Believe the HYPE: teens help add walking trail to park WINNSBORO — Winnsboro teens have sprung into action to better their community, specifically Drawdy Park.
Area teens did research and legwork and determined a walking trail would be a great addition to the park as part of promoting healthy living in Fairfield County. The trail also would build community unity.
The REAL Teen Action group, made up of students from Fairfield Middle and Fairfield Central High School has received about 20 hours...
Remembering the fallen for Memorial Day Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — Memorial Day is a national holiday and occurs on the final Monday during the month of May. It is a day for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died.
Citizens can attend memorials for Fairfield County’s fallen at the monuments i...
Snuggly Snowball is Pet of the Week WINNSBORO — Snowball is a 1-year-old, spayed and current on all shots. She came in starving and thin and now is plump as a Thanksgiving turkey. Snowball is a beautiful, solid white girl with deep black eyes. She loves running in the back yard with the other dogs and is a sweet girl who loves all humans. Snowball is very energetic and needs a family that is willing to take her for long walks or runs. To visit Snowball and see if she belongs in...
Agencies team up to promote boating safety By Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Be under control and in control while on the water and always watch out for the other boat driver. That, in essence, is the message the Department of Natural Resources has reminded boaters of as part of National Safe Boating Week.
The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department, the Fairfield County Rescue Squad and DNR are teaming up in a community education effort in hopes of curbing accidents on are...
Boil water advisory lifted for Ridgeway Kevin Boozer
RIDGEWAY — A boil water advisory has been lifted for residents of the Town of Ridgeway. Residents no longer need to boil water before drinking or cooking. The Ridgeway Water Department appreciated the public’s cooperation as corrections were made to the system to account for the system experiencing reduced water pressure. According to the town, there were no line breaks but the drop in pressure caused the DHEC ma...
Anglers have fun in first Jenkinsville tournament Kevin Boozer
JENKINSVILLE — An enthusiastic crowd of a hundred or so people turned out for the first ever bass tournament and family day held by the town of Jenkinsville. Mayor Gregory Ginyard led children on rides on his pony and excitement built up to when the anglers returned from Lake Monticello with their catches for weigh-in.
One angler caught the elusive small mouth bass for which this tournament is trying to gain a ...
Carolina Adventure World ready for Memorial Day Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — Carolina Adventure World, an outdoor park in Fairfield County, is a dream spot for all-terrain vehicle and dirt bike enthusiasts.
The park sits on a 2,600-acre plot with over 120 miles of trails and tracks. Riders can also enjoy two different mud bogs and a rock crawl. CWA (Carolina Adventure World) will be heavily toured this Memorial Day weekend with several special events. Night rides will be goin...
Some gave all: Boulware reflects on Memorial Day Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — For Winnsboro native Palmer Boulware, Memorial Day holds special memories of the brave men he served with in World War II. Boulware was in the Army infantry and was based in Georgia when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
One of the first draftees to join the Ninth Infantry Division, on Nov. 8, 1942, he was stationed in Morocco about six miles from Casablanca.
“We landed and camped next to the ocean besid...
County administrator disputes pornography allegations Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Allegations of County Administrator Phil Hinely using his county computer to view and send pornographic emails have surfaced, some three years after the alleged activity.
A State Law Enforcement Division case file into Hinely’s conduct was closed in February 2013 and according to SLED, Solicitor Doug Barfield examined photos that Hinely had shared with people via email from his county email address,...
County Administrator disputes pornography allegations WINNSBORO — The Friday edition of the Herald Independent contains a story on allegations of County Administrator Phil Hinely using his county computer to view and send pornographic emails, allegations that have surfaced some three years after the alleged activity took place. Hinely told the Herald Independent that in 2010 “questionable adult material” was emailed to him by a friend, and up until 2010 he had some of it on his county computer. ...
Winnsboro native radiates hope during cancer treatments Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — When one first meets Ashley Bradham, the brightness in her eyes leaves quite an impression.
If one’s gaze stopped there, perhaps they would not notice the bald head and thin figure that she carries now as a result of chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.
A cancer survivor at age 13, this spring held dreaded news for Bradham, now age 28. When just a teenager, the support of this community helped her...
Fairfield Healthcare celebrates Nursing Home Week Kevin Boozer
RIDGEWAY — On Wednesday, residents of Fairfield Health Care Laurel Baye in Ridgeway dusted off their boots and put their cowboy hats on straight for a Western themed lunch in honor of Nursing Home Week.
