Church Calendar - November 29, 2017

Homecomings

Healing Springs Baptist Church (17 Springs Court, Blackville) will have homecoming Sunday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Speaker will be Rev. Marshall Still of Great Salkehatchie Baptist Church. Jeremy Roland will provide special music. Dinner will be served after the service.

Family & Friends Day

St. John Baptist Church, Barnwell, will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. The speaker is Rev. Thomas Hunter, pastor of Greater St. Thomas Apostolic Church, West Columbia.

BEHS takes down BHS in Lower State finals

Although it was only a 3-0 lead at the time, Barnwell High had all the momentum early in the second quarter and seemed poised to end its drought Friday night against Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

Only it didn’t happen.

The result - a 23-3 loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt High that was especially tough this time around as it ended Barnwell High’s season for the second year in a row in the Lower State Finals.

In some ways the game resembled the first meeting between the teams that was played at W.W. Carter Field in which the Red Raiders won 21-0.

BHS standouts make college choices

Barnwell High School softball standouts Kelci Brown and Kyra Shuler signed their letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the next level Nov. 12 in the school library.

Brown committed to Erskine College in Due West. Last season, she was selected All-State and Region Player of the Year. She was the top pitcher in the region with 16 wins, an ERA of 1.95 and 103 strikeouts. At the plate, Brown batted .529 with 45 hits, 42 runs scored and 18 RBIs.

Williston teen dances in Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

Williston-Elko High School sophomore Katie Hutto and 43 others from her dance studio in Bamberg performed on national television for Spirit of America Production Company in the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 23.

Katie, the daughter of Michael and Holly Hutto, has dreamed of performing in the parade since joining the dance studio at age three.This was the 16-year-old’s sole chance to be in the parade because the dance studio is only chosen to participate every four years and the age limit is 19.

Community Soup Kitchen opening Friday, Dec. 1

Sixty people from 10 area churches attended a volunteer dinner meeting Nov. 17 to learn about helping with the new community soup kitchen opening Friday, Dec. 1 in the activity center of Barnwell First Baptist.

Currently, there are only enough volunteers to be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

“We still have a few days available on the calendar if anybody would like to help,” said Sherrie Still, soup kitchen coordinator.

Grant to fund demo of old Blackville school

The Town of Blackville reinstalled three council members and then got an early Christmas gift in the form of a Community Development Block Grant.

Council members Steven Jowers, Alan Harrison and Fred Orr each took the oath of office administered by Mayor Michael Beasley during the Nov. 20 meeting held at the Blackville Community Center.

Jowers, Harrison and Orr were unopposed in their bid for re-election for four-year terms on council.

Effort seeks to ‘connect’ area

The effort to “get connected” in the Lowcountry Promise Zone is moving forward and was highlighted this week at a meeting in Barnwell.

“A meeting in March 2016 set the stage for where we are today,” said Jim Stritzinger, Executive Director of Connect South Carolina. Since that meeting the United States Department of Agriculture provided a grant to help stakeholders collect data on digital connectivity in the Promise Zone which includes all or portions of Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties.

Progress is slow but welcomed

Now that we’ve counted our blessings and stuffed ourselves with turkey and all the fixings, we can officially say “Merry Christmas!”

With cooler temperatures in the air and decorations going up, it’s really beginning to feel like Christmas around Barnwell County. The tree lighting service in Snelling this past Sunday night also ushered in the season with Christmas carols, lights and snow - all of which brought smiles to children and adults alike.

ABC’s of controlling blood sugar for diabetics

Dear Editor,

Diabetes, which is sometimes called high blood sugar, affects 25.8 million Americans and plays a part in close to 231,000 deaths a year (SCDHEC, 2012). In South Carolina, it is estimated that 421,549 adults have diabetes.

African-Americans are 42 percent more likely to have the disease than whites (SCDHEC, 2012). It is the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina (SCDHEC, 2012). In 2012, 11.6 percent of adults in South Carolina reported they had diabetes. In the Barnwell area this number increased to 14.7 percent (SCDHEC, 2012). s

D19 highlights recent improvements

The Nov. 13 Barnwell District 19 School Board meeting highlighted curriculum and facility improvements.

Curriculum Director Blue Huggins said they are starting the third round of benchmark tests, which they do every four-and-a-half weeks. These tests are done in certain subjects.

“We are getting a handle on where our kids are,” said Huggins.

The district is also providing professional development to teachers about high progress literacy.

D29 looks at options to select new leader

The Williston District 29 School Board has five options for selecting a new superintendent.

The district has been without a permanent superintendent since the resignation of Dr. Missoura Ashe in September. Interim Superintendent Dr. Everette Dean Jr. said the board can either promote a current District 29 employee, conduct its own search, employ a search firm, employ the S.C. School Boards Association, or employ a headhunter.

“In all of them the board makes the ultimate decision,” said Dean during the board’s Nov. 20 meeting.

Career center adds $55,723 to fund balance

An audit report took up most of the Barnwell County Career Center board’s Nov. 20 meeting.

Rod Dooley from Dooley & Company provided preliminary audit results for the school’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended June 30. The results are preliminary as the final paperwork hasn’t been signed, but numbers are not expected to change.

The career center added $55,723 to its general fund balance. As of June 30, the fund balance totaled $416,514. Ideally, Dooley said, he recommends the career center have approximately $1.5 million in its fund balance.

Game day has important message for teens, parents

Axis I Center of Barnwell hosted its first game day event on Saturday, November 18 at the Barnwell County Library.

Teens played games while learning about sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy prevention. Natalia McLeod of Dillon facilitated the games. Parents were given information on ways to start the talk and community resources. There were 20 youth and eight parents who participated.

Lassie E. Sanders (Barnwell)

Mr. Lassie E. Sanders, 58, of 233 Emily Circle, Barnwell, died on November 20, 2017 at home.

Born on April 21, 1959, he was the son of the late Farrell Duncan and Emily L. Sanders.

Funeral service was held on November 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Guinyard & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Informal visitation was held Thursday, November 24, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Guinyard and Sons Funeral Home.

John C. Bell (Williston)

Funeral services for John Colie “Buckshot” Bell, 42, of Williston, will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with burial at the Williston Cemetery with U.S. Marines Military Honors accorded. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.

“Buckshot” passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

David E. 'Gene' Cook Sr. (Allendale)

David E. “Gene” Cook Sr., 73, of Allendale, the husband of Miriam U. Cook, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Mr. Cook was born on July 14, 1944 and was the son of the late David D. “Buddy” and Margie Cook. He was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a former Assistant Chief of the Allendale Police Department, and retired from Mixon Transport.
He was a member and former Deacon of Allendale First Baptist Church. Gene loved fishing, hunting, and sharing a good story that he swore was the truth.

Mr. & Mrs. Collins celebrate 68 years

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Collins of Barnwell celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on November 3, 2017. They celebrated with their three children, Annette (Jerry) Zissett, Vickie (Stephen) Smith and Jeff Collins.

Mr. and Mrs. Collins have five grandchildren, Trena (Chris) Cheek, Kelvin Zissett, Nick Smith, Shay Smith, and Shawna (Chris) McClary; five great-grandchildren, Bailey Cheek, Trevor Cheek, Noah Smith, Mackenzie McClary and Alexis Smith.

Noah Smith turns 10

Noah Alexander Smith celebrated his 10th birthday on October 2, 2017.

Noah is the son of Shalynne Smith of Hilda.

Grandparents are Stephen and Vickie Smith of Hilda.

Great-grandparents are the late Elmore and Delma Smith of Hilda and Albert and Beulah Collins of Barnwell.

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