Bethlehem Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

This is a long-awaited time in the life of our church, one that will always be remembered in the history of this Bethlehem, as we welcome our new pastor along with his wife and family into the fellowship of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Barnwell.

Rev. Anthony and Racquel Carter are proud parents of two beautiful children, Chaunasei AuBretta and Aaron Scott Carter.

Pastor Carter began his spiritual walk at Sweet Rest Baptist Church in Olar where he was ordained as Deacon. Later, he relocated to Honey Ford Baptist Church.

Month of April designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault is a public health issue affecting women, children, men, and entire communities.

Nearly 1 in 5 women will experience rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes, and 1 in 10 children will be the victim of sexual assault. The economic costs of sexual violence can range from $87,000 to $240,776 per rape. These fees include medical services, criminal justice fees, and lost contributions from individuals affected. Victims of assault may experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse that lasts for years.

Pageant raises money for Blue Fire drum line

Young women traveled from all regions of South Carolina to compete in the annual Miss Blue Fire beauty pageant on March 4 at the Williston-Elko School District auditorium.

In addition to the traditional beauty pageant gown, the girls utilized their creativity by dressing up in 1980s-style theme wear or showing support for the Blue Fire Drum Line by wearing a blue outfit of choice. The crowd of approximately 100 spectators was treated to a highly entertaining performance by the Blue Fire Drum Line during the intermission period.

Every vote counts and every vote matters

Dear Editor,

On Tuesday, April 11, we go to the polls to elect school board trustees for Barnwell County’s three school districts. This should be one of the most supported elections, since this is dealing with our schools and the future of our county.

Unfortunately, this election is one of the least supported in terms of voter turnout.

In the Blackville-Hilda District 19 and Williston-Elko District 29, only the incumbents filed for office for the one seat open in each of these districts. In Barnwell District 45, there are four candidates vying for two open seats.

Turn and Test: Red Cross says test your smoke alarms when you turn clocks ahead

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., which means it’s time to spring forward and turn the clocks ahead one hour.

The American Red Cross reminds everyone it’s also a good time to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour.

SRR donates $5,000 to SCA for workforce development

Savannah River Remediation (SRR) has donated $5,000 to Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance (SCA) to aid in the workforce development in Barnwell and Allendale counties, two of the counties in the Alliance.

Allendale and Barnwell counties, along with Aiken County, contain portions of the Savannah River Site (SRS). SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor at SRS for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

SRR President and Project Manager Tom Foster said the donation is one of many made by SRR in the CSRA to assist in raising the quality of life for residents.

Barnwell Fire Dept. receives $4,500 grant from Georgia Pacific

The Barnwell Fire Department is among 33 grant recipients of Georgia-Pacific’s Bucket Brigade program this year. The department received $4,500 to help fund equipment needs.

“We have a strong relationship with our local fire departments, so we are very pleased to help them stay well-equipped,” said Morgan Thomas, site manager for Georgia-Pacific's Allendale OSB facility. “These grants show our gratitude for their selfless dedication.”

Hospital: Barnwell County Council failed

The following is a comment posted on The People Sentinel’s Facebook page.

While I give kudos to The People-Sentinel for stepping up its coverage of the EDC situation, I must say that the attempt to illustrate the “good” is thin.

We lost a community mainstay.We lost the safety net that can and, if left unopened, WILL cost lives.

Personally speaking, my wife almost died from a pulmonary embolism; a complication from her cancer treatment that I specifically mentioned to each council their faces...during the meeting to discuss the closure.

Covering the National Championship Game is eye-opening for young reporter-intern

Starting out as an intern reporting for The Clemson Insider two years ago, I never would have expected to be covering Clemson in a College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Arriving to the media hotel in Tampa, Fla., the Thursday before Clemson faced Alabama for the 2017 National Championship Game, I then realized that something that I had always dreamed of was about to come true. I would get to cover Clemson for the next five days during the biggest game in college football.

Red Cross assisting families after severe storms

Working closely with emergency management, the American Red Cross is assisting families in Bamberg and Barnwell counties after severe storms caused major damage or destroyed their homes today, causing them to be unlivable.
The Red Cross is helping the residents by providing financial assistance for their immediate needs and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items. As storms continue to affect South Carolina, the Red Cross is prepared to assist as needed.


SCDPS urging caution during Christmas holiday traveling period

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety urges motorists to make safety their top priority during the busy holiday travel period.

The 78-hour Christmas holiday weekend officially starts on December 23, and runs through midnight on December 26.

Last year, there were 10 people killed on South Carolina roadways from December 24 to December 27, 2015. From 2010-2015, an average number of 10 people died each year during the Christmas travel period.

Teachers of the Year represent Barnwell County to state

The 2016-17 Barnwell County District Teachers of the Year gathered with other District Teachers of the Year from across the state for the South Carolina Teacher Forum in Myrtle Beach on November 9 - 11.

Keynote speakers for the “Catching Fire” themed event included Jennifer Wise, the 2017 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, and Molly Spearman, S.C. Superintendent of Education. Both speakers addressed the importance of celebrating the profession and leading the way towards excellence in education.

Denmark group to provide free Thanksgiving meals

It was 10 years ago that Thanksgiving became a time where “giving” meant a whole lot more than the traditional Thanksgiving with big meals, ballgames and sales before Christmas.

In 2006 a group from First Baptist Church of Denmark with the help of other churches and businesses decided to give back to the community by providing a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day to anyone that would like to come. They served 150 plates that first year.

Red Cross issues safe cooking tips as Thanksgiving approaches

Thanksgiving is almost here – a time when many people will prepare a holiday feast with their loved ones. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe when cooking this holiday weekend.

“Cooking is the number one cause of home fires,” said Rebecca Jordan, executive director for the Red Cross of Central SC. “We want you enjoy a tasty meal with your friends and family and by taking a few easy precautions, you can avoid having your Thanksgiving go up in flames.”


Voter registration deadlines extended

All South Carolina voters will now have more time to return voter registration applications for the 2016 General Election. This will provide additional opportunity for citizens to register who are affected by voter registration office and post office closures related to Hurricane Matthew. Post offices are also closed on Monday, October 10 due to a federal holiday.

The following deadlines apply to all South Carolina voters:

Registration by Mail: Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, October 11 or earlier will be accepted.


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