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.

D19 board approves two makeup days

Two school make-up days have been designated by the District 19 School Board at their Oct. 9 regular meeting.

Board members Ethel Faust, Sharon McClary, and Karen Jowers voted to designate November 1 and March 23 as make-up dates for days missed due to recent hurricanes.

District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Johnson proposed the two dates which were unanimously approved by the three attending board members. Chairman Carroll Priester was absent due to the death of her husband.

Allendale native named top teacher at Spartanburg High School

An Allendale native was recently named Spartanburg High School’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.

Carmilla V. Williams, the youngest daughter of Stephanie Williams-Rouse and Ronnie D. Jackson, said she seeks to equip and inspire students to live “meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens.” This includes embodying the values of District 7 and Spartanburg High School—tradition, excellence, innovation, hope, engagement, well-being, and valuing relationships.

Susie C. Morris (Blackville)

Funeral services for Susie Carroll Morris, 82, of Blackville, will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Ashleigh Baptist Church, Blackville, with the Reverend Brandon Dobson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Gideon’s International, Barnwell Camp, P.O. Box 86, Williston, SC 29853.

Mrs. Susie passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

James 'Butch' Ballard (Barnwell)

Funeral services for James Lawrence “Butch” Ballard, 70, of Barnwell, will be held 2 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Father Daniel Hank officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.

Butch passed away on Tuesday, October 17 2017.

Joseph Herbert Jackson (Williston)

Funeral services for Joseph Herbert “Joe” Jackson, 89, of Williston, will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with burial at the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. The family has asked that memorials be given in Mr. Jackson’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169.

Mr. Jackson passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017.

William 'Ed' Cagle (Williston)

Funeral services for William Edward “Ed” Cagle, 88, of Williston will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with the Reverend Dan Fogle officiating. Burial will be at the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in memory of Ed to Rosemary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 409, Williston, SC 29853.

Ed passed away at his home on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Jamie Ward Renew Wilson (Bamberg)

Ms. Jamie Ward Renew Wilson, 79, of Bamberg, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 after an extended illness.

Funeral services for Ms. Wilson were held 4 p.m., Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Open Door Baptist Church, 6933 Main Highway, Bamberg, with the Rev. Brian Gray officiating. Burial followed at Bamberg County Memory Gardens. The family received friends from 3-4 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

Ms. Wilson was born March 14, 1938 in Charleston to the late James Madison Ward and the late Ruth Porter Ward.

Louise B. Glee (Barnwell)

Mrs. Louise Bradley Glee, aka “Weezie”, age 64, was born on October 14, 1952, in Allendale to the late John Henry Bradley Sr. and the late Martha Boynton.

Seeking God’s direction and guidance, she joined the Rosemary Baptist Church in Barnwell where she served as a faithful and dedicated Usher for 13 years.

Frank Smith (Allendale)

Mr. Frank Smith, age 54, was born on June 11, 1963 in Allendale, to the late John Davis and Elizabeth Moore Smith.

At an early age he joined and was baptized at the Beautiful Gate Baptist Church in Allendale.

He received his education in the public-school system in Allendale and worked at Dixie Narco in Williston for many years.

Frank will be remembered for the love he had for his family and friends, and he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He was married to the late Carol Loadholt Smith for 12 years.

Dollar General robbed in Blackville

No one was injured during an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Blackville on Friday morning.

"At 9:20 a.m. a suspect entered the building dressed in a black hoodie with his face covered with what is believed to be a bandana," said Blackville Police Chief John Holston of the Oct. 13 incident.

The suspect, who is believed to be a Hispanic male, went to the office where the manager and a cashier were. He held them at knifepoint and demanded money.

Some garbage fees to rise temporarily

Garbage disposal fees from local providers may go up temporarily as a result of the repair of Barnwell County’s transfer station and transportation issues while it is being repaired.