Community Calendar - May 14, 2014

Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Lower Savannah River Alliance Educational Greenway will be held Friday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the second parking lot located at 12049 Burton's Ferry Highway, Allendale. Rudy Mancke will lead a guided trail walk from 9 to 11 a.m. A casual lunch will be served following the ribbon cutting.

Blackville Music/Art Festival
The Blackville Music & Art Festival Committee presents its 3rd Annual Music & Art Festival on May 16-17 starting at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. They hope to make the event bigger and better and invite vendors, performers and others to take part.
For information on how to be a vendor, performer, display your art, car and bike show, parade, barbeque cook-off, donations, and to be a sponsor email us at or visit our webpage

Family Fishing Clinic
The Department of Natural Resources will hold a Family Fishing Clinic Saturday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The clinic is designed to introduce families to the basics of fishing. Come learn how to tie fishing knots, rig rods, cast fish and more. Pre-registration is required and the class is limited to 25 participants ages 4 and up.
The clinic is free. All equipment is provided.
Call (803) 737-8483. Email or visit to register.

Memorial Day Celebration
The local Marine Corps League is sponsoring this year's Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Barnwell Veterans Park (U.S. 278 by the airport).

Farmers Markets
Barnwell: The Fuller Park Farmers Market will be opening for the season on Tuesday, May 27. The market is open to local artisans and crafters this year and we encourage those in the area to participate in the market.
They are accepting vendor applications for the season.
For more information, contact Michael Shumaker with the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department at 803-259-3317.
Elko: The Elko Farmers' Market is seeking vendors for its 2014 season, including farmers and gardeners with cool weather crops, early spring produce like salad greens, broccoli, cabbage, beets, garden peas, spinach and other greens. Berries and bedding plants are also good sellers in the spring and early summer. Crafters and bakers are also welcome.
Opening day is Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and every Saturday until mid-fall, at the corner of Hwy. 78 in Elko. WIC vouchers and senior checks are also accepted.
For more information call (803) 266-2463 or (803) 300-1251.

Character Camp
The Barnwell County Sheriff's Office will host weeklong "BE SMART" character camps this summer for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The free camps will be held June 9-13 at Williston-Elko High School, June 16-20 at Barnwell Elementary, and July 14-18 at Blackville-Hilda High. All camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
During the camp, students will learn from agencies such as SRS Ecology Lab, DNR, Barnwell Fire Dept., SCHP, Axis 1 and many more. "BE SMART" camp will educate students on safety and character. The camp is free.
Registration forms are available from the schools or sheriff's office.

Driver Safety Class
AARP Senior Driver Safety will hold a class on Thursday, July 17, at Generations Unlimited (10913 Ellenton St., Barnwell). Class will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. You may bring lunch or purchase it for a nominal fee from Generations Unlimited.
The cost for class materials is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, cash or check (payable to AARP). Completion of this class may result in a discount on the participant's automobile insurance.
Contact Betsy Harvey at (803) 259-4599 to register.


Plant Sale
The FFA Plant Sale at Barnwell County Career Center is underway. Veggies, annuals, perennials and beautiful hanging baskets grown by the agriculture students will be sold Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the school. Proceeds will be used for future projects of the FFA and student leadership opportunities.
Contact Mindy Sandifer at 259-5512 to schedule a greenhouse visit outside of the hours listed.

BES Family Night
Barnwell Elementary School will hold their final Family Night at Mi Rancho in Barnwell on Wednesday, May 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event raises money for the school.  

Shag to End Alzheimers
The Barnwell County Alzheimer's Association will present its 2nd Annual Shag to End Alzheimers Dance on Saturday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the El BAB Shrine Club in Barnwell. DJ Pat Patterson with The Large Time Network will be playing beach, boogie and blues. There will be light Hor D'oeuvres, cash bar, door prizes and raffles.
Tickets are $25. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association.
Tickets may be purchased at Evelyn's Jewelry in Barnwell, River's Pharmacy in Williston, or by calling Chris Pritchard or Rebecca Willis at (803) 259-5533.

Team Zeta Golf Tournament
The 5th Annual Team Zeta Golf Tournament will be Saturday, May 17, at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell to honor the life of Zeta Brabham and continue to mission of helping other special needs families. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The cost is $300 per team, though registration is limited to 25 teams. Hole ($50) and event ($250) sponsorships are also available.
For more information, contact Jennifer Henzler at (803) 606-5398 or or Matthew Connelly at (803) 300-0984 or

Community Run/Walk
The 9th Annual 1st Lady Community Run/Walk Health Awareness Initiative is May 17 at Fuller Park in Barnwell. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 8:30.
The purpose is to raise health awareness/provide scholarship money to deserving college students and/or to existing non-profit charitable foundations or families in health crisis.
Individuals and teams can participate. This year's walk is in memory of Sis. Catherine Wright Priester.
For more information, call Rosemary Baptist Church at (803) 259-9274 between 3:30 - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Wine Tasting/Auction
The Rotary Club of Barnwell County's 4th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction will be Thursday, May 22, at the El Bab Shrine Club in Barnwell. Social time will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with wine tasting at 7 p.m. Opportunities will be available to order wines.
This fundraiser supports the club's community service projects.
Tickets available from any Rotary member or by calling Lynn Cox at (803) 300-2083.

