Shawn Eric Moody

Shawn Eric Moody is running for re-election for Williston Town Council because he is passionate about helping.

Moody is a Union Boilermaker and has been a member for 26 years. He is currently serving his second term of President of Local 456 of the Carolinas. He is in his 16th year at the Savannah River Site working for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Kurt J. Odermatt

Kurt Odermatt wants to serve on the Williston Town Council as a way to give back to the town that he and his family have called home for 22 years.

He works at Collum Lumber in Allendale as Systems Quality Control/Human Resource Manager for the Planer Mill. He served in the U.S. Navy onboard the USS Nimitz during Operation Desert Shield. He currently serves as a deacon at Elko Baptist Church. Previous community involvement includes being on the Circle Theatre board in 2000 as the publicity officer and coaching Dixie Youth Baseball, as well as town soccer.

Nigel E. Abner

Nigel Abner moved home to make a difference, which is one reason he’s running for Williston Town Council.

He is a retired Navy veteran with 20 years of service. Abner is a board member of Barnwell County Axis 1, a member of Barnwell County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a current member of the Barnwell County Leathernecks since 2012.

Abner is married and has two children.

Timothy J. Scott

Timothy Scott wants to serve on Williston Town Council because community service is important.

Scott, who grew up in a military family, moved to Williston nearly five years ago to care for his mother-in-law.

He was a manager for Save-a-Lot food stores for 11 years. Most recently he was over the Orangeburg store, but it closed two months ago. He is now a manager of BI-LO in Barnwell.

Scott is secretary for the Community Service Club in Williston and has helped with the back-to-school bash.

Towns join lawsuit over withheld funding

Two Barnwell County towns have joined Southeastern Housing & Community Development as plaintiffs in a lawsuit over withheld funding to demolish dilapidated homes.

Southeastern Housing & Community Development (formerly Southeastern Housing Foundation) filed a lawsuit August 18 against S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority (the Authority) and S.C. Housing Corporation (SCHC). The lawsuit alleges the Authority withheld $2,310,000 in federal funding through the Neighborhood Initiative Program (NIP) from the Barnwell-based Southeastern Housing.

Imani JaNiya Jones turns 2

Imani JaNiya Jones celebrated her second birthday on September 10, 2017.

Imani JaNiya Jones is the daughter of Victor and Wanda Jones of Blackville.

She has one brother, Bryson Jared Jones.

Paternal grandparents are Charlie and Mary Jones of Blackville.

Maternal grandparents are Elizabeth Johnson and the late Lijah Johnson Sr. of Blackville.

God Parents are Linda Johnson, Gary Johnson, and Jacoby Hammond of Blackville and Shirley Hill of Laurens.

Blackville alumni helping heart defect survivor

Austyn Alexander White, a native of Blackville, and his family participated in the Low Country Heart Walk in Charleston South Carolina on September 30, 2017.

One-year-old Austyn was born on April 18, 2016 weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Three days after his birth, Austyn was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as Tretology of Fallot, a problem with the heart's structure that is present at birth. Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart.

Excavation site coming to career center

A temporary excavation site will soon be installed at the Barnwell County Career Center.

Jessica Phillips, the outreach coordinator for Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, requested use of the school’s property for a hands-on excavation program for local elementary school students.

“This activity allows students to experience the field work aspect of archaeology as well as encourages them to use their critical thinking skills,” said Phillips in her letter to the board.

WEMS principal on paid leave

Williston-Elko Middle School’s principal has been placed on paid administrative leave by District 29 Interim Superintendent Dr. Everette Dean. The People-Sentinel was contacted by a parent who received an alert message from the school stating WEMS Principal Greg Sweet was away from the building “for the time being”. After unsuccessfully trying to contact Williston District 29 School Board chairwoman Ferlecia Cuthbertson, the newspaper then contacted District 29 Interim Superintendent Dr. Everette Dean Jr. “There is an investigation going on regarding a matter.

George Washington (Allendale)

Funeral services for Mr. George Washington, 78, of 375 Spruce Street, Allendale, were held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Daniel Latimer officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. George Washington was born to the late Rufus and Essie Mae Washington on July 6, 1939 in Allendale. George gained his wings on October 24, 2017.

Larry Lynch (Barnwell)

A Celebration of Life Service for Larry Craig Lynch, 56, of Barnwell, will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Bethany Baptist Church, Barnwell, with the Reverend Robert Altman officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be given in Larry’s honor to Bethany Baptist Church, P.O. Box 156, Barnwell, SC 29812.

Larry passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

William E. White (Fairfax)

William E. White, 68, of Fairfax, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Agapé Hospice House - Columbia after an extended illness.

He was a former contractor, cabinet maker and musician; he was born March 18, 1949 in Arlington, Virginia. He was predeceased by his father, James P. White; mother, Frances Ferguson White; sister, Betty White and stepmother, Marcella White.

Survivors include his son, Dagan White and family, as well as long-time friends, Afra McClanahan and Nell Ray Walling.

A private burial is planned.

Red Raiders pull away from Warhorses

For the previous top-ranked Barnwell High Warhorses, the formula for victory was all too familiar.

Big splash plays, a potent ground game and playing stout defense. It was Warhorse football that the hometown faithful have grown accustomed to seeing this season.

Unfortunately on Friday night at W.W. Carter Field, it wasn’t the Warhorses using that formula to perfection. It was the Red Raiders.

A Bamberg-Ehrhardt High team that had beaten Barnwell High in the past five meetings, continued its dominance in the rivalry with a 21-0 victory.

JDA Raiders capture region title

For the first time since 2010, the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders are region champs in football.

On Friday night at Winnsboro, Jefferson Davis Academy ended its drought with a convincing 30-16 win over Richard Winn Academy.

A Richard Winn Academy team that came into the game with just one loss was overwhelmed by Jefferson Davis Academy.

Jefferson Davis Academy dominated the first three quarters of play, scoring on five of seven possessions for a commanding 22-0 advantage.

With the win, Jefferson Davis Academy improves to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.

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