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Closing arguments debate differing timelines

"And now we put you together to say what happened July 6."

Those were the words of 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan to the jury as closing arguments began in the murder trial of William Allen Owens.

Jurors heard from court appointed Barnwell defense attorney Tim Moore Jr. and Morgan Dec. 4.

Morgan said the prosecution did not seek the death penalty for Owens because  state law requires additional circumstances to be present in a murder such as burglary.

Williston man gets life without parole for murder

It began on a midsummer evening in 2007 with a well-loved pastor who fished for solace, supper and the voice of God on the quiet waters of the Edisto River.

But it ended on a late autumn afternoon in the Barnwell County Courthouse with life imprisonment for a convicted killer.

William Allen Owens, 32, of 1650 Halford St., Williston, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for the July 6, 2007 shooting of the Rev. Phillip McCreary Sr., 51, of 161 Bowens Road, Springfield.

Armed man robs Barnwell bank, escapes

Police are still searching for the person who committed a daylight bank robbery in Barnwell last week.

At about 10:56 a.m., Nov. 25, a man ran into the Barnwell branch of Regions Bank, located at 1680 Jackson St. and robbed it at gunpoint. After getting an undisclosed amount of money from two tellers, the man left the bank on foot, crossed through the CVS drug store parking lot, crossed Dunbarton Boulevard and disappeared into the woods behind Fuller Park.

No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery, said Capt. Wayne Martin with the Barnwell Police Department.

Local physician gets statewide accolade

After 57 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Henry Gibson has answered a lot of calls in his life - late-night calls from patients; calls to medical needs abroad and the call of his country too.

But then, Gibson sees his career not as a profession, but a calling. 

Gibson answered another calling Nov. 13 when the S.C. Academy of Family Physicians (SCAFP) named him as their 2008-09 Family Physician of the Year.

The award caught Gibson by surprise when he first learned he had been selected, he said.

History mystery: Virginia man seeks clues on 19th century Williston inventor

One Virginia man's passion with maritime history, marine archaeology and genealogy has led him to Williston.

Bill Waldrop, of Chesterfield, Va., is a yeoman diver and history enthusiast. Interest in a diving bell, invented by Philologus Loud Sr., led Waldrop to Williston, where Loud spent his final years before dying there in 1905.

Waldrop is hoping some descendants of Loud are still in the Williston area and can provide him with further clues, stories or documents about the Williston inventor.

Buzzwork: Workers find bee hive in Barnwell city hall during renovations

 Workers discovered weeks into the renovations of what will be the new city hall for Barnwell that the building was still occupied.

Not by two-legged creatures, but ones with six legs, wings - and stingers.

Wild bees had built a hive in a chimney of the building.

In the past few years, the number of documented wild bees has dropped, an occurence that has puzzled researchers.

With that in mind, Chris Pritchard with Querey-Pritchard, the building contractor for the city hall renovations, wanted to be sure these bees lived to see another day.

Budget cutbacks trickle down to Axis 1

Doing more work with less resources is a mantra that many businesses and government agencies are getting to know all the better with the slowing economy.

It's a situation that has trickled down to Axis 1 of Barnwell as well.

During this year, Axis 1 has laid off seven employees. Two of the layoffs occurred within the last two weeks, said Cheryl Long, the agency's director.

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