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 […]

Restaurants struggle to stay open amid pandemic

BLYTHEWOOD/FAIRFIELD COUNTY – It’s with a lot of hand-wringing that local restaurant owners talk about their steadily rising costs and abysmally slowing business. After nearly a year of business slowed by fears related to the Covid-19 pandemic, mandated shutdowns, and economic uncertainty, even restaurants that have been longtime fixtures in the community find themselves struggling […]

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 […]

EMS to be first county employees to get vaccine

WINNSBORO – While the COVID-19 vaccine is now being made available to health care facilities, long term care facilities and those associated workers under Phase 1A of DHEC’s statewide vaccine distribution system, some Fairfield County employees are also included in the Phase 1A distribution according to Brad Douglas, Fairfield County’s Director of Emergency Management. “We […]

Blythewood mayor, family test positive for COVID

BLYTHEWOOD – After being exposed to COVID 19 when two of his daughters tested positive in early December, Mayor Bryan Franklin and the other members of his immediate family tested negative but quarantined for the CDC-required 7 days. On Dec. 18, however, Franklin’s wife, Dusty, experienced symptoms of COVID 19, prompting her, the mayor and […]

New Vision worships with community

WINNSBORO – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, New Vision’s outdoor service sought to provide a safe way for the community to gather together for worship on Oct. 18. The multicultural community service took place on the open green area at Fortune Springs Park in Winnsboro.  A praise and worship team opened with contemporary […]