A ribbon hanging and welcome sign unveiling is set at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gate 4 at Fort Jackson, Boyden Arbor Road.
The sign will welcome the thousands of Richland County visitors who come to see friends, family and loved ones graduate from Basic Combat Training and the various schools at Fort Jackson.
Among those partnering on the project are Richland County, Fort Jackson, City of Columbia and
Richland 2 to vote on elementary school zones
Richland 2 board members are expected to vote tonight on proposed attendance zone changes for several elementary schools, among them Lake Carolina, Round Top, Bethel-Hanberry and Sandlapper.
The meeting will be at Dent Middle School, with the public session starting at 7 p.m.
Polluted Upstate creek being cleaned, restored
PICKENS - A creek in the Upstate that was polluted more than 30 years ago is being restored.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said work begins this week restoring the watershed of Twelvemile Creek, a narrow creek flowing into Lake Hartwell through Pickens County.
During the 1970s, polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were found in the water, fish and sediment. The contamination came from a plant in Pickens that made capacitors and closed in 1987.
Under an agreement with regulators from the federal government, South Carolina and Georgia, the company which bought the plant in the 1970s is restoring the creek.
Work includes removing two dams and the sediment behind them as well as restoring the stream corridor.
Richland Auditor fires back at council
Richland County Auditor Paul Brawley answered Richland County Council's request for an attorney general's opinion on the tax rate with one of his own.
According to a Monday news release, Brawley has requested an opinion asking the attorney general whether council erred in setting the tax rate, saying the rate is above a tax cap that, in part, addresses funding for school districts.
Brawley requested an expedited opinion from the office, since tax bills are scheduled to go out next month.
The "honest dispute" between Brawley and council first emerged over the summer, when Richland officials argued tax rates had not been calculated correctly, and the district was facing a potential $3 million shortfall in current year funding.
Last week, after hearing from a hired consultant for Richland 2 and others, County Council members went with the school district's figures and will set tax rates based on those calculations for property tax bills.
Members also agreed at the time to request the attorney general's opinion on who is responsible for setting the tax rate, the council or the auditor. That request is pending.
Wanted: Submissions for salute to military
Do you have family members in the military who are currently deployed overseas?
We'd like to run their photographs in a special edition of Neighbors on Nov. 12.
The deadline to submit photographs is Wednesday, Nov. 4. Here are the guidelines:
- Military personnel must be currently deployed overseas.
- Include the following information: name, age, rank, branch of service, and where he/she is serving
- Head-and-shoulders photographs are preferred, though we can crop to that format from a full-frame photograph.
- The family member submitting the photograph must live in Richland, Lexington or Kershaw counties. Include the town or community where you live, as well as a contact phone number.
- Electronic photographs should be in .jpg format and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot download photographs from Web sites.
- Print photographs should be mailed to The State, Neighbors, Attn.: Dawn Kujawa/Military Photos, 1401 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like the photograph returned.