Letter: Congrats Grads!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Not only have you made it through 12 years of school, but you are finishing the last few months with grace and courage in the midst of a pandemic. No one could have known what you would be facing in your last few months of high school, what important […]

Letter: Time to Bench Joyce

On June 9th, residents of Richland County will have an opportunity to decide if they want to score a win for their communities. They will have an opportunity to put Joyce Dickerson on the bench and put Derek Pugh on the team, by electing him to represent District 2 of Richland County Council. “The Capitals […]

Letter: Jackson Always Votes BW!

As we ponder who we want to give our vote to in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, I think it matters a great deal to know something of the person and character of those on the ballot. I think myself fortunate to have served the Town of Blythewood on the planning commission and as a […]

Guest Editorial: Vote for Pugh for District 2

On June 9, citizens of the Richland County communities of Blythewood, St. Andrews (Broad River) and Harbison and the rural areas in between will be given the opportunity to advocate for their District. Assessing appropriately and honestly, it’s time to elect a new voice for District 2 – that voice is Derrek Pugh.  He is […]

James Albert Rauch, Jr.

BLYTHEWOOD – James “Pete” Albert Rauch, Jr., 72, of Blythewood, died at home on Friday, May 22, 2020. Born in Lexington, SC, on August 2, 1947, he was a son of the late James “Pete” Albert Rauch, Sr., and Lois Dixon Rauch. Pete was a graduate of Eau Claire High School and a very talented […]

Letter: Looking for Improvement

This is an election year. Where is the accountability… who do we hold accountable? When was the last time the county held a town hall meeting? When was the last time the county put themselves out for public questioning? When was the last time you saw a survey in this paper or online? For the […]

Letter: County Budget Mostly Good

Fairfield’s budget process has hit many high notes and some sour ones to date. On the positive side, there will not be any base millage rate increases. Also on the positive side, our Council has demonstrated prudent fiscal restraint on the most extreme requests such as the inane pitch for a $400K non-essential building/monument. Additionally, […]

Letter: R2 Zaps Public Comment

The Richland 2 School Board stuck it to the voters, taxpayers, parents, staff and students on May 12, when it voted to suspend Board Policy BEDH – Public Participation at Meetings. Not suspend it temporarily, as Amelia McKie explained. There was no “temporarily” about it. They voted 6-1 to suspend it. That means it is […]

Letter: Vote Integrity for Senate

Republicans in Fairfield, Chester, and York Counties, I ask you to vote for MaryGail Douglas in the democratic primary on June 9th! Why would the Fairfield County Republican Party Executive Committeeman ask you to vote in the democratic primary? We simply have to vote out Liberal Democrat State Senator Mike Fanning.   Fanning demonstrated questionable behavior […]

Letters: Enough of Joyce

On June 9, 2020 we have the opportunity to stop a pandemic. I am not referring to COVID-19, I am referencing the Richland County Council.  We must vote to oust our current council member Joyce Dickerson.  We require new leadership for our district.  The current Council is responsible for misspending millions of our tax dollars […]