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Health center opens in Fairfield

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JENKINSVILLE — Western Fairfield County residents have another option for healthcare after a new Cooperative Health Center opened its doors last week.Local elected officials, county representatives and healthcare staff welcomed the Lake Monticello Family Practice with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.Located at 9017 S.C. 215 South in Jenkinsville, the new primary care facility hosted the opening ceremony after breaking ground at the site in September 2013.Working as a part of the Cooperative Health Centers network, the Lake Monticello Family Practice was a welcomed addition to Western Fairfield.


FCSD teachers ring in 2014-2015 with annual Convocation

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School District schools welcomed students for the 2014 Fall semester Monday morning, but not before district staff and teachers held their own pep-rally Friday morning.Each school’s teachers and staff filled the Fairfield Central High School auditorium Friday morning for the 2014 back to school Convocation.Teachers brought in the new school year with musical pep and cheer.Gordon Odyssey Academy took home the 2014 Spirit...

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Town waiting for tenant to sign downtown lease

RIDGEWAY — Town Council unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance Thursday night that authorizes Mayor Charlene Herring to sign a lease agreement with a prospective tenant of the building located at 140 South Palmer Street.Councilman Russ Brown stated the the town has agreed in principle to a new tenant, but did not divulge the name of the prospective tenant.Brown explained that each party had a copy of the contract, but the prospective tenant had not ...

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ENOR Corporation coming to Winnsboro

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County economic development received a jolt from ENOR Corporation on Thursday afternoon when the company’s CEO, Steven Udwin, announced ENOR would be moving its operation to Winnsboro.Through the upcoming year, the multi-million dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs in the area.Udwin joined the announcement via video from Denver, Colo., where Walmart was hosting its second annual U.S. Manufacturing Summit for its global suppli...

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Nuclear reactors facing construction delay

JENKINSVILLE — Construction at VC Summer Units 2 and 3 in Fairfield County is facing further delays, according to SCANA conference call on Monday.The $9.8 billion nuclear construction project in Jenkinsville is facing nearly a year long construction completion date.SCANA executives said the delay comes in the aftermath of preliminary information received from the Consortium indicating that the substantial completion of Unit 2 is expected to occur in late 2018 or th...

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Three wounded at Club Dynasty shooting

BLACKSTOCK — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate an incident at a nightclub in Blackstock last weekend that left three people with gunshot wounds.The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. Sunday at Club Dynasty, 12827 U.S. 321 North, after a club patron from Chester got into an altercation with an unidentified man while dancing with his girlfriend, officials said.According to the incident report, Cedric Evans, 26, was dancing with his gir...

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MSI on track for 2014 fall semester

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County’s new charter school, Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute, will open Aug. 25 for the 2014 fall semester.Executive Director Marie Milam said the school is on schedule to open on time for its inaugural year.“Everything is going very well and we’ve been quite busy,” she said Monday.Milam said staff is still enrolling students and that there are open spots in every class from kindergarten through fifth grade....

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Board OK’s diploma petition process, concussion policy

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School Board of Trustees recently delivered a unanimous vote to approve the superintendent’s recommendation to approve the guidelines for the Act 155 Diploma Petition Process.Earlier this year the South Carolina General Assembly approved the law to remove the exit exam as a requirement for graduation beginning with the class of 2015. The elimination of the exit exam (BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990....

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Town prepares for Big Grab, Spirit Fest

WINNSBORO — Official dates for the Big Grab 43-mile Yard Sale (Sept. 5 and Sept. 6) and Rock Around the Clock (Oct. 3 and Oct. 4) were recently approved by Winnsboro Town Council.Council unanimously passed several requests for upcoming events from the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce and the Winnsboro Downtown Merchants Association.Terry Vickers, president of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce, asked for streets to remain open during the Big Grab. Vickers...

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School district schedules “Meet and Greet” sessions

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Students are on the heels of their final week of summer vacation. Fairfield County School District schools will officially open doors for classes on Aug. 18. In preparation for the start of school, parents and students can consult a school supplies list online at www.fairfield.k12.sc.us.Schools will be open this week for teachers to host a “Meet and Greet” with students and parents.Below is a list of dates for each school’s R...

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Pull up your pants — or the law will do it for you

There are times when society, families and organizations fail to govern themselves, which then opens the door for “Big Brother” to step in and do what is “right.”In the case of Winnsboro’s Town Council recently passing an ordinance outlawing sagging pants (see the Aug. 8 edition of The Herald Independent), the town’s municipal government decided it had seen enough.Families, churches and other community organizations have failed —...

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Fairfield County School District Bus Routes for Fall 2014

The Fairfield County School District Transportation Department recently released the 2014-2015 bus route descriptions for morning pick-up.Ridgeway/Winnsboro• Bus 7 (507-1313) — Darlene Davis: (7th-12th Grade) South Dogwood Avenue (6:02 a.m.), Longleaf Road (6:05 a.m.), Smallwood Road (6:13 a.m.), Riding Ridge (6:21-6:26 a.m.), Highway 21 South/Macedonia Church Road (6:28 a.m.), Highway 21 South (6:32 a.m.), Little Boney Road/Shade Tree (6:35 ...

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County gives final OK to JAG funds

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council unanimously approved the consideration of approval for the 2014-2015 JAG grant funds application.Council held a public hearing on July 14 to receive $10,400 in federal funds for use in the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department.“We had quite a conversation about that and our funds guys told us exactly what this will be used for,” Fairfield County Council Chair David Ferguson said.

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Sagging pants now illegal in Winnsboro

WINNSBORO — Town council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the final reading of an ordinance outlawing sagging pants within town limits.The ordinance passed without any public comments during the public hearing.Officially, Ordinance 080514 is an ordinance to make certain findings and determinations; to adopt certain definitions; to prohibit the wearing of certain attire; to provide for violations and penalties.The ordinance prohibits any...

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FCSD administrator chosen to serve on ELA board

COLUMBIA – Fairfield County School District administrator Neely Kelly was recently selected to serve on the English Language Arts standards revision team.Dr. Mick Zais issued the following statement announcing the team writing new English Language Arts standards held their first meeting.

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2014 National Night Out

WINNSBORO — Community members celebrated National Night Out in what Winnsboro Public Safety officials deemed a “great success” at the Old Armory at Fortune Spring Park.Over 200 people were in attendance at Tuesday’s event.Sgt. Francine Goins and Winnsboro Public Safety’s crime prevention program partnered with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate the event.“It was an awesome time,” Goins said....

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24 organizations attend Health Ministry Meeting

WINNSBORO — The Theme “All Aboard for a Healthy Fairfield” seems to be making its way around the county.Twenty-four faith-based organizations attended a Health Ministry Meeting hosted by Fairfield Behavioral Health Services at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church on July 28.Fairfield Behavioral Health Services through its Health Partners received funding from The Healthy South Carolina Initiative (HSCI) a statewide project currently funded through th...

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The following incidents were reported by the Winnsboro Public Safety Department:• A victim at Fairview Road reported on that an unknown person stole a straight shaft red grass trimmer valued at $125 on July 16.• On July 17, officers responded to a larceny call at Speedee Wok when a customer ordered a meal and left without paying.• Public Safety received a complaint on July 18 regarding vandalism at the school maintenance building on Fairfield...

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