Lexington County’s potential sales tax increase has highlighted Chapin’s debate about what it wants to be. There’s consensus on the need to upgrade the roads, especially the main route into the once-rural town now surrounded by suburbia. But how to pay for it is the issue.
If Lexington County residents want to learn more about the county’s proposed sales tax increase, chances are their information will somehow have come from Talbert Black, Mike Green, Earl McLeod or Tiffany Boyce Heitzman. Those four surfaced as opinion leaders on the issue well before the campaigns heated up this fall. Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Black, Green, McLeod, Heitzman become faces for pro- and anti-tax campaigns
Activists in the ground war for public opinion about Lexington County’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase began their campaigns in part by establishing beachheads on social networking sites like Facebook. Campaigners used their pages as low-cost vehicles to interact with residents, distribute talking points and even coordinate their campaign efforts. Avery Wilks Oct. __,… Read More Social networking sites provide campaign ground for tax increase activists
Columbia’s Hyatt Park could be so much more than what it is today, residents of the surrounding neighborhood say. They want renovations at the 11.5-acre park in North Columbia, and they’re upset at what they say have been the city’s broken promises.
By Damian Dominguez March 20, 2014 The Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe is one of the few bright spots on Main Street north of Elmwood Avenue, where vacant lots and “For Lease” signs outnumber businesses. But manager Folami Geter says it might have to move because of high renovation costs, underlining the difficulty of rebuilding such… Read More Vegan restaurant captures North Main’s struggles
Mix student housing with a historic neighborhood and there’s the potential for lots of housing violations. But University Hill around USC has one of the best records of all those around campus. The secret? A vigilant neighborhood association that does frequent walk-throughs and doesn’t hesitate to let city officials know of any violations. Not… Read More University Hill cracks down on code violations
Preservation organizations are divided on what parts of and how much of the old State Mental Hospital on Bull Street they want to fight to save. It doesn’t look, however, that much will be done to preserve the memories of the patients at was once called the state’s lunatic asylum. One historian thinks the site… Read More Preservationists divided on saving old State Mental Hospital
By Kyle Keck and Danyell Lynn July 25, 2013 When Daniel June walks along Olympia Avenue, he dreads a particular section. Right around the Delaware Street intersection, the sidewalk disappears into a patch of tall grass, and he’s suddenly walking dangerously close to traffic. To make matters worse, that stretch of road wraps around a… Read More Lack of Olympia Avenue sidewalks worries some residents