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West Columbia voters say ‘no’ to strong-mayor form of government in special election

West Columbia Mayor Joe Owens and Councilman B.J. Unthank listen during a council meeting. (file photo by Allen Wallace) The votes have been tallied, and West Columbia residents do not want a strong-mayor form of government. This summer, supporters of Mayor Joe Owens called for the special referendum, but the larger majority of voters said “no” to having the current…

Residents on both sides of strong-mayor debate share opinions with voters at West Columbia forum

Jimmy Brooks of West Columbia Voice shares his closing argument at Monday’s town hall meeting. (photo by Rachel Ham) Voters in West Columbia will decide two weeks from today how the city will operate and handle a variety of issues. Supporters and opponents of a potential move to a strong-mayor type of government shared their views on the two forms…

West Columbia City Council sets date for strong-mayor referendum

Just two days after one special election wrapped up, a local municipality set the date for another. West Columbia City Council approved a motion Thursday afternoon to hold an election Sept. 30. Voters will head to the polls that day to decide whether the city’s form of government will change from council to mayor-council. The move comes after a large…

Columbia voters say no to strong mayor

Despite an organized effort, supporters of the strong-mayor form of government went home empty-handed Tuesday night as Columbia residents voted down the ballot referendum. Mayor Steve Benjamin and supporters push for strong mayor vote Monday afternoon. Photo by Kelly Petty. The unofficial results with 78 of 81 precincts reporting showed nearly 57 percent of voters voted against a mayor-council form of…

Mayor lobbies Columbia Chamber of Commerce for support of ‘strong-mayor’ referendum

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin pitched Tuesday morning to members of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce to get out to the polls and to vote in favor of the strong-mayor referendum. “This is a much more important election than the one before,” Benjamin said. Benjamin claimed the benefits of the strong-mayor form of government for the business community would include better…

Two strong-mayor meetings scheduled for Columbia voters this week

Columbia residents will get a few more chances this week to learn what’s at stake for the city’s form of government before the Dec. 3 special election. Thursday strong-mayor meeting hosted by Councilwoman Tameika Issac Devine. (photo courtesy of Tameika Isaac Devine) The city’s Municipal Election Commission will hold a second discussion at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Andrews Middle…

Policy advocate: Columbia City Council could maintain control under ‘strong mayor’ via budget

Columbia’s budget might be the golden ticket for City Council members to wield any power if the strong-mayor form of government is adopted, according to a policy analyst who spoke at a government forum Wednesday night. The municipal election commission held the educational forum to inform voters of the different forms of government before they head to the polls Dec….

Greater Columbia Chamber CEO retires; board urges support of strong-mayor referendum

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Ike Mcleese announced his retirement Wednesday after 19 years at the helm of the business organization. McLeese suffered a heart attack in September and had been away from the Chamber since. McCleese plans to remain a consultant for military affairs within the Chamber. The board of directors now must find someone to…

Columbia voters to decide strong-mayor issue

After 10 days, with the work of four county workers and 12,600 petitions later the city of Columbia got its answer about a controversial ballot question: The special election for the strong-mayor referendum will happen. Set for a tentative date of Dec. 3, Columbia residents will get their chance to change the city’s government to a mayor-council form, something that…

Columbia City Council votes down strong mayor referendum

Columbia City council members burned the midnight oil Tuesday during a public hearing to consider a city-wide referendum on a strong mayor form of government. Council decided against the referendum in a 4-3 vote. Mayor Steve Benjamin, who was a driving force behind the effort to consider the referendum, expressed his disappointment with the decision on Twitter early this morning:…

Statewide firefighters come to Columbia, Richland County for conferences

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New hotel planned for Lexington a “game-changer” says mayor

A new 90-to-100-room Marriott Hotel is being planned for Lexington’s Main Street. Town of Lexington’s Events and Media Coordinator Jennifer Dowden confirmed that the hotels is coming, Tuesday morning. “It’s a game-changer,” said Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall. “What it brings and what it does changes Lexington forever, in a positive way.” MacDougall said town leaders have worked diligently to re…

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin talks about a bright 2018 in his “State of the City” address

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City of West Columbia gives longtime broadcaster Joe Pinner The Key to the City

1/3Joe Pinner 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Joe Pinner family Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Joe Pinner with Mayor Bobby Horton Kelli Ricard photo Show Caption Hide Caption Longtime Columbia broadcaster Joe Pinner, of WIS-TV, said he was “speechless” Tuesday night. Then he said he was “honored.” West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton said Pinner was lured to the West Columbia City…

Newly elected members of Columbia City Council, mayor sworn in

1/4Sam Davis Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Tameika Isaac Devine Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4Daniel Rickenmann Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4Mayor Steven Benjamin. Show Caption Hide Caption Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin being sworn in. City of Columbia image. Other images Allen Wallace.  Columbia’s City Council began 2018 by celebrating the election of four of its members to new terms, then began consideration…

2 Columbia City Council members face opposition in Tuesday’s election

Davis, Isaac Devine, Sullivan, Azar. By Karamie Sullivan Two current Columbia City Council members are facing challengers in Tuesday’s election. Tuesday’s winner will serve a four-year term, beginning Jan. 1 Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, who serves in an at-large seat, and District 1 Councilman Sam Davis have opposition. Joe Azar, a Five Points businessman is running agianst Devine. Christopher A….

West Columbia’s Solar Fest West draws guests from England, France and from all around

1/7Jerry,Jennifer, and Riley – The-Smiths. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/7Solar-Fest-West Show Caption Hide Caption 3/7Bluegrass Boys, Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor Show Caption Hide Caption 4/7West Columbia’s Finest Show Caption Hide Caption 5/7Crowded lawn Show Caption Hide Caption 6/7Looking up Show Caption Hide Caption 7/7Totality Show Caption Hide Caption Totality The City of West Columbia held Solar Fest West Monday to commemorate…

“Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally held at State House, Monday

1/3charlottesville rally 3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3charlottesville rally 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3charlottesville rally 1 Show Caption Hide Caption More than 200 people gathered at the South Carolina State House Monday evening to voice their opposition to the actions of white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. The “Columbia Stands with Charlottesville” rally was organized by 16 local groups,…

More than 200 women, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine talk vision for Columbia

By Karamie Sullivan City Manager Teresa Wilson encourages “leading ladies” to uplift and empower the young women who want a seat at the table. (City of Columbia Photo) More than two-hundred women came to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Tuesday morning to hear Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine speak. The Women’s Summit meeting was specifically developed for the women of Columbia…

Columbia Miracle Field officially opened at Owens Field

1/4miracle field 2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4miracle field 1 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/4miracle field 4 Show Caption Hide Caption 4/4miracle field 3 Show Caption Hide Caption When the umpires shout “Play ball!” at Columbia’s newest baseball and softball field, those who obey will include many who have never before had the chance. The Columbia Miracle Field officially opened…

West Columbia gets good credit rating news from Moody’s Investor Service

Moody’s Investor Service has assigned an Aa3 issuer rating to the City of West Columbia’s water and sewer enterprise system. “The credit rating has a direct impact on the interest rate that an entity receives on its financing,” according to First Tryon Advisors, the city’s financial advisor. The rating indicates that the City is a very low credit risk. “I’m very pleased…