Surrounded in Prayer

WINNSBORO – Richard Winn held a community Prayer Walk last Wednesday. Held the night before the new school year began, around 70 people participated in the walk. Shown here, local pastors surround Head of School Kristen Chaisson in prayer.

The New Normal at MSI

WINNSBORO – The school day was a little different for students at Midlands STEM Institute during their first day of the year on Monday. Pictured above, students eat boxed lunches at their desks.

FCHS TOYs on a Roll

WINNSBORO – For the third year in a row, the Fairfield County School District teacher of the year has been selected from Fairfield Central High School. This year’s winner, Shannon Taylor, right, is Chair of the English Department and teaches English IV. She also sponsors the school’s nationally ranked, award-winning Beta Club which has had […]

RWA in-class enrollment spikes

WINNSBORO – With public schools planning for online instruction this fall in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, some parents are looking for alternatives, says Kristen Chaisson, head of school for Richard Winn Academy, a private school in Winnsboro whose enrollment has jumped more than 20 percent. The first day of school was Thursday, Aug. […]

New R2 policy targets trustee

COLUMBIA – A recently enacted Richland Two school board policy supported by Superintendent Baron Davis would make it more difficult for sitting members to access district records they rely upon to help frame public policy. However, Davis said the policy is designed to curtail capricious and voluminous record requests. On Tuesday night, the Richland Two […]

FCSD plan ok’d for Aug. 24 start

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County School District’s calendar and teaching plans have received approval from the S. C. Department of Education, clearing the way to move forward with school opening on Aug. 24. The district will follow a ‘modified virtual” option that was adopted at the July meeting by the Fairfield County Board of Trustees. […]

WHS, FCHS graduates win scholarships

COLUMBIA – The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Inc. awarded scholarships totaling $12,000 to six recent high school graduates in the Columbia area. Three of those students were: Nathaniel Adams and Sheldon Johnson, graduates of Fairfield Central High School and RayShaun Hooks, a graduate of Westwood High School. The renewable scholarships, valued at $2,000 […]

Sales tax holiday kicks off Friday

COLUMBIA – Computers, clothes, and school supplies are among a variety of items customers can purchase free of sales tax during South Carolina’s annual 72-hour Sales tax holiday from Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9. The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds shoppers that eligible items can be purchased online and in-store without […]

R2 board approves Aug. 31 start date

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to approve a revised calendar for the upcoming school year. Aug. 31 will be the first day of school for students. It was announced during Tuesday night’s school board meeting that five days (Aug. 17 – 21) will be LEAP Days that are designed […]

Dillon awarded R2’s Hamm scholarship

COLUMBIA – The Richland Two Education Foundation has awarded the Debra W. Hamm Scholarship to Blythewood High School 2020 graduate Tillman Dillon. The $3,000 scholarship honors the legacy of the former Richland Two Superintendent by providing financial assistance to a qualifying student to pursue their dreams of earning a college or associate’s degree.  Dillon, who […]