Locals recognized for college success

OC Technical College

The following have been named honor students for the Fall 2012 academic term by Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College:
President's List (full-time): Renata Clark of Blackville
President's List (part-time): Rebecca Branton and Marissa Hiers of Barnwell; Megan McFadden, Jack Schrock and Kyle Shore of Blackville; and Tiffani Miller of Hilda
Dean's List (full-time): Felicia Delk and Michael Reid of Barnwell; Brian Peachey of Blackville; and Kellie Carroll, Amy Sandifer and Jessica Smith of Williston

Moody recognized as “all-around’ student

Julie Moody, a senior at Barnwell High School, has been recognized as a 2012-2013 Discus Awards Finalist for her achievements in the areas of Community Service, Athletics and Academics.
The Discus Awards is a national high school recognition program that honors all-around high school students who excel in three of ten key attributes.
According to information on, Moody gives back to her community through programs like 4-H, plays varsity volleyball, and maintains a 3.339 grade point average.

Four JDA students spell way to state level

On Jan. 17, 2013, Jefferson Davis Academy participated in the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee held at South Aiken Baptist Christian School. JDA's Spelling Team consists of 22 members with 12 representing the school at the regional spelling bee in grades 3-8.
Jefferson Davis had four students who will advance into the SCISA State Spelling Bee. The students who will be in the competition are Dakota Russell (3rd Grade), Ashlyn Buff (5th Grade), John Martin Reed(6th Grade), and Makaylla Thomas (8th Grade).

Jefferson Davis Academy - Honor Roll

1st Grade: (Headmaster) Abigail Bacon and Stacey Newsome; (Honor Roll) Obiora Eneje, Jase Gleaton, Jordan McDonald, Lillian O'Donnell and Justin Sanders
2nd Grade: (Headmaster) Latham Brabham, Kaylee Collins, Emma Craig, Ben Pena, Britney Taylor, Mary Agnes Wessels and James Williams; (Honor Roll) Caroline Arbogast, Miley Brant, Amanda Sharpe, Lily Kate Towne and Mason Wilson
3rd Grade: (Headmaster) Hunter Mole, Dakota Russell and Ansley Grace Still; (Honor Roll) Jeb Fickling, Madelynn Hutson, Cate Polston, Elizabeth Williams and Emily Williams

Deadline looms for school races

Time is running out for those interested in running on any of Barnwell County's three public school districts.
Interested residents and incumbents wishing to seek re-election must file by Friday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. at their respective school district office - Barnwell District 45 (770 Hagood Ave., Barnwell), Barnwell District 19 (297 Pascallas St., Blackville) or Williston District 29 (12255 Main St., Williston).
Two seats from each board will be on the April 9 ballot.

Career Center looks for ‘cool’ funds

The Barnwell County Career Center is looking to the county for funds to replace its aging air-cooled chiller (air conditioner).
During their Jan. 15 meeting, the board discussed how to fund the replacement of the chiller, which BCCC Director Sam McKay said is on its "last leg." He said they need approximately half the cost of a new chiller - an estimated $52,000 by one company - as leftover capital improvement funds will pay for the rest.

Blackville school board recognized for service

For the Blackville School Board, it was a night of praise - this time it was the school board members receiving praise.
January is School Board Appreciation Month and teachers, principals and students joined together to show their gratitude for what school board members do for their schools during the regular board meeting Monday, Jan. 14.
Each board member received tokens of appreciation from the schools' adminstrative teams.

Students D.A.R.E. to be ‘drug free’

Though their school colors are different, the message was the same as fifth graders across the county accepted a D.A.R.E. to be drug free.
Sixty-five students at Macedonia Elementary and 71 at Kelly Edwards Elementary graduated from the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program Dec. 14.
"These are our future," said Sgt. Donald Danner, a school resource officer who led the D.A.R.E. program at Macedonia. He also attended the KEES program.

D-19 audit reveals financial ‘errors’

As Barnwell District 19 celebrates their recent accreditation, their annual audit reveals some financial woes.
Jim McGuire, a certified public accountant with McGregor & Company, highlighted his firm's findings from the district's fiscal year which ended June 30 during the Dec. 10 meeting.
"There was quite a dramatic drop off in total revenue" - $1,439,946 to be exact, said McGuire. In the 2010-11 fiscal year the district had $10,171,165 in total revenue, compared to $8,731,219 this past (2011-12) fiscal year, according to the audit.

Barnwell 45 to undergo another accreditation

After their first-ever district accreditation by AdvancEd this year, Barnwell District 45 will soon have another accreditation visit.
Crystal Stephens, the district's curriculum director, said the S.C. Department of Education is bringing back their accreditation process for schools and districts after ending it several years ago. Both the district office and Guinyard-Butler Middle School will be visited by an accreditation team January 15 and 10, respectively.

SCSL makes college loans easier

South Carolina Student Loan (SCSL), the state's only non-profit student loan provider, is making it easier for borrowers in South Carolina to get a lower interest rate on their student loan with the Palmetto Assistance Loan (PAL). The PAL meets the financial needs of South Carolina residents or those attending an eligible South Carolina institution when grants and scholarships may not provide sufficient means to cover the cost of higher education.

WEHS collects food for needy

During the month of November, students at Williston-Elko High School collected non-perishable food items for the food pantry at Williston First Baptist Church. Together, the students collected over 2,264 food items. Thank you so much to everyone who supported our November community service project!

Gov. School seeks students

The S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) is currently accepting applications for the 2013 summer programs and the 2013/2014 academic high school year until January 9, 2013.
This public residential high school in downtown Greenville, overlooking Falls Park, provides a once in a lifetime arts experience. The 2013/14 High School program offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in one of five arts areas: Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts. Summer Programs are offered in each of the art areas.

Barnwell 4-H alumna builds mobile mixing station

Amanda Hiott, a Barnwell County 4-H alumna, is currently employed at Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, as a Weed Science Research Technician.
In her current position, she develops and manages research for 20 commercial crops and turf. She designed and fabricated a mobile mixing station for use at the center. Her 6x16 foot dual axle trailer is used as a portable chemical building which allows applicators to rinse spray cans and mix chemicals in the field safely.

STABLE TALK News from the campus of Barnwell High School

The Warhorse Café is open for business! Operated by Mrs. Ruxi Lemnaru's classes, with assistance from Mrs. Carol Free's Teacher Cadet class, this business provides the opportunity for students to practice school-to-work skills. Students are responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of a coffee shop such as the set-up and clean-up, customer relations, finances, inventory and advertising. The Warhorse Café is located in the lobby of the main entrance of the school and is open for business before school.

Williston-Elko High School - Honors and Achievements

Principal's List (All As): Laura Benton, Kayla Blume, Chase Bodiford, DaJohn Broxton, Bryce Burton, Kadie Cannon, Suzy Chavis, Jabaris Coleman, Andrew Depew, Misty Dyal, Caleb Everson, Joshua Everson, Devon Fagans, Aneisa Flowers, Sara Gainey, Summer Gainey, David Glover, Savannah Greene, Kaitlin Hutson, Alex Kinard, Brooke Lindell, Jordan Nix, Nicole Pittman, Lauren Pruitt, Mikki Raska, Jacob Sanders, Joseph Sanders, Zhane Snider, Thomas Stanton, Marquise Stroman, Madison Thomas, Flynn Valentine, Alissa Walker, Sallie Walkup


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