Richland County Government updates

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 09 Dec, 2016

What is happening in Columbia area December 9th, 2016

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Subfreezing Temperatures to Hit
Richland County this Weekend

With the coldest weather of the season expected this weekend, Richland County’s emergency officials urge residents to take the necessary precautions to keep their families, pets and property safe. The County’s Emergency Services Department offers the following tips:
  • Dress in layers of lightweight clothing. Wear gloves and a hat to help retain body heat.
  • Bring pets indoors, if possible. If not, make sure pets have shelter to keep them warm and access to unfrozen water.
  • Run water to help prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Bring potted plants indoors, if possible. Cover outdoor plants.
For more information about this weekend's cold weather, click  here.
Richland County Public Works
Wins Customer Service Challenge
To commemorate National Customer Service Week, the Richland County Ombudsman's Office challenged County departments to detail how they are the best at providing customer service to the residents of Richland County. Department directors submitted written descriptions of how their staffs go above and beyond to assist customers.

Richland County Council voted for the winning department during Tuesday's meeting and selected Public Works for its described efforts of how its staff rise to the occasion to provide quality professional service to residents each and every day, especially during severe weather events and other emergencies when Public Works employees work around the clock to make roadways and neighborhoods safe.

Free Workshops Offer the Basics
of Water Quality Monitoring  
The Richland Countywide Stormwater Consortium is holding two workshops for volunteers to participate in hands-on learning about water quality, stream chemistry and how to sample macroinvertebrates in a stream.

The biological training water monitoring workshop is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 19 and the chemical and bacteria training workshop is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20. Both events are at the Earlewood Park Community Center, 111 Parkside Drive., Columbia. Residents interested in participating in these free workshops should register by Dec. 12. For more information and to register, contact Karen Jackson at   or 803-865-1216, ext. 116 or Chenille Williams at  or 803-576-2491.

Councilwoman Organizes Community Winterfest

Residents can enjoy a free, festive evening at the Richland County Community Winterfest from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.Dec. 17 at Ridge View High School, 4801 Hard Scrabble Road. This special event includes food, fellowship and live music by Terence Young and The Finesse Band. To attend, register for a free ticket by clicking   here.  The Community Winterfest is organized by Richland County Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon.
Community Meeting to Provide Details about Proposed Broad River Road Widening Project
The Richland Penny Program is seeking public feedback about proposed improvements to Broad River Road from Royal Tower Drive to Interstate 26 (Peak Exit). The project would widen Broad River Road to five lanes between Royal Tower Drive and Dutch Fork Road and three lanes between Dutch Fork Road and Interstate 26 (Peak Exit). Improvements to Dutch Fork Road between Broad River Road and Millplace Drive are also being evaluated, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations would be incorporated as well.

A community meeting aims to provide residents with information about the plans and allow residents to offer comments and suggestions. The public meeting is 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Dutch Fork Elementary School, 7900 Broad River Road, Irmo. For more information about the Broad River Road Widening and other penny projects, visit

Upcoming Events

SC Flood Strong 5K Race

Proceeds from the SC FLood Strong 5K Race will be donated to organizations that are continuing to help and support families affected by the October 2015 flood. The flat course weaves throughout the Shandon neighborhood and begins and ends near Hand Middle School.

Check-in 7 a.m.; race 8 a.m.; awards 9:15 a.m.
Dec. 10

Registration is $35/$40
For more information,
click   here.

Nearly 100 makers of hand-crafted and repurposed goods will have a variety of eclectic gifts for purchase at this family friendly craft fair. A kids' craft table, craft beer and DIY craft stations are part of the event. Cost is $3, 10 and under free.

12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Dec. 11

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center,
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia
For more information,
click   here.

Pinewood Lake Park
Black Tie Formal Affair

Pinewood Lake Park presents a Black Tie Formal Affair at the Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center. The event will feature dinner and live entertainment.The cost is $25 per person.

6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Dec. 8

Garners Ferry
Adult Activity Center
8620 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins
For more information,
call 803-262-6667.

