Council to raise franchise fees

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor J. Michael Ross announced Friday morning that council is planning to raise the franchise fees that town residents pay on their power and water bills from the current three percent ($3 per $100) to five percent ($5 per $100). The revelation came during the public hearing section of a special meeting called […]

CAB plans expansion

BLYTHEWOOD – Christian Assistance Bridge filed paperwork with the Town Hall on April 23 requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) to expand its facilities to accommodate a food pantry. On Monday evening, the Board, along with the Town Administrator Brian Cook and two town employees convened at the Manor […]

Winnsboro Fibers expanding

WINNSBORO – The former DuraFiber Technologies mill in Winnsboro is getting another shot at life. Fairfield County Council recently approved an ordinance certifying the Maple Street property as an abandoned textile mill. The vote passed unanimously on June 10. County Administrator Jason Taylor said Winnsboro Fibers, the facility’s current owner, plans to refurbish parts of […]

QuaLex LLC investing $2M in Fairfield

WINNSBORO – Another manufacturing company is coming to Fairfield County that isn’t asking the county for incentives. Ty Davenport, Economic Development Director for Fairfield County, announced last week that QuaLex Corporation, LLC will be investing $2 million in a new steel stamping manufacturing plant in Fairfield County. It will be located in an existing building […]

PC proposes allowing sandwich signs, prohibiting feather signs

BLYTHEWOOD – The prohibition of sandwich board signs in the town has long been the bane of many shop owners in Blythewood. Those days may be over if a recommendation made to Town Council last week by the Planning Commission comes to fruition. At the June 3 Planning Commission meeting, Town Administrator Brian Cook proposed […]

Chamber Welcomes Planet Fitness

COLUMBIA- Greater Blythewood Chamber member Brian Bobenage, center, cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of his Planet Fitness facility at Hardscrabble and Clemson Roads on Tuesday. From left: Chamber Board Chair Mark Cunningham, board member Tom Gawinski, Byron Thomas (aid to Representative Joe Wilson), Town Councilman Eddie Baughman, Interim Chamber Director Phil Frye, Bobenage, […]

BAR OKs COA for optometrist office

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Board of Architectural Review (BAR) unanimously voted (4-0) to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) last week for Blythewood Eye Care to convert the former Boney home at 204 Langford Road to an optometrist’s office. The BAR also approved four variances for the property. The two-acre property, owned currently by Great […]

Element celebrates 5th anniversary

Gov. McMaster, Congressman Norman Praise Company’s Success WINNSBORO – “Last summer we were wondering how we were going to stay open. This year we’re wondering how we’re going to produce all the orders that are coming in like a tsunami,” Michael O’Shaughnessy, CEO and owner of Element, said during a barbecue luncheon at the facility […]

Goins fights back

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins is fighting back. A week after a Jenkinsville Water Company attorney issued a cease and desist letter and threatened to sue Goins over comments she’s made critical of water quality, she’s hired her own attorney to safeguard her First Amendment rights. Working in a private capacity, Goins’ attorney Tommy Morgan said […]

Magazine: Fairfield is SC’s next big boom

COLUMBIA – An online magazine, Business in Focus, has dubbed Fairfield County as ‘South Carolina’s Next Big Boom’ in the cover story of its February 11 issue. The article credited the County’s purchase of a 1,200-acre industrial mega site along I-77 at Exit 34 as the catalyst for the boom – stimulating future economic growth […]