• A Barnwell man is facing several charges after setting his house on fire following a family altercation.

    Jeffery Wayne Taylor, 29, of 1560 Still Road, Barnwell, was arrested Tuesday morning, August 23, by the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office. Pending charges include third degree arson, two counts of attempted murder and setting fires to other lands, according to Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll.

    Taylor allegedly started the fire at his house around 9 a.m. August 23 after an “altercation with family members. He told them he was going to hurt them all,” said Carroll.

Sports »

After last year’s 26-0 loss at Williston-Elko High, Barnwell High was looking for some payback against its in-county rivals in Thursday’s season opener at W.W. Carter Field.

For Barnwell High, it wasn’t pretty in the early going, but the Warhorses finally hit their stride in the second half and rolled past the Blue Devils by a score of 43-18.

First game jitters combined with a wet football paved the way for a disastrous start as the teams combined for four turnovers in the first five minutes and seven by halftime.

Opinion »

Public bodies, such as school boards, town councils and county councils, have important responsibilities to uphold. They set policy, create budgets for the use of taxpayer dollars and hire employees.

However, that doesn’t mean the public has no say in what happens. After all, public officials are elected by the folks they serve. It is only fair that the public have a chance to voice their opinion. An open line of communication between the public and the folks who represent them on public bodies is the best way to keep people informed.