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.

Rotary Club seeks Secret Santas for local children

Donors and volunteers are sought again this year in support of Secret Santa, a project of the Rotary Club of Barnwell County.

“The Rotary Club of Barnwell County sponsors the Secret Santa Program each year as one of our service projects,” said Rotary Club President Michael Beasley. “This is our 21st year of sponsoring this wonderful program which could not be successful without the help of our community. Secret Santa serves many needy families who would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.”

Donate Love Lights for elderly

Donations are now being accepted for the annual Love Lights Program in Barnwell.

Love Lights is a fundraiser in support of the elderly in Barnwell County. Sponsored by The Barnwell Downtown Association and The People-Sentinel, proceeds go toward the Barnwell County Nursing Home Residents’ Fund, home delivered meals by Generations Unlimited of Barnwell County, and the Barnwell Rotary Club’s Coins of Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Fund.

Inaugural car show attracts variety of rides

The inaugural Cars, Bikes & Fellowship offered something for everyone.

Approximately 30 cars and 15 motorcycles of various ages and models filled the parking lot of Barnwell First Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 21.

“We really had the variety I was looking for,” said event organizer Eric Bell of the assortment, such as project cars to share and talk about, classic trucks and muscles cars that were already restored, new muscle and late model Mustangs and Corvettes, plus everything in between.

Local athletes selected to Border Bowl Classic

The fifth annual Border Bowl football game is less than two months away and there will be several local athletes seeing action in the talented senior clash between South Carolina and Georgia players.

Area high schools will be well represented at the event with two coaches and 13 athletes, including two cheerleaders, being named from Allendale-Fairfax High, Barnwell High, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High.

B-E Red Raiders crush Jaguars

Any whispers Kingstree High School might have had of a potential upset against Bamberg-Ehrhardt High were quickly shushed in the first quarter of Friday’s opening round playoff game.

The Red Raiders scored practically at will, erupting for three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 51-13 thumping of the Jaguars.

The game was never in doubt as the Red Raiders dominated the Jaguars from the opening kickoff.

The Red Raiders more than tripled the Jaguars yards-wise (430-to-90) and had over twice as many first downs.

A look back at birthdays in Barnwell

Naturally, most of us enjoy celebrating our birthdays, regardless of our ages.

Phone calls, e-mails, messages on Facebook, land line calls, texting on cell phones, birthday cards via mail are various means of conveying that all-important long standing message:”Happy birthday to you!”

Today, the majority of us just go out to indulge in off-the-diet foods with family and friends. What joy!

Long years ago someone was heard exclaiming, ”Why in this world do children celebrate their birthdays? They had absolutely nothing to do with it!”

Church Calendar - November 8, 2017


Macedonia Baptist Church (3572 Dexter Street, Blackville) will have their Homecoming/Friends and Family Day on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Tabernacle Baptist Church (3076 Dexter Street, Blackville) will hold its annual homecoming service on Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. Speaker will be Dr. Shawn Johnson, superintendent of Barnwell District 19. Dinner will be served.

We can each make a difference in just one life

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan said these words many years ago, but they still serve as a good reminder of how we should live our lives.

This subject also brings to mind the classic “Star Thrower” story written by Loren Eiseley in 1969. It tells of a man who is walking along a beach. He encounters a young boy who is digging stranded starfish out of the sand and throwing them back into the ocean.

Secret Santa brings joy to children locally

Dear Editor:

The Rotary Club of Barnwell County sponsors the Secret Santa Program each year as one of our service projects. This is our 21st year of sponsoring this wonderful program which could not be successful without the help of our community. Secret Santa serves many needy families who would otherwise not be able to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

The applications are available through DSS and are due by November 9th, 2017. DSS screens each applicant and provides a list of children ages 2-10 who qualify.

Smokers urged to go ‘Cold Turkey’, sign pledge

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event.

Residents are asked to encourage someone they know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. According to the ACS, by quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

The Axis I Center of Barnwell will be hosting its 2nd annual “Quit Cold Turkey” campaign on November 16.

Blackville Museum invites community to open house Nov. 12

The Blackville Heritage Museum invites you to attend an open house on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The museum is located at 655 Main Street in Blackville.

The Blackville Historical Society has been working diligently to enhance exhibits in the museum as well as adding artifacts to the garage building behind the museum. The museum and garage will be open to the public during the open house on November 12. 

Please plan to drop by and enjoy the history on display at this community treasure. Light refreshments will be served.

Jack Morris (Allendale)

Jack Morris, 91, of Allendale, husband of the late Eunice Fail Morris for over 60 years, died Thursday, November, 2, 2017.

Mr. Morris was born in Barnwell, and was a son of the late Roy and Bertie Hadwin Morris and was the father of the late Linda F. Morris. He was a truck driver for Thomas and Howard Wholesale Co., worked at Ulmer Chevrolet Co., was co-owner of Jack and Free's Service Center and retired from Jack's Welding.

David Earle Meyer (McClellanville)

David Earle Meyer, age 59, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at home in McClellanville, S.C.

David enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles, breeding and raising his boxer dogs. He had a heart full of love and joy and he was a generous and faithful man who was loyal to his family and many friends. David was a former longtime resident and employee of Standard Coffee in Atlanta, Ga. and more recently employed by Boeing in Charleston.

Shop LOCAL and support our businesses

Small businesses are an integral part of our local economy and community as a whole.

While these businesses don’t employ hundreds or thousands as large industries, they are the income and livelihoods for many families. They also provide important goods and services, typically with a type of customer service you won’t find at a big box store.

Sometimes it is good to see other places

As someone who writes and talks to people for a living, I’m rarely at a loss for words.

However, a recent vacation out west left me in awe – and honestly a little speechless – after witnessing the natural beauty, culture and history of a part of this great country I had not previously explored.

I was part of a tour group through the Holiday Vacations company on a trip hosted by WRDW in Augusta, Ga. We started in Salt Lake City, Utah embarking to the Grand Canyon, several national parks in Utah and many other fascinating places.

Blue Devils heat up after slow start

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood wasn’t left discouraged by several early glitches in a 48-6 blowout win over Denmark-Olar High Friday night.

Youngblood came away fairly pleased overall despite a couple of first-half turnovers on offense.

“We started a little slow, but sometimes there’s going to be some sloppy play now and then. However, I have to give my players credit how they responded after a tough start. We cleaned up our play in a hurry to take control of the game,” Youngblood said.

JDA Raiders roll in season finale

Jefferson Davis Academy coach Michael Tindall watched another dominating win by his team Friday night in Blackville.

Two weeks ago it was a 60-point outing in a rout over Holly Hill Academy. This time, Jefferson Davis Academy lit up the scoreboard again in a 60-6 blowout over Newberry Academy.

The game was competitive for about six minutes. After the Newberry Academy Eagles scored on a five-yard run to tie the game at 6-6 in the opening quarter, the Raiders answered with 34 points over the next 14 minutes to take a commanding 40-6 hafltime lead.


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