Council stretches negotiations on MPA Strategies contract to April 26

BLYTHEWOOD – Raising his voice in angry criticism at the end of a special called town council meeting on April 1, Jerry Rega, representing the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, called for council members to reconsider a proposal submitted by the chamber in January in response to town council’s Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide […]

As mattress sales soar, MLily boosts hiring

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County recently celebrated the receipt of its first annual tax payment from mattress manufacturer MLILY – an amount just shy of half a million dollars – with a ceremony recognizing the positive impact the company has had since its arrival. “They have invested significantly in this community,” Fairfield County Economic Development Director […]

County preparing leaner budget

WINNSBORO – Budget cuts, dipping into reserves and raising taxes emerged as early possible solutions to another projected multi-million dollar shortfall in Fairfield County’s budget.  Still, county staff remained hopeful that federal aid, economic development and possibly selling county property could help the county patch budgetary gaps.  In a recent budget meeting, County Administrator Jason […]

Winnsboro mayoral candidates speak out on issues

Nocola Hemphill, 44 What started out as an Idea, has blossomed into something real. Throughout our journey to make Winnsboro a place of prosperity and tradition, I had the opportunity to speak directly to you, the people. With no surprise we concluded that the issues that you are so passionate about are also the issues […]

Vote April 6 for Winnsboro mayor, council

WINNSBORO – Of the 2,231 registered voters in the Town of Winnsboro, 111 have already voted in person for mayor and two town council members. Voter Registration Deputy Director Jackie Beaver estimates her office has received less than 50 mailed-in votes as of Wednesday, March 31. Voting day is Tuesday, April 6, from 7 a.m. […]

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 […]