After 27 years, he’s an Eagle Scout

BLYTHEWOOD – It is not often you hear about a wrong being righted after 27 years.  But on Friday, Sept. 17, that’s exactly what happened. Kelly Powell was awarded his Eagle Scout badge that was denied to him in 1994. The story begins sometime in 1988 when Powell was a young Boy Scout working hard […]

Blythewood Town Council mandates masks

BLYTHEWOOD – During a special called meeting last week, council voted 4 – 1 to approve an emergency mask ordinance that is, according to Town Administrator Carroll Williamson, largely like the one recently passed by Richland County and similar to the one the Town enacted last year. Councilman Eddie Baughman voted against the ordinance. One […]

Town attorney resigns; councilmen not notified

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Attorney Shannon Burnett has resigned her position with the town, according to emails exchanged between Councilman Donald Brock and Town Administrator Carroll Williamson on Tuesday, almost a week after sources say Burnett’s resignation letter was received by Williamson. When Williamson was asked for a copy of Burnett’s resignation letter, Mayor Bryan Franklin […]

Parent not charged in hot car deaths of twins

COLUMBIA – A Blythewood parent will not be charged in the death of 20-month old twin boys who died after being left in a hot car for more than nine hours, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said during a press conference Tuesday morning. “It didn’t happen on purpose,” Lott said. “He (the father) didn’t mean […]

State awards $30 million for internet

More Than 1,000 Fairfield Homes to Receive Internet in Next 18 Months WINNSBORO – Act 175 aimed to plug Internet coverage gaps in South Carolina’s rural areas, including Fairfield County. While full coverage remains elusive a year later, the state has taken strides toward expanding and enhancing service, according to state officials. On Monday night, […]

Local online sexual predators arrested

LEXINGTON – More than a dozen law enforcement agencies have worked together on a month-long operation targeting adults accused of contacting children online for sexual activity. Seventeen men have been arrested as part of the operation. Another man is wanted on charges stemming from messages exchanged with law enforcement officers posing as minors on social […]

One dies after motorcycle crash in Fairfield County

LAKE WATEREE – Jackie Ronald Burchett, 58, of Great Falls, was killed in a crash on Saturday, Sept. 11, about 10:30 p.m. near Lake Wateree. The motorcycle was traveling south on Wateree Road when it went off the roadway to the left, struck a ditch and ejected the operator, according to Master Trooper David Jones. […]

Four candidates file for two Blythewood council seats

BLYTHEWOOD – Four town residents have filed to run for two at-large seats on town council in the upcoming Nov. 2 municipal elections. The filing period ended Tuesday at 5 p.m. Filing to run for the four-year term on council are: incumbents Larry Griffin and Sloan Griffin, Planning Commission Chairman Rich McKenrick and Cobblestone Park […]

Four arrested after shooting at Cuz’s corner

WINNSBORO – A Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy was reported to have passed out Sunday evening from substances the deputy encountered while searching a pickup truck that had reportedly been involved in a shootout earlier in the evening. The deputy was immediately administered Narcon by fellow officers and transported to a local hospital and later released, […]

Elgin father dies after vehicle overturns near Lake Carolina

BLYTHEWOOD – Harlon Drew, 25, of Elgin, was killed in a one-car crash that occurred on 25-Mile Creek Road near Kelly Mill Road at 9:55 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, according to the Kershaw County Coroner David West. The 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Drew, was traveling north on 25-Mill Creek Road when it ran […]