Susan Delk - Staff Writer

How much to mail a dog? (New USPS stamps feature real shelter animals)

The United States Postal Service has a long tradition of highlighting social issues with commemorative stamps. April 30, the USPS unveiled "The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet" stamps.

The purpose of this stamp series is to bring awareness to the issue of shelter pet adoptions and to help publicize the effort, the USPS has collaborated with Halo: Purely for Pets and Ellen DeGeneres.
DeGeneres, a national talk show host and co-owner of Halo, often speaks on the issue of adopting local shelter pets.

WWII veteran returns to beaches of Iwo Jima

"The greatest generation."

That is the term journalist Tom Brokaw used to describe Americans who grew up in the United States during the Great Depression and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity on the home front made material contributions to the war effort.

Those veterans are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 per day and with them will go unknown and unforgettable memories, both the good and the bad.

Beasley named to state athletic organization

Blackville-Hilda athletes have been recognized through the years on the playing fields.
This time, a coach is getting recognition.

Michael Beasley, the athletic director at Blackville-Hilda High School, has been named president of the S.C. Athletic Administrators Association for 2010-11.

The annual spring conference was held in March where Beasley was named to the position. He has previously served as the vice-president of the association.

Area Special Olympians strive for their own gold

No athlete at the recent winter Olympics in Vancouver was more intent upon the clock or the finish line than the Olympians in Barnwell.

Children, parents and volunteers participated in the annual Special Olympics, April 23, held this year at Barnwell High School's track field.

Hundreds of special needs children and their "buddies" spent the morning running races and playing sports together - even taking time to have their faces painted.

The buddies were high school students paired with the Special Olympians to help them from event to event.

Blackville police ramp up patrols for guns

Mayor Jackie Holman said the police department will be stepping up patrols to help avert violence in the town.

"We're going to get some of these shooters and gun carriers off the streets," Holman said.

Chief John Holston said he had made personnel adjustments in their hours to accommodate the increased patrols.

He said they will not harass individuals but will "target" those believed to be carrying guns in the town.

"We are going to do what we need to do to provide a safer community," Holston said.

Relay For Life to ring Circle again

Entertainment and more will keep people moving around the walking trail for the 2010 Relay for Life.

Kickoff ceremonies for the Relay for Life will begin at 7 p.m. April 23 on the Circle in Barnwell. The anti-cancer event continues through the night until 7 a.m., April 24.

While walkers flow around the Circle, the following entertainment is scheduled through the night: the Altman Church Gospel Group, baton twirlers, Aleah Johnson, Sunshine Baptist praise team, the Williston Cloggers, the Barnwell Step team and the Williston Drum line will perform, said Barbara Wilhelm.

Gubernatorial campaign gets woman's touch

Even though voters recently chose local school board candidates, issues with county schools are still on the minds of some voters as they look forward to the gubernatorial primary elections.

Those issues are also on one gubernatorial candidate's mind.

Jim Rex, the state's Superintendent of Education, has thrown his hat into the ring of competitors for the state's highest office.

Sue Rex is campaigning across the state for her husband through small lunches that target women and the issues important to them.

Subway to torpedo cancer

Jay and Jan Beasley are going to use a submarine to sink cancer this year at Relay for Life.

Not a ship, but a sandwich.

The Beasleys are the owners of the Barnwell Subway restaurant.

On April 22, Barnwell city employees will staff their restaurant, making sub sandwiches for customers. The Beasleys will donate 10 percent of sales to Relay for Life.

Cancer is a personal battle for the couple.

Barnwell city news briefs

Barnwell City Council voted on and/or discussed the following in the regular meeting, April 5.

Council approved a pre-manufactured building to be purchased and outfitted to provide additional restroom facilities at Lemon Park. When the cloverleaf fields are not being used, participants currently do not have access to restroom facilities at the park. Once a permanent building is constructed, the pre-manufactured building will be used in another capacity.

Leaning back all the way: Senior cyclist crosses Barnwell on cross-country trek

An unusual bike - an unusual journey.

Durwood Moore, 71, is in the final stages of a cross-country journey that began Feb. 13 in San Diego, Calif. and will end back at his home in Washington, N.C.

