Bell, Pauley spar over budget, agenda and stamp machine

WINNSBORO – Hardly a meeting passes without some back and forth between Fairfield County Council Chairman Moses Bell and Councilman Doug Pauley. But Monday night’s meeting was especially contentious, with the two council members sparing over county policy, budgetary matters and public comment policies. Things got off to a rocky start during discussion of how […]

Blythewood’s legal expenses skyrocket as MPA lawsuit simmers

Bender: Meeting In Which MPA Contract Was Terminated May Have Been Illegal BLYTHEWOOD – After Blythewood Mayor Bryan Franklin failed to timely turn over documents including texts and emails to MPA Strategies’ attorney Joseph Dickey that Dickey had asked for through a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, MPA’s owner and CEO Ashley Hunter filed a […]

More chaos erupts at R2 school board meeting

COLUMBIA – The angst and hostility that’s come to define Richland School District Two school board politics over the last year erupted again minutes before Tuesday night’s board meeting was scheduled to open. An altercation which some witnesses said was sparked at least partially by the wife of the district’s Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis resulted […]

Two men arrested for shooting death of woman

COLUMBIA – Two men have been arrested in the shooting death of a Florida woman outside a bar at 7708 Fairfield Road, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Malcolm Clinton, 26, and James Alterique White, 23, were charged with the murder of Joyell Snell, 45, of Fort Myers, FL. The incident occurred on Dec. […]

‘81-’90 BHE alums set to say good-bye Jan. 27

BLYTHEWOOD – As the time approaches to say a final farewell to the current Bethel-Hanberry Elementary school building, the district is inviting all former students and employees back to walk the halls and visit old classrooms one last time prior to the school’s demolition. Alums from the years 1981 through 1990 are invited to walk […]

Blythewood woman headed to federal prison

BLYTHEWOOD – A Blythewood woman will spend the next two years behind bars after pleading guilty to bilking the U.S. Government out of over $1.2 million in federal stimulus money. Bridgett Dorsey, 39, of Blythewood, was sentenced earlier this month to defrauding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act, as well as tax […]

Ice, wind cause outages, damage in Blythewood and Fairfield County

Blythewood BLYTHEWOOD – After Sunday’s icy winter storm knocked out power to about 12,000 Fairfield Electric Coop customers, linemen had restored power to all but a few off them by 11 p.m., Monday night. “The outages were widespread over our entire territory,” Vice President of Member Services Doug Payne told The Voice Wednesday morning. “Altogether, […]

House burns after family lights fireplace to stay warm

BLAIR – After power had been out at their home for several hours on Sunday due to the storm, a Blair family of five tried to stay warm by building a fire in the home’s fireplace. Shortly after, they noticed fire in the wall around the chimney. They reportedly tried unsuccessfully to douse the fire, […]

Update: Winnsboro water customers (except Blythewood) remain under boiled water advisory

WINNSBORO – After Sunday’s winter storm knocked out power to the Winnsboro water reservoir, crews rallied to restore power to the reservoir and refilled the town’s water tanks. On Monday, the Town issued a boil water advisory to all its water customers except Blythewood which was not affected by the power outage at the reservoir. […]

Joe Trapp, Jr. announces candidacy for R2 board

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood’s Joe Trapp, Jr. has announced on Facebook that he is running for a seat as a member of the Richland 2 School Board in November 2022 elections. “I am genuinely interested in finding out what concerns parents have about their children’s educational experience as well and giving everyone a chance to find […]