Susan Delk - Staff Writer

Barnwell City Council appoints committees, handles other business

Barnwell City Mayor Edward Lemon gave the oath of office to Council members, Robert Patillo, Benjamin Duncan and J.T. Atkinson at the regular city council meeting Oct. 5.

Lemon also made committee assignments for the city. The assignments will not change from last year. The assignments are:

On the water and sewer committee is W.C. Black and Atkinson. Black and Atkinson will also serve on the sanitation and streets committee and the building and planning committees.

Councilmen Patillo and Steve Walling will serve on the recreation committee.

Female-only gym hopes to set women to a healthy pace

Pace yourself.

That is what athletes are told during training and that is what Deena Gainey tells her clients - pace yourself.

It is also the name of her new business. Pace Yourself Fitness Center opened in July in Williston on Main Street next to husband Rick's flower shop, The Blossom Shop.

Gainey said the center is based on a hydraulic circuit training system and the entire circuit takes about 30 minutes to complete.

The center has another unique quality.

"It's just for women," Gainey said.

Friends become lifelines during woman's cancer battle

Lifelines are the lines that keep one grounded and alive and present in the moment.

Those lifelines come in many different forms and for one, becoming her own lifeline is now a priority.

For Amy Black, self-exams had become a thing of the past.

At the age of 24, Amy was diagnosed with fibrocystic breasts. She was told that the "lumps and bumps" she was feeling were the result of the fibrocystic disease, so she slowly stopped doing self-exams.

Family ties strengthened after breast cancer diagnosis

Pete and Gale Kumala are proud parents. One conversation with them shows that pride. Although their four children are no longer in their home each day, the family stays close.

Two of the sons are at Clemson University and their daughter lives in a nearby town.

The Kumala's molded their lives around what was best for raising their children, including staying in the small town of Williston to educate their children.

In the middle of 2002, Gale had a mammogram which showed micro-calcifications in a large loosely knit mass.

Another chance at a second dance: Couple goes through breast cancer ordeal together

A dance floor. Music filling the air. Feet shuffling to the rhythm. It's the 1960s.

Fast forward more than 40 years.

Another dance. A dance she nearly missed.

Mary Vojtech was 59 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer or "the big C" as she calls it.

Sandy and Mary have been married for more than 43 years now after a chance meeting all those years ago on a dance floor.

Breast exams: The how, why and importance of them

Fighting cancer begins at a young age and includes a healthy diet, exercise and learning what exams need to be performed.

For Lou-Ann Jonske-Gubosh, a physicians assistant, young women should learn and understand the structure of their breasts when they develop.

"In my opinion, a woman should start to understand the architechture of her breasts as soon as she develops breasts. I encourage my patients to start monthly breast exams very early. The more you understand your own body, the better in touch you are with it and changes within it," Jonske-Gubosh said.

County fire station gets nearly $100K FEMA grant for equipment

In the latest round of grants handed down from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a local fire department was awarded nearly $100,000.

Barnwell Rural Fire Department has been awarded $96,615 from the 2008 grant applications said Barnwell Rural Fire Department Chief Jessie Elmore.

Elmore said he applied for the grant in 2008.

This grant was awarded under FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Grants under this program can be used for training, conducting first responder health and safety programs, or they can be used to purchase equipment and vehicles.

Swine flu vaccine clinics to set up in region

Residents will have several opportunities to get a flu shot over then next few weeks with a variety of places issuing the shots.

Barnwell County Health Department, Allendale County Health Department and the Barnwell CVS Pharmacy will all be holding clinics.

For the clinics at local Health Departments, residents should call (803) 642-7543 or (800) 450-1687 to schedule an appointment.

Barnwell County Health Department dates are Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 20.

Allendale County Health Department dates are Oct. 9, and 23 and Nov. 13.

Barnwell resident suffers home invasion

The Barnwell Police Department is still searching for suspects who invaded a home last week.

Det. Frank Sutton and a statement released by the department stated, at least two masked men forced their way into a residence on Corley-Heights Richardson Road on the evening of Sept. 21.

A woman inside the home was bound with duct tape and the suspects rummaged through the home looking for valuables.

The victim was able to see one of the suspects when she pulled off his mask during a struggle, Sutton said.

Water fees questioned by Williston residents

Williston Town Council heard from two residents who expressed their concern over water fees.

Tommy Sweat asked council for an explanation for water and sewer rates and deposits outside the town limits.

Sweat told council he was renting a home just outside the town limits which already had town water and sewer connections and he was concerned over the rates at the new home.

The deposit and usage rates were recently increased for the town.

In April, Council held a second reading of the rate hikes for new deposits.

