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Smithsonian traveling exhibition about rural America coming to Barnwell Museum

In 1900, about 40 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas.

In just over a century, massive economic and social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Still, nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas, and the United States needs vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

BHS launches youth apprenticeship program

Barnwell School District 45 is excited to announce the creation of a youth apprenticeship program through a partnership with Swiss Krono and Apprenticeship Carolina.

As the first registered youth apprenticeship program in the county, it provides students with opportunities to connect classroom experiences and knowledge to career-based internships. The youth apprenticeships are possible for both juniors and seniors.

Smokers urged to go ‘Cold Turkey’, sign pledge

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event.

Residents are asked to encourage someone they know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. According to the ACS, by quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

The Axis I Center of Barnwell will be hosting its 2nd annual “Quit Cold Turkey” campaign on November 16.

Blackville alumni helping heart defect survivor

Austyn Alexander White, a native of Blackville, and his family participated in the Low Country Heart Walk in Charleston South Carolina on September 30, 2017.

One-year-old Austyn was born on April 18, 2016 weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Three days after his birth, Austyn was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as Tretology of Fallot, a problem with the heart's structure that is present at birth. Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart.

DIG receives $150,000 grant

D.I.G. is excited to announce a nearly $150,000 grant for a 21st Century Community Learning Center in Williston.

The grant’s first year award provides for an afterschool program the entire 2017-2018 school year and overall will continue through the 2020-2021 school year.

“The grant highlights the fact that DIG will continue to be a key supporter of STEAM education in the CSRA and will continue to seek opportunities for the area,” said DIG President and Founder Steven Brown. “This also gives us an opportunity to elevate what we do in the future.”

Medshore Ambulance vehicles, staff assist in Irma relief efforts

On Sunday, Sept. 10, 20 ambulances and more than 40 EMS personnel from across Medshore Ambulance Service traveled to Florida to assist in the evacuation and relief efforts from Hurricane Irma.

“We are proud to use our expertise in emergency evacuation and recovery efforts to assist our neighbors in Florida,” said Medshore Ambulance CEO Greg Shore. “This is the second deployment in less than a week for our crews, but our disaster response team and our teams who remain home have been incredibly supportive of the response.”

AAA urges caution if traveling during Tropical Storm Irma

-With several areas facing flooding and high winds throughout the Carolinas, AAA is urging motorists to heed official warnings and avoid driving during the storm if possible.
 
“Heavy rain and wind could lead to downed trees and power outages throughout the Carolinas,” said Dave Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas. “Don’t drive during the storm if you don’t have to and avoid flooded streets.”
 
AAA has a few driving tips for motorists dealing with the effects of the storm:

Barnwell High 60s reunion: Perhaps the sweetest one yet

For those of you who did not attend our most recent reunion, that’s okay. Yes, the crowd was somewhat smaller, but my, it was thought to be the sweetest.

Friday evening found us gathering at EL Bab Shrine Club. Following a prayer, Coach Gwynne Hupfer and wife Jeannie were introduced. This loyal couple travels all the way from Alabama every other year just to stay in touch with these Barnwell folks.

Milton and Mary Butler were recognized reminding us that, as director of the Barnwell Scarlet Knights Band, Butler’s Drill Team was number one in the nation in 1963.

JDA coach completes HELPS program

A member of the staff at a local independent school spent part of the summer attending a health care provider workshop sponsored by the South Carolina Independent School Association.

SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt said Michael Tindall, a coach at Jefferson Davis Academy, Blackville, completed the HELPS program.

“HELPS’ main areas of focus were hazards, emergencies, links, procedures, and safety,” Watt said. The topics covered included;

• Treatment of injuries and illnesses as seen in the office and by coaches

16-acre solar project now operating in Barnwell

Cypress Creek Renewables, a company specializing in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, recently constructed a 16-acre solar generating facility known as “Barnwell Solar” in Barnwell.

The Barnwell County solar facility, located off Patterson Street in Barnwell, will produce 5.44 megawatts of energy at full capacity, which will be utilized by SCANA Corporation as part of their renewable energy program.

Barnwell County farmers eligible for disaster loans for March freeze

Barnwell County is eligible for USDA assistance as a result of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Designation for two primary counties in the South Carolina, announced Randy E. Lambert, CEO of the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The disaster designation is a result of losses caused by freeze that occurred from March 15-17, 2017.

The decision makes all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Drowning victim’s family expresses thanks

Dear Editor,

The family of Stanley P. Ray would like to thank you all for your dedication: To the SCDNR, EMS, Coroner of Allendale County, Sheriff’s Office and anyone else that had a part in finding and recovering my son, Stanley P. Ray, from Little Hell boat landing. Stanley drowned there on June 17, 2017 at about 7 p.m.

It was a tragic thing for my family and me. You never get over a tragedy of this kind. But hopefully we can learn to live with them.

Why every day should be Earth Day

Dear Editor,

We recently commemorated Earth Day and it got me thinking. Earth Day is a day we set aside to both learn about our environment and to do something to conserve and improve it.

Whether we realize it or not, all of us benefit from the natural resources all around us. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear and the technology we use every day, in one way or another our daily lives are affected by things that come from our beautiful planet.

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