Monday night’s County Council meeting open to public

WINNSBORO – After an emergency ordinance proposed at Fairfield County Council’s last meeting failed to receive the votes required to pass, Council chambers will be open to citizen attendance at tonight’s meeting for the first time in nearly a year. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:00 in council chambers at the County Government Complex, 350 Columbia […]

Bell calls for review of Mt. Zion contract costs

WINNSBORO – Cancelling plans for a new county building would trigger litigation that could cost Fairfield County upwards of $13 million, some council members say. “If the ultimate goal is to tear down this project, we’re probably looking at a $13 million lawsuit we can’t afford,” Councilman Neil Robinson said during a special meeting Feb. […]

Leap of faith helps save family from fire

WINNSBORO – It was a little after 7 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, when fire broke out in a Sand Creek Hills home in Winnsboro, forcing a harrowing escape that included dropping a toddler from the roof into the arms of a Fairfield County Sheriff’s deputy. Emergency crews were dispatched to the home where it was […]

Council’s ‘passed’ 4-3 vote fails

Failed Vote Leaves County Without COVID Emergency Ordinance WINNSBORO – A 4-3 vote by council misfired at the Feb. 8 council meeting, leaving the county without a restrictive emergency ordinance that has required face masks, social distancing and other COVID-19 protections for Fairfield citizens for the last 11 months. Fairfield Councilman Douglas Pauley cautioned at […]

Fairfield County offers free rides to vaccination site

WINNSBORO – In a joint effort between Cooperative Health and the Fairfield County Transit Department, free transportation to vaccine appointments will be provided to those who do not have access to transportation. The following locations are currently scheduling and accepting vaccination appointments: Lake Monticello Family Practice 9017 Hwy 215 South, Jenkinsville, SC 29065 Call 803-298-2068 […]

Celebrating 104

Geneva Bell will celebrate her 104th birthday on Feb. 21, at home in Ridgeway with her family and friends.  A native of Fairfield County, Bell faithfully attends Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Longtown.   She says she enjoys reading her Bible daily and expressing her love for God. She has nine living children of 12 born […]

The Voice offers $2,000 reward for information leading to hate mail conviction

WINNSBORO – The Voice of Fairfield County is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for sending hate mail to some Dawkins community residents in Fairfield County. The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is looking into the source of the hate mail which showed up […]

Fugitives in Brisbon murder captured

WINNSBORO – Sheriff Will Montgomery announced that Osman Shabazz, Jr. and Sylvia Bacon-Scott have been arrested for the murder of Gabriel Brisbon. The couple was arrested in Columbia and will be held at the Fairfield County Detention Center awaiting bond. The body of Brisbon, 22, was discovered Friday morning, Feb. 5, in a mobile home […]

Vaccine slowdown at Prisma Health walk-in sites

COLUMBIA – For those who are over 65 years of age or otherwise qualify for the 1A phase of SC DHEC’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule and have not so far been able to make an appointment, the wait may get longer. Prisma Health announced on Monday that it will not hold walk-in vaccinations for the remainder […]

Jack Livings’ first novel hailed as ‘brilliant’

MANHATTAN – Winnsboro native Jack Livings’ first novel, The Blizzard Party, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, will debut in bookstores on Tuesday, Feb. 23. In early reviews, Publishers Weekly hails it as “brilliant,” and Booklist describes it as a “literary feast.” Kirkus Reviews states, “Livings’ nearest model may be the doorstop-sized novels of Tom Wolfe […]