County approves $46.4M budget

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County moved forward with final reading of its $46.4 million budget, but not without drama. On June 9, council members voted 4-3 to approve the budget that does not include an increase in the base millage rate, but does dig into the county’s cash reserves. Council members Bertha Goins, Clarence Gilbert, Jimmy […]

Revenue down, events uncertain

Council Members Disagree On Funding Events BLYTHEWOOD – As Blythewood works through its budget process for the 2020/21 fiscal year, the funding of events became a point of contention at the May 26 town council meeting, which was held via Zoom. With all the disruptions caused by COVID-19, two things were made clear: hospitality tax […]

County, Providence mend rift on ER sale

WINNSBORO  – A resolution passed by Fairfield County Council Monday night has headed off a rift that developed between the county and Providence Health over Prisma’s proposed purchase of Providence Health-Fairfield Emergency Room. Following Prisma Health’s surprise announcement in March that it had signed a deal to acquire the ER along with three other Midlands […]

Woman arrested for beating her dog

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro woman was arrested May 30 for beating her dog. After receiving a call about the mistreatment of a dog on Winter Street in Winnsboro, a Fairfield County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to the location of the reported incident where he witnessed Willie Margaret Roach, 66, beating a dog, according to the […]

Fanning, McDaniel win big

WINNSBORO – In the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, State Sen. Mike Fanning (Dist. 17) and House Rep. Annie McDaniel (Dist. 41) both took home big wins to represent their party in November for second terms. Fanning kept his seat with 7,823 votes (67.93%) to former House Dist. 41 representative MaryGail Douglas’s 3,694 votes (32.07%). District […]

Council considers citizens review board

WINNSBORO – During county council time Monday evening, a time when council members speak their mind, Councilman Clarence Gilbert suggested council should look into a review committee for certain situations that might occur between citizens and local law enforcement. “Considering what’s going on in our country now, I’d like to propose that our council look […]

Land buy paves way for jobs, industry

WINNSBORO – In its quest to attract and expand industry, Fairfield County is scooping up more property. In May, Fairfield County Council gave final approval to purchase 66.67 acres from Weyerhaeuser at $6,000 an acre, or about $400,000, giving the county another location to recruit new industry.  The land is located off Peach Road about […]

Pugh ousts Dickerson in nail biter

Kennedy, Jackson in Runoff; Dickerson Looking at Recount BLYTHEWOOD – With a razor-thin margin of 52 votes, Derrek Pugh of Blythewood ousted 12-year Richland County Council incumbent Joyce Dickerson in an upset. Dickerson told The Voice Wednesday morning that she is unsure of the numbers and plans to look into a recount of at least […]

R2’s Shadd racks up $57K in tax liens

COLUMBIA – A Richland Two school board member has racked up more than $57,000 in county and state tax liens since 2012.  Documents reviewed by The Voice show that James Shadd has been slapped with nine tax liens totaling $57,173.87, including one as recently as May 8 of this year. The liens were filed in response […]

Winnsboro man dies in crash

COLUMBIA – John F. Dunning, Jr., 65, of Bard Drive, Winnsboro, died yesterday after being involved in a single-vehicle collision between 8:35 a.m. and 8:54 a.m., according to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. The incident occurred on Garners Ferry Road at Spring Crossing Road, Eastover. Dunning was the restrained-driver of his vehicle that left the […]