Community Calendar - September 28, 2016


Ultimate Outsider Weekend

On September 30-October 2, we are having out Ultimate Outsider Weekend. Join park rangers at 5 midland parks for a great weekend gathering Ultimate Outsider stamps as well as enjoying the great resources of the parks.

Spend the weekend in Barnwell State Park’s cabins. Enjoy an evening around a campfire with s‘mores and talking with other participants and a park ranger. Saturday will be full of visiting parks, with tours at Rivers Bridge and Redcliffe Plantation state historic sites, as well as a visit to Lake Warren State Park, home of the Watermelon Festival, and Aiken State Park, another CCC created park.

Price includes transportation, lodging, admission to all the parks, and guided tours. Cost - $250/couple (plus applicable cabin taxes); additional participants $50/person based on cabin occupancy availability. Additional nights before or after for only $49/night as available.

Unity Balloon Release

Come fly with Williston School District 29 as they celebrate the kickoff of the “Character Education” and “We are One” Community Partnerships’ event on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. with a balloon release. It will take place at Kelly Edwards Elementary School and Williston-Elko High and Middle School Track.

Child Advocate Training

Children who enter the foster care system are in desperate need of caring adults to safeguard them. They deserve a strong child advocate to be their voice. If you are over 21 and can give 4-5 hours a month to visit a child, you can change a child’s life. You do not need a college degree, or a legal or social work background.

Bamberg/Barnwell County residents who are concerned about child abuse victims can get involved this month. The Bamberg/Barnwell County office of the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program is offering 30 hour training program at no cost. The next training class starts Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Contact Jacqueline Hancock at the Bamberg/Barnwell County office at 803-245-3380 today and learn more about how you can get involved. You can also get more information and download an application at

BHS Alumni Homecoming Activities

Barnwell High School Homecoming will be held September 30 at W.W. Carter Field with tailgating to begin at 3:30p.m. on the band practice field.

On Saturday, October 1, there will be an alumni cookout at the softball field in Kline from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All alumni of Barnwell High School or Butler High School are invited to attend both events.

Contact Nicole Cave at 803-508-2435 or Kim Jones at 803-671-6297 for more information.

WEHS Alumni Homecoming Activities

Each class may tailgate prior to the WEHS Homecoming game against Wagener-Salley. Tailgate spots will be available on first come, first served basis. There is no specific fee to tailgate, however, the fee to park inside of the gate, where the “old baseball field” (directly behind the home side of the football field) was located is $5/vehicle and general football game admission for all attendees is required.

On Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. on the football field, the WEHS Alumni Flag Football game will be held. Cost: $1- admission $5/player (payable at game). Proceeds will go to the W-E Athletic Department.

Starting at 11 a.m. WEHS Alumni Classes Cookout will be held at Elko Park. Spaces available on a first come basis. Please confirm if your class plans to participate by contacting Ferlecia Cuthbertson at (803) 671-2249 by Sept. 28.

Gator Drift Paddle & Campout

Join the Lower Savannah River Alliance’s annual Gator Drift Paddle & Campout on Saturday, Oct. 1. This event is great for families, scout troops, church groups, and paddle clubs! We’ll travel a winding five miles on the beautiful Savannah River from Johnson’s Landing in Allendale County to Burton’s Ferry Landing in Screven County, Ga. Camping at the LSRA Education Center is also available. Other area housing options are listed on the LSRA website. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the LSRA Education Center at 12049 Burton’s Ferry Highway, Allendale, for the shuttle to the launch point.

Cost is $35 for the registration fee which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Cost for seniors and military is $25. Kids under 12 are $15. $15/night camping option near the river at the LSRA Education Center. Canoe & kayak rentals are available for an extra fee through area outfitters.

Online Registration: For additional info contact:

Blessing of Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, October 2 at 2 p.m. at Darnell Park in Barnwell. Bring your pet for a blessing. Dogs must be on a leash, cats in a carrier, birds in cages, fish and turtles in bowls, snakes contained.

