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Upcoming Event: 35th Annual Turkey Trot

Our 8k/4k run/walk race will be held at Hand Middle School on Nov. 18. For more information and to register click here.


Upcoming Event: Homes for the Holidays Christmas Tour

Plan to join this annual tour of homes taking place on Sunday December 3rd. Beginning at 1:00 pm the four hour event boasts an interior walk-through tour of seven of the city's most well-kept and beautifully decorated homes in the historic Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods. For more details...

Click here for a gallery of highlights from previous tours.


NEWS: SCE&G Tree Trimming

Mary Roe, Council president, posts the following letter from Guy Jones regarding SCE&G tree trimming:


The turnout of concerned neighbors last Monday (Aug 15) was amazing - over sixty people from at least four neighborhoods filled the Saluda Island under one of the excessively cut magnolia trees.  City Council members Howard Duvall, Moe Baddourah, County Council member Seth Rose, Representative James Smith, and Senator John Courson all spoke.  We had great press coverage: all three local TV stations, plus the State and Free Times newspapers.  All of the interviews generated similar ones with SCE&G, so they really got our message:  We have had enough!  

The next day, SCE&G representatives and Trees, Inc. arrived at my home, 103 S. Edisto Avenue.  I politely refused to allow them access.  Trees, Inc. left, and I then led the SCE&G team into our back yard.  We discussed what they wanted to trim.  An email negotiation followed, with an agreement I was pleased with.  Trees, Inc. returned on Thursday and did a good job of protecting our property, trimming as agreed, and cleaning up everything.  Key points in our agreement were that I would be present, SCE&G's forester Brett Wilkins would be present, and that our oak tree would be climbed in an acceptable manner to me, without spikes.

What does this experience in my yard suggest?  We offer the following points:

Reasonable maintenance of the right-of-way and property owner satisfaction with the encounter is possible.

Meeting with SCE&G's representatives before the trimming work and being present during the work is probably necessary.

Neighborhoods where homeowners speak up and demand quality service are far more likely to get it.

Street trees:  We demand that SCE&G change their ruinous and destructive cutting policy for street trees near power lines.  Street trees such as the two magnolias at Saluda and Heyward, the magnolias and rare tung tree on Tugaloo, and various other trees along Heywardand other streets, owned by the City of Columbia, are held in public trust for all citizens, just like all other city property.  A solution will involve both the City and SCE&G.  A targeted program of placing utilities underground, where the lines conflict with significant street trees is needed.  More on this, and what to do about the Saluda Island magnolias, later.

What should property owners do now?  We suggest that homeowners contact SCE&G's forester Brett Wilkins directly at 803 217-6308,, and request a visit to your property to discuss what trimming is proposed.  Negotiate what cutting is acceptable to you.  Ask about procedures and equipment to be used.  Arrange a time when you can be present during the work, and request a SCE&G representative to also be present.  If you cannot come to an agreement, refuse to allow access and call Sara Hollar, head of Columbia Forestry and Beautification, 803, to mediate the disagreement.

Guy Jones    803 422-4841

John Dean    803 315-7079



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Summer Movies in Shandon

Once again The Art of Real Estate is  presenting a series of movies for the summer season and providing water and popcorn at Emily Douglas Park.  Come around 7:30, bring a blanket and cushions for comfortable seating and enjoy the outdoor movie which starts at 8:00 p.m.!  For movie titles and dates, check out our calendar.