Scout, state, county celebrate industry coming to Blythewood

COLUMBIA – During a press conference on Monday, Scout Motors Inc hosted an official signing ceremony of the Project Development Agreement with Scout President and CEO Scott Keogh, Governor Henry McMaster and Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey. Earlier, McMaster signed House Bill 3604, the joint resolution to approve the largest economic investment in the state’s […]

Detention Center named for former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County government held a ceremony Tuesday morning honoring former Fairfield County Sheriff Herman Young by placing his name on the Fairfield County Detention Center.  Sheriff Young, who died in May, 2020, was first elected Sheriff in 1992, and served the county for 22 years before resigning in 2014 for health reasons. […]

Industrial rezoning requested next to Ashley Oaks

BLYTHEWOOD – Some Ashley Oaks residents say they were alarmed last week when the Town of Blythewood posted a yellow notice near their properties announcing that the owner of a 290.3-acre parcel bordering their back yards is requesting to have the property rezoned from D-1 (Development) zoning to Li-2 (Light Industry-2) zoning. The proposed use […]

County audit delayed further

Auditor: $47.5M Funds Not Recorded  WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s already tardy audit could trickle into April before the final document is complete, further delaying the release of state funds and altering the 2023 budget process. A series of last minute “adjustments” totaling $12 million forced the county’s auditing firm to recalculate the county’s financial picture […]

Eagles build premier program, take home SCISA state title again

WINNSBORO – Richard Winn Academy’s sporting clay team once again beat the odds and raised the bar(rel) higher, this time at the Governor’s Cup Youth Sporting Clay Open in Edgefield. The Governor’s Cup not only is the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s final event of the year, but it also serves as the state championship […]

More than 200 attend Town Hall Q&A about Scout Motors EV

 BLYTHEWOOD – Traffic congestion, potential noise and pollution, and hiring locally were among the issues Blythewood area residents raised during a recent town hall meeting about the Scout Motors EV plant coming to Blythewood’s industrial park. On Monday night, 200 residents packed into Doko Manor to learn more about the Volkswagen brand, particularly any tradeoffs […]

Winnsboro Council looking to rehab former dry cleaning store

WINNSBORO – As part of its burgeoning downtown redevelopment efforts, the Winnsboro town council voted to place an option on the property located at 201 N. Congress Street in downtown Winnsboro. The 5-0 vote, taken during Tuesday night’s council meeting, also approved a $10,000 purchase agreement for the property. “The building on the property housed […]

Voice publisher receives Jay Bender award

COLUMBIA – The tenth annual Jay Bender Award for Assertive Journalism was presented to Barbara Ball, publisher of The Voice, during the South Carolina Press Association’s annual meeting in Columbia on March 9-10. The award recognizes one weekly newspaper and one daily newspaper journalist in the state each year who stands up to authority in […]

MPA subpoenas Burnett testimony

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood lawyers want a judge to strike a subpoena seeking testimony from an attorney representing the Town in its legal battle against its former marketing firm. On March 9, attorneys for MPA Strategies subpoenaed Shannon Burnett, an attorney with the Town. Blythewood attorneys promptly responded by filing a motion to quash the subpoena. […]

New Beginnings at Oates Field

BLYTHEWOOD – Earlier this month, Blythewood Youth Baseball and Softball League (BYBSL) officially renamed Field 1 at Blythewood Park in memory of League coach and parent Bradley Oates. Oates passed away at the age of 48 after a long battle with colon cancer. In a post on Facebook, the League described Oates’ passion for BYBSL. […]