Laura J. McKenzie & Jonathan Vickery

Driver charged in fatal wreck

One man is dead and another is charged with felony driving under the influence as the result of a Sunday morning accident.

Collin Carroll, 21, of Patterson Mill Road, Barnwell, was pronounced dead about 2:45 a.m. from injuries received in a one-car motor vehicle collision, according to a press release from the Barnwell County Coroner’s Office. Carroll was a passenger of the vehicle.

Charged with felony DUI resulting in a death is Austin D. Hubbard, 21, of Barnwell, said Lance Cpl. Matt Southern with the S.C. Highway Patrol

Blackville teens arrested for bomb threat

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Blackville-Hilda High and Middle schools on Nov. 15.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said his office was notified at 12:56 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He said the threat was called into the school, but declined to give further details of the call.

Two juveniles arrested for bomb threat

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Blackville-Hilda High and Middle schools on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said his office was notified at 12:56 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He said the threat was called into the school, but declined to give further details of the call.

Allendale's town hall back open for business

Allendale Town Hall has reopened for business as of Thursday morning.

The municipal building in Allendale was shut down and searched by state and federal law enforcement agents on Tuesday, Oct. 5 who reportedly took documents from the facility.

Town Administrator DeWayne Ennis said, “I can’t comment on the investigation” but confirmed that the town hall is back open for municipal business.

Ennis said no one to his knowledge has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Fire damages airport hangar

A fire in a main hangar of the Barnwell Regional Airport heavily damaged the structure and five planes.

Seven aircraft were inside the hangar at the time of the blaze. Three were destroyed while two more will likely be totaled, said P.F. Beck, chairman of the airport commission. Two others were not damaged as they were in the other end of the hangar.

Ready. Set. Eclipse.

“This is my first time seeing an eclipse,” said 9-year-old Blaize Jackson. “I’m pretty excited.”

Blaize was one of millions of people in South Carolina who were excited to view the first solar eclipse in decades on Monday, August 21.

He joined his father Daniel and sister Brooke, 7, at Barnwell State Park to make pinhole viewers and watch the eclipse through solar glasses. Others attended a solar eclipse party at Lemon Park in Barnwell sponsored by the Barnwell County Public Library and the City of Barnwell’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Blackville school board approves millage increase

A 2.17 millage increase was approved by the Blackville-Hilda District 19 School Board on June 28 as they adopted the district’s 2017-18 annual budget.

Board chairperson Carroll Priester said the board had gone through the budget multiple times over the last two meetings to find a means of balancing the budget without the millage increase.

Director of Federal Programs David Corder said there was an $86,100 decrease in federal and state funding this year. “It’s the largest cut we have had in five years,” he said.

Four teens arrested for break-ins at old uranium processing plant

Four teens have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of burglaries and thefts from the old Starmet CMI facility.

Richard Mason Smoak, 17, of 1200 Harris Road, Barnwell and Chandler Michael Hutson, also 17, of 44 Bethany Drive, Blackville, are each charged with three counts of burglary and three counts of grand larceny. Two juveniles are charged with several counts of burglary and grand larceny as well as malicious injury to property, according to a press release from the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office.

Georgia man charged in fatal wreck of bicyclist

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident that killed a bicyclist on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 11:55 p.m.
SCHP Lance Corporal Matt Southern and Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward report that 49-year-old Rodell Williams of Duncannon Road, Barnwell, was killed while riding his bicycle on S.C. Highway 64 after being struck by a 2008 Chevy Impala driven by Joseph Williams, 59, of Sylvania, Ga. Both were eastbound on Hwy. 64.
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