Monday, April 29, 2013
Free doses of the drug are available for those living within a 10-mile radius of a nuclear plant.
Those living near a nuclear power plant can get free doses of potassium iodide at the Richland County Health Department, WLTX reports. Find the full list of distribution sites here. Potassium idodide will protect residents' thyroid gland from radiation. Read more HERE.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tires, computers, computer accessories, televisions, and many more items are on the list of things that will be accepted during the event.
Cleaning out the garage and need to get rid of some junk? Remember you have to dispose of these things properly! Richland County's Electronic Recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, 3000 S. Beltline Blvd., Columbia. The following materials will be accepted, according to the Keep the Midland Beautiful website: For more information, call the Richland County Solid Waste & Recycling Department at 576-2446.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Patch spotted the pinwheels in Northeast Columbia and downtown.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to celebrate, Richland County is putting pinwheels up around the county as part of Pinwheels for Prevention, a fundraising and community awareness program. Read the full story here. Patch spotted pinwheels downtown outside the Tapp's building, in business windows on Main Street and at Spring Valley High School. Upload your photos to this gallery.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The expansion of Constantia Hueck Foils is expected to bring 15 new jobs to the county.
Constantia Hueck Foils LLC, an Austria-based manufacturer of foil- and film-based packaging, will expand its current production facility in Richland County, bringing 15 new jobs. The company will add 15,000 square feet and additional equipment to its Northpoint production facility at 1111 Northpoint Boulevard in Blythewood — a $12 million investment. A local contractor has been selected, and construction of the facility addition is expected to begin in April and be completed by October. The company will begin the hiring process for the new positions later this summer. Governor Nikki Haley's office announced the expansion Thursday. “It is always exciting to see another international company decide to expand its presence in the Palmetto …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
More than 800 sexually transmitted diseases were reported in 2013.
Almost one-third of all Richland County adults are overweight, according to a new study, with 26 percent of all adults being physically inactive. Read the full report here. Seventeen percent of adults smoke while 19 percent drink excessively. More than 800 cases of sexually transmitted diseases were reported. County Health and Rankings Roadmap listed Richland County as the second county in clinical care and the fourth county in health behaviors. Also high on the list was the percentage of fast food restaurants, 56 percent.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The rate ticked up to 8.5 percent in January.
The unemployment rate increased slightly in Richland County and in the state in January, according to data released Monday by the S.C. Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW). Richland County's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in January from 8 percent in December 2012, according to the statistics. More than 15,000 people in the county are unemployed. The state's unemployment rate is 8.7 percent. That's up from a rate of 8.6 percent in December 2012. Lexington County has the lowest unemployment rate for January at 6.8 percent. Marion County has the state's highest rate at 19.2 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate rose slightly from 7.8 percent in December 2012 to 7.9 percent in January.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
As many as six jail officers have now been suspended.
The investigation into the beating of a homeless man at the Alvin Glenn Detention Center in Richland County continues to grow. According to an article in The State, six jail officers are now suspended and facing termination following the arrest of a homeless man Feb. 7 on USC's campus. The man was hospitalized four days later. The Richland County Sheriff's Department, which does not manage the jail, continues to investigate the incident. Read the full article in The State.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The census data shows three years of consecutive growth.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Richland County grew 2.4 percent between 2011 and 2012--higher than the state average. South Carolina only grew 2.1 percent in the same span. In 2010, Richland County had 385,000 residents followed by 387,000 in 2011 and 393,000 in 2012. Areas of fastest growth occured in the Great Plains and West Texas.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Some of the new recyclable items inlude milk cartons, plastic trays and pizza boxes.
Richland County residents can now recycle more items in their curbside bins. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department is now accepting: Make sure all items are rinsed and free of food. Do NOT put these items in your bin:
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Robin O. Mock, 50, died after he hanged himself in a holding cell at the traffic court building on Huger Street in Columbia, according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts has identified a man who hanged himself Friday at county court building. Robin O. Mock, 50, died after he hanged himself in a holding cell at the traffic court building on Huger Street in Columbia, Watts said. Mock, who had no known address, died at Palmetto Health Richland. Watts said Mock used his pants to fashion a ligature. According to a report from The State (subscription required), the man was arrested for disorderly conduct. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident at the request of the Richland County Sherriff’s Department.