Lee Roy Parnell
Live from Nashville
The City of West Columbia hosts its 7th annual Riverwalk Music Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater located at 109 Alexander Road, beside the Gervais Street Bridge. The concert is free and parking is available at several sites near the park at no cost. Handicapped parking also is available.
The Riverwalk Music Festival kicks off at 2 p.m. with Buck Stanley, followed by Loose Change at 3:30 p.m. Hometown favorite Rob Crosby takes over from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Headliner Lee Roy Parnell performs from 7 to 9 p.m. A well-known Nashville singer-songwriter, Parnell is an accomplished guitarist who has produced major hit records showcasing his special blend of country, blues and Southern rock infused with a Texas twist. Parnell was awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Male Guitarist in 1998. He has two Grammy nominations, three CMA nominations and received the Star of Texas Award for the preservation of Texas music. His number one hits include “I’m Holding On” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”
A special separate event this year is the Wine on the River fundraiser sponsored by the West Columbia Beautification Foundation. Savor a variety of wines featuring a cross-section of reds and whites (domestic and imported) complimented by tasty hors d’oeuvres for $25 in advance or $30 at the park. Purchase tickets online at http://wcbfwineontheriver2013.eventbrite.com/, or from Customer Service at West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street (at Jarvis Klapman Blvd). All proceeds benefit the West Columbia Beautification Foundation.
The West Columbia Riverwalk Music Festival offers a marvelous cultural experience by merging the fluid sounds of music with a sensational view of the Congaree River and the Columbia skyline. The West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater is handicapped accessible and dog-friendly. A variety of foods and beverages can be purchased on site. Music, fun and laughter will fill the air as the festival draws people from all over the Midlands region to enjoy great music and food in a unique venue at the edge of the beautiful Congaree River.
For more information contact Mardi Valentino, Public Information Officer, at the City of West Columbia (803) 939-8603 or firstname.lastname@example.org. News release issued at 11 a.m. on March 14, 2013.
West Columbia Forms Community Advisory Committee
The City of West Columbia announces the formation of the West Columbia Community Advisory Committee, which is comprised of citizens representing the council districts and city’s business community. The 21-member committee will provide an organized framework to promote, preserve and enhance the values and quality of life in West Columbia neighborhoods and commercial areas.
The Community Advisory Committee meets on a monthly basis with the time and date posted on the Committee’s page on the City of West Columbia website at www.westcolumbiasc.gov. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the New Brookland Room at the West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street in West Columbia (corner of 12th Street and Jarvis Klapman Boulevard).
For further information contact Mardi Valentino, Public Information Officer, at (803) 939-8603 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Issued at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2013.
West Columbia Police Officers Rescue Three Kayakers from Swollen Congaree River
Three kayakers are grateful today for the sharp eyes of a West Columbia park ranger making his afternoon rounds at the West Columbia Riverwalk. Ranger Steve Metro spotted an overturned kayak being swept down river with one person clinging to it and two other persons grasping tree branches in the rain-flooded Congaree River on January 18. Metro immediately reported the dire situation to West Columbia Police Dispatch. Four police officers quickly arrived on the scene and responded to the life-threatening emergency by going into the freezing cold and fast-moving river to attempt a water rescue. Within minutes the officers reached the two victims hanging onto tree limbs and pulled them safely to shore where they were treated for exposure by Lexington County EMS. Meanwhile, Metro ran downriver along the Riverwalk path following the kayak until it came close enough to shore for Metro to pull the third victim onto the river bank. None of the kayakers sustained any life-threatening injuries.
Corporal Art Seboe, Patrol Officer 1st Class Trip Holland, Patrol Officer 1st Class Mark Howard, Investigator Leah Smith and Ranger Steve Metro will be recognized for their heroic actions in the face of great personal danger at the Regular Council Meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2012 at the West Columbia City Hall.
For further information contact Mardi Valentino, Public Information Officer at (803) 939-8603 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28, 2013.
