Coaches preview season challenges

BLYTHEWOOD – The wait for football season is nearly over—unless it isn’t. In South Carolina, as school districts have been cleared to take in students on and off campus, athletes have also been cleared to begin fall practice in the shadow of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Coaches and players alike are optimistic about playing a […]

$8.2M loans available to BW, Fairfield businesses

COLUMBIA – More than $8M is available for low interest loans to assist businesses and agribusinesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Loans can range from $50,000 to $750,000 and are available in 29 SC counties, including Richland and Fairfield counties. Funding for the SC Business Loan Fund (SCBLF) has been provided from the U.S. Economic […]

6th food distribution set for Aug. 13

WINNSBORO – The sixth Fairfield County distribution of free boxes of fresh produce is scheduled for distribution at five separate locations at the same time – Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. Boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables will be limited to two boxes per car, one box per household. The five food distribution points […]

COVID-19 numbers by zip code

SCDHEC’s latest update for coronavirus case numbers in the following Blythewood and Fairfield County zip codes. BLYTHEWOOD – 304 reported cases FAIRFIELD COUNTY – 533 reported cases, 23 deaths Fairfield ranks sixth highest county in the state for COVID-19 cases at 2,385.11 per 100,000 residents Because DHEC does not report specific case numbers for several […]

R2 board approves Aug. 31 start date

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to approve a revised calendar for the upcoming school year. Aug. 31 will be the first day of school for students. It was announced during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that five days (Aug. 17 – 21) will be LEAP Days that are designed […]

Sharing Food

Distribution volunteers Rep. Annie McDaniel and Fairfield County Recreation Department employee Larry Perry load boxes of fruits and vegetables into 200 vehicles at the Fairfield County Commerce Center during the County’s fifth food distribution event. Sponsored by Fairfield County Council and Fairfield Forward, the event distributed a total of 800 boxes at the Commerce Center, […]

Free COVID-19 testing in Ridgeway

RIDGEWAY – Free COVID-19 testing will be available at Geiger Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, July 23. No pre-registration or appointment necessary; valid IDs are required.  Walk up or drive thru. Geiger is located at 150 TM Cook Lane, Ridgeway. The event is a collaboration between Fairfield County District 1 representatives. […]

Pig on the Ridge canceled

RIDGEWAY – This won’t be the year of the pig. The Pig on the Ridge festival steering committee made the decision this week to cancel the Pig on the Ridge festival that was scheduled for the first weekend in November in Ridgeway. It would have been the 22nd year for the successful festival. “I know […]

County encourages use of facemasks

WINNSBORO – A Fairfield County council resolution encourages but won’t require people to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. In a unanimous vote Monday, council approved the resolution. It asks residents and visitors to wear “face coverings when in public locations where social distancing is not possible.” “The main thing is that we can do […]

4 food shares set for Thursday, July 17

WINNSBORO – The fifth Fairfield County mobile food pantry is scheduled for distribution in Fairfield County at four separate locations at the same time – Thursday, July 16 at 5 p.m. Food Share boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables will be distributed to the first 200 households at each location. Boxes are limited to two […]