Community Calendar - February 5, 2014

‘Les Miserables' Play at WEHS
Williston-Elko High School will present "Les Miserables School Edition" on Feb. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. each night in the auditorium. It will be performed entirely by students.
The house will open at 6:30 p.m. Only limited seating may be available at the door. No seat reservations will be made so ticket holders should plan on arriving early. Any seats left open by curtain time will be sold to waiting customers.
The musical, written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, is based on Victor Hugo's novel. It is performed with permission and materials provided by Music Theatre International.
Tickets are $6 per seat and can be purchased from cast members or by calling Linda Alsept at WEHS at (803) 266-3110.

Daddy/Daughter Ball planned
The city of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 4th Annual Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guinyard-Butler Middle School.
This evening will be a magical night to remember for the little girls and their special dates. Activities will include a dinner buffet, dancing, a take home craft and songs.
Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve. Pre-registration is required at City Hall. It costs $20 per couple and is $5 for each additional child.
For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (803) 259-3317.

Shooting Sports Field Day
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. 4-H program will conduct an introduction to shooting sports field day on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Palachucola Rifle Range, which is at the Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett.
For more information, contact the Webb Center at (803) 625-3569 or the Hampton County 4-H office at (803) 943-3621 Ext. 114.

Black History Program
Author and historian Mark R. Jones, a 1977 graduate of Barnwell High School, will lead a Black History Month program at the Barnwell County Museum (9426 Marlboro Ave., Barnwell) on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m.
Jones will discuss his book, "Doin' the Charleston: Black Roots of American Popular Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy." The book focused on Rev. Daniel Jenkins, who was born into slavery in Barnwell County in 1862, and his move to Charleston to establish the Jenkins Orphanage House. His main fundraising tool was a boys' brass band which performed up and down the east coast for donations. The band's dance steps and music inspired a composer to write the song "Charleston" that led to the dance craze.

Relay Team Captain's Meeting
The next Barnwell County Relay For Life Team Captain's Meeting will be Feb. 10 at 5:45 p.m. at the Southern Carolina Alliance Building. If you are interested in forming a team now is the time.

Community Uplift Program
The Community Uplift Program (C.U.P), a youth organization created to educate, empower and expose, girls ages 7-19, will have a meeting on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williston Community Service Club. All girls ages 7 -19, are invited to attend and participate in C.U.P.
This event is free and refreshments will be served.
For additional information, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson, president, at or (803) 671-2249 or Jackie O'Neal, vice president, at (803) 671-5680.

African-American Heritage Parade
Kelly Edwards Elementary School is requesting your participation and contribution in making the 2nd Annual African American Heritage Parade a success. This parade will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, beginning at 4 p.m. along Main Street in Williston.
They are seeking the involvement of all community businesses, entrepreneurs, churches, faith-based, civic, or social clubs and organizations, as well as our community leaders, elected and appointed officials. The parade's entry fee is $5 and/or the sponsorship fee is $25. These proceeds will cover the cost associated with the legacy murals at KEES. Each year, the departing fifth grade students are allowed to paint a mural in the corridor of the school building as a visual legacy and representation of their presence at KEES.
For more information, contact Ferlecia Cuthbertson at (803) 671-2249 or or Kelly Edwards Elementary School at (803) 266-3737.

African-American Heritage Event
Kelly Edwards Elementary will have their African-American Heritage Celebration on Friday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend this event. An alumni reception will be held prior to the program for the alumni of Kelly Edwards School beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Taste of Blackville
The 8th annual Taste of Blackville will be held Saturday, April 12.
There will be vendors, BBQ, inflatable slide, Blackville-Hilda High School step team and band, pictures with Easter Bunny, hat parade, and best dressed pet parade. Vendor forms are available at Enterprise Bank in Blackville.
For more information, contact Sylvia Quattlebaum at (803) 284-2000 or


Soup Dinner
Hilda Southern Methodist Church is sponsoring a soup dinner fundraiser Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church (228 Old Salem Rd., Hilda). Proceeds benefit their building fund.
Dine in or carry out a bowl of homemade soup. It costs $6 for adults and $3 for children. Adult dinner includes two bowls of soup, drink and cornbread.
For more information, contact Ashley Howell at (803) 709-0025.

Spuds Lunch
Each year, the Barnwell Sandlapper League holds their Spuds Luncheon to benefit a local agency. This year's fundraiser, which will be held Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barnwell Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, will benefit the Barnwell County Museum.
Tickets are $7 and includes a loaded baked potato, salad, dessert and tea. You can eat in or take out. The league appreciates Reid's/Bi-Lo, Anthony's, Mi Rancho, Barnwell Presbyterian Church, museum manager Marie Peeples, and residents for their support. Tickets can be purchased from any Sandlapper League member or by calling museum manager Marie Peeples at (803) 259-1916.

Night of the Unleashed
Join the Animal Advocates Saturday, Feb. 22, for their 3rd Annual Night of the Unleashed fundraiser, as they celebrate nine years of animal welfare advancement in Barnwell County. It will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight at Sweetwater Country Club.
Enjoy signature cocktails, wine and spirits from the cash bar, and gourmet cuisine provided by Catering for All Occasions. Participate in the live and silent auctions, as well as raffle tickets for special items. All items donated by Animal Advocates supporters. Dance into the night to the music of the band "Fantastic Voyagers"!
Tickets are $30. Ticket outlets: Liana Orr in Blackville, Williston Charm Dress Shop in downtown Williston and Tiffany Stapleton in Williston, Barnwell Vet Clinic, Evelyn's Jewelry, and Regions Bank in Barnwell. There are also sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds benefit the group's Friends for Life Foster and Adoption Center.