The Southern Tier Route which Moore has traveled is mapped by the Adventure Cycling Association. The scenic bike route stretches from San Diego, along the U.S.-Mexico border, to Florida's Atlantic coastline.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Moore said of the 3,000-plus-mile trip.

Local event gets handicapped into great outdoors

With FamilyFest, Holly Rimes tries to take away any regrets or the chance to have to say, "I wish I had" for people with disabilities.

FamilyFest was started to give those with disabilities, the elderly and wounded soldiers a place and time to reconnect with nature.

This is the third year for FamilyFest, held at Grahams Turnout just across the Bamberg County line.

Hundreds of individuals come out every year to enjoy a day of relaxing and fellowship.

Rimes said it is important for those with disabilities to know they can enjoy the outdoors, despite their limitations.

Barnwell takes no-nonsense posture on litter

The term "zero-tolerance" has become a widely used expression with everything from school violence to work place harassment.

During the up-coming weekend, April 16 - 18, the Barnwell Police Department will be holding a "zero-tolerance" weekend on litter.

Chief Todd Gantt said his officers are always watching for litterers, but this weekend there will be an extra focus on the issue.

This campaign is being held in conjunction with a statewide effort to stop litter as well as a local campaign to clean up the city of Barnwell.

Artist colors Circle with downtown gallery

Susan Fox has been painting all of her life.

However, recently, she decided to make it a bigger priority in her life. In the process, Fox is giving her love of art place of its own for herself and other artists. Fox recently opened an art gallery on the Circle in Barnwell to display her completed works and space to work on additional pieces.

Fox has a variety of pencil drawings she has created of movie stars and historical and political figures.

Williston gets clean audit despite embezzlement case

Larry Bokor, the certified public accountant who conducts the annual Williston town audit, presented the 2009 audit report for Williston during the March 8 regular monthly meeting.

Bokor said although some town funds had been embezzled by a former employee, he thought the town was on the right track.

During the period when Patricia Fowler is accused of embezzlement, the town was not reviewing copies of cancelled checks on a regular basis.

Now the town administrator and accountant Keith Sloan will review those cancelled checks on a regular basis.

Wal-Mart nearly complete on remodelling

At the store known for carrying a variety of products, new sights and sounds are abundant.

From the buzz of a saw to the thump of a hammer - construction and remodeling are underway to give the Barnwell Wal-Mart a facelift.

According to a press release, the remodeling started Feb. 21 and will conclude in May.

The store will be remodel from the inside out and will bring the latest in Wal-Mart's store design and customer experience to area residents, stated the press release.

Axis 1 thrift store moves back 'home' to original location

Moving back "home" can be exciting and for one local organization it also means more room.

The Axis 1 Thrift store has recently moved back to its original location, 53 Allen St. in Barnwell.

Amy Coto, the Helpline Coordinator for Axis 1 said this move allows the store to carry more furniture as well.

"The building is bigger," she said of the additional room for furniture.

Coto said the store is not currently going to sell the furniture but will have it available when area families are in need.

City receives state commerce award for revitalizations

With the improvements thus far, Barnwell has completed part of its city-wide facelift that originally began with the city's master plan in October 2006.

Those improvements have now earned the city a S.C. Department of Commerce award.

Maceo Nance, the director of the S.C. Department of Commerce, said "This is a hand-selected award. It is not an annual award."

Nance said the award is given when the department feels that an individual or an entity has done something "really unique."
He said a lot of effort went into what Barnwell has accomplished thus far.

Barnwell city council protests closing of Yucca Mountain

Barnwell City Council in its March 1 regular meeting passed a resolution stating its objection to the Federal government's closing of the Yucca Mountain Repository.

The federal government has decided to abandon the permanent disposal facility at Yucca Mountain and the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization asked area towns to pass a resolution as to the town's position on Yucca Mountain.

Blackville shooting raises concerns at town meeting

Just over a week has passed since a shooting in Blackville, but concerns over safety are still on residents' minds.

About 25 residents the March 15 regular meeting of the Blackville Town Council.

Lillie Hughes voiced her concerns to council over the crimes in her neighborhood including drug-related crimes and racing in the streets.

She asked the mayor and council what they could do to help Falcon Street.

"We need more visibility of officers in our neighborhood," Hughes said.

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