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 […]

Council eyes slashing budget

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County staff say they’ve potentially found up to $750,000 in debt collection revenue that could help plug a $3.5 million deficit in the proposed 2022 budget. At a budget meeting Tuesday, County Administrator Jason Taylor reported the former Fairfield Community Hospital still owes the county about $1.26 million. Up to half, or […]

Public comment allowed at tonight’s Fairfield County Council meeting

County council meeting tonight, Monday, April 12 at 6 p.m.  WINNSBORO – Public comment will be allowed at tonight’s (April 12) county council meeting, but only at the beginning of the meeting and only on items that are listed on the agenda.  Those who wish to speak must arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign up. […]

Mt. Zion project costs rise with threat of cancelling contract

WINNSBORO – As Fairfield County looks down the double barrel of reduced revenue and a $3.5 million shortfall for the second year in a row, it also faces significant additional costs on the Mt. Zion renovations after four council members threatened to cancel the county’s Mt. Zion lease contract with developer 1st and Main. The […]

County Admin Jason Taylor resigns

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor submitted his resignation to County Council earlier today, effective June 7, 2021. Taylor sent the short, to-the-point email to Chairman Moses Bell and the other six council members at noon, Thursday, April 8. “After careful consideration, it has become clear to me that it is time that I […]

McMeekin wins big in hard fought Winnsboro mayor’s race

WINNSBORO – On a warm, sunny election day in Winnsboro, Town Councilman John McMeekin, with 469 votes, decisively won the mayoral election over Nocola Hemphill who received 265 votes. McMeekin took 63.90 percent of the vote. Hemphill took 36.10 percent. McMeekin carried four of the town’s five precincts. In the town council race, District 2 […]

Let Town of Blythewood know what you want

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood town government is leaving no stone unturned to find out what the folks in town and those living in 29016 want for Blythewood now and in the future. Poised for enormous growth in northern Richland County, the Town of Blythewood is embarking on its 10-year comprehensive plan that will address ten […]

Council stretches negotiations on MPA Strategies contract to April 26

BLYTHEWOOD – Raising his voice in angry criticism at the end of a special called town council meeting on April 1, Jerry Rega, representing the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, called for council members to reconsider a proposal submitted by the chamber in January in response to town council’s Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide […]

As mattress sales soar, MLily boosts hiring

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County recently celebrated the receipt of its first annual tax payment from mattress manufacturer MLILY – an amount just shy of half a million dollars – with a ceremony recognizing the positive impact the company has had since its arrival. “They have invested significantly in this community,” Fairfield County Economic Development Director […]