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Blackville teen wins poster contest

A Blackville-Hilda Middle School student’s creativity has earned her a statewide award.

Cheyanah Sims won first place from the Carolinas Council of Housing, Redevelopment and Codes Officials in the What Home Means to Me poster contest. The eighth grader lives at the Beaver Dam Complex in Blackville and is active in sports, including basketball and softball.

“I went by my imagination. I like to be creative,” said Sims, whose future aspirations include being a model, writer and artist.

Community Calendar - April 12, 2017

EVENTS

Easter Egg Hunts

BLACKVILLE: The Blackville Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. in downtown Blackville during the Taste of Blackville festival. Meet at the Blackville Downtown Development Association tent for details.

COPE: Cana of Galilee International Pentecostal Holiness Church (1738 Hudson Road, Cope) will have an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 from 2-4 p.m. There will be pizza, games and fellowship.

Church Calendar - April 12, 2017

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Easter Week Services

Holy Week Worship will be observed in Williston April 10-14 at 12 p.m. each day with a service followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. Services will be held at the following churches: April 11 with Pastor Beth Yarborough; Winfield Heights Baptist on Wednesday, April 12 with Pastor Keith Stewart; Culbert Branch Baptist Church on Thursday, April 13 with Pastor Tehron Harless; and Elko Baptist Church on Friday, April 14 with Pastor Phinice Young.

Pageant raises money for Blue Fire drum line

Young women traveled from all regions of South Carolina to compete in the annual Miss Blue Fire beauty pageant on March 4 at the Williston-Elko School District auditorium.

In addition to the traditional beauty pageant gown, the girls utilized their creativity by dressing up in 1980s-style theme wear or showing support for the Blue Fire Drum Line by wearing a blue outfit of choice. The crowd of approximately 100 spectators was treated to a highly entertaining performance by the Blue Fire Drum Line during the intermission period.

Church Calendar - April 5, 2017

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Culbert Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Williston will hold their annual prayer walk on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. They will walk down Elko Street singing and praying for churches, schools, law enforcement, military, state, local and national officials, good health and for souls to be saved. Breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall after the walk.

Rosena Hankerson turns 110

Not many people can say they have reached 110 years of age, but a Barnwell native has joined an elite group of super-centenarians.

Rosena Hankerson, a retired school teacher, turned 110 years old on March 16, 2017. She was born in Barnwell County on March 16, 1907 to Angus Price and Rivannah Owens Price.

“It’s awesome and more than a blessing. She’s just a sweetheart,” said Bamberg resident Donald Price of his great aunt turning 110. His grandfather, the late Aaron Price, was one of Hankerson’s brothers.

Beasley, Close to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Jay R. Beasley of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachael Beasley, to Stephen Close. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Close of Allendale.

The bride-elect is a 2016 graduate of Trident Technical College. She is currently employed by Berley’s Pharmacy in Barnwell.

The groom-elect is a 2009 graduate of Trident Technical College. He is currently employed by Hendrick Hyundai of Charleston.

The wedding is scheduled for April 29, 2017 at Cottontop in Norway.

Sanders, Gardner to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Ansel “Sandy” Sanders of Olar are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sydney Jane Sanders, to Payton Ross Gardner. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Dwight Gardner of Saluda.

The bride-elect is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina and received a Master’s degree in 2016 from South Carolina State University. She is currently employed as a Speech Language Pathologist with Soliant Health Company.

Samuel Ramsey - Birth

Michael and Sarah Ramsey are proud to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Russell Ramsey. He was born on February 6, 2017 at East Cooper Medical Center.

He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.

He has two brothers, Ben and Paul.

Paternal grandparents are Margaret Ramsey, Michael (late) and Joanne Ramsey of Charleston.

Maternal grandparents are John Dickerson, Marcella and Fred Williams of Blackville.

Isabel Heltibridle turns 10

Isabel Jade Heltibridle celebrated her 10th birthday on February 23, 2017.

Isabel is the daughter of Ashley Miles and Bobby Heltibridle of Barnwell.

She has three brothers, Kobey, Craig, and Clay; and has two sisters, Shelby and Ashby.

Grandparents are Tammy Thompson, Ken Miles, Donnie and Sandy Pender, and the late Phil Thompson Jr.

Great-grandparents are Harriett (whom Isabel shares a birthday with) and Everon Collins of Hilda.

Jess Wilbanks ordained into gospel ministry

Williston First Baptist Church recently ordained its children’s and youth minister into the ministry.

Jess Wilbanks, who has led the church’s children and youth for four years, was ordained into the gospel ministry during the Sunday service on March 12.

“Hospitality is the hallmark of her ministry,” said Blake Wilbanks of his wife as he outlined what it means to be ordained.

George, Black announce engagement

Pressley Elayne George of Smoaks and Austin Oneal Black of Blackville announce their engagement.

Pressley is a recent graduate of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and is employed as a paralegal with Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick Law Firm in Walterboro.

Austin graduated from Aiken Technical College and is employed as a service technician by Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing in Aiken.

An April wedding is planned.

Craig named Conservation Farmer of the Year

Each year, the Barnwell Soil and Water Conservation District awards a farmer or landowner for outstanding conservation efforts.

On February 28, 2017, the District recognized C. Kelly Craig, a row crop and poultry farmer who has conserved soil and reduced runoff by strip-till planting all row crops.

Commissioner Dr. Mike Sullivan presented a plaque to Craig, the 2016 Conservation Farmer of the Year, for his dedication to farming and natural resource conservation.

Huggins, Baxley announce engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Travis Black of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kaylyn Huggins, to Jay Baxley. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Baxley of Barnwell.

The bride-elect is a 2013 graduate of Clemson University. She is currently employed by Barnwell District 45 as a career specialist.

The groom-elect is a 2015 graduate of Horry Georgetown Tech. He is currently employed by Baxley’s Tree Service of Barnwell.

The couple will exchange vows in the spring of 2017. Formal invitations will be sent.

Wilson, Howze announce engagement

Mr. Damien Wilson of Whiteville, N.C. and Ms. Sarika Davis or Loris are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Audriana Wilson, to Shawn Howze Jr. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shawn (Carla) Howze Sr. of Blackville.

The bride-elect is a 2011 graduate of Loris High School. She graduated from Claflin University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Justice. She is currently employed by Orangeburg County Department of Social Services.

Church Calendar - March 1, 2017

Second Baptist Church in Barnwell will celebrate their youth all month long with the “March Madness Youth Explosion 2017”. They kick everything off on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. Terrance Thomas & Nazarene Baptist Church. On Sunday, March 5, SBC’s Youth Choir will celebrate their 7th choir anniversary beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the theme “I’m a Believer!” Each Wednesday and Sunday, SBC will have special events and surprises geared toward youth, so they encourage all area youth to come out and bring a friend. Adults are invited to help uplift, inspire and encourage the youth.

James, Williams announce engagement

Mr. Willie Carter of Williston and Mrs. Tamie J. Workman of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Nashira James, to Avonté Williams. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie (Sheila) Williams of Williston.

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Barnwell High School. She is currently employed by Allendale Barnwell Disability Board. She is also currently attending Aiken Technical College and majoring in nursing.

The groom-elect is a 2008 graduate of Williston-Elko High School. He is currently employed by Dayco.

Hooper Hutto - Birth

Proud parents Hunter and Hannah Hutto of Barnwell are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful baby boy, Hooper Bentley Hutto.

Hooper Bentley was born January 31 at 5:26 p.m. at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Darin and Amy Hutto of Barnwell and Ron and Michelle Platt of Govan.

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