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Your wedding day. Without a doubt, it's one of the most significant events you will ever experience - when you and the love of your life officially seal the deal and get married. On this day, your friends and family will gather to celebrate the next step in your life. Photographers will be running around snapping photos, catering plates delicious food for guests to enjoy, and the DJ sets the mood for a night of fun and libation. You've worked extra hard to make everything look perfect and run smoothly. You have examined every moving part down to the tiniest detail. At the center of all your effort is your wedding venue in Winnsboro, SC.

Your event space can mean the difference between an unforgettable event and an average occasion. Capturing your uniqueness as a couple is paramount to a memorable wedding. But, without the right venue location and staff, your unforgettable event can turn into a painfully average occasion. Fortunately, at Abney Hall, you won't ever have to worry about dingy reception spaces and crummy chow halls.

Constructed in Winnsboro, SC, in 1962, Abney Hall is 15,000 square feet and sits on 500 acres of land, making it a large wedding venue unlike any other. Abney Hall was originally the home of Mrs. Josephine Abney, a Winnsboro native who was a lifelong philanthropist. Mrs. Abney devoted much of her time and effort towards supporting charities, educational institutions, hospitals, and other noble efforts. Today, Abney Hall stands tall as a symbol of love, both in our community and for the couples who choose to get married here.

Abney Hall is an exclusive event experience unlike any other, surrounded by verdant forests and sparkling ponds. Our venue is a natural fit for several occasions, including:

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The Top Wedding Venue in Winnsboro, SC

The beginning of your life starts at Abney Hall. With our team by your side, we can create the fairy tale wedding you have dreamed about since childhood. Whether you have 100 guests or 1,000, our waterfront ceremony locations and French-inspired courtyard are perfect for your big day. Celebrate in luxurious style surrounded by shady magnolia trees, a private forest, large ponds, and the beauty of Mother Nature. While our venue location and aesthetic have been praised far and wide, so too have the practical aspects of Abney Hall. Looking for a relaxing, comfortable spot for your bridal party to get ready in? We offer an entire floor in the Abney Hall residence to get the bridal party ready. Want to make your groomsman feel extra-special too? We've got a private, plush house just feet from a sparkling pond that is a proper hangout spot for the guys in your group.

To make life easier on you, we also offer Abney Hall as your go-to spot for rehearsal dinners. Why book an expensive restaurant or travel to another location when unmatched beauty and convenience are right at your fingertips? Abney Hall is just the place for that very important dinner the night before your big day. We are also happy to host your bridal shower at Abney Hall. Our venue makes for one of Winnsboro's most unique bridal shower settings, where your family and friends can gather to give gifts and be merry before you walk down the aisle.

With such a large, magnificent house and a vast property, Abney Hall also makes for an unforgettable location for your bridal portraits and other wedding-related photography needs. Don't take our word for it - book a tour and see for yourself why so many new brides and grooms choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Winnsboro.

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What Sets Abney Hall Apart from Other Wedding Venues in Winnsboro?

You've already found the person you want to spend the rest of your life beside. The next step? Finding the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony, reception, and celebration of your lifelong commitment to one another. Remember, the backdrop for photos, dancing, eating, and all other activities will be at your wedding venue. That's why we work so hard to set Abney Hall apart from our competitors - so you and your guests can focus on love and living your new life while we work with your vendors and photographers to make your magic night a reality.

Here are just a few reasons why guests choose Abney Hall as their wedding venue in Winnsboro, SC, along with some helpful tips from our experienced wedding venue staff:

Venue Size

Choosing the appropriate-sied venue for your desired guest count is a critical decision. A venue's capacity affects the number of people you need to consider having at your ceremony and reception. As you're first starting out, we recommend having a guest count in mind as you're searching for the right venue. Try to stick with that number. You may fall in love with a particular venue, but if its max capacity can't accommodate your guest count, it may be time to cross them off your list.

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Keep in mind that this is your big day. You shouldn't feel obligated to invite the college roommate you shared a dorm with for one semester. At the end of the day, your wedding venue should be one that can accommodate those closest to you. Abney Hall is equipped for both small and large weddings, consisting of 500 acres of forest, ponds, and lush natural beauty. Whether you want an intimate wedding with only your best friends or a grand ceremony with hundreds of people, we have the right amount of room to make you comfortable.

