‘Unprecedented’ Political Landscape in 2024

ATLANTA – This Presidential election year is “unprecedented” in a lot of ways, says Meg Kinnard, national politics reporter for the Associated Press, who lives in Blythewood and is currently traversing the country to report on the national political process. She covered this year’s first Presidential debate in Atlanta, and will be attending the Republican […]

Clauson named Winnsboro Town Manager

WINNSBORO – Winnsboro’s town council voted unanimously on July 2, to offer a two-year contract to Interim Town Manager Chris Clauson to serve as the town manager. Clauson succeeds Jason Taylor who became Newberry’s Town Manager on July 1. With 10 years of experience in local government administration, Clauson has served as the assistant town […]

No tax raise proposed as Fairfield County Council passes first reading on millage

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council’s recent discussion of employee salaries behind closed doors likely violated state open meeting laws. On Monday night, council members convened in executive session for the “receipt of legal advice and discussion of employment and compensation issues involving County employees.” No action was taken after the secret meeting. The S.C. Freedom […]

Porter elected to Ridgeway Town Council

RIDGEWAY – Ten people out of 222 who were registered to vote in the Town of Ridgeway, elected a new town councilman on July 2 during a special election to replace former councilman Rick Johnson who was elected mayor of Ridgeway earlier this year. Porter was unopposed, and there were no write-in votes. A former […]

Winnsboro to host second public meeting on Fortune Springs Park restoration

WINNSBORO – The Town of Winnsboro is hosting a public meeting to provide project updates and gather input on plans for improvements at Fortune Springs Park. It is the second public meeting the Town has held for the project which aims to address flooding and water quality issues and restore park amenities. The meeting will […]

Appointment validates what Bryan has done for Fairfield County Airport

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Airport Director Denise Bryan has been elected to the State Aeronautics Commission as the District 2 State Aeronautics Commissioner. The appointment is one more validation of the important work Bryan has accomplished since she was hired in 2017 to bring the airport from multiple levels of deficiency to what many, today, […]

Taylor leaves mark on Town, County

WINNSBORO – The Town of Winnsboro employees bade farewell to their boss, Town Manager Jason Taylor, during a drop-in at town hall on Friday, June 30, his last day at the Town. On Monday, July 1, he would take over as Town Manager for the Town of Newberry. As the employees and other friends stopped […]

Blythewood Town Council votes 3-1 to keep MPA file secret ‘indefinitely’

BLYTHEWOOD – After town council held an hour-long executive session Monday night to discuss whether to release to the public the files, invoices, evidence and other documents related to the 2021 MPA Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Town, Councilwoman Erica Page made the motion to not release the documents to the public. Page’s motion […]

Blythewood budget provides new employee, community perks

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Town Council members quickly adopted final reading of the 2024-2025 budget Monday night with no amendments or alterations. Council members voted 4-0 to approve final reading. Councilman Rich McKenrick was absent for the vote. The more than $7.3 million spending plan includes a 3.2 percent cost of living (COLA) and merit increases […]

Fairfield County budget for deputies falls short of neighbor counties

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County council members vacillated Monday night when voting on minimum starting pay for Sheriff’s deputies despite pleas from the public and the sheriff for a starting salary of at least $50,000. Additionally, council members failed to increase entry level pay for detention center workers and 911 dispatchers. Council members approved the $44.6 […]

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