County hires $200/hour consultant to assist admin

WINNSBORO – The County’s Human Resources Director Brad Caulder was hired last month by the majority 4 as the county’s interim administrator to replace former Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor. Last week Caulder hired a $200 per hour consult to assist him in his administrative duties. Ed Driggers, a consultant with Parker Poe, will be […]

How will majority 4 spend $7.6M?

WINNSBORO – Approximately $7.6 million is coming to Fairfield County this month from the Dominion settlement, and county council is looking at their options for how to spend it. According to the $99.5 million settlement agreement, which was finalized in May and resulted from the county’s lawsuit in relation to the failed nuclear plant project, […]

Bell, Roseborough announce new location for $2.5M Ridgeway rec center

RIDGEWAY – The majority 4 council members voted last month to option two 1-1/2 acre parcels of land in the Town of Ridgeway for $300,000 to build a recreation center. The $2.5 million funding for the project is part of the $99 million Dominion settlement with Fairfield County. After two weeks of push back from […]

Richland seeks public input on how to spend $2.4M in housing grants

COLUMBIA – An upcoming virtual public hearing will gather input on how Richland County uses federal funding to aid low-to-moderate-income residents. The meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 via Zoom, will cover the County’s Annual Action Plan for fiscal year 2021-22. The action plan details activities funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) […]

Blythewood’s response to FOIA is late, largely unrelated

BLYTHEWOOD – Three days after MPA Strategies filed a lawsuit against the Town to obtain overdue responsive documents sought from Mayor Bryan Franklin through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on April 15, the Town’s outside attorney released those documents on Friday, July 9. The attorney, David Black, with Nexsen Pruet law firm in […]

Roger Gaddy retires from mayoring, but carries on as doctor and community builder

WINNSBORO – After 16 years in office, recently retired Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy says politics is a slower-moving process than he first expected – but he lists improved working relationships with the county and major infrastructure improvements among his accomplishments in office. He says he hopes to see those efforts continue. As a doctor he […]

Bell, Roseborough face constituents at separate meetings on July 17

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – County Council members Moses Bell (District 1) and Tim Roseborough (District 4) will each meet with their constituents in separate meetings on Saturday, July 17, and under separate conditions. Bell’s Meeting Bell posted an announcement on his Facebook page that the meeting for District 1 will be held at the Ridgeway Fire […]

$1.8M budget adds $60K for legal costs

BLYTHEWOOD – Town council passed a $1,854,837 budget at the June 28 meeting, an increase of $35,070 over the FY 20/21 budget. Of the pluses and minuses in the FY 21/22 budget, those that stand out include an increase in the town government’s legal expenses for outside attorneys – $60,000, up $35,000 from $25,000 last […]

MPA files lawsuit against Town after mayor fails to comply with FOI law

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town of Blythewood has been at risk of a legal action for almost two months after Mayor Bryan Franklin failed to submit responsive documents to a Freedom of Information request from MPA Strategies, the town’s newly contracted marketing and grant writing firm. On Tuesday, June 28, MPA filed that legal action against […]

Blythewood ‘makes right’ over wrong business license

BLYTHEWOOD – After town hall mistakenly issued a business license for a business located on property it was not zoned for, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson sought to stem the zoning/business license conundrum by allowing the business to continue operating for the duration of its five-month lease. “On June 4, 2021 the Town of Blythewood made […]