Location and Nearby Lodging

On your big day, you're likely to have friends and family traveling in from other parts of the state or country. These folks will need a place to stay during and even after your wedding. Accessibility and ease are important factors when it comes to choosing your wedding venue for both you and your guests.

Located in Winnsboro, SC, Abney Hall is situated in a memorable, natural setting, giving your wedding a private vibe in the midst of Mother Nature. While we pride ourselves on having a secluded wedding event space, our venue is within an easy driving distance of hotels and vacation rentals.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip:

When you contact us for a tour, make sure to speak with our experienced venue manager about nearby hotels and shuttle service options. We understand that your guest's comfort and convenience are important, and we're happy to work with you to figure out the best way to get your guests to Abney Hall.

Venue Staff

At Abney Hall, our staff has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most friendly, accessible teams. We will provide you with a purpose-minded point of contact that can help answer questions relating to timelines, preferred vendors, and every aspect of your wedding. When you tour our wedding venue in Winnsboro, SC, for the first time, we want you to feel like you have all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.

We would be happy to go over:
  • Venue Pricing
  • Ceremony Specifics
  • Reception Specifics
  • Catering Possibilities
  • Decorating Possibilities
  • Entertainment Options
  • Photography and Photo Opportunities
  • Venue Amenities
  • Bridal Party Needs
  • Groomsman Needs

At Abney Hall, our goal is to be your first resource when it comes to setting up and coordinating the details of your wedding day.

Decor

When it comes to your wedding's decor, you probably already have a few ideas in mind. We love it when our brides and grooms have a vision in mind because one of our greatest joys is turning that vision into a reality. At Abney Hall, our team is available to help you and your decorator fit, accent, and accommodate your fairy-tale wedding - whatever that may be.

Are you looking to dress up your wedding with decorations galore? Just want to add a few accents that tie into your preferred color palette? Abney Hall is versatile and ready to help however we are able.

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If you're thinking about bringing in your own greenery, lighting, floral pieces, and more, we recommend discussing your vision with us on your initial tour of our event space. That way, we can get a head start on making your big day exactly how you envision it.

Photo Opportunities

10 years from now, when you and your spouse are celebrating your anniversary, you will pull out photographs from your wedding and will reminisce about the unforgettable time you spent at Abney Hall. Your wedding photos will be with you forever, and as such, we work closely with you and your photographer to suggest extra-special photo op spots that you can only find on Abney Hall grounds.

From the grand staircase and French-inspired courtyard to our manicured gardens and lovely pond, there is no shortage of photo-op locations for your photographer to choose from. As one of the most popular wedding venues in Winnsboro, SC, we have worked with dozens of photographers over the years.

Our experience has allowed us to cultivate a list of preferred photographers - all of whom have the talent to take your pictures to the next level in a setting they're familiar with. We encourage you to check out our gallery to get a sense of the scope of our wedding venue and gain inspiration from other happy couples.

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Abney Hall Pro Tip

The gallery on our website is extensive but be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages as well. We keep our social pages updated with recent wedding photographs, giving you an incredible resource that you can use for your own photography purposes.

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The Premier Corporate Event Venue in Winnsboro, SC

Abney Hall is known across the United States for our stunning weddings, but we also play host to some of the largest corporate events in South Carolina. Why choose a bland, lifeless meeting space when you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature coupled with a professional atmosphere? If you have an important team-building event or corporate conference that you have to coordinate, look no further than Abney Hall.

The epitome of class and style, our corporate event space is large, lavish, and chock-full of onsite amenities for you and your co-workers to enjoy. If your team needs a morale boost, don't bring them to the local Olive Garden for a cheap lunch. Treat them to a refreshing experience in our main dining room, where we can work with you to incorporate your catering options with the goals of your event.

When the hard work is done, and your team needs a breather, what better way to relax than with a quick dip in our pool? To burn off a little steam, head over to our brand-new tennis court - the perfect place to get some exercise in an ultra-private setting while you enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Don't forget to bring your fishing poles for a couple of hours of fishing. There's even an opportunity to go hunting if you wish.

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If you're ready to learn more about Abney Hall as your wedding venue, don't hesitate to reach out. We would love to hear more about your plans, your vision, and your needs. We know that planning a wedding isn't easy. It takes time, attention to detail, and a whole lot of patience. Our goal is to help provide you with all the info you need to learn more about our venue. Once you decide on a date, we'll work closely with you and your vendors to craft a wedding experience that you will treasure for the rest of your life.

