James Riddick Moody born on Dec. 13, 2017

Josh and Kaitlyn Moody of Barnwell are proud to announce the birth of their son, James Riddick Moody.

He was born at 3:03 p.m. on December 13, 2017 at Regional Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19.3 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Jimbo and Dana Moody of Barnwell. Paternal great-grandparents are Ronald and Patsy Reece and James and Esther Moody, all of Barnwell.

Maternal grandparents are Michael and Kathy Watkins of Barnwell. Maternal great-grandparents are Rick and Patsy Surles of Allendale and Sonny and Kira Watkins of Summerville.

Julia Gavin turns 95

Julia Deer Gavin celebrated her 95th birthday on Monday, January 29, 2018.

She was born on January 29, 1923 out in the country about a mile due east of Sycamore. She is the fifth of eight children born to Louis R. Deer and Rachel Sue Brant Deer.

Barnwell Presbyterian welcomes pastor, organist

Barnwell Presbyterian Church recently welcomed a new pastor and organist.

Dr. J. Dudley Weaver Jr. began duties as pastor of Barnwell Presbyterian on Jan. 1 while Rita Rostron became the church’s organist last fall. Both said they are excited to be in Barnwell.

“It’s a wonderful group. I’m blessed to be here,” said Rostron, who moved to Aiken from Florida a year ago to be close to one of her five sons.

JDA basketball coach reaches milestone

As the buzzer sounded in Jefferson Davis Academy’s gymnasium Jan. 18, a 30-28 victory over Andrew Jackson Academy wasn’t just any win for the Lady Raiders.

The win signified the 600th victory for coach Barry Morehead.

Morehead said it felt good to reach the milestone.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and the teams I’ve coached during that time for being a part of this great run,” Morehead said. “I believe my players were more excited than I was, but overall it was a lot of fun for everyone.”

Blue Devils stay in region title hunt

Lately for the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team, the blueprint to victory has been the play of their defense.

That trend continued Friday night in the Devils’ Den in a 73-64 triumph over Ridge Spring-Monetta High.

Williston-Elko High’s trademark pressure defense forced Ridge Spring-Monetta High to get careless with the ball, especially in the fourth quarter where the Blue Devils forced eight turnovers.

Williston-Elko High coach Mark Crossland seemed relieved after walking away with a win against a tough region rival.

Allendale-Fairfax girls are own worst enemy in loss

If the Allendale-Fairfax High Lady Tigers’ team can ever figure out how to convert free throws, they would be a threat to anyone in class AA basketball.

That’s what coach Austin Jeffries told his team following Friday’s 49-45 home loss to Silver Bluff High.

The Lady Tigers trailed by as much as eight points in the second half before tying the game at 36-36 with just over four minutes left in the game.

Barnwell County Council debates joining opioid lawsuit

A request to join in a lawsuit against drug companies got mixed reactions from Barnwell County Council members during a special meeting Jan. 23.

The council had received a request from Sen. Brad Hutto and Rep. Lonnie Hosey to give their support to a lawsuit being brought by the state against drug companies as a result of the opioid crisis.

Chairman Lowell Jowers said their support would not cost the county anything.

Councilman Freddie Houston moved to support the issue, seconded by Harold Buckmon.

D29 board members finally get their wish

Well, members of the Williston District 29 School Board have finally gotten their wish.

After two years of finagling around the issue, a replacement for the vacant seat on the board will be filled once the April election results are final.

On June 26, 2016, Billy Williams walked out of a school board meeting and announced on his way out that he was resigning. We imagine that he and most folks figured that a replacement would be selected relatively quickly and life would move on.

Robert Love (Blackville)

Funeral services for Robert Love, 80, of Blackville, will be held 2 o’clock p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston; burial will be in the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Robert passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Veronica 'Rhonda' Baxley Dials (Columbia)

Veronica “Rhonda” Baxley Dials, 61, of Columbia passed away peacefully at her home on January 29, 2018 after a prolonged illness.

She was born Veronica Louise Baxley on May 17, 1956 in Barnwell County to the late Joseph Clayton Baxley Sr. and Betty Smith. She was a widow to the late Bruce Dials of Gaston. She was a homemaker most of her life. She was an avid Gamecock fan, loved to cook for her family and was an extreme animal lover.

Joe N. Jones (Barnwell)

Joe Nathan Jones was born to the late Willie and Rosa Mae Jones on November 7, 1955 in Barnwell.

He received his education at Barnwell High School and was a graduate of the class of 1975. He was employed by Dixie-Narco for 30 years. He also worked at Barnwell Elementary School for several years. His favorite things were cooking on the grill and he had a love for sports. He studied the Bible and learned about Jehovah and his purpose for mankind.

Joe met and married Emma Nimmons on September 26, 1986.

One brother, James Edward Jones, preceded him in death.

Mark Keel reappointed as SLED chief

Barnwell native Mark Keel has been reappointed as the state’s top law enforcement chief.

S.C. Governor Henry McMaster announced on Jan. 31 his decision to reappoint South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Chief Mark Keel. Having first been appointed to the position by Governor Nikki Haley in June 2011, Chief Keel’s distinguished law enforcement career spans over 40 years, according to a press release.

Fraser G. Creech (Columbia)

A memorial service will be held in memory of Fraser G. Creech Friday, February 2, 2018 at Greenlawn Baptist Church in Columbia. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 2 p.m.

Fraser G. Creech passed away January 28, 2018 at Palmetto Baptist Hospital after struggling with declining health for two years. Born in 1930 to Farrell and Agatha Still Creech, Fraser was raised in Barnwell County. She was a graduate of Blackville High School and North Greenville College.

Fire leaves 3 adults homeless

Three adults are homeless after a fire destroyed their home Sunday evening.

Firefighters from the Barnwell Rural, Red Oak and Snelling fire departments responded around 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 to 933 Old Whiskey Road where they found an active structure fire. Approximately 30 firefighters responded and were on scene for close to three hours, said Barnwell Rural Fire Chief Jessie Elmore.

Peggie Tutt (Windsor)

Funeral services for Peggie Jean Bolick Tutt, 65, of Windsor, will be held 11 o’clock a.m., Thursday, February 1, 2018 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend David Richardson officiating; burial will be in the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 31 at the funeral home.

Peggie entered into eternal peace on Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Susie Russell Thomas (Fairfax)

Susie Russell Thomas, age 88, wife of Billy A. Thomas, died Sunday, January 28, 2018 at her residence in Fairfax.

Mrs. Thomas was a native of Bamberg, and a daughter of the late John Marvin and Marie Crummie Russell. She was a homemaker and member of Bethel Baptist Church. Susie was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, active in church and community organizations and she loved to bake and share it with the community.

Verna Murphy (Williston)

Funeral services for Verna Givens Murphy, 84, of Williston, will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Floyd Dukes officiating; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Donations may be given in Verna’s memory to the Williston Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 367, Williston, SC 29853.

Flu continues to rise in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Flu activity is continuing to increase in the Palmetto state and while it's unknown when the flu season activity will peak, DHEC is encouraging South Carolinians to protect themselves against the flu.

"The Influenza A strain continues to be the most frequently reported this season in South Carolina and nationally," said Dr. Tracy Foo, DHEC Immunization Medical Consultant. "When there are high levels of the H3N2 strain circulating, there tends to be more severe illness and a higher number of deaths."

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