State awards Fairfield $500K for water line

WINNSBORO – In its quest to attract and expand industry, Fairfield County Council gave final approval last May to purchase 66.67 acres from Weyerhaeuser at $6,000 an acre, or about $400,000. Earlier this week the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) awarded the county $500,000 to assist with the costs of extending a water line to […]

Council cautioned about info leaks

WINNSBORO – Just before adjourning the regular county council meeting last week, Chairman Neil Robinson cautioned council members not to discuss outside of executive session information concerning current or possible litigation the county might be involved in. “It will behoove us not to discuss this publicly, because it could negatively impact the county,” Robinson said. […]

Robinson, Roseborough and Greene win county council races

Rene Green defeats 2-term school board incumbent Paula Hartman. WINNSBORO – Fairfield County voters changed the balance of power of the county government Tuesday night, turning out two of three county council incumbents. Voters also narrowly rejected the capital project sales tax referendum (Penny Tax) with a 4,758 to 4,438 vote. The tax had been […]

Millage to stay at 6-year level

WINNSBORO – In a 5-2 vote, Fairfield County Council members passed second reading to leave the county’s millage rate the same as it has been for the last six years, at 181.8 mils. Voting against, without disclosing why, were Councilmen Moses Bell and Mikal Trapp. “Our auditor, Ms. Peggy Hensley, feels that the proposed 181.8 […]

Sea Pro sells nationally, hires local

WINNSBORO – The county’s new Sea Pro boat manufacturing facility in Winnsboro recently built its first boat, said Preston Wrenn, vice president of the company. “We are now working on boat number two as we speak,” Wrenn said. “We currently have about 14 people in house working, and we’re looking to grow that to approximately […]

Forfeited land auction nets $400K+

WINNSBORO – A forfeited land commission recently appointed by Fairfield County Council to bring the county’s forfeited properties back on to the county’s tax rolls, has done just that. Of 68 forfeited properties sent to auction in September, 61 were sold, bringing more than $400,000 to the county’s coffers. When Jason Taylor was hired as […]

Fairfield County lands Oldcastle APG

$25M+ Investment Will Create Almost 100 Jobs COLUMBIA – Oldcastle APG, a global leading provider of outdoor living and building materials, announced on Thursday plans to establish operations in Fairfield County. The company’s more than $25 million investment will create approximately 100 new jobs. Located at 355 Commerce Boulevard in Ridgeway, S.C., Oldcastle APG’s new […]

Council fields penny tax questions on virtual town hall webinar

WINNSBORO – An important local question is on the ballot this year in Fairfield County: a proposed penny sales tax, earmarked to fund a much-needed wastewater treatment plant. If it’s not approved, county officials say, that will mean other, typically less popular, sources of revenue will have to be used to fund the plant – […]

Fairfield candidates have their say

WINNSBORO – A virtual candidate forum organized by Nocola Hemphill for the SC Democratic Black Caucus, Fairfield Chapter, was held Oct. 1, and attended by two write-in candidates for county council, an unopposed candidate for the school board and the county’s incumbent sheriff Will Montgomery. The two-hour forum was moderated by Hemphill, attorney Natasha Pauling […]

Proposed wastewater treatment plant site includes sports complex, water recreation, shopping and more

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – With a $1.8 million land deal being proposed by Fairfield County, a partnership between the county and the Town of Blythewood is on track to check two big items off of local wish lists: a much-needed wastewater treatment plant and a ballfield complex for youth sports teams. Fairfield County Council Chair Neil […]