The Richland County Recreation Commission (RCRC) announces the Teen Nighthawk Program starting January 14 at the Denny Terrace Gym, located at6429 Bishop Avenue in Columbia. This outreach program includes workshops, basketball, games, team building activities, music, refreshments and more. Teen Nighthawk will take place second Fridays of the month fromContinue Reading

A new grant program is available for Richland County business owners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are open for the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program, which can provide up to $15,000 in reimbursable expenses to small businesses in the County. The application and guidelines areContinue Reading

The Richland County Recreation Commission’s Board elected new officers during its meeting on November 1. New Chair, and outgoing Vice-Chair Donzetta Lindsay, was unanimously elected as the new Chair of the board and replacing outgoing Chair, Robert Lapin. Donzetta Lindsay retired from the Federal Government in 2012 with 40 yearsContinue Reading

When tax notices arrive in the coming days, Richland County property owners will see lower property tax rates for the second year in a row. County Council and staff coordinated with millage agencies to decrease the tax rate without cutting services. This was done in an effort to assist taxpayersContinue Reading

Staff from Richland County’s EMS team recently were recognized for saving the life of a 17-year-old. EMS staff performed CPR when the teenager went into cardiac arrest.  Cpl. Theresa Douglass, EMT Nathan Miller, Lt. Andrew Fowler and two firefighters from the Columbia-Richland Fire Department were presented with the Phoenix AwardContinue Reading

In response to rising cases of the coronavirus delta variant in the community, Richland County Council has adopted an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn in school buildings and daycare facilitiesto slow the spread of the disease. As outlined by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Continue Reading

Multi-agency collaboration aids in thwarting violent criminal activity in central S.C. By W. Thomas Smith Jr. For the past several years, the multi-agency Midlands Gang Task Force (MGTF) in central South Carolina has been aggressively and successfully disrupting and dismantling illegal gangs operating throughout the capital city of Columbia andContinue Reading

For Chanda Cooper, conservation education analyst with the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD), a career path in the environmental field proved to be a natural fit. Cooper was recently recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for being among the first class of Ernest F. HollingsContinue Reading