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New Ridgeway councilman takes oath of office

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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 elect Cookendorfer.The election commission members are Chairman Betty M. Trapp, Vice Chairman Carolyn Y. Prioleau, John H. Glenn Sr., Deane H. Smith, Alice H. Rice, Robert D. Drake and Thomas B. Chase.

 

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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“Always A Bridesmaid” was perfict fit for Pine Tree Players

WINNSBORO — Pine Tree Players wrapped up its spring production “Always A Bridesmaid” on Sunday and according to director Ginny McKinney, the play couldn’t have gone any better.“There was not a weak spot in it,” she said. “The set was wonderful. The costumes were wonderful and the cast of characters was perfect. I really feel for those that missed it because they really missed a good evening of laughter and beautiful performances.”...

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County prepares for recrational spending

WINNSBORO — Interim County Administrator Milton Pope told Fairfield County Council recently that county staff is prepared to begin moving forward with the spending of the $3.5 million recreational bond.Ken Simmons and Associates won the bid to serve as a consulting firm and will lead the county through the process of deciding how to spend the $3.5 million.The firm has been given notice to proceed and will begin scheduling interviews with each council member to inqu...

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Griffins run-rule Shamrocks

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central baseball team won its third region game in a row on Friday when they defeated EauClaire 11-1 in five innings.The Griffins are now in second place in region III-AA with a 4-2 record.Fairfield Central head coach Scotty Dean thinks his team is starting to come together.“We’ve got a good baseball team and when we throw strikes we’re as good as any team we’ll play,” he said. “I always think...

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Town cracks down on nuisance animals

WINNSBORO — Winnsboro Town Council took the first steps in prohibiting the keeping of certain animals declared to be a nuisance within town limits by delivering the first reading of an ordinance.Town staff read the general provisions that appended a section of the ordinance and declared specific animals to be a public nuisance, specifically citing any fowl, bird, dog, cat or other animal which shall by sound, odor or sight affect the comfort, peace, quiet or health of the peo...

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FCSD operational budget among most expensive

WINNSBORO — During the 2011-2012 school year, the Fairfield County School District was one of nine districts in the state whose cost of district operations per student exceeded teacher salaries.Fairfield spent nearly $2,384 per student which ranked 78th out of 83 districts. The total amount spent during the 2011-2012 year was $7,487,078.Those numbers were released late last month by State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais.

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Charter school breaks ground at new site

WINNSBORO — Midlands STEM Institute’s executive director Marie Milam and board members as well as community members and local state legislative delegation attended Wednesday’s ground breaking ceremony at 1403 Greenbrier Mossydale Road.The board of directors selected Hood Construction Inc. of Columbia to complete renovations of the school’s facility this summer.The $1.5 million renovation project on the 18,400-square-foot facility will begin April ...

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Griffins claw their way back from 4-0 deficit

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central baseball team improved to 3-2 in region play on Tuesday when they defeated the Capitals of Columbia 14-6 in a game that last nearly two and half hours.The Griffins escaped an early 4-0 deficit when the Capitals put up four runs in the top of the first inning.However, Fairfield starter Compton Walker was able to find a groove after giving up three walks, one hit batter and three wild pitches to fuel Columbia’s start....

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Winners of four straight, RWA goes for five tonight

WINNSBORO — The Richard Winn (9-3, 5-1) baseball team notched a region win Monday night when they defeated Spartanburg Christian 5-0.Starting pitcher Patrick Pope threw a four-hit complete game shutout for the Eagles as they cruised by Spartanburg Christian.Pope baffled hitters as he struck out five and didn’t give up a walk. He never threw more than 14 pitches in an inning and totaled 83 for the contest, with 60 going for strikes.Richard Winn head...

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Fairfield County aids in manhunt for teens

POMARIA — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office provided mutual aid to Newberry County to assist with a manhunt Thursday, providing its mobile command center as well about 16 officers to help with the search.The collaborative effort helped the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office apprehend four fugitives Thursday afternoon off S.C. 34.The four suspects, who fled from Tennessee, were apprehended around 3:30 p.m. when resident Todd Lever saw them run through ...

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