Mr. & Mrs. Collins celebrate 68 years

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Collins of Barnwell celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on November 3, 2017. They celebrated with their three children, Annette (Jerry) Zissett, Vickie (Stephen) Smith and Jeff Collins.

Mr. and Mrs. Collins have five grandchildren, Trena (Chris) Cheek, Kelvin Zissett, Nick Smith, Shay Smith, and Shawna (Chris) McClary; five great-grandchildren, Bailey Cheek, Trevor Cheek, Noah Smith, Mackenzie McClary and Alexis Smith.

Noah Smith turns 10

Noah Alexander Smith celebrated his 10th birthday on October 2, 2017.

Noah is the son of Shalynne Smith of Hilda.

Grandparents are Stephen and Vickie Smith of Hilda.

Great-grandparents are the late Elmore and Delma Smith of Hilda and Albert and Beulah Collins of Barnwell.

Mackenzie McClary turns five

Mackenzie Grace McClary celebrated her fifth birthday on September 26, 2017.

Mackenzie is the daughter of Christopher and Shawna McClary of Hilda.

Grandparents are Stephen and Vickie Smith of Hilda, Wayne McClary of Fairfax, and Anne McClary of Hampton.

Great-grandparents are the late Elmore and Delma Smith of Hilda, Albert and Beulah Collins of Barnwell, and the late John J. and Mary McClary of Fairfax.

Community Calendar - November 22, 2017

EVENTS

Food Giveaway

Angel Wings Food Giveaway (150 Charles Street, Barnwell) will be Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. All first time applicants need a valid ID.

For more information call 259-0405.

Blacksmithing Demo

Come out to Barnwell State Park on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. to witness an exciting blacksmith demonstration and learn about the history of blacksmithing. You will also learn about outdoor cooking. All ages welcome to this free event.

Championship slips through Raiders’ fingers

Despite being plagued by injuries, the Jefferson Davis Academy eight-man football team’s dream of winning its first title since 2010 shifted from a fleeting hope at the beginning of the game to a realistic possibility with seven minutes left in Saturday’s SCISA Finals.

Jefferson Davis Academy led the two-time defending champions of Andrew Jackson Academy 30-22 and appeared to be on the way to victory.

And just like that, the bottom fell out from beneath the Raiders.

Warhorses prevail over Panthers

It’s become apparent over the past couple of years that anytime Barnwell High and Batesburg-Leesville High play each other in football, expect a battle.

The teams have played three times during the stretch with Barnwell High prevailing twice in games that were decided by a touchdown or less.

That was pretty much the case again Friday night at W.W. Carter Field with the region rivals meeting in the third round of the class AA playoffs.

Blue Devils fall to Silver Foxes

Friday’s third round playoff game in the Devils’ Den between top seeded Williston-Elko High and Lamar High was supposed to be a closely-contested game.

However, from an early point it became clear it wasn’t going to be Williston-Elko High’s night.

A nightmarish start put Williston-Elko High in a 20-0 hole.

From there, Lamar High continued to benefit from Williston-Elko High miscues on its way to a convincing 48-14 win.

With the loss, Williston-Elko High completes the season at 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the playoffs.

Blackville teens arrested for bomb threat

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Blackville-Hilda High and Middle schools on Nov. 15.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said his office was notified at 12:56 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He said the threat was called into the school, but declined to give further details of the call.

Barnwell Primary School student remembered

Barnwell Primary School is missing a piece of its puzzle after the death of Javian Hayward.

The 8-year-old died on Nov. 13 from injuries he sustained two days earlier from a wreck that occurred in Aiken County. His mother and older brother were also injured in the wreck.

“Our hearts go out to Javian’s family at this very difficult time. He will be dearly missed,” according to a statement on Barnwell District 45’s website.

Towns, county hold civil but direct meeting

A meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 16 without lawyers in a neutral site between four governmental entities that have been at odds for several years.

The Barnwell County Council met with the mayors and at least one councilman from each of the municipalities of Barnwell, Blackville and Williston. They came together to discuss issues related to the Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation and Commission.

Students, various agencies participate in drill

Over 100 people participated in a large-scale disaster drill on Nov. 15 in Barnwell County.

The drill simulated a 6.2-magnitude earthquake centered in Barnwell. The drill “assumed” the county courthouse had collapsed and a mobile command center had to be set up at the Barnwell County Airport. Over the course of the drill there were 51 people deemed as injured and 4 “confirmed” dead.

We are blessed

In just a couple days we will be filling our bellies with turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and all the calorie-filled sides.

While there is nothing wrong with indulging in a delicious meal, it’s also important to make sure our hearts are filled with thankfulness and gratitude for what we have.

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving,” said W.T. Purkiser, a preacher, scholar and author from the Church of the Nazarene.

Williston approves matching grant to buy two police cars

The Williston Town Council approved an allocation as the town’s part of a matching grant to purchase two police cars and a utility vehicle.

The USDA grant pays for 55 percent of the cost up to $50,000 with the town matching 45 percent.

“We estimate the total cost will be about $88,000 meaning the grant will fund $48,400 and we would have to fund the remaining $39,600,” said Town Administrator Kenny Cook in a memo to council members.

He suggested that $22,000 from the Utilities Fund and $17,600 from the General Fund.

Memories retained at Blackville Museum

The Blackville Museum took people on a walk down memory lane during its Nov. 12 open house.

There was a good turnout for the event, which was held as a way to showcase all the work that’s been done recently to preserve the town’s history. The museum opened in 2016 at 655 Main Street.

“I think it’s wonderful. They’ve done a good job,” said Blackville resident Arie Guess.

Teen shooting victim ‘uncooperative’ with police

Details are limited about a shooting that injured a Blackville teen.

A 14-year-old male was shot on Sunday, Nov. 12 around 7:02 p.m. in the area of 954 Oak Avenue in Blackville as he walked between his house and a neighbor’s residence.

“One shot was fired and he was struck in the elbow,” said Blackville Police Chief John Holston of the juvenile victim.

SC Arts Commission reps visit Blackville

Members of the S.C. Arts Commission recently visited Blackville to provide an update about a rural arts initiative.

“The Art of Community: Rural SC” was launched in 2016 by the S.C. Arts Commission as part of its mission to create a thriving arts and culture environment for the state. The pilot program helps advance the Commission’s commitment to rural communities, particularly the six counties of the South Carolina Promise Zone. It receives financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Deloach appointed to D19 board

The Barnwell District 19 School Board will soon be full again.

During their Nov. 13 meeting, the board unanimously approved appointing Bill Deloach to the seat vacated three months prior by George Fickling, who resigned over issues he had with board members.

After two previous attempts to be elected to the board came up short, Deloach said he appreciates the board giving him a chance to help move the district forward.

"I want what's best for the kids," said Deloach, a married father of four. “I want to serve all students."

County Council approves sale of property

Barnwell County Council approved the sale of property owned by Economic Development Corporation related to “Project Bradley”.

The unanimous vote came at the end of a 3-hour meeting, most of which was in closed session.

No details were given on the project.

Also at the end of the meeting council held first reading of ordinances approving fee in lieu of taxes for five solar projects.

They include Barnwell Solar, Blackville Solar II, Crossroad Solar, Edison Solar and Richardson Solar.

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