Assistant Administrator for Fairfield County announces departure

WINNSBORO – Assistant County Administrator Laura Johnson has submitted a letter of resignation to County administrator Jason Taylor, effective June 4, 2021, the day before Taylor leaves his job and takes over as Town Manager of Winnsboro. Johnson is the third high level county employee to leave or be forced out in the last two […]

Council meetings inch closer to donnybrooks

Is the Town Headed to Court with MPA? BLYTHEWOOD – Town council meetings have, of late, more often than not turned into donnybrooks. But few if any have topped Mayor Bryan Franklin’s public tirade during Monday night’s meeting when he targeted The Voice for 19+ minutes over a story he didn’t like in the April […]

Last chance to win free lunch!

BLYTHEWOOD – Want to have a say in how Blythewood grows in the next few years? Then fill out the Stakeholder Survey. The multiple choice questions are easy and shouldn’t take more than 8 or 10 minutes to complete. Just click here. And those who would like to be entered for a drawing of several […]

Town honors municipal clerk

BLYTHEWOOD – During the 52nd Annual Professional Municipal Clerks Week celebrated May 2 – 8, Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin presented a proclamation in honor of Blythewood’s town clerk, Melissa Cowan, during Monday evening’s council meeting at The Manor. Franklin said his presentation was on behalf of all the Blythewood town council members. “Melissa is an […]

Despite tight budget, Trapp requests $20K for a council newsletter

WINNSBORO – It was a week’s worth of fireworks as Fairfield County Council crept closer to adopting a proposed $44.6 million budget. On Monday night, the council approved the spending plan by a 5-2 vote. Council members Clarence Gilbert and Doug Pauley voted in opposition. Third reading could come as early as the council’s next […]

Town, MPA sign; council may have violated FOIA

BLYTHEWOOD – After months of acrimonious council discussions concerning contract negotiations between Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin and MPA Strategies, the climate has turned legal. While Franklin was one of two members of council who voted against contracting with MPA Strategies to handle promotional services and grant writing for the town, he, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson […]

Penny tax may bring roundabout to Boney/McNulty intersection

BLYTHEWOOD – As part of the Richland County Transportation Penny Tax program, the town is in line to have Creech Road extended from Blythewood Road down to Main Street (Highway 21/Wilson Boulevard) as well as the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of McNulty Street and Boney Road. Before plans are drawn up for […]

Ridgeway angel wings may violate zoning ordinance

RIDGEWAY – Two giant angel wings painted last week on the side of the Olde Town Hall Restaurant in downtown Ridgeway are causing a stir and may have broken a law, according to the town’s zoning administrator. Ridgeway resident Patsy Palmer, who consigned the painting, reportedly said she had permission from town council to have […]

Uncovered: Small town government corruption calls for changes at SC Statehouse, but progress is slow

COLUMBIA — With time running out on their 2021 calendar, South Carolina lawmakers have made little progress toward closing ethics loopholes for big-spending special government district leaders. Nor have they given the state’s top law enforcement agency the money it says it needs to better investigate public corruption. But influential legislators say they remain committed […]

Taylor named town manager after resigning from County

WINNSBORO – After two votes four days apart, the Winnsboro town council got it right – hiring Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor as its new town manager effective July 5, 2021. The announcement of Taylor’s hiring was emailed to The Voice on April 9 after the first vote which occurred just a few hours after […]