American Zinc Recycling apprentices earn awards

A local company is investing in its employees and, at the same time, their employees are investing in their future.

American Zinc Recycling in Snelling last week recognized five employees who had completed apprenticeships to become Electromechanical Technicians.

“Our program started six years ago with the support of the South Carolina Technical College System and Denmark Technical College (DTC),” said AZR plant manager Eric Stroom. “”It is a foundation element of our local organizational development initiatives.”

EDC given project updates

No action was taken by the Barnwell County Economic Development Commission on Feb. 5 but the commissioners met for close to an hour getting updates on projects.

Tommy Boyleston, who serves as the EDC’s executive director, said any votes on Economic Development Corporation assets would have to be in a corporation meeting. Since none was needed, the commission meeting would be for advisory matters only.

Mix, Myrick wed

Miss Grace Cathryn Mix and Major William Edwin Myrick IV (U.S. Army) were married October 14, 2017 on the steps of Fripp Plantation, St. Helena Island, Beaufort, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Biff Poggi, the bride’s uncle and aunt. The officiate was The Reverend Lee A. Clamp, the groom’s youth pastor while serving at First Baptist Church of Barnwell.

Miller, Nobles to wed

Diane Miller of Hilda and Ralph Miller of Williston are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffani Dawn Miller, to Jaret Weston Nobles, the son of Jade and Pam Nobles of Barnwell.

The bride-elect is a 2017 graduate of Orangeburg-Technical College with an Associate degree in Radiologic Technology. She is currently employed at South Carolina Orthopedics in Orangeburg.

Tiffani is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Enos Yoder of Hilda and Mel & Esther Schlabach of Kokomo, Indiana.

Rosier, Inabinett to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Rosier of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashton Rochelle Rosier, to Christopher Bryan Inabinett. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Inabinett of Barnwell.

The bride-elect is a 2014 graduate of Aiken Technical College. She is currently employed at Hitchcock Healthcare in Aiken.

The groom-elect is a 2006 graduate of Barnwell High School. He is currently employed at Energy Solutions in Barnwell.

The wedding is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 5, 2018 at Duncannon Plantation.

REGION CHAMPS: Lady Hawks claim title

It took some time, but the Blackville-Hilda High varsity girls have finally climbed back atop of Region IV in basketball.

Blackville-Hilda High ended the drought Saturday, Feb. 10 with an impressive 60-40 region tiebreaker win over Ridge Spring-Monetta at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in Norway.

It was the first region crown for Blackville-Hilda High since 2005. The team moves to 17-5 in the standings and will open the class A playoffs Thursday at home.

Blackville-Hilda High coach Coretta Ferguson Richmond said the team overcame a lot to get to this point.

4 Warhorses, 3 colleges, 2 sports, 1 day of signing

Four Barnwell High School senior athletes took part in the National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

Soccer players Adrienne Childs and Mariah Stone both signed to play soccer at USC Salkehatchie during a special event held in the media center of Barnwell High. Meanwhile, football players Pete Elmore and Mykal Lee also signed to continue their athletic careers, with Elmore headed to Newberry College and Lee going to Georgia Military College.

Doe signs to attend SC State

It was a big day for Williston-Elko High senior De’Markiis Doe on Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the Devils’ Den.

With his family, friends and coaches by his side, Doe made it official on National Signing Day by selecting South Carolina State University to further his football career.

Doe said playing college football is a dream come true.

“It seems like a fairytale story just thinking about playing college football since my freshman year,” Doe said. “I was always saying I wanted to play college football and now it’s come true.”

Blue Devils get past War Eagles

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team was in control most of the night during Thursday’s Senior Night against Wagener-Salley High.

The Blue Devils, however, needed a 7-3 run and a couple of defensive stops late to hold off a scrappy War Eagles squad for a 58-54 win.

The victory improves Williston-Elko High record to 16-4 overall and 12-2 in the region.

Williston-Elko High Mark Crossland said it was a big win for his team.

JDA junior varsity team wins title

Winners of their last three basketball games, the Jefferson Davis Academy junior varsity boys were feeling confident Saturday going into the SCISA 3-A region championship game against Dorchester Academy.

For Jefferson Davis Academy, its fourth consecutive victory came in a comprehensive effort on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, JDA got contributions from Donte Payne, Al Kinard and Seth Ray while the defense stifled Dorchester Academy for only six points in the second quarter en route to a convincing 22-15 win.

Hawks come on strong in 2nd half

With his team getting out-played and trailing Estill High 21-19 at halftime, Blackville-Hilda High boys coach Ryan Moody didn’t hold back with an old-fashioned tongue-lashing in the locker room.

Moody’s message evidently hit home with his players.

Blackville-Hilda High responded with a dominating performance in the second half in a convincing 52-37 win over the Gators Thursday night, Feb. 8 in Estill.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High improves to 9-12 overall and 6-8 in region play.

WEHS girls beat North High

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils scored a 47-43 road victory over North High on Feb. 6 in Region 4A basketball.

Williston-Elko High, which never trailed in the contest, led by as much as 12 points going into the fourth quarter.

Williston-Elko High coach Eva Strong said the team played its best basketball to get its second region win of the season.

Audits reveal financial health of public bodies

This time of year most government entities are getting their annual audit reports for the previous fiscal year.

While this may seem like a dull and lifeless document, it is actually an extremely important barometer of the financial health of a public governmental body, such as school districts, city and county governments, and economic development commissions. After all, it’s important to know how the money entrusted to these entities by the public is being spent.

Is every penny properly accounted for?

VA patients need volunteers year-round

Dear Editor,

This Valentine’s Day, many veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended.

No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no Veteran has to be.

Citizens in the community can arrange for a visit through our Voluntary Service Office during National Salute week to visit veterans at the Dorn VA and remind them that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

Barnwell County Council votes on three candidates for Administrator - none approved

“We don’t have an administrator,” said Barnwell County Council Chairman Lowell Jowers after three votes failed to approve the hiring of any of the three finalists during their regular council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The first vote on Debbie Fickling resulted in a 3-3 deadlock. Chairman Jowers recused himself on an ethics ruling due to the fact that Fickling is his sister-in-law. Fickling is currently the business manager for the county.

Imogene Weeks Roberts (Orangeburg)

Imogene Weeks Roberts, 83, of Orangeburg went to her Heavenly home on Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Rivelon Baptist Church in Orangeburg. Burial will follow at Double Pond Baptist Church in Blackville with Rev. Obed Ortiz officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Judy, Charles Judy, Chris Stephenson and Andy Vaughn.

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