VA patients need volunteers year-round

Dear Editor,

This Valentine’s Day, many veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended.

No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no Veteran has to be.

Citizens in the community can arrange for a visit through our Voluntary Service Office during National Salute week to visit veterans at the Dorn VA and remind them that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

SRNS finds success in streamlining hiring

With nearly 550 new hires in 2017 and an average age of employee that has dropped by six years to 48, the multi-year effort by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) to address anticipated retirements has begun to bear fruit.

“We have put a strong emphasis on making sure that we inform, inspire and reward our workforce as we build for the future,” SRNS President Stuart MacVean said. “We are focused not only on new hires, but also retention of our employees and supporting them as they grow.”

Dominion Energy, SCANA merger could give $1,000 cash payment to most SCE&G customers

Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D) and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) announced on Jan. 3 an agreement for the companies to combine in a stock-for-stock merger in which SCANA shareholders would receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of SCANA common stock, the equivalent of $55.35 per share, or about $7.9 billion based on Dominion Energy’s volume-weighted average stock price of the last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2, 2018. Including assumption of debt, the value of the transaction is approximately $14.6 billion.

SC Gov. Henry McMaster announces eliminating state income taxes for retirees who served in uniform

Governor Henry McMaster on Friday, Jan. 5 announced a tax reform proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income.

Options and tips offered to celebrate safely

Dear Editor,

Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Last year 891 people were killed in drunk driving crashes which is 26 percent of total traffic fatalities during this time (between November 1 through December 31).

Drinking and driving don’t mix. Always designate a non-drinking driver.

Spectators need to realize ‘It’s just a game’

Parents and spectators we need to realize, “It’s just a game”

Very few or if any of our children will receive fortune or fame.

Basketball, football whatever sport it doesn’t matter

We need to be mindful of our hurtful chatter.

The things we say and do are taking away the fun

From your child or someone’s daughter or son.

There isn’t anything wrong with being a fan of the game

It is very unfair to criticize and yell out an ugly name.

There may be a player’s family member sitting near you

Christmas cards sought for inmates

Allendale Correctional Institution (ACI) volunteers invite Barnwell County residents to provide handmade holiday cards for ACI inmates.

ACI became S.C. Department of Correction's first Character Based Institution in 2015, offering hundreds of rehabilitation and education programs to inmates in an effort to better prepare returning citizens for successful re-entry to the community.

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.”


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