Council considers 1¢ tax for water, sewer

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is bringing in more experts to help counter Richland County’s growing opposition to a proposed wastewater treatment plant.  Meantime, Fairfield County Council is also moving forward with a proposed capital project sales tax to help pay for the facility that’s seen as vital to recruiting more industry to Fairfield County.  On […]

Fairfield Provides Relief

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Fairfield County Council and Fairfield Forward provided more than 300 free boxes of fruits and vegetables for county residents on Tuesday, June 23 at three locations: Fairfield County Admin building and the Ridgeway and Greenbrier fire stations. Shown here are some of the Ridgeway volunteers loading food boxes.

Pick up free groceries on June 23

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council, in cooperation with Fairfield Forward, will provide free boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables for Fairfield County residents on Tuesday, June 23, at three separate locations: Fairfield County Administration Building, 350 Columbia Road in Winnsboro Ridgeway Fire Station, 350 South Palmer Street, Ridgeway Greenbrier Fire Station, 3025 State Highway 269 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

County budgets funds for more patrol cars, Drawdy upfit

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council is eyeing a 10 percent cut to outside agency funding, hoping the move frees up money to buy more patrol cars. The council is also considering modifying the economic development director’s vehicle allowance, raising deputy coroner pay and cited to appropriate nearly $40,000 more to the Drawdy Park parking lot […]

Richland votes to stop Fairfield’s wastewater plant

COLUMBIA – In what Fairfield officials say was an unprecedented action, Richland County Council voted unanimously on May 5 to direct staff and technical committee appointees to vote in opposition to Fairfield County’s plans to construct a wastewater treatment plant that they say would bring industry, jobs, housing subdivisions and general prosperity to Fairfield. The […]

BW council scrubbing Billy Bob & Charlene

BLYTHEWOOD – After fans memorialized the late country singer Joe Diffie on the town’s water tower in April, more than a thousand people weighed in on The Voice’s Facebook page expressing their delight over Billy Bob’s declaration of love for Charlene in John Deere green paint high above the town. Many, including two town councilmen […]