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 […]

EMS to be first county employees to get vaccine

WINNSBORO – While the COVID-19 vaccine is now being made available to health care facilities, long term care facilities and those associated workers under Phase 1A of DHEC’s statewide vaccine distribution system, some Fairfield County employees are also included in the Phase 1A distribution according to Brad Douglas, Fairfield County’s Director of Emergency Management. “We […]

Blythewood mayor, family test positive for COVID

BLYTHEWOOD – After being exposed to COVID 19 when two of his daughters tested positive in early December, Mayor Bryan Franklin and the other members of his immediate family tested negative but quarantined for the CDC-required 7 days. On Dec. 18, however, Franklin’s wife, Dusty, experienced symptoms of COVID 19, prompting her, the mayor and […]

R2 provides meal pick-up for students

COLUMBIA – Richland School District Two plans a temporary shift to eLearning for all students from Jan. 4 – 15, 2021. All students will participate in eLearning following their school’s current bell schedule. In-person instruction for students who selected classroom communities or hybrid models for Phase 2 will resume on Jan. 19. Richland Two will […]

BW mayor quarantines following exposure

Family Members Test Positive for COVID-19 BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin has self-quarantined following two of his immediate family members testing positive for COVID-19. Town Councilman Donald Brock, made the announcement at the Blythewood tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall on Sunday evening,  where Brock stood in for the mayor as emcee of the […]

New Vision worships with community

WINNSBORO – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Vision’s outdoor service sought to provide a safe way for the community to gather together for worship on Oct. 18. The multicultural community service took place on the open green area at Fortune Springs Park in Winnsboro.  A praise and worship team opened with contemporary […]

Council extends emergency ordinances

BLYTHEWOOD – In a short meeting Monday night, town council unanimously approved the continuation of two emergency ordinances that have been in force since March. One of the ordinances calls for the continuation of a state of emergency within the Town of Blythewood for another 60 days. The ordinance provides for the conduct of meetings […]

CT-scan COVID test available at PH-Fairfield

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield Covid-19 Taskforce is offering a CT scan for initial diagnosis of COVID with results provided to prescribing physicians within 24 hours. Protocols include any symptom of COVID and selected high risk individuals. CT-scans are recommended by the World Health Organization when PCR (sometimes known as the ‘nose swab’ testing) tests are […]