Social workers Brenda Armstrong Clark and Theresa Hill from the Brookland-Lakeview Empowerment Center (BLEC) attended the recently held Annual Siemer Institute Summit in Columbus, Ohio, joining over 350 participants from across the nation whose organizations focus on implementing family stability initiatives. The institute was open to Siemer partners who haveContinue Reading

Quinton Epps, the Richland County Conservation Division manager, received recognition for his dedicated service of 10 years to the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD) during the recent S.C. Conservation Partnership Conference in Myrtle Beach. Lynn Pilewski, immediate past president of the S.C. Conservation District Employees Association, presented theContinue Reading

National security analyst briefs law enforcement leaders By W. Thomas Smith Jr. Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy, delivered a series of counterriot briefings to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at the department’s Denny Terrace Training Facility.Continue Reading

Richland County Government has awarded $150,000 to the Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. (Mirci) through its Community Impact Grant. The award will strengthen MIRCI’s accredited behavioral healthcare services. Mirci serves those with serious and persistent mental illness, many of whom have experienced homelessness. It uses the evidence-based practice Assertive CommunityContinue Reading

Richland County Council has approved a revised version of the County’s Land Development Code (LDC) zoning map. The zoning map passed a third reading during the regularly scheduled Council meeting on October 3. Text amendments to the LDC passed a first reading. State law required Council to first adopt aContinue Reading

Family fan, great baseball action, and an exciting K-9 demonstration By W. Thomas Smith Jr.   The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and the Columbia Fireflies will host RCSD K-9 TEAM NIGHT at Columbia’s Segra Park, Wednesday August 30, beginning at 7:05 p.m. The event is part of the regularlyContinue Reading