Affordable Care Act could impact county, employees Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — At the April 22 meeting of Fairfield County Council, County Human Resources Manager Hyatt Kelsey explained ramifications of the Affordable Care Act and Fairfield County as an employer.
In January 2014, a shared responsibility for health care insurance requirements will apply to employers with more than 50 employees. The county meets that criteria.
Under the plan all employees, including temporary ...
Lawsuit filed against Dorn VA hospital COLUMBIA — The Mike Kelly Law Group, with an office in Winnsboro, recently joined with Columbia attorney Doug Rosinski in filing a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of two veterans whose personal information was compromised along with that of some 7,500 other veterans when an unsecured laptop was stolen from the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center on February 11, 2013. The two veterans in the lawsuit thus far are from Richland ...
Lathan recognized by Fairfield Behavioral Health Services WINNSBORO — Fairfield Behavioral Health Services recognized Arthur Lathan, former vice chairman of the board of directors, during its March 18 meeting.
For the past six years, Lathan served as a member of the nine-member board of directors. Members are appointed by Fairfield County Council. He was named vice chairman shortly after his appointment.
Lathan served as a member of the executive committee and vice chairman for the last two year...
Mother’s Day Tribute: submissions needed FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Mother’s Day is May 12 and The Herald Independent would like to publish our readers’ fondest childhood memories of their mothers in our May 10 edition. Submissions should be 200 words or less. Each submission can be accompanied by a photo of the writer’s mother which will also be published.
To have your memory of your mother published for Mother’s Day, email it to email@example.com or mail it to us at P.O. Box 90, ...
Career Week focuses students on future Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — “In all things you do, you want to have a positive first impression because you never know when you are being interviewed,” speaker Brooks Harper told juniors and seniors at Fairfield Central High School.
His speech on soft skills development, interview techniques and work ethic gave the students another exposure to the concepts they will need to take the first step toward success in the workplace —...
Submissions needed for Fairfield County Cookbook Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Do you have a “down home,” classic Fairfield County dish for which you are known? If so, Denise Jones of Cotton Yard Market and the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce would love to hear from you.
They are organizing a custom cookbook filled with recipes from Fairfield County residents and Fairfield County business owners.
According to the Chamber, the cookbooks will be professionally published a...
McFadden one of 16 winners of poster contest WINNSBORO — Elexia McFadden, a student at Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science, is one of 16 winners in the S.C. Economics Moore School of Business annual statewide economics poster contest.
Students across the state competed in the “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” in which they illustrated one of the essential vocabulary terms in regards to economics. McFadden portrayed her vision of opportunity cost in her drawing of a girl d...
Fairfield County Relay for Life rescheduled WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Relay for Life has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 24 at the Fairfield Central High School football field as was originally planned. Event organizer Stacy Pearson said the event will be held rain or shine, provided there is no threat of severe weather such as the one Fairfield County experienced on April 19. Teams are encouraged to continue to raise money and build momentum as the event approaches and the communit...
Blair student speaks at State House BLAIR — Sara English of Blair recently made a presentation at the S.C. Legislative Day event in Columbia. English is currently a MSW student at Winthrop University and she was one of five student speakers at the event.
She spoke on House Bill 3361, which adds a provision of Animal Cruelty to the existing Domestic Violence law. English says this is important because of the link between those who are violent toward animals and those who are v...
Town Council believes grant snafu is communication issue Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Controversy over a Community Development Block Grant for sewer in the Middlesix area is viewed more as a communication issue than a feasibility and capacity issue by Winnsboro Town Council.
The town was told at the April 17 joint meeting of the Fairfield County Council and Winnsboro Town Council that the CDBG was put on hold.
When contacted a week later about the grant issue, Winnsboro Mayor Roger...
County Council discusses budget, Middlesix sewer issue Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council informed the public at its April 22 meeting that a Community Block Development Grant for water and sewer in the Middlesix area has fallen through.
According to Chairman David Ferguson, County grant coordinator Steven Gaither received the signatures and community support needed to secure the grant, but that was not enough.
Since Ridgeway and Winnsboro are the only two Fairf...
10 inducted into Junior Beta Club WINNSBORO — On March 20, Richard Winn Academy inducted 10 seventh-graders into the National Junior Beta Club. Richard Winn Academy offers membership to those students who excel academically.
Students who have completed the first semester of the seventh grade can become members of the Junior Beta Club if they have achieved an average of at least 90 with no grade lower than a B (85).
Students inducted included Calee Thigpen, Kimmy Albert, C...
Fairfield Memorial elects Officers Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation has elected officers for the 2013-2014 board year. Mike Quinn was re-elected to a third term as President, Phyllis Nichols Gutierrez, vice president of events; Randy Kelley, vice president of strategic planning; Becky McSwain, secretary; and E. C. Harellson, treasurer.
