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#ColumbiaAgenda: On The Table Survey Results, Vaping Uproar, SC Craft Beer, Medtronic, Making THC From Yeast

Mar 01, 2019 08:18AM ● By Chris Haire

Survey shows positive outlook for Richland and Lexington: The results from the inaugural On the Table survey show that 86 percent of Richland and Lexington residents see positive change in their communities, 70 percent see their community as united, and 93 percent would recommend the communities as places to live.

“On the Table encourages residents to prioritize opportunities and discuss ways we can work together to improve and enhance our community,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation, which oversaw the project.

To encourage development in areas that need improvement based on the survey, the Community Foundation is awarding $20,000 in Beyond the Table mini-grants.

The study began last fall, when 1,500 residents gathered for a day of conversations on hundreds of topics, including community strengths, needs, and next steps. The follow-up survey showed overwhelmingly positive feelings about Richland and Lexington, and nine out of 10 participants say they plan to take action on an issue they discussed at On the Table.

Top-ranking issues that participants want to see addressed include economic development, poverty, and economic security. The top-ranking ideas for improving the community were adding walkable and bikeable urban areas and creating an office with resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Nonprofit groups and individuals with a fiscal sponsorship can apply for grants up to $2,000 for projects that address a priority issue from the On the Table survey. Applications will be accepted through March 15. For more information on the survey and grants, visit --Leigh Savage

FDA clears Medtronic nerve ablation device for chronic pain (FierceBiotech)

Event raises glass to state’s craft beer industry (Columbia Regional Businss Report)

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Old Navy splits off from Gap (Business Insider)

In Taiwan, openly disputing facts with elder relatives is considered bad behavior. Many people are letting fact-checking chatbot Meiyu do it. (WSJ)

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Milford Beagle, Jr.
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Brigadier General

Brigadier General Milford Beagle, Jr. assumed duties as the 51st commanding general for the U.S. Army Training Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, on 22 June 2018.

Beagle commissioned into the Infantry after graduating from South Carolina State University in 1990 as a distinguished military graduate. Beagle has led and commanded troops at every echelon from platoon to brigade. He has soldiered with five regiments and with five divisions.

His key staff assignments include service as a planner and operations officer at battalion and brigade level. On the Joint and Army Staff, he served as the joint strategic planner and later executive assistant to the director, J-7, as well as the division chief, J-5.

Beagle’s combat and operational experience include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.

Beagle has earned the Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, and the Army Joint Staff Identification Badge.

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