Teen arrested for turning donuts and damaging Doko Meadows Park

BLYTHEWOOD – Richland County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a male juvenile accused of vandalizing Doko Meadows Park. The teen was arrested on Oct. 18, according to Sara Blann, a public information officer with the Sheriff’s department.   He was charged with vandalism and released into the custody of a parent. The incident occurred on the evening […]

17-year-old arrested in recent Winnsboro shootings

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery announced the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile from Richland County in connection with several recent shootings in Fairfield County. The juvenile turned himself in to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday Oct, 26, 2022 and was transported to the Fairfield County Detention Center where he was charged […]

104 townhouses proposed for downtown Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – Great Southern Homes’ representative Ned Purcell appeared before the Blythewood Board of Architectural Review Monday night to request approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness for 104 townhouses to be constructed at 158 Langford Road across from Town Hall. The 12.55-acre parcel is zoned for the project that will consist of 1,500 to 1,700 […]

Ridgeway area burglary suspects sought

RIDGEWAY – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a burglary that occurred on Broom Mill Rd. in the Ridgeway area of Fairfield County. According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s office on Monday, Oct, 17, two individuals unlawfully entered a residence on Broom Mill Road and stole a handgun, jewelry, and other […]

Pedestrian killed in crash near Lake Carolina

LAKE CAROLINA — The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a pedestrian has died after being struck by an SUV early Thursday morning near Lake Carolina, according to Master Trooper Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway patrol. The collision took place at 6:18 a.m. at Kelly Mill Road near Stallion Drive. That’s near the Lake Carolina […]

Winnsboro enacts new code enforcement law

WINNSBORO – Winnsboro town officials hope revisions to its public nuisance ordinance will speed up compliance and reduce lengthy litigation. On Sept. 20, Winnsboro Town Council approved first reading of amendments to the town’s property maintenance and nuisance ordinance. The vote was unanimous. A public hearing and final reading is tentatively planned for Oct. 18. […]

Whitaker restricts county employees from talking to media or council members

Bender: Law Does Not Prohibit Employees From Conversing With Council Members WINNSBORO – Last week, County Administrator Malik Whitaker informed the county’s department heads that employees are not to talk to council members. It is the third time this year that Whitaker has tried to curtail who county employees can talk to. Some have expressed […]


WINNSBORO – A parade was held on Hwy 321 in Winnsboro last Wednesday, Sept. 28 to celebrate Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science being recognized as a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School by US Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. Cardona announced on Sept. 16 that 297 schools across the country were receiving the award. […]

Shabazz sentenced to life for murder

WINNSBORO – Osman Shareef Shabazz, Jr., 24, has been convicted of murder and other related charges in a case that involved the death of Gabriel Deshawn Brisbon, 22, on Jan. 31, 2021. The case was tried in the 6th Circuit Court by Judge Brian Gibbons. Shabazz was sentenced Sept. 29 to life in prison for […]

Lawsuit dismissed against Voice, Ball

BLYTHEWOOD – Legal proceedings against The Voice and its publisher have ended. A Notice of Dismissal filed Aug. 25 by the plaintiff removes The Voice and its publisher Barbara Ball as defendants in a libel lawsuit filed by a Richland Two administrator last May. Richland County parent Zachary Johnson was also named in the suit. […]