What is happening this week in Columbia area events?

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 07 Oct, 2016

Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.

Richland County and Columbia information

Your weekly look at Richland County Government news and events.


Richland County Serves as
Receiving Ground for Hurricane Evacuees

 
Richland County emergency personnel  worked around the clock this week in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. The County's Emergency Operations Center elevated its readiness level to OPCON 3 on Wednesday as hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians evacuated the coast and headed inland. Richland County serves as one of the area’s designated host counties for coastal evacuees.  

Richland County emergency services staff assisted the state with transportation logistics and provided resources for evacuating coastal residents. Public Works employees continue to prepare for flooding and debris buildup in low-lying parts of the County as Hurricane Matthew brings rain and wind to the Midlands today and tomorrow.

Richland County Government offices remain closed today but payments and other information are accessible online at www.rcgov.us.   The C&D Landfill and Lower Richland Drop-off Center are open today and closed Saturday. The Drop-off Center will open normal hours Sunday, although the landfill will be closed. Both will operate regular hours beginning Monday. Curbside collections will remain on regular schedules unless weather conditions change significantly.

The County's Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport is closing at 8 p.m. today and will operate reduced hours Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Normal hours expected Sunday.

For the latest evacuation information, visit   www.scemd.org.   For updates from Richland County, visit   www.rcgov.us   and follow Richland County on Twitter ( @RichlandSC ) and Facebook ( /RichlandSC ).

 
Richland County Remembers Flood Victims
at Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony



Richland County commemorated the one year anniversary of the historic October 2015 flood with a memorial plaque dedication that remembered flood victims and recognized first responders. Councilmembers presented a replica of large plaque that will be installed inside Council Chambers. It includes the names of the nine people who lost their lives in Richland County as a result of the flood.

During the ceremony, Council Chair Torrey Rush thanked emergency personnel for their selfless service and stated that the County will continue to rebuild flood-damaged communities until every life affected is on a clear road to recovery. Watch a recording of the plaque dedication ceremony by clicking   here.


 

 


Annual Richland County Tax Sale Set for November

The annual Richland County Tax Sale is set for Monday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Township Auditorium. For details about the sale, visit   www.rcgov.us   and click the "Tax Sale" slide at the top of the page, or click   here.  For more information, contact Richland County's Delinquent Tax Manager Shirley Tapp at 803-576-2256.


 
Tour Richland County's New Decker Center!

Residents can get an inside look at the soon-to-be-opened Decker Center at a special preview event. A former shopping center, the building has been transformed into a County facility that will house Central Magistrate Court, a Sheriff's Department substation and a large meeting space for community events.

This sneak peek event is 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Decker Center, 2500 Decker Blvd. Guided tours will be begin at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. To attend, please register online by clicking   here.

The Decker Center tour is part of a Richland 101: Special Edition series. Richland 101 is a free, multi-week course that teaches participants the basics of Richland County Government. The next session is Spring 2017. Email   pio@rcgov.us   for details.


 
Residents Reminded to "Trash the Poop"

Richland County Stormwater Services, Lexington County Stormwater Management and the City of Columbia are reminding residents to "Trash the Poop"!

When it rains, pet waste left on the ground is washed into local streams and rivers, polluting the water. Pet waste has three times more pathogens in it than human waste, and those pathogens can cause diseases in humans and animals alike when they they contaminate waterways.

To help mark the importance of responsibly picking up pet waste, several family events are planned throughout October:
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct 13, Gibson Park, 241 Gibson Road, Lexington
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 20, Pinewood Lake Park, 1151 Old Garner's Ferry Road
  • 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 28, Finlay Park, Columbia
During the events, staff will install pet waste stations and talk more about the "Trash the Poop" campaign. Residents can participate in activities and get free goodies. A pet and human costume contest will be part of the Oct. 28 festivities.
 

 

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Richland County Council

District 1

Bill Malinowski
803-932-7919

District 2
Joyce Dickerson
803-750-0154
803-518-8033

District 3
Damon Jeter
803-254-0358

District 4
Paul Livingston
803-765-1192

District 5
Seth Rose
803-779-0100

District 6
Vice Chair Greg Pearce
803-783-8792

District 7
Chair Torrey Rush
803-206-8093

District 8
Jim Manning
803-787-2896

District 9
Julie-Ann Dixon
803-206-8149

District 10
Dalhi Myers
803-908-3747

District 11
Norman Jackson
803-223-4974
 

Richland County Clerk of Council Office

rccoco@rcgov.us
803-576-2060

Richland County Council conducts regular session meetings the first and third Tuesday of each month at
6 p.m. in Council Chambers. All meetings are open to the public. View Council agendas, minutes and a calendar of events at www.rcgov.us.
 

