Lt. Col. Charles Hodges of Blair honored by King of Thailand

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former resident of Blair, Fairfield County, S.C., was formally recognized by the king of Thailand for his exceptional service to the Thai nation in a ceremony Tues., Sept. 17 at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Lt. Col. Charles D. Hodges, U.S. Air Force, was raised in the Salem Crossroads […]

RCPC OKs industrial zoning in 29016

COLUMBIA – Richland County Planning Commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to recommend that Richland County Council approve the rezoning of 483.55 acres of property adjacent to the Town of Blythewood – 456.01 of those acres would be zoned Light Industrial (LI) and 27.54 acres would be zoned General Commercial (GC). The two parcels lie in […]

Fairfield First Steps scores in SC’s top four

WINNSBORO – There are only three school districts in the state whose five year olds are more ready for kindergarten than those in Fairfield County, according to the statewide First Steps Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) scores released in August. “It’s an indication for the county as a whole not just for our First Steps program […]

Solicitor declines to prosecute animal neglect case

WINNSBORO – Peebles is a lot like most Fairfield County pets suffering from neglect.  When Fairfield County animal control first inspected Peebles in June, the 10-year-old pit bull was covered in fleas. A police report said Peebles had so many fleas, a flea comb filled several times. Water used to wash the malnourished dog became darkened […]

Teacher village hits a snag

WINNSBORO – The proposed Teacher Village is still on summer break. Fairfield County Council has already passed two readings to award tax breaks to Gorelick Brothers, a North Carolina hedge fund, to build the proposed subdivision catering to Fairfield County teachers. But third reading remains on hold due to disagreements over inserting an indemnification clause, […]

Armed Robbery at Grand Central Truck Stop

FAIRFIELD COUNTY -Two individuals wearing masks and armed with a hammer and what the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office believes to be a machete robbed the Grand Central Truck Stop on SC 200 at the intersection of I-77. The robbery occurred on Aug. 31. One of the individuals returned on Sept. 9 with the large knife […]

R2 acknowledges WHS threat

BLYTHEWOOD – A Westwood High School student has been charged with multiple crimes after bringing weapons on campus Tuesday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported. The 15-year-old student was overheard by another student threatening to “shoot up the school.” He later brought the weapons to the school, the sheriff department’s news release said. The student […]

Deaths of Winnsboro man, Columbia woman ruled murder/suicide

COLUMBIA – A Winnsboro man and a Columbia woman died of gunshot wounds between 6 and 7 a.m. today (Saturday). Anthony Kwahn Kennedy, 47 of Sandy Lane Extension, Winnsboro, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head an autopsy indicated. The incident occurred at 91 Summit Ridge Circle, Columbia, according to Richland County Cororner […]

County industrial property to go to RCPC

BLYTHEWOOD – Of the 1,300 acres that Richland County hopes to purchase and have rezoned for a Blythewood Industrial Park, almost 500 acres (two parcels) are in the county, not the Town of Blythewood, and the county will have jurisdiction over their re-zoning. The two parcels, located along Blythewood Road, west of Fairfield Electric Cooperative’s […]

Eight candidates file for council, mayor seat

BLYTHEWOOD – Eight town residents have filed for elective office in the upcoming Nov. 5 municipal elections – three candidates for mayor and five candidates for two at-large town council seats. The filing period ended Tuesday at 5 p.m. Filing to run for the four-year term of mayor are: former Blythewood Mayor Keith Bailey and […]