Five Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Monday

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 18 Aug, 2017

 Richland County is welcoming the expected thousands of visitors to the area 

As the countdown begins to the historic total solar eclipse on Monday, Richland County is welcoming the expected thousands of visitors to the area with signs displayed at multiple entry points into the County. The signs announce, “Home of the Longest Total Solar Eclipse on the East Coast” with the Richland County eclipse hashtag #RCtotaleclipse. Richland County Public Works crews affixed the eight signs along main roadways into the County, including Two Notch, Broad River, Monticello, Garners Ferry, Winnsboro, McCords Ferry and Percival roads as well as Wilson Boulevard.

Five Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Monday Read more- Courtesy of Richland weekly review
 
Visitors from around the world will descend upon Richland County and join residents Monday to watch a total solar eclipse darken the sky for more than two minutes. Here are several important tips to keep in mind for the historic day:
  • Richland County Government offices will be open for business 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Stay protected from mosquitoes. Birds infected with West Nile virus were recently discovered in Richland County. When outdoors, apply mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.
  • Glasses on. Glasses off. Glasses on. Wear solar glasses before totality, take them off during totality and put them back on after totality. It is only safe to take off solar glasses during the moment of totality when the sun is blocked by the moon.
  • Visit rcgov.us  and tune in to RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302, Spectrum Ch. 2 in some parts of the County or AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99) for information about the eclipse. Follow Richland County on Facebook  and Twitter  (@RichlandSC) for eclipse news and updates.
  • Richland County EMS crews will carry extra bottles of water to hand out.



Columbia New Home Blog

By By Lia Palazzolo 16 Jan, 2018

Clever Tips for Storing Christmas Decorations

When the holiday season ends, many people quickly take down their decorations without much regard for next year. With the following practical storage tips, you can preserve your Christmas decorations and streamline the decorating process when the season rolls around once more.

  1. Create a blueprint. Before you start taking down your holiday decorations, consider snapping a few photographs to help you plan for next year. Even if you decide to make a few changes or add a few new elements, it’s nice to have a foundation for your decorating strategy. Detailed photos also allow children to get more involved by providing a visual guide for where things should go.
  2. Use an electric cord reel.Since Christmas lights are only as strong as their weakest links, it’s important to prevent kinks and folds. Unfortunately, holiday lights have an uncanny ability to tangle in almost any situation. Unless you want to spend hours untangling and testing your lights next season, consider investing in a quality electric cord reel. Not only will this allow you to easily bundle your lights without the risk of tangling, it can help prevent damage to bulbs and wiring.
  3. Bundle wrapping paper in a safe place. Even a few wrinkles, tears or folds can render wrapping paper useless. Try to preserve your paper by stowing it beneath a bed. If you don’t have room, consider placing it in a guest room closet behind other items, which can provide some amount of protection.
  4. Keep the tree within easy reach. With proper care, your artificial tree can last years. Unfortunately, constant dismantling can take a toll on your tree and cause it to wear out prematurely. Instead of taking everything apart, try to store your tree without completely dismantling it. You should also consider placing your tree on the same floor in a storage room, an adjacent garage or closet, since most artificial trees are too cumbersome to wrestle through attics and basement staircases. To keep your tree free of dust, consider enclosing it in a vinyl Christmas tree storage bag which covers from the bottom to the top. You can use belts to hold branches firmly against the tree base. You should also store your tree in an area that stays between 40 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, especially if the tree is frosted or flocked, since these do not hold up well in extreme temperatures.
  5. Use enclosed containers. It’s a good idea to pack certain decorations in safe, enclosed containers. Instead of wrapping your glass and ceramic ornaments in paper, consider placing them in egg crates. Instead of merely stacking wreaths in the garage, try placing them inside dry cleaning bags and storing them on hangers. Large plastic tubs are also great for storing handmade decorations and holiday crafts, which can deteriorate over time when left exposed to air.

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By Eddie Yandle 15 Jan, 2018
It is already tough in deciding on what school or location you want to live, however Forest Acres has all the big check marks when making your list of which house ranks top on the house hunting search.
Zoned for Satchel Ford, Crayton or AC Flora, you will be amazed at the location and price on these limited opportunities.  Executive Construction Homes is building on 5 home-sites on Beverly Drive in Forest Acres with one under contract, one for sale and 2 more homes scheduled for construction.  Delivery starts in March 2018 for this Forest Acres project, when the first home-owners will move in. 
One home just went on the market this week- Don't miss this opportunity!
 Call us today!  
By Eddie Yandle 05 Jan, 2018

Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.

See Original Article From Richland County and Read MORE HERE>>>>


Richland County Council's
First Meeting of the Year Next Week

 
Richland County Council will hold its first meeting of 2018 at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the County Administration Building at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia . At this brief special-called meeting, Councilmembers will elect a Chair and Vice Chair to serve in those roles throughout 2018.

