Laura J. McKenzie

Simple faith, simple food, simply good: Country Cupboard celebrates 10 years in business

For ten years Barnwell County residents and travelers have been stocking their cupboards and tummies with delectable items from a local deli store and restaurant.

Country Cupboard is celebrating a decade in business the week of May 15-20.

The deli is the source of sandwiches, a salad bar, soups, bread and sweets as well as specialty meats, cheese, and specialty groceries such as gluten-free flours, honey and jars of pickles and relishes. The store also sells remedies, a few books and specialty items.

JROTC cadets receive awards at banquet

Awards and honors were the focus of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) banquet held at Barnwell High School the evening of Friday, May 5.

Cadets in uniform along with family members attended the event held in the BHS cafeteria.

The 2016-17 award recipients included:

Dept. of Army Superior Cadet Awards – C/SGT. Angel Melendez, C/CPT Christopher Morris and C/CPT William Meyer.

AUSA JROTC Awards – C/CPT Christopher Morris and C/CPT Felicity Patterson.

Military Officers Association of America – C/1LT Jessica William.

Williston considers raising water/sewer rates

Recognition of Clemson University football player and Williston resident Taylor Hearn led off the Williston Town Council on Monday, May 8.

Hearn graduated from Williston-Elko High School before going to Clemson University in 2014. He was the starting left guard for Clemson’s 2016 National Championship team.

Hearn has had 29 career games and 15 starts at Clemson.

“Taylor has made us proud,” said Mayor Jason Stapleton.

Hearn, accompanied by his parents, was presented with a hand-made plaque and the appreciation of council.

Fishing events set for Saturday, May 13

Anglers young and old need to get their fishing poles and rods ready for two fishing events, both on Saturday, May 13 in Barnwell.

There will be a free fishing rodeo for youth and a fishing derby for both adults and youth, but these are separate events hosted by different groups.

$10,000 Fishing Derby

The City of Barnwell and S.C. Department of Natural Resources are hosting its first-ever $10,000 Fishing Derby in Barnwell from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lake Edgar Brown for all ages. Weigh-in will be at 2 p.m.

Audiences invited to solve ‘Unexpected Guest’ mystery

When someone shows up unexpectedly, everyone’s plans change.

But when Michael Starkwedder (Marion Young) wrecks his car and shows up at the Warwick home, he discovers a murder has occurred. But who is the murderer?

In classic Agatha Christie style, “The Unexpected Guest” is an entanglement of love, lies, and murder.

To solve the mystery, purchase a ticket to “The Unexpected Guest” being performed at the Circle Theatre in Barnwell the evenings of May 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8 p.m. and matinees on May 7 and 14 at 3 p.m.

D45 school board selects new leadership

District 45’s two newest school board members were sworn in and got down to business April 27.

Felicia Devore and Becky Huggins took the oath of office at the beginning of the board’s regular meeting.

Both expressed gratitude for being elected and given the opportunity to serve.

The board then voted on leadership positions. Dr. Rhett Richardson was voted to be chairman. They then selected Rosey Anderson as vice chair, Abraham Sexton as clerk and Becky Huggins as the board’s representative on the Barnwell County Career Center’s board.

Williston approves mutual aid agreements

The Williston Town Council in its April 10 meeting approved mutual aid agreements with ten other governmental entities.

Administrator Kenny Cook and Police Chief Rodney Pruitt explained that the state is now requiring counties and municipalities to approve the mutual aid agreements.

“It used to be that the chief could work out agreements,” said Cook, “but now the state is requiring these agreements.”

Jobless rate drops locally, statewide

Nearly everyone who entered the labor force in March found work, setting a new employment record for the state, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

The number of individuals working increased by 9,539 in March to a historic high of 2,229,599 people.

South Carolina’s labor force increased 9,763 to 2,333,186 people, while the number of people unemployed edged up by 224 over February, increasing to 103,587. This kept the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March steady at 4.4 percent for the third consecutive month.

Blackville council updated on May festival plans

A discussion of the Blackville Music and Arts Festival was the main order of business for the April meeting of the Blackville Town Council.

Bobby Harley of the festival committee presented an outline of the festival, according to unofficial minutes of the meeting. The festival will be held on Friday, May 19 starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 beginning at 10 a.m. along Main Street.

The festival will feature the Terrance Young Experience of Elko.

