Mary Drayton 'Dray' Meyer (Barton)

Mary Drayton “Dray” Robertson Meyer, age 74, of Barton, and the widow of the late Ralph “Jackie” Meyer died Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Mrs. Meyer was a born in Ridgeland and a daughter of the late William Madison and Flossie Hamilton Robertson. She was a hairdresser having worked at Nor-Lena’s Hair Stylist for many years, was a member of Fairfax Chapter #65 O.E.S. and a member of Brunson Christian Church. Dray was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Faye Blackwell (Williston)

A Graveside Funeral Service for Doris Faye Coffey Blackwell, 85, of Williston, was held 2 o’clock p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Williston Cemetery with the Reverend Dan Fogle officiating.

Faye passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Born in Fyffe, Alabama, she was a daughter of the late Buster Taft Coffey and Brunell Graves Coffey and was married to the late L Q Blackwell. She was a member of Rosemary Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Faye was a loving wife and mother.

Team South Carolina wins Border Bowl V

Area fans braved the cold temperatures Saturday morning at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium for the fifth annual Border Bowl high school All-Star football game.

Despite the chilly conditions, Team South Carolina made it a warm occasion for the Palmetto faithful by coming away with a thrilling 32-25 win over Team Georgia.

Team South Carolina, which overcame a 15-point first half deficit, capped the victory with a 90-yard interception return by Dejuan Bell of North Augusta High with 1:35 left to play.

Ridgeway riding the Title Wave

Barnwell native and Alabama twirler Riley Ridgeway is riding the “Title Wave” after Alabama won the national football championship in overtime in Atlanta, Ga. on Monday night, Jan. 8.

The twirlers were featured on Good Morning America. This is Ridgeway’s third trip to a national championship contest and second win.

“This entire weekend trip, and especially the game, has been the best experience of my life,” said Ridgeway. “I just have no words for how amazing the game was. It is even better knowing I have support from so many of my Barnwell friends and family.”

Blue Devil hot streak continues with win over Hawks

When a basketball team is clicking at the rate of the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils, there’s really not much the opposition can do to stop them.

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks found that out first-hand Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

Sparked by junior forward Keshawn Toney, the Blue Devils captured their fifth straight win of the season with a 53-39 win over the Hawks.

BHHS girls cruise past WEHS

The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team cruised to an 64-17 win over in-county rival Williston-Elko High Friday, Jan. 5 in the Devils’Den.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 7-3 overall.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Richmond said the team played well all around.

“I’m really proud of these young ladies’ athletic performance tonight,” Richmond said. “Offensively, the points were evenly distributed among the team.”

For the Lady Hawks, the tempo was set early thanks to the pin-point passsing of point guard Kaitlyn Richmond.

Carolina Shockers seeking players for boys and girls teams

The Carolina Shockers basketball teams are seeking players for the new season.

The amateur youth travel league teams started last year with two teams of boys, but are expanding to include girls this season. Divisions are: 5th-6th grades boys team, 7th-8th grades boys and girls team, 9th- 10th grades boys and girls team, and 11th-12th grades boys team.

“I call basketball the game of life,” said Marcus Rivera, director of Carolina Shockers, of how the sport teaches players discipline, structure and how to operate as a team. He played basketball in high school and college.

International ministry provides resources and hope to homeless

Travis Sharpe has a heart for helping the poor and homeless on a local and global level.

Sharpe, who has worked with the homeless for more than 20 years, founded the Garden City Rescue Mission in Augusta, Ga. with the support of Victory Baptist Church in North Augusta. However, he felt called to resign in 2009 to focus on the rising homeless population around the world. This led him to launch Unsheltered International in January 2011.

‘Transparency’ bill alllows non-profits to hide funding

The following is a guest editorial.

There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing working its way through our state legislature.

The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but… and it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent.

