• Swiss Krono ceremonially broke ground July 13 on an expansion that is expected to create 105 jobs in Barnwell County.

    The company is investing $230 million to build a high-density fiberboard (HDF) mill and expand its laminate flooring production, creating 105 new jobs over the next few years. The Barnwell plant was originally opened in 2005 as Kronotex but the company has recently undergone rebranding as Swiss Krono.

    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley participated in the groundbreaking, saying, “This is a celebration for South Carolina.”

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As a leader and spokesman of Blackville-Hilda High Athletics for the past 14 years, Athletic Director Michael Beasley has transformed the school into one of the more respected programs in Division A.

Beasley’s success as a coach and his continuous service to Blackville-Hilda High Athletics was rewarded recently when he was chosen the recipient of the 2016 Charles Arthur Stewart Athletic Administrator Award. The award is presented by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Boards of Directors.

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“It’s a great day in South Carolina!”

That’s the greeting you will hear every day when you call a state agency.

It also sums up the July 13 festivities at Swiss Krono’s Barnwell County facility.

That was the day officials ceremoniously broke ground on an expansion of the facility that produces wood laminate flooring. From the company’s top executives who flew in from Europe to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to local dignataries, many officials were on hand to celebrate the occasion.