Relay for Life Cancelled WINNSBORO — Relay for Life has been cancelled tonight due to severe weather. Stacey Pearson said that when tornado watches and tornado warnings were issued for the area that the school district cancelled the event. She and Andre Sheppard will work to find a make-up date for the relay, likely some time in May.
School board considers budget, hears uniform presentations Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Two school uniform proposals, first reading of the 2013-14 budget and student recognitions highlighted the April meeting of the Fairfield County School Board on Tuesday night.
The board approved the first reading of a $34,334,464 proposed budget per Superintendent J.R. Green’s recommendation.
Green’s certified staff recommendations, administrative staff recommendations and the administrative and c...
Relay for Life tonight, rain or shine Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Don’t let showers in the forecast keep you from gathering Friday at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Central High School for the Relay for Life.
Event chair Stacey Pearson said that if it rains the event will move indoors to the FCHS gym. Organizers said they kept the entertainment options simple this year so they could move things indoors if needed.
The event includes a deejay, performances by FMS and FCHS da...
Hemophilia advocacy fuels Winnsboro woman Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — For Edna Rabb, a skinned knee or even a small cut on her son as he grew up required a bit more attention than a Band-Aid and a kiss on a boo boo.
Instead, those minor wounds took longer to stop bleeding and required extra pressure to be applied in the case of her son, now 25, who was diagnosed with hemophilia at age 5. Minor injuries such as those did not pose a threat to her son’s life, but there w...
School board approves Green’s recommendations Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School Board met Thursday in a called meeting to discuss contract renewals for district employees.
Superintendent J.R. Green recommended an assistant principal for the soon-to-be-vacant principal position at Fairfield Central High School. Principal David Corley is being moved into a position at the School District Office.
Green’s recommendation is an eight-year educator curren...
Fairfield County 4-H welcomes youth agent Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — The face of Fairfield County 4-H has changed. Angela Jones started work March 21 as the 4-H Youth and Development Agent for Fairfield County and although the face has changed, the organization’s mission remains the same.
One goal Jones has is increased partnership between 4-H and the Fairfield County School District.
She believes there is a tremendous need in Fairfield County for youth development...
Horticulture class at Career Center shares bounty Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Looking for fresh produce or for tomato plants or fresh flowers? Look no further than the Fairfield County Career Center’s greenhouse.
On April 8, students and their teacher Earnest Manning held an open house to showcase the plants they have nursed since January. The student-led entrepreneurial activity is part of the horticulture class.
This group of around six students began with seedlings they ...
Farmer’s Furniture re-opens Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Familiar faces, helpful staff, renovated show rooms and expanded inventory were on display Thursday as Farmer’s Home Furniture Company held a grand re-opening ceremony. The Winnsboro store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The establishment, located a 457 U.S. 321 Business South, featured a remodeled electronics area with expanded inventory. Th...
Fun in the Sun; Students enjoyed Spring Break in Fortune Springs Park Best friends Charlie Bonds, Berry Bonds and Wyatt Raley enjoy this seesaw ride on a warm Tuesday during their Spring Break. Many children and their parents came out to Fortune Springs Park in Winnsboro to enjoy the pretty weather while the children were out of school.
Photos by Kevin Boozer|The Herald Independent
Michael Sanders, left, and Be’Aoni Copeland, right, have fun building sand castles.
Left: Mia Jackson, left, and Jacobi Ander...
Outstanding Oak is Pet of the Week WINNSBORO — Oak is a sweet 1-year-old cat who is neutered and current on all shots. He has been at the shelter for a while and all he wants is a home and family of his own. Contact Janice Emerson at the Fairfield County Adoption Center, 1678 U.S. 321 Business North in Winnsboro at 803-815-0805 for more information. She reminds the public of the county’s $55 spay/neuter program. The center currently needs leashes and collars, cat and dog beds ...
Lightfoot is Fairfield Student of the Week WINNSBORO — The Academic Student of the Week for The School District of Fairfield County is Victoria Lightfoot, a fourth-grade student at Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science. She was chosen for this honor because of her excellent grades and willingness to help others.
Victoria is a very motivated student, always doing more than is required, and comes to class prepared on a regular basis. She won second place in the school’s Spellin...
Thoma named RWA Student of the Week WINNSBORO — Kaitlyn Thoma is a fifth-grade student at Richard Winn Academy and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thoma. Kaitlyn is very studious and always comes to class prepared to work and learn. Her preparation, participation in class, and attentiveness contribute to her academic success. Kaitlyn is a delightful young lady. She is accepting of all her classmates; she strives to be a good friend and a good listener to everyone. Her respe...
