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Free mammograms offered in Allendale

The Lowcountry Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® has awarded the Allendale County Hospital a grant for 2015-2016 to continue its Pink Prevention mammogram program.

The Pink Prevention program will provide funding for screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasounds. In addition, there is funding for doctor’s office visits for clinical breast exams and a limited number of biopsies, as well as, breast health educational information.

‘Munchkins’ from Barnwell also starred as SRS welders

They were not Munchkin-sized ruby slippers or silver shoes, but the work shoes the Savannah River Plant (SRP) in Aiken County found for two former “The Wizard of Oz” Munchkin actors who worked there and lived in Barnwell. According to Savannah River Site (SRS) archives, they were the smallest work shoes the plant had ever ordered.

Troopers begin increased enforcement for July 4 weekend

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces that troopers and STP officers have begun increased enforcement in preparation for July 4th travel. With the holiday falling on a Saturday, troopers expect to see more people taking advantage of the long weekend.

In addition to increased enforcement, Community Relations Officers will be at seven welcome centers/rest areas statewide to greet motorists and distribute safety materials

SouthernCarolina Alliance to Host Six County Promise Zone Town Hall Meetings

Residents and leaders in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties are invited to attend special “town hall” meetings in their communities in July to learn about the new federal Promise Zone designation for these counties and to provide vital input on how to make the program become successful.  A schedule of meetings is listed below.

Blackville non-profit working to spur revitalization

Phoenix Preservation Group, Inc., says Blackville can use its rich history to foster tourism and improve economic prospects.
Members of the nonprofit group, Marla Quattlebaum Jameson, Liana Orr, Randy Pritchard and Kathy Berry Orr, are asking for volunteers and donations to turn the old Shamrock Hotel site into an open-air pavilion.

SRS verifying safe storage Annual destructive examinations verify safe storage of nuclear materials

Savannah River Site (SRS) recently completed an annual process in K Area that validates the Site's ongoing commitment to maintaining the safety and security of the nuclear materials that are stored there.
The mission of K Area is the receipt and safe storage of nuclear materials. Safe storage is validated through the yearly destructive examination of the containers that hold plutonium-bearing materials, called 3013 containers.

Sons of Confederate Vets honor law enforcement

On June 16, 2014, the S.C. Seventeenth Regiment Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Camp 2069, of Hilda held its monthly meeting. During that meeting they took a moment to honor local law enforcement officers for outstanding performance on the job.
In an effort to promote community relations, the SCV honors local law enforcement during Law Enforcement Recognition Week. The local camp, with input from Sheriff Ed Carroll, chose Chief Deputy David Deering of the Sheriff's Department. The camp also honored Captain Carlisle Filyaw of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Gilliland captures title


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - No one knew what to expect when knockout NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying came to Daytona International Speedway for the first time on Friday.
But no one could have predicted what transpired in a chaotic qualifying session for Saturday night's Coke Zero 400.
David Gilliland, who has finished no better than 20th in 17 starts this season, captured his third career Coors Light Pole (second at Daytona) when rain forced cancellation of the second and third rounds.

Local woman to release gospel recordings

Blackville native and Christian vocalist Kristie Hutson has been signed with a newly established record label out of Athens, Ga. Hutson, along with several other artists will have a CD release party May 18.
The "It's My Own Record (I.M.O.R.)" label president, Bianca Desmore and Hutson met through a Craigslist ad and have been working together for the past seven months.
Desmore is also the songwriter, composer and producer of this compilation CD.

Breaking News: $4.25 million loan to build USC Salk student housing

ALLENDALE ---- Officials of Community Development & Improvement Corporation (CDIC) of Aiken announced Friday afternoon that approximately $4.4 million has been secured from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and other sources to build the first dormitory on a site contiguous to the USC Salkehatchie Allendale campus.

The dorm will house 101 students. USC Salkehatchie currently has more than 900 students, taught by 20 full-time faculty. Approximately 87 percent are full-time students.

Hells Angel's members and associates arrested on 91 count Federal Rico indictment

United States Attorney Bill Nettles and Special Agent in Charge David A. Thomas of the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that nineteen individuals were arrested today after the return of a ninety-one count indictment charging members and associates of the Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter of the Hells Angels with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy narcotics violations , Hobbs Act robbery , money laundering  and firearm violations.

Thirteen plead guilty in student aid fraud

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that thirteen co-defendants have pleaded guilty this month in federal court in Charleston to Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Student Financial Aid Fraud, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. United States District Judge David C. Norton of Charleston accepted the pleas and will impose sentences after he has reviewed the presentence reports which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Grants benefit 11 local agencies

The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation announced the awarding of $20,000 in funds to support health efforts in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties last week.
These funds will be used to support a wide variety of organizations and projects to enhance the health of all residents in these counties.
Grants from the Foundation will support a plethora of activities designed to enhance the health of residents in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.
This round of grants will support:
-The Barnwell County Rotary Club Swimming Program

GSRCF awards $15,000

The Greater Savannah River Community Foundation announces the awarding of $15,000 in funds to support efforts in early childhood education. These funds will be used to support a wide variety of organizations and projects to enhance efforts in enhancing the quality of education for young students.
The mission of the foundation is to encourage, promote and advance philanthropic giving through education and the responsible management and distribution of charitable contributions and provide the structure for individuals to accomplish this.

Wal-Mart supports local Conservation District

The Wal-Mart Foundation and local Wal-Mart #795 recently selected the Barnwell Soil and Water Conservation District as a recipient of a $1,000 grant.
The grant funds will be used to enhance and implement environmental programs to reduce litter and encourage recycling in Barnwell County.
The purpose of the conservation district is to protect natural resources through environmental programs and cooperative efforts with partner organizations.
New anti-litter and recycling projects will encourage Barnwell County citizens to become better caretakers of the land.

Volunteers needed to help smallest victims

A few years ago, a South Carolina woman started a volunteer opportunity that changed her life.
Monita Hinson-Houston has been happily married for 27 years. She successfully raised a son, and has been a full-time Cobra Coordinator at Blue Cross Blue Shield for over 10 years. However, Hinson-Houston still felt she was meant to do more.
"For three to four months I had been talking to my husband about the idea of volunteering," Hinson-Houston said. "It's like I kept thinking, ‘there's something I'm supposed to be doing, but I don't know what it is.'"

Barnwell County Tea Party Patriots holds first meeting

Barnwell, SC - The Barnwell County Tea Party Patriots held their first meeting Thursday, June 2 at the Barnwell County Public Library. The turnout was excellent and at least seven towns were represented.

The meeting was led by Paula M. Little, coordinator for the Barnwell County Tea Party Patriots. In attendance was the state coordinator for the Tea Party for South Carolina, Hal Nichols, and Ben Kinlaw, Barnwell County GOP Chairman.

State, federal redistricting hearings scheduled

The S.C. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will be holding a series of hearings across South Carolina in March and April on the House’s redistricting effort.
The hearings are being held to get input from the public about where lines should be drawn and how redistricting Congressional and state House districts should affect various communities throughout the state.

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