State awards $30 million for internet

More Than 1,000 Fairfield Homes to Receive Internet in Next 18 Months WINNSBORO – Act 175 aimed to plug Internet coverage gaps in South Carolina’s rural areas, including Fairfield County. While full coverage remains elusive a year later, the state has taken strides toward expanding and enhancing service, according to state officials. On Monday night, […]

Blythewood public input meeting set for Sept. 23

BLYTHEWOOD – A public input session regarding Blythewood’s comprehensive plan for the next 10 years will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Doko Manor. Residents and business owners are invited to hear a short presentation by Gregory Sprouse of Central Midlands Council of Governments beginning at 6:15 p.m., with […]

FCSD state report card released

WINNSBORO – With the release of the annual statewide school report cards earlier this month, the Department of Education attributed the novel coronavirus for systemic declines in student achievement across the state. This year’s report cards did not use the traditional grading system. Previously the report cards assigned grades of Unsatisfactory, Below Average, Average, Good […]

Freeway Music to cut ribbon Sept. 18 celebrating Blythewood location

BLYTHEWOOD – More than a decade ago, Don Russo was teaching guitar lessons at a local music store when he found himself dreaming of founding his own music school – a place where students would have their choice of instruments and styles, and learning would not be limited to a set curriculum. Starting in 2011, […]

Three R2 school board members walk out of chaotic meeting

COLUMBIA – A dramatic walkout by three Richland Two School Board members during Tuesday night’s regular school board meeting, ended the meeting after only 35 minutes. The walkout left only four board members to continue the meeting. Board policy specifies that it takes five members to constitute a quorum, Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis told the […]

Cowan named Cayce police chief

CAYCE – The City of Cayce has hired Blythewood resident Chris Cowan as the next Chief of Police for the City of Cayce. Cowan, a 29-year law enforcement veteran will work alongside Cayce’s current Director of the Cayce Department of Public Safety, Byron Snellgrove, until his departure in December. Currently a Deputy Chief for the […]

Local online sexual predators arrested

LEXINGTON – More than a dozen law enforcement agencies have worked together on a month-long operation targeting adults accused of contacting children online for sexual activity. Seventeen men have been arrested as part of the operation. Another man is wanted on charges stemming from messages exchanged with law enforcement officers posing as minors on social […]

Blythewood schools shine on SC report card

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood area schools generally bested other Midlands schools on the recently released 2021 school report cards, though a few schools fell short of state and district results. Four of five Blythewood area elementary schools performed better than their counterparts in Richland Two as well as in the state in all subject areas. Lake […]

Big Grab, big buys in Blythewood and Fairfield County

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD COUNTY – It was another Great Big Grab in Blythewood, Ridgeway and Winnsboro and everywhere in between on Friday and Saturday. “It was the biggest two days of sales we’ve had this year,” Liz Humphries, owner of Blythewood Consignment said. “There’s a lot of traffic associated with the Big Grab, but for many of […]

Redhawks compete at Northwestern

ROCK HILL – Westwood runners took to Rock Hill on Saturday for Northwestern’s Trojan Invitational. With only four runners competing, Redhawk girls didn’t qualify for a team score, but Emma Ashley represented the Westwood girls well, placing 8th with a time of 20:27.00. Christina Tisdale finished at 25:21.00, Annalisa Athanas at 28:32.00 and Faith Tobais […]