Reporting on park vandal getting expensive

BLYTHEWOOD – No progress has been made in a vandalism case that caused glaring tire track damage to Doko Park. Richland County investigators still haven’t publicly identified the prime suspect who remains at large, and now the sheriff’s department is charging hefty fees to provide its email communications with Town of Blythewood leaders concerning the […]

BW chamber endorses only one council candidate

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce board has narrowed its choice of candidates to one of three running for two seats in the Nov. 2, town council election. An announcement issued by the chamber earlier this week endorsed only candidate Rich McKenrick. The endorsement comes ahead of the candidate forum which will be conducted […]

Pauley, Robinson counter Mt. Zion cost update

WINNSBORO – Offering an update during Monday night’s county council meeting on the final days of construction of the Mt. Zion administration building, Ed Driggers, assistant to the interim county administrator, set off on a high note. “We’re not seeing anything on the contractor’s schedule that gives us any substantial concern. The schedule is moving […]

Taylor drops annexation fee; welcomes properties into town

WINNSBORO – With the elimination of the fee for annexation into the town, Winnsboro is seeing a surge in interest from property owners, says Town Administrator Jason Taylor. And the town is welcoming its neighbors in with open arms. Once an annexation petition is filed, it can be approved with two readings before the town […]

Public hearing draws comments on comp plan

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood community was invited to hear a presentation earlier this month at Doko Manor and provide input for the Town of Blythewood’s Comprehensive Plan which must be updated every five years. Prior to the presentation, Lizard’s Thicket catered a meal for the 30 or so attendees. Gregory Sprouse of the Central Midlands […]

Ridgeway looking to change sewer rates

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway Town Council held an emergency meeting at 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 1, for the purpose of discussing an amendment to the Town’s ordinance prescribing rates and regulations for the Town’s waterworks and sewer system. The meeting was called by council member Rufus Jones on behalf of a sewer customer who, he […]

New meter system aims to make Winnsboro’s billing headache go away

WINNSBORO – Winnsboro water customers should soon have fewer headaches over their water bills. Their meter readers will soon be replaced with smart meters and consistent billing. The town is installing the smart meters in two phases. The first phase is being installed for Blythewood’s 1,600 customers beginning later this month. Phase two will bring […]

Candidate debate set for Oct. 26

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce is organizing a debate for the three candidates running for a seat on Blythewood town council in the Nov. 2 election. According to email from the chamber, the debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Doko Manor. No time was designated. Richland School District Two […]

County committee may have violated FOIA

WINNSBORO – Last week, in apparent violation of open meeting laws, the county’s economic development committee met to discuss water and sewer infrastructure without providing proper public notice. All three committee members – Council Chairman Moses Bell and council members Tim Roseborough and Shirley Greene – participated. Also attending were Brad Caulder, interim county administrator; […]

Former FMH property sells for $1.5M

WINNBORO – After discussing the former Fairfield Memorial Hospital property sale and other items in an executive session that lasted a little over an hour, council voted 5-1 on third reading to sell the property, all doctors’ offices and the John Martin building to Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center for $1.5 million. The property and […]