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 […]

Notice of Public Hearing: Town of Blythewood

Attorney: Franklin has not complied with MPA Strategies’ FOIA request

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor Bryan Franklin has continued to publicly criticize two town council members for, according to Franklin, not complying with an FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request submitted by The County Chronicle. The request is for documents from all council members and the mayor that pertain to MPA Strategies dating back to Oct. 1, […]

Mayor Franklin says he’s besieged by council/media conspiracy

BLYTHEWOOD – When an article in the April 29 issue of The Voice reported that Mayor Bryan Franklin unilaterally hired outside counsel – without town council’s consent – to represent the Town concerning MPA Strategies, Franklin, in a 19+ minute tirade against the newspaper’s account, said it was “absolutely fabricated and false.” He insisted that […]

Time change for May 24 Blythewood town council meeting

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood town council meeting that was scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 24, at the Manor, has been rescheduled to meet at 6 p.m. at the same location. Contact town hall at 803-754-0501 for information or with questions.

MPA Strategies’ Ashley Hunter wants to put the shine on Blythewood

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood’s new marketing effort kicked off May 1, the day Ashley Hunter started work at town hall. Hunter’s marketing firm, MPA Strategies, was selected by the Blythewood Town Council for marketing and grant writing by a competitive RFP process. “My job is listening to what citizens and businesses are saying, listening to what […]

Staff, council recommend 4-way stop

Public Meeting for Input on Issue set for May 26 BLYTHEWOOD – In a follow up to a discussion by council last month about the Richland County Penny Tax program’s plan to construct either a small roundabout or a 4-way stop at the corner of Boney Road and McNulty Street, town hall staff recommended to […]

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 […]