Assistant Administrator for Fairfield County announces departure

WINNSBORO – Assistant County Administrator Laura Johnson has submitted a letter of resignation to County administrator Jason Taylor, effective June 4, 2021, the day before Taylor leaves his job and takes over as Town Manager of Winnsboro. Johnson is the third high level county employee to leave or be forced out in the last two […]

Plan takes shape for BW industrial park

BLYTHEWOOD – A formal planning process is now under way for the development of the commercial portion of the 1,300-acre parcel of land near Blythewood’s downtown that’s slated to become an industrial park with an adjoining commercial area. Richland County, which owns the land, is working with the Urban Land Institute to determine how best […]

Suspect found guilty; on the loose

WINNSBORO – An Elgin man was arrested and charged with distribution of methamphetamine to an undercover agent on July 3, 2018. Tommy Gene Tolbert, 50, was scheduled to stand trial on the charges in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court in Winnsboro on Monday, but did not appear. The trial proceeded without him, and he was […]

Fairfield DUI may be related to Blythewood accident

WINNSBORO – A DUI arrest on Sunday in Fairfield County may have included a separate incident earlier in Blythewood. LaPorchia Hall, 36, was driving a 2009 Murano Nissan Sports Utility when she was stopped for speeding on Highway 21 between Blythewood and Ridgeway in Fairfield County at about 4 p.m. Sunday by Master Trooper Gary […]

Search for man off Hwy 21 ends

BLYTHEWOOD – About 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a disturbance in the area of Boney Road and Shade Tree Road off Highway 321 just outside of Blythewood, going towards Ridgeway. The man ran into the woods with deputies in pursuit, according to Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery. Sheriff’s deputies […]

Revelations lacking in Greene’s MZI report

WINNSBORO – A Fairfield County ad hoc committee report takes several jabs at financial decisions tied to the Mt. Zion renovation project but the financial facts regarding the renovation of Mt. Zion did not vary from what had earlier been made public. The report, delivered at a special meeting last week by Councilwoman Shirley Greene, […]

Masks off in BW, effective May 1

BLYTHEWOOD – Wearing masks will no longer be part of the Town’s emergency ordinance, beginning May 1. Council voted 3 – 2 Monday night to amend the Town’s emergency ordinance to not require face masks in the town limits. Voting against were Councilmen Sloan Griffin and Larry Griffin. While masks will no longer be required […]

Penny tax may bring roundabout to Boney/McNulty intersection

BLYTHEWOOD – As part of the Richland County Transportation Penny Tax program, the town is in line to have Creech Road extended from Blythewood Road down to Main Street (Highway 21/Wilson Boulevard) as well as the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of McNulty Street and Boney Road. Before plans are drawn up for […]

Fairfield Fire Service awarded $28K grant

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – The Fairfield County Fire Service has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Volunteer Strategic Assistance and Fire Equipment (VSAFE) program. This program is administered by SC State Fire with funding provided by the SC General Assembly. The funding will be used to purchase a complete set of vehicle extrication tools to […]

Basketball Great, Winnsboro’s Ronnie Collins dead at 79

Gamecock basketball great and Winnsboro native Ronnie Collins, 79, died Tuesday.  A 1960 Mt. Zion Institute graduate, Collins came to the University of South Carolina in 1960 after receiving state basketball player of the year honors in his senior year at Winnsboro High School.  “Basketball players didn’t come out of South Carolina back in those […]