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Council is split on committee system

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WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Councilman David Brown’s (District 7) motion to return to a seven committee system failed to pass during the April 14 meeting by a vote of 3-3.Mary Lynn Kinley (District 6) was absent from the meeting.Brown, Dwayne Perry (District 1) and Carolyn Robinson (District 2) all voted in favor of a seven committee system.Kamau Marcharia (District 4), Mikel Trapp (District 3) and chairman David Ferguson (District 5) voted nay on the matter.The seven committee system has been a hot topic within the public recently in order to produce a more transparent county government and a more informed public.

 

Town clears final hurdle on nuisance animals ordinance

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro made the final hurdle in declaring nuisance animals to be illegal within town limits.After a public hearing, Town Council recently unanimously approved the second reading to append section 90.05 of ordinance 041514A.Complaints spewing from Evans Street in Winnsboro have cited roosters crowing as well as numerous ducks and chickens wandering off the owner’s property.Resident Sarah Bryant showed council photographs o...

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Fairfield Middle School teacher receives Golden Apple Award

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Middle School S.T.E.M. coach Lynne Thomas was recently recognized as one of the top teachers in the Midlands when she was presented with WLTX’s Golden Apple Award.The media center erupted as Thomas came through the doorway and the WLTX camera clicked on to catch the inspired students as they cheered on their favorite S.T.E.M. coach.“It is such an honor to receive this award,” Thomas said as tears of joy flowed down her cheeks...

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Richard Winn goes 1-2 in Spring Break Tournament

WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy’s baseball team went 1-2 during a Spring Break Tournament at Fairfield Central High School last week.The Eagles won their first game 6-5 over Camden Military Academy on Monday.Eagles’ starting pitcher Cameron Cooper earned the win.Matt Taylor went 2-4 at the plate for Richard Winn.The Eagles fell in the second game to Great Falls and lost the championship game to the Griffins 6-3 on Thursday....

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Griffins go 3-0 in tournament

WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central’s baseball team went undefeated during its Spring Break Tournament, winning all three games.Playing during Spring Break is vital, according to head coach Scotty Dean, because it allows his players to keep their timing down.“This bunch of kids are eager and look forward to a tournament,” he said. “Baseball is not a sport where you can have a long layoff because it is all about muscle memory and at this point in t...

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Midlands BioFuels is 2013 “Spare the Air” winner

WINNSBORO — Midlands Biofuels has been awarded the 2013 Spare the Air Award for the Most Outstanding Business in South Carolina. The award recognizes a company that has been a good steward of the environment.Midlands BioFuels owner Joe Renwick said he was pleased his company is being recognized with such an honor even though he was unaware Midlands BioFuels was even in the running for such an outstanding award.“I was very excited and I had no idea that I was ...

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Four Fairfield County schools win Palmetto Award

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School District recently announced that four of its elementary schools received either a Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver award for general performance or are closing the achievement gap.Winning a Palmetto Gold Award for general performance for the third year in a row was Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science.Both Geiger Elementary School and Kelly Miller Elementary School won a Palmetto Gold Award and a Palmetto Silver Award for...

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Town begins budget process

RIDGEWAY — The Town of Ridgeway has begun its budget preparation and is pondering a water rate increase to its customers to alleviate the rate increase from its wholesale provider, The Town of Winnsboro.Council will hold a work session in the near future to work on the FY 2014-2015 budget.After taking an informal consensus, council agreed to utilize the same process as last year, where council will allow town staff to prepare the budget and then review it during an...

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Manager delivers update on new career center

WINNSBORO — The new Career and Technology Center for Fairfield County School District is scheduled to begin phase one of construction on June 9 and be completed by Aug. 1, 2015 for the start of the Fall 2015 semester.Fairfield County’s School Board of Trustees was recently updated on the progress of the new career center by project manager Rick Stottlemyer.One construction firm dropped out after the board established the top five firms.The remainin...

