Who Knew?

If there is one thing to which the old cliché “It was in all the papers” aptly applies, it is Fairfield County’s recreation debate and its long-awaited plan, revealed last September, to spend $500,000 in each of its seven voting districts. That Ridgeway Town Council was surprised last month to learn that the plan for […]

Naughty or Nice?

It is the season for giving, and there has been no shortage of it in Fairfield County and Blythewood of late; although some of what has been passed along appears more like a gnarly lump of sooty coal than anything one might put a bow on. If Santa is indeed watching, it looks as though […]


Everything may indeed, as the saying goes, have a price; there may also be things, however, for which a price would be so absurdly high as to render that thing essentially priceless. Other things there are still for which one cannot imagine a price, however high. The Statue of Liberty, for example, and Mt. Rushmore, […]

Setting the Agenda

With the final race for Fairfield County Council heading for a protest, the tremors from last week’s election results do not appear to have completely died down. It is difficult – as it should be – to overturn or order a new election, so regardless of the merits of that protest, the odds are long […]

Say, You Want a Revolution?

Regardless of the outcome of today’s recount in the County Council race for District 3, a seat that appeared to outside observers and amateur political strategists in the local newspaper industry as the single most secure seat for any incumbent in any race in the nation, the results of Tuesday’s election is clear. For if […]

Choose Wisely

Barring a last-minute write-in miracle on Nov. 18, this Tuesday’s Democratic primary will almost certainly be The Election for Fairfield County Sheriff. The candidates have stumped and speechified, they have littered yards and highways with signs and billboards proclaiming their electability, they have had their faces plastered on nearly everything but milk cartons from Mitford […]

Ramblin’ Rec

For all the mysteries and perplexities in which the mechanics of Fairfield County’s $24.06 million bond issue have been shrouded – some, if not all, of which may hopefully be vanquished forever into the Realm of Misunderstanding by the close of Council’s Monday night meeting – one thing that has been abundantly clear from the […]


Fairfield County is about to be rich. Filthy, stinking, greasy rich. Regardless of the arguments for or against nuclear energy, in five years or so, when the first of two new reactors is expected to come on line in Jenkinsville, Fairfield will be the John D. Rockefeller of S.C. counties. But it is going to […]

Passing the Torch

Too often it is all too true, that phrase that rings with regret, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” But Fairfield County did know, we think, what they’ve had at the top of their Sheriff’s Office for the last 22 years, and Herman Young’s six consecutive successful bids for that office seem […]

Reinforce Public Trust

Although government may indeed work best when it works least, for it to work at all – fairly, equitably and justly – it should work, with only the rarest of exceptions, in the full light of day. In the open. In public. And in a place most easily accessible by the most people, striving always […]

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