City panels to target violence, speeders

The city of Columbia is accepting applications for two newly created task forces: the Criminal Domestic Violence Task Force and the School Zone Traffic Safety Task Force.

One group will review strategies and create new ways to address criminal domestic violence in the city limits. The other will review concerns related to the safety of pedestrians within school zones and develop recommendations to stop speeders.

For an application or more information on either task force, call the city clerk’s office at (803) 545-3045, or send your request to

Deadline to apply for either is Feb. 16.