Council hires new town admin

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor Bryan Franklin has announced the hiring of a new town administrator. Carroll S. Williamson, who has served as the Planning and Development Director for the City of Cayce since 2017, accepted the position early last week, according to Franklin. Council voted unanimously at a special called meeting on Dec. 16 to extend […]

Franklin issues strategic plan suggestions

BLYTHEWOOD – In an effort to initiate a strategic plan for the Town, Mayor Bryan Franklin said he plans to pull together available folks together in January, prior to town council’s monthly meeting on Jan. 25, to develop and publish a town mission, vision and values. Franklin said he wants to develop near-term, short-term and […]

Council defers vote for marketing path

BLYTHEWOOD – In a special called meeting Wed., Dec. 16, Blythewood town council continued to wrangle over how to spend 30 percent of state accommodations tax revenue that is required by state law to be allocated to a non-profit entity for promotion and publicity for the Town. After an executive session discussion about whether to […]

RC councilwoman indicted on 24 counts

COLUMBIA – Richland County Councilwoman Dalhi Myers has been indicted by a grand jury on 24 charges that include embezzlement, writing a fraudulent check, spending campaign funds for personal use and misconduct in office. Myers, a Columbia attorney, allegedly charged items for personal use on her county issued charge card. If convicted on all charges, […]

Council thanks Goins, Douglas

WINNSBORO – With a light agenda before them, Fairfield County council members took the opportunity to recognize and thank two outgoing council members – Councilwoman Bertha Goins (District 4) and Councilman Jimmy Ray Douglas (District 2) for their service to the county. Chairman Neil Robinson presented plaques of appreciation to Douglas and Vice-Chair Goins who […]

Town bids goodbye to Brian Cook

The staff at Blythewood Town Hall along with council, board and commission members said goodbye to Town Administrator Brian Cook on Friday night with a band and dinner catered by Doko Smoke. Cook has taken a position with the City of Mt. Pleasant.  From left: Architectural Review Board member Jim McLean, Town Administrative Coordinator Julie […]

RC planning commission holds meeting without the public

Bender: The Meeting is Illegal and a ‘Do-Over’ is Warranted COLUMBIA – In a meeting Monday afternoon that turned out not to be accessible to the public, the Richland County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend rezoning a 15.14 acre parcel on Rimer Pond Road from Rural (RU) to Low Density Residential (RS-LD) for a […]

Winnsboro to sub out sewer pretreatment

WINNSBORO –  During Monday night’s Winnsboro Town Council meeting, Trip Peak, the Town’s Gas, Water and Sewer Director, submitted a quote from a company to administer the Town’s industrial sewer pretreatment program. OLEinc (On Line Environmental, Inc., of Gilbert. S.C.) offered the service for a one-time fee of $7,832 for the program set-up, and a […]

Auditor praises Town’s finances

BLYTHEWOOD – The town’s auditor, Gary Bailey of Love Bailey, CPAs, had nothing but good news and high praise for the Town of Blythewood’s finances Monday evening during the presentation of the Town’s 2020 audit. Mayor Bryan Franklin passed all the glory along to Town Administrator Brian Cook and Office Manager Julie Emory. “They keep […]

County OKs additional $200K for Lake Wateree fire station

WINNSBORO – With the construction of a proposed fire station on River Road, parts of Lake Wateree that have not been covered by fire service in the past will now be covered, according to Councilman Jimmy Ray Douglas, who represents the area and negotiated the county’s purchase of the 2.4 acre property from the Lake […]