Jenkinsville man arrested for murder of Andrew Trapp

WINNSBORO – Cortez Javar Whitener, 20, of Jenkinsville has been arrested for the murder of Andrew Marquise Trapp. Whitener was arrested last week, on Nov. 13, and a statement was released to the public Monday afternoon after The Voice requested information about the arrest earlier in the day. Deputies responded to a shooting incident at […]

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 […]

Suspicious death investigation

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office has released a report that it is currently conducting a suspicious death investigation after deputies were called to a residence on Douglas 1 Rd in the Winnsboro area of Fairfield County. On Sunday, September 13, 2020 shortly after noon, deputies found Melissa McClain, 43 of Douglas 1 […]

Shootout at Cuz’s Corner

(An earlier report in The Voice erroneously named Alexander Rhoring as a suspect who was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill. That information is not correct and The Voice regrets that error.) WINNSBORO – Winnsboro Public Safety officers were called to Cuz’s Corner service station on S. Congress Street on […]

Quilts donated for comfort

WINNSBORO – In the Time of Corona, comfort can be found in homemade quilts – thanks to Donna Royson. An avid quilter, Royson has donated quilts to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office for some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens – children and the elderly. “I hope and pray that these small quilts bring comfort […]

Victim in burned Jeep identified

WINNSBORO – The victim in a vehicle fire that occurred last week off Hwy. 34 in Blair has been identified as Yakiem Romel Breeland of Columbia, SC. After receiving a tip about a vehicle on fire at about 11 p.m. Sunday, July 5, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office discovered a white Jeep Grand Cherokee fully […]

Pauling wanted for attempted murder

WINNSBORO – A Winnsboro man is wanted for attempted murder after allegedly firing multiple gun shots at another man who was standing in his front yard with his daughter and a woman on Friday, June 3. After a dispute with his daughter, the daughter called her mother to come get her, according to the incident […]

Body found inside burned out car in Blair

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an arson/death investigation after a body, burned beyond recognition, was discovered about 11 p.m. on July 5 inside a burned out vehicle off Highway 34 in Blair. When Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a hunt club property located between Possum Branch Road and Zion Hopewell […]

Sheriff seeks missing Winnsboro woman

**UPDATE: Ms. Gladney has been located. WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information as to the whereabouts of Rachel Kathleen Gladney, 36. Gladney is a black female with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black tights and a purple shirt about 12:50 p.m. on June 27, near Columbia […]


WINNSBORO – To show their appreciation to the Winnsboro Police Department, above, and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department for their vigilance during the Time of Corona, last week the Winnsboro Lions Club delivered 85 bags of home baked cookies to two law enforcement agencies. “We want them to know that we appreciate them for all […]