Taco Bell will break ground on April 6th for the first new construction on Decker Boulevard in over 5 years! Please see the press release below.

Rev. Harper of Shekinah Glory Family Care Ministry, Inc. located in the Decker Mall is hosting a parade that will feature the Richland County Sheriff’s department, local schools, and others to promote our community’s strength after the unfortunate death of Mr. “Steve” Kim at his restaurant, Dino’s on Decker. Please see the letter below for more information.


The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is asking for your help to prevent copper theft

As your Sheriff it is my goal to provide you with as much information I can to help make you and our communities safer. Current economic conditions make it likely that copper thefts will remain a lucrative business for criminals. I need your help in stopping this alarming crime. The US Department of Energy says that copper theft is annually a $1 billion problem that is growing larger and larger every year. You can help prevent copper theft by increasing awareness, reporting theft and reporting those that illegally trade in precise metals.

As a home/business owner you can protect your home or business from this type of theft. By providing you with these tips, I am hoping that you will not experience vandalism or theft and help deter a thief from targeting you. Please join the crime watch or start one in your area. Also, Deputies from the Community Action Team can come to your home or business FREE of charge and in 20-30 minutes tell you what you can do to prevent crime from affecting you.

•Lighting: Install floodlights lights near the air conditioning unit. The exterior of your home or business should be well lit from dusk to dawn.

•Alarm: New air conditioner unit alarms have been introduced into the market. These alarms will alert owners if a unit is being tampered with.

•Padlock & Chain: Secure air conditioning units with a padlock and chain.

•Metal Cage: Air conditioner cages can run a couple hundred dollars but compared to the cost of replacing your air conditioner this can be a worthwhile expense.

•Fence: You can install a padlocked fence around the unit. Just make sure you have allowed enough room for a service technician to get to the unit for regular maintenance or repair.

•Obstruction: You can hide the unit behind hostile shrubs or a small fence.

•Moving A/C Unit: You can have your air conditioning unit moved to a more secure place. Try to move it to a spot that is not as accessible to someone or more visible to passer bys.

•Be Safe: A very important safety measure is to just know your neighborhood. If you think someone doesn’t belong, report it to 911 immediately.

These tips are not the only solution but are a small part of the bigger picture. Please call the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Community Action Team at 803-576-3191 to receive more information.

Copper theft is a growing crime but it can be combated with your help. If you have any information about copper theft, you can anonymously report it by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC or texting TIPSC plus your message to CRIMES (274637). www.sccrimestoppers.com

Citizens can access important information about crime prevention, free safety training and community resources at:
Website: www.rcsd.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RCSD
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rcsd.net

Richland County Sheriff’s Department
5623 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Richland County has, once again, demonstrated it’s commitment to the Revitalization Efforts for Decker Boulevard by purchasing Decker Mall.  Decker Mall has a rich history in the Northeast area as the past home of popular stores such as Kroger and Target.  Currently the Decker Mall is home to several small stores, A DMV location, a Richland County Magistrate, and Extra Space Storage.  The county’s original plan was to house the department of health services in the mall, but that changed the same night that the building purchase was approved by council. For more information visit the following link where Councilman Jim Manning talks about the benefits of this fantastic news for Decker Boulevard.


Visit the International Festival at the State Fair Grounds April 2-3


The owner of Dino’s restaurant, Soon ‘Steve’ Kim, will be remembered for his hard work, compassion for others, and for being a devoted family man.  Mr. Kim was the embodiment of what it means to be an immigrant to this country who worked hard to recognize the American Dream.  Mr. Kim was devoted to his church where he served as an Elder demonstrating his passion for the Korean community while also showing his love of America by being buried with an American flag on his casket.  He will be missed, but his legacy will live on through his family, his restaurant, and all the lives that he touched along the way.

This tragedy brings to light that, despite our differences, we are more alike than not.  Let’s use this tragedy to bring a positive change to Decker Boulevard!


About 1 year ago Councilman Jim Manning asked SCE&G to replace the old, rusty fence surrounding its power distribution point near the corner of Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard.  At the time they said that they did not have the money.  With the new budget year, they were able to resolve this problem.  Councilman Manning sent in pictures showing the old fence and the  new wall.  What a difference!  This is yet another example that the community is ready to invest in Decker Boulevard and that we are making progress toward a better future for Decker International Corridor and the surrounding community.

This is what was there before the new wall was constructed

These are pictures during the construction phase.

This is the final product!

The following article was in today’s State newspaper in the neighbors section. Please join me in honoring Sylvia Hanna for her vision in starting the Decker Boulevard Business Coalition and for her leadership over the last four years!

Hanna ends term on Decker group

Sylvia Hanna, founder of the Decker Boulevard Business Coalition, has wrapped up a four-year tenure as president. Hanna, who works with her husband, Marion, at a State Farm Insurance office there, started the organization in 2006 with three other business owners. In four years, the group grew to more than 40 concerned business owners, community leaders and neighborhood associations. Richland County approached Hanna about starting the coalition, which is working to revitalize the two-mile corridor. Members have walked Decker Boulevard to recruit businesses, held meet-and-greet events, sponsored neighborhood cleanups and organized a “Taste of Vietnam,” among other things. Beautification and lighting are high-profile issues for the organization, Hanna said. The group’s new president is James Manning, a member of the Richland 2 school board.

 Read more: http://www.thestate.com/2011/02/03/1676606/close-to-home.html#ixzz1CxFuaebH

Last night (Tuesday Night) Richland County Council approved to provide additional lighting along Decker Boulevard. Councilman Manning was instrumental in the origination of the request for lighting and for pushing it through council. The plan is for county council to provide funding for the first five years at which point the DBBC will take over the remaining five years of the SCE&G lease. The State newspaper wrote the following article in regard to the topic.


This is gret news for Decker, as this was a goal of the master plan and has been a top priority for businesses and neighborhoods for many years. The approval will have to go through two more readings before council, but should not be a problem since the measure was passed 10 to 1.


James Manning
President, Decker Boulevard Business Coalition

Click on the letter to read the announcement from Council Jim Manning regarding the Taco Bell on the corner of Trenholm Road and Decker Boulevard.

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