Ad Litem volunteer helps make a difference Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Safe. Healthy. Well fed. Good shelter. Those are the objectives Fairfield County Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Larry Zager has in mind when he considers his impact in the lives of children.
After a career in the military and a second career managing a family health care clinic, Zager, who is married with one son, decided to pursue a different path. He moved the Lake Wateree about seven years ago and b...
Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office Log BLAIR
Tina Valanta Coleman, 43, of 619 Strother Road, was arrested for disturbing the peace.
Larceny of a license plate was reported off Peay Ridge Road.
Larceny of gasoline was reported at Grand Central Station.
Brandyn Tyler Harris, 25, of 250 Long Road, was arrested for littering and possession of marijuana at a routine traffic check point.
Television sets, vi...
Floating along in fellowship and fun Mary Lee Hendrix|For The Herald Independent
Members of Weeping Mary Baptist Church in Blair ride their float in the 2012 Blair Parade. This year’s Family Day and Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday beginning at Road 99 in Blair and concluding at the Willie Lee Robinson baseball field at 17298 Newberry Road. Grand marshal is Blair native Kelvin Coleman, who currently serves as a high ranking cyber security adviser for the U.S. Department of Homela...
Miss Wildcat, Miss Wildcat Princess pageants are Friday WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science Miss Wildcat and Miss Wildcat Princess contestants are gearing up for their annual pageant at 6 p.m. April 26 in the gym at Fairfield Magnet School.
They will win the crowd over with their charm, grace, and elegance as they present “A Royal Dream.”
The contestants, ages 10-11, will compete in several categories for the crown: introduction, sportswear, formal wear, and questions....
Poignant banquet occurs as firefighters honor their own WINNSBORO — The mood was celebratory, if a bit bittersweet, as area firefighters and rescue squad members turned out April 15 for their annual appreciation dinner.
Fire Department and Rescue Squad Volunteers of the Year were among those recognized for their service. Of those volunteers, Sarah Lee (Mitford), Betsy Quarles (Southeast) and Jamie Webb (Ridgeway) had perfect attendance for all 11 training session held last year.
Volunteers of ...
Blythewood native promoted at SCBT COLUMBIA — Donna S. Pullen, a native of Blythewood, has been named a senior vice president at South Carolina Bank and Trust.
Pullen joined SCBT in 2001 as vice president and retail sales manager and was promoted in 2005 to director of public relations and special projects. She also serves as the bank’s historian. She has 25 years of experience in marketing and public relations.
She earned a bachelor’s of arts in advertising and public rel...
NRC schedules regulatory conference with SCE&G ATLANTA — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a regulatory conference with South Carolina Electric & Gas to discuss the risk significance of an apparent violation related to the anchorage and spacing of rebar being used to reinforce concrete in the new units of the V.C. Summer nuclear station.
Units 2 and 3 at Summer are being built by SCE&G near Jenkinsville, about 26 miles northwest of Columbia. Unit 1 has been in operation at...
Hodges speaks to Lions Club WINNSBORO — U.S. Air Force Capt. Charlie Hodges was the guest speaker at a recent Winnsboro Lions Club meeting.
Hodges talked about his experiences as a trainer for local forces in Afghanistan during his most recent tour of duty. He described his role with Afghan law enforcement training in smaller, remote villages and our country’s efforts to help Afghans develop forces to repel insurgents from other nations.
Lions members then posed a b...
Local doctor recognized with award for nursing, advocacy BLAIR — Dr. Janet Lynne Douglass, FNP, has injected a shot of pride into western Fairfield County where her clinic is located.
Douglass recently was honored as the 2013 recipient of the James E. Clyburn Public Health and Disparities Communities Leadership Award.
The award recognizes Douglass for her work as a health advocate as well as a clinician. Douglass managed specialty clinics several years prior to coming to Fairfield County.
Erskine Enactus finishes as runner-up at competition DUE WEST – The Erskine College chapter of Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE, finished as first runner-up in its league at the Enactus Regional Competition on March 20 in Charlotte, N.C.
Seventeen teams from schools in the southeast gave presentations highlighting projects their chapters had begun during the past year.
The Erskine team’s presentation, under the leadership of graduating senior Kevin Ussery, focu...
Students of the week WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy proudly announces Brantley Caulder as a Student of the Week. Brantley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Caulder and the pre-kindergarten student of Deborah Poland. Mrs. Poland nominated Brantley because she is so eager to learn and so well-behaved. Brantley arrives at school each day with a bright smile that she shares with everyone all day. She tackles all new challenges in the classroom, always uses her m...