Our available dates for your big day are going quick, especially during peak seasons like spring and fall. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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COG Executive’s endorsement of Bell may have violated Hatch Act

Bell Offered County Ads to Voice in Exchange for EndorsementWINNSBORO – Moses Bell’s request for an election endorsement may have resulted in a violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars the intermingling of political campaigning and government work.Bell also offered The Voice the county’s ad revenue in exchange for an endorsement in the newspaper.COG Exec Endorses BellBen Mauldin, executive director of the Midlands Regional Council of Governm...

Bell Offered County Ads to Voice in Exchange for Endorsement

WINNSBORO – Moses Bell’s request for an election endorsement may have resulted in a violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law that bars the intermingling of political campaigning and government work.

Bell also offered The Voice the county’s ad revenue in exchange for an endorsement in the newspaper.

COG Exec Endorses Bell

Ben Mauldin, executive director of the Midlands Regional Council of Governments, which coordinates a multitude of federally funded projects, confirmed to The Voice that he endorsed Bell for re-election to Fairfield County Council. But Mauldin also doesn’t think the endorsement violates the Hatch Act.

“I don’t think so. He (Bell) is the one who asked for a quote,” Mauldin said. “It was something he asked for. It’s nothing we’ve normally done, just a quick little quote.”

Maudlin said Bell is the only political candidate that he recalls ever requesting an endorsement from himself or the COG.

When contacted by The Voice for comment, Bell responded via text message with personal attacks.

“Evidently you are an idiot. It is not an endorsement but a comment concerning my leadership strengths. Are you afraid people may know of my strengths and capabilities?” Bell‘s text read.

As County Council chairman, Bell sits on the Central Midlands COG board of directors as well as the Executive Committee which hires and oversees the executive director. The COG facilitates the flow of millions of federal taxpayer dollars to various road, employment and other projects in the Central Midlands, which includes Fairfield County, according to agency records.

Jay Bender, a media law attorney with the S.C. Press Association, of which The Voice is a member, said the agencies accepting federal money potentially fall under the Hatch Act.

“The question of whether or not the Hatch Act applies depends on whether or not the Council of Governments receives any federal funding.” Bender said. “If the COG has federal funding, then I think the Hatch Act might apply.”

The endorsement in question came in a print ad from Bell for his District 1 re-election effort. Bell’s ad includes a quote attributed to Mauldin, which says “Bell’s leadership, expertise and time volunteered is very much appreciated” by the COG.

Enacted in 1939, the Hatch Act limits political activities of federal employees as well as local government employees who work in connection with federally funded programs, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which enforces the act.

The law’s purposes are “to ensure that federal programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation,” the OSC states on its website.

Local and state agencies that “frequently receive financial assistance from the federal government” fall under the Hatch Act.

A majority of the Central Midlands COG’s Aging Services division is federally funded, according to the COG’s website.

The COG has also facilitated the flow of millions of federal highway dollars to various road projects in the Midlands, agency records show.

As an elected official, Bell likely wouldn’t face any sanctions over the advertisement. Hatch Act sanctions are typically aimed at employees of federal agencies or agencies that receive federal funding.

Penalties can range from a warning to the agency losing some of its federal funding, according to the OSC website.

In extreme cases, the OSC could recommend removing a violator from federal service, according to the OSC website.

Bell Offers The Voice a Deal

Bell also asked The Voice’s publisher for an endorsement on Monday in exchange for placing all the county’s ads with The Voice.

The newspaper, which had run the county’s ads for several years, was one of a number of heads to roll under Fairfield County’s new council majority that was seated in January, 2021 – Councilmen Moses Bell, Tim Roseborough, Mikel Trapp and Councilwoman Shirley Greene.

In March, 2021, the following announcement was posted on the county’s Facebook page:

“Please be aware, effective immediately, Fairfield County will no longer use The Voice of Fairfield County for ads and legal notices…”

A week earlier, county officials notified The Voice’s staff that (former) Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor had been instructed by Council Chair Moses Bell to immediately switch the county’s advertising from The Voice to The Country Chronicle, which is published out of Camden.

The final move to cut all advertising to The Voice came after months of verbal and emailed instructions from Bell pressuring Taylor to switch to the newspaper of Bell’s choice.

