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 […]

Town of Blythewood hires new attorney

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Administrator Carroll Williamson announced at Monday night’s town Council meeting that that Council has hired a new town attorney, Ginny L. Merck-Dupont, following the resignation of Shannon Burnett last fall. A native of Greenville, Dupont is an associate of the Talley Law Firm in Spartanburg, She graduated from the University of South […]

Two local businesses accuse Blythewood Town Hall of harassment, bullying

BLYTHEWOOD – The owners of two downtown Blythewood businesses told council members at a special called meeting last week that they felt they were being targeted, harassed and even bullied by the town government because their storefronts feature LED lighting. Both store owners – John and Teresa Edwards, owners of Blythewood Cigar and Wine and […]

New date, time set for Dec. Council meeting

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood town council meeting that is usually held the fourth Monday of every month, has been rescheduled for December to accommodate the holidays. The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Manor. Town Administrator Carroll Williamson said a report on the town’s annual audit will […]

Griffin, McKenrick sworn in

Blythewood Magistrate Diedra Hightower administered the oath of office to returning Blythewood town council member Sloan Griffin, III, left, with his wife Tinnelle and their son Tristan, and to newly elected council member Rich McKenrick, right, with his wife Theresa. Larry Griffin: I Do Think This Council Can Rebound BLYTHEWOOD – After warm goodbyes all […]

State Champs Honored

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood High School’s newest State Champions, the girls golf team, were honored at Monday’s Blythewood Town Council meeting. Head coach Jason Minkle was presented a plaque from Mayor Bryan Franklin, picturd center. The Bengals took the 5A state title on Oct. 26.

Ft. Jackson requests $50K to build park

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood Town Council members balked at a proposal to spend $50,000 to help build Centennial Park at Ft. Jackson, a proposed park at the Columbia military base located approximately 14 miles from the Town of Blythewood limits. In October 2019, the council kicked in $15,000 toward the park, said Town Administrator Carroll Williamson. […]

Blythewood election results

BLYTHEWOOD – Current Town Councilman Sloan J. Griffin, III and Planning Commission Chair Rich McKenrick handily won the two open seats on Blythewood Town Council Tuesday night. Passed over for an endorsement by the Blythewood Chamber of Commerce and openly campaigned against on Facebook by former mayor Mike Ross, Griffin, with 364 votes (42.72%), was […]

Blythewood council meeting postponed to Nov. 1

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood town council meeting scheduled for earlier this week was rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 1, as a joint council/planning commission meeting. Both meetings have long agendas, with a summary of the town’s comprehensive plan during the commission meeting. The  council meeting will include an update on Richland County’s planned industrial park in […]

Chamber hosts council candidate forum

BLYTHEWOOD – Two of three candidates running for two town council seats showed up at Tuesday night’s candidate forum held at The Manor to answer questions first from the Blythewood chamber of commerce and later from members of the audience. Prior to the event, missing candidate Town Councilman Sloan Griffin, Jr. released a statement that […]