Arts on the Ridge 2019

RIDGEWAY – The 2019 Arts on the Ridge featured the art of writing during its second annual literary festival. Organizer Phyllis Gutierrez welcomed attendees to the whimsically yarn-bombed town and invited them to visit with 17 S.C. authors who were on hand to talk about literature and sign their own books. This year’s Friend of […]

Mainstay Senior Living expands

  RIDGEWAY – Tod Petty, President and CEO for Mainstay Senior Living, says his company is all about southern hospitality. As the new owner of Ridgeway’s former Fairfield Manor Assisted Living location at 117 Belfield Road, he showed that he knew what he was talking about when he feted his staff and the residence’s seniors […]

Fairfield, RW laud policing pact

RIDGEWAY – Fairfield County and Ridgeway elected leaders are calling it a win-win arrangement. Following the defunding of the Ridgeway Police Department, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will now police the town of 319 residents. Speaking at Monday night’s County Council meeting, Sheriff Will Montgomery said off-duty deputies would spend about six hours per day […]

Judge, others issue complaints against chief

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway Police Chief Christopher Culp has repeatedly shown “a lack of manners, professionalism, and respect” for the town’s traffic court and Municipal Judge Adrian Wilkes, according to public records obtained by The Voice through a Freedom of Information request. Wilkes recently penned a scathing letter directed at the chief, who according to Wilkes, […]

Chief survives move to fire him

NAACP, School officials called to defend Culp RIDGEWAY – Christopher Culp still has his job. Ridgeway’s police chief was not present when town council members killed an effort to fire him immediately. Councilman Rufus Jones made a motion to immediately fire Culp, but the motion died when nobody seconded it. Culp’s brush with potential termination […]

Ridgeway Council proceeds with Cotton Yard purchase

RIDGEWAY – Mayor Heath Cookendorfer called a special council meeting Monday evening to put the Cotton Yard purchase to bed – to either move forward to purchase it or to back out of the purchase. Cookendorfer said he wanted both residents and Council members to have the chance to speak their minds in public about […]

Rules for behavior on Ridgeway agenda

RIDGEWAY – In an effort to return what he termed respect and order to Ridgeway Town Council meetings, newly elected Mayor Heath Cookendorfer rolled out new rules for behavior for council members at the last meeting. “When someone has the floor and someone else has something to add, if that person will raise their hand, […]

Ridgeway Council OKs sidewalk match; water tower bid

RIDGEWAY – Two new town councilmen and a new mayor held their first council meeting last week, four days after being elected to office. The first order of business was to elect a new Mayor Pro Tem to replace Mayor Pro Tem Doug Porter who did not seek re-election for his council seat. Longtime Councilman […]

Mayor and councilmen sworn in

RIDGEWAY – Ridgeway’s newly elected mayor and town council members were sworn into office Friday evening at the Century House by Ridgeway Municipal Judge Adrian Wilkes. From left are Councilman Dan Martin with Robbie Martin holding the Bible; Mayor Heath Cookendorfer with Patti Cookendorfer holding the Bible and Councilman Rufus Jones with Gloria Keeffe holding […]