Fairfield County Council eyes penny sales tax

WINNSBORO – Laying the groundwork earlier this month for a one penny sales tax to be placed on the November 2020 ballot, council members voted 5-2 to create a commission that would suggest projects to be funded by the penny tax and to appoint members to that commission. “This resolution is to create a capital […]

County: Public must refrain from attending ANY county council or council committee meetings at this time

Given the uncertainty and disruption created by COVID-19, Fairfield County Council believes actions must be taken to minimize risks to our citizens by doing our part to slow the spread of this outbreak across our community.  Out of an abundance of caution, citizens must refrain from attending any County Council or Council Committee meetings at […]

Fairfield County Council declares State of Emergency

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Council met at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, and passed an emergency ordinance to declare a 60-day state of emergency in Fairfield County due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ordinance became effective immediately.  The following includes the details the public should be aware of. The complete […]

Fairfield officials say ER sale was flawed; call for review by DHEC

WINNSBORO  – Following Prisma Health’s surprise announcement last week that it had signed a deal to acquire Providence Health – Fairfield Emergency Room (ER) along with three other hospitals, Fairfield County officials have requested the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), which signed off on the deal, to pump the brakes on the […]

RW library closing June 1

WINNSBORO – After voting in January against purchasing the building that houses the Ridgeway library, Fairfield County Council voted last month to present a revised lease to the owner of the building. That lease was more favorable to the county. The Voice learned on Monday that the owner has rejected the proposed lease, and according […]

Fairfield County asks Prisma to slow ER purchase

Council spends $1M annually on ER, but was not aware it was being sold WINNSBORO – In a strongly worded statement issued Tuesday morning, Fairfield County Council called on Prisma Health to “provide more information to the public, and to us,” regarding the impending acquisition of Providence Health-Fairfield Emergency Room in Winnsboro. In the statement, […]

Bill would nix NextEra paying Fairfield County taxes

30-Year Tax Abatement Would Keep Millions From County COLUMBIA – Fairfield County officials say they were alarmed by a story in The State newspaper Monday announcing that the proposed sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper to Florida energy giant NextEra could deprive many South Carolina counties and their schools, including Fairfield, of billions in tax […]

Council negotiating new WWTP site

WINNSBORO – After spending more than a month battling Fairfield County’s proposal to build a wastewater treatment plant in the vicinity of Syrup Mill and Broom Mill Roads, Center Creek and Cedar Creek residents were invited to express their concerns to the Fairfield County Joint Water and Sewer Authority Commission Tuesday evening in Fairfield county […]

County proposes new Ridgeway library lease

WINNSBORO – After voting last month against purchasing the building that houses the Ridgeway library, council voted Monday evening to present a revised lease to the owner of the building. The action had been recommended last week by the County’s Finance and Administrative Committee. “With the option to purchase pretty much off the table,” interim […]

Council OKs SRO vehicle funding for MSI

WINNSBORO – Until now, Midlands STEM Institute (MSI), a public charter school in Winnsboro, was the only public school in Fairfield not provided with a school resource officer (SRO). But that omission was righted at last week’s county council meeting when council voted 6 – 1 to approve $60,273.63 for a Dodge Charger and all […]