The wording begins saying any non-profit entity that “received more than one hundred dollars in public funds from a state agency or political subdivision in the previous calendar year or the current calendar year, must submit a quarterly expenditure report to the jurisdiction awarding the funds.”

Bomb threat evacuates 3 Williston schools

A bomb threat led to the evacuation of all three Williston schools, just minutes after the school day began.

Tevin J. Braxton, 19, of Elberta Circle, Barnwell, is charged with one count of false information about a bomb threat. He was not a student at the schools, said Chief Deputy Steve Griffith with the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Department. Braxton was transported to the Barnwell County Detention Center and on Tuesday afternoon was granted a $10,000 cash surety bond.

H&R Block collecting items for Ashleigh Place

H&R Block’s Barnwell office is now open to assist in tax preparation, but they also want to assist a local agency.

The tax preparation company has selected Ashleigh Place in Blackville as their non-profit organization to support in the community this year. H&R Block’s Barnwell office is hosting a community donation drive until the end of tax season to collect items the residents of the girls group home need.

“These children need to know that they are not forgotten and are supported by the community,” said Donna Spence with H&R Block in a press release.

Thompson hired to lead WEMS

A retired educator with 40 years of experience has been hired to lead Williston-Elko Middle School for the remainder of the school year.

Herman Thompson of North Augusta assumed responsibilities as WEMS principal on Thursday, Jan. 4 following the termination of Greg Sweet’s employment in December for unspecified “misconduct”. Thompson is serving on a contract basis at a rate of $350 per day until a permanent principal is hired.

“I want to bring stability and strength to the school,” said Thompson.

Filing opens Friday for school board candidates

Would you like to serve on one of Barnwell County’s three public school boards?

If so, filing opens this Friday, Jan. 12 at 8 a.m. for residents who want to be a candidate for either Barnwell District 19 (Blackville-Hilda Public Schools), Barnwell District 45, or Williston District 29. Filing will remain open until 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.

“Residents desiring to be a candidate for one of the listed offices must file a Statement of Intention of Candidacy with the appropriate school district,” according to a notice of election ad published on page 5A.

DIG partnership expands STEM impact

A new partnership is allowing a Williston organization to DIG deeper into the community.

The Dreams, Imagination & Gift (DIG) Development Program was started in 2013 by Williston native Steven Brown. Though he now calls Greenville home, he started DIG as a way to give back to his hometown after noticing how children in rural areas lack the same resources and opportunities as their peers in bigger cities.

Dominion Energy, SCANA merger could give $1,000 cash payment to most SCE&G customers

Dominion Energy, Inc. (NYSE: D) and SCANA Corporation (NYSE: SCG) announced on Jan. 3 an agreement for the companies to combine in a stock-for-stock merger in which SCANA shareholders would receive 0.6690 shares of Dominion Energy common stock for each share of SCANA common stock, the equivalent of $55.35 per share, or about $7.9 billion based on Dominion Energy’s volume-weighted average stock price of the last 30 trading days ended Jan. 2, 2018. Including assumption of debt, the value of the transaction is approximately $14.6 billion.

Jamie Lee (Barnwell)

Home Going celebration for Mr. Jamie Lee of Barnwell was held on Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Main Street Church of Christ in Williston where Brother Dennis Pernell is pastor and officiating. Interment followed in the Blackville Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Friday December 29, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Jamie Lee, 45, was born on September 8, 1972 to Mrs. Shirley Ann Lee Hunter and the late Mr. Herbert Hicks in Bamberg County.

Arnold Anderson (Blackville)

Funeral services for Mr. Arnold Anderson of Blackville were held on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Shrub Branch Baptist Church in Blackville where the Reverend McKinley Neal is the pastor and eulogist and Evangelist Gwendolyn Neal, presiding. Interment followed in the family plot in the church cemetery.

Visitation was held from 12 noon until the hour of service.

Mr. Arnold Anderson, 72, was born on May 4, 1945 to the late Mr. John and Mrs. Fannie Williams Anderson in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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