richland County to Repair or Replace Damaged Roll Carts

(Richland PIO)― Richland County is launching a mission to repair and replace damaged trash and recycle roll carts after an audit of its more than 160,000 receptacles found some were no longer in good working condition. Beginning June 6, crews will visit homes and businesses served by Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling (SW&R) to…
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Gov. Henry McMaster Announces Next DAODAS Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster today announced Sara Goldsby as the next director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). Goldsby has served as Acting Director of the agency since August of 2016. “Sara has served passionately during her time at DAODAS and, as Acting Director, has proven…
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Columbia Woman Named May DSS Employee of the Month

[caption id="attachment_9608" align="alignleft" width="172"] Headshot: Shaneka McDaniel-Oliver, Administrative Services Division at State Office, Columbia[/caption] May 23, 2017 -- The South Carolina Department of Social Services (SC DSS) recently established a program to recognize staff members who perform their jobs exceptionally well, go above and beyond what is expected of them, and in doing so, demonstrates…
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City of Columbia designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community

The City of Columbia has been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level by the League of American Bicyclists. The Bicycle Friendly Community program is a national recognition program administered by the League of American Bicyclists; there are currently 416 Bicycle Friendly Communities in the United States. Receiving a designation as a…
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Columbia Gets a “Quick Start” to Achieving STAR Certification

[caption id="attachment_9512" align="alignnone" width="769"] City staff and community partners participated in a community sustainability workshop, led by STAR Communities and Global Green.[/caption] Columbia, SC – Over 50 city staff and community members from Columbia, SC gathered at the EdVenture Children’s Museum earlier this month to participate in a community sustainability workshop held by the Public…
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A New Social Media Twist on Government Grant Scams

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Government grant scams have been around for a while, but scammers are adding a new twist to this old scam – Facebook. The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging consumers to educate themselves on this alarming trend. In 2016, five percent of the 1,644 scams reported to SCDCA were…
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Online Survey Will Help County Identify Housing Needs

An online survey is now available for residents that will help Richland County identify what housing issues matter most in different communities and neighborhoods. Input garnered from both the online survey and a series of upcoming community workshops will be used to help Richland County Community Development staff create a Five Year Consolidated Plan, which…
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Richland Recycles Day Waste Pesticide Collection Event Set

COLUMBIA–The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is partnering with Richland County to offer South Carolina residents the opportunity to safely dispose of outdated, unusable or unwanted pesticides on Saturday, May 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. The pesticide and chemical program is open…
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