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EDC receives ‘clean’ audit report

The Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation and Commission received a “clean opinion” of its finances following an annual audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

The annual audit was presented to the EDC on Oct. 30 by Lorie Salley of the accounting firm McGregor & Company.

Salley noted that the net position of the Corporation is down $566,446 from the previous year but $382,040 of that is depreciation of the EDC’s property.

The corporation’s net position in 2017 was $10,298,000 compared to $10,854,000 in 2016.

Nana’s Flowers & Gifts opens in Barnwell

A Barnwell couple is hoping their new business will blossom near downtown Barnwell.

Nana’s Flowers & Gifts opened at 39 Franklin Street on Oct. 30. It is owned by Lynnette Carroll who has worked in the floral industry for 14 years.

“We’ve always had a dream of working for ourselves. She can make anything,” said Todd Carroll of his wife.

They use real and silk flowers to create centerpieces and arrangements. She also creates wreaths out of flowers and ribbons. The shop also sells live plants and hanging baskets.

Restaurant serves taste of Caribbean & soul

A Barnwell native is serving up a mix of soul food and Caribbean inspired dishes at his restaurant.

Tim Sanders was riding around with his mom one day when he wanted soul food; however, he couldn’t find any in Barnwell County. This led him to open Taste of Caribbean & Soul (also known as Barnwell Caribbean) approximately two and a half years ago at 12879 Highway 278 in Barnwell.

“I’m trying to do something different,” he said.

BHS launches youth apprenticeship program

Barnwell School District 45 is excited to announce the creation of a youth apprenticeship program through a partnership with Swiss Krono and Apprenticeship Carolina.

As the first registered youth apprenticeship program in the county, it provides students with opportunities to connect classroom experiences and knowledge to career-based internships. The youth apprenticeships are possible for both juniors and seniors.

Allendale bus drivers rehired after boycott

A boycott by some Allendale County school bus drivers has led to a few changes.

Rumors circulated on Friday, Oct. 27 that bus drivers were planning to boycott. Interim Superintendent Dr. Walter Tobin said he spoke with the bus driver supervisor on Sunday, Oct. 29 about the status of the boycott, but did not receive a “definitive response” from the drivers. However, eight drivers were unaccounted for on Monday, Oct. 30.

“Upon arrival at Allendale-Fairfax High School at 5:30 a.m. only five bus drivers were on duty. The others had abandoned the workplace,” said Tobin.

Fire destroys mobile home

A mobile home fire left one person in Blackville homeless last week.

Firefighters from the Blackville and Hilda fire departments were dispatched to a mobile home on Solomon Blatt Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 8 around 11:30 p.m. for a structure fire.

“It was already fully engulfed and nearly gone by the time the first firefighters got there,” said Blackville Fire Chief James Haskins.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which also burned some surrounding grass and trees.

Two juveniles arrested for bomb threat

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Blackville-Hilda High and Middle schools on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said his office was notified at 12:56 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He said the threat was called into the school, but declined to give further details of the call.

Bomb threat at Blackville-Hilda High School under investigation

Students and faculty from Blackville-Hilda High and Middle Schools were evacuated Wednesday, Nov. 15 following a bomb threat.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said a call came in to the school between 12:56 and 12:59 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He declined to give further details of the call or the caller as it is an active investigation.

3 meetings slated this week for County Council

The Barnwell County Council will meet three times this week.

The first is a special called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. in Council chambers. The only item on the agenda is a closed session to discuss a “personnel matter related to the museum”.

Later, at 6 p.m., the council will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting in council chambers. The agenda includes a letter of support for SRP Credit Union ATM in Blackville. It also includes a closed session for four items:

Former superintendent still being paid by District 29

Williston District 29 is now paying the salaries and benefits for two superintendents.

Dr. Missoura Ashe resigned as superintendent on Sept. 20, three weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave. However, the settlement agreement she reached with the board states her voluntary resignation won’t take place until March 31, 2018.

Emergency drill scheduled Nov. 15

There will be lots of lights and sirens in Barnwell County on November 15 but residents are not to worry – it is only a drill.

Barnwell County Emergency Management Director Roger Riley said South Carolina will be holding a full-scale disaster exercise that day. While the statewide exercise will simulate a mass power and communications outage, the Midlands Region will simulate an earthquake at a local high school resulting in mass casualties.

Toys for Tots returns to Barnwell Co.

A local veterans organization and a Bamberg County family are teaming up to provide toys for children this holiday season.

The Barnwell County Leathernecks, a Marine Corps League chapter, is working with Deanna Berry of Denmark to bring the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” to Barnwell and five area counties.

The Leathernecks have wanted to start a Toys for Tots project locally for a while, says Bud Bazemore and Nigel Abner, members of the Marine Corps League.

Rotary Club seeks Secret Santas for local children

Donors and volunteers are sought again this year in support of Secret Santa, a project of the Rotary Club of Barnwell County.

“The Rotary Club of Barnwell County sponsors the Secret Santa Program each year as one of our service projects,” said Rotary Club President Michael Beasley. “This is our 21st year of sponsoring this wonderful program which could not be successful without the help of our community. Secret Santa serves many needy families who would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.”

Donate Love Lights for elderly

Donations are now being accepted for the annual Love Lights Program in Barnwell.

Love Lights is a fundraiser in support of the elderly in Barnwell County. Sponsored by The Barnwell Downtown Association and The People-Sentinel, proceeds go toward the Barnwell County Nursing Home Residents’ Fund, home delivered meals by Generations Unlimited of Barnwell County, and the Barnwell Rotary Club’s Coins of Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Fund.

Inaugural car show attracts variety of rides

The inaugural Cars, Bikes & Fellowship offered something for everyone.

Approximately 30 cars and 15 motorcycles of various ages and models filled the parking lot of Barnwell First Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 21.

“We really had the variety I was looking for,” said event organizer Eric Bell of the assortment, such as project cars to share and talk about, classic trucks and muscles cars that were already restored, new muscle and late model Mustangs and Corvettes, plus everything in between.

A look back at birthdays in Barnwell

Naturally, most of us enjoy celebrating our birthdays, regardless of our ages.

Phone calls, e-mails, messages on Facebook, land line calls, texting on cell phones, birthday cards via mail are various means of conveying that all-important long standing message:”Happy birthday to you!”

Today, the majority of us just go out to indulge in off-the-diet foods with family and friends. What joy!

Long years ago someone was heard exclaiming, ”Why in this world do children celebrate their birthdays? They had absolutely nothing to do with it!”

Smokers urged to go ‘Cold Turkey’, sign pledge

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event.

Residents are asked to encourage someone they know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. According to the ACS, by quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

The Axis I Center of Barnwell will be hosting its 2nd annual “Quit Cold Turkey” campaign on November 16.

Blackville Museum invites community to open house Nov. 12

The Blackville Heritage Museum invites you to attend an open house on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The museum is located at 655 Main Street in Blackville.

The Blackville Historical Society has been working diligently to enhance exhibits in the museum as well as adding artifacts to the garage building behind the museum. The museum and garage will be open to the public during the open house on November 12. 

Please plan to drop by and enjoy the history on display at this community treasure. Light refreshments will be served.

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