Firefighters thanked by Airport Commission

Dear Editor,

To: Timbo Williams, Barnwell County Fire Coordinator; Jessie Elmore, Barnwell Rural Fire Chief; Andy Hogg, Long Branch Fire Chief; and Thomas Sharpe, Hilda Fire Chief.

On behalf of the Barnwell Airport Commission, please accept our grateful thanks and appreciation for an outstanding job by all the volunteer firefighters from Long Branch, Hilda and Barnwell Rural who responded to the fire at the Barnwell Airport on September 19.

Though five planes were destroyed, the firefighters were able to contain the fire to one end of the T-hanger building.

Sponsors of Chamber meeting thanked

Dear Editor,

Recently at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting it was my privilege to state “As Barnwell County prospers our businesses will prosper; as our businesses prosper, Barnwell County will prosper”. That is the Chambers core belief.

Yet, business contributions to our communities too often go overlooked and underappreciated. So, in recognition and thanks to contributing businesses the Barnwell County Chamber sincerely thanks the following businesses for generous donations of door prizes and sponsorships for our annual meeting:

Local victim shares signs of ovarian cancer

Dear Editor,

Last year just about this time my body told me something wasn’t right. Not wasting any time I went to my gynecologist in Augusta, Ga., and was referred to AU Health.

I was diagnosed last October with stage IIIB ovarian low-grade serous adenocarcinoma that had spread into other reproductive organs and my omentum.

I am currently still under treatment as my cancer has returned.

I want to bring this horrific disease into the light and vow to help educate others on the signs and resources.

Citizens owe Williams ‘debt of gratitude’

Dear Editor,

It was with great sadness that I read of the retirement of Pickens Williams Jr. as Barnwell County Administrator.

Pickens has been a fixture of the Barnwell County Courthouse for decades and has been a shining example of everything a county official should be. He was the consummate paragon of efficiency and productivity while also exuding friendliness and personal warmth. Pickens transformed a visit to the courthouse from the routine drudgery of attending to mundane business to the feeling of visiting a friend.

Anderson Family grateful

Dear Editor,

How grateful we are for the numerous acts of kindness you extended to our family during the loss of our loved one. We are thankful and appreciative for the cards, food, flowers and calls.

A special thanks to the staff at PruittHealth in Barnwell.

May God bless you.

The family of Adele Priester B. Anderson

Gibson, Air Methods contract highlight meeting

Two ceremonies were high points of the meeting of the Barnwell County Council Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Barnwell.

The council honored former County Treasurer Wendall P. “Wendy” Gibson Jr. and held a ceremonial signing of a contract with Air Methods.

Council Chairman Lowell Jowers presented Gibson with a plaque and a gift from the council. He also read a resolution which noted he has worked for the county from July 17, 1989 until August 31, 2017 “in various capacities and positions.”

Williston approves fees for parks master plan

The parks master plan, a grant to purchase police body cameras, disaster preparedness and the schedule for Halloween Trick or Treating were among the topics reviewed by the Williston Town Council on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The council approved the Halloween schedule for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Also approved was the fee schedule for the Parks Master Plan.

In August the council approved the firm of Johnson, Laschober and Associates to create a master plan.

Mr. & Mrs. Heider celebrate 50 years

Fred and Annette (Gibson) Heider celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 26, 2017 at a favorite restaurant hosted by their children and family.

The couple was married in Barnwell on August 26, 1967.

Fred and Annette have three children, Angela Gantt (Todd) of Barnwell, Rev. Russell Heider (Tonya) of Bonneau, S.C. and Valerie Watts (Jason) of Fayette, Ala. They have also been blessed with 8 grandchildren: Shelby Morris (Bryson), Lindsey Gantt (fiancée Ross Nettles), Keri Gantt, Austin, Kristin & Emily Grace Heider, and Robert & Brian Watts.

Gantt, Nettles announce engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Todd Gantt of Barnwell are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Michelle Gantt, to Ross Allen Nettles. He is the son of Mr. Sandy Nettles of Williston and Mrs. Dee Hudgens of Greenwood.

