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 […]

DHEC pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released the following statement concerning Tuesday morning’s federal announcement about the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine:  South Carolina public health officials received word this morning, like many throughout the nation and the state, that the CDC and FDA have recommended immediately pausing use […]

COVID-19 statute fails… again

WINNSBORO – Members of the public are once again welcome at Fairfield County council meetings despite objections from some office holders. On Monday night, council members voted 3-3 on a motion to renew the county’s emergency COVID-19 ordinance. The tie vote constituted a failed vote. Councilman Mikel Trapp was absent. Council Chairman Moses Bell and […]

Pugh, Mackey host first of three testing and mask giveaway events

BLYTHEWOOD – Richland County Councilman Derrek Pugh and Councilwoman Jesica Mackey sponsored the first of three COVID testing and mask giveaway events last Saturday at Doko Meadows Park. “It is a cold and rainy day,” Mackey said in a statement on Facebook, “but thankful to partner with Councilmember Derrek Pugh and SC DHEC this morning […]

Fairfield County offers free rides to vaccination site

WINNSBORO – In a joint effort between Cooperative Health and the Fairfield County Transit Department, free transportation to vaccine appointments will be provided to those who do not have access to transportation. The following locations are currently scheduling and accepting vaccination appointments: Lake Monticello Family Practice 9017 Hwy 215 South, Jenkinsville, SC 29065 Call 803-298-2068 […]

Vaccine slowdown at Prisma Health walk-in sites

COLUMBIA – For those who are over 65 years of age or otherwise qualify for the 1A phase of SC DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule and have not so far been able to make an appointment, the wait may get longer. Prisma Health announced on Monday that it will not hold walk-in vaccinations for the remainder […]

McMaster, DHEC announce vaccine availability to 65+

COLUMBIA – On Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced that beginning Monday, Feb. 8, any South Carolina resident aged 65 or older, regardless of health status or preexisting conditions, can schedule an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine. DHEC’s online tool at scdhec.gov/vaxlocator shows locations currently […]

Pugh to host COVID-19 testing & mask giveaway

COLUMBIA –Derrek Pugh, Blythewood’s District 2 Richland County Councilman, is holding a testing and mask giveaway events as part of the county’s continuing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents can receive a COVID-19 test and face coverings will be available first come, first serve at the free drive-thru events which will be held […]

Roll up your sleeve

What Vaccination Phase Are You In? 70s and Up Move To Head of Shot Line The Department of Health and Environmental Control says everyone will have a chance to get the vaccine. But when do you get yours? Vaccine distribution is occurring in a phased approach. The following provides an overview of the anticipated categories […]

COVID case forces Griffins to adjust schedule

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield Central football team’s 3-0 run in Region 4-3A got put on hold because of a positive COVID-19 test from a player on the team. The Griffins, whose only loss came in a 25-18 non-region defeat to York, were set to play Mid Carolina (0-1 region, 0-2 overall) in its region finale […]