Robinson Fish Fry

WINNSBORO – With election day getting closer, candidates are hosting fish frys, barbecues and fundraisers. Last Saturday was no exception. Neil Robinson, hoping to be re-elected to his county council seat, and his wife Diana, invited constituents to a fish fry at Fortune Springs Park. Rev. Jesse Smith of St. Lukes was the chef and […]

Young chef Maci King brings home the bacon

MONKS CORNER – Maci Pearl King, 10, of Blythewood and Winnsboro may well be on track to becoming the BBQ Queen of South Carolina. That’s not much of a stretch considering that her dad, George King, was the reigning South Carolina BBQ King for several years, and his barbecue is still some of the most […]

Lake Wateree enhancements underway

LAKE WATEREE – Major improvements to recreation and picnic areas around Lake Wateree that have been in the planning stage since 2006 are now underway full steam, according to John Crutchfield, a representative from Duke Energy, who updated county council members Monday night on the construction process. Among 89 sites to be improved by Duke […]

Barn quilts – decor for the outdoors

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Susan Snyder first saw barn quilts posted on barns a few years ago when she and her mother were traveling to North Carolina to see a friend. She found the barn décor captivating. She had been a quilter in her 20s, and thought to herself, “I can do that…” and tucked the […]

Fairfield citizens to benefit from paramedicine program

FAIRFIELD – Residents in Fairfield County will soon be able to receive health assessments and non-emergency medical care at home from specially trained paramedics, rather than traveling to a distant emergency department, thanks to a community paramedicine (CP) initiative of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH). Lee and Calhoun counties will also be […]

Fairfield candidates have their say

WINNSBORO – A virtual candidate forum organized by Nocola Hemphill for the SC Democratic Black Caucus, Fairfield Chapter, was held Oct. 1, and attended by two write-in candidates for county council, an unopposed candidate for the school board and the county’s incumbent sheriff Will Montgomery. The two-hour forum was moderated by Hemphill, attorney Natasha Pauling […]

Blythewood’s Christmas parade still in the works

BLYTHEWOOD – With the pandemic and its myriad restrictions and precautions continuing to bear down on the community, Mayor Bryan Franklin is looking for ways to still make the town’s annual Christmas parade happen. “If the state government doesn’t allow us an exception as they’ve done for our other outdoor events, then, of course, that’s […]

Library still closed, offers new options

BLYTHEWOOD – The Blythewood Library continues to be closed to the public, but has announced the following expansion of services with minimal contact. Expanded options are now offered for curbside pick-up for holds. Upon receiving notification that holds are ready for pick up, library patrons can access holds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and […]

Foodshare looking to create food hub in Fairfield

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County and Fairfield Forward distributed 800 free boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to county residents last week – the seventh of the county’s food giveaways prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the giveaways aren’t expected to last forever, they may have spawned another food program – one that could be available […]

Raising the bar for animal care in Fairfield

Against Many Odds, Bob Innes has Turned the Animal Shelter Around WINNSBORO – It was a dark time for dogs, cats and other Fairfield County animals. In 2016, two of every three animals brought to the animal shelter were being euthanized. Making matters worse, revenues were scant. Since becoming Fairfield County Animal Control Director, Bob […]