• A retirement account for former Barnwell County Hospital workers is getting new life by the Barnwell County Council.

    The account was started in the 1990s for Barnwell County Hospital employees. At the time, Barnwell County owned the hospital.

    The account currently holds about $600,000 in assets but hasn’t been funded since Southern Palmetto Hospital (SPH) took over operations. SPH closed unexpectedly in January.

    Members of the Barnwell County Council decided to make sure approximately 55-60 former county employees were cared for and took over the “orphaned” account.

Sports »

It’s no secret that the Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team has relied on its defense this season.

On Friday in the Hawks’ Nest against a high-powered Wagener-Salley High offense, Blackville-Hilda’s defense stole the show once again.

Taking on an undefeated War Eagle team that averaged 43.7 points a game, the Hawks executed the “bend but don’t break” defense to perfection and came away with a 20-2 win.

Opinion »

It’s a wonderful time of year as the temperature starts to drop and high school football is in full swing.

This means fall is here, but it also signifies that it is time to welcome back alumni of area schools – Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High, Jefferson Davis Academy and Williston-Elko High – as Homecoming festivities are held across Barnwell County. Between this Friday and October 14, all four schools will celebrate Homecoming.