Gov. Haley recognizes Gamecocks baseball team

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley has issued a proclamation recognizing the University of South Carolina Gamecocks for winning two straight College World Series NCAA baseball national championships.

The proclamation designates today, Friday, July 1, 2011, as "Gamecock Baseball Back-to-Back National Champions Day" throughout the state of South Carolina and encourages all South Carolinians to join in congratulating the Gamecocks baseball team and Head Coach Ray Tanner for their outstanding performance in the 2011 College World Series.

Breaking News: Barnwell native named new SLED director

Governor Nikki Haley announced June 15 the appointment of Mark Keel to be the next Director of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) during an afternoon press conference. Keel, a native of Barnwell, currently serves as Director of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS), a post he has held since 2008.

"This is a great day. There's a new chief in town, and that new chief is Mark Keel.

Memorial Day ETV program features local doctor

With about 184,000 South Carolinians serving in World War II, and thousands more who moved here after the war, ETV and The State newspaper partnered together to tell the stories of these veterans in their own words. The result is a new Emmy-nominated documentary series - "South Carolinians in World War II."
Episode II, "A New Front," airs at 9 p.m. on May 26, on ETV, with re-broadcast on Memorial Day, May 30, on The South Carolina Channel at 9 p.m. and ETV at 10 p.m.

Patriot Flag to visit county

May 14 each year, Flag Day celebrations spread across the United States. This year, Barnwell County residents and others from across the area have a unique opportunity to see a truly amazing site.
The Patriot Flag, a 30-foot by 55.5-foot, 75-pound flag will fly at the Veterans Memorial Park in Barnwell during a special ceremony . The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Two Golden Knights will jump into the event with one hauling in a tandem jumper Mark Keel with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Locals react to Osama bin Laden's death

In a late-night address May 1, President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden, who led the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, had been killed by U.S. forces. As news of bin Laden's death spread across the country, residents turned out to celebrate the closure most wanted the news to represent. Reaction to the news has varied from one extreme to the other as local readers posted the following comments on our Facebook pages.

Voting for school boards

Williston had a steady turnout for the April 12 school board election early on.
The polls opened at 7 a.m., and 19 residents had voted by 7:30 a.m.
"My wife works at the school, and I'd like to see the school go in the right direction," Melvin Dooley of Williston said.
"I voted because I'm disturbed at what's going on right now," Clara Harris of Williston said. "We need a strong school board to represent" the students, parents, faculty and staff.

School report cards release March 17

The state department of Education will release school and district report cards the morning of March 17.
These report cards tell each school's progress towards meeting the adequate yearly progress dictated by the ‘No child left behind' act. The People-Sentinel will have full coverage of each school district in next week's edition including interviews with school officials.
All report card data will be available on our website, as soon as it is released.

BREAKING NEWS>>>>>Blackville Election Results

Steve Jowers has won the council seat in Blackville by a 39 vote margin over candidate Glenn Owens.

Jowers had 89 votes total and Owens had 50 votes.

Out of the 1,500 registered voters, only 139 votes were cast, according to the Barnwell County Election Commission's unofficial results report.

The votes will be certified over the coming days by the commission.

A complete story will appear in our next print edition, March 23.

2010 Year In Review - From the highest of highs ....... to the lowest of lows....., 2010 is done

January 6, 2010
•Emancipation Day was commemorated in Barnwell County Jan. 1 at Shrub Branch Baptist Church in Blackville. The celebration was sponsored by the Barnwell-Blackville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
•Barnwell County experienced a week-long cold snap, with temperatures down into the teens and 20s at night and the high during the days only into the 40s. The area hasn't seen a prolonged cold spell of this caliber since the 1970s.

Election Results for Barnwell County

Unofficial Results for Barnwell County - November 2, 2010

16 of 16 precincts reporting

Morgan Bruce Reeves (Green) - 60
Nikki R. Haley (Republican) - 3325
Vincent A. Sheheen (Democratic) - 3465
Morgan Bruce Reeves (United Citizens) - 77
Write in - 6

Lieutenant Governor
Ken Ard (Republican) - 3342
Ashley Cooper (Democratic) - 3428
Write in - 6

Secretary of State
Mark Hammond (Republican) - 3657
Marjorie L. Johnson (Democratic) - 3146
Write in - 3


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