City of Columbia

National Night Out Kick-Off engages community, new ice cream truck debuts

1/3National Night Out! Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3Natioanl Night Out. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3Natioanl Night Out Show Caption Hide Caption National Night Out 2017 is Tuesday, but the City of Columbia started the celebration early Friday night with an event including a big debut. The Columbia Police Department unveiled its brand new ice cream truck at the National Night…

Line-up for Columbia’s Free Summer Concert Series, begins June 3

Ruben Studdard, Dante Lewis and S.O.S. Band to Perform

The City of Columbia’s live outdoor concert series will return June 3 to Finlay Park with a variety of local and national recording artists, the Columbia Parks & Recreation Department announced. The free Summer Concert Series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on the following dates: · June 3 (R&B): Ruben Studdard · June 17 (Variety): The Boomers…

Ribbon cut on new housing units in revitalized Lyon Street neighborhood

A joint effort between Richland County, the City of Columbia and the Columbia Housing Authority has resulted in 12 new homes. The houses are for local low- to moderate-income families. The project was announced by the Richland County Public Information Office, Thursday. Photo Submitted During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, elected officials, government employees, community leaders and neighbors welcomed the new homeowners of…

City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20

The City of Columbia’s Black History Extravaganza is Feb. 20 Buffalo Soldiers at a Black History celebration earlier this month. (Photo by Allen Wallace.) WHAT: The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at the Black History Extravaganza on Monday, Feb. 20 at Greenview Park. The event will include exhibitors, live entertainment…

Owens Field Park entrance closed for construction

New roundabout being added

The main entrance at Owens Field Park is closed to traffic for construction of a new vehicular roundabout, the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday. Visitors will have limited access to the park during the vehicular roundabout project, which is expected to be completed by mid-February. Guests must use the South Ott Road gate to enter the park located at…

Red Cross hosts ‘Famously Hot’ blood drive to increase summer supply

The South Carolina Red Cross is seeking blood donations to replenish the supply at area hospitals with the “Famously Hot” blood drive this Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. “Right now blood donations are down – something that we often see during the summer – and blood is going out to hospitals as quickly as it’s coming in,” said Red…

Prost!: Bierkeller brings German beer experience to Columbia

Beer aficionados say brews are meant to be shared and enjoyed, and one Columbia resident hopes to make that more a part of Columbia’s budding beer community. Scott Burgess, owner of Bierkeller, is launching his latest brew and bringing the Bavarian tradition of having a beer and a good time to Columbia with pop-up beer gardens, the next one scheduled…

Columbia leaders break ground on city’s first ‘green’ government building

A former car dealership off West Beltline Boulevard near Piggly Wiggly supermarket is getting new use as it becomes the new water distribution and wastewater management facility for the city of Columbia. The $15 million project includes the renovation of existing buildings, rain gardens, a green roof and LED lighting. (Photos by Kelly Petty) “This is going to be an…

Columbia City Council kills proposed water and sewer rate increase in budget

After a two-hour meeting Tuesday, Columbia’s City Council determined two things about the upcoming year’s water and sewer budget: Residents won’t see an increase in their utility bills and some public sewer projects likely will be cut. Council passed first reading of the proposed 2016-17 water and sewer budget without a 4.2 percent increase in rates with a 4-2 vote. Councilwoman…

June recognized as Columbia Music Month with events across the city

Columbia’s City Council declared June as Columbia Music Month during Tuesday’s council meeting. The proclamation by City Council recognizes the contributions of music to the culture of the Midlands as well as its ability to stimulate the local economy and tourism. Make Music Columbia is encouraging people to come out June 21 to create music at designated places across the…

Portion of Lincoln Street to close for 2 months

The Richland County Penny Transportation team is closing a section of Lincoln Street for most of the summer as work continues on the first phase of the Innovista Green Street project. Construction continues on the Innovista Greene Street penny road project in front of Colonial Life Arena. (Photo provided) Beginning this Wednesday through July 21, Lincoln Street between College and…

Chocolate Nirvana finds sweet spot after flooding

Just before the floodwaters hit the Columbia area Oct. 3, the staff at Chocolate Nirvana Bakery and Cafe had been preparing desserts for a somber occasion. “We actually were making a bunch of cupcakes and cakes for donation to Officer (Greg) Alia from Forest Acres,” said owner Jon Rogers. “After that delivery we were closed down for the weekend and…

Southeastern Piano Festival returns with rising stars of classical music

The 2016 Southeastern Piano Festival kicks off in Columbia next week, and the event’s signature opening concert will feature what organizers call the world’s smartest player piano. This year’s Piano Extravaganza Gala Concert will feature the Spirio, the latest, technology-advanced piano by Steinway and Sons. (Photo provided) The Piano Extravaganza Gala Concert on June 12 will feature Spirio, the newest…

‘We have Carowinds now in our backyard’: Greenview celebrates pool redevelopment

  The Greenview neighborhood in northeast Columbia had something special to celebrate Saturday. More than 100 residents gathered to celebrate the renovation of the pool at Greenview Park, signaling the end of a longtime push by community leaders to upgrade the facilities. “This is one of the things that was a high priority for the neighborhood and immediate community,” said…

Completed penny tax project provides ‘safe path’ in North Columbia neighborhood

Members of the Belvedere community in North Columbia did not let rain and overcast weather dampen their mood Friday as they celebrated the completion of a new sidewalk funded by the billion-dollar Richland County penny sales tax transportation program. Windover Street off Two Notch Road got a new sidewalk thanks to the Richland County penny sales tax transportation program. (Photo…

Welvista to expand pharmacy assistance operations in Columbia

Welvista, a local nonprofit that provides medications for the uninsured in South Carolina, is expanding into a new space on Greystone Boulevard. Welvista has purchased a 16,000 square foot building on Greystone Boulevard to expand its operations. Photo provided) Welvista leaders purchased a 16,000-square-foot building at 121 Greystone Blvd. to use for office space and pharmacy distribution. The organization currently…

Come out and play: Columbia dubbed a 2016 Playful City

The city of Columbia has earned the 2016 Playful City USA designation for the third time. The national recognition program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. Children climb up on the new playground equipment at Sims Park. (Photo by Kelly Petty) Columbia was one of 257 communities that received…

Residents haul in 85 tons of waste for Richland Recycles Day

Richland County’s efforts to encourage residents to recycle last Saturday during Richland Recycles Day proved effective. Numbers released by the county’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department show 85 tons of waste was dropped off at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds during the recycling event. County workers haul an old big screen television. (Photos courtesy of Richland County) “It’s promising and rewarding each…

Abandoned buildings get new life through revitalization project

The goal of the Columbia Empowerment Zone’s abandoned building program is to rehab and reuse abandoned and vacant buildings in the city. (Photo by Kelly Petty) Columbia’s downtown business corridors are filling up quickly with new businesses, and that’s putting a squeeze on available space, city officials say. Leaders of the Columbia Empowerment Zone (CEZ), a nonprofit corporation that promotes…

Calling all writers and book lovers: Nominations open for Richland Library honor

Richland Library Friends seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to promote literature and libraries. The nonprofit arm of the county library has announced a call for nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, named in honor of the former Richland Library director. The Lucy Hampton Bostick Award is named after the former Richland Library Director who advanced libraries and…

City offering free lead testing of home tap water

Columbia’s Water Works Department is reminding customers to request a free lead test as part of national Drinking Water Week. This week the American Water Works Association is highlighting the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It” through public and private water departments and professionals across the United States. The City of Columbia provides water to approximately…