Lights of Christmas

Enjoy sweet treats and hot chocolate while listening to Christmas tunes during this festive event at Pinewood Lake Park.

6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Dec. 12

Pinewood Lake Park
1151 Old Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins
For more information,
call 803-262-6667.

Columbia New Home Blog

By Eddie Yandle 11 Dec, 2017

Executive Construction Homes has always delivered innovative features in their homes. With a new partnership with Samsung, we now are able to offer the newest technology to our buyers for home appliance needs. Stop by our model home in Woodcreek Farms , and check out the new Family Hub, from Samsung.

While you're there, be sure to visit our Signature new homes  now offered with an inclusive appliance package of a stainless steel stove/oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge as well as a washer and dryer. Ask about an exclusive 3 year warranty* and additional Samsung benefits .
This is a limited opportunity, so hurry today!

Stop by and see us at our model.

By Eddie Yandle 06 Dec, 2017

Sometimes we all get so busy that we forget the loved one that is always waiting for us at the door. During this holiday time, we searched for several articles that may help with keeping your favorite furry friend content during all the rush.

What can my dog eat during the holidays?
For awesome gift and treat ideas, Pampered Paw Gifts has some great ideas!  
A great article on what dogs can have (and shouldn't) is published in this great article- While checking it out, take a gander at some of the awesome gifts!  

Dog Treats at Christmas

Besides an “atta boy” and pat on the head from you, the next greatest reward your dog likes is a yummy treat. What’s more, giving your dog a treat makes you feel good, too. The very act of rewarding your best friend with his favorite treat not only reinforces training, but helps solidify the bond you share with your canine companion.

Fortunately, organic Christmas treats are a way you can spoil your dog without giving him an unhealthy snack. If you do not have access to a doggy bakery, you can find several healthy choices online, the healthiest being an organic or all natural treat.

For instance, Pampered Paw Gifts   offers dog lovers organic and all natural products like salt free Christmas doggy cakes made with a rice cake and yogurt frosting, decorated in holiday colors, and trimmed in doggy bones.

The Christmas doggy treats look like pastries that come from a high-end human bakery and are exquisitely decorated in holiday colors in various dog-themed shapes. They not only look good enough for a person to eat for a Christmas treat, but are made with the finest human-grade ingredients. So, if your dog is willing to share with you, there is no harm in taking a nibble.

Other delectable dog treats you can expect to find online are cookies, bon bons, paw prints, paw cups, bones, reindeer, presents, mittens, santa paws, snowflakes, and wag sticks made from a peanut butter recipe and iced with yogurt. All items are free of byproducts, artificial color and flavors, and preservatives.

Listed below are other safe Christmas dog treats:

  • free-range chicken treats for smaller dogs
  • bon bons with yogurt coated snickerdoodle center
  • peanut butter macaroons filled with yogurt coating
  • cake bites made from pumpkin cake ball topped with organic coconut
  • snowmen cakes with peppermint carob and drizzled with yogurt icing
  • cookies that look like pies with a dollop of whip cream in the center
  • mini chocolate (carob) Christmas donuts flavored with peppermint oil
  • Christmas canoli filled with vanilla yogurt
  • decorated peanut butter carrot cake PupCakes
  • carob cakes filled with peppermint flavor and covered with coconut
  • chicken parmesan twists and canolis
  • cheddar cheese donuts
A favorite locally is The Palmetto Lifeline-
In their blog a recent article is sited for DIY gifts as well as great safety information.   READ FULL ARTICLE ON PALMETTO LIFELINE>>>  

ifts for Your Pets during the Holidays

Posted on   December 13, 2014   by   Pawmetto Lifeline

‘Tis the season for gift giving and warm holiday cheer. It is important not to forget the furry members of your family during the Holidays. To help you, we have created a list of fun gift ideas for cats and dogs!

