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Who can we trust?

Trust is a very fragile thing.

It is crafted slowly and depends on all parties being honest, open and forthright.

Trust can also be crushed easily and nearly impossible to rebuild.

For the last 18 months (and actually longer) a web of distrust has been woven. It involves threads between members of the Barnwell County Council, former and present members of the Economic Development Commission, the municipalities of our county, and the public. Caught in this web is SouthernCarolina Alliance.

Remember those who gave all

Memorial Day is not just a holiday.

It is a day of remembrance to honor those who have been killed in action defending the United States of America and its allies.

These men and women are our kin, our friends, our neighbors who decided that defending their nation was the highest calling of their lives.

And they gave their lives for us.

On Monday, we encourage people to turn out for the Memorial Day observance at the Veterans Memorial Park in Barnwell. Let’s honor and remember those who “gave all” to protect our lives and way of life.

There is promise in our future

The past few years have been tough, but Barnwell County’s future looks promising.

Within one week’s time, our county received two bits of good news. The first was the announcement by Orchids Paper Products that they would invest $110 million and create 134 new jobs at a new Barnwell facility. Just a week later, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced our six-county area, which includes Barnwell County, was designated a federal “Promise Zone.”

Both of these announcements are very exciting for our entire community.

It’s time to come together and take action

It’s been a rough week for our little community!
Fatal wrecks, a house fire, a bomb threat, a shooting and a couple of manhunts – all within the last seven days. It has been a most unusual time.
Tragedies and other tough times bring with them a choice. They are an opportunity to come together or fall apart, a time to be apathetic or take action.
We ask our residents to come together and take action when they can.

Thanks to small businesses

There are those in our community who get up at the crack of dawn and don’t retire until late at night.
They are not only owners of businesses but more often the manager and staff all rolled into one.
These people work hard to provide a living for their families but do so by providing goods and services for our community.
These people operate the small businesses of Barnwell County.
While they may not provide hundreds of jobs like some industries do, they provide vital jobs for the people of our community. 

ACS recognizes newspaper for coverage

The People-Sentinel was honored by the American Cancer Society with an Outstanding Supporter award.
Barnwell resident Lisa Hartzog, who is a senior representative for community engagement with the ACS, nominated the paper for the 2014 regional award for the South Atlantic Division spanning from Washington, D.C. to Florida. “As we at the American Cancer Society like to say, you are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Hartzog. 

Newspaper staff honored with nine SCPA awards

The People-Sentinel garnered nine awards from the South Carolina Press Association over the weekend for their writing, photography and page design.
The newspaper placed second in their division for the General Excellence award. General Excellence is the top award that evaluates the entire newspaper. Publisher Laura McKenzie and Managing Editor Jonathan Vickery were on hand March 14 in Myrtle Beach at the SCPA's annual meeting to accept the award.

Demetris Collins


Demetris Croft Collins, 77, widow of H. Elmer Collins, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Southern Palmetto Hospital.
Mrs. Collins was born in Barnwell, September 25, 1937.  She was the daughter of the late W.J. and Tina Sanders Croft.  She was a homemaker and a member of Reedy Branch Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Classified Ads Oct. 18

50 acres, 3BR / 1.5BA house with poolhouse and barn, 2 car garage, on Hwy 3, Barnwell SC. Call Walt (404) 401-6224
BSS 3cc 10-23-14
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FOR SALE: Vinyl siding house, 3BR / 1.5BA, ¾ acre lot, 33 Dicks Street, Williston, please call (803) 593-5697 for more information, asking price $39,900 OBO.
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For rent or own, 3BR / 2BA doublewide, very clean on 3 acre lot in Barnwell. Deposit required, NO PETS, call (803) 259-6998
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Community Calendar Oct. 8

Farmers Markets
Barnwell: The end of the market celebration will take place Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fuller Park in Barnwell.
Southern Carolina Regional Job Fair
Southern Carolina Regional Alliance will have a job fair Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southern Carolina Business Center located at 1750 Jackson St. in Barnwell. There is no cost for employers of job seekers. Some benefits include: free advertising for a job opening, save time and money in recruiting, learn about tax credits and wage subsidies and network with companies in the community.

Pearl Dixon

Pearl H. Dixon, age 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 7, 2014 surrounded by her husband of 63 years and her family. She will always be remembered as the loving and faithful wife to W. Robert "Bob" Dixon. Bob and Pearl traveled the world during his career in the military and after retirement. Together, they visited all 50 states in the United States and a number of foreign countries.

Gregory Kearse

Gregory Scott Kearse, 53, of Fairfax, died Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Mr. Kearse was a native of Fairfax and a son of Cecelia Dyches Kearse and the late Harry Andrew Kearse. He was a construction worker having done residential and commercial construction. He loved his family and breeding, raising and selling chickens.
Survivors include companion, Sue Ann Ramsey; a son, Matthew G. Kearse; a granddaughter, Zoey Kearse; his mother, Cecelia D. Kearse; a brother, Mark A. Kearse; a sister, Harriet Ann (Billy) Wooldridge; one niece and three nephews.

Gary Mullinax

Reverend Gary Gordon Mullinax, age 68, died at Autumn Care of Waynesville, N.C. Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.
Born March 30, 1946, in Greenville, he answered the call to Christian ministry at age 19. He served as pastor of Ehrhardt Baptist Church for 20 years. He was known for his wisdom, kindness, leadership, warmth, and short sermons.

Mae Smith

Mae S. Smith, 76, of Allendale, widow of Marshal P. "Sonny" Smith Sr., died Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
Mrs. Smith was a native of Hampton, and a daughter of the late William E. and Lillie Bell Nix Smith. She was retired as the secretary for the Allendale County Sheriff's Department, member of the Allendale First Baptist Church, and member of the Order of the Eastern Star Fairfax Chapter #65.

Lucille Fail

Doris Lucille Fail, 72, of Olar, former wife of Cronie Reden Still Sr., passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014.
Lucille was born on October 21, 1941 in Barnwell. She was a daughter of the late Henry W. "Hankie" and Anna Joyner Fail.  She was a retired bookkeeper and retired clerk at Sport's Convenience Store.  She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Leroy Still Sr.

Leroy Still Sr., 65, of Barnwell, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, Monday, September 29, 2014.
Leroy was born in Barnwell on August 27, 1949. He was a son on the late Toy and Magalene Carroll Still. He was a master automotive paint and body man. He retired as a teamster with 28 years from the Savannah River Site. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 509 and a lifelong member of Friendship Baptist Church. He loved Ford mustangs, classic cars and NASCAR racing. He was a loving husband, father, PawPaw and BopBop.

Joseph Mise Sr.


Joseph Clarence Mise Sr., 90, of Barnwell, passed away at his home, Friday, October 3, 2014.
Mr. Joe was born in Hickory, N.C. on February 25, 1924.  He was a son of the late Oscar and Sallie Elizabeth Horn Mise.  He was a Navy Veteran of WWII and retired from the Savannah River Plant as a maintenance mechanic with 36 years of service. He was a member of the Barnwell United Methodist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend.

Jean Toole

A graveside funeral service for Jean Eidson Thompson Toole, 80, of Williston, will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Williston Cemetery with the Reverend Charles Morris officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Folk Funeral Home on Wednesday.
Mrs. Jean passed away Monday, October 6, 2014.
Born in Williston, she was a daughter of the late George Carroll Eidson and Lillian Porter Eidson. She was first married to the late John Clark "Big John" Thompson Sr. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

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