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Council candidates discuss county future in forum

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WINNSBORO — Candidates for the Nov. 4 election of Fairfield County Council Districts 3, 5 and 7 met Thursday night in a forum at the Winnsboro Woman’s Club.Sponsored by the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, the event allowed candidates to address community concerns before voters head to the ballot box in six weeks.District 3’s incumbent, Mikel Trapp, was not in attendance. Trapp is being challenged by Walter Larry Stewart and Tangee Brice Jacobs.District 5’s incumbent, David Ferguson, is being challenged by Eugene Holmes and Marion Robinson.

 

Council OK’s community grants

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently approved $7,000 worth of community enhancement grants, formerly known as discretionary spending, as well as an additional $2,500 from District 2 and District 7 for street lighting.Following a recent revamp of the spending process, each district is allowed $2,500 to spend for community enhancement.Council approved the new policy in July 2014 and set a deadline for applications on Aug. 22, 2014.The approved rec...

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Eagles dominate 76-0, improve to 4-0

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Eagles (4-0) football continued its quick start to the 2014 season with a convincing 76-0 blowout win over Charleston Collegiate Friday night.Charleston Collegiate became the latest victim to an Eagles’ offense that is averaging 64 points per game and outscoring opponents 256-66.With just over a minute gone by in the first quarter, the Eagles struck when Matt Taylor completed a 45-yard touchdown toss to Webb Yongue. Three minutes ...

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RWA inaugural Hall of Fame induction

WINNSBORO — The inaugural Richard Winn Academy Athletic Hall of Fame induction took place during half time of the home football game Sept. 12 at Ruff Field.The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees include Carol Caughman Turner, Beth Reid, Mike Robinson and Jena Barnett Johnson.Carol Caughman TurnerCarol Caughman Turner was a member of the inaugural girls’ basketball team, playing from 1968 through 1971. Serving as team captain, she als...

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Meet the 2014 candidates

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents will head to the ballot box on Nov. 4 to elect candidates for Fairfield County Council Districts 3, 5 and 7.Candidates participated in a forum on Thursday to introduce themselves to citizens and address community concerns.Meet the candidates• Billy Smith (District 7): Smith grew up in Winnsboro and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is a project coordinator for a software co...

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Griffins pound Lee Central, 41-0

BISHOPVILLE — The Fairfield Central Griffins’ (3-1) football team rolled over the Lee Central Stallions Friday night 41-0.Fairfield’s defense pitched a three-and-out on Lee Central’s first possession and on the ensuing punt, Josh Bell bolted through the Stallion’s coverage to hit pay dirt on 86-yard punt return touchdown.Lee Central wouldn’t fair any better on its next possession, as the Griffin defense forced another punt after a thre...

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ACT prep program yields high scores for FCHS

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School’s graduating seniors from 2013 scored above the benchmark in every category on American College Testing (ACT), according to results released by the S.C. Department of Education.Fairfield test takers surpassed the benchmark of 14.2 by achieving and average of 15.6 in English; surpassing the 16.5 benchmark with an average score of 16.8 in Math; surpassing the benchmark of 16.2 in Reading with an average score of 16.6; as well as s...

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County has many recreation options

WINNSBORO — Before Fairfield County Council voted to approve the recreation master plan Monday night, council was presented with all the available recreational facilities and activities currently available in the county.The county has a total of nine mini parks. Seven of those nine have playground equipment, a shelter with picnic tables and grill and a basketball court.Mini parks are located in:• Festerville• Horeb...

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Recreation master plan gets OK from county

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council approved a recreation master plan Monday night with a unanimous vote. Funding for the plan comes through $3.5 million ($500,000 per district) of the $24 million bond issued in 2013.Kenneth B. Simmons Associates and John Bowman Architect designed the plans. The budget for all seven districts eclipsed the $3.5 million mark by $605,346, but presenter David Brandes noted that each district’s budget included a 10 percent contingency....

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County passes FILO for Enor

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council has passed the third and final reading of an ordinance to authorize the execution and delivery of a fee in lieu of taxes and incentive agreement to Enor Corp.Fairfield County announced last month that the toy manufacturer would create 151 jobs at the old Ruff and Tuff building on Business 321.The tax incentive agreement says Enor will make an investment of $3.87 million in renovations and requires the company to create at least ...

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Fairfield Central scores surpass ACT benchmarks

WINNSBORO — Statewide results in this year’s American College Testing (ACT) have been released by the South Carolina Department of Education and Fairfield Central High School’s scores are all above the benchmarks.Fairfield County School District tested 70 seniors this year, which is down 76 from last year.Fairfield test takers surpassed the benchmark of 14.2 by achieving and average of 15.6 in English; surpassing the 16.5 benchmark with an average score...

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Winnsboro stepping closer to Broad River

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro began the first steps to piping in water from a sustainable water source last week when council unanimously passed a motion to contract with Professional Utilities Engagement for the Broad River project.Council also unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the town manager, Don Wood, to act on behalf of council and the town for matters related to the town’s combined utility system and the coordination of work by the town’s prof...

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Eagles improve to 3-0 with 64-38 win at Laurens

LAURENS — Fueled by Matt Taylor’s six rushing touchdowns, The Richard Winn Eagles’ (3-0) football team went on the road Friday night and handed Laurens Academy (2-1) its first loss of the season by a score of 64-38.Richard Winn used a 30-point third quarter to catapult them to victory.Taylor rattled of 196 yards on the ground and averaged seven yards per carry.Just two minutes into the contest, the Eagles struck first with a three-yard plunge...

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Griffins own Knights, win 38-21

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central Griffins’ (2-1) football team opened up its home schedule with a 38-21 victory over the Knights of Crestwood (0-2) Friday night.Hurting the Knights’ defense with his arms and his legs, Griffins’ sophomore quarterback Stanley McManus burst on to the scene with a total of 185 yards (144 rushing and 41 passing) and four touchdowns (two rushing and two passing).After the game, Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis ...

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Planning commission denies rezoning in Ridgeway

RIDGEWAY — The Ridgeway Planning Commission recently voted against the rezoning of a property from single family residential district (R-1) to downtown commercial district (C-1) by a majority vote of 4-1.The public hearing was held Aug. 25 at town hall at the request of Russ Brown to re-zone .82-acres at the intersection of US 21 and Highway 34.Currently there is not a building on the lot, and Brown said he wished to rezone the property to make it contiguous with t...

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County approves funds for IT, EMS

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently gave unanimous approval for $32,431 regarding a request of action for information technology and security firewall replacement.The matter did go through the finance committee and was recommenced unanimously.Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope advised council that the current firewall is outdated and the county’s IT director was also recommending the upgrade to protect county servers from cyber threats....

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Winnsboro eyeing Broad River project

WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Council unanimously passed a motion Tuesday to contract with Professional Utilities Engagement for the Broad River project following an hour-long executive session to discuss legal and contractual issues regarding water.Margaret Pope of Pope Zeigler law firm, who will serve as the town’s bond counsel, stated that Professional Utilities will work with the town to withdraw water from Broad River and serve as financial council if and when Winnsbo...

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Town approves expenditures for water upgrade, building service

WINNSBORO — Town Council has unanimously passed Resolution 081914A, which allows a housing developer Langford Crossing, located on Langford Road in Blythewood, to add four more water taps and move into the next phase of construction.Winnsboro’s legal counsel on utilities, John Fantry, advised the town to approve the resolution.“We ask that you adopt this resolution so that the company can move forward with its development,” he stated.Co...

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