Nana’s Flowers & Gifts opens in Barnwell

A Barnwell couple is hoping their new business will blossom near downtown Barnwell.

Nana’s Flowers & Gifts opened at 39 Franklin Street on Oct. 30. It is owned by Lynnette Carroll who has worked in the floral industry for 14 years.

“We’ve always had a dream of working for ourselves. She can make anything,” said Todd Carroll of his wife.

They use real and silk flowers to create centerpieces and arrangements. She also creates wreaths out of flowers and ribbons. The shop also sells live plants and hanging baskets.

Restaurant serves taste of Caribbean & soul

A Barnwell native is serving up a mix of soul food and Caribbean inspired dishes at his restaurant.

Tim Sanders was riding around with his mom one day when he wanted soul food; however, he couldn’t find any in Barnwell County. This led him to open Taste of Caribbean & Soul (also known as Barnwell Caribbean) approximately two and a half years ago at 12879 Highway 278 in Barnwell.

“I’m trying to do something different,” he said.

Shoppers asked to stay local, ‘shop small’

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit.

That’s because Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 25 this year, isn’t about getting up before dawn, fighting traffic, jostling with crowds and standing in long lines to save a few bucks on things no one asked for.

Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate and support the small, family-run businesses that do so much throughout the year to support our community.

‘Relationship’ talks important topic for kids

Dear Editor,

Teens often say that it’s impossible to talk to their parents about love, sex, and relationships.

Parents, you might think they don’t want to hear it, but most teens say they do want to learn about sex, love, and relationships from their parents.

Here are ten tips for starting” the talk”.

1. Start Early. Use this “window of opportunity” and talk with your children early and often about important issues like love, sex and relationships.

BHS launches youth apprenticeship program

Barnwell School District 45 is excited to announce the creation of a youth apprenticeship program through a partnership with Swiss Krono and Apprenticeship Carolina.

As the first registered youth apprenticeship program in the county, it provides students with opportunities to connect classroom experiences and knowledge to career-based internships. The youth apprenticeships are possible for both juniors and seniors.

Allendale bus drivers rehired after boycott

A boycott by some Allendale County school bus drivers has led to a few changes.

Rumors circulated on Friday, Oct. 27 that bus drivers were planning to boycott. Interim Superintendent Dr. Walter Tobin said he spoke with the bus driver supervisor on Sunday, Oct. 29 about the status of the boycott, but did not receive a “definitive response” from the drivers. However, eight drivers were unaccounted for on Monday, Oct. 30.

“Upon arrival at Allendale-Fairfax High School at 5:30 a.m. only five bus drivers were on duty. The others had abandoned the workplace,” said Tobin.

Fire destroys mobile home

A mobile home fire left one person in Blackville homeless last week.

Firefighters from the Blackville and Hilda fire departments were dispatched to a mobile home on Solomon Blatt Avenue on Wednesday, Nov. 8 around 11:30 p.m. for a structure fire.

“It was already fully engulfed and nearly gone by the time the first firefighters got there,” said Blackville Fire Chief James Haskins.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which also burned some surrounding grass and trees.

Two juveniles arrested for bomb threat

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Blackville-Hilda High and Middle schools on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said his office was notified at 12:56 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He said the threat was called into the school, but declined to give further details of the call.

Bomb threat at Blackville-Hilda High School under investigation

Students and faculty from Blackville-Hilda High and Middle Schools were evacuated Wednesday, Nov. 15 following a bomb threat.

Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll said a call came in to the school between 12:56 and 12:59 p.m. of the threat of a bomb at the high school. He declined to give further details of the call or the caller as it is an active investigation.

Jean Orr Belcher (Rock Hill)

Jean Orr Belcher (nee Betty Jean Orr) of Rock Hill died on November 13, 2017, at the age of 86.

A native of Inman, Jean was predeceased by her husband, Posey Belcher Jr., and by her parents, Esther Burgess Orr and Warren Herbert Orr. Jean was a 1949 graduate of Inman High School, where she was the valedictorian. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 1953, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

3 meetings slated this week for County Council

The Barnwell County Council will meet three times this week.

The first is a special called meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. in Council chambers. The only item on the agenda is a closed session to discuss a “personnel matter related to the museum”.

Later, at 6 p.m., the council will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting in council chambers. The agenda includes a letter of support for SRP Credit Union ATM in Blackville. It also includes a closed session for four items:

Bobby Abbott Sr. (Healing Springs)

Funeral services for Bobby Ray Abbott Sr., 64, of Healing Springs, will be held 2 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Blackville First Baptist Church with the Reverend Jeffrey Ray officiating. Burial will be in the Blackville Cemetery with Masonic Rites Accorded. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 14 at Folk Funeral Home, Williston.

Bobby passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Oneal Hutson (Healing Springs)

Funeral services for Pinckney Oneal Hutson, 92, of Healing Springs, were held 3 p.m., Sunday, November 12, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with Reverend George Still and Dr. Donald Prevatt officiating. Burial will be held at the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery by the airport with Military Honors accorded. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, November 11 at the funeral home.

Mr. Hutson passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Former superintendent still being paid by District 29

Williston District 29 is now paying the salaries and benefits for two superintendents.

Dr. Missoura Ashe resigned as superintendent on Sept. 20, three weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave. However, the settlement agreement she reached with the board states her voluntary resignation won’t take place until March 31, 2018.

Emergency drill scheduled Nov. 15

There will be lots of lights and sirens in Barnwell County on November 15 but residents are not to worry – it is only a drill.

Barnwell County Emergency Management Director Roger Riley said South Carolina will be holding a full-scale disaster exercise that day. While the statewide exercise will simulate a mass power and communications outage, the Midlands Region will simulate an earthquake at a local high school resulting in mass casualties.

Toys for Tots returns to Barnwell Co.

A local veterans organization and a Bamberg County family are teaming up to provide toys for children this holiday season.

The Barnwell County Leathernecks, a Marine Corps League chapter, is working with Deanna Berry of Denmark to bring the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” to Barnwell and five area counties.

The Leathernecks have wanted to start a Toys for Tots project locally for a while, says Bud Bazemore and Nigel Abner, members of the Marine Corps League.

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