New Penny Tax priorities for Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – Two years ago Richland County Council approved a priority list of road improvement projects in Blythewood to be paid for with the Penny Tax funds. Leading the list was improvements to McNulty Road followed by improvements to the Creech Road extension. Third and fourth priorities were widening Blythewood Road from I-77 to Main […]

Swearing to Serve –

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway Mayor Heath Cookendorfer administered the oath of office to the town’s two newly elected town council members: Belva Bush Belton, left, and Don Prioleau. Belton is accompanied by her son Justin Martin and her husband David Curtis Belton. Belton returns to council after a six year absence. Prioleau, who has served on […]

Candidates file for council, school board

WINNSBORO – Nine candidates have filed for three seats on Fairfield County Council and five have filed for three seats on the Fairfield County School Board. County Council Incumbent Jimmy Ray Douglas is running for re-election to his council seat as he seeks to continue serving District 2. Douglas is finishing his first term on […]

PC votes against commercial zoning on Wilson Boulevard

BLYTHEWOOD – After the Blythewood Town Council voted 5-0 on June 22 to deny the rezoning of a property at 10715 Wilson Boulevard from Rural (R) zoning to Multi-Neighborhood (MO) commercial zoning, property owner Terika Taylor started the rezoning process anew. She appeared before the Blythewood Planning Commission on Monday night asking for a more […]

Blythewood approves 20-year Winnsboro water contract

BLYTHEWOOD – After discussion that made clear it was the only option to supply water to the town of Blythewood, the Blythewood Town Council approved a new 20-year agreement with the Town of Winnsboro, which has provided water in Blythewood for the past 20 years. In a 4-1 vote, the council agreed to another 20 […]

Council considers 1¢ tax for water, sewer

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is bringing in more experts to help counter Richland County’s growing opposition to a proposed wastewater treatment plant.  Meantime, Fairfield County Council is also moving forward with a proposed capital project sales tax to help pay for the facility that’s seen as vital to recruiting more industry to Fairfield County.  On […]

Wilson Blvd. rezoning denied

Applicant Is Expected To Bring New Commercial Rezoning Request BLYTHEWOOD – After Blythewood Town Council discussed the merits and legalities of a controversial rezoning request Monday night, members voted unanimously on second and final reading to deny the request with the understanding that if the applicant choses to come back with a new, more restrictive […]

Council passes $1.8M budget, barely

Use Of Rainy-Day Reserves To Fund Events Causes Stir BLYTHEWOOD – After briefly expressing their two opposing views, a divided Blythewood Town Council passed a $1.8 million budget Monday night for the 2020-21 fiscal year. In a controversial measure, the council voted to pull a little less than $150,000 from almost $500,000 in hospitality tax […]

Blythewood seats two representatives on Richland County Council

BLYTHEWOOD – A second Richland County Council member who represents Blythewood lost her re-election bid Tuesday night by more than 1,000 votes. Blythewood 29016 resident Gretchen Barron, with 1,726 votes (72.40 percent) handily defeated District 7 Councilwoman Gwendolyn Kennedy who had 658 votes (27.60 percent) District 9 Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson, who represented another section of […]

County approves $46.4M budget

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County moved forward with final reading of its $46.4 million budget, but not without drama. On June 9, council members voted 4-3 to approve the budget that does not include an increase in the base millage rate, but does dig into the county’s cash reserves. Council members Bertha Goins, Clarence Gilbert, Jimmy […]