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New Ridgeway councilman takes oath of office

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Ridgeway Town Council has officially welcomed a new council member.Following Fairfield County Election Commission’s meeting on Friday, Heath Cookendorfer won one of two available seats with 43 write-in votes to Belva Bush’s 41.Debbie Stidham, director of Fairfield County Voter Registration and Elections, said the election commission met and determined that 43 of the original 47 write-in votes had “voter’s intent” to ...

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School district’s proposed budget increases by $1.2 million

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield County School Board of Trustees passed first reading of the FY 2014-2015 budget Tuesday night.Superintendent J.R. Green recommended the board approve the first reading in the amount of $35,548,351.The motion carried 4-1-2, with Andrea Harrison voting nay and both Paula Hartman and Annie McDaniel abstaining.Last year’s budget was $34,358,564.Fairfield County School District finance director Kevin Robinson noted t...

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FCSD superintendent’s contract extended through 2019

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County’s School Board of Trustees has shown a commitment to Superintendent J.R. Green by extending his contract one year and extending the unilateral termination buyout from nine months to 18 months.At the end of a meeting that last nearly six hours, the board of trustees approved the contract amendment for Green, which was discussed during executive session.The amendment to the contract will extend the superintendent’s employment ...

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Water contract talks improve between Winnsboro and Mid County

WINNSBORO —Contract talks for the purchase of water between the Town of Winnsboro and Mid County Water appear to be on the up and up.The two sides met on Wednesday and as a result of those discussions, which lasted approximately an hour, the Town of Winnsboro’s water committee will recommend council extend the cutoff period to allow for continued negotiation.“It was a progressive meeting with some healthy discussion,” water committee attorney John...

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Griffins soar past Keenan

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central baseball team tightened its grip on the number two spot in region III-AA when they dismantled the Keenan Raiders 15-7 on Tuesday.With the win, Fairfield is now 5-2 in region play.The Griffins combined for 12 hits led by their lead off hitter Tavaris Cook.“We hit the ball pretty well and he (T. Cook) has been on tear,” Fairfield Central head coach Scotty Dean said.Cook finished 3-4 at plate, scored ...

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Eagles control region after knocking off Hawks

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn Academy (11-3, 6-1) baseball team took control of SCISA region III-AA on Tuesday when they edged out Greenwood Christian 6-3.“It was a big region win for us and puts us at the top of the region race,” Richard Winn head coach Al Berry said.With the victory, the Eagles can do no worse than a tie for first place with one region game remaining in the regular season.It was a tie game at 3-3 going into the bottom of the...

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Preliminary results yield surprise in Ridgeway elections

RIDGEWAY — Preliminary results from Tuesday’s municipal election in Ridgeway appear to have produced a new member to town council.Although results are still unofficial, it is believed Heath Cookendorfer received 47 write-in votes to unseat councilwoman Belva Bush, who received 41 votes.Bush, who was also running for mayor, lost that race as well to incumbent Charlene Herring 91 votes to 27.“I regret that (Bush will no longer be on council) be...

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Lady Eagles haul in post-season awards

WINNSBORO — Four of Richard Winn Academy’s varsity girls’ basketball players and their coach have been tapped for numerous post season honors following their 28-1 season.The Lady Eagles soared to their second consecutive AA state title on March 1 at the Sumter Civic Center.Freshman Alyssa Atkerson, a point guard, not only was named to the All Region team, but also was selected to participate in the SCISA North-South All Star game that was held March 8 i...

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Town approves grant match for sewer improvements

WINNSBORO — The Department of Commerce has awarded the Town of Winnsboro a community development grant under the Community Infrastructure initiative to improve sewer lines within the Town of Winnsboro and Fairfield County.A local cash match of 10 percent ($113,900) is required from Winnsboro to receive the grant. Originally the grant was for well over $1 million.However, according to Town Manager Don Wood the total grant has been decreased to $676,000.&#...

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