Richland County Council meetings are open to the public and are broadcast live on RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302 or 2, and AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99). Meetings can also be streamed online or watched on demand by visiting rcgov.us.  For Council agendas, minutes, calendars and more, click here.

Business Owners Reminded
to Renew Their Business Licenses

 
Richland County business owners are reminded to renew their business licenses and are encouraged to do so online in order to save time and receive a $10 discount.

All Richland County business licenses expired Dec. 31, 2017. It’s important for business owners – especially those who operate out of homes – to understand the necessity of obtaining an up-to-date Richland County business license. The deadline for acquiring a 2018 business license without penalties is March 15.

To renew Richland County business licenses online, visit rcgov.us/bsc . For more information, email bsc@rcgov.us  or call 803-576-2287 .

Keeping the County Clean by Day,
Comedy Sensation by Night


When Richland County’s Public Information Office was considering who could be the face of a video to promote recycling, the choice was easy. Omah McClinton, a collections inspector with the Solid Waste & Recycling division of Public Works, had the personality, the comic chops and the knowledge base. In short, he was a natural – and YouTube viewers enthusiastically agreed. “Talking Trash: The Richland Recycle Song"  was produced in 2004 and is by far the County’s most popular video posting to date.

Even before he became the County’s YouTube sensation, McClinton’s outgoing personality led him to the public stage as a warm-up comedian at local venues. He sat down for a quick Q&A about his background, service to the County and love of comedy. Click here  to read more.

Students Encouraged to Participate
in Conservation Poster Contest

 
The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD) encourages students to participate in its annual spring conservation poster contest. This year's contest is themed "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home." Richland County students should submit their posters to RSWCD for local judging by Wednesday, April 11. Winning entries will receive monetary prizes.

For contest rules and more information, click here  or contact RSWCD at cooperc@rcgov.us  or 803-576-2080 .

Deadline Approaching for Special Property Tax Assessment for Active Duty Military 

Active duty military who have received orders (PCS) or a temporary duty (TDY) assignment of at least one year may apply to retain the special assessment as legal residence on their property in Richland County, even though the property is no longer occupied as their primary residence. The deadline for the 2017 tax year is Jan. 15, 2018. Click here  for a blank application that can be completed and returned to the Richland County Assessor's Office.

It is important to note that the law requires that the property owner reapply each year in order to retain the special assessment.

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE>>>

Copyright © 2017, Richland County Public Information Office. All rights reserved.

Richland County Public Information Office
2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204
pio@rcgov.us       www.rcgov.us

 

By Eddie Yandle 03 Jan, 2018

Please see original article for more information at SCE & G


SCE&G Offers Tips to Help Customers Prepare for Colder, Winter Weather

Cayce, S.C. (Dec. 9, 2016) – It’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week in South Carolina. In observance, SCE&G is offering tips to help customers be more energy efficient and prepare for colder months ahead.

“Colder weather is on the way, but there are simple steps homeowners can take to save energy and help hold down heating costs,” said Ginger Greenway, manager of energy information services for SCE&G. “It all starts at the thermostat. There’s a common misconception that it takes more energy to heat up a house than it does to keep it at the same temperature all the time. Turning down the thermostat several degrees at night, or when you are away, will always save energy.”

SCE&G also offers the following cold weather energy efficiency tips:

  • Set the thermostat at 68°F or lower during colder months. Each degree above 68° can significantly increase heating costs.
  • Be aware that if you have a heat pump, you should only move the temperature up 1 to 2 degrees at a time until you reach the desired temperature setting. This helps avoid activating the auxiliary heat mode (heat strips) unnecessarily.
  • Caulk around windows and replace old weather stripping around doors to keep the cold air out.
  • Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically lowers the temperature even further than 68° overnight or while no one is at home.
  • Check air filters. Dirty air filters increase your energy usage and can also damage your heating system. Be sure to use filters approved for your specific system.
  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during sunny days to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Close them at night to reduce any chill or drafts.

SCE&G customers can also utilize the company’s free Home Energy Check-ups and other tools to improve their home energy efficiency this winter and year-round. More energy efficiency tips and offers can be found by visiting www.sceg.com/energywise .

Budget billing also can help SCE&G customers avoid fluctuations in their bill, particularly weather-related ones. Here’s how the program works:

  • Based on a home’s usage history, SCE&G will estimate bills for the next 12 months and spread that amount into 12 equal payments.
  • For more details on the Budget Billing program or to sign up, customers can call toll-free at 1-800-251-7234  or visit www.sceg.com/budgetbilling .

SCE&G is always ready to help customers weather the effects of temperatures. Customers with any payment concerns are urged to make a call before their payment is due. SCE&G customer service representatives can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing toll-free: 1-800-251-7234 .

About SCE&G

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 707,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 353,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.  


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!  
READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PAMPERED PAW 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  
READ MORE>>  
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.
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