Community Calendar - January 29, 2014

"War Between
the States"
The Historic Society of Bamberg County will present their second annual study War Between the States on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Rivers Bridge State Historic Site.
There will be a tour of the battle grounds at noon, followed by an overview of Rivers Bridge with John White at 2 p.m., The "Ordinary" Soldier with Neil Baxley at 2:15, Barnwell native Jerry Morris as Frank Maner Mixson at 2:45, Wayne Jones as J.E.B. Stuart at 3:30 and a reception at 4:30.
For tickets and information, call (803) 245-1000.

Free Tax Clinic
The Benefit Bank is coming to the Barnwell Arms Community Room on Feb. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help the public file their taxes for free.
If your adjusted gross income (AGI) is $65,000 a year or less, or if you're married filing jointly and your AGI is $90,000 or less, then you can come to this tax clinic and get face-to-face assistance filing your taxes.

‘Les Miserables' Play at WEHS
Williston-Elko High School will present "Les Miserables School Edition" on Feb. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. each night in the auditorium. It will be performed entirely by students.
The house will open at 6:30 p.m. Only limited seating may be available at the door. No seat reservations will be made so ticket holders should plan on arriving early. Any seats left open by curtain time will be sold to waiting customers.
The musical, written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, is based on Victor Hugo's novel. It is performed with permission and materials provided by Music Theatre International.
Tickets are $6 per seat and can be purchased from cast members or by calling Linda Alsept at WEHS at (803) 266-3110.

Daddy/Daughter Ball on Feb. 7
The city of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 4th Annual Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guinyard-Butler Middle School.
This evening will be a magical night to remember for the little girls and their special dates. Activities will include a dinner buffet, dancing, a take home craft and songs.
Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve. Pre-registration is required at City Hall. It costs $20 per couple and is $5 for each additional child.
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 259-3317.

Black History Program
Author and historian Mark R. Jones, a 1977 graduate of Barnwell High School, will lead a Black History Month program at the Barnwell County Museum (9426 Marlboro Ave., Barnwell) on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.
Jones will discuss his book, "Doin' the Charleston: Black Roots of American Popular Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy." The book focused on Rev. Daniel Jenkins, who was born into slavery in Barnwell County in 1862, and his move to Charleston to establish the Jenkins Orphanage House. His main fundraising tool was a boys' brass band which performed up and down the east coast for donations. The band's dance steps and music inspired a composer to write the song "Charleston" that led to the dance craze.

Relay Team Captain's Meeting
The next Barnwell County Relay For Life Team Captain's Meeting will be Feb. 10 at 5:45 p.m. at the Southern Carolina Alliance Building. If you are interested in forming a team now is the time.

Fellowship Dinner
The Culinary Arts Department of Greater Faith Ministries (179 Calhoun St., Barnwell) will have a Fellowship Dinner on Feb. 11 from 3:45 to 6:45 p.m.It is free.

Food Giveaway
Angel Wings Food Bank (located behind Greater Faith Ministries at 150 Charles St., Barnwell) will have a food giveaway on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for anyone in the community who is in need of food. .

Community Uplift Program
The Community Uplift Program (C.U.P), a youth organization created to educate, empower and expose, girls ages 7-19, will have a meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williston Community Service Club. All girls ages 7 -19, are invited to attend and participate in C.U.P.
This event is free and refreshments will be served.
For additional information, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson, president, at or (803) 671-2249 or Jackie O'Neal, vice president, at (803) 671-5680.

Blackville Music/Art Festival
The Blackville Music & Art Festival Committee presents its 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival on May 16-17 starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. They hope to make the event bigger and better and invite vendors, performers and others to take part.
For information on how to be a vendor, performer, display your art, car and bike show, parade, barbeque cook-off, donations, and to be a sponsor email us at or visit our webpage


Soup Dinner
Hilda Southern Methodist Church is sponsoring a soup dinner fundraiser Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church (228 Old Salem Rd., Hilda). Proceeds benefit their building fund.
Dine in or carry out a bowl of homemade soup. It costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. Adult dinner includes two bowls of soup, drink and cornbread.
For more information, contact Ashley Howell at (803) 709-0025.

Relay for Life Pageant
The 1st Annual Miss Barnwell County Relay for Life Semi-Glitz Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Guinyard-Butler Middle School gymnasium. Application deadline is Feb. 7.
Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Barnwell County Relay for Life on April 25 at Veteran's Park.
To get an application or for more information, contact Teresa Sanders at (803) 541-5756 or, Mary Ann Haskell at (803) 259-7863 or Tanya Rudd at Also applications can be picked up at Barnwell Offset Printing Co., SRP Federal Credit Union and Circle Cuts in Barnwell or Meeting in Main in Williston.

