Scout, state, county celebrate industry coming to Blythewood

COLUMBIA – During a press conference on Monday, Scout Motors Inc hosted an official signing ceremony of the Project Development Agreement with Scout President and CEO Scott Keogh, Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey. Earlier, McMaster signed House Bill 3604, the joint resolution to approve the largest economic investment in the state’s […]

Detention Center named for former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County government held a ceremony Tuesday morning honoring former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young by placing his name on the Fairfield County Detention Center.  Sheriff Young, who died in May, 2020, was first elected Sheriff in 1992, and served the county for 22 years before resigning in 2014 for health reasons. […]

MPA: deposing Blythewood attorney proper, vital

BLYTHEWOOD – Efforts to depose a Blythewood attorney are proper and a vital component of an ongoing FOIA lawsuit, according to a March 14 memorandum filed by MPA Strategies, the Town’s former marketing firm. The filing comes in response to a motion to quash that was filed by Blythewood attorneys who are trying to block […]

More than 200 attend Town Hall Q&A about Scout Motors EV

 BLYTHEWOOD – Traffic congestion, potential noise and pollution, and hiring locally were among the issues Blythewood area residents raised during a recent town hall meeting about the Scout Motors EV plant coming to Blythewood’s industrial park. On Monday night, 200 residents packed into Doko Manor to learn more about the Volkswagen brand, particularly any tradeoffs […]

Voice publisher receives Jay Bender award

COLUMBIA – The tenth annual Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism was presented to Barbara Ball, publisher of The Voice, during the South Carolina Press Association’s annual meeting in Columbia on March 9-10. The award recognizes one weekly newspaper and one daily newspaper journalist in the state each year who stands up to authority in […]

Man found dead in Fairfield County after reported altercation with girlfriend

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – An investigation is being conducted into a shooting incident that left a man dead at a home on Reservoir Road in Fairfield County over the weekend, according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office. Altrone T. Burrell, 45, was found dead Friday night from an apparent gunshot wound, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were […]

State, County and local officials to hold Town Hall meeting about the $2B industry coming to Blythewood Industrial Park

BLYTHEWOOD – S.C. Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey, Richland County Economic Development Director Jeff Ruble, Richland County Councilman Derrek Pugh and Blythewood  Mayor Bryan Franklin will meet with the public to discuss and answer questions about Scout Motors’ investment in the county and town. WHEN: 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday, March 13 WHERE: Doko Manor, 100 […]

Scout EV truck/SUV manufacturer investing $2B in Blythewood industrial park; bringing 4K jobs

State and county incentives will fund new I-77 interchange, several traffic circles in the town, and other improvements to roads to help alleviate traffic in and around Blythewood. CORRECTION: There is a traffic light at Syrup Mill and Blythewood Roads – NOT a traffic circle. The map above has been updated to reflect the correction. […]

Suspects arrested for grand larceny

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Two arrests have been made in thefts from a hunting property near Lake Wateree. Michael P. McLemore, SR, 37, and Joshua A. Shealy, 33, were charged with Grand Larceny for the thefts of a small farm truck, an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and a chain saw between Feb. 19-20, 2023. An investigation by […]

Bengals are back on track

HOPKINS – Blythewood’s Track and Field team competed in the Diamond Hornet’s Invitational on March 4 at Lower Richland. Pulling first place finishes for the girls’  were Hailey Duncan, Arianna Williams, Jasmine Young, Keaundrea Bateman and the girls 4×100, 4×400 and 4×800 relays. The girls had 19 top-five finishes, and the boys had 13 top-five […]