McKinley Blake Pritchard, a junior at Jefferson Davis Academy, has adopted a kindergarten class from Houston, Texas through Teachers of Tomorrow.
While approximately 40 people took part in the inaugural Walk by Faith 3K, all eyes were on King-Aaden Rivera as he took three steps to mark the three-year anniversary of a wreck he was in which he was critically injured.
This would have been impossible three years ago, but the six-year-old has come a long way since the accident.
The event raised money to fund scholarships for seniors in the Boyz2Men program, which was started by King-Aaden’s father Marcus.
It’s fun to camp at the Y-M-C-A!
That’s not exactly how the lyrics go to the Village People’s 1978 song “YMCA”, but the statement sums up how campers felt during the Barnwell County Family YMCA’s second annual summer camp during June and July. Erin Ouzts and Caitlyn Williams led the camp, which had a different theme each week and included a variety of fun and educational activities.
“It was a blessing for us,” said Matt Mullen, the executive director of the Barnwell YMCA, adding how there were no behavioral problems.
Dorothy Creech of Enterprise Bank, Augusta Fiberglass and Tri-County Pallet Company were honored Monday evening, Sept. 18 as recipients of the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards.
The awards were presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting held at the Southern Carolina Business Center in Barnwell.
The Sept. 14 Barnwell District 45 School Board meeting started with a reception for new employees.
After enjoying refreshments, board members all expressed their excitement to have the new employees as part of the district.
“Tonight is a very exciting night,” said Superintendent Crissie Stapleton.
The four principals then provided updates on the first month of school and their goals for the year.
Barnwell County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr. has announced his plan to retire next year.
Williams, 59, shared his intentions to retire within the next five to six months with the Barnwell County Council on Tuesday, Sept. 19 during a closed session of the council’s regular meeting. Williams then met with county department heads the next day.
“I don’t plan to move. I’m not upset or anything like that,” said Williams. “It’s something I have been talking with my wife about for nearly a year. I have no reason other than I think it’s time for me to do something different.”
Minister Adele B. Anderson, 92, was born on December 17, 1924 in Barnwell. The gentle touch of our Heavenly Father beckoned her home to rest from the Pruitt Health Center in Barnwell on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
Minister Anderson was a daughter of the late Rubin and Della Collins Priester. Minister Anderson was affectionately known as “Nana” and “Doot”. She began her spiritual development at an early age when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at Morris Chapel Baptist Church in Barnwell.
Investigations are underway after bomb threats were made against two area high schools around the same time Thursday afternoon.
Barnwell High School received a bomb threat on Sept. 21 at 12:25 p.m. While Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll would not say exactly where the call was received, he said it was not called into the school or the 911 dispatch center. Around the same time, a bomb threat was called into the Allendale-Fairfax High School office, according to Allendale County Sheriff Tom Carter.
Williston District 29’s superintendent has resigned, just three weeks after she was placed on leave following the discovery of a tape recorder.
The school board unanimously accepted the immediate resignation of Dr. Missoura Ashe after meeting in closed session with their lawyers during the Sept. 20 meeting.
“The board and Dr. Ashe believe this decision is in our mutual best interest, the best interest of students and the best interest of the Williston-Elko communities,” according to a public statement provided after the meeting.
Evelyn Bessinger Cook, 88, of Barnwell, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Aiken.
Lewis Lynwood Paynter was born on December 28, 1936, in Woodbury, New Jersey to the late Octavious E. Sr. and the late Evelyn B. Paynter. He transitioned peacefully on September 8, 2017, at Pruitt Health in Aiken.
Lewis nickname among his military friends was “Peso” (but he was affectionately known as “Sweetie”) and he was educated in the public school system in Woodbury, New Jersey. After high school, Lewis was briefly employed at a cigar factory.
Mr. Sammie Lee Kelly, aka “Sam”, age 70, was born on August 5, 1947, in Allendale to Dora Bradley Kelly.
He received his education at Job Corps in Bamberg, and worked in landscaping for many years.
“Sam”, as he was affectionately known, will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends, and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Besides his father and grandparents, he is preceded in death by one daughter, one son-in-law, two brothers, one sister and one brother-in-law.
Grace Maude Jackson Tripp, 85, of Barnwell, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at her home surrounded by friends and caregivers.
Grace was born at North Pharsalia, N.Y. on June 5, 1932, the daughter of the late Leslie M Jackson and Maude Violet Ellsworth Jackson. She graduated in 1950 from Truxton High School in New York.
Angelia “Angie” Louise Lewis, 65, of Barnwell, passed away September 15, 2017 at University Hospital surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 18 at 11 a.m. at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church, Barnwell, with the Father Wilbroad Mwape officiating. Burial will be at the Barnwell County Memory Gardens. Visitation was held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Dyches Funeral Home, Barnwell.
Dewey Frontis Garvin, age 83 of Franklin, Georgia passed away September 16, 2017.
He was born September 18, 1933 in Aiken County, son of the late Dewey Garvin and Alma Scott Garvin. He began his working career as a farmer, worked as a heavy equipment operator and ended his career as an employee of Carrollton High School. He was a member of Glenloch Baptist Church.
Jessie Lloyd Little Jr., 97, passed away September 11, 2017 at his home in Barnwell.
Mr. Little was born on November 24, 1919 in Quinton, Ala. He was the son of the late Jessie Lloyd Little Sr. and Ethal Alexander Scoggins. He served in the United States Navy and the United States Navy Reserve and was a retired Instrument Technician with Dupont. He was a member of the Barnwell First Baptist Church and Harmony Masonic Lodge of Barnwell.
Barnwell High head coach Dwayne Garrick didn’t necessarily have a look of satisfaction on his face following Friday’s 23-20 win over Wade Hampton High.
It was more of a look of relief. Or more accurately, it was the look of a coach whose team for the third year in a row pulled out a nail-bitter against Wade Hampton.
After stopping Williston-Elko High on its two-point attempt in overtime, the Woodland High players spilled onto the field to celebrate a 27-26 win.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils coaches and players could only watch the celebration in disgust with a sickening feeling in their stomachs.
The Blue Devils once again let a prime opportunity to beat a division 2A team slip through their fingers.
Unlike their loss to Barnwell High, the Blue Devils had the Wolverines in check for most of the game.
The Blackville-Hilda High varsity football team let one get away on Friday as they lost to the McCormick High Chiefs by a score of 22-20.
Blackville-Hilda High played well for three quarters, fell apart mostly in the fourth and still had a chance to win.
Barnwell County caught a glancing punch from Tropical Storm Irma on Monday, Sept. 11, experiencing some downed trees and power outages but no significant damage, according to Barnwell County Emergency Management Director Roger Riley.
The storm was initially a Category 5 hurricane as it approached the Florida Keys and then turned north along the western coast of that state. Last week forecasters thought South Carolina would be hit full force by the storm as it trekked northward but Irma had other plans. The storm lost intensity and edged westward into Georgia.