Fairfield County could receive up to $4.2M from American Rescue Plan

WINNSBORO – County and Town officials haven’t yet received official word, but, in total, they are in line for millions of dollars from the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The county would likely qualify for up to $4.2 million in federal assistance through the $1.9 trillion program; the Town of Winnsboro is […]

McKenrick announces run for BW town council

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Planning Commission Chair Rich McKenrick has announced that he will be campaigning to fill one of two town council seats that will be open in November. A resident of Ashley Oaks since moving to Blythewood from Rock Hill in 2016, McKenrich also represents Blythewood on the Richland County Transportation Penny Advisory Committee […]

The Voice is latest target of County Council majority’s purge

WINNSBORO – The Voice newspaper is the latest head to roll under Fairfield County’s new council majority that was seated in January. Last week, the following announcement was posted on the county’s Facebook page: “Please be aware, effective immediately, Fairfield County will no longer use The Voice of Fairfield County for ads and legal notices…” […]

Councilman Pauley calls Bell out for pulling advertisements from The Voice

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s decision to publish public notices in a newspaper with a smaller reach than The Voice’s runs contrary to state law, according to a County Council member and S.C. Attorney General opinions. At Monday night’s council meeting, Councilman Douglas Pauley accused Council Chairman Moses Bell of pulling legal notices from The Voice […]

Promise Program eligibility expanded

WINNSBORO – Council members voted unanimously to amend its memorandum of understanding relating to the Promise Program, extending eligibility from 12 months to 36 months after graduation. County Administrator Jason Taylor said the program, which aims to provide a college education free of cost to qualifying Fairfield County students, is suffering from poor participation. “Right […]

Red Gate TC rezoning approved on 1st reading

BLYTHEWOOD – Following a contentious discussion, the Blythewood Town Council voted 3-2 Monday night to approve on first reading a rezoning of the former Red Gate property, a roughly 140-acre parcel across I-77 from town and bounded by Blythewood, Syrup Mill, and Muller roads. Now, the only step that remains for the proposed zoning change […]

Emergency ordinance fails again

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council once again voted against reinstating the county’s emergency COVID-19 ordinance. The vote was 4-3, but because it’s an emergency ordinance, a two-thirds majority (five votes) is required. Council members supporting the ordinance say it’s necessary to protect county employees and the public from contracting the novel coronavirus. Those opposed to […]

Developer: County could be on the hook for millions if it breaks Mt. Zion contract

WINNSBORO – After weeks of publicly claiming that the cost of renovating Mt. Zion is unknown, County Councilman Moses Bell and the three-member ad hoc committee he appointed to find out those costs, were reminded Monday night that the cost information is readily available to the public. Rory Dowling, principal of 1st and Main which […]

Mystery entity helping RW mayor to acquire grant for splash pad

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway Mayor Heath Cookendorfer announced to town council members last week that the Town had received a S.C. Parks and Recreation Department grant for $40,242.75 to be used to construct a 30-foot x 30-foot splash pad in the town’s park. He asked council to approve the grant, which requires a $10,000 match from […]

Developer Answers Questions About Mt. Zion Renovation

Why did the County explore a new location for Offices? The existing location of the county offices was retrofitted in the 1980s. It continues to deteriorate and has significant code issues including water intrusion, mold, and rodent infestation. The roof and mechanical equipment are in the most urgent need for repair that would cost the […]