Gilbert: Council salaries should be cut in FY 22-23

Councilman Trapp: ‘I Don’t Think That’s Legal.’ WINNSBORO – Fee increases, adding new positions, and cutting council member salaries are among the last minute alterations under consideration in Fairfield County’s proposed $41.3 million budget. But it was an existing budget item that would fund Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office raises that’s giving at least one council […]

Director of Economic Development Ty Davenport leaving County

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Director of Economic Development, Ty Davenport, has announced he will be leaving the county on May 25. Davenport is the eighth top county official to leave the county’s employ in the last year including the county administrator, assistant county administrator, attorney, clerk to council and several department heads.. Two more department […]

Council authorizes Franklin to sue The Voice and others

BLYTHEWOOD  – Blythewood Town Council voted 4-1 Thursday, May 5, to authorize Mayor Bryan Franklin, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson, and the Town’s outside attorneys David Black and Shannon Burnett to take legal action against The Voice and its publisher. While the Town has already sued MPA Strategies owner Ashley Hunter and threatened to sue Donald […]

R2 trustee arrested for threatening board chair

COLUMBIA – In the latest Richland 2 Board of Trustees debacle, board member Lashonda McFadden has been arrested and charged with Threatening Life of Public Employee. McFadden’s arrest follows the release of a four-minute recording of an executive session at the April 28 board meeting, in which a voice identified as Lashonda says, “I will […]

Seven quakes rock Blythewood, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD/BLYTHEWOOD – A 3.3 magnitude earthquake occurred six km east of Elgin Monday morning, about 1:30 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Many residents in Blythewood and Fairfield County took to The Voice’s Facebook page to report not only feeling the strong tremor, but some said it sounded like a sonic boom and shook […]

Vehicle crashes into crowd, killing Blythewood woman

BLYTHEWOOD – A Blythewood woman was killed and two other people injured Saturday when a man drove a vehicle into a group of people at the intersection of Fairfield Road and Eisenhower Drive in Columbia, according to a Richland County Sheriff’s incident report. Dr. Sonya Lewis, a 56-year-old Blythewood resident, died at the scene of […]

JV Water Company sues Neil Robinson

JENKINSVILLE – Jenkinsville Water Company is suing another Fairfield County elected official. In litigation filed April 27, the JWC accuses County Councilman Neil Robinson of libel, saying he “recruited” citizens to publicly disparage the water company at council meetings. The also names Fairfield County Government as a co-defendant, which the suit states is “vicariously liable” […]

In searing public speech, BW mayor confuses conspiracy with routine journalism

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor Bryan Franklin delivered his most chilling verbal attack to date on The Voice’s publisher and Councilman Donald Brock at the end of a joint town council/planning commission meeting Monday night. The subject matter was rambling, with multiple undocumented claims. Explaining that his speech was in response to The Voice’s editorial in the […]

Blythewood woman dies in crash with train

BLYTHEWOOD – The Richland Coroner’s office has identified a woman who died on Saturday following a crash involving a train outside of Blythewood. Jennifer Kennedy, 25, of Blythewood died in the crash, according to Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford. The crash occurred on Hobart Road around 5 p.m. Master Trooper David Jones, with the South […]

MTC president questioned on how county funding is spent

WINNSBORO – With Fairfield County considering tax increases and agency cuts to balance the budget, questions arose during a work session Tuesday about how the county funds Midlands Technical College. MTC president Ronald Rhames acknowledged this year’s $155,100 funding request – up from about $143,000 last year – would be spent not only in Fairfield […]