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Hopes for jobs bloom with Orchids Paper Products’ plant announcement

First Byline: 
Jonathan Vickery, Managing Editor

The long-awaited announcement about a new tissue plant and 134 jobs has been made.
Orchids Paper Products Company has been identified as the company that plans to invest at least $110 million, with the potential for more, and create 134 jobs at a new plant in Barnwell.
The Pryor, Oklahoma-based company, established in 1998, specializes in manufacturing high-quality, private label consumer tissue products from recycled and virgin fibers.

Barnwell Elementary School principals leaving, both unsure of plans

First Byline: 
Jonathan Vickery, Managing Editor

After two years on the job, both of Barnwell Elementary School's principals have submitted letters of resignation, effective at the end of the school year.
Principal Sherry McIver and Assistant Principal Mandy Pender Smith are resigning after the current school year ends, according to a personnel report sent by the district to The People-Sentinel on April 21. The report will be voted on at the school board's regular April 23 meeting.


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‘Sunshine’ effort is no joke

It's Sunshine Week in South Carolina and across the country!
Um.... not really - April Fools!
Actually, the week promoting open government and letting the sun shine in on public documents and meetings was March 15-21. We planned to write an editorial about Sunshine Week for our March 18 edition, but we decided to shift gears following the bomb threat that was made against Williston-Elko schools. We thought it was important to recognize those who made the evacuation of three schools go smoothly and condemn anyone responsible for the threat.

Weekly Sports Top Story

Barnwell belts Silver Bluff, 13-7

First Byline: 
Michael Young - Sports Editor

The Barnwell High varsity softball team took care of business Wednesday, March 25 in Petticoat Junction.
The Lady Warhorses pounded out 15 hits to drub the Lady Bulldogs of Silver Bluff High by a score of 13-7.
For the Lady Warhorses, Anna Beth Grissom led the bats with four hits, three runs scored and three RBIs.
On the mound, Kelci Brown had another impressive pitching performance as she moved to 5-0 as a starter.
She tallied eight strikeouts while allowing four hits in seven innings of work.


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