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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.

‘Civilian’ salute carries thanks

Dear Editor,

The Memorial Day service touched me in a way I can’t fully describe but perhaps this thought can sum it up.

At the closing of the ceremony it was explained that previously, discharged and off duty servicemen couldn’t salute the flag until a law was amended to allow such.

The main speaker shared the amended bill, explained it and asked all former, current and off duty veterans to stand with him and salute their fallen brethren.

Work continues as teen pregnancy rates decline

Dear Editor,

Did you know?

• The teen birth rate in Barnwell County has dropped 70 percent from its peak in 1991.

• In 2014, Barnwell County had 37 teen births and was ranked #3 in South Carolina for teen births.

• In 2015, Barnwell County had 18 teen births among females ages 15 to 19 - a decrease of 19 teen births for a decrease of 48.6 percent! The county’s ranking for teen births dropped from 3rd to 30th in the state.

Frederick family appreciative

Dear Editor,

The family of the late Roosevelt Frederick Jr. would to express their sincere appreciation shown during the loss of our loved one. Your calls, texts, visits, food, etc. were accepted with heartfelt love.

We also want to extend a special thank you to Mr. Joe Smith and to Barnwell Fire Chief Tony Dicks and staff.

May God continue to richly bless each of you.

Thoughtfully submitted,

The family of

Roosevelt Frederick Jr.

Help is needed for Barnwell Animal Shelter

Dear Editor,

It’s time for some harsh realities, Barnwellians! We need our community to step up and become fosters for the unwanted animals that show up every single day at our shelter!

All it requires is your time; we provide food and all medical. We literally have dozens of cute puppies and kitties that you can nurture! This is a SHELTER, not a personal dumping site!

If you have adult animals that are not spayed or neutered, get them fixed or surrender them.

Debate on Southern history, slavery continues

Dear Editor,

We can argue and discuss this subject until Jesus comes again. I’m not going to continue getting in some sort of who knows history best with Mr. Pernell, but he said a couple of things in his most recent response to my letter that I just have to point out, and then I’m not going to comment any further in this newspaper about this subject.

‘Age out loud’ during Older Americans Month

Dear Editor,

John F. Kennedy first designated May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963. Since that time, each May has been a time to celebrate and pay tribute to older Americans.

What is now known as Older Americans Month offers a special opportunity to learn about, support and recognize our older citizens.

The Administration on Aging has announced that this year’s theme is “Age Out Loud”.

Gadson family extends their appreciation

Dear Editor,

The Family of the late Deacon/Chief Luther “Luke” Gadson would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation, gratitude and many, many thanks for all acts of kindness shown during the time of his illness and timely death of our beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, mentor and friend.

Your prayers, visits, monetary gifts, food and all gestures of love shown us during this very difficult time in our lives will always be treasured in our hearts and mind.

County needs to provide scanner for library

Dear Editor,

As someone who has lived other places, I often find myself staring in wide-eyed disbelief at the way a number of things are handled in Barnwell County.

Several months ago, I visited the main branch of the Barnwell County Library. I found an item of interest and wanted to scan a copy of it. I was shocked to learn than the main branch of the library does not have a scanner.

When I inquired the librarian told me that they usually had about three inquiries a day about using a scanner.

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