In an email dated Jan. 12, 2021, Bell took a new tack, trying to convince Taylor that, “The Voice newspaper has not been a friend to our communities.”

During council meetings, Bell publicly criticized The Voice and urged citizens to support other newspapers.

“Mr. Bell does not like hearing the truth,” Councilman Douglas Pauley said during a subsequent council meeting. “He has found out that he cannot bend The Voice to his will and make them write what he wants. He would just rather shut them down.”

Publisher Barbara Ball contributed to this story.

Fairfield County water supply down 70% due to power outage, officials say

WINNSBORO, S.C. — After hours and hours of work, Winnsboro water department crews are still trying to get water from the reservoir back to the town's water treatment plant and into community water storage tanks.Meanwhile, residents of Winnsboro, Ridgeway, and Jenkinsville are under a boil water advisory due to a power outage at their water plant after winter weather over the weekend.Crews learned this morning that their water supply is down 70%, with three of the six water towers being nearly depleted.Winnsboro wat...

WINNSBORO, S.C. — After hours and hours of work, Winnsboro water department crews are still trying to get water from the reservoir back to the town's water treatment plant and into community water storage tanks.

Meanwhile, residents of Winnsboro, Ridgeway, and Jenkinsville are under a boil water advisory due to a power outage at their water plant after winter weather over the weekend.

Crews learned this morning that their water supply is down 70%, with three of the six water towers being nearly depleted.

Winnsboro water said power went out at the reservoir Sunday and the switchgear that connects the generator to the water pumps stopped working.

"We couldn't see how much water was in the tanks because of the power. We rely on a radio system that tells us how much water is in the tanks," Trip Peak, Winnsboro water director said. "We asked the city of Columbia for help. They're gracious enough, they're going to help us by bringing us a backup pump, so it'll run off of diesel. It does not run off of electricity,"

As of this evening, that backup pump proved ineffective. Crews say the backup generator from Columbia also proved un-effective. Now, they're hoping to get their hands on some kind of generator to save the Winnsboro water supply.

This is all, of course, temporary until the town can get power lines back up and working at the reservoir. Crews are out there working around the clock.

"Once pressure drops below 20 PSI on the pipelines going to customers homes, DHEC requires us to issue a boil water notice, because once pressure drops and once they experience no water at all, once air is introduced into lines that allows bacteria to start forming inside pipelines," Peak said.

Residents in these areas of Fairfield county say they had no idea about the notice this morning, but that they're glad they do now.

"I would've never considered that to be an issue after yesterday's down time with the electric, but when you go down for that period of time, it effects virtually everything," Darlene Embleton, Ridgeway resident said.

Many residents say they are hoping to get that lifeline supply back to normal.

In the meantime, an emergency warming shelter is being opened for Fairfield County residents at Winnsboro First Baptist Church at 1373 Newberry Rd, Winnsboro, SC 29180. Residents in need of a warm place to charge their phones are welcome from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

Winnsboro residents seeing white pelicans on Lake Wateree

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation said it's because they are migrating to the western portion of the United States this time of year.WINNSBORO, S.C. — Long-time residents of Winnsboro are saying they have never seen so many squadrons of white pelicans before.Residents say there have been flocks of them on Lake Wateree over t...

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation said it's because they are migrating to the western portion of the United States this time of year.

WINNSBORO, S.C. — Long-time residents of Winnsboro are saying they have never seen so many squadrons of white pelicans before.

Residents say there have been flocks of them on Lake Wateree over the past two weeks.

"I've never seen a group of pelicans that big in Lake Wateree," Brett Collins, Winnsboro resident said.

These birds have a wing span of up to ten feet and are normally thought of as salt-water birds.

As it turns out, they like freshwater too, specifically for breeding.

"They paddle and dip their heads underwater and feed whereas the brown pelicans, the ones that we have here year-round, they're flying and then they dive down, so totally different feeding habits," said Jay Keck, South Carolina Wildlife Federation habitat education manager.

Residents in Winnsboro are sharing their photos and videos on social media about these big magnificent birds.

"They flap their wings and they glide a long ways, but you can hear them coming when they go over the top of you. I can always remember them flying across from me," Collins said.

According to South Carolina Wildlife Federation manager Jay Keck, it's because they are migrating to the western portion of the United States this time of year and are taking a pit stop.

As for why residents are seeing them, and seeing so many, it's a luck of the draw.

