Council raises pay for Admin, clerk

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council recently approved salary increases for the county administrator and clerk to council, though votes to do so were not unanimous.  At the Aug. 12 meeting, council members voted 4-2 to increase the pay of County Administrator Jason Taylor by 5 percent. In 2018, Taylor received a 3.44 percent increase. The […]

Deputy county administrator investigated for cronyism

BREAKING: Fairfield’s Deputy County Administrator placed on administrative leave By Barbara Ball WINNSBORO – Earlier today, Deputy County Administrator Davis Anderson was placed on administrative leave from his duties with the county, County Administrator Jason Taylor told The Voice during an interview. “Until further notice, Mr. Anderson will be on paid leave while the investigation […]

State donates $2M for megasite infrastructure

WINNSBORO – Economic development discussions led a busy night at Monday’s Fairfield County Council meeting. Council members voted to accept a $2 million grant for infrastructure improvements to the county’s megasite at I-77 and S.C. 34, as well as a series of ordinances that expand the boundaries of a regional industrial park. Council members voted […]

Council sweetens Taylor’s contract

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County’s administrator and clerk to council are getting raises. Following a lengthy executive session that included six discussion items, Fairfield County Council voted unanimously to extend County Administrator Jason Taylor’s contract for another year. The council also voted to increase the period of compensation in the event of termination without cause to […]

County ups fees on dumping, loose pets

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County is one vote away from imposing higher fees for some animal control and dumping services. But as county officials note, the extra charges are user fees, meaning only people using those services will pay more money. At Monday night’s meeting, council members voted unanimously on second reading of the revised fee […]

Taylor: No millage increase

WINNSBORO – Despite setbacks this year, including the abandonment of two V.C. Summer nuclear units and the loss of that expected future revenue, the fiscal state of the County remains solid, County Administrator Jason Taylor reported Tuesday evening during Council’s second budget workshop for fiscal year 2018-19. Taylor presented a total budget of $39,748,964, an […]

Almost 1,000 child support checks delayed after data loss

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Family Court computer system crashed last week, wiping out all data for February, March and early April. The computer’s data had not been backed up since Jan. 31, 2018, according to the County’s Information Technology (IT) Director Marvin Allen. More than $400,000 of Fairfield County child support payments to hundreds […]

McMaster offers incentive program

WINNSBORO – The Fairfield County Commerce Center on Peach Road was the site of Governor Henry McMaster’s announcement last Friday of a federal program that proposes to give extra incentives to companies who invest in new jobs and business in impoverished areas throughout the state. These areas are designated as Opportunity Zones. Accompanying McMaster were […]

Lawsuit filed against Councilman and County

WINNSBORO – Former Fairfield County Recreation Director, Lori Schaeffer, has filed a lawsuit against County Councilman Douglas Pauley and Fairfield County. The complaint, filed with the Fairfield County Clerk of Court on Feb. 12, 2018, alleges that Pauley illegally interfered with Schaeffer’s employment and was involved in her termination last fall such that he either […]

Update on SCE&G lawsuit

WINNSBORO – Last week attorneys for South Carolina Electric and Gas Company (SCE&G) argued in the Sixth Circuit Judicial Court for a change of venue for the lawsuit filed against them by Fairfield County. Attorneys for Fairfield County argued that the trial should remain in the county where the incident (the abandonment of reactors two […]