Police lock up grants for its department

For families on a tight budget, receiving extra money is a bonus. When a public agency receives extra money, it can in turn help many families.

This time that help will go toward the Barnwell Police Department.

Todd Gantt, the police chief of the Barnwell Police department said he is not able to put on additional officers with the grants his department has received. However the department has been able to keep all its officers and replace several cars in the process.

Barnwell Police Department has received three grants totaling $231,714.

Barnwell council ushers in new city hall with slate of ordinances

The Sept. 14 Barnwell City Council meeting was the first held in the city's new city hall and council chambers. City council wasted no time in getting down to business.

In the regular council meeting, Council approved several ordinances that aimed at increasing revenue for the city. The city council:

• approved a second reading of ordinance 2009-5 to provide an increase in water rates for residential and commercial;

• approved a second reading of ordinance 2009-6 to provide an increase in sewer rates for residential and commercial customers;

Local fire department remembers 9-11 brethren

To honor those fire fighters who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Barnwell City Fire Department set up its ladder truck on the Circle Sept. 11, 2009. The raised ladder was adorned with a large American flag. The truck's basket was also draped with a black cloth, further signifying the loss. A sign on the fire truck proclaimed 343 - the number of firefighters who lost their lives on that day in New York alone. Smaller flags dotted other areas around town as people in their own ways acknowledged the anniversary of this tragedy.

Red Oak subdivision plans put on hold

Residents in Red Oak gathered to air their concerns about a new development being planned on Red Oak Road.

More than 20 residents appeared for the meeting, including County Councilman Thomas Williams and Council chairman Joe Smith.
Williams represents the Red Oak community on the council.

Joe Gaines, resident of the Red Oak area, started the meeting by handing out a flyer, which stated why the meeting had been called, which was over the "development of large number of trailers to be put on land located on Red Oak Road," as stated on the flyer.

Barnwell recreation unveils full slate of autumn activities

Over 500 individuals enjoyed 44 different summer programs with the City of Barnwell.

Emily Randell, the parks and recreation director for the city, has seen many classes through to their completion for the summer.

She is now looking forward to the fall.

The parks and recreation fall 2009-program guide is now available for residents and non-residents to peruse and find classes to improve their knowledge, learn a new skill or just have fun.

The guide contains information on recreational activities for people of all ages from September through December, she said.

Barnwell opens new city hall

Barnwell city officials held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new city hall building Sept. 8.
Several individuals spoke to the group of about 75 residents who gathered to get a glance at the new facilities.
The speakers included contractor, Chris Pritchard of Query-Pritchard Construction.
"The city did a great thing to solidify downtown," Pritchard said of the city's decision to purchase and renovate the building, which in the past has been a bank. The original building was constructed around 1918.

'...a life well lived.' County DSS leader dies

Hers was a life well lived.

Cynthia B. (Taylor) Williams was many things, a mother, a wife, a minister and most of all, a friend.

She was a director who used her friendship with her employees to build better employees.

Williams was the director of the Barnwell County Department of Social Services office.

Williams died Aug. 8.

"She had a special gift," Brenda Holman said.

Holman worked with Williams for 25 years at Barnwell County Department of Social Services.

Both Holman and Williams were "front line workers" when they met, Holman said.

Wreck in Blackville claims driver’s life, seriously injures another

Barnwell County did not get through the July 4th holiday weekend without a traffic fatality.

According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, around 2:50 p.m., July 5, a 1995 white Ford Explorer traveling northbound on S.C. 3 went off the right side of the road, came back onto the road and then veered to the left side of the roadway. The vehicle then struck two trees head-on.

The accident occured eight-tenths of a mile north of Blackville.

The impact killed the driver, Mailon Hutson, 56, and injured the only passenger, Lola Hutson, said Barnwell County Deputy Coroner Charles Dooley.

Barnwell Rural firefighter honored for service

It was a time to relax and honor one of their own.

June 26, Barnwell Rural Fire Department, district 11, as they are commonly known, held their annual appreciation banquet.

With the meal, Fire Chief Jessie Elmore said the department wanted to thank the members of the department for their hard work and dedication. He also said this meal was more about thanking the spouses for their support.

Elmore said the department members could not do what they do without the support of their families.

The department currently has 28 members and was organized November 2005.

Barnwell parks getting ready for summer picnics

The city of Barnwell is nearing completion of several projects including two for city parks.

The first stage of the Lemon Park sports complex was completed earlier this spring in time for young athletes to swing their bats into a new season.

Now the city is nearing completion of another park renovation aimed at family fun.

Emily Randell, the parks and recreation director for the city of Barnwell, said most of the improvements have been completed at Fuller Park as well.

Those improvements include:

• new landscaping along the street side of the hill;


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