PC OKs sketch plan, rejects flag lots

BLYTHEWOOD – A request for approval of a sketch plan that was previously approved by a former planning commission was recommended for ‘approval with conditions’ Monday evening by the current planning commission. The vote was 2-1 with Commission Chairman Donald Brock, who is the Oakhurst Home Owners Association president, abstaining. Bucky Drake of Drake Development […]

Franklin wins mayor’s seat

Subhead: Brock, Beauman elected to council BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood voters elected a new mayor and two councilmen Monday night.   Current Town Councilman Bryan Franklin received 330 votes for mayor, besting former mayor Keith Bailey with 252 votes and Town Councilman Malcolm Gordge with 121 votes. Planning Commission Chair Donald Brock was the top vote […]

Roseborough files suit against County

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s former planning director has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit, claiming in court papers he was subjected to a hostile work environment, demoted and ultimately dismissed after refusing to testify a certain way in the ongoing VC Summer lawsuit. Fairfield County, however, has denied the allegations, saying in a recent response that […]

Bengals claim state title

PROSPERITY – After finishing as runners up to Lexington last year, the Blythewood girls golf team finally moved up a notch Tuesday. The Bengals finished the 5A State championship golf tournament with a 2-day total of 621 at Mid-Carolina Country Club, finishing nine shots ahead of the friendly rival Wildcats to unseat the 2-time defending […]

Candidates talk growth, annexation, safety, more

BLYTHEWOOD – Annexation, traffic and striking a balance between growth and preserving Blythewood’s rural character highlighted a two-hour town hall forum featuring the town’s three mayoral candidates in the first hour and four of five council candidates in the second hour Thursday evening at Doko Manor.  Former Mayor Keith Bailey and incumbent council members Bryan […]

Fairfield employment numbers looking good

WINNSBORO – The unemployment rate for Fairfield County has dropped dramatically in the last year from 5.3 percent in September, 2018 to 4.4 percent in August, 2019 and even lower this last month (September) to 3.3 percent. That is lower than the national rate of 3.5 percent and just slightly above the state’s rate of […]

Historic Winnsboro home burned

WINNSBORO – A historic Winnsboro home built in the 1800’s was destroyed in an early morning fire in downtown Winnsboro on Monday, Oct 29. The home, located at 225 S. Congress Street, is owned by William Sanders, 72, who said he has lived in the home for 19 years. One of Mr. Sanders’ two dogs, […]

BAR approves COA’s for Zaxby’s, State Farm and alterations to Doko Depot

BLYTHEWOOD – It was a busy night for the Blythewood Board of Architectural Review Monday evening. Board members approved Certificates of Appropriateness for construction of a Zaxby’s restaurant, construction of a State Farm Insurance Office and alteration of the Blythewood Depot Building. All three projects flew through the BAR with no major adjustments to the […]

Board’s Promise vote leaves some unfunded

Green: School Board will revote Promise funding issue next month WINNSBORO – All Fairfield County high school graduates are not currently able to receive free college tuition funds contributed by the Fairfield County School District as promised last summer under the newly minted Promise Program. A school board vote last week left Promise Program tuition […]

Council OKs, then denies library funds

WINNSBORO – They actually did vote for the $521,000 before they voted against it. At its Oct. 14 meeting, the Fairfield County Council inadvertently voted to award $521,000 in matching funds for the Fairfield County library in Ridgeway. Later in the meeting, the council voted to reconsider the library vote, meaning the county now is […]