Freezin’ for a Reason at Lake Carolina

LAKE CAROLINA – The Lake Carolina’s annual Polar Bear Plunge, held Saturday at the Sunset Park section of the lake, was more than just a ton of very cold fun. It raised more than $55,000 for Children’s Charities of the Midlands. The event began in 2000 to raise awareness and money for local nonprofits that […]

Dragster honors fallen law enforcement officers

BLYTHEWOOD – Former New England champion drag racer Russ Vernali, who now lives in Blythewood, has turned his 4,000 horsepower, 2,000 pound dragster into a rolling memorial to fallen law enforcement officers.  Vernali, with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department (SLED), has emblazoned his dragster with the death dates of over 2,000 law enforcement officers […]

Jefferson honored at NCAA title game

MIAMI, FL – Before kickoff of the 2020 NCAA Football National Championship game featuring Alabama University and Ohio State University, Fairfield Central’s Chanda Jefferson and other state teachers of the year were honored by the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation. Jefferson, South Carolina’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, was featured on CFP Extra Yard’s Twitter […]

Meals on Wheels in critical need of volunteers

WINNSBORO – Prior to the pandemic, the Fairfield County Council on Aging had 85 – 95 volunteers delivering meals to 240 – 250 seniors every week. That’s now down to about 20 volunteers to deliver as many meals. And that’s not enough. Due to the critical lack of volunteers, the Council on Aging now depends […]

Belton charged in drive-by shooting

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro woman was arrested last week for assault. Chabria M. Belton, 26, was charged in a drive-by shooting at the Evans Knoll apartments on West Moultrie Street in Winnsboro. No one was injured in the incident, according to the responding officer’s report, but a bullet hit a car traveling down West Moultrie, […]

Council to kick off planning on Saturday

Mayor is Looking for Four or Five Big Projects, 10-12 Smaller Ones BLYTHEWOOD – A strategic planning session for Blythewood is set for Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Doko Manor. The meeting will last from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. The public is invited. It was during the Nov. 25 council meeting that Mayor Bryan […]

Chamber promotes restaurant week

WINNSBORO – In an effort to showcase Fairfield County’s restaurants during Restaurant Week last week, Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce president Gene Stephens posted a series of videos taken in front of five of the county’s restaurants, talking about their offerings, hours and locations. He invited the public to order out, eat out and otherwise […]

The Sketchbook – the compelling sweep of a Blair woman’s life

BLAIR – From cover to cover, her memories unfurl in a captivating succession of poignant scenes, ranging from funny to sobering and even tragic, but all brimming with detail and emotion. The book, titled, ‘The Sketchbook,’ is the first written by Leah Brown of Blair. It was published last May by Covenant Publishing Company. The […]

Chester overcomes slow start; downs Griffins

CHESTER – To shake off a slow start and pull away from Fairfield Central last Friday, Chester Coach Sebastian Hopkins said his players just needed to move their feet…and their mouths. “We came out sluggish and flat. We weren’t communicating on the floor. Once we started to talk and move our feet, that got us […]

Eagles compete in Palmetto Shooting Complex

EDGEFIELD – The Eagle Shooting team competed in the Palmetto Shooting Complex on January 9. The Senior Advanced team of Sam Clyburn, Douglas Bonds and Ethan Dean finished eighth out of 44 teams competing in their division with a score of 248. Clyburn hit 88, Bonds 87 and Dean finished with 73. Johnson Hagood, Austin […]