Relay for Life Pageant
The 1st Annual Miss Barnwell County Relay for Life Semi-Glitz Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Guinyard-Butler Middle School gymnasium. Application deadline is Feb. 7.
Winners will be recognized at the 2014 Barnwell County Relay for Life on April 25 at Veteran's Park.
To get an application or for more information, contact Teresa Sanders at (803) 541-5756 or, Mary Ann Haskell at (803) 259-7863 or Tanya Rudd at Also applications can be picked up at Barnwell Offset Printing Co., SRP Federal Credit Union and Circle Cuts in Barnwell or Meeting in Main in Williston.

Arts Council Membership Drive
The Barnwell County Arts Council is proud to present its annual membership event entitled, California Dreaming, on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Barnwell Primary School auditorium.
California Dreaming is a sun-kissed song and dance tribute to the pop music of a new generation. Songs like "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Turn,Turn,Turn," "Teach Your Children Well," "Surfin' U.S.A.," and "California Dreamin'" make this the sunniest, most nostalgic stage show in America!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Evelyn's Jewelry & Gifts in Barnwell, Enterprise Bank in Blackville, Brooker's in Denmark, Rivers' Pharmacy in Williston, and the Salkehatchie Arts Center in Allendale, or by emailing the Arts Council at  

Sweetheart Ball
The Creation Station is hosting a Sweetheart Ball Feb. 21 in The Merge (behind Barnwell First Baptist Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 and dancing beginning at 7 p.m. Register by Feb. 18.
This semi-formal event is for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, guardians, and their special princesses as well as moms, grandmas, aunts and guardians and their special princes.
Admission is $25 per couple and $10 for each additional child. It includes activities, dinner, DJ, and dancing. A photographer will be available to take pictures. Tickets can be purchased at The Creation Station of FBC office.
For more information, call Tori at (803) 259-2700.

2014 Princess of Roses Pageant
The city of Orangeburg Parks & Recreation Department is accepting applications until Feb. 28 for the 2014 Orangeburg Princess of Roses Pageant. It will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Robert Stevenson Auditorium (979 Middleton St.).
Young ladies throughout the state are invited to participate. Age divisions are: Orangeburg Princess of Roses (15-16 years old); Teen Orangeburg Princess of Roses (13-14 years old); Young Orangeburg Princess of Roses (10-12); Little Orangeburg Princess of Roses (7-9); and Wee Orangeburg Princess of Roses (4-6). Age is calculated as of pageant date.
There will be a winner, first and second runner-up in each division. There will be a photogenic competition for those who wish to enter one or more photographs.
Applications are available at City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation. Entry fee is $40 for pageant, $10 for first photograph in photogenic competition, and $5 for additional photos.
To receive an application, contact Brittany Hartzog at or (803) 533-6020.

Queen of Roses Scholarship Pageant
The Orangeburg Queen of Roses Scholarship Pageant will be held Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m. in Stevenson Auditorium (Stevenson Auditorium (979 Middleton St.).
Qualifications: young women who are 17-22 years old, never been married or pregnant, a full-time college or university student no later than 2015 fall semester, and be a South Carolina resident or attending college in the state.
Contestants will compete in swimwear, talent, and evening gown/on-stage question. Judging will be on a 1-10 scale with the highest being crowned Orangeburg Queen of Roses. Awards for Orangeburg Queen of Roses include a $1,500 scholarship, crown, trophy and sash. First and second runners-up will receive $750 and $500, respectively, and a trophy. Talent winner will receive $500 scholarship and trophy.
To receive an application, contact Brittany Hartzog at or (803) 533-6020.


Mi Rancho Night
Barnwell Elementary School's next Mi Rancho Night is tonight, Feb. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mi Rancho. Students can eat with Ms. McIver or Ms. Pender or one of their teachers. The school will receive 10 percent of the proceeds for everyone who eats there during this time.
Kelly Edwards Elementary
K4 registration at Kelly Edwards Elementary School will be held Feb. 10-14.
Please bring the following information: S.C. Immunization Record, Official Birth Certificate, Two Required Proofs of Residency (1 must be a Current Tax Notice or Lease/Mortgage Agreement and the other item can be any proof that shows a physical address such as but not limited to the following: Current power bill, water bill, satellite/cable bill, automobile tax/automobile registration card), Medicaid card (4K only), and Proof of income such as paycheck stub or W2 (4K only).
Your child must be four on or before Sept. 1, 2014, to register for 4-year-old kindergarten.  


Barnwell Library
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Friday Flicks: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Call Ruthie Hewitt at (803) 284-2295 for more information.

Williston Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Tea Party Patriots
The Barnwell Tea Party Patriots will meet Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Common Grounds Coffee Shop (1458 Jackson St., Barnwell).

Planning Commission
The town of Blackville Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Blackville Town Hall in Council Chambers.


Baseball/Softball Registration
The Barnwell Baseball Association will hold registration for baseball and softball for boys and girls ages 4 to 15 at the following locations: Jan. 30 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 1 at the Barnwell library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Registration fees: tee ball (5 and 6 year old boys and girls) is $45, boys baseball (ages 7-12) is $55, girls softball (ages 7-12) is $55, bells softball (ages 13-15) is $75, and Dixie boys baseball (ages 13-15) is $75.
For questions, call Ron Shuler at (803) 571-0055.

Baseball Camp
LeBon Joye's Baseball Camp will be held March 8-9 at the Lemon Park Sports Complex. It's a free camp for kids ages seven and up. It will take place March 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Participants will learn about hitting, fielding, base-running, pitching and defensive situations.
LeBon Joye, a scout for the Atlanta Braves, is a product of Barnwell Dixie Youth and High School All-Region and MVP.
Sign up for the camp at Barnwell City Hall by Thursday, March 6.