2017-12-08 / News

Bishop Lorick honored; Lake Murray to host World Champion bass fishing tournament

Story and Photo By Josh Cruse


Members of Rehoboth United Church join Mayor Benjamin and Columbia City Council members in recognizing the honorary naming of the intersection of North Beltline Boulevard and Two Notch Road as Bishop C.L. “Josh” Lorick Jr. Intersection. Members of Rehoboth United Church join Mayor Benjamin and Columbia City Council members in recognizing the honorary naming of the intersection of North Beltline Boulevard and Two Notch Road as Bishop C.L. “Josh” Lorick Jr. Intersection. Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, December 5.

During the meeting, members of Rehoboth United Church joined Mayor Benjamin and Columbia City Council members in recognizing the honorary naming of the intersection of North Beltline Boulevard and Two Notch Road as Bishop C.L. “Josh” Jr. Intersection.

Miriam Atria, president and CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism, provided an update on the Forrest Wood Cup fishing tournament.

The Cup was held in August. According to Atria, the three-day event had a $30 million impact, including funds spent on advertising, staff, and facility rentals. Advertising and park revenue, as well as revenue generated from the over 68,000 spectators factored into the economic impact.

Atria hoped to get the event back in the next five years since Lake Murray is part of the site rotation.

Atria announced Lake Murray will host the 2020 World Championships of bass fishing, the first time the United States has hosted the event.

Atria also announced the Lake Murray area was the site for the seventh season of Major League Fishing, a fishing reality show that appears on the Outdoor Channel. The six-day competition will air throughout 36 weeks.

Council approved a second reading of an ordinance authorizing the conveyance of the unimproved section of Deer Crossing Road to the adjacent property owners, John R. Kubin Trust and Betty Jo Kubin Trust.

Council also approved the second reading of a comprehensive plan map amendment for 4.24 acres at 174 and 178 Riding Grove Road. Another zoning matter which received second reading approval called for a zoning map amendment for 4.24 acres at 174 and 178 Riding Grove Road.

Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the 1998 code of ordinances of the City of Columbia concerning offenses against the public peace and enhanced trigger devices declared illegal and exceptions.

Council approved the installation of one additional street light on Ames Road between Meyer and Dairy Streets.

Following the council meeting, Mayor Steve Benjamin confirmed assistant city manager Allison Baker has retired. He did not give a reason for Baker’s sudden retirement.

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