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Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.
Public Invited to Decker Center Dedication Ceremony

The public is invited to join County Councilmembers, Magistrate Judges, members of the Sheriff’s Department and community leaders in celebrating Richland County’s newest facility at a special dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 29. The Decker Center, located at 2500 Decker Boulevard, is a 112,000-square-foot building designed with several eco-friendly sustainability features and houses Central Magistrate Court, a Sheriff’s Department Annex and a community room for public events.

After the dedication ceremony, a reception will feature food from several local restaurants. Decker Boulevard is known as the County’s “International Corridor.”

Joint Meeting Brings Together
Richland County, City of Columbia Councils

Richland County and City of Columbia officials held a joint meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. An estimated 200 people attended the City/Council meeting to hear information about a variety of issues, including transportation projects, annexation, fire service, economic development and utility expansions. Richland County Council Chair Joyce Dickerson, District 2, and Columbia Mayor Steven Benjamin led the meeting, which included public input from several residents and presentations by County and City staff.
The Recap: August-September 2017
Check out the latest edition of The Recap for a look at what’s happening in Richland County!
‘Flood Ready Seniors’ Teaches
Importance of Emergency Preparedness

At a “Flood Ready Seniors” event  on Monday, Sept. 18, staff from Richland County’s Emergency Services Department informed a senior citizens from across the County about the importance of emergency preparedness, with a specific focus on flooding.The session was held at the Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center in Hopkins where attendees learned how to prepare an emergency kit and how to best communicate with family and friends during emergencies.
Seniors received informational brochures and handouts, as well as free weather radios. For more information about flood preparation and the County’s Floodplain Management department,
Councilmembers Attend Event
Celebrating 100th Anniversary of NAACP

Richland County Councilmembers Joyce Dickerson, District 2; Calvin “Chip” Jackson, District 9; Paul Livingston, District 4; Jim Manning, District 8; and Yvonne McBride, District 3, attended a special event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Columbia Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Hundreds of people attended the event, which had the theme, “100 years of Being Steadfast and Immovable.”
Heyward L. Hall II of Richland County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program appeared on “Good Morning Columbia” (ABC WOLO Channel 25) with anchor Grace Joyal to discuss CASA’s mission and its current volunteer recruitment drive. Click here to learn more.
Free Community Recycling Event Sept. 30
Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling is having a free recycling event from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Mill Creek United Methodist Church, 1041 Old Garners Ferry Road, Columbia. Residents can drop off electronics, scrap metal and tires (limit of eight). Paper shredding will also be available.This free event is for Richland County residents only. No commercial or business drop-off will be accepted. For more information, call 803-576-2446.
Free Conference Focused on
Helping Improve Local Communities

Residents are invited to participate in the 2017 Neighborhood Planning Conference, organized by the County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program.This year’s theme is “Getting to the Heart of the Matter” with topics focused on addressing ways to improve the health and happiness of local communities. Workshop sessions include Asset-based Community Development, Bridging the Generation Gap and Connecting with Richland County.

The conference is scheduled 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Richland School District Two’s Institute of Innovation. Registration is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch. For more information and to register, click here. For more information about Richland County’s Neighborhood Improvement Program, click here.

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Richland County Council

District 1
Vice Chair Bill Malinowski

District 2
Chair Joyce Dickerson

District 3
Yvonne McBride

District 4
Paul Livingston

District 5
Seth Rose

District 6
Greg Pearce

District 7
Gwendolyn Kennedy

District 8
Jim Manning

District 9
Calvin “Chip” Jackson

District 10
Dalhi Myers

District 11
Norman Jackson

Richland County Clerk
of Council Office

Richland County Council conducts regular session meetings the first and third Tuesday of each month at
6 p.m. in Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public. View Council agendas, minutes and a calendar of events at

Upcoming Events

Madras Maiden at the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport

A B-17 Bomber aircraft named the “Madras Maiden” will land at the County’s Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport for public viewing as part of a “Salute to Veterans” tour organized by the Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit flying museum.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 24
Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport
1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia
For more information,
click here.

Soil Health Field Day

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District is cosponsoring a field day focusing on the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi for improving soil health. This free event features several subject experts, including a biologist, agronomist, farmer and research professor. Registration is required by Sept. 26. Lunch will be provided.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 3

Carter Farms
120 Merrylane Road, Eastover
For more information,
click here.

Lawn Basics for Beginners

Richland County Stormwater Management is helping host a free “Lawn Basics for Beginners” class to help attendees learn how to maintain a clean, green lawn. Topics include how and wen to plant grass seeds, irrigation, soil testing, erosion control and more. Click here to learn more and to register.

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oct. 7

Woodley’s Lawn Center
1067 Woodley Way
Columbia, SC 29223
For more information,
email or call 803-576-2491.

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