Council Chairman handpicked attorney for council vote

WINNSBORO – Charles Boykin helped elect, and then re-elect, a state lawmaker who later wrote him a glowing letter of recommendation for the Fairfield County attorney position, according to documents obtained by The Voice. In 2018 and 2020, Boykin donated to the campaign of state Rep. Annie McDaniel, who represents Fairfield County. Boykin contributed $100 […]

Bender: Fairfield ad hoc committee meeting likely illegal on 3 levels

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council likely violated several provisions of state law when it shut out the public in hiring a new county attorney, according to an opposing council member and a media law attorney. In doing so, council members risk costly litigation challenging the process and nullifying related votes, observers say. At a special […]

Town Council hires MPA Strategies to market, brand Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – After months of contentious wrangling over who should receive 30 percent of the Town’s SAT (state accommodation tax) funds to market and brand the Town of Blythewood, town council voted 3-2 in favor of a Columbia firm, MPA Strategies. The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and MPA were the two finalists out of […]

Road to FY 21-22 budget outlined

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Hall staff has given notice of the 2021 budget calendar  that began Monday with staff going over budget items with the town administrator. The budget discussions that lead to the final budget approval on June 28, are as follows: March 17 – meet with mayor, administrator and finance to review first draft […]

Monday night’s County Council meeting open to public

WINNSBORO – After an emergency ordinance proposed at Fairfield County Council’s last meeting failed to receive the votes required to pass, Council chambers will be open to citizen attendance at tonight’s meeting for the first time in nearly a year. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:00 in council chambers at the County Government Complex, 350 Columbia […]

Doug Pauley’s ‘Rubber Stamp’ speech highlights Feb. 19 council meeting

WINNSBORO – In a contentious special called meeting Thursday night, county council voted 4-3 to hire an attorney to replace the county’s current attorney Tommy Morgan who resigned earlier this month after he was pressured to leave. In a speech to council Thursday night that Councilman Douglas Pauley said would be more transparent than some […]

Bell calls for review of Mt. Zion contract costs

WINNSBORO – Cancelling plans for a new county building would trigger litigation that could cost Fairfield County upwards of $13 million, some council members say. “If the ultimate goal is to tear down this project, we’re probably looking at a $13 million lawsuit we can’t afford,” Councilman Neil Robinson said during a special meeting Feb. […]

Council’s ‘passed’ 4-3 vote fails

Failed Vote Leaves County Without COVID Emergency Ordinance WINNSBORO – A 4-3 vote by council misfired at the Feb. 8 council meeting, leaving the county without a restrictive emergency ordinance that has required face masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 protections for Fairfield citizens for the last 11 months. Fairfield Councilman Douglas Pauley cautioned at […]

RC Council zoning public hearing for Rimer Pond Road set for Feb. 23

COLUMBIA – Richland County Council will hold a zoning public hearing on Tuesday night, Feb. 23, to hear what residents who live and travel along Rimer Pond Road have to say about a rezoning request that will bring more traffic to the already congested road. Those residents’ comments, however, will not be delivered with their […]

Governor eyes closing ethics loopholes

COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and at least four lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny and fewer ethics loopholes for the state’s many special purpose districts in the wake of a Post and Courier report that painted a portrait of free-spending agencies with little oversight. The moves came less than 72 hours after […]