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Pinwheels spin mental health message in May

May is Mental Health Month and to celebrate Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center will flock its facilities with pinwheels.

Pinwheels symbolize many things - to turn one’s luck around, unseen energy, a journey of starting and stopping or diversity as each one is unique in color, shape, speed and size. For the Chinese culture, pinwheels represent an instrument to turn obstacles into opportunities.

DTC to participate in $5 million apprenticeship grant for local companies

For the benefit for local employers, Denmark Technical College (DTC) will be holding an informational session and dinner on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. on the DTC campus for companies interested in participating in a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI) grant was awarded to the SC Technical College System for apprenticeships and Denmark Technical College will be participating in the grant by expanding apprenticeships and providing the training.

8 tips for talking to teens about sex

Teens consistently say that parents—not peers, not partners, not popular culture—most influence their decisions about relationships and sex. That’s right, believe it or not, your teens want to hear from you. And that can be a lot of pressure, but it doesn’t have to be.

The following eight tips are meant to guide you through a thoughtful, rational, and (hopefully) slightly less awkward conversation with the teens in your life about that most awkward topic: sex.

Elko Farmers Market opening May 21, seeks vendors

Vendor applications are being accepted for the 2016 season of the Elko Farmers Market. Farmers, market gardeners, crafters and home bakers are invited to join the market.

This year’s opening day is Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will open every Saturday (weather permitting) until mid-fall, and is located across from the post office, on Hwy 78 in Elko.

We are responsible for inactions and actions

Dear Editor,
The chain of events in Barnwell County is bewildering.  
Medical care is necessary and cannot always be scheduled two weeks in advance when the next appointment is available.
The people of the county deserve what they have accepted. They allowed the county hospital to be more or less given to a private for-profit organization. 
Who negotiated and approved the deal? One would think the guilty party would have to be the Barnwell County Council. 

Wisconsin students to volunteer in Blackville over spring break

The Blackville Community Development Corporation will host 12 Wisconsin college students next week who will spend their spring break helping in Barnwell County.

This is part of The Volunteers for Communities (VFC) non-profit program of Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. that trains communities in Virginia and the Southeast Region of the United States to host volunteers.

Good Jobs Build Dreams Career Expo to be held March 11

More than 450 high school students from Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Colleton counties are registered to participate in the annual Good Jobs Build Dreams Career Expo, which will be held at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie, Allendale campus on March 11. 

The event is sponsored by S.C. Department of Commerce in partnership with Allendale School District; Bamberg School Districts One and Two; and Barnwell School Districts 19, 29 and 45.

'Little Mermaid' coming to Williston stage

Williston School District 29’s performance of “Disney’s Little Mermaid” will be Thursday, Feb. 4 through Saturday, Feb 6 at 7 p.m.

The book for “Disney’s Little Mermaid” was written by Doug Wright and features music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howards Ashman and Glenn Slater. The story is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman and John Musker and written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements originally produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Deadlines approaching for presidential primaries

To help ensure voters are prepared for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primaries (PPPs), the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PPP, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY JANUARY 20.

TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PPP, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY JANUARY 27.  

First Steps Releases ‘Profile of the Ready Kindergartner’

South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness today unveiled the “Profile of the Ready Kindergartner” – the new description of school readiness for the State of South Carolina and the [I CAN] public awareness campaign to promote it statewide.

Designed in collaboration with the South Carolina Board of Education, the “Profile of the Ready Kindergartner” describes what families and caregivers, communities, and schools can do to help children arrive at kindergarten ready for success.

Williston woman shares $100,000 lottery prize with mom

In this season of giving, a Williston daughter is using her $100,000 lottery winnings to help her mom.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way,” the winner said.

The daughter told lottery officials that her mom was the first person she called to tell when she won the top prize on a Carolina Riches scratch-off. And Mom asked to see the ticket.

“I like to have fainted,” said the mother, who came with her daughter to cash in the ticket.

But Mom doesn’t know her daughter’s plans for the prize, not yet.

Highway Patrol emphasizes pedestrian safety with Halloween, time change

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety is urging pedestrians to remember a few important steps that could save their lives or their children’s lives in preparation for Halloween and daylight saving time, which begins November 1.

Pedestrian fatalities are higher than last year at this time. There have  been 91 pedestrian fatalities this year compared to 84 in 2014 (as of October 29).

Historically, statistics show that the leading time for fatal crashes in South Carolina is 6 p.m.-Midnight and the leading day is Saturday with Friday night being second.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Residents of South Carolina Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in South Carolina affected by severe storms and flooding that began on Oct. 1, 2015:

State Upgrades to OPCON 3, Preparations Continue for Severe Flooding

At 12:00 p.m., the S.C. Emergency Management Division increased the state’s operational condition to Level 3. OpCon3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely in our state and that state agencies have been notified to staff positions at the State Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia. The SEOC is currently operating on a 24-hour schedule for the duration of the incident.

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