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Magnolia Lodge to presents the Larry Keel Experience

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RIDGEWAY – The Magnolia Lodge, 631 Longtown Road in Ridgeway, will present The Larry Keel Experience on July 12. The Mustache Brothers will open the show.Located in Ridgeway, The Magnolia Lodge is a celebration of food art and nature. A working plantation since 1854, the farm still hosts a range of livestock and crops year round, providing a unique and earthy experience for guests. Under the direction of its owner and local arts contributor Tom Hall, the Lodge is now focusing on bringing music and other arts of the highest level to Fairfield County.


Engineer progressing at Drawdy Park

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope recently updated council on the progress of a new engineer renovating Drawdy Park.Pope said staff is waiting on the final engineering report and there should be activity in the coming weeks after the final report is received. He noted that the reports will be signed off by a third party as well.Pope also advised council that his staff is prepared to present recommendations on the discretionary funds policy to a...

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Murder suspect still on the run

WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Chief of Police Freddie Lorrick said the search was still on for murder suspect LaTroy Dante Sampson as of 4 p.m. Thursday.“We don’t have anything new,” he said after searching for the suspect for one week.Lorrick said he is uncertain if the 36-year-old suspect is still in the Winnsboro area.“It’s hard to say because we don’t have any evidence that he is still in the county,” he said....

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Rockton Baptist Church new site for Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute, will open on time

WINNSBORO — After announcing on July 3 that the new charter school Midlands S.T.E.M. Institute would not open at the Greenbriar Mossydale site as originally planned, the board of directors announced on Wednesday that the school will open on time at Rockton Baptist Church.The decision came following a board of directors meeting at Mission Ridge on Tuesday night to discuss contractual matters in executive session pertaining to facilities.A lease agreement was reached...

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Midlands BioFuels set to host 4th annual car show

WINNSBORO — Hundreds of car owners from across the southeast will roll into downtown Winnsboro this weekend to share and gather tricks of the trade when working on bio diesel engines.Midlands BioFuels is preparing to host the fourth annual TDI (Turbo Direct Injection Diesel) engine car show this Saturday (July 12) from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. in downtown Winnsboro. The Midlands BioFuels plant is located at 310 S. Congress St.Midlands BioFuels owner Joe Renwick said h...

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Throw out the incumbents

Why do we settle for mediocrity?We here in Fairfield County should take great pride in the fact that during the “Drawdy Park Fiasco.”No one died, no one was reprimanded, no one in the county office was taken to task for accountability or responsibility! How fortunate are we?Very, that no one was injured, all the other issues just show us the mindset of county council and how it operates.If this was a for profit business we would be bankr...

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Winnsboro celebrates Independence Day at First Baptist Church

Jane Boyter volunteered her time making cherry and grape snow cones to help cool off attendees on a hot July day.This family enjoyed popcorn and hot dogs while waiting for the fireworks show.Volunteers perfected the swirling motion to make a delicious piece of cotton candy.First Baptist pastor Mark Chapman recognized current military and veterans of the armed forces before giving away door prizes.Event attendees enjoyed a buffet of popcorn, hot dogs...

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Winnsboro police searching for murder suspect

WINNSBORO — Winnsboro police are looking for Latroy Dante Sampson in connection with the death of a Winnsboro woman whose body was found early Friday morning.Winnsboro Police Chief Freddie Lorrick said his department was still looking for Sampson as of 3 p.m. Monday.Police said Sampson should be considered extremely dangerous and is the lead suspect due to the eyewitness report.“He (Sampson) was seen there in the altercation with her (Stone) and th...

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Candidate throws hat into ring for council seat

My name is Billy Smith, and I’m running for the District 7 seat on Fairfield County Council.I’m from Winnsboro, and I’ve lived in Fairfield County almost my entire life. Over the years, I’ve seen the areas around Fairfield County move forward while Fairfield County has stagnated. I’ve seen the quality of life in other areas improve while ours has remained the same for so long. And after regularly attending County Council meetings over the past year and...

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Next Generation 9-1-1 still years away for Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Technology is emerging and being implemented across much of the country to allow people to text to 911 in emergencies, rather than call, which has been coined as the Next Generation 911 system.The system would allow a subject to text photos and video to dispatch to report an emergency.Fairfield County’s Emergency Management Director Phyllis Watkins doesn’t believe the system it is being implemented anywhere in South Carolina currently...

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Community celebrates Fourth of July

WINNSBORO — More than 300 people showed up to First Baptist Church’s Fourth of July celebration on Friday.The free event provided hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, snow cones and cotton candy. Kids enjoyed games and inflatable bouncy houses.Prior to the fireworks show, military personnel and armed forces veterans were recognized.“We appreciate you and we thank you,” First Baptist Church pastor Mark Chapman said. “We thank you so much and...

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County votes to ink auditing service extension

WINNSBORO — Fairfield County Council recently unanimously agreed to renew its contract with the accounting firm Elliott Davis for three more years for auditing services.Fairfield County Administrator Milton Pope said the action is important and did need council’s approval. The motion passed 6-0. District 3 Councilman Mikel Trapp was absent.Auditing services are required each year and, according to Pope, multi-term contracts are permitted in the procurement po...

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Speaker, council still concerned for FMH’s operation

WINNSBORO — Community members and Fairfield County Council members continue to show concern regarding the continued operation of Fairfield Memorial Hospital.District 1 resident Randy Bright’s comments during the public comments portion of the June 23 council meeting sparked comments from council members during county council time.Bright cited the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services for statistics painting a poor picture of the hospital.He ...

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Town of Winnsboro lifts hiring freeze

WINNSBORO — The Town of Winnsboro made a motion to lift the hiring freeze in the gas, water and sewer department after nearly 90 minutes in executive session Tuesday night.Councilman Clyde Sanders made the motion to lift the hiring freeze for three positions. The positions were budgeted but had been frozen, according to Winnsboro Mayor Roger Gaddy.“With all the work that needs to be done and being short-staffed, we feel like it is in the best interest of that...

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Fifth suspect charged in equipment theft ring

NEWBERRY — A Columbia man jailed in Newberry County on 14 charges related to an equipment theft ring is considered the ring leader of the group for his role in scouting the target locations as well choosing the items to be stolen.Santerrio Montinez Smith, 25, of 201 Dubard Boyle Road, turned himself in June 24 to authorities at the Newberry County Detention Center and was served 14 warrants: one count each of petit larceny, conspiracy to commit petit larceny and possession of...

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Offices closed for Fourth of July

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — In observance of Independence Day, The Herald Independent offices will be closed Friday. The office will re-open at regular business hours on July 7.Additionally, banks will be closed to observe the holiday.All non-essential personnel for county offices and the Town of Winnsboro will be off as well and both county and town offices will re-open on July 7. All emergency services will be available on the Fourth of July.Independence Day, c...

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School board member will not seek re-election

I take the opportunity to inform you that I will not seek re-election to the position of trustee for the Fairfield County School Board, District 5.I have had the pleasure and responsibility of serving as a representative for four years. It has been a rewarding experience, because I have been able to contribute to ongoing improvements these past few years, and more importantly, I have established relationships with our students, parents, excellent staff, fellow board, and superinten...

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Quarry opposition previews presentation to council

WINNSBORO — Prior to a smaller and more intimate meeting with the Department of Health and Environmental Control on Thursday, opposition of a proposed mining company delivered a presentation that previewed their concerns for County Council in a 10-minute presentation.The opportunity to present was granted to Dorthy Brandenburg after a June 16 meeting with the county’s Presentation Committee at Midlands Technical College in Winnsboro.Brandenburg presented info...

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