The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of Barnwell High School and 2016 graduate of Charleston Southern University. She is currently employed at Alston Bailey Elementary School in Summerville.

The bride-elect is the maternal granddaughter of Fred and Annette Heider and paternal granddaughter of the late Judson and Jean Gantt.

Brantley Chavis born on August 17, 2017

Diana Bryant and Brandon Chavis are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brantley David Chavis.

He was born at 2:15 p.m. on August 17, 2017 in Aiken. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Malissa and David Justice of Blackville.

Maternal grandparents are Robert and Tammy Bryant of Blackville. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Martha and Edgar Halburnt.

Blue Devils vault over Trojans in region clash

Williston-Elko High survived a scare from Ridge Spring-Monetta High Friday night in the Devils’ Den.

Behind a stout defensive performance and good special teams play, the Blue Devils were able to overcome inconsistencies on offense for a 21-7 win.

With the win, Williston-Elko moves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said the team was fortunate to come out on top.

BHS Volleyball ends drought

It took some time, but the Barnwell High girls varsity volleyball team finally lifted the “monkey” off their back - the monkey being the Silver Bluff High Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs have owned the series over the Lady Warhorses for the past five years with eight wins in 10 outings

That, however, changed Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Barnwell.

Not only did the Lady Warhorses defeat the Lady Bulldogs, they did it in dominating fashion in a four-set win.

BHHS splits with WEHS in region

For now, the Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High varsity girls will have to share the bragging rights in regional play.

The teams met Tuesday, Sept. 19 in the Devils’ Den. The contest turned into a barnburner with Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High breaking even in a dual match with a win apiece.

After losing the first match to Blackville-Hilda High, Williston-Elko High swung the momentum in its favor with a 25-13 win in the second set of the final match. The team then went on to stage a third set rally to even the match.

A-F Tigers fall to McCormick

The Allendale-Fairfax High Tigers didn’t have their most productive night Friday night at McCormick High.

The Tigers spotted the Chiefs 14 points in the first half, then tried to come back. Despite a strong second half performance, the Tigers were unable to slow down the Chiefs in a 28-12 loss.

Defensively, the Tigers didn’t have an answer for tailback Mataeo Durant and quarterback Dillon Waters of the Chiefs. Durant rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Walters had 158 total yards, including 97 yards passing and a touchdown.

Raiders can’t keep pace with Patriots

The Jefferson Davis Academy 8-man football stumbled on the road Friday in a 28-12 loss to Patrick Henry Academy.

The Raiders played one quarter of outstanding football, but it all unraveled after that as the Patriots outscored them 32-6 over the remaining three quarters.

With the loss, JDA falls to 3-3 in the standings.

JDA coach Michael Tindall said they played well in spurts.

“Offensively, we moved the ball well at times, but most of those drives ended with turnovers and mistakes,” Tindal said.

Hawks grounded by War Eagles

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks weren’t able to get anyhing going on either side of the ball Friday night in a 28-0 loss to Wagener-Salley High.

With the loss, Blackville-Hilda High falls to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in region play.

Offensively, the Hawks weren’t able to get their normally dependable running game going, being held to a season-low 51 yards on 35 plays.

Plagued by mistakes and turnovers, the Hawks’ offense managed only one serious scoring threat and that came on the last drive of the game.

D29 hires interim superintendent

A familiar face is returning to help guide Williston District 29 through another transitional period.

Dr. Everette "Rette" Dean Jr. was hired as Williston District 29's interim superintendent during a special meeting on September 27. The action came one week after the resignation of Dr. Missoura Ashe, who had been on administrative leave for three weeks. Ashe had been superintendent since March 2015.

Karen Lisa Walsh

Funeral services will be held for Karen Lisa Walsh at Hagood Avenue Baptist Church on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Visitation will be at 1p.m. while services will be at 2 p.m.

She passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Lisa was born and raised in Barnwell, graduating from Barnwell High School in 1974, where she was a cheerleader and active in many school activities. She graduated from USC-Aiken with a RN degree, she served in hospitals in Aiken, Barnwell and Atlanta before finishing her working career in Augusta, Ga. as a physical therapist.


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