In 2000, The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (COMET) was established to providepublic transportation throughout Columbia and Richland + Lexington counties. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, The COMET has continued to offer essential rides and adapt its services to keep riders safe.
The COMET has different services to best accommodate all community members – including the DART service, Soda Cap Connector and UofSC transit. The DART service provides rides to those who cannot use the fixed route system and is an advanced reservation service. The Soda Cap Connector provides free rides throughout the downtown Columbia area + UofSC transit provides free rides for students, faculty and staff throughout the campus.
Do you catch the COMET or are you interested in learning more about our local public transportation system? The COMET is currently accepting applications to The COMET Academy.
So, what is The COMET Academy? • A leadership development program for those interested in the public transit system • An opportunity to become involved with and an ally for The COMET • A five-week, virtual course
What does it cost? • The COMET Academy is free for all attendees • Classes will be one hour a week for five weeks
Those who complete The COMET Academy will learn about the program’s history, financing, partnerships of The COMET and the organizational structure. The program will run from Sept. 28 – Oct. 26.
Interested in applying? The course is open to anyone interested in understanding our local public transportation system. Fill out an application here by Sept. 22.
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Biz ○ The ACRE program, hosted by the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship for SC residents with an agribusiness idea or prototype, is accepting applications for the third year. The program will give participants the opportunity to win a share of $25,000 for their business plan. Applications can be found here + must be submitted by Sept. 28. (CRBR)
Number ○ $995,000. The cost of the ten-ton gamecock statue that arrived yesterday at Williams-Brice Stadium. The statue, which is bronze and 20 feet tall, was paid for in private donations + will take two weeks to install in the Springs Brooks Plaza in front of the stadium. (The State)
Community ○ On Sept. 22, the Springdale Police Departmentwill hold a dedication ceremony in Felton C. Benton Park in honor of Faye Swetlik. During the ceremony, a tree will be planted and a bench will be dedicated in Faye’s name. Members of the public who wish to attend are asked to wear bright colors. The event will begin at 7 p.m. (WIS)
City ○ City of Columbiais hosting a new social media initiative and competition, #LoveColumbiaSC. The city is asking residents to post a photo of their favorite spot within city limits on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag City of Columbia and use the hashtag. The photos with the most likes on each platform will win the contest.
Outdoors ○ Eight additional tegu lizardshave been spotted in South Carolina since the first was spotted in Lexington a few weeks back – five of which were in Richland and Lexington counties. Because the species is non-native and can be harmful to other species, such as ground nesting birds, SCDNR asks those who spot a tegu lizard to report sightings here. (WLTX)
Drink ○ This weekend, Swamp Cabbageis celebrating its sixth anniversary of serving up local brews to the Cola community. Reservations are available throughout the weekend + there will be live music both afternoons.
WaterCooler ○ Clemson Athletics and WZMJ, 93.1 The Lakehave made a multi-year broadcast agreement. 93.1 will now broadcast Clemson football and men’s basketball games. (Cola Daily)
Show ○ The Columbia Fireflies + The Comedy Zone are teaming up to bring two comedians to Segra Park next Friday (Sep. 18). Former UofSC kicker Marty Simpson + veteran comic Shaun Jones will perform starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20(limited to ensure proper social distancing), and admission is 18+. Ⓟ
FeaturedEvent ○Planning for Your Future BINGO| Tues., Sept. 22 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Lawyer Lisa and Edward Jones for an evening of interactive BINGO, where you’ll learn about financial and estate planning. Registration ends this Sun., Sept. 13. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
A new memorialwill be unveiled by the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina this morning at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The memorial will honor South Carolina Midlands First Responders and Military Service Members. UofSC President Bob Caslen will be a keynote speaker at the event.
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○ Yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster announced his recommendations for the second round of CARES act funds including $450 million to the Unemployment Trust Fund, $45 million in grants for small businesses + non-profit organizations that did not receive federal PPP loans, and $93 million to reimburse DHEC and MUSC. The governor also recommends $50 million to be reimbursed for public school districts and charter schools and $100 million to state agencies with COVID-19 related expenses.
○ Last week unemployment filings in SC rose by 94 claims from the previous week. Richland County reported the highest amount of claims in the state for the week ending Sept. 5 with 530 claims + Lexington County had 294. (CRBR)
○ A new tree was dedicated this week at Prisma Health Midlands to honor all hospital team members + first responders that have been working throughout the pandemic. The crepe myrtle tree also features a remembrance stone plaque. (ABC Columbia)
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