  1. Home-made treats: Try some of Martha Stewarts Paw Print Dog treats or Becky Hardin’s Catnip Croutons: Homemade Cat Treats   or Paw Print Dog Treats  
By Eddie Yandle 01 Dec, 2017
By choosing a maintenance-free neighborhood with exterior and landscape care provided, you can throw away that list of landscape and pressure washing companies and head out to The Members Club, play a round of golf on our Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a game of tennis, or enjoy all the close shopping and things to do in Columbia, SC.   Click for Directions
By Eddie Yandle 29 Nov, 2017
Located in the sought after Crescent Lake neighborhood, this established community 
has limited  lake view and basement opportunities. 
 4-6 bedroom homes &  large living spaces all with signature finishes and features.  LEARN MORE >>
By Eddie Yandle 25 Nov, 2017

717 Long Pointe Lane- MORE INFORMATION>>>

Coming Soon! New Construction Lakefront in the Desirable Award Winning Lake Carolina neighborhood of Harborside.

  • High End Custom Home to be built by Master Builder, Executive Construction.
  • Designed specifically for this lot, this spacious home incorporates style & design to showcase the builder's talents.
  • Lakefront home boasts beautiful architectural details including coffered ceilings, tray ceilings and cathedral ceilings and extensive moulding.
  • Windows across the back of the house and a covered rear porch take full advantage of the gorgeous view.
  • Designed for the possibility of a separate apartment & 2nd kitchen, if desired (Can be income producing).  Or simply perfect for extended living space.
  • Expansive space, large rooms and a fabulous floor plan with so many possibilities await you!  
  • There is even a space for a wine cellar.  

Marketed by : 

Julie Smith
Century 21 J. Bolos
Columbia, South Carolina
( 803) 476-6450

By Eddie Yandle 25 Nov, 2017

Crescent Lake

Part of an established neighborhood, Executive Construction Homes acquired 9 unique homesites with breath taking views, pond view locations,  and even basement home opportunities.  Starting from the mid $300,000's, a brand new home awaits those who are looking in the highly demanded Blythewood location near the Long Creek Area. Hurry as these are very limited new home oppurtunites in the BLythewood area.
Contact us for more information about these brand new floor plans ready Fall 2017 for quick move in.
By Eddie Yandle 25 Nov, 2017

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Shower Tile

Slip resistance, curves and even the mineral content of your water all affect which tile is best for your shower

Part of A Houzz Series on Decor
By Eddie Yandle 25 Nov, 2017
Let’s face it. Christmas morning is messy. Wrapping paper strews the scene, mugs of hot chocolate are stashed about. Honestly, by 10 a.m. I usually look around my living room and wonder how the tornado hit so fast, and how my lovely decorations could suddenly look so … junky.

That’s why this year I’m taking a pared-down approach, and so can you. Here are a few of my favorite designer tips and tricks for a fuss-free holiday.
1. Just add foliage. One of the most beautiful things I ever saw during the holidays was at a restaurant I used to frequent in Venice Beach. Its walls were all white, and up near the molding, fresh green garlands, peppered with tiny white lights, were swagged across the room. There were no ornaments, no ribbons, but there was something really magical about it (and it worked so beautifully that they actually kept it like that all year round). This staircase takes a similar approach. Simple, approachable, lovely and festive.
2. Add faux fur. Call me crazy, but if Christmas morning meant lounging on a deck wrapped up in something furry, I’d pretty much be in heaven. You can keep the presents, stockings and even the twinkly lights (though I am rather partial to them). Faux fur instantly winterizes any decor. Isn’t that what decorating for the holidays is all about? READ MORE ON HOUZZ
By Eddie Yandle 24 Nov, 2017
Small Business Saturday-
It’s an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 25.
By Eddie Yandle 22 Nov, 2017
Thanksgiving 2017- What are you doing? If you happen to be looking for a place to eat while traveling or with your family, we searched a few spots that are open nationally as well as locally. 

National restaurants open list- Click here- Thanks, Newsweek! 

Local hot spots in Columbia, SC - From The State
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