Broken JWC line prompts ‘boil’ order

JENKINSVILLE – Jenkinsville Water Company has fixed a water line break, though how long water service remained shut off remains a little murky. Laura Renwick, spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), said complaints of low water pressure began late in the day on Thursday, May 27. A break occurred the […]

Goins fights back

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins is fighting back. A week after a Jenkinsville Water Company attorney issued a cease and desist letter and threatened to sue Goins over comments she’s made critical of water quality, she’s hired her own attorney to safeguard her First Amendment rights. Working in a private capacity, Goins’ attorney Tommy Morgan said […]

JWC attorney threatens to sue councilwoman over water criticisms

WINNSBORO – Bertha Goins is used to being in hot water with the Jenkinsville Water Company. A frequent critic of the organization, the Fairfield County Council vice-chair has called out the JWC on a variety of issues, ranging from finances to transparency. Goins has also publicly stated she thinks the JWC should be absorbed by […]

JWC cited over coliform testing

JENKINSVILLE – The Jenkinsville Water Company was hit last year with a new drinking water violation, though it and other past violations have been resolved, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The latest DHEC violation notice was issued Aug. 24, 2017. It stated that the JWC was in violation of the […]

Financials: JWC operating at a loss

JENKINSVILLE – In person, the Jenkinsville Water Company annual meeting was orderly and efficient, concluding in about 30 minutes and lacking the discord of previous meetings. On paper, though, the water company continues to operate at a loss. In financial documents distributed at last week’s annual meeting, the water company reported a net operating loss […]

JWC suit heads to court Dec. 3

JENKINSVILLE – One of two pending lawsuits against the Jenkinsville Water Company and some of its directors appears headed for trial in less than a month. Dec. 3 has been set as the trial date of the suit filed more than five years ago by Broad River Campground. Mediation has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. […]

JWC head rebukes water authority

JENKINSVILLE – It was another brief meeting of the Jenkinsville Water Company, but what was said afterwards is making waves. In a brief interview with The Voice following Monday’s meeting, JWC president Greg Ginyard voiced strong disapproval of a proposed water merger between the Town of Winnsboro and Fairfield County. “Why would we pay somebody […]

JWC has quorum, no meeting

JENKINSVILLE – It’s not often that a public body violates the state’s Freedom of Information Act without actually holding a meeting. But that’s exactly what hap­pened when the Jenkinsville Water Company refused to re­lease an agenda after cancel­ling Monday night’s meeting, according to open government experts. The Voice requested a copy of the agenda as […]

Judge OKs amended suit vs JWC

JENKINSVILLE – Broad River Campground can amend the lawsuit it filed against the Jenkinsville Water Company to include new allegations and statements from witnesses, a judge has ruled. Sixth Circuit Judge Grace Gilchrest Knie also ruled in a separate order that campground lawsuits against the JWC, as well as board chairman Gregrey Ginyard and vice-chairman […]

Former board member blasts JWC

JENKINSVILLE – Jenkinsville Water Company leaders “willfully” provided false and misleading information about the water company’s ability to provide water service to its customers, according to documents filed in Broad River Campground’s ongoing lawsuit against the JWC. Also filed recently is a sworn affidavit from former JWC board member Lori Smith, who issued a blistering […]