Columbia’s Double Dutch Forces jump-roping team celebrated a major milestone this past weekend when it claimed its 100th world title at the World Competition in Sumter.
The Forces won five world titles in the various age divisions at the weekend event and this week will compete in the Nationals and Grand Nationals in Galveston, Texas.
The Forces 25-year resume now includes 104 world titles, more than 250 state titles and various national and Grand National titles. The team, is which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is coached by Joy Holman.
-- Bertram Rantin
Lexington mayor will get the word out
Lexington Mayor Randy Halfacre’s comments on local matters will appear in utility bills and on the town’s website and cable television channel.
Town Council endorsed the plan Monday as an alternative to paying up to $800 monthly to a local magazine.
Lexington Life wanted to charge for the column after running it free for six years.
-- Tim Flach
Boil water order issued in Lexington County
The city of Columbia advised some of its Lexington County customers Monday to boil their water after a pipe broke. The alert covers residents of Kiawah Road, Wilton Hill Road, Grice Court and Rowe Circle as well as anyone near these areas who have lost water or water pressure. People in these areas should boil water for at least one minute before drinking or cooking.
-- Andrew Shain
DSS in Lexington County is moving
The Lexington County branch of the S.C. Department of Social Services is closed while its staff moves into new quarters.
It will reopen Friday at 1070 S. Lake Drive, Red Bank.
Calls for most types of assistance during the move can be made to (803) 785-7333, although officials say there may be some delay in replies.
-- Tim Flach
Charter school to add blacks to staff
Riverview Charter School will try to increase black faculty and staff members by at least 5 percentage points each of the next three years to comply with the Beaufort County School District’s agreement with the federal Office for Civil Rights.
The Beaufort County Board of Education approved the school’s timeline and preliminary plan for minority-staff recruitment this week. A revision last month to the school district’s 1970 desegregation plans requires that the percentage of black faculty and staff members at Riverview approximate the number of black faculty and staff members in the district by the 2013-2014 school year.
-- The Beaufort Gazette
Audubon group buying land for the birds
An environmental group is buying 384 acres for a bird sanctuary near the South Carolina coast.
Audubon South Carolina and its partners have won a bird habitat conservation grant to help buy some of the Four Holes Swamp in Dorchester County.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant is for $1 million.
The environmental groups are working to protect land along a 40-mile run of the swamp from near St. Matthews to the Edisto River near Givhans.
Experts say the swampy areas in eastern South Carolina are a stopover for ducks, sparrows, blackbirds, herons and warblers.
-- The Post and Courier