Upcoming Events


Regional Recycle Day

Richland and Lexington county residents can drop off electronics, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, tires and pesticides and have up to five bags or boxes of paper shredded at this regional recycle event. No commercial or business materials accepted.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 15

Irmo High School
6671 St. Andrews Road



Aerofest 2016

Aerofest features antique and warbird aircraft, vintage motorcycles, food trucks, face painting, a jump house and more. Attendees can take a ride on a Ford Tri-motor ($75), and Cocky will make a special appearance. Adults, $5 donation; kids under 12 free. Free parking.

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 15
Jim Hamilton-
L.B. Owens Airport

1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd., Columbia
For more information, click here   or call 803-771-7915.




Backyard Composting 101

This free, hands-on workshop will teach participants how composting can reduce waste, improve soil health and add nutrients to soil without using fertilizers. Register by Oct.12
by emailing williamsc3@rcgov.us   or calling 803-576-2491.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 15

Ridgewood Park
Community Center
805 Crest St., Columbia




BINGO
at Pinewood Lake Park


Enjoy a morning of BINGO at Pinewood Lake Park and help support Harvest Hope Food Bank by bringing two non-perishable food items per person to this fun,
community event.

Oct. 18
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Pinewood Lake Park,
1151 Old Garners Ferry Road
For more information,
call 803-262-6667.

 

Copyright © 2016, 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

The Villas News

By Eddie Yandle 09 Oct, 2017

The Aspiring Home Buyers Profile  from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) found that the American public is still somewhat confused about what is required to qualify for a home mortgage loan in today’s housing market. The results of the survey show that non-homeowners cite the main reason for not currently owning a home, as not being able to afford one.

This brings us to two major misconceptions that we want to address today.

1. Down Payment

NAR’s survey revealed that consumers overestimate the down payment funds needed to qualify for a home loan. According to the report, 39% of non-homeowners say they believe they need more than 20% for a down payment on a home purchase. In actuality, there are many loans written with a down payment of 3% or less.

Many renters may actually be able to enter the housing market sooner  than they ever imagined with new programs that have emerged allowing less cash out of pocket.

2. FICO® Scores

An Ipson survey revealed that 62% of respondents believe they need excellent credit to buy a home, with 43% thinking a “good credit score”  is over 780. In actuality, the average FICO® scores  of approved conventional and FHA mortgages are much lower.

The average conventional loan closed in August had a credit score of 752, while FHA mortgages closed with a score of 683. The average across all loans closed in August was 724. The chart below shows the distribution of FICO® Scores for all loans approved in August.

Bottom Line

If you are a prospective buyer who is ‘ready’ and ‘willing’ to act now, but are not sure if you are ‘able’ to, let’s sit down to help you understand your true options.

By Eddie Yandle 09 Oct, 2017
Spirits Alive!
Thursday, Oct. 12
Tours every 30 minutes from 6 - 9:30 p.m. (Last tour begins at 8:30)

Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. These are some of our most popular tours and a great way to get in the mood for fall!
By Eddie Yandle 06 Oct, 2017
The Villas is about easy, MAINTENANCE- FREE LIVING!
 Take your weekends back and spend time doing what matters most. 
Brick luxury homes in a gated community surrounded by walking trails, tennis, golf, restaurants and shopping.
Woodcreek Farms!

Augusta III- MLS 429052-  $432,161
355 Turnwall Lane- 3 BR, 3BA, Bonus Room, 2967 Feet

Sawgrass III- MLS 429245- $395,139
361 Turnwall Lane- 4BR, 3BA, Bonus Room-2750 Feet



Torrey Pines I- MLS 432717-$382,323
362 Turnwall Lane- 3 BR, 2BA, Study/Dining, 2340  Feet


All Pricing and Plans are subject to change without notice.    All plans/renderings/photos displayed on website and marketing materials are conceptual and subject to change. Please see sales contract for your home’s specific sales specifications and design, as all homes pricing, options and features are subject to change without notice. Homes to be complete to industry standards.


