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100 backpacks distributed in Kline

One hundred backpacks full of school supplies were distributed to children in Kline Saturday, August 5.

This is the fifth year that the Town of Kline has held the school supply distribution at the Kline Fire Department.

Children who are soon returning to school were able to choose a free backpack which was pre-stuffed with a notebook, pencils, pens, paper and easers. Primary school-aged children found crayons and a glue stick in their backpacks.

The mayor and town council annually solicit donations and purchase the school supplies.

Four local girls place at Little Miss/Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant

Four Barnwell County girls received awards in the Little Miss/Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant in July.

Kinsley Breland, Blake Pritchard, Izzie Brandt and Eva Ann Bell competed last month in the pageant, which was held at the Hartsville Center Theatre. The pageant included contestants in seven age categories from Wee Miss Tiny Tot for ages 2 and 3 to Miss Teen for ages 16 to 19. They were eligible to compete after placing in other pageants across the state.

Morris Publishing Sells The People-Sentinel to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA, Ga – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Augusta Chronicle and The People-Sentinel, to GateHouse Media.

The sale also includes 10 other daily newspapers, numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets. The transaction is expected to close on October 2, 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

Allendale County Schools drop lawsuit

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the Allendale County School District announced Friday, July 28 that they have agreed to collaborate in the management of the educational programs and operations of Allendale schools and the district office, as well as collaboration in other areas of school and district governance that impact management of the academic program, financial risk, and accreditation.

Murder suspect still sought as new details emerge

Counterfeit money and drugs may have been the motive behind last week’s murder, according to a newly-released incident report.

George L. Grimes, 31, of Old Salem Road in Hilda was inside a Ford Explorer parked at 461 Fairway Lane, Barnwell, when he was shot in the head on Sunday evening, July 23, said Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward in a press release. He died from his injuries. A relative, who had been in the car with Grimes, escaped unharmed.

Public invited to ER groundbreaking on Aug. 8

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Orangeburg will host a public groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction of a new freestanding emergency department for Bamberg and Barnwell counties.

The event will be Tuesday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at the construction site on Highway 70, just west of Denmark in Bamberg County.

The 20,000-square foot facility will include 24-hour emergency care with CT scan, X-Ray and ultrasound diagnostic imaging, lab and observation services, according to a press release by RMC.

Concert to fund new career vision for Massengale

Sarah Massengale has not let her lack of sight stop her from having a vision of what she wants to do with her life.

The Barnwell native, who has been blind since birth, has always been passionate about music, which led her to earn a degree in music in 2011 from Converse College. She was the first totally blind woman to earn this degree from the Spartanburg college. However, she’s found it difficult to find stable employment as a musician.

Tax free weekend is Aug. 4-6

Shoppers will get a holiday this coming weekend – a holiday from paying sales tax on a wide variety of items.

The annual Sales Tax Holiday will be August 4-6 in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue (DOR). The holiday is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on August 4 until midnight on August 6.

During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of approved school supply items are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax and any applicable local taxes. In years past, shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend.

South Carolina Department of Education and Allendale County School District reach agreement

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the Allendale County School District announced Friday, July 28 that they have agreed to collaborate in the management of the educational programs and operations of Allendale schools and the district office, as well as collaboration in other areas of school and district governance that impact management of the academic program, financial risk, and accreditation. 

Baseball tournament to benefit MDA

Dylan Epps is hoping to hit a homerun in the fight against muscular dystrophy.

The 12-year-old was diagnosed in 2014 with the genetic, degenerative disease that primarily affects voluntary muscles. However, he did not let the diagnosis stop him from playing baseball, which he’s played the past nine years through the Barnwell Baseball Softball Association.

Family keeps faith after fire

Lightning could be to blame for a fire that destroyed a Blackville house, but fire officials say they are unsure of the exact cause.

Firefighters from the Blackville and Hilda fire departments were called to 4737 Legion Road in Blackville for a reported house fire on Monday, July 24 around 4:24 p.m.

“It was involved when the first truck arrived on scene. They (the firefighters) did a good job stopping it,” said Blackville Fire Chief James Haskins, who recently was promoted to the position.

Retiring jail employees honored

Two retiring county employees were honored during a recent meeting of the Barnwell County Council.

Barnwell County Detention Center Administrator Deloris Charlton and Sergeant Gloria Myers were each presented with resolutions of recognition and gifts upon their retirement.

Charlton has served the county for 20 years with the Barnwell County Detention Center while Myers has worked as an officer, shift supervisor and sergeant for over 28 years.

Yard sale, church robbers sought

The Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several incidents that occurred over the July 15 weekend.

On Saturday, July 15, deputies responded to the Hilda Crossroads where highways 70 and 304 intersect after a husband and wife were robbed while holding a yard sale.

“They were approached and the subjects were armed and robbed them,” said Sheriff Ed Carroll.

16-acre solar project now operating in Barnwell

Cypress Creek Renewables, a company specializing in the ownership and development of long-term solar energy projects, recently constructed a 16-acre solar generating facility known as “Barnwell Solar” in Barnwell.

The Barnwell County solar facility, located off Patterson Street in Barnwell, will produce 5.44 megawatts of energy at full capacity, which will be utilized by SCANA Corporation as part of their renewable energy program.

Two Williston schools receive safety equipment

Several schools received safety gear to help directing students and traffic as they come to school in the morning and dismiss in the afternoon.

The supplies were presented to the schools by the Eat Smart Move More Barnwell County (ESMMBC) program, according to Hilary Hindman of Axis 1. She said the supplies were purchased through the Let’s Go Grant which is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and Eat Smart Move More SC.

Event encourages people to make ‘good, positive’ choices

“I value myself and others.”

That was the message Dentis Shaw had for the children and adults gathered in the Barnwell Elementary School cafeteria for the July 14 Belated Father’s Day event sponsored by the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3 and Beaufort Housing Authority.

“It’s all about making good, positive choice with their lives,” said Shaw, the founder of Honorband.

Bethany Baptist mission ‘trip’ helps those at home

Bethany Baptist Church members spent last week serving Barnwell County.

Approximately 40 members of all ages broke into different groups, including cleaning, home repair and yard crews. Several teenagers also provided free car washes to anyone in the community each day.

“Not only did they take the week off for vacation, but they paid to be here,” said Rev. Robert Altman of how his church believes in helping people. “Leadership is about doing.”

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