Joe Trapp, Jr. announces candidacy for R2 board

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood’s Joe Trapp, Jr. has announced on Facebook that he is running for a seat as a member of the Richland 2 School Board in November 2022 elections. “I am genuinely interested in finding out what concerns parents have about their children’s educational experience as well and giving everyone a chance to find […]

Blythewood Cigar & Wine draws customers from across the state

BLYTHEWOOD – Before they looked into opening a cigar lounge in Blythewood, neither John Edwards nor his wife, Teresa, had ever smoked a cigar. John, as he researched the idea for a business, was the first to try.  It took a little while for Teresa to get on board. Today, Blythewood Cigar & Wine, which […]

Dogs push Fairfield County shelter over capacity

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Animal Shelter announced on Jan. 6 that it would be closing its doors for all non-emergency intakes until further notice. “We are so overcrowded right now that we can’t take any more dogs from people dropping them off for surrender,” said Fairfield County Animal Shelter Director Bob Innes. “We have […]

Council reps invite residents to discuss redistricting

COLUMBIA – Richland County Council members gave unanimous initial approval of proposed re–drawn district maps Dec. 16, and Blythewood’s three council representatives – Derrek Pugh (Dist. 2), Gretchen Barron (Dist. 7) and Jesica Mackey (Dist. 9) are holding a special meeting for Blythewood area residents to see those draft maps up close and ask questions […]

Bell criticized for agenda faux pas

WINNSBORO – Audio glitches and continued issues of transparency marred an otherwise brisk Fairfield County Council meeting Monday night. In a series of votes, council members passed first reading of several ordinances with several glaring information gaps. Four ordinances related to economic development, including one that appropriated $500,000 to the county’s economic development department. A […]

Hill elected to Nat’l Cororner’s Accreditation Board

WINNBORO – Fairfield County Coroner Chris Hill has been elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IACME). His term on the 8-member board began Jan. 1, 2022. The IACME conducts educational seminars for the purpose of assisting Coroners and Medical Examiners and other […]

License renewal deadline extended for businesses

BLYTHEWOOD – Because of changes to state law, business owners in Blythewood did not have to renew their business licenses at the start of the new year. The SC Business License Tax Standardization Act required cities, towns and counties to standardize their business license practices. In Blythewood, this meant all 2021 licenses were extended automatically […]

Three more aftershocks hit the Lugoff-Elgin area

COLUMBIA – Earthquakes continue to shake the Blythewood/Fairfield areas, with three new ones reported Tuesday. A 1.7 magnitude aftershock hit near Elgin at 12:31 a.m., at a depth of 5.4 kilometers or about 3.3 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey reported. At 8:31 p.m., a 2.0 tremor hit near Lugoff at 8:31 a.m., […]

Redhawks snag first region win

BLYTHEWOOD – It took the better part of three quarters for Westwood to close the door on Lugoff-Elgin Tuesday night, but the Redhawks’ 30-point fourth quarter slammed the door hard on the Demons at The Castle. Westwood’s 84-56 Region 4-4A victory over Lugoff-Elgin snapped a 4-game losing streak and has the Redhawks (6-10) at 1-1 […]

Eagles win big over Anderson Christian

WINNSBORO – Both Richard Winn varsity teams started the new year off with a bang with rather lopsided victories in a region match up against Anderson Christian. The Eagles hosted the Lions on Friday, January 7, in their first competition following Christmas break. Behind the hot shooting of senior Mikaela Miller who led her team […]