Sports, budget highlight town council meeting RIDGEWAY — Sports, recreation and budgeting were main topics at the April meeting of Ridgeway Town Council.
Will Prioleau said the church/civic softball league will start soon. A schedule is still being finalized. He said they appreciate the kindness of neighbors during the season when traffic increases due to the games.
They might also have a Peanut Johnson Day to kick off the season but that is still being discussed.
“The softball is ...
Belk charity helps fund FMH WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation will participate in the annual charity sale on April 27 sponsored by Belk stores to help raise funds for Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
The charity event sale is from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. April 27 at all Belk stores. Those who buy a $5 ticket for the benefit will receive $5 off their first purchase as well as discounts. Merchandise can be reserved beginning April 21.
Tickets to benefit the...
Pair of Pelicans visits these parts Mike Mills|For The Herald Independent
Surveyor Mike Mills recently noticed a few rare visitors to Fairfield County. A pair of white pelicans were on Lake Monticello.The white pelicans which have a normal range of Mississippi river and west to the Pacific and along the Gulf coast. “Apparently the winter storms blew them in, Mills said. “Occasionally we see unusual birds on the Lake such as snow geese and swans that are not typical to the are...
Former Boston Marathoner reacts to Monday’s bombing Tiffany Grady-Hudgins
UNION — The Boston Marathon was upended on Monday when explosions went off near the finish line, leaving at least two dead and dozens injured.
“The farthest thing in your mind when you’re running is that something like that could happen,” said Lockhart native Kellie Eaves, who completed last year’s Boston Marathon and is believed to be the only athlete hailing from Union County to have ever competed i...
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Ridgeway pays tribute to long-time firefighter RIDGEWAY — Ridgeway residents turned out Saturday afternoon at Aimwell Presbyterian Church to bid farewell and Godspeed to long-time public servant Roy Hudson.
Hudson died April 11 at the age of 94.
Hudson was a recipient of The Order of the Silver Crescent, an inductee into the S.C. Firefighters Hall of Fame, was fire chief of Ridgeway, interim police chief of Ridgeway, First Citizen of the Year for Ridgeway (2007) and a volunteer firema...
Nelson inducted into Phi Kappa Phi In other business:
— Council approved paying $75 from crime prevention funds to go to the Relay for Life Paint the Town Purple campaign in care of Norma Branham.
— Council approved renting the armory for a 1968-70 class reunion for February 2014. The reunion group will be responsible for fees and necessary permits.
— Council approved paying $250 to recruit an initial visit May 9 from the Handmade in America group to do an assessment of ...
Snap up photos on our website Lewis said the sheriff’s office had been called to the home in 2004 for a disturbance between Mahorsky and his father, Richard. According to the incident report, the argument became heated and the younger Mahorsky drew a handgun and pointed it at Richard Mahorsky.
Deputies arrested Matthew Richard Mahorsky and charged him with pointing and presenting a firearm. Mahorsky received three years probation for the incident. According to the 2004 ...
Winnsboro native accepted into scholars group WINNSBORO — Sheryl Marshandra Small, daughter of Sheron L. Cook of Winnsboro, has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community,” said Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS founder and...
Meeting with county council, school board on hold Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — A proposed meeting between Fairfield County school officials and Fairfield County Council to discuss the school board’s decision to increase the tax millage to pay for construction of a new career center is on indefinite hold.
While both sides appear to understand the seriousness of the matter, there are disagreements about how a joint meeting should be conducted and whom it should include.
Naturalist Rudy Mancke rides Winnsboro rails Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — Naturalist Rudy Mancke climbed aboard the rails Saturday morning at the S.C. Railroad Museum and guided patrons on a tour along the tracks, pointing out local fauna and flora along the way.
He also discussed the rock formations near the Rion Quarry and the train stopped for him to get out and examine local wildlife.
According to Rufus Timms with the museum, the Mancke event came about from board m...
Author showcases Winnsboro’s legendary locals Kevin Boozer
WINNSBORO — How well do you know Winnsboro? Do you know of the Courageous Cowboy Legend? What about the name of one of the last living original midwives of Fairfield County? Have you got the scoop on BioJoe of Midlands Biodiesel? Thanks to author Virginia Schafer, people from history buffs to longtime residents, and people new to the area can brush up on legendary events and people in the life of the town. Schafe...
Coleman and Davis discuss nullification Photo submitted
Sen. Creighton Coleman (D-Fairfield, Chester and York Cos.) and Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort and Jasper Cos.) appeared on the March 21 edition of ETV’s “This Week in the State House” with host Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell as they discussed the issue of nullification in South Carolina, particularly as it relates to S-92, a bill that has passed the Senate dealing with the nullification of the National Defense Authorization Act passe...