Family fan, great baseball action, and an exciting K-9 demonstration By W. Thomas Smith Jr.   The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and the Columbia Fireflies will host RCSD K-9 TEAM NIGHT at Columbia’s Segra Park, Wednesday August 30, beginning at 7:05 p.m. The event is part of the regularlyContinue Reading

Richland County’s new Residential Rental Property Registration Program will change registration and business license requirements for residential rental properties in unincorporated areas of the county. With the changes, the county aims to increase the number of rental property registrations and provide greater health and safety protections for renters.On February 7,Continue Reading

On July 14, Richland County held a swearing-in ceremony for Treasurer Kendra Dove. After serving as deputy treasurer for the past 16 years, Dove is the first Black person to serve as treasurer for the County, having recently run for the position unopposed by either party. At the ceremony, formerContinue Reading

Commanding oak stands as a tangible testament to Sheriff Leon Lott’s 26 years in office so far By W. Thomas Smith Jr. In the Spring of 1997, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott planted three trees – two crepe myrtles and an oak – just outside the back door of hisContinue Reading

Turning Pages SC, an adult literacy nonprofit, and Richland Library have joined forces in a partnership aimed at improving literacy in the community. This collaboration supports Turning Pages tutors and adult learners, providing free and accessible learning experiences in a supportive environment. Turning Pages SC provides more than 50 freeContinue Reading

On May 26, a ceremony at Richland County’s Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center honored seven detainees for completing their GED certification coursework. Since 2017, 64 detainees have successfully completed the 12-week GED testing program, which consists of coursework in math, reading, science and social studies.Continue Reading

National EMS Week (May 21-27) celebrates the emergency medical service profession and its providers, shining a spotlight on first responders. This year, Richland County EMS recognized a paramedic and an EMT from each shift who consistently work well with others, maintain a positive attitude and are dedicated to fulfilling theContinue Reading

New associate commissioners Mary Beth McSwain and Sarah Burnham have joined the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD). McSwain and Burnham join the existing team of five commissioners and five associate commissioners who direct the RSWCD’s conservation efforts. McSwain participates in conservation activities with her husband, Tim, an RSWCDContinue Reading