New EDC ordinance gets second nod by council

Second reading of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) ordinance was approved during a special-called April 19 meeting of the Barnwell County Council.

In a 4 to 2 vote the council approved the ordinance to “clarify” a similar ordinance given final approval in March. The ordinance dissolves the EDC and takes away all powers from the Economic Development Commission except advisory.

Until passage of the ordinance, the commission oversaw the EDC.

D19 begins work on 2017-18 school year budget

Blackville’s school district is getting started on its 2017-18 budget.

Shereca Anderson and LaPrecious Rivers presented the Barnwell School District 19 board members with a spreadsheet of expected revenues for the next fiscal year.

The district’s finance officers expect a 4.08 percent increase in local revenues as a result of a 1.77 mill increase. That equates to an increase of $78,313.82 over the current $1.92 million budget.

One team, one goal, one heartbeat

A basketball makes a special sound as it is bounced, its rhythm changing with the pace of the athlete and the texture of the floor surface. It doesn’t foretell greatness. It just responds to its handler.

The sound of the dribble seems loud to an 11-year-old alone on the courts of Fuller Park but is easily drowned out by the cheers of University of South Carolina fans at the Final Four.

Get a ‘Taste of Blackville’ this Saturday, April 15

This Saturday is the day to ride to Blackville and come hungry.

The 11th Annual “Taste of Blackville” will be held April 15 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. along Main Street, according to event committee member Dorothy Creech.

Food vendors will line the street and sell a serving of their wares.

The Easter Bunny is expected to attend the festival so attendees are encouraged to bring a camera and get their picture taken.

Spared: Barnwell County avoids worst of severe storms

Residents in Barnwell County and the entire southeast hunkered down last week, waiting for a destructive line of storms to move through the area on Wednesday, April 5.

Luckily, Barnwell County was spared the tornadoes and destructive weather experienced elsewhere.

National Weather Service prognosticators warned the public Monday and Tuesday that the storms expected to move through South Carolina on Wednesday could create 80 mph winds, ping-pong size hail, torrential rain and lots of lightning.

B&B Ford invites residents to ‘Drive 4 Ur School’

A local dealership is partnering with a national car manufacturer to potentially raise $6,000 for Barnwell High School.

B&B Ford and Ford Motor Company is sponsoring “Drive 4 Ur School” on April 14. Six new vehicles will be brought to the front of the gymnasium and made available for test drives.

“Ford will donate $20 per ride up to 300 test drives,” said Eleanor Burbage of B&B Ford. “That translates to $6,000.”

Two school assemblies take aim at bullying

Officers with the Barnwell Police Department, Bamberg Police Department, Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division tried to impress the consequences of bullying on elementary and middle school students last month.

District 45 held “Anti-Bullying Spirit Week” March 27-31 which concluded with assemblies at Barnwell Elementary and Guinyard-Butler Middle School on Friday, March 31.

School Resource Officer Rodney Brown emceed both programs and introduced BPD Det. Diane Tarter and Sgt. Calvin Coach to BES students.

Blackville man killed in Orangeburg County wreck

A Blackville man died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday, April 8 in Orangeburg County.

According to Cpl. Sonny Collins of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a Dodge 4-door was headed west on S.C. Highway 4 in Springfield (Orangeburg County) around 10:30 p.m. on April 18. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

“There was only one occupant and he was wearing a seatbelt,” said Cpl. Collins.

Blackville Town Council receives clean audit report

The Town of Blackville received a clean audit, according to documents provided by the accounting firm of Webster Rogers LLP.

The Blackville Town Council received a copy of the audit during a special called meeting on April 6 at Blackville Town Hall. Attending were Mayor Michael Beasley and council members Kelvin Isaac, Ann Pernell, Allen Harrison and Vivian Alston.

Mayor Michael Beasley presented a copy of the results as the accountant notified him Monday afternoon that they would be unable to attend.

Williston D29 approves 2017-18 school year calendar

The 2017-18 School Calendar was adopted March 21 by the District 29 School Board.

Each year the three districts in Barnwell County coordinate their schedules with the “lead” district rotating each year. This year was Williston’s year to create the schedule.

“The three superintendents worked very well and very closely,” said D29 Supertindent Missoura Ashe. Included in the planning is the Barnwell County Career Center which serves all three districts.

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