The following are highlights from Richland County Government in August:
•From butterfly habitats to the restoration of a B-25 bomber, the Richland County Conservation Commission awarded eight Community Conservation Grants and 10 Historic Preservation Grants to local organizations for projects that will protect the County’s history and natural resources.
•Richland County has been named a Cigna Well-Being Award honoree for its commitment to improving the health and wellness of employees through its workplace programs. The award recognizes the efforts of the Human Resources Department, which developed a five-year health and wellness strategic plan to improve employee’s health and save money.
•Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (RC CASA) received a donation of 12,000 pounds of brand-new toys from Mattel, Inc., through a partnership with The Toy Foundation and the National CASA Association. The toys will be gifted to local CASA-served youth during the upcoming holidays.
• Richland County updated its website to give users a better look into the programs and services of different County departments and to spotlights recent news about Richland County Government's efforts to enrich and improve the community. Visit the website at www.rcgov.us.
•Richland County Stormwater Management, Animal Care and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) participated in the sixth annual Summer Celebration of Water at Riverfront Park in Columbia. Staff members set up informational tents and visited with passersby, handing out brochures and other items noting the importance of clean water and water safety.
•Richland County Councilman Norman Jackson, District 11, and the Richland County Recreation Commission helped organize two free community events during one fun-filled weekend at the Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center. The Wet and Wild Family Fun Fest and One House Music Festival featured vendors, exhibits, food, music, water activities and more in a family-oriented atmosphere.
•The final of four community meetings about the Lower Richland Sewer Project was held Aug. 27 in Hopkins. The series of public meetings gave residents the opportunity to discuss the project with County Councilmembers, DHEC and school district officials and County representatives. Several maps and an informational video about the project were on display.