By Eddie Yandle 17 Jul, 2017

G arden Workshop | Perennials in the Southern Garden

July 29  | 10 a.m. - Noon  
Join Historic Columbia for a Garden Workshop and learn about southern garden perennials and southern garden design, execution and maintenance. Special guest David Poston, senior horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden  in Lake City, S.C., will share some of his favorite garden perennials that thrive in warm, humid climates. In addition, Historic Columbia’s garden experts will be on-hand to share the ins and outs of show stopping perennials that are easily able to fit within your southern garden. More information here

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 07 Jun, 2017

See our specialty events through out the Midlands, such as Hot dog grill outs, Donuts for Dads, Social media events, and games!! Like our houses, we have something for everybody! Stop by our locations!! Our event calendar is powered by eventbrite, so sign up today- Remember it is FREE and family friendly!!


As you tour these lovely neighborhoods, homes and communities remember that a new home is still one of the most sound investments you can make. Interest rates are still among the lowest they’ve been in the last 25 years, so now is one of the best times to buy a new home. Perhaps one of the homes or communities you see will be the one that is perfect for your family.

The 2017 Tour of Homes Planbook will soon be available for free on-line and for free in print at the BIA of Central SC office at 625 Taylor St., at homes and communities on the TOUR and at all Columbia-area Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage locations  - check back here for details closer to the event. The planbook has descriptions of all the homes and directions. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook , too!

Columbia's Largest Open House of New Homes for Sale is the 2017 TOUR OF HOMES coming this June 10-11, 17-18 & 24-25. The annual scattered-site showing offers Featured Communities, New Homes, Apartment Communities and Senior Living Communities for your inspection. Homes are open each Saturday from 11am to 6pm and each Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

The TOUR OF HOMES showcases the best new home communities and homes in every price range. Columbia’s finest builders and developers show you their innovative ideas, special design features, dynamic floor plans and fine craftsmanship. You'll also be able to see some of the areas newest apartment communities and senior living communities.

By Eddie Yandle 16 May, 2017
By Eddie Yandle 10 Mar, 2017

 A  recent survey found that South Carolina was a top destinations for movers in 2016.   mmatney@islandpacket.com   Mandy Matney

BY MANDY MATNEY

mmatney@islandpacket.com

The Palmetto State is the place to be, apparently.

South Carolina recently ranked as the No. 5 state for inbound movers, according to the   United Van Lines’ National Movers Study , which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns over the past year.


By Eddie Yandle 03 Mar, 2017

RESNET’s HERS Index has been getting a whole lot of press recently. It’s steadily gaining traction with builders and home sellers, who are  marketing their homes via HERS Index Scores . Homebuyers are now comparing houses based on their scores before they decide to buy.

After all, a lower  HERS Index Score  means a more energy efficient home, which translates into lower energy costs for both homeowners and potential homebuyers.

  • A standard American resale home is rated at 130 on the HERS Index.
  • A standard American new home is rated at 100 on the HERS Index.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 50 is 50% more energy efficient than a standard American new home.
  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 150 is 50% less efficient than a standard American new home.

If you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, you have to get an energy rating.

What’s an Energy Rating and Where Can I Get One?

A home energy rating is a comparative analysis of how energy efficient your home is when compared to similar homes. In other words, a  certified RESNET Home Energy Rater  will conduct a series of tests on your home to ascertain how efficiently it’s performing. Based on the performance results, the rater will issue the home a HERS Index Score (which shows how well your home rates in terms of energy efficiency) and provide you with a detailed report highlighting the energy problems in the home.

What’s Tested during an Energy Rating?

A certified RESNET Home Energy Rater will conduct testing (i.e., an air leakage test, duct leakage test and combustion safety testing) in such areas as:

  • All exterior walls (both above and below grade)
  • Floors over unconditioned spaces (e.g., garages or cellars)
  • Ceilings and roofs
  • Attics, foundations and crawlspaces
  • Windows and doors, vents and ductwork
  • HVAC systems, water heating system, and thermostats

Why Get an Energy Rating?

As a homeowner, an energy rating provides you with a good idea about issues like:

  • How much your home is really costing you
  • How you can cut your energy costs
  • Discover cost-effective ways to increase your home’s comfort level
  • Help add to your home’s resale value

If you’re in the market to buy a home, well, there’s  no better way to establish the real cost  of one than by its HERS Index Score.  The cost of a home is more than just the mortgage – it’s also your monthly energy bills. By reviewing homes by their HERS Index Scores, you can tell which one is more affordable, sort of like comparing the MPG (miles-per-gallon) stickers on new cars.

The housing industry is changing and the HERS Index is leading the charge. Therefore, it makes good sense to contact a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater for an energy audit; as they say, knowledge is power and knowing your HERS Index Score can lead to a whole lot of power – literally!

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