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.

What are you thankful for?

Before we stuff ourselves with turkey, dressing and all the fixings, we need to pause a moment to count our blessings.

We need to be thankful this year, no matter what has been happening in our country. Let’s forget about our worries and differences with one another so we can truly reflect on what we have.

Sometimes the little things are what are most important.

A good way to realize what all we have to be thankful for is to write it down. In recent years, many folks have taken a 30-day challenge to post daily one thing they are thankful for on Facebook.

What sacrifices have you made?

Have you made sacrifices in your life?

Most of us would probably answer “yes” to that question. Sacrifices are a part of life; however, they probably pale in comparison to the true sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in the branches of our country’s military.

With Veterans Day just two days away, we wanted to dedicate this week’s editorial space to those men and women who have served our country. They know what it means to sacrifice because all gave some while some gave all.

Quit debating and cast your vote

The big day is almost here!

No, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are referring to Election Day.

The November 8 General Election has been the talk of almost everyone for months, especially after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were selected as the representatives for their respective political parties. While they are not the only candidates for president, they are the main focus.

However, it’s time to quit debating and cast your vote next Tuesday, Nov. 8 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at your precinct.

$100,000 in 100 days

The Barnwell County United Way (BCUW) needs the community’s support after launching a campaign to raise $100,000 in 100 days.

While this might sound ambitious to some folks, we believe this can be accomplished. We’ve seen time and time again how Barnwell County comes together in times of need.

You only live once

You only live once!

No, this is not an excuse or reason to waste your life on drugs and alcohol, which could potentially end your life. Instead, the phrase should be heeded, especially by youth, as a warning to not consume drugs and alcohol. There are much healthier activities to partake in.

Why would you take a chance at ruining your life by using drugs and alcohol?

It’s simply not worth it!

Take time now to be an ‘educated voter’

Even though the November 8 General Election is still a few weeks away, now is the time to do a little homework before heading to the polls.

The S.C. Election Commission provides a plethora of free information on its website, so please utilize this resource. Go to and download your personal ballot. Not only does it let you know who the candidates are for various local, state and national offices, but it also explains the 1 percent capital sales tax referendum. A copy of the referendum can also be found on page 5A of this week’s edition in a public notice.

Colorful for several causes

This week’s edition is colorful for a cause.

The most obvious color is pink in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Publishing our annual Pink Edition, which is printed on this pink newsprint, is very important to us because this disease touches many lives. You likely have family members, friends, neighbors or someone else in your life that has been impacted by breast cancer.

Welcome home and bring a can of food

It’s a wonderful time of year as the temperature starts to drop and high school football is in full swing.

This means fall is here, but it also signifies that it is time to welcome back alumni of area schools – Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High, Jefferson Davis Academy and Williston-Elko High – as Homecoming festivities are held across Barnwell County. Between this Friday and October 14, all four schools will celebrate Homecoming.


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