Masks off in BW, effective May 1

BLYTHEWOOD – Wearing masks will no longer be part of the Town’s emergency ordinance, beginning May 1. Council voted 3 – 2 Monday night to amend the Town’s emergency ordinance to not require face masks in the town limits. Voting against were Councilmen Sloan Griffin and Larry Griffin. While masks will no longer be required […]

Town, MPA sign; council may have violated FOIA

BLYTHEWOOD – After months of acrimonious council discussions concerning contract negotiations between Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin and MPA Strategies, the climate has turned legal. While Franklin was one of two members of council who voted against contracting with MPA Strategies to handle promotional services and grant writing for the town, he, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson […]

Council stretches negotiations on MPA Strategies contract to April 26

BLYTHEWOOD – Raising his voice in angry criticism at the end of a special called town council meeting on April 1, Jerry Rega, representing the Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce, called for council members to reconsider a proposal submitted by the chamber in January in response to town council’s Request for Proposal (RFP) to provide […]

McKenrick announces run for BW town council

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Planning Commission Chair Rich McKenrick has announced that he will be campaigning to fill one of two town council seats that will be open in November. A resident of Ashley Oaks since moving to Blythewood from Rock Hill in 2016, McKenrich also represents Blythewood on the Richland County Transportation Penny Advisory Committee […]

‘Maxine Canzater Day’ proclaimed

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin presented a proclamation to lifelong Blythewood town resident Maxine Canzater who turned 99 on March 24, a date Franklin proclaimed Maxine Canzater Day. Born in a little house in Blythewood in 1922, Canzater was the fourth of 12 children, and later, she became the mother of 12 children. One […]

Council going after park vandals

BLYTHEWOOD – After the latest in what has been years of varying degrees of vandalism in the town park, Blythewood Town Council is cracking down. At last week’s town council meeting, members talked about more diligently pressing charges against park vandals and taking new steps to deter vandalism in the future. Teen Arrested The crackdown […]

Council re-votes MPA contract

BLYTHEWOOD – After voting last week to contract with MPA Strategies to market, brand and write grants for the Town of Blythewood, it appeared to some members of council that the motion only allowed the Mayor to negotiate but not execute the contract. During Tuesday’s special called meeting, the contract was re-voted to allow the […]

BTC eyes adjusting H-Tax/A-Tax funding

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Council met in a special called meeting Tuesday night to consider a record number of requests from 24 organizations for a total of $275,000 for event funding. The source for the funding is the Town’s hospitality tax (H-tax) and accommodations tax (A-Tax) revenue which amounts to a little over $500,000 annually. The […]

Town Council hires MPA Strategies to market, brand Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – After months of contentious wrangling over who should receive 30 percent of the Town’s SAT (state accommodation tax) funds to market and brand the Town of Blythewood, town council voted 3-2 in favor of a Columbia firm, MPA Strategies. The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and MPA were the two finalists out of […]

BW okays July 3 fireworks, awaiting Commerce approval

BLYTHEWOOD – Council voted Monday night to go forward with the July 3rd Fireworks in Doko Park. Due to COVID restrictions, the popular event, which draws as many as 5,000 to the park every July 3, was not held last year. Because it was cancelled after it was scheduled, the Town was obligated per contract […]