Franklin stalls response on MPA’s FOIA request

BLYTHEWOOD – During a town council meeting on May 24, Mayor Bryan Franklin publicly criticized those town council members who he inferred were not complying with an FOIA (Freedom of Information) request submitted by the Country Chronicle on May 6, even though the responses to that FOIA request are not due until June 25. Franklin, […]

County offers zoning education for county residents

COLUMBIA – Richland County’s newest educational effort aims to simplify zoning and land use for the general public. With its “Zoning Made Easy” campaign, the County’s Planning and Development Department intends to break down the often complicated process of zoning and foster easier dialogue with residents. The campaign comes as the County rewrites its Land […]

Ridgeway council votes to scrub angel wings

Council Members Said They Did Not OK Mural RIDGEWAY – The two giant angel wings painted last month on the side of the Olde Town Hall Restaurant in downtown Ridgeway will fly no more. The town’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) voted 3-0 Monday night to deny a request from Patsy Palmer to allow the […]

Majority 4 suggest scaling back on courthouse renovation

WINNSBORO – It’s not every day when the solicitor and public defender make the same argument. But when it comes to the condition of the existing Fairfield County Courthouse, Randy Newman and William Frick were on the same side at a recent County Council meeting, fully endorsing the proposed renovation project. Addressing council members, both […]

Caulder accepts interim county administrator position

WINNSBORO – The majority 4 on Fairfield County Council voted to hire their sixth choice for interim administrator, Brad Caulder, during a special called meeting Thursday night, June 3, following a five-minute executive session. Caulder is the county’s director of Human Resources. He did not attend the meeting. Before the vote for Caulder, Councilman Neil […]

Attorney: Franklin has not complied with MPA Strategies’ FOIA request

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor Bryan Franklin has continued to publicly criticize two town council members for, according to Franklin, not complying with an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request submitted by The County Chronicle. The request is for documents from all council members and the mayor that pertain to MPA Strategies dating back to Oct. 1, […]

Fairfield’s 4th interim admin choice out; Caulder, Squirewell up next

WINNSBORO – Time’s almost up for Fairfield County to designate an interim or permanent administrator before running afoul of state law. In spite of four failed attempts in as many weeks to seat an interim administrator, the county’s top elected official asserted Tuesday night that one would be confirmed by Thursday evening, June 3. At […]

Fourth candidate for interim administrator pulls out, two more being considered

WINNSBORO – A special meeting of Fairfield County Council was called for 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 1, for the purpose of discussing a candidate for the position of interim county administrator. Council members had been told in a Tuesday morning email from Council Chairman Moses Bell that they would be interviewing educator David L. Rawlinson. […]

Seals talks with Voice on the record

WINNSBORO – Gerald Seals has been around the block as an administrator for several large city and county governments including Greenville and Richland – so when he was so quickly hired and just as quickly dismissed with a phone call the next day as the Fairfield county interim administrator, he said he was surprised. “The […]

Without administrator, county is at risk of violating state law

WINNSBORO – Four days after being offered the job, Gerald Seals is out as Fairfield County’s interim county administrator. Now Fairfield County is at risk of violating state law if an interim or permanent administrator isn’t installed by June 4. On Monday night, after discussing Seals in executive session, Fairfield County Council voted 7-0 to […]