Rondy F. Stanley Sr. (Allendale)

Rondy F. Stanley Sr., 60, of Allendale, the husband of Rose Williams Stanley, died Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Mr. Stanley was a son of the late Ray T. and Miriam Mosley Stanley. He was Allendale County Fire Chief and Director of Public Works. He attended Spirit of Life Ministries.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, 2018 at Allendale First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Swallow Savannah Cemetery.

Blackville-Hilda names Crosby as new coach

Long time Bamberg-Ehrhardt High assistant coach Corey Crosby is excited for the next chapter in his coaching career.

After serving as an assistant coach for the past 17 years, Crosby is taking over his own program.

The Benedict College graduate and former Tiger football standout was hired Wednesday, Feb. 14 as Blackville-Hilda High’s new head football coach.

Crosby said it’s a blessing to be taking over a program like Blackville-Hilda High.

Lady Hawks’ season ends

It was five days earlier in the Region 3A playoff game against Ridge Spring-Monetta High, that Blackville-Hilda girls fast start paved the way to its first region crown in more than 10 years.

That strong start never arrived Thursday, Feb. 15 in the team’s second round playoff game against Lamar High.

And because of it, Blackville-Hilda High’s promising season came to an end in the Hawks’ Nest.

JDA ‘Shotgun Raiders’ named champions

The Jefferson Davis Academy Shotgun Raiders took home several awards at the SCDNR Scholastic Youth Trap Championship and SCISA State Trap Championship on February 9 at The NWTF’s Palmetto Shooting Complex in Edgefield.

The JDA Shotgun Raiders were named the 2018 SCDNR Ladies Senior Varsity School Trap Champions and 2018 SCISA Ladies State Trap Champions. Squad member Bethany Stokes won High Over All in the division after she tied and won in a sudden death shoot off.

County council votes down pay raise

A vote on a pay raise for councilmen and an audit were among the many topics of discussion for the Barnwell County Council on Tuesday, Feb. 13 in a meeting that lasted over three and half hours.

A major topic for discussion was on a proposed $1,000 pay raise for each of the councilmen. The proposal was defeated by a 1-6 vote.

The raise was proposed by the county’s personnel committee, which is comprised of County Council members Jerry Creech and Don Harper, County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr. and Business and HR Manager Debbie Fickling.

Chavis Auctions welcomes buyers & sellers

Andy Chavis has been fascinated with auctions since he was a little boy. Now the Williston native is the owner of his own auction house in his hometown.

Chavis Auctions opened on May 4, 2017 at 1157 Williston Way in Williston. They sell a variety of new and used merchandise on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6 p.m.

“I want to have a variety of good merchandise for our customers,” said Chavis, who spends the rest of the week finding merchandise at yard sales, estate auctions, storage unit auctions and wholesale distributors.

Mediation could resolve long-time EDC issue and lawsuit

Representatives and attorneys for Barnwell County and the municipalities of Barnwell, Blackville and Williston will come together this week in hopes of resolving a lawsuit filed relating to the Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

In March 2017, the three towns filed suit against the county and the EDC. The suit alleges the County Council broke an agreement with the towns over direction of the EDC and the corporation’s assets.

Lent begins with message of giving God the best

The 2018 Barnwell County Lenten Worship Series kicked off with a message of giving God the best.

The first service was held on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Barnwell Presbyterian Church. Rev. Phillip Thomas of Second Baptist Church in Barnwell was the guest minister.

Thomas told the story of how Jesus raised his friend Lazarus from the dead after everyone had given up hope.

“They buried Lazarus too soon,” said Thomas.

D45 starts staff recruitment efforts

Barnwell District 45 has started recruitment efforts for the next school year.

The district sent out letters of intent on Jan. 8 for employees to return by Jan. 19. This allowed the district to know who planned to retire. Two instructional aides, seven certified teachers and two guidance counselors indicated they planned to retire at the end of the current school year, said Superintendent Crissie Stapleton during the Feb. 8 school board meeting.

Voting down pay raise was right thing to do

Public officials are often criticized for their actions – or lack thereof in some cases.

Sometimes the criticism is justified. Sometimes it is not.

A recent proposal from the county’s personnel committee recommending a $1,000 raise for each of the seven members of Barnwell County Council sparked an outburst of comments on Facebook after we reported about the proposal in our Feb. 7 edition.

During last week’s regular county council meeting, Councilman Harold Buckmon asked his fellow councilmen an important question. “Do you think this is the right time?”

Council chairman responds to Moore letter

Dear Editor,

In reference to the editorial written by Mr. Tim Moore in The People-Sentinel on February 14, 2018 about Barnwell County Council, there are some points I wish to clarify for Mr. Moore. You are accusing the Council of giving away the hospital and I wish to inform you that some of the council members were not on council at the time you are referring to.

Now back to the hospital – you, Mr. Moore, were on County Council in 1999 and I would be interested to know what you did about the hospital while you were on council getting your $62.50 per hour?

Herman Bernard Thomas (Blackville)

Our dearly beloved Herman Bernard Thomas left this earthly domain on January 31, 2018 at the Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia. The loss of this beautiful spirit will leave a tremendous void in the lives of all those that knew and loved him. Herman was a jovial, loving, energetic, comedic and entertaining spirit. His laughter was contagious. His genuine love for family was a trait that all admired.

Herman Bernard Thomas, son of the late Lillie Mae (Corley) Hill and the late Rayford Thomas Jr., was born on May 22, 1945 in Barnwell County.

Terry Joye Kaney (Aiken)

Funeral services for Mrs. Terry Joye Kaney, 62, of Aiken, will be held 3 o’clock p.m., Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church, Barnwell, with Dr. Kenneth Catoe and Reverend Dale Hutto officiating; burial will be in the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery by the airport. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Sunday. Memorial contributions may be given in Terry’s memory to Hagood Avenue Baptist Church, 1144 Hagood Ave., Barnwell, SC 29812 in care of the Easter Passion Play or the Living Christmas Tree.

Margie Grubbs Joyner (Blackville)

Margie Grubbs Joyner, 71, of Blackville, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Margie was born on August 5, 1946 in Bamberg County and was a daughter of the late David and Estelle Darnell Grubbs. She was a homemaker. Margie was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends.

Deacon Ernest Graham Jr. (Allendale)

Funeral services for Deacon Ernest Graham Jr., 80, of 3414 Concord Church Road, Allendale, were held 12 noon Monday, February 19, 2018 at Revelation Ministries with Reverend Virgin Johnson Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Deacon Ernest Graham Jr. was born on May 7, 1937 in Allendale County to the late Ernest Graham Sr. and Idella Kearse Graham. He entered into eternal rest on February 15, 2018 at the Allendale County Hospital in Fairfax.

Margaret Zissette (Denmark)

Funeral services for Mary Margaret Sox Zissette, 87, of Denmark, will be held 3 p.m., Monday, February 19, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Denmark with the Reverend Matt Thomas officiating; burial will be in the Bamberg Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, February 18 at Folk Funeral Home, Denmark, and other times at Holland Hitch, 1119 Heritage Hwy., Denmark. Memorial contributions may be sent in Mrs. Margaret’s memory to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

Two rescued from wrecked SUV

Two people were airlifted to a hospital after being extricated from their wrecked vehicle last week.

Armard Breeland, 16, of Beaufort, was driving a 2001 Ford SUV west on Highway 278 near the town of Kline when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees, said Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The wreck occurred on Friday, Feb. 9 around 7:58 a.m.

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