Heroic River Rescue (Content provided by WLTX)
Heroic River Rescue (Content provided by WLTX)
Mayor Pro-Tem Jones Appointed to National Steering Committee
Mayor Pro-Tem Boyd Jones has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2013 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. This Committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness. The appointment was announced January 3, 2013 by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, Mayor, Avondale, Arizona.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jones stated, “I am honored to represent the City of West Columbia at the NLC. My appointment to such an important national committee allows me an opportunity to work with developing broad-based federal policies that can assist not only West Columbia, but other small and mid-sized municipalities in South Carolina.”
As a member of the committee, Mayor Pro-Tem Jones will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home. The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.
Mayor Pro-Tem Jones has served as a member of the West Columbia City Council since December 2005 and was elected mayor pro-tem in December 2011. He represents Council District Five and is a life-long member of Turner Memorial AME Church in West Columbia. Mayor Pro-Tem Jones recently earned the Bronze Leadership Certificate through the NLC Leadership Training Institute.
Issued at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.
Palmetto Pride Awards West Columbia Beautification Grant for Fowler Park
The City of West Columbia received a Palmetto Pride Grant in the amount
of $3,100 for a beautification project at Eric Fowler Park. The
recreational area, located off Augusta Road at
Before and After
Before and After
City staff designed a thoughtful approach to providing color throughout the park while skillfully screening nearby housing. The location of the planting beds will maximize visual impact while preserving areas used for recreation. Fowler Park can be accessed from Augusta Road at 17th Street. Eric Fowler Park is one block on the right.
Lakeview Tigers Football Legacy Recognition
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West Columbia Adopt-a-Child Star Tree
Individuals, churches or civic groups are encouraged to visit the West Columbia Fire Department at 610 N. 12th Street to choose a star-shaped ornament bearing a needy child’s name, age and gender. Buy a gift, wrap it, and use the star ornament as a label then return it to the Fire Station to bring smiles of joy to a young child this holiday season.
The Fire Department lobby will be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning November 27, 2012 through December 17, 2012. Please make this Christmas special for everyone.
GFOA Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
City of West Columbia Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of West Columbia has been awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive financial report (CAFR) covering fiscal year 2010-2011. The City of West Columbia has earned the award from the GFOA for 21 consecutive years.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management staff. City Treasurer Richard K. Hodge, CPA, is the city official primarily responsible for the preparation and publication of the City’s award-wining CAFR.
The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel to determine if it meets the high standards of financial reporting, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the City’s financial story. The GFOA is a non-profit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC.
For further information, please contact Mardi Valentino, Public Information Officer at (803) 939-8603.
Free and Fast Track GED Program
Governor Haley Helps West Columbia Kick Off
Nationally Innovative GED Program
Governor Nikki Haley will be a special guest at a press conference tomorrow when the city of West Columbia announces a formal partnership with Christ Central Ministries, Inc. to offer the FREE and Fast Track GED program to city residents. The press conference will be at 10 a.m. on July 20, 2012 in the West Columbia City Hall, located at 200 N. 12th Street in West Columbia.
Governor Haley will join other city and county dignitaries and the leadership of Christ Central Ministries, Inc. to kick off the FREE and Fast Track GED program that will assist adults in earning their GEDs. The new program is an outreach of The Nehemiah Project, a national pilot project created and supported by Christ Central Ministries, Inc. to alleviate joblessness and help break the cycle of poverty by elevating the educational level of individuals.
The FREE and Fast Track GED program is the first of its kind in the nation to assist families and extended family members to achieve greater employability through enhanced educational options that can lead to an improvement in the overall quality of life for citizens. West Columbia will utilize its city web site, include messages on water bills, and give public endorsements to communicate information about the program to students presently “at risk” of dropping out of school and adults who have already dropped out of school and are unemployable. The city also will provide accessible facilities for qualifying, testing and tutoring GED applicants. The Nehemiah Project will provide all materials and personnel needed for the FREE and Fast Track GED program as well as mentoring and encouragement to individuals seeking to improve their lives.
Issued at 12 p.m. on July 19, 2012.