David Purtell - Staff Writer

100 year old celebrated

How do you explain to someone how long 100 years is?
You could say it's 1,200 months or 5,217 weeks.
Or you could say 100 years is 36,524 days.
But maybe 100 years isn't about the time, but instead the person who lives it.
That was the message Sunday when the 100th birthday of Mrs. Cora Lee Bush Quattlebaum was celebrated at her church, Ebenezer Baptist, on Fellowship Road.

Council hears concerns

Lack of enforcement of property ordinances was the main topic during Blackville Town Council's regular meeting Oct. 21.
A resident expressed her frustration about nothing being done about dilapidated and rundown properties around her home. She said she has raised the issue several times with the town but hasn't seen any progress.
The question seems to be how exactly to handle the problem of deteriorating property.

Keep on truckin’

A business serving the "backbone" of American industry has a new location in Barnwell.
Palmetto Truck & Trailer Service opened the doors to its new location on Dunbarton Boulevard Oct. 21. Already in business for 15 years on Hwy. 70, owner Dan Birt thought now was the right time to open a second location, which has a full service parts department.
The business caters exclusively to trucks and trailers. Dan, a Barnwell native, has been working in the trucking business for 29 years and knows the commitment involved.

Council election Tuesday

The election for Blackville Town Council will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the community center.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and residents from the town's three precincts will vote at the community center.
Three council seats are up for grabs. Current council members Steve Jowers and Allen Harrison are running for re-election. Councilman Russ Reed decided not to run for re-election.

New council members are focused on keeping Williston strong



Williston Town Council welcomed new faces during its regular October meeting. A new mayor, Jason Stapleton, took the helm and three new council members were sworn in. Below are brief profiles on the new members.

Shawn Eric Moody

Shawn Eric Moody said he ran for town council because he wanted to get involved and help the citizens of Williston.

Newly-elected council holds first meeting

With a new mayor and three incoming council members, it was the beginning of the next era during the regular Williston Town Council meeting Oct. 14.
Council members Chris Rivers, Dwayne Cagle and Shawn Eric Moody were sworn in and Mayor Jason Stapleton led his first meeting. Stapleton was sworn in Oct. 1.
Sammie Baxley is now the longest serving councilman with six years under his belt. The seven council members are all men.

New business looks to solve computer issues

Processors, microchips, operating software and Wi-Fi. If you're wondering what all that means there's a man with a new business ready to answer your questions.
Darren Cook held the grand opening for his store, Computer Geeks and Electronics, Oct. 12. A self-taught computer guru, Cook has over 16 years of experience working with electronics. He was the network administrator for the Barnwell District 45 for 13 years.

Girls’ home employee arrested

An employee at a group home in Blackville has been charged with embezzlement.
Shannon Keller Doak, 38, of Barnwell, was arrested Thursday and faces one felony charge of embezzlement of public funds, according to a press release form the State Law Enforcement Division. The warrant states that between May and September of this year, Doak stole $18,500 from her employer, the Ashleigh Place Group Home in Blackville.

Third Thursday: A ghostly good time

It's going to be a scary, spooky and creepy Third Thursday on the Circle in Barnwell this week.
Halloween will be the theme Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest for children and pets. And Doctors, Lawyers and Indian Chiefs will rock the stage.
Children 6 and under will have their costumes judged at 5:30 at the fountain, and for those 7 and older judging will begin at 6:15.

City Council moves forward with new member, discusses task force

Barnwell City Council welcomed a new member during its regular meeting Oct. 7.
William B. Dozier, of Meadow Lane, was sworn in as the councilman for District 1. He replaces J.T. Atkinson, who did not run for re-election. Returning council members Benjamin Duncan, District 3, and Robert S. Patillo, District 5, were also sworn in.

Reids to be rebranded as BI-LO in 2014

Reid's grocery store in Barnwell will become a BI-LO next year, the new owner of the supermarket chain announced last week.
Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, announced in May that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Delhaize Group to acquire all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's supermarket chains from Delhaize for $265 million. The sale is set to close before the end of the year.

Reid's grocery will become a BI-LO next year

Reid's grocery store in Barnwell will become a BI-LO next year, the new owner of the supermarket chain announced Tuesday in a press release.

Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC, parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, announced in May that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Delhaize Group to acquire all of the stores in the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's supermarket chains from Delhaize for $265 million. The sale is set to close before the end of the year.

Stapleton takes helm

Williston Town Council has a new mayor for the first time in two decades.
Jason Stapleton will lead his first council meeting Monday. Stapleton, 36, was sworn in as mayor Oct. 1 during a small, short ceremony at town hall. He takes over for Tommy Rivers, who led the town for 20 years before deciding not to run for re-election this year.

Students treated following wreck

Several students ended up in the hospital after their school bus was hit by another car Sept. 24.
Nine Barnwell Primary students on the number three school bus were sent to Southern Palmetto Hospital with minor injuries after a Ford Crown Victoria crashed into the back of the bus shortly after 3:30 p.m., according to Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the state Highway Patrol.
The bus was traveling east and slowing down as it approached a bus stop on U.S. 278 just outside of Kline when it was hit. The bus had 18 people on it including the driver.

Open enrollment begins for health exchanges

It's October, and that means the open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act has started.
The ACA, more commonly known as Obamacare, is the sweeping legislation passed in 2010 to reform healthcare in America. The main goal of the law is to allow people who can't afford healthcare coverage - or weren't able to get it because of pre-existing conditions - to find plans using tax credits to help pay for the cost. And that process has started.

Pickup bulldozes parking lot

Things got chaotic in the Barnwell Dollar General parking lot Friday night after a pickup truck ran off the road and slammed into the side of the store - causing damage to four other vehicles along the way.
There were no serious injuries after Berley Lindler, 74, of Barnwell, lost control of his 2004 Ford while heading east on Dunbarton Boulevard, according to Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt.

Task force support sought in county

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll and County Councilman Keith Sloan continued their push for a gang task force during the regular Blackville Town Council meeting Sept. 16.
The task force, an idea floated around for years, would have four narcotics- and gang-enforcement officers working full time. The officers would only work on gang and drug activity, Carroll said.

Shooting injures two

A late-night party in Barnwell turned into chaos Sunday after gun shots rang out, injuring two men.
Shortly before 2:30 a.m., bullets were shot from outside an 8-foot-tall fence covered with black plastic surrounding the yard at 60 Camelia St. where a party was going on, according to Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt. At least four shots were fired, and a 30-year-old North Charleston man at the party was hit in the back. He was taken to the trauma center in Augusta.

Williston bids farewell to mayor, 2 council members

Last week's Williston Town Council meeting was a final farewell for three longtime public servants.
Mayor Tommy Rivers and council members Jerry Holmes and Wanda Matthews sat in the blue, leather seats in Williston's Town Hall for the last time Sept. 9. It was a night of reflection.
"I've made a lot of friends ... and some enemies I'm sure," Matthews said about her 16 years in office. "I've enjoyed working with the council. ... We tried to do what was best for the people of Williston."

Gopher festival returns Saturday

The fall season is almost here and that means it's time for Hilda's Gopher Festival.
The festival, now in its third year, is a great way for families and friends to spend quality time together. This year's event begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the old train depot in Hilda. There will be a street dance and concessions will be available.
On Saturday, there will be plenty to do. A bake sale begins at 9 a.m. A "Decorate Your Trike, Bike, or Wagon" contest will be judged at 10 a.m. And the parade is at 11 a.m.
Music and entertainment, including yodeling, begins at 1 p.m.

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