Richland County

Clothier LuLaRoe locating distribution center in Richland County, creating 1,000 jobs

LuLaRoe, a national provider of women’s and men’s clothing, is locating a new distribution center in Richland County. The project is expected to bring approximately $35 million of new capital investment and create at least 1,000 new jobs over the next few years. The project was announced by the office of Gov. Henry McMaster Wednesday afternoon in a release. Located at…

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…

Job numbers at record high, Lexington County has lowest unemployment rate

More people in South Carolina than ever were working at the end of January, but the rate of unemployment rose. That information comes from the monthly report issued Monday by Kristin Coulter of the S.C. Department of Employment Workforce. The number of people working rose by 9,373 in January from December 2016 to more than 2.2 million people. The number of…

Deputies say argument over $1 led to fatal shooting

Two teenagers have been arrested, and one faces a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting. And, according to deputies, it all happened because of an argument over a dollar. Jermaine Dupri Davis and and Terrance Malik Harris, both 17, face multiple charges in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Zaire Janyi Franklin on Aug. 5. Harris was arrested by Richland…

Sheriff warns residents of phone scammers

Richland County residents are urged to be wary of scammers who claim to be collecting fines from missed court appearances. A Cayce woman received a call earlier this week from a suspect who told her she failed to appear in federal court and owed two payments of $495. The woman was told the transaction would take place at the Richland…

Deputy recovers $9,000 for victim of financial scam

Richland County deputies are seeking suspects in a financial scam. A Richland County sheriff’s deputy was able to recover $9,000 after a scammer targeted a 93-year old local man, but it is believed he already had been scammed out of $100,000. Deputy Connie Smith with Project H.O.P.E learned of a possible scam from a family member of the victim. Deputies with Project H.O.P.E —…

Pure Power Technologies announces plans to expand in Richland County

Industry continues to grow in Richland County with the expansion of a local company. Pure Power Technologies Inc., a supplier of fuel-injection systems for heavy-duty vehicles, is expanding its operations in Richland County. The expansion is expected to bring $15 million in new investment and result in about 80 new jobs, according to a news release from Richland County. “Pure…

Department of Revenue ordered to release Richland County penny tax funds

Richland County was notified Wednesday that the South Carolina Department of Revenue will be ordered to release the county’s penny sales tax revenues. One day after Richland County argued its case in state court, Judge Thomas G. Cooper’s clerk notified county officials that the judge will grant the county’s petition for DOR to release the quarterly tax proceeds collected by DOR…

County offices to close, trash collection rescheduled in observance of July 4th holiday

Government offices in Richland and Lexington counties as well as in the city of Columbia will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day.     Trash collection in both counties also will be affected by the July 4th holiday. The C&D Landfill Drop-off Center and the Lower Richland Drop-off Center will be closed, and there will be no curbside…

Parts of Interstate 77 to get $88 million overhaul

Construction began Monday to widen Interstate 77 in the northeastern part of Richland County. The $88 million Interstate 77 Widening and Rehabilitation Project is one of four the South Carolina Department of Transportation is working on in the county. The project covers the section of I-77 between the Interstate 20 and Percival road interchange up to Blythewood Road. The northbound…

Need help planning a project in your community?

From land zoning to business licenses, an upcoming free workshop will provide information for residents looking to plan community projects in Richland County. “Roadmap to Success: Where to Begin Project Planning in Richland County?” is offered by Richland County Community Development as a free resource for developers, nonprofits and any resident preparing to begin a land or property project. “It can be…

Richland County conservationist named Educator of the Year

Chanda Cooper, Richland County Conservation Commission’s education program coordinator, has put together some unique activities to get children and adults interested in environmentalism. Whether its making tree costumes with a classroom of children or having a group of teachers write raps and songs about water droplets, Cooper knows how to make conservation education interactive and fun. Richland County Conservation Commission…

Teens wrap up business camp by entering ‘Shark Tank’

Heyward Career and Technology Center in Richland School District One played host to a summer camp for teens designed to boost their business acumen. Tamia Devine presents an example of the food for her company Devine Dishes LLC. (Photos by Kelly Petty) The entrepreneurship summer camp developed by Newberry College business professor Paul Smith wrapped up Thursday with a “Shark…

Columbia attorney Dahli Myers wins District 10 special election runoff

Richland County has a new County Council representative. Local attorney Dahli Myers won the District 10 seat, capturing 60 percent of the vote. Attorney Dahli Myers won the Richland County Council District 10 special election. (Photos provided) She received 2,111 votes, while her opponent, Bernice Scott, earned 1,374 votes. Myers will finish out the term ending Dec. 31 for former…

Several candidates headed to runoffs after low voter turnout in June primary

Thunderstorms loomed over the Midlands on Tuesday as voters trickled into polling places to cast votes for the general primary election in South Carolina. Several candidates in Richland and Lexington counties will be heading to the November election to face In Richland County, Sheriff Leon Lott won handily over his challenger, former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent James Flowers. Lott captured 75…

Richland County unveils mobile app, compost bin program to increase recycling awareness

Richland County officials are continuing their efforts to promote sustainable efforts among homeowners with the launch of a compost bin program and new mobile application for garbage collection. Richland County’s compost bin comes with a small receptacle for kitchen waste. (Photos provided) The large black compost bins can be purchased for $54.90 and come with a small plastic receptacle that…

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…

‘Oh, the places you’ll go’: Lexington-Richland Five seniors set new scholarship record

Seniors from Lexington-Richland School District Five’s Class of 2016 are now officially alumni as the district celebrated commencement for more than 1,100 students this Tuesday and Wednesday. The hard-working students from four high schools earned more than $146 million in academic and athletic scholarships — a total that set a new record in district history and tops last year’s total by…

Absentee voting open in Richland and Lexington counties

Voters in Richland and Lexington counties can cast their vote before the June 14 statewide primary. The Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office will open satellite absentee precincts through from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 for absentee voting. Residents can visit one of five locations to vote absentee: Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center, 8620 Garners Ferry Road…

Chinese fiberglass manufacturer to open U.S. operations in Richland County

Woven roving production line at the Jushi plant. (Image from jushiusa.com) A global manufacturer of fiberglass products is setting up an 80,000-ton production line in Richland County, bringing its operations to the U.S. for the first time. China Jushi, headquartered in Zhejiang, China, will launch the first phase of the project this fall. Company officials expect to bring $300 million…

Richland County Council District 10 primary ends in runoff

Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the vacant Richland County Council District 10 seat is headed for a runoff. None of the five contenders earned the majority vote needed to seal a victory. Richland County voters steadily came out for the Tuesday special election to vote for a new District 10 representative. (Photo by Kelly Petty) Local attorney Dalhi Myers and former Richland County…

Government offices close, garbage collection shifts for Memorial Day

City and county government offices will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, and garbage collection in some areas will be affected. The Richland County landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off Center will be closed Monday. There will be no curbside trash collection service Monday. Trash routes scheduled for Monday will be picked up Tuesday, and all regularly scheduled collections for the…

European grocery store owners eye Lexington, Columbia

New South Carolina stores could mirror this Lidl location in Italy. (Photo provided) Owners of a European grocery store has set its sights on South Carolina, specifically Columbia and Lexington. Lidl, a German-based chain, has submitted site plans for two locations in the area and one location in Orangeburg. Officials have not yet made individual store announcements but are actively pursuing…