“Western Day is usually one of their favorite events,” said Activities Director Frances Mattox. “They love it and do Western garb again on Family Day in September.”
Olin Jackson from Lugoff once again had his ...
Deaerator arrives at Jenkinsville construction site Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Traffic patterns were significantly altered last week as state-of-the-art nuclear equipment made the final leg of its journey to nuclear reactor construction sites in Jenkinsville.
The equipment was a deareator supplied by Toshiba that is used to purify water by removing dissolved gases from feed water used to generate steam. Using purified water to make steam and turn the plant’s turbines prevents ...
Poppies return for Memorial Day Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — Memorial Day is right around the corner, and that means it is Poppy time again.
Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 16 of Winnsboro will join other ALA units around the country in distributing memorial poppies again this year. Poppies have been traditionally worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.
They were first worn by the ALA from 1914-1918 to honor soldiers who had died in W...
Council hears about housing ordinances, 4-H programs Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council heard an update at its May 13 meeting about housing ordinances when Dan Vismor explained that Article 2 needed removing from Housing Ordinance No. 616.
“When the county adopted the international building code, some areas of the ordinance overlapped,” he said.
Another issue is an amendment to clarify who is responsible in the county for a derelict, abandoned mobile home. Co...
Memorial Day closings Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — Next Monday is Memorial Day, which typically marks the beginning of summer vacations.
County residents should be put on notice that The Herald Independent and all banks will be closed, along with all town, county and state offices except for public safety. However, most retail stories will be open. Town of Winnsboro’s Monday trash pick up will occur on May 28.
Memorial Day is a United States federa...
Slight location change for Friday’s Relay for Life Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Friday night Fairfield County holds its rescheduled Relay for Life. This year the event will be held in the bus traffic circle area between Fairfield Middle School and Fairfield Central High School.
“Since they are taking up the grass around the track field, we have moved the location this year,” said event organizer Stacy Pearson. “If it rains (barring tornado activity) we will move the event into ...
Winnsboro town council meets Tuesday Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — During Tuesday’s town council meeting, Mayor Roger Gaddy and members of council will see a presentation by Hand Made in America regarding the rehabilitation of the Old Armory.
That will be followed by a review of a capital expenditures request by Billy Castles, Winnsboro’s building inspector and zoning administrator. The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. and is open to the public.
Council held a utilitie...
Boil water advisory issued for Ridgeway RIDGEWAY — A boil water advisory has been issued for residents of the Town of Ridgeway until further notice. Residents who receive their water from the municipality should boil the water one minute before drinking it or cooking with it. The water advisory came about after the system experienced reduced water pressure. According to the town, there were no line breaks but the drop in pressure caused the DHEC mandated advisory to go into effect.
New Clemson Extension liaison Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — The Clemson Extension Office in Fairfield County has a new way to earn the respect of the community as it serves people with agricultural concerns.
Dwayne Earn has been hired at the group’s new program assistant. In that role he serves as the front door to the Fairfield Extension office. He is not an agent for Clemson Extension but he is a liaison who can contact agents. Earn takes his role as a fac...
Women package and ship love, stitch by stitch WINNSBORO — Some ladies in the Fairfield community are leading the way when it comes to reaching out to needy children.
The Fairfield Community Leaders are 12 members strong, members who get out their crochet and knitting needles to help children around the world and in the United States.
For around 10 years now, the ladies have made and shipped sweaters and hats to needy children worldwide through the Knit for Kids program (www.knitforki...
Recipe of week from 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.
She and the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce are organizing a custom cookbook of recipes from Fairfield County residents and Fairfield County business owners. Recipe forms can be mailed in to the Cham...
Genealogical society holds workshop for new website Lucas Vance
WINNSBORO — The S.C. Genealogical Society is made up of 17 chapters including the Fairfield Chapter, which held its monthly meeting Thursday.
The meeting began with a workshop to train members and prospective members on how to use the updated web page. The site now includes an announcements page to keep members informed about upcoming events and has additional links to assist a search in ancestry.
Members of t...
Library, community celebrate Children’s Book Week Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Guests from the community volunteered time to read to children at the Fairfield County Library this week as part of Children’s Librarian Chrishonda Gaither’s celebration of National Children’s Book Week.
On Wednesday a group of around 15 children were read to by Kevin Boozer, a staff writer at The Herald Independent and children’s book author. Thursday children’s book author Constance Brown read her...