PC OKs sketch plan, rejects flag lots

BLYTHEWOOD – A request for approval of a sketch plan that was previously approved by a former planning commission was recommended for ‘approval with conditions’ Monday evening by the current planning commission. The vote was 2-1 with Commission Chairman Donald Brock, who is the Oakhurst Home Owners Association president, abstaining. Bucky Drake of Drake Development […]

Coston named to BAR

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Council reappointed Gale Coston, a former and longtime member of the Board of Architectural Review. During his 12 years on the board, Coston served as both chair and vice chair. After finishing his last term three years ago, he decided to take some time off.  “We’re excited to welcome you back, Mr. […]

Franklin wins mayor’s seat

Subhead: Brock, Beauman elected to council BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood voters elected a new mayor and two councilmen Monday night.   Current Town Councilman Bryan Franklin received 330 votes for mayor, besting former mayor Keith Bailey with 252 votes and Town Councilman Malcolm Gordge with 121 votes. Planning Commission Chair Donald Brock was the top vote […]

Roseborough files suit against County

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s former planning director has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit, claiming in court papers he was subjected to a hostile work environment, demoted and ultimately dismissed after refusing to testify a certain way in the ongoing VC Summer lawsuit. Fairfield County, however, has denied the allegations, saying in a recent response that […]

Council loosens sign, landscape restrictions

BLYTHEWOOD – In a unanimous vote Monday evening, council voted to amend two Town Center District ordinances – one to allow, in perpetuity, several signs next to the Interstate up to 35 feet tall, and another to loosen restrictions on the landscape ordinance for businesses. The amendment to the sign ordinance will also allow the […]

Candidates talk growth, annexation, safety, more

BLYTHEWOOD – Annexation, traffic and striking a balance between growth and preserving Blythewood’s rural character highlighted a two-hour town hall forum featuring the town’s three mayoral candidates in the first hour and four of five council candidates in the second hour Thursday evening at Doko Manor.  Former Mayor Keith Bailey and incumbent council members Bryan […]

Camp Discovery

BLYTHEWOOD – Councilman Malcolm Gordge presented a check to Camp Discovery Director Amy Ellisor Monday night for $1,000 on behalf of the town. Gordge serves on the group’s board.

Board’s Promise vote leaves some unfunded

Green: School Board will revote Promise funding issue next month WINNSBORO – All Fairfield County high school graduates are not currently able to receive free college tuition funds contributed by the Fairfield County School District as promised last summer under the newly minted Promise Program. A school board vote last week left Promise Program tuition […]

Council OKs, then denies library funds

WINNSBORO – They actually did vote for the $521,000 before they voted against it. At its Oct. 14 meeting, the Fairfield County Council inadvertently voted to award $521,000 in matching funds for the Fairfield County library in Ridgeway. Later in the meeting, the council voted to reconsider the library vote, meaning the county now is […]

Town council candidates lay out plans

Eddie Baughman, 62 I am a retired battalion chief. I am married to the former Donna Miller, and we have 2 grown children and 4 grandchildren.  My son and his family also live in Blythewood. I graduated from Spring Valley High School, class of 1977.  I continued my education throughout my Naval and Fire service […]