Big Grab over A-Tax Funds

Applicants offered $5K; Mayor: Take it or leave it BLYTHEWOOD – After the Accommodation Tax (A-Tax) committee passed last week on choosing one of two applicants (the Greater Blythewood Chamber and shop owner Theresa McKendrick) to receive $10,000 in A-Tax funds to run the Blythewood portion of this year’s Big Grab event, council was left […]

Auditor: Town’s books were a mess

Council Advised To Hire Competent Accountant BLYTHEWOOD – Before presenting the audit for the town government during Monday night’s town council meeting, Gary Bailey, with Love, Bailey Auditors of Laurens, S.C., spoke plainly about the condition in which he found the town’s books when he was called to audit them last November. “The books were […]

Town hires CPA to right its financials

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Council passed final reading last week on the Town’s 2018-19 budget set at $1,565,114. Town administrator Brian Cook said there were only a few changes in the budget since the first reading in May. Of note, however, is a transfer of $25,000 from the contingency fund into accounting services. “That accounts partly […]

Bond refinancing savings changes

BLYTHEWOOD – After voting on April 5 to refinance the 2010 $5 million Blythewood Facilities Corporation (BFC) bonds, Council closed on the refinancing with BB&T bank on June 5. Emily Luther, an attorney with Parker Poe of Columbia who handled the initial 2010 bond issuance, updated Town Council on the refinancing at its May 26 […]

Dispose of meds at Town Hall

BLYTHEWOOD – As a pharmacist by profession, Mayor J. Michael Ross is concerned about proper disposal of all drugs, even those that were prescribed but never finished for one reason or another and are sitting in a cabinet unprotected. To help break the chain of illicit access and to help curb the opioid epidemic that […]

Stitching History Together

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Historical Society unveiled two community quilts last week – a children’s quilt and an adult quilt – that were begun during the Town’s Black History event in February and finished in May. Unveiling the adult quilt during a ceremony held at the Langford-Nord House are, from left, Historical Society President Jim […]

Town Hall meeting to address traffic circle

BLYTHEWOOD  –  Blythewood Town Council has scheduled a town hall meeting concerning a traffic circle proposed for Blythewood Road to be constructed through the Richland Penny Tax program. Controversy has picked up over the proposed traffic circle that would impact the Blythewood Road entrances to Cobblestone Park, Palmetto Citizens Bank, the Food Lion shopping complex […]

A Walk in the Park

BLYTHEWOOD – Mayor J. Michael Ross began what he promises to be a twice weekly walk-in-the-park with walking companions, from left: Kiruth Brown, Lee Ann Griffin, Julie Emerson, (Ross), John Morris and his lab, Jake.  Residents are invited to join the Mayor and friends on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at the trail head […]

Town retreat set for Saturday

BLYTHEWOOD – Town Council’s annual day-long working retreat will be held this Saturday, March 10, at The Manor in Doko Park. According to Mayor J. Michael Ross, this year’s retreat will be larger and different from past retreats in that he and Council are making an all-out effort to include resident participation this year. “The […]

Town breaks ground for Broad River Project

WINNSBORO – HPG engineer Ken Parnell, Danny Stuck with DS Utilities, Blythewood Mayor J. Michael Ross, Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring, Winnsboro Town Councilmen Clyde Sanders, Jackie Wilkes (former), John McMeekin, Town Manager Don Wood, Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy, attorney John Fantry, Fairfield County Councilwoman Bertha Goins and Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor broke ground for […]