Erma O. Sweat (Williston)

Funeral services for Erma Owens Sweat, 71, of Williston, will be held 2 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with burial in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 21 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Erma passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Ruth Still Godbold (Bamberg)

Funeral services for Ruth Still Godbold, 74, of Bamberg, will be held 2 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Church of God of Prophecy in Bamberg with the Reverends Clyde Bearden and Donnie Delk officiating; burial will be in the Hilda Southern Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of God of Prophecy Building Fund, 425 Log Branch Rd., Bamberg, SC 29003.

Mrs. Ruth passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Betty S. Johnson (Williston)

Funeral services for Betty Caroline Sanders Johnson, 80, of Williston, will be held 3 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Dan Fogle and Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating; burial will follow in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648 or Rosemary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 409, Williston, SC 29853.

Omer Fred Carroll (Williston)

Funeral services for Omer Fred Carroll, 90, of Williston, will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery with U.S. Army Military honors accorded. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Southeastern Children’s Home P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334 or Juvenile Diabetes, 1122 Lady St., Suite 1000, Columbia, SC 29210.

Mr. Carroll passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017.

A.W. "Bebo" Flynn (Williston)

A Celebration of Life service for Alfred William “Bebo” Flynn, 79, of Williston, will be held two o’clock p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Williston. Memorial contributions may be given to the Williston Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 391, Williston, SC 29853 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. The family will receive friends after the service at the home his daughter, Kia and Scott Valentine, Springfield Road, Williston.

Marie Erlis Hutto (Blackville)

Marie Erlis Hutto, 64, of Blackville, went to be with her Lord on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Marie was born in Bamberg on February 17, 1953. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Erlis Black Hutto. Marie loved animals and enjoyed her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all. She was a member of Reedy Branch Baptist Church.

Williston church holding vendor fair to raise money for food pantry

A Williston Gift & Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Winfield Heights Baptist Church’s Eddie Yelton Building (315 Chester St., Williston).

Admission is free, but all proceeds from raffles, concessions and booth fees will be donated to local organizations that assist those in need.

In addition to a variety of vendors, there will also be a bounce house, concessions, raffles and entertainment.

Stephens, Black announce engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Stephens of Darlington are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth Stephens, to Timothy Burnette Black. He is the son of Mr. Burnette Black and the late Mrs. Shirley Black of Barnwell.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wade Flowers of Darlington and the late Mr. and Mrs. Marley Stephens of Lumberton, N.C.

She is a graduate of James F. Byrnes Academy as well as the University of South Carolina. She is employed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Columbia as a forensic technician.

Ava Lynn Croft born on Oct. 20, 2017

Chad Croft and April Whitehead of Barnwell are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Lynn Croft.

She was born at 9:59 p.m. on October 20, 2017 at Aiken Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Jodie and Doug Croft of Barnwell.

Maternal grandparents are Sharon and Jerry Whitehead of Barnwell.

Paternal great-grandparents are Jeaneece and Buddy Darnell, and Betty and Oneal Croft, all of Barnwell.

Williams, Black announce engagement

Mrs. Missy Grubbs Cato and Mr. Mark Cato of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Mrs. Cato’s daughter, Corrie Michelle Williams, to Joseph Allen Black. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sean McIndoe of Barnwell.

The bride-elect is currently employed by Edward Jones Investments of Barnwell.

The groom-elect is employed with B&B Ford of Barnwell.

The wedding is planned for March 17, 2018 in Beaufort.

JDA Raiders punch ticket to state finals

After a six year absence, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders will play for the state championship in SCISA 1A football again.

Jefferson Davis Academy punched its ticket Friday night with a convincing 30-6 win over rival Patrick Henry Academy in the semifinals at Blackville.

The Raiders took the fire out of the Patriots early as they scored on their first three possessions for a commanding 22-0 lead.

The Patriots never recovered after that initial blow. They went scoreless for three straight quarters before adding a touchdown late to close out their season.

Williston-Elko overcomes slow start for playoff win

The Williston-Elko High football team didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard during the first half of Friday’s second-round playoff game against Dixie High.

The top-seeded Blue Devils led the Dixie High Hornets by only 6-3 at halftime and left a lot to be desired after a sputtering first-half offensive performance.

However, in the second half, the Blue Devils’ offense made up for their miscues. Sparked by senior quarterback Tyran Parker, the Blue Devils rolled up 231 yards of offense and scored two touchdowns to pull out an 18-3 win.

Warhorses advance with win over Andrews

Coming off a bye week in the opening round of the playoffs, there might have been fear of a little rust by the Barnwell High players as they went into their second round game.

There, however, was no evidence of that in the team’s performance Friday night at Andrews High.

Two weeks after trampling Silver Bluff Highf in the season finale, the Warhorses advanced in the playoffs by taking the sting out of the Yellowjackets of Andrews by a score of 28-16.

Community soup kitchen opening in December

Barnwell’s homeless and other financially-strapped residents will soon have a place to eat.

The community has been without a soup kitchen since Barnwell Presbyterian Church closed the Legion Center Ministry Soup Kitchen on April 28 due to financial reasons. However, First Baptist Church of Barnwell is organizing a new soup kitchen with the assistance of several other churches and organizations.

Towns, county to meet Nov. 16

The Barnwell County Council and the mayors from the municipalities of Barnwell, Blackville and Williston are slated to sit down this week and talk. The topic of discussion is the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and Corporation.

Council Chairman Lowell Jowers confirmed this week the meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Barnwell County Library – “a neutral site”.

“It is just the mayors and council, no attorneys present,” said Jowers. “We want to sit down like gentlemen and try to get this thing settled and start working again.”

Election brings changes to Williston Town Council

Two new faces will soon join the Williston Town Council.

Eric Moody (244 votes) was the only incumbent to win re-election during the Nov. 7 Williston Town Council election. Dwayne Cagle did not receive enough votes while Kevin Wall did not file for re-election. Taking their places will be newcomers Annie Smalls Tyler (371 votes) and Kurt J. Odermatt (174).

Results for the other three candidates are: Dwayne Cagle (149 votes), Nigel E. Abner (139) and Tim Scott (114).

8-year-old Barnwell boy dies from injuries following Aiken wreck

An 8-year-old child succumbed Monday to injuries he suffered in an traffic accident along Old Barnwell Road in Aiken County this weekend.

Javion Hayward of Barnwell died Monday morning, Nov. 13 at Augusta University Medical Center from the traumatic injuries he sustained from a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning at Cedar Road in Windsor, according to an Aiken County Coroner’s Office news release

Smithsonian traveling exhibition about rural America coming to Barnwell Museum

In 1900, about 40 percent of Americans lived in rural areas. By 2010, less than 18 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural areas.

In just over a century, massive economic and social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Still, nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas, and the United States needs vibrant and sustainable rural communities.

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.

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