Leon 'Bubba' Cushman (Windsor)

A Celebration of Life service for Leon Hampton “Bubba” Cushman, 87, of Windsor, will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church with the Reverends Floyd Dukes and David Richardson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Bubba passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017. The family has requested that donations be given in Bubba’s memory in place of flowers.

Hospital property up for auction

The former Southern Palmetto Hospital building and property is set to go on the auction block.

The sale will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Barnwell County Courthouse.

According to a notice of sale published in this edition of The People-Sentinel, the property at 811 Reynolds Road includes 6.95 acres “with improvements” (buildings, etc.).

City makes offer on two Burr St. properties

The City of Barnwell is one step closer to having new police and fire departments after city council accepted counter offers from two property owners.

During council’s special-called Oct. 12 meeting they met in closed session to discuss the final offers on the two properties located at 125 and 150 Burr Street. Upon returning to open session, council voted to accept the counter offers made by the two owners. Mayor Edward Lemon then signed a contract.

Lambert retires from Farm Service Agency

Randy Lambert has retired from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) after 40 years of service.

Lambert had been the county executive director for the Barnwell County FSA office since August 1980 after previously working a few years in the Marion and Florence offices. He later took over for the Allendale County office, too, before the two offices merged a few years ago after the closure of the Allendale office.

Teen burned in house fire

A 13-year-old girl was injured during a fire that damaged her family’s home last week.

Evelyn Ford’s house at 80 Brown Street caught fire around 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, although she was in Aiken visiting a relative at the time. However, some of her relatives, who also lived there, were home.

Williston bank raising money for breast cancer patients

First Citizens Bank of Williston is raising money to help those with breast cancer.

Pink boots are set up at each teller’s counter to collect monetary donations. All funds raised will go to SOS Lowcountry, an organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients in South Carolina.

“Our mission is to honor the spirit of Suzy McGrane by raising money and resources to assist and support breast cancer patients from diagnosis to remission,” according to the organization’s website.

Warhorses cage A-F Tigers, 39-0

It was homecoming night for Allendale-Fairfax High Friday in the Tigers’ Den.

The class AA top ranked Barnwell High Warhorses, however, didn’t show their adversaries any love as they dispatched the Tigers in front of their home crowd by a score of 39-0.

With the win, Barnwell High remains unbeaten at 8-0 and 3-0 in region play. The victory sets up a region showdown with No. 8 ranked Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Friday at W.W. Carter field.

For Barnwell High, however, the victory over the Tigers was far from picture perfect.

Raiders continue late-season surge

Jefferson Davis Academy continued its late season run of smash-mouth football Friday night by pounding Holly Hill Academy by a score of 60-6 in Blackville.

The contest was never in doubt. Jefferson Davis Academy erupted for a season-high 24 third-quarter points, propelling the team to its third straight lopsided win.

With the victory, Jefferson Davis Academy moves to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Blue Devils peaking at right time

It certainly seems the Williston-Elko High varsity football team is peaking at the right time of the season.

The Blue Devils are riding a five-game winning streak and coming off their most dominant win of the season Friday night in a 53-0 homecoming rout over North High.

With the victory, Williston-Elko High improves to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in region play. The win also gave the Blue Devils their second straight region crown and third in the last four years.

Lady Hawks qualify for playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High volleyball team is playoff-bound.

The Lady Hawks punched their ticket last Tuesday by dominating Estill High in a three-set victory.

In the match, the Lady Hawks made quick work of the Lady Gators by scores of 25-8, 25-8 and 25-7.

For the Lady Hawks, Nyla Jenkins had the hot hand throughout the match on the offensive end. Jenkins finished with 15 total points, including six kills and eight serving points. She also added seven assists and four digs.

‘Love’ is main ingredient at Lee’s Soul Food & Catering

Sometimes food is all about the love.

It’s the love of family, friends and a passion for cooking.

All that can be found at Lee’s Soul Food & Catering, a family owned and operated restaurant that has been open for just over two months in Barnwell.

A sign on the wall states “Love is the best ingredient” and is the motto behind the Lee/Young family’s efforts.

Not only does the menu offer traditional “soul” food of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and field peas (just to name a few), the Lee family also seeks to offer “food for the soul”.

Gertrude Aldrich celebrates 100th birthday

In her 100 years of life, Gertrude Vessie Morris Aldrich has never stopped learning or let life get her down.

The former Williston resident celebrated her 100th birthday on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Brenda Aldrich, in Williston. Dozens of her family and friends were in attendance.

“She is still just as spry as she’s always been,” said Larry Aldrich of his mother, who now resides at Harbor Chase, an assisted living home in Aiken.

Fall Fest coming Oct. 19

The Barnwell Development Association and the City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation will host the annual Fall Fest on The Circle on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“There will be lots of fun for everyone,” said City of Barnwell Community Development Director Lynn McEwen. “Gary Brantley will DJ favorite songs, there will be a costume contest for children ages 12 and under, mini-pumpkin painting, games for the kids and more.”

She said Boy Scout Troop 392 will be offering hot dogs for sale as fundraiser. Other organizations will also have booths.

Ivy Kate Gray born on Sept. 30, 2017

Jonathan and Dana Gray of Barnwell are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ivy Kate Gray.

She was born at 8:35 p.m. on September 30, 2017 at Lexington Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Johnny and Tina Gray of Barnwell.

Maternal grandparents are Marion and Lisa Singletary of Barnwell.

Zuri Sheallah Santana Francois born on Sept. 5, 2017

Latoya Simpson and Evens Francois are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Zuri Sheallah Santana Francois.

She was born at 4:24 p.m. on September 5, 2017 at Aiken Regional. She weighed 10 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.

She has one brother, Ethan Cartier Thomas Francois.

Paternal grandparents are Elise Joseph and the late Robinson Francois of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Maternal grandparents are Thomas and Wanda Simpson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the late Sheallah Alvin of Blackville.

Godmother is Raven Smith of Blackville.

Free speech is a little complicated in America

Everyone has an opinion these days.

That is especially apparent on Facebook and other social media sites where people can easily post their thoughts on anything and everything. However, do you really think before you post? Just because you can post, say or write something doesn’t mean you should.

Some people cite their First Amendment right of free speech as a reason for saying whatever they want, regardless of any implications those words could have.

After all, free speech means we can say or post whatever we want to, even if it’s untrue or harmful, right?

We are ‘this close’ to eradicating polio

Dear Editor,

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

County Council updated on SRNS, roads, ED site

Updates on the Savannah River Site, road improvements and the regional emergency department highlighted the Barnwell County Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Stuart MacVean, president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, said SRNS currently has 5,500 employees. “We make up about half of the total site population,” said MacVean.

The Savannah River Site includes nearly 57 percent of the landmass of Barnwell County.

MacVean said the economic impact for SRNS on Barnwell County is $48.4 million.

Walters named D29 Teacher of the Year

Thirty-one years of dedicated service to students and athletes equaled a big honor for a long-time Williston-Elko educator.

Bernard Walters was named the Williston District 29 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10 during a special celebration that also honored Kelly Edwards Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alyson Collins and Williston-Elko Middle School Teacher of the Year Samantha Wright. Each teacher of the year was selected by their peers before a group of judges named the district winner.

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