Blue Devils beat Hawks again

It was business as usual Friday night for Williston-Elko High as they took on region rival Blackville-Hilda High in the Hawks’ Nest.

Williston-Elko High, which hasn’t lost to Blackville-Hilda High since 2008, extended its winning streak over its in-county rival with a 32-10 victory.

A quick start was the key to victory for the Williston-Elko team which scored touchdowns on its first three possessions.

EllaKay Folk born on Oct. 4, 2017

Justin and Megan Folk of Williston are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, EllaKay Olivia Folk.

EllaKay was born at 7:50 a.m. on October 4, 2017 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. She weighed 9 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 ½ inches long.

She has two brothers, Hutson and Breed Folk.

Paternal grandparents are Tim and JoAnn Folk of Olar.

Maternal grandparents are Charles and Linda Sutherland of Barnwell.

Masons, Eastern Star honors 4 pioneers

As they celebrated their 73rd anniversary, Brickyard Lodge #55 and Pilgrim Chapter #7 remembered four members who paved the way for the organizations.

Brickyard Lodge #55 of Blackville honored fellow Masons Curtis Stephens of Williston, Charlie Minus of Blackville and Emmitt Odom Sr. of Blackville. Gattie Thomas of Blackville was recognized by Pilgrim Chapter #7 (Order of the Eastern Star) of Blackville. All four died in the past year and were pioneer members of the lodge/chapter.

McAlhaney part of Everest rescue

A Williston native was among eight U.S. airmen who helped rescue an Australian man from Mount Everest.

Frank Fiorillo, 60, and his wife Nonie, 56, were nine days into a trek in Nepal when they were descending from the Mount Everest Base Center on Oct. 11. They were having a nice trip, although it was very cold and snowy, conditions the couple doesn’t experience back home in Australia.

However, Frank soon stopped and very quickly became delirious and collapsed. His eyes rolled back in his head and he was unresponsive.

Polling place changing for Barnwell residents

Voters in the City of Barnwell will have a new polling place to report to next year.

The National Guard Armory on Marlboro Avenue in Barnwell has been the site voters in Barnwell Precincts 1-4 have voted at for decades. However, voters for those precincts will now go to the Barnwell Health Department/DHEC facility (11015 Ellenton Street/Hwy. 278) in the Airport Industrial Park.

Pastor honored; water issues discussed in Blackville

The Blackville Town Council recognized a local pastor for his work in the community.

Bishop George Burckhalter, president of the Barnwell County Ministerial Association, was honored by the council on Oct. 16 during a regular council meeting.

Burckhalter was presented a plaque for his community service and Mayor Michael Beasley noted that the bishop with the Ministerial Association has most recently spearheaded a project to purchase and place new playground equipment at Macedonia Elementary School.

Teen keeps her faith through cancer battle

A cancer diagnosis has not dampened a 14-year-old’s faith or smile.

Jenna Bodiford, a freshman at Barnwell High School, was diagnosed on September 18 with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal muscles.

Jenna and her family originally thought she had pulled a hamstring because she was having leg pain after exercising one day. Multiple doctors’ appointments left the family with no answers; however, a trip to an orthopedic doctor led to the cancer diagnosis, said her father, Brett Bodiford.

Community is key to solving opioid issue

With opioid use on the rise across the country, a group of community members is looking at how to address the problem in Barnwell County.

Pam Rush, director of prevention at the Axis 1 Center of Barnwell, was approached earlier this year by several community members who wanted to assist in efforts regarding the opioid abuse/overdose issue. In response, Axis 1 has formed a community workgroup called the Opioid Action Team to assess and identify strategies to address the issue and its impact on Barnwell County.

What is scarier than Halloween? Opioid deaths

October is a time for spooky movies, Halloween costumers and treats for children.

It is also a time when a lot of people get scared watching horror movies and visiting “haunted” houses.

What is a lot scarier and is not limited to Halloween is the drug epidemic which is sweeping our nation.

Barnwell County is certainly not immune. In recent years we have seen our share of overdoses, some resulting in death.

For many of us, the drug problem is a shadow world that we know is there but it is not “in our faces”.

How we can fight the opioid epidemic

South Carolina has a drug problem and many elected leaders have begun looking at how best to deal with it. In August, I also took action.

My office filed a lawsuit against a company for its role in creating that problem. This lawsuit is not a magical silver bullet that will end this epidemic and the company being sued is not solely to blame for the crisis. However, when we look at the statistics and we read the stories we are left with the inescapable conclusion that we must take action now.

W-E band heading to state finals Oct. 28

The Williston-Elko Blue Devil marching band is headed to the state finals.

After placing sixth out of 11 bands in Chapin on Oct. 21 and receiving an excellent rating by the judges, the band has qualified to march for the state title on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Batesburg.

“This has definitely been a very good season,” said band director Mark Romano of the latest award.

Williston in need of volunteer firefighters

The need for more firefighters is growing as the Williston Fire Department experiences more calls.

Fire Chief Milton Widener updated Williston Town Council on his department’s activities during the Oct. 9 council meeting.

“The Williston Fire Department has continued to do an outstanding job protecting the property of the citizens of Williston while operating with limited personnel and resources,” said Town Administrator Kenny Cook in a memo to council.

Local ghost hunters search for the paranormal

A Barnwell County ghost hunter and his team are going to be featured Monday, Oct. 30 by WJBF Channel 6.

Ryan Love, 31, and Brandon Spell, 28, are the primary hunters of paranormal activity and have formed a company, Paranormal 64.

“We visit mostly residential areas searching for paranormal activity,” said Love who has been ghost hunting for nearly two years. “I was always into this but several years ago I got hurt at work. While I was recovering, I really got involved.”

Willie J. Williams (Blackville)

Mr. Willie J. Williams (aka “Bollie”), age 58, of 2074 Dexter St., Blackville, died on October 20, 2017.

He was born on July 9, 1959 and was the son of the late Willie and Willie Mae Williams.

Informal visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Guinyard and Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held on October 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Blackville. Interment will follow at Hope Memorial Park in Barnwell.

Blanche Chesser Carroll Vickers

Blanche Chesser Carroll Vickers was born on March 30, 1937 and passed away on Oct. 18, 2017. After a short illness, she passed peacefully with family present.

She leaves three children, five grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Also, she is survived by one brother and numerous nieces and nephews.

Instead of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Palmetto Cremation Society.

Glenn Ferguson (Bamberg)

Glenn Franklin Ferguson, 71, passed away at Pruitt Health Bamberg on Friday, October 20, 2017.

Glenn was born in Allendale on February 2, 1946 and was a son of the late Winton Franklin Ferguson Sr. and Inez All Ferguson. He retired as store manager of Allendale IGA and had served in the S.C. National Guard.

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