"It's just based on luck. When do you look outside? When are they flying over? It's not like the purple martins on Lake Murray where you know they're going to come and roost every single year," Keck said.

If you're lucky, you might see one of these big-beaked birds.

The South Carolina Wildlife Federation encourages you to call the Department of Natural Resources if you see one of these birds injured.

Fairfield County hits roadblock on $20M grant

WINNSBORO – The recent agreement reached between the Fairfield County Council and the Town of Winnsboro that was hailed by County Council Chairman Moses Bell as transformational for the county and one of his most rewarding experiences since becoming chair, may be in trouble.In the agreement, the Town and County agreed to undertake construction of an interconnected sewer line designed to fast track wastewater for the Commerce Center (as well as provide sewer service for Ridgeway) from the Town of Winnsboro’s wastewater plan...

WINNSBORO – The recent agreement reached between the Fairfield County Council and the Town of Winnsboro that was hailed by County Council Chairman Moses Bell as transformational for the county and one of his most rewarding experiences since becoming chair, may be in trouble.

In the agreement, the Town and County agreed to undertake construction of an interconnected sewer line designed to fast track wastewater for the Commerce Center (as well as provide sewer service for Ridgeway) from the Town of Winnsboro’s wastewater plant for treatment until the Joint Water Authority’s proposed new wastewater treatment plant is completed somewhere around 2027, at which time the interconnector line would be connected directly to it for treatment.

To accomplish this, the county needs to come up with at least $20 million to construct the interconnector line. The county hired Bill Bingham with American Engineering for $1.9 million to do design and engineering services for the line and to complete the application for the Joint Authority for the $20 million SC Infrastructure Investment Program (SCIIP) grant to pay for the interconnector line.

That’s where things start to go south for the interconnector line.

The SCIIP grant is designed for regional projects. To qualify as a regional project, the construction of the line must include two wastewater treatment plants – Winnboro’s and Ridgeway’s – not just Winnsboro’s.

While Ridgeway Town Council passed a resolution on June 9, 2022 to join the County and the Town of Winnsboro on the Joint Water and Sewer Authority, and passed another resolution on Aug. 11, 2022 to appoint two representatives to the Authority’s board, Ridgeway did not agree to hook on to the interconnector or send its effluent to the Town of Winnsboro’s treatment plant – two actions necessary, sources say, for the County to qualify the interconnector as a regional project eligible for the $20 million grant.

“We told the County early on that they are welcome to lay the line to Ridgeway, but that Ridgeway Town Council would not at this time agree to connect its sewer customers to the line or to send its effluent to Winnsboro,” Mayor Heath Cookendorfer told The Voice. He said Ridgeway council has not agreed to pay any costs associated with the building, maintenance or use of the line.

Nevertheless, on Aug. 29, Cookendorfer received a resolution from the county that he was asked to sign. According to the resolution, his signature would obligate Ridgeway to connect to the line.

Section (3) of that resolution states: “Upon due investigation and consideration, the [Ridgeway] Town Council has determined that it is in the best interest of Town, its citizens, and the customers of the [Town’s] System to both join the Joint System and pursue the design and construction of a pump station, sewer transmission line, and other necessary appurtenances to facilitate the connection of the [Town of Ridgeway’s] System to the Plant Project (the Line Project.)”

Cookendorfer said he was contacted by county officials on Monday urging him to sign the resolution as the deadline for submitting the application for the $20 million grant is near.

“I repeated to them that Ridgeway never agreed to connect to the line and that I was not authorized to sign the resolution,” Cookendorfer said. He told The Voice that the issue will be on the agenda for executive session at the Town’s regular monthly meeting, Thursday, Sept. 8.

“As far as I’m concerned, Ridgeway and its water customers simply cannot afford to do this,” Cookendorfer said. “Signing this resolution would obligate us to connect to the line at some point and that would force us to decommission our own sewer plant.

“I understand that decommissioning our plant could cost Ridgeway as much as $250,000. Then we would have to pay Winnsboro an impact fee of $1 million just to connect to their plant. In switching to Winnsboro, we would lose the monthly revenue that we now receive from our water customers, plus our customers would have to start paying much higher rates because Winnsboro uses a much higher level of water treatment than Ridgeway has to use.” Cookendorfer said. “Our customer’s rates would double or more.”

Another issue is that the Town of Winnsboro has not agreed to take Ridgeway’s effluent.

