Housing Authority to receive $10 million

The Columbia Housing Authority will receive $10 million in federal stimulus money to help build 60 affordable rental units and 36 homeownership units at The Village at River's Edge. All units will be built with features such as thermopane windows, energy star appliances and plumbing fixtures that will conserve water.

The 28 acres for the $35 million project was purchased and cleared in 2001; it is located off River Drive in North Columbia.

Gilbert Walker, the Housing Authority's executive director, said: "We are very excited about beginning this new project. We have had great success with building green units and are looking forward to seeing this community become reality."

Historic buildings being renovated

CHARLESTON - Several historic buildings at South Carolina's oldest college are being renovated.

Work gets under way this week on renovations to Randolph Hall, Towell Library and Porters Lodge at the College of Charleston. The $3.7 million project will take a year.

Randolph Hall is probably the best known building on campus. Completed in 1829, for years the structure with the soaring columns and dome was the college's main academic building.

Now it's used for the college administration. The building was also one of the sets for the movie "The Patriot" starring Mel Gibson.

Porters Lodge, which used to house the college custodian, and Towell Library date to the 1850s. Towell is now the college admissions office.

Irmo Okra Strut set for Friday, Saturday

The Irmo Okra Strut is on tap for Friday and Saturday in the Irmo Village Shopping Center.

Friday night's street dance, from 6 to 11, will feature The Fabulous Kays and The Band of Oz playing beach music favorites. Also Friday: the Okra Eating Contest.

Saturday's events kick off at 9 a.m. with a parade, followed by an all-day festival with stage entertainment, arts and crafts, games, food and more. The day's events wrap up around 5 p.m.

For other details about the event, marking its 36th anniversary, log on at www.irmookrastrut.com

Youth Speakout at Columbia Place

A Youth Speakout is planned for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Place mall.

The event is part of the work of the Reconnecting Communities Coalition in Richland 2 and the Richland 1 Community Coalition.

Among the purposes of this weekend's event: to give youth an opportunity to speak about their concerns, discuss today's challenges and engage in ideas for positive community change.

No registration is needed.

For details about the event or how to become involved in the coalitions, contact Eunika Simons at (803) 807-8812 or e-mail esimons@richland2.org

Grand opening for S.C. Equine Park

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening is being held Friday for the S.C. Equine Park near Camden.

The 40-acre facility, paid for with public funds and private donations, will hold horse competitions and other related events and is expected to be an economic boost for Kershaw County.

Friday's event starts at 11 a.m. at the park, 433 Cleveland School Road.


Does your club or organization start to think scary thoughts this time of year? Do your members start to turn into monsters?

We hope so, because we're looking for some frightening stuff.

Actually, we're looking for anything and everything going on in the fall - scary or otherwise - including church bazaars, fall festivals, carnivals, trick-or-treating, decorating contests, haunted houses and more.

E-mail details by Oct. 14 - who, what, when, where, plus admission and other details - to dkujawa@thestate.com and neighbors@thestate.com

We'll publish a list of events in Neighbors editions Oct. 22.