DHEC pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the following statement concerning Tuesday morning’s federal announcement about the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine:  South Carolina public health officials received word this morning, like many throughout the nation and the state, that the CDC and FDA have recommended immediately pausing use […]

Blythewood in line to receive $1.55M from ARP

BLYTHEWOOD – Town officials haven’t yet received official word, but the Town of Blythewood is estimated to be in line for $1.55 million from the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Town of Winnsboro is estimated to receive $1.19 million; Ridgeway, $0.11 million and Jenkinsville, $0.02 million. While broad guidelines are available […]

Fairfield County could receive up to $4.2M from American Rescue Plan

WINNSBORO – County and Town officials haven’t yet received official word, but, in total, they are in line for millions of dollars from the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The county would likely qualify for up to $4.2 million in federal assistance through the $1.9 trillion program; the Town of Winnsboro is […]

COVID-19 statute fails… again

WINNSBORO – Members of the public are once again welcome at Fairfield County council meetings despite objections from some office holders. On Monday night, council members voted 3-3 on a motion to renew the county’s emergency COVID-19 ordinance. The tie vote constituted a failed vote. Councilman Mikel Trapp was absent. Council Chairman Moses Bell and […]

Pugh, Mackey host first of three testing and mask giveaway events

BLYTHEWOOD – Richland County Councilman Derrek Pugh and Councilwoman Jesica Mackey sponsored the first of three COVID testing and mask giveaway events last Saturday at Doko Meadows Park. “It is a cold and rainy day,” Mackey said in a statement on Facebook, “but thankful to partner with Councilmember Derrek Pugh and SC DHEC this morning […]

Fairfield County offers free rides to vaccination site

WINNSBORO – In a joint effort between Cooperative Health and the Fairfield County Transit Department, free transportation to vaccine appointments will be provided to those who do not have access to transportation. The following locations are currently scheduling and accepting vaccination appointments: Lake Monticello Family Practice 9017 Hwy 215 South, Jenkinsville, SC 29065 Call 803-298-2068 […]

Vaccine slowdown at Prisma Health walk-in sites

COLUMBIA – For those who are over 65 years of age or otherwise qualify for the 1A phase of SC DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule and have not so far been able to make an appointment, the wait may get longer. Prisma Health announced on Monday that it will not hold walk-in vaccinations for the remainder […]

McMaster, DHEC announce vaccine availability to 65+

COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Monday, Feb. 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can schedule an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. DHEC’s online tool at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations currently […]

Restaurants struggle to stay open amid pandemic

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD COUNTY – It’s with a lot of hand-wringing that local restaurant owners talk about their steadily rising costs and abysmally slowing business. After nearly a year of business slowed by fears related to the Covid-19 pandemic, mandated shutdowns, and economic uncertainty, even restaurants that have been longtime fixtures in the community find themselves struggling […]

Pugh to host COVID-19 testing & mask giveaway

COLUMBIA –Derrek Pugh, Blythewood’s District 2 Richland County Councilman, is holding a testing and mask giveaway events as part of the county’s continuing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents can receive a COVID-19 test and face coverings will be available first come, first serve at the free drive-thru events which will be held […]