Arts Council Membership Drive
The Barnwell County Arts Council is proud to present its annual membership event entitled, California Dreaming, on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Barnwell Primary School auditorium.
California Dreaming is a sun-kissed song and dance tribute to the pop music of a new generation. Songs like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Turn,Turn,Turn," "Teach Your Children Well," "Surfin' U.S.A.," and "California Dreamin'" make this the sunniest, most nostalgic stage show in America!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Evelyn's Jewelry & Gifts in Barnwell, Enterprise Bank in Blackville, Brooker's in Denmark, Rivers' Pharmacy in Williston, and the Salkehatchie Arts Center in Allendale, or by emailing the Arts Council at  

Sweetheart Ball
The Creation Station is hosting a Sweetheart Ball Feb. 21 in The Merge (behind Barnwell First Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 and dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Register by Feb. 18.
This semi-formal event is for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, guardians, and their special princesses as well as moms, grandmas, aunts and guardians and their special princes.
Admission is $25 per couple and $10 for each additional child. It includes activities, dinner, DJ, and dancing. A photographer will be available to take pictures. Tickets can be purchased at The Creation Station of FBC office.
For more information, call Tori at (803) 259-2700.

2014 Princess of Roses Pageant
The city of Orangeburg Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications until Feb. 28 for the 2014 Orangeburg Princess of Roses Pageant. It will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Robert Stevenson Auditorium (979 Middleton St.).
Young ladies throughout the state are invited to participate. Age divisions are: Orangeburg Princess of Roses (15-16 years old); Teen Orangeburg Princess of Roses (13-14 years old); Young Orangeburg Princess of Roses (10-12); Little Orangeburg Princess of Roses (7-9); and Wee Orangeburg Princess of Roses (4-6). Age is calculated as of pageant date.
There will be a winner, first and second runner-up in each division. There will be a photogenic competition for those who wish to enter one or more photographs.
Applications are available at City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation. Entry fee is $40 for pageant, $10 for first photograph in photogenic competition, and $5 for additional photos.
To receive an application, contact Brittany Hartzog at or (803) 533-6020.

Queen of Roses Scholarship Pageant
The Orangeburg Queen of Roses Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Auditorium (Stevenson Auditorium (979 Middleton St.).
Qualifications: young women who are 17-22 years old, never been married or pregnant, a full-time college or university student no later than 2015 fall semester, and be a South Carolina resident or attending college in the state.
Contestants will compete in swimwear, talent, and evening gown/on-stage question. Judging will be on a 1-10 scale with the highest being crowned Orangeburg Queen of Roses. Awards for Orangeburg Queen of Roses include a $1,500 scholarship, crown, trophy and sash. First and second runners-up will receive $750 and $500, respectively, and a trophy. Talent winner will receive $500 scholarship and trophy.
To receive an application, contact Brittany Hartzog at or (803) 533-6020.


Kelly Edwards Elementary
K4 registration at Kelly Edwards Elementary School will be held Feb. 10-14.
Please bring the following information: S.C. Immunization Record, Official Birth Certificate, Two Required Proofs of Residency (1 must be a Current Tax Notice or Lease/Mortgage Agreement and the other item can be any proof that shows a physical address such as but not limited to the following: Current power bill, water bill, satellite/cable bill, automobile tax/automobile registration card), Medicaid card (4K only), and Proof of income such as paycheck stub or W2 (4K only).
Your child must be four on or before Sept. 1, 2014, to register for 4-year-old kindergarten.  


­­Barnwell Library
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Jan. 30)
Come for stories, songs and more.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m. (Jan. 31)
Watch an awesome movie with free popcorn and a drink!
LEGO club: Third Wednesday each month.
We provide the LEGOs, you bring the imagination
Barnwell County Public Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
The Blackville Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. (closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch) and on Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Call Ruthie Hewitt at (803) 284-2295 for more information.
Williston Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
The Williston Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed each day from 1 to 2 p.m.).
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Barnwell Museum Art Contest
The Barnwell County Museum is having an art contest for Barnwell County artists ages 16 and up.
The sketch must: Contain an historical event, person, place, object (or combination thereof) that is of significance to Barnwell County; Have an animal in the painting in recognition of the Animal Advocates; Be approximately one foot by one foot on poster board (does not need to be in oil or acrylic but does need to be in color); Be submitted to the museum, P.O. Box 422, Barnwell, S.C. 29812 by Saturday, Feb.15; Be completed and submitted to the museum by April 17; Contain the artist's name, address, phone number and age.
The final painting must be in acrylic or oil on a four foot by four foot stretch canvas which will be provided by the museum.
The winner will be selected by an unbiased board of Barnwell County citizens on or before Feb. 28. There will be an unveiling and a reception for the winner along with prize presented on May 3.


Planning Commission
The town of Blackville Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Blackville Town Hall in Council Chambers.

Cancer Support
The Barnwell County Cancer Support Group meets monthly on the third Thursday, unless there is a conflict with church calendar, at Elko Baptist Church.


Baseball/Softball Registration
The Barnwell Baseball Association will hold registration for baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 to 15 at the following locations: Jan. 30 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 1 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration fees: tee ball (5 and 6 year old boys and girls) is $45, boys baseball (ages 7-12) is $55, girls softball (ages 7-12) is $55, bells softball (ages 13-15) is $75, and Dixie boys baseball (ages 13-15) is $75.
For questions, call Ron Shuler at (803) 571-0055.

Baseball Camp
LeBon Joye's Baseball Camp will be held March 8-9 at the Lemon Park Sports Complex. It's a free camp for kids ages seven and up. It will take place March 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Participants will learn about hitting, fielding, base-running, pitching and defensive situations.
LeBon Joye, a scout for the Atlanta Braves, is a product of Barnwell Dixie Youth and High School All-Region and MVP.
Sign up for the camp at Barnwell City Hall by Thursday, March 6.