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County will convey property to town

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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to convey land owned by the county, at 205 Means Street in Ridgeway, to the Town of Ridgeway for its use and needs.Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope told council Monday night that there has been a request to allow the property to be utilized by the town, and that county staff is in the process of deeding the property to the town.Councilwoman Carolyn Robinson and Chairman David Ferguson acknowledged that the property was originally conveyed from the town to the county in 1960 to be used as a sheriff sub-station, a building that encompasses nearly 500 square feet.The property was originally owned by the Ridgeway Garden Club.


Public, county dive into $24 million bond

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents got a closer look Monday night at county council’s reasoning and path to acquire a $24 million Installment Purchase Revenue Bond (IPRB) through the Fairfield Facilities Corporation.The FFC was created as a non-profit organization that would take out the bond and allow the county to go over its debt limit.Attorney Ray Jones delivered a 30-minute explanation to the public outlining council’s journey to the decision....

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EPA rules hit SC hardest

WINNSBORO — Energy customers could be facing rate increases if the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” for South Carolina is passed.The plan is requiring South Carolina to make the largest carbon dioxide rate reduction in the nation — 51 percent — by 2030.Reaching that goal will be expensive and without modifications, the rule could raise electricity rates creating negative economic implications for South Carolina̵...

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5 candidates running for one sheriff seat

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents got a sneak peak at the five candidates for Fairfield County sheriff during a candidate forum on Thursday at the Winnsboro Woman’s Club.The sheriff election is a special election after Herman Young resigned after 22 years of service. Voters will head to the ballot box on Sept. 30.Will Montgomery Montgomery is a life-long resident of Fairfield County and is a graduate from the University of Sou...

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Solicitor candidates face off

WINNSBORO — On Nov. 4 there will be an election for the Sixth Circuit Solicitor for the first time in over 40 years and on Thursday, Fairfield County residents got a preview of the two candidates — William Frick and Randy Newman Jr.William FrickFrick is a full-time prosecutor in Fairfield County and has a private practice in Winnsboro. He also been a deputy attorney in the Sixth Circuit and currently serves on the Fairfield County School Boar...

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School board candidates speak to public

WINNSBORO — Candidates for Fairfield County School Board met in a forum Thursday to discuss issues and concerns in the school district. Henry Miller (District 3), Carl Jackson (District 5) and Beth Reid (District 7) will all be running unopposed. Residents will cast their votes on Nov. 4.Henry MillerMiller is the incumbent in District 3 and is a graduate of Winnsboro High School. He has served as board trustee for the past eight years and noted the...

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Town passes bond reimbursement for water project

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night declaring the intention to reimburse itself for certain expenditures and proceeds of debt to be incurred through a bond referendum to build a water line to Broad River.Mayor Roger Gaddy made a motion to amend the agenda at the beginning of the meeting to include the resolution.“This is a resolution that the town has had to pass in order to use some of the bond money to pay for the...

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Council candidates discuss county future in forum

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....

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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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