2018-03-09 / Business

City Snippets

Residents pay sixth lowest property taxes

A report from WalletHub. com reveals South Carolinians pay the sixth-lowest property taxes in the nation. The state’s effective real estate tax rate was 0.57 percent, tied with Colorado. The nation's lowest effective real estate tax rate was Hawaii, at 0.27 percent; the highest was found in New Jersey at 2.4 percent.

Marine outfitter opening

West Marine, a new boating and fishing center is opening March 17 at 142 Harbison Boulevard in Columbiana Station. A “waterlife outfitter,” West Marine boasts 9,000 square feet of equipment needed for life on the water.

Devine Street site of new boutique

A new boutique clothing shop, Marigold Modern Kids, is opening at 2732 Devine Street.

Vegan restaurant at Columbia Drive

The Reizod Vegan Experience, offering a menu that spans vegan renditions of soul food, American Indian, and raw cuisine, is opening March 20 at 110 Columbia NE Drive.

Transportation service available weekdays

The Lourie Center’s 5 Points Wheels downtown transportation service for seniors and adults with disabilities is now offering this service five mornings per week, Mondays-Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lake Murray rezoning rejected

Bowing to the concerns of nearby residents, the Richland County Council has rejected a rezoning proposal that would have allowed for more than 200 homes to be built on 82 acres of land on Johnson Marina Road.

Study says Columbians not hard workers

According to wallethub.com, Columbia finishes dead last in a study looking at 116 cities and how hard the people in those cities work. Out of a possible score of 100, the nation’s hardest-working city is San Francisco with a score of 78.52. Columbia’s score, comparatively, is 25.72.

Camden black cultural center open

The African American Cultural Center of Camden is now open at 517 York Street, showcasing African- American history in the town and featuring a tribute to famous native son and baseball Hall of Famer Larry Doby.

Youth group gets $10,000 grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia is the recipient of a $10,000 grant through The CarMax Foundation.

Tijuana Flats location closed

Tijuana Flats, a Tex-Mex restaurant chain based in Winter Park, Florida, has closed its Percival Road location in Columbia. The company’s location at 5318 Sunset Boulevard in Lexington will remain open.

Unemployment drops during 2017

The Department of Employment and Workforce reports the state’s unemployment rate averaged 4.3 percent in 2017, down from 5 percent in 2016. The labor force increased about 15,519 during the year to approximately 2.3 million people.

Co-op sues over utility rates

Central Electric Power Cooperative is suing Santee Cooper to prevent the state-owned utility from charging South Carolina’s electric co-ops more for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.

UPS honors accident-free drivers

UPS says that 25 elite drivers from South Carolina are among 1,582 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident free driving. Midlands area drivers include: Timothy Langley of Columbia, Dennis Poston and Wayne Smith of Lexington, Ricky Shealy of Gilbert, and Timothy Thompson Jr. of Elgin.

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