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Midlands BioFuels set to host 4th annual car show

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WINNSBORO — Hundreds of car owners from across the southeast will roll into downtown Winnsboro this weekend to share and gather tricks of the trade when working on bio diesel engines.Midlands BioFuels is preparing to host the fourth annual TDI (Turbo Direct Injection Diesel) engine car show this Saturday (July 12) from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. in downtown Winnsboro. The Midlands BioFuels plant is located at 310 S. Congress St.Midlands BioFuels owner Joe Renwick said he and his staff are looking forward to the event.“It’s really a fun event not just for people with bio diesel engines, but also if you don’t have one you can come and check out other people’s cars,” he said.


Throw out the incumbents

Why do we settle for mediocrity?We here in Fairfield County should take great pride in the fact that during the “Drawdy Park Fiasco.”No one died, no one was reprimanded, no one in the county office was taken to task for accountability or responsibility! How fortunate are we?Very, that no one was injured, all the other issues just show us the mindset of county council and how it operates.If this was a for profit business we would be bankr...

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Winnsboro celebrates Independence Day at First Baptist Church

Jane Boyter volunteered her time making cherry and grape snow cones to help cool off attendees on a hot July day.This family enjoyed popcorn and hot dogs while waiting for the fireworks show.Volunteers perfected the swirling motion to make a delicious piece of cotton candy.First Baptist pastor Mark Chapman recognized current military and veterans of the armed forces before giving away door prizes.Event attendees enjoyed a buffet of popcorn, hot dogs...

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Winnsboro police searching for murder suspect

WINNSBORO — Winnsboro police are looking for Latroy Dante Sampson in connection with the death of a Winnsboro woman whose body was found early Friday morning.Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorrick said his department was still looking for Sampson as of 3 p.m. Monday.Police said Sampson should be considered extremely dangerous and is the lead suspect due to the eyewitness report.“He (Sampson) was seen there in the altercation with her (Stone) and th...

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Candidate throws hat into ring for council seat

My name is Billy Smith, and I’m running for the District 7 seat on Fairfield County Council.I’m from Winnsboro, and I’ve lived in Fairfield County almost my entire life. Over the years, I’ve seen the areas around Fairfield County move forward while Fairfield County has stagnated. I’ve seen the quality of life in other areas improve while ours has remained the same for so long. And after regularly attending County Council meetings over the past year and...

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Next Generation 9-1-1 still years away for Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Technology is emerging and being implemented across much of the country to allow people to text to 911 in emergencies, rather than call, which has been coined as the Next Generation 911 system.The system would allow a subject to text photos and video to dispatch to report an emergency.Fairfield County’s Emergency Management Director Phyllis Watkins doesn’t believe the system it is being implemented anywhere in South Carolina currently...

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Community celebrates Fourth of July

WINNSBORO — More than 300 people showed up to First Baptist Church’s Fourth of July celebration on Friday.The free event provided hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. Kids enjoyed games and inflatable bouncy houses.Prior to the fireworks show, military personnel and armed forces veterans were recognized.“We appreciate you and we thank you,” First Baptist Church pastor Mark Chapman said. “We thank you so much and...

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County votes to ink auditing service extension

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently unanimously agreed to renew its contract with the accounting firm Elliott Davis for three more years for auditing services.Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope said the action is important and did need council’s approval. The motion passed 6-0. District 3 Councilman Mikel Trapp was absent.Auditing services are required each year and, according to Pope, multi-term contracts are permitted in the procurement po...

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Speaker, council still concerned for FMH’s operation

WINNSBORO — Community members and Fairfield County Council members continue to show concern regarding the continued operation of Fairfield Memorial Hospital.District 1 resident Randy Bright’s comments during the public comments portion of the June 23 council meeting sparked comments from council members during county council time.Bright cited the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services for statistics painting a poor picture of the hospital.He ...

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Town of Winnsboro lifts hiring freeze

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro made a motion to lift the hiring freeze in the gas, water and sewer department after nearly 90 minutes in executive session Tuesday night.Councilman Clyde Sanders made the motion to lift the hiring freeze for three positions. The positions were budgeted but had been frozen, according to Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy.“With all the work that needs to be done and being short-staffed, we feel like it is in the best interest of that...

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Fifth suspect charged in equipment theft ring

NEWBERRY — A Columbia man jailed in Newberry County on 14 charges related to an equipment theft ring is considered the ring leader of the group for his role in scouting the target locations as well choosing the items to be stolen.Santerrio Montinez Smith, 25, of 201 Dubard Boyle Road, turned himself in June 24 to authorities at the Newberry County Detention Center and was served 14 warrants: one count each of petit larceny, conspiracy to commit petit larceny and possession of...

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Offices closed for Fourth of July

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — In observance of Independence Day, The Herald Independent offices will be closed Friday. The office will re-open at regular business hours on July 7.Additionally, banks will be closed to observe the holiday.All non-essential personnel for county offices and the Town of Winnsboro will be off as well and both county and town offices will re-open on July 7. All emergency services will be available on the Fourth of July.Independence Day, c...

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School board member will not seek re-election

I take the opportunity to inform you that I will not seek re-election to the position of trustee for the Fairfield County School Board, District 5.I have had the pleasure and responsibility of serving as a representative for four years. It has been a rewarding experience, because I have been able to contribute to ongoing improvements these past few years, and more importantly, I have established relationships with our students, parents, excellent staff, fellow board, and superinten...

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Quarry opposition previews presentation to council

WINNSBORO — Prior to a smaller and more intimate meeting with the Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday, opposition of a proposed mining company delivered a presentation that previewed their concerns for County Council in a 10-minute presentation.The opportunity to present was granted to Dorthy Brandenburg after a June 16 meeting with the county’s Presentation Committee at Midlands Technical College in Winnsboro.Brandenburg presented info...

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Councilman ready to step down after 32 years

When I was first elected to Fairfield County Council in 1982, council members were elected in a countywide race. Therefore, as I campaigned, I traveled across the entire county and got to know the people. I learned the many regional differences, and I made lifelong friendships while obtaining a better understanding of all the areas of our county. At that time, our goal as a Council was to improve Fairfield County’s social and economic conditions, and collectively, with public support an...

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Coach establishes golf invitational as cornerstone to program

COLUMBIA — Preparing to enter his fourth season at the helm of the Fairfield Central High School program, head coach Demetrius Davis catered to fans and sponsors by hosting his Fourth Griffin Invitational at the Oak Hills Golf Club on Thursday.Located on Fairfield Road in Columbia, Oak Hills is an 18-hole course situated on a 160-acre tract among oaks, pines and dogwoods. In 2006, Oak Hills was named to Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”The Steve Mel...

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Haley highlights economic strides at Chamber meeting

RIDGEWAY — Gov. Nikki Haley delivered an economic update Thursday night while attending the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the Farm in Ridgeway.In 2011, the unemployment rate in South Carolina was 11.1 percent and has been reduced to 5.3 percent, according to the most recent statistics that were announced by Haley.“We have one of the fastest growing economies in the country and the fastest on the east coast,” she said....

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Long-term planning fuels debate between county and state representatives

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County’s recent intergovernmental meeting at the Midlands Technical College conference room ended with two sides after different ends of the spectrum when it comes to long-term planning. After nearly two hours of standard local government updates, the state delegation began to question Fairfield County Council’s recent decision to allow Central Midlands Council of Governments (COG) to handle the county’s long-term strategic plan.There i...

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