“There is no agreement for Winnsboro to take Ridgeway’s effluent,” Taylor told The Voice in June.

“That would be an enormous cost for Winnsboro to take Ridgeway’s wastewater, and we have not agreed to take effluent unless we are paid to take it,” Taylor said. “Taking 150-160 thousand gallons of Ridgeway’s effluent would knock us out of having 500,000 gallons of capacity available for industrial users. We can’t do that.”

The Voice contacted Bell to find out how the County intends to proceed if Ridgeway does not sign on to connect to the interconnector.

“We don’t know,” Bell said. “The Winnsboro connector line is the main part of the project for the county and everything else. However, Ridgeway, as I understand, is in support of trying to get the line further on into Ridgeway as a means to be able to, once the wastewater treatment plant comes on line, connect to the Joint System wastewater treatment plant.”

Bell said he does not believe that Ridgeway has to agree to connect to the line for the county to be eligible for the SCIIP grant.

“At this point, we don’t have any doubts about our grant,” Bell said.

The decision to award the grant, however, is left up to the S.C. Department of Commerce who administers the grant awards. That decision will be announced in early January, 2023.

The County’s grant application must be submitted by Sept. 12, and a source knowledgeable of the grant’s requirements says the agreements regarding ownership, costs, operation, maintenance, connections and other permissions from the Towns of Winnsboro and Ridgeway must be finalized before the grant application is signed and submitted.

South Carolina cities, towns still recovering from tourism loss after COVID

Some towns and cities are finally seeing a boost in visitors after being nearly empty for the past year due to the pandemic.WINNSBORO, S.C. — After a year of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, some towns and cities are finally seeing a boost in tourism."We’re starting to get back to some normalcy, especially since the town dropping off the face mask ordinance," said Gene Stephens, president of the Fairfield County Chamber of Co...

Some towns and cities are finally seeing a boost in visitors after being nearly empty for the past year due to the pandemic.

WINNSBORO, S.C. — After a year of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, some towns and cities are finally seeing a boost in tourism.

"We’re starting to get back to some normalcy, especially since the town dropping off the face mask ordinance," said Gene Stephens, president of the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.

Stephens said downtown Winnsboro is regaining the amount of traffic it had before the pandemic.

"Winnsboro has been down for a little while, as far as a few years," Stephens said. "We actually did, during the pandemic, we did three ribbon cuttings on Main Street right here in Winnsboro. Some new businesses opening up during the pandemic."

He said Fairfield County had six ribbon cuttings for new businesses during the pandemic.

The owner of Pauling's Barbering Services in Winnsboro, Clarence Pauling, said business is slowly returning but their numbers aren't close to where they were pre-pandemic.

"Business was relatively good before the pandemic came on," Pauling said. "It’s not bad now, but it’s not as good as it was."

Pauling told News 19 they were able to stay in business thanks to proper budgeting.

"It comes from budgeting, you know," Pauling said. "At a certain time, you put money back, just in case hard times do hit. It isn’t so much as the money, it isn't so much as people. It's because people are scared to spend the money. They know they have to put it back because you don't know what's coming next."

Stephens said boutiques have bounced back to pre-pandemic sales, but service businesses like insurance companies and restaurants have been a slower recovery.

"Employment is the biggest issue we are facing," Stephens said. "Restaurants are having troubles getting the employees that they need."

Stephens said Winnsboro has been gaining more traffic and hoping to have a more consistent flow of visitors. To gain more traffic in town, he said they held an event in April that brought over 500 people to Winnsboro.

"We’re starting to see more traffic," Stephens said. "It’s starting to pick back up but having consistent traffic down here, especially in our downtown area and even our bypass, all that comes from promotion, doing different things to let people know, ‘OK, these businesses are still here.'"

He said Fairfield County has been hosting and planning more events to bring more traction into the Winnsboro community. Some of the events include a farmer's market, food truck events, setting up bounce houses for kids, and more.

On July 17, the county plans to have a Christmas in July event to bring more visitors into the town. Pauling said the town of Winnsboro will continue to grow stronger and get back to the way it was before the pandemic.

"Winnsboro has had a lot of ups and downs, losing Mack truck, losing Walmart, and a couple of small businesses that were here," Pauling said. "But Winnsboro isn't going anywhere. It's the people, it's our resolve that keeps us going."

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