Celebrating Black History: The blinding of Isaac Woodard

Winnsboro native, Army Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a World War II veteran who was savagely beaten at the hands of a callous, intolerant sheriff, helped inspire civil rights in America. WINNSBORO – Isaac Woodard, Jr. was born in Fairfield County, but grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 14, […]

Brown water dogging JWC

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins lifted a miniature plastic bottle into the air, its brown contents sloshing inside. Her message was crystal clear. “Our water was off most of the day. When it came back on, from the Jenkinsville Water Company, this is what came out of the faucet,” Goins said at the Fairfield County Council […]

Goins fearless of JWC threat

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins has until Friday to apologize. That’s the day Jenkinsville Water Company lawyers set for the Fairfield County Councilwoman to apologize and retract her criticisms of Jenkinsville water quality. If she refuses, the bubbling controversy is threatening to spill into the courtroom. In a letter obtained by The Voice, attorneys for the […]

Goins fights back

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins is fighting back. A week after a Jenkinsville Water Company attorney issued a cease and desist letter and threatened to sue Goins over comments she’s made critical of water quality, she’s hired her own attorney to safeguard her First Amendment rights. Working in a private capacity, Goins’ attorney Tommy Morgan said […]

JWC attorney threatens to sue councilwoman over water criticisms

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins is used to being in hot water with the Jenkinsville Water Company. A frequent critic of the organization, the Fairfield County Council vice-chair has called out the JWC on a variety of issues, ranging from finances to transparency. Goins has also publicly stated she thinks the JWC should be absorbed by […]

County honors native son Isaac Woodard, Jr.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE – A commemoration and unveiling of a historical marker in Batesburg-Leesville on Saturday honored Winnsboro native Sergeant Isaac Woodard, a World War II veteran whose savage beating at the hands of a callous, intolerant sheriff helped inspire civil rights in America. Fairfield County Councilwoman Bertha Goins, addressing Woodard’s nephew and his family along with […]

Jenkinsville will not appeal annexation vote

JENKINSVILLE – Jenkinsville will remain the same size for now. The Fairfield County town had until noon Monday to appeal results from the June 5 referendum to the state, but an appeal was never filed, said Chris Whitmire, spokesman for the S.C. Election Commission. “The SEC has not received any appeals related to Fairfield/Jenkinsville annexation […]

Election commission blocks JV annexation protest

JENKINSVILLE – Fairfield County election officials upheld the result of the Jenkinsville annexation vote by a more decisive margin than the original referendum itself. In a unanimous vote Monday, the Fairfield County Election Commission voted to uphold the results of the June 5 special election that saw the annexation measure fail 19-15. Commissioners agreed one […]

Goins blasts JV annexation vote June 5

JENKINSVILLE—A controversial effort by the Town of Jenkinsville to annex 143 properties is drawing the ire of at least one Fairfield County Council member. District 4 Councilwoman Bertha Goins, whose district includes Jenkinsville, issued a scathing indictment of the town’s government and the Jenkinsville Water Company, both of which are run by Greg Ginyard. During […]

Letter to the Editor: No to Annexation June 5

As you may or may not know, the Town of Jenkinsville is attempting a forced annexation of 143 additional properties into the town. If you received this letter, your property is in jeopardy of being annexed or your property is currently in the incorporated town of Jenkinsville. What does this mean for you?  More taxes, […]