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Columbia Police Will Have New Body Cameras in Place by 2016

Blue lights on top of a police car, blurred taillights in backgroundColumbia City Council has approved the purchase of 300 body cameras for Columbia city police, according to The State . Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Thursday, Dec. 3, that the first cameras should arrive within 30 to 45 days and will provide further accountability to the Columbia city force. The cameras purchasing total was just under $170,000, with $79,000 of that cost coming from the Justice Assistance Grant Program and the rest coming from the Police Department's body camera fund. As Palmetto Scene previously reported, politicians in South Carolina passed a bill requiring law enforcement...

New Legislation Could Make Killing a Police Dog a Major Crime in S.C.

By Katie Geer

DogThis coming legislative session will see the introduction of a new bill that would increase the penalties to those convicted of harming or killing a police dog or police horse. Rep. Jonathon Hill and Rep. Neal Collins are sponsoring a bill named "Fargo's and Hyco's Law." According to the Independent Mail , the new measure means "the maximum prison sentence for killing a police dog or horse would rise from five years to 10 years. The offense also would carry a minimum two-year jail sentence and a fine of up to $20,000" if passed this coming session. Abusing a police animal would now have a...

Haley Creates One SC Fund to Help Flood Victims

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced the creation of the One SC fund this morning. The purpose of One SC is to help South Carolinians rebuild and repair their homes that were damaged or destroyed during the flood. The Governor is leading the effort to raise funds for One SC and has requested several South Carolina celebrities and leaders to join her in these efforts. How will the funds be distributed? Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) will accept donations from business, community partners, and individuals for this fund. Through an RFP process, CCCF will then award grants...

Veteran's Volunteer Group Helps Organize Flood Relief Effort

By Lynn Cornfoot

VolunteersThe Timberlane community was hit hard by the recent flooding in Columbia. The residents have come together to support their neighbors, and through the help of outside groups like Team Rubicon, are now better organized with their grassroots effort. To see a previous story on the Timberlane community click here .

Lexington County Residents React to Quarry Approval

By A. Highland

area in constructionVulcan Materials Company gained approval to plan to build a quarry in Batesburg-Leesville. The quarry will take up about 520 acres and be located off of U.S. Highway 1 and Windmill Road. The mine will provide materials needed for concrete and asphalt for residential and commercial development. The company believes that the Batesburg-Leesville area is the optimal place for the mine and will eventually replace the one in the Olympia area of Columbia. ColaDaily reported that many residents in the area are against the plan, due to the noise, dust and truck traffic that they say will "disrupt...

Students are Playing Angry Birds in Class to Learn Computer Science

Angry Birds GameTeachers at Ballentine Elementary School are using the video game Angry Birds to teach their students basic computer coding skills. This version of Angry Birds was created by code.org , and it is “similar to what computer programmers use to create software and websites,” according to WLTX . Having skills in computer coding could benefit these kids in the long-term, regardless of what career path they choose. As WLTX reports, the school won this year’s South Carolina Association for Educational Technology Innovative Programs Award. The computer lab instructors at the school, Sabrina Martin and...

Who Will Pay to Kill Mosquitoes After Flooding?

MosquitosAfter the historic flooding, S.C is facing a serious influx in the number of mosquitoes in certain areas. To solve this problem, counties in S.C. will spray for mosquitoes from the air. It will cost about $39 million to treat all the counties that are supported by the federal emergency declaration. Lawmakers have said that it will cost $1.5 million for each county, which rural areas are unable to afford. Since several counties won’t be able to afford this, lawmakers are determined to get federal assistance. S.C. lawmakers have said they want the federal government to take on the...

Music Icon to Perform at the Church in Charleston Where 9 People Were Killed in Shooting

By L. Steele

EmanuelThe popular Grammy-winning pop singer, musician and music producer, Pharrell Williams, will perform at the Charleston church where 9 innocent people were shot and killed this past June. According to The State , several news outlets have reported that A+E Networks and iHeartMedia are producing a program on race relations, which will feature Pharrell’s performance. This program, called “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” will air on Nov. 20. According to the program’s Facebook Page , its goal is to “confront issues of race, and promote unity and progress on racial...

S.C. DSS and The Salvation Army Teamed Up To Give Temporary Housing to Flood Victims

By Tabitha Safdi

HouseThe S.C. Department of Social Services and The Salvation Army have teamed up to give flood victims a place to stay, after being made homeless by the flood. According to WIS , at one point, there were over 900 flood victims staying in shelters in S.C. The DSS moved a number of these victims into the Days Inn on Garners Ferry Road after the flood, so that they had a temporary place to stay. The flood victims were told that they could stay in the hotel for two weeks, but they were asked by the hotel to leave early and with an hour’s notice to gather their belongings and exit the hotel. The DSS...

More Help Needed as Flood Damage Still Huge Issue

The Timberlane area, off of South Beltline, in Columbia was one of the hardest hit during the recent floods. This community, which resides next to Gills Creek, recently moved over 2 million pounds of flood debris from 3 streets in less than 3 weeks: Timberlane, Glenhaven & Tall Pines. Help is still needed to rebuild this community, as the residents deal with the physical and emotional trauma of this catastrophic event. Donations of food, housewares, furniture and clothing are still being received from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday. (Clothing preferred to be sorted by size...

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