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Teen Summit, Anti-Bullying Spirit Week give hope, help

Being a teenager can be quite difficult.

From peer pressure and trying to fit in to juggling school, work and extra-curricular activity commitments and making plans for the future, the teenage years can seem very overwhelming.

However, with guidance, determination and a willingness to listen to adults who want to help, there is hope.

The Axis 1 Center of Barnwell is a great local resource for many folks. This Saturday they are partnering with several community organizations to sponsor the inaugural Barnwell County Teen Summit.

Nothing good will come from EDC ordinance

In January we begged the question of “Why now?” with regards to some Barnwell County Council members’ move to dissolve the Economic Development Corporation and turn the commission into an advisory committee.

In February, in a split 5-2 vote, the Barnwell County Council approved second reading of that ordinance. Next week, third reading is expected to be held on Tuesday, March 14. That will be the final vote to make that ordinance effective.

Hearts and efforts need training

There are several efforts underway by the Barnwell County Emergency Management Division (EMD) in cooperation with other organizations to help save lives and provide comfort in the event of an emergency.

During an emergency, time is a critical factor. In widespread disasters, such as ice storms and hurricanes, the professionals are called out to several locations. Just getting to the scene may take time due to blocked roads from downed trees or washed out highways.

This is where local, trained volunteers can make a huge differnce.

Volunteers needed to deliver meals to seniors

Barnwell County is a community full of giving people.

We’ve seen it time and time again as individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches and organizations respond to a call for assistance or a need they notice. From the 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 to fire victims and an empty food pantry, there are plenty of examples of folks stepping up.

As we have done before in this editorial space, we are once again asking for your help to make a difference in our community.

Ministerial Association helps with more than prayer

Another worthy organization that could use your financial support is the Barnwell County Ministerial Association.

This group helps many people with basic needs, such as paying their light bill or providing food. They also offer prayer and a little bit of spiritual support.

The BCMA relies on donations to support their cause. Donations can be made anytime, but we especially encourage those attending the upcoming Lenten worship services to dig into your pockets and give generously.

STEM Festival is opportunity for local industries

On Saturday, April 22, the town of Williston will be host to the DIG STEM Festival.

STEM is an acroynm for “Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics”. DIG is the Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program developed by former Williston resident Steven Brown.

According to Brown, DIG works “to inspire youth in rural areas to excel in all endeavors by empowering them to unlock their full potential and build upon their natural gifts and talents.”

Show your love - take care of your heart

February is known as the month of love.

From flowers, jewelry, candy and other goodies for one’s sweetheart, many people will be showing their love on Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, Feb. 14.

While it is important to show your significant other how much you love them, you should also take a few simple steps to take care of yourself.

This month is also American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States, resulting in one in four deaths annually.

What's taking so long?

What is taking the Williston District 29 School Board so long in filling a vacancy?

This is a question we’ve been wondering in recent months. We’ve also heard the same question from some of you.

Ever since Billy Williams resigned in July 2016, the remaining four board members have grappled with what to do. There was confusion at first about whether they are supposed to appoint someone or have a special election.

Where did you sleep last night?

Where did you sleep last night?

Did you have your own warm bed to sleep in under the roof of a home you “call your own”? Do you have clothes to wear? Do you have three meals to eat every day?

Unfortunately, not everyone can answer “yes” to these questions.

Some answer “no” to all of them.

Why now?

In the 1980s, the Federal Aviation Administration was convinced to release money from the Chem Nuclear compact surcharge fund to be used exclusively for industrial development in Barnwell County.

Some good came from hospital closure

The sudden closure of Southern Palmetto Hospital in January 2016 caused cardiac arrest in Barnwell County. Since that time, the county’s healthcare situation has stablized but still needs improving.

The news of the closure took most by surprise. It hit our small community hard because it impacted everyone in some way. Even if they did not utilize the local hospital people in Barnwell County had a sense of security knowing it was here and had been since the 1950s.

Congratulations, Clemson

Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on winning the national football championship game Monday night in Tampa, Florida.

The entire team worked hard all season. In Monday’s championship game, the Tigers did not give up when they were behind by three points with just seconds left on the clock. A last-second touchdown sealed the win for the Tigers.

We are especially proud of Williston native Taylor Hearn, who wears the #51 jersey for the Tigers. Even if you are not a Clemson fan, we hope you will show support for one of our own.

Real change will take compromise

Lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session yesterday.

We hope this session will be a productive one because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to advance South Carolina into a better future. To do so, lawmakers from both parties and in both houses need to come together and make the necessary compromises on their stances on certain issues to get things done.

Colder weather coming - act now to stay safe

The start of a New Year is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time to be vigilant so we can all stay safe.

As you set your resolutions for 2017, we hope you will take a few minutes to consider a few steps that will lead to a safer year.

Last week, two Barnwell County citizens suffered burns requiring emergency transport to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., according to Barnwell City Fire Chief Tony Dicks. One was a child who was burned by boiling water in the kitchen.

Healthcare, crime and jobs top list for 2017 resolutions

With 2017 just a few days away, we want to dedicate this editorial space in our last edition of 2016 to reflect on the year, including how close Barnwell County came to meeting resolutions set one year ago.

We like to do this to have a measure of where we have been and what kind of successes we think we’ve had. It also gives us a pathway to the future.

This year has definitely had its ups and downs, although that’s really true of any year.

Let there be peace

All we want for Christmas is peace on earth.

Is that too much to ask?

Unfortunately, peace isn’t on everyone’s Christmas list.

It seems our world is a tumultuous place. From squabbles and protests over the outcome of the presidential election to terrorist attacks happening on an almost daily basis, there’s not a lot of peace in sight. Last week brought turmoil in Barnwell County with a murder.

What must we do to obtain peace?

You can’t buy it in a store or order it from Amazon.

The answer lies within us all.

Random acts of kindness

Simple acts of kindness.

Sometimes that is all it takes to change someone’s attitude, their day or even their life.

During this season people exchange gifts, large and small.They box and wrap and dither about ribbons and bows.

But sometimes the greatest gift that can be given are very small acts of kindness.

It is more than just the manners our parents taught us to use. It is going out of the way to say something nice, do something helpful or just offer a smile.

Sober or slammer

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced this week the beginning of a strict impaired driving enforcement effort from now through New Year’s holiday. SCDPS is releasing a new public service announcement that focuses on the “consequences” of a drunk driving charge.

SCDPS held a news conference to remind motorists of the “costs” of drunk driving and announce the new emoji commercial, which will begin airing statewide on Dec. 14.

Spread the cheer by giving to those in need

It’s the most wonderful time of year!

There’s eggnog and other holiday goodies, Christmas decorations, songs of Christmas cheer, presents and the hope for just a flake or two of snow. What’s not to love about Christmas?

However, the Christmas season isn’t merry and bright for everyone. The holidays are tough for many in our community.

That’s why the rest of us can do our part to spread a little Christmas cheer to those in need. After all, isn’t Christmas truly about giving rather than receiving?

Shop at home first this holiday season

Now that we all have counted our blessings while enjoying a little turkey, football and family time, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit.

Can you believe Christmas is less than one month away?

There is so much to do before then, including decorating, planning family gatherings, attending various functions and buying presents for our loved ones. This season can be stressful, but we hope everyone takes a moment to truly enjoy this time of year.

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