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Jamie Helms, previously the assistant chief of professional services for the Columbia Fire Department, was named the new deputy director of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.

U-Haul’s list of “growth cities” in the United States for 2022, as measured by moving truck rentals, includes Myrtle Beach/North Myrtle Beach at Number 7, and Charleston/North Charleston at Number 10. A new Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award announcement named Charleston the second most friendly city in the United States. Port Royal, meanwhile, was named as the most “underrated” city in South Carolina by the travel website Cheapism.

The City of Columbia’s updated municipal flag, adopted in 2020, placed second in a Twitter-based voting competition of 80 municipal flags from across the nation, coming in only behind the flag of Lincoln, Nebraska.