Candlelight Vigil

The Cumbee Center is sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. on the Circle in downtown Barnwell in memory of Janice Jamison and all who have lost their lives due to domestic violence.

For more information, call 259-4451 or visit

First Friday in Allendale

First Friday Allendale presents Fashion Friday and Taste of the Town on Friday, Oct. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Allendale Community Center and Farmer’s Market. There will be music, food, vendors and live entertainment from Bo Gardner. Bring a lawn chair and wear you old fashion from the 70s, 80s or 90s.

For more information, contact Allendale Town Hall at (803) 584-4619.

Senior Citizen Banquet

The Together Sisters will host their 30th annual Senior Citizen Banquet at the Blackville Community Center on Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. There will be fellowship, food, fun, and crowning of 2016-17 Together Sisters King and Queen.

Voter Registration Deadline

The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election is October 8. The Barnwell County Voter Registration and Elections Office will be open for registration on Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Blood Drive for Wren Jansen

A blood drive in honor of Wren Jansen will be held Sunday, Oct. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Barnwell First Baptist Church. Jansen, who lives in Fort Mill, is battling leukemia. The three-year-old is the granddaughter of Roland and Billie Brant of Barnwell. Her mother Brandi is a graduate of Barnwell High. Bring your donor card or photo ID.

Police/Fire Dept. Open House

Open House at the Barnwell City Fire Dept. and Police Dept. will be Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6-9 p.m. For Fire Prevention Week - Fire Safety information will be available at the fire department. Both departments invite the public to view their facilities and see why the 1 percent sales tax is needed. The city’s first priority for a capital fund sales tax is to build a new Public Safety facility.

Barnwell Fall Fest

The Fall Fest is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. on the Circle in downtown Barnwell. Come hear Doctors, Lawyers and Indian Chiefs perform. Bring the kids in costume for the contests, paint a pumpkin or play some carnival games. Help the Barnwell County Museum with the funding to renovate the old police station on the Circle with the dunking booth. Food provided by Boy Scout Troop 392.

Rivers Bridge State Park Tour

Rivers Bridge State Park (325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt) is offering a tour beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Meet at the Community Building by 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., the featured guest speaker, Dan Bell, will talk about new research he has done on the Battle of Rivers Bridge. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the Community Building following the tour. Cost is only $5 per adult and 16 and under are free. Anyone wearing a Rivers Bridge T-shirt gets in free. Rivers Bridge T-shirts are available for purchase in office, which will include Free Tour and Program.

Gospel Fest

The Denmark Alumni Chapter of Voorhees College and High School will host their 3rd Annual Gospel Fest on Saturday, October 22 at 4 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall on campus. Church and Gospel Choirs are invited to participate. Choirs are asked to register by October 12.

Admission tickets are $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Denmark Alumni Chapter of Voorhees College Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Mrs. Eartha Hammond at (803) 780-1021.

Trunk or Treat

Double Pond Baptist Church, Hilda Baptist Church and Hilda Southern Methodist Church will sponsor a Trunk or Treat for the Town of Hilda on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a night of trick or treating, popcorn, games and all the candy you can eat.

Contact Rev. Ashley Howell at (803) 709-0025 for more info.


WEHS PowderPuff Football Game

The 2016 Powder Puff Football game for Williston-Elko High School’s Homecoming will be held on September 30 at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to the Williston Police Department. Admission is a monetary donation or canned food items for the food bank.

Softball Tournament for MDA

A co-ed softball tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 a.m. at Hamp Campbell Field at Lemon Park in Barnwell to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association fight the muscle disease. Entry fee is $200/team. Each team must consist of at least seven men and three women. The event is hosted by Justin Folk and Stacey and Dylan Epps.

For more information, contact Justin Folk at (803) 300-8708 or Stacey Epps at (803) 571-0222.

