Candidate debate set for Oct. 26

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Chamber of Commerce is organizing a debate for the three candidates running for a seat on Blythewood town council in the Nov. 2 election. According to email from the chamber, the debate will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Doko Manor. No time was designated. Richland School District Two […]

Brown, Trapp honored by Blythewood Town Council

BLYTHEWOOD – As the father of the late Stacey Lamarn Brown and the family of Joe Trapp stood before council last week, Mayor Bryan Franklin read proclamations in honor of Brown and Trapp. Franklin declared the 23rd Day of August, 2021, as Stacey Lamarn Brown Day (pictured above) in the Town of Blythewood. Franklin said […]

Council votes to rezone two properties

BLYTHEWOOD – During a lengthy meeting Monday night, town council approved first reading on two rezoning issues. In a unanimous vote, council approved a zoning map amendment for a 10.4-acre property on Langford Road, rezoning the property from Rural District (RU) to Multi-Neighborhood Commercial District (MC) within the Architectural Overlay District. One of the property […]

Candidates for Town Council

Sloan Griffin, 35Cobblestone Park, 4 years; South Carolina DOT, Emergency Manager Hello, my name is Sloan J. Griffin III, and I’m seeking your support for Re-Election to Blythewood Town Council. My family, consisting of my wife Tennille, my son Tristin, and my Pomeranian Rosco and I, are residents of Cobblestone and we attend church at […]

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 […]

Blythewood reverses decision to release FOIA’d documents

BLYTHEWOOD – On Monday, Aug. 30, the town reversed its refusal to release responsive documents sought by The Voice from Town Administrator Carroll Williamson through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request 41 days earlier. The Voice requested the following documents: 1) a copy of the contract or letter of engagement that secured the outside […]

MPA files motion for dismissal of counterclaim

BLYTHEWOOD – MPA Strategies, LLC has filed a reply to the Town’s counterclaims filed July 20, 2021, in response to a lawsuit filed by MPA Strategies against the town government on June 28, 2021. All the claims and responses were filed in the Court of Common Pleas Fifth Judicial Circuit in Richland County. MPA also […]

Town Hall mum on attorney contract, fees

BLYTHEWOOD – Since filing a countersuit against MPA Strategies marketing firm, its owner Ashley Hunter and the nonprofit State and Frink Foundation, the Town of Blythewood government has been less than open concerning its arrangements with outside counsel David Black, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet LLC out of Columbia, who is representing the Town in […]

Council OKs funding for outside agencies

BLYTHEWOOD – During the FY2021-22 budget work session and discussions during Blythewood Town Council meetings, council identified specific outside agencies to receive funding. However, Town Administrator Carroll Williamson noted in a memo that council members approved the budget without a specific amount allocated to each agency. The total amount allocated for all the agencies was […]

MPA files lawsuit against Town after mayor fails to comply with FOI law

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town of Blythewood has been at risk of a legal action for almost two months after Mayor Bryan Franklin failed to submit responsive documents to a Freedom of Information request from MPA Strategies, the town’s newly contracted marketing and grant writing firm. On Tuesday, June 28, MPA filed that legal action against […]