• Barnwell native Mark Keel has been reappointed as the state’s top law enforcement chief.

    S.C. Governor Henry McMaster announced on Jan. 31 his decision to reappoint South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel. Having first been appointed to the position by Governor Nikki Haley in June 2011, Chief Keel’s distinguished law enforcement career spans over 40 years, according to a press release.

Sports »

It took some time, but the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls have finally climbed back atop of Region IV in basketball.

Blackville-Hilda High ended the drought Saturday, Feb. 10 with an impressive 60-40 region tiebreaker win over Ridge Spring-Monetta at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in Norway.

It was the first region crown for Blackville-Hilda High since 2005. The team moves to 17-5 in the standings and will open the class A playoffs Thursday at home.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Ferguson Richmond said the team overcame a lot to get to this point.

Opinion »

This time of year most government entities are getting their annual audit reports for the previous fiscal year.

While this may seem like a dull and lifeless document, it is actually an extremely important barometer of the financial health of a public governmental body, such as school districts, city and county governments, and economic development commissions. After all, it’s important to know how the money entrusted to these entities by the public is being spent.

Is every penny properly accounted for?