Softball Tournament for FFA

Barnwell County Career Center FFA members invite your team to participate in the 1st Annual FFA Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Oct. 8 at Lemon Park in Barnwell. Play will begin at 9 a.m. Details as follows: $200 registration fee/ team of 10, single elimination, limited to 10 teams, at least 4 females per team. Proceeds will assist FFA members in costs of attending upcoming leadership events, as well as, some barn improvements on campus. All registration fees are tax deductible.

Register by Oct. 3. Email or call (803) 259-5512 for more information and team roster forms.

Fish Fry & Yard Sale

The Greater Rome Foundation will sponsor a fish fry and yard sale on Oct. 8 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Denmark Gazebo.

For more information, call (803) 793-4539.

Distinguished Men Who Cook

The Distinguished Men Who Cook fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Blackville Community Center (19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue, Blackville) at 7 p.m. Admission is $10. Event is sponsored by the Blackville Community Development Corporation. Proceeds will benefit Blackville CDC’s Partners for Progress. Register by Oct. 8 by calling (803) 284-0735 or emailing

BBQ Boston Butts

Boy Scout Troop 392 High Adventure group will hold a BBQ Boston Butt fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 29 between 4-6 p.m. at Barnwell United Methodist Church. Funds will assist in the High Adventure crew’s 2017 trip to Philmont. Fee is $30 for one (8-10 pound fully-cooked Boston Butt) or $50 for two.

Place your order by calling Donald Bolen at (803) 300-2505.


Blackville-Hilda Academic Meeting

Parents of students that attend Blackville-Hilda High School and Blackville-Hilda Middle School are invited to an Academic Information Meeting on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Superintendent Dr. Shawn Johnson will be the guest speaker.

Williston Mentor Training

Do you have at least an hour a week to serve as a mentor to a child in need of a role model?

Williston School District 29 would love for you to serve as a mentor to youth in grades K-12. As a mentor, you help connect children with resources, academic support and encouragement, a listening ear, safe places, and structured activities.

District 29 will host a mentor training at Williston-Elko Middle School on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This training will provide you with all the resources and information necessary to become a successful mentor to a child. All mentors must undergo a background check.

Contact Samantha Wright if you have questions about the program at 266-3430. RSVP on the district website at to sign up for the training.


Barnwell Library

•Friday Family Movies: Every other week we will be showing a family movie on Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. with free popcorn and drink. All ages are welcomed; children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Movies are as follows: “Zootopia” on Friday, September 30, “Scooby Doo: Favorite Frights” on Oct. 14 and “Hocus Pocus” on Oct. 28.

•Lunch & a Movie: Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy the movie, “North by Northwest”.

•Adult Coloring Class: Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m.

•Book Club: Monday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. Bring the book you’re reading or one of your favorites to discuss.

•Trick or Treat: Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5-7 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-6 p.m. at the library.

•LEGO Club: Every third Wednesday of the month (Oct. 19) from 4-5 p.m. Join us for LEGO fun…bring your imagination we will provide the rest. For grades K-5th only.

•Preschool Story Time: Every Thursday (Oct. 6-Dec. 15) at 11 a.m. Join us for stories, songs and fun.

•Tech Help Tuesdays: Every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to noon come by the library with your personal devices (laptop, tablet, kindle, phone, etc.) and learn about the digital services the library has to offer and more.


Allendale County School Board

The next scheduled Barnwell City Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Barnwell City Hall Council Chambers.


Hair-Creech Family

The annual Louise and Ed Kinard Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at Friendship Baptist Church social hall in Barnwell. A brief program will begin at 1 p.m. with a picnic lunch to follow. All families are asked to bring covered dishes, desserts and tea. Paper products and ice will be furnished. All relatives and friends are invited to attend.

Owens-Eargle-Powell-Hair Family

The Owens-Eargle-Powell-Hair Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 2 at the farm of Walter and Eva Hall (15543 Highway 78, Williston). Registration starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11. Bring a picnic basket with tea.

If you are a descendant of Etheldred Owens; John Eargle; Abram Powell, or Mathias Hair (of Barnwell and Aiken County) this is your family reunion!

Contact Esther Cope at (803-652-3639) or Darlene Williams at (803- 593-5180).