Jailbreak 5K Run/Walk
The Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation invites you to join us for a morning of fun and competition at the 8th Annual Jailbreak 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 24, at the Lexington County Sheriff's Department (521 Gibson Rd., Lexington). Packet pick up and late registration begins at 6:15 a.m. with the race starting at 8 a.m.
The entry fee is $25 prior to race day or $30 on race day. It benefits the foundation which purchases equipment, materials, training, and supplies for the department when not otherwise provided for in the department's annual budget. The foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization.
For more information or directions, call (803) 785-8230. Register online at

Salk Golf Tournament
The USC Salkehatchie Athletic Scholarship Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 30, at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell. It will be a four-man captain's choice style and costs $50 per player. There will also be food, beverages, goodie bags and a silent auction.
For more information, contact Marian Easterlin at (803) 584-3446, ext. 148.


Kelly Edwards Elementary
Registration for 5-year-old Kindergarten at Kelly Edwards Elementary School will be held until Monday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.  
The following items are required for registration: South Carolina Immunization Records, Official Birth Certificate, 2 Required Proof of Residency: 1 must be a Current Tax Notice or Lease/Mortgage Agreement and the other can be any proof that shows a physical address such as but not limited to the following: Current electric bill, water bill, satellite/cable bill, automobile tax, automobile registration card.  
For registration questions, call (803) 266-3737.

Barnwell Primary School
Four-year-old pre-kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year at Barnwell Primary has been extended until May 30. It will be held every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Parents should bring the following to register their children: SC Shot Record, Certified Birth Certificate, Child's Social Security Card, Two Current Dated Proofs (must provide current dated power bill at time of registration and one other proof of residence in parent's name & address). There is a $15 material fee due at registration.
For questions, call the school at (803) 541-1322.

Barnwell Academy
Barnwell Academy is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year for Preschool-6th grade.  Application fees will be waived for all those who apply before May 1. Barnwell Academy is a faith-based, SCISA accredited Christian school now located on Ellenton Street. 
Please call (803) 259-4465 or visit for more information or to get an application.

Jefferson Davis Academy
Jefferson Davis Academy is now accepting applications for 2014-145 school year. Grade levels for enrollment are 3K - 12th grades. They also offer an afterschool care program from 2 to 6 p.m. for a very nominal fee.
For more information, please contact the Heads of School at (803) 284-2476.

Winfield Heights Kindergarten
Winfield Heights Christian Kindergarten is enrolling for the 2014-15 school year for grades K3, K4 and K5.
Call the office at (803) 266-3832 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday thru Thursday. Summer hours are: Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


­­Barnwell Library
Book Sale: During the month of May, the library is having a half price sale on all of our nonfiction items in their "Friends of the Library Book" sale.
National Mental Health Month: An informative display will be set up all during May to promote National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Summer reading: Registration for the summer reading program begins May 22
Preschool to 2nd Grade Storytime: Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Come for stories, songs and more.
Friday Family Movie: Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
May 23 - "Freebirds"
LEGO Club: Third Wednesday each month (May 21 from 4-5 p.m.)
Barnwell County Public Library hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Call (803) 259-3612 for more information.

Blackville Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Tuesdays (May 20) at 10:30 a.m.
The Blackville Library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. (closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch) and on Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Call Ruthie Hewitt at (803) 284-2295 for more information.

Williston Library
Preschool Storytime: Second and fourth Thursdays (May 15) at 11:30 a.m.
The Williston Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed each day from 1 to 2 p.m.).
Call Jo Crider at (803) 266-3027 for more information.


Bamberg-Hampton Chapter
The Bamberg-Hampton Chapter of Denmark Technical College will meet on Sunday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in the Physical Plant (Building 22) on the Denmark Tech campus.
Any questions or concerns may be directed to Willie Caldwell at (803) 793-0600.

Retired Educators
The Barnwell County Retired Educator Meeting will be Wednesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at the Barnwell County Library (40 Burr St., Barnwell).
All retired teachers and staff from Barnwell, Blackville and Williston schools are invited.
For additional information, call Jerry Bell at (803) 300-1972 or email


Softball Tournament
Blackville First Baptist Church will host a co-ed softball tournament on Saturday, May 17, at Maloney Field in Blackville starting at 8:30. 
The cost is $200 per team and the team should consist of seven men and three ladies. There will also be a homerun derby. The cost of entering the derby is $10 per participant. All proceeds will be used toward a mission trip to Brazil this July. 
If interested in participating, contact Matt Lightsey at (803) 300-9755 or the church office at (803) 284-2461.


Blackville High 60s Reunion
There will be a 60s Reunion for the classes of 1960 to 1970 from Blackville High School on Saturday, September 6 at the Community Center (old gym) at 5 p.m. Cost is $30 per person.
For more information, call Sandra Lott at (828) 447-6729.