RCSD reports no active shooter at BHS

BLYTHEWOOD – After being notified that gunshots were reported at Blythewood High School Wednesday morning, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department secured the campus as investigators searched the school building and grounds. The Sheriff’s Department has since tweeted that there is no active shooter at the school. A press release from Richland Two sent at 11:20 […]

Shabazz sentenced to life for murder

WINNSBORO – Osman Shareef Shabazz, Jr., 24, has been convicted of murder and other related charges in a case that involved the death of Gabriel Deshawn Brisbon, 22, on Jan. 31, 2021. The case was tried in the 6th Circuit Court by Judge Brian Gibbons. Shabazz was sentenced Sept. 29 to life in prison for […]

Voter registration, early voting deadlines

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD – Those wishing to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8, 2022 elections will need to be registered – in person – by Friday, Oct. 7. Sunday, Oct. 9 is the deadline to register on online, by fax or email to register by mail, registration documents must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct 11. Early voting […]

Historical Society hosts quilt artist Susan Lenz Oct. 1

BLYTHEWOOD – A lot about Susan Lenz’s artistic concepts and materials are grounded in giving second life to old things. Initially, this meant repurposing fabric and fiber in her artwork. During the pandemic, however, the Columbia artist began another form of repurposing: stitching found objects into old quilts in concentric circles. The result is a […]

New Town Hall

JENKINSVILLE – An open house and ribbon cutting were held Sept. 25 for the new Jenkinsville town hall/community center and outdoor recreation complex. Prior to the ribbon cutting, Mayor Greg Ginyard recalled the rich history of Jenkinsville when there were local shops, restaurants, and clubs lining the streets. The new facility is located at 7769 […]

Lawsuit dismissed against Voice, Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – Legal proceedings against The Voice and its publisher have ended. A Notice of Dismissal filed Aug. 25 by the plaintiff removes The Voice and its publisher Barbara Ball as defendants in a libel lawsuit filed by a Richland Two administrator last May. Richland County parent Zachary Johnson was also named in the suit. […]

Combat veterans’ memorial planned for town hall

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Historical Society president Carolyn Lomas and Jim McLean, also a member of the Society presented information at the town council meeting on Monday night about a proposed combat veteran memorial to be erected in front of the town hall. Lomas said the vision for the memorial dates back to the 2015 Historical […]

BW man arrested for ATV burglaries

LAKE WATEREE – A Blythewood man, Russell Britton Pope, 27, has been arrested in connection with several recent burglaries and larcenies in the Lake Wateree area of Fairfield County. On July 22, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a burglary on River Road near Rocky Point Circle where the suspect broke in to a building […]

Bright: New raises, hires are Bell’s ‘Election Miracle’

WINNSBORO – When Fairfield County approved the current budget this past spring, Fairfield County administration determined there wasn’t enough money for employee raises or additional hires to help alleviate severe staff shortages. Instead, county administration initiated 10 percent cuts in the budgets for all departments, resulting in the loss of many county employees who went […]

Working Together

WINNSBORO – The Winnsboro Rotary Club met Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Council on Aging. This week’s program sponsor was Angi Connor and her guest speakers were Bobbie and Paul Dove, Past District Governor and current President of the local Lions Club. They both spoke on the importance of growing clubs that serve the community. […]