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 […]

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 […]

Brock blasts lawsuit for not being authorized by council

BLYTHEWOOD – Just before Blythewood town council went into executive session April 20, for an update  on the MPA lawsuit and countersuit from two of the Town’s outside attorneys, Councilman Donald Brock read a prepared statement that he did not recognize one of those attorneys, Nexsen Pruet Attorney David Black, as representing the Town in […]

Editorial: This newspaper won’t sell its soul for $29,400

Following an hour-long executive session on April 20, in which Nexsen Pruet attorney David Black and attorney Shannon Burnett updated council on two lawsuits the Town of Blythewood is involved in with MPA Strategies, Mr. Black told council that The Voice’s publisher has cost the Town almost $70,000 for FOIA requests submitted in regard to […]

Black: The Voice’s FOIA requests cost Town almost $70K

BLYTHEWOOD – Speaking before town council last Thursday morning prior to a 9 a.m. budget workshop, Nexsen Pruet attorney David Black blamed thousands of dollars of the Town’s legal expenses on FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests filed by The Voice in connection with two lawsuits the Town is involved in with MPA Strategies marketing […]

BW council okays rezoning for Oakhurst

BLYTHEWOOD – After a brief pushback from Councilman Rich McKenrick, the Blythewood Town Council approved a request Tuesday evening to initiate a zoning amendment for the Oakhurst neighborhood, a 54-lot subdivision off Boney Road that was created roughly two decades go. The request was for a change from the current R-8 zoning district, which has […]

Blythewood Town Council approves 2020-2030 comp plan

BLYTHEWOOD – In a series of final votes Monday night, town council adopted the Blythewood Comprehensive Plan for 2020-2030. They approved an ordinance to revise the Town’s business license ordinance to allow for early payment, approved funds for Traditions (an outside agency), and approved a vendor to replace the floor covering in the Manor. Comprehensive […]

Taco Bell to request COA in Blythewood

NOTICE – CORRECTED DATE OF TACO BELL appearance before BW Board of Architectural Review The Blythewood Board of Architectural Review will consider a Certificate of Appropriateness for a Taco Bell Tuesday, Feb. 22 (not Monday, Feb. 21 as printed in the Feb. 17 issue of The Voice) at The Manor.  BLYTHEWOOD – Plans for a […]

Blythewood council to increase legal budget to $140K

Baughman: I could care less if it (the lawsuit) adds up to $100K per month. We brought it on ourselves. BLYTHEWOOD – Town Administrator Carroll Williamson informed council during a budget meeting Friday morning that the Town’s outside legal team has advised increasing the Town’s budget for outside legal expenses from $60,000 to $140,000 through […]

Blythewood’s legal expenses skyrocket as MPA lawsuit simmers

Bender: Meeting In Which MPA Contract Was Terminated May Have Been Illegal BLYTHEWOOD – After Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin failed to timely turn over documents including texts and emails to MPA Strategies’ attorney Joseph Dickey that Dickey had asked for through a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, MPA’s owner and CEO Ashley Hunter filed a […]