RCPC OKs industrial zoning in 29016

COLUMBIA – Richland County Planning Commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to recommend that Richland County Council approve the rezoning of 483.55 acres of property adjacent to the Town of Blythewood – 456.01 of those acres would be zoned Light Industrial (LI) and 27.54 acres would be zoned General Commercial (GC). The two parcels lie in […]

County industrial property to go to RCPC

BLYTHEWOOD – Of the 1,300 acres that Richland County hopes to purchase and have rezoned for a Blythewood Industrial Park, almost 500 acres (two parcels) are in the county, not the Town of Blythewood, and the county will have jurisdiction over their re-zoning. The two parcels, located along Blythewood Road, west of Fairfield Electric Cooperative’s […]

Eight candidates file for council, mayor seat

BLYTHEWOOD – Eight town residents have filed for elective office in the upcoming Nov. 5 municipal elections – three candidates for mayor and five candidates for two at-large town council seats. The filing period ended Tuesday at 5 p.m. Filing to run for the four-year term of mayor are: former Blythewood Mayor Keith Bailey and […]

The deed is done – Doko Depot is sold!

BLYTHEWOOD – Approximately seven years after council voted in August, 2012, to pursue an economic development project that was characterized as the site where a replica of the town’s original train depot would be built, it appears that the disposition of that replica, the Doko Depot spec building, which sits across from Town Hall, has […]

Council OKs first vote for industrial zoning

County: Rezoning Must be Finalized by Late September BLYTHEWOOD – Richland County made another appeal to Town Council Monday night, the strongest yet, to approve the rezoning of 162 acres west of I-77 for industrial use. That effort was met by strong opposition from a room full of citizens and a couple of council members. […]

Teacher Village door remains open

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is one vote away from approving tax abatements for the Teacher Village, a proposed Fairfield County School District housing project intended to cater to teachers. But what agreement Fairfield County may ultimately reach with the school district still remain under wraps. After spending 20 minutes behind closed doors Monday night, County […]

Residents call out Trapp’s absences

WINNSBORO – He represents Fairfield County’s largest council district, but Mikel Trapp has been spending the least amount of time at council meetings.  Re-elected in 2018, the District 3 Councilman has been absent for six council meetings or budget workshops so far in 2019, according to County Council minutes. Trapp has also left early on […]

Council raises pay for Admin, clerk

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council recently approved salary increases for the county administrator and clerk to council, though votes to do so were not unanimous.  At the Aug. 12 meeting, council members voted 4-2 to increase the pay of County Administrator Jason Taylor by 5 percent. In 2018, Taylor received a 3.44 percent increase. The […]

Board volunteers needed

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town of Blythewood has vacancies on three government boards and is seeking volunteers to fill the positions. “It’s a great way to serve your community,” Mayor J. Michael Ross said. “We have many individuals who, each year, dedicate their time and expertise to shape the future of boards and commissions and nonprofit […]

If you plan to run for office

BLYTHEWOOD – Residents planning to run for mayor or for an at-large seat on town council must register between 12 noon, Aug. 15 and 5 p.m., Sept. 3. Candidates must file a Statement of Candidacy and pay a non-partisan $10 filing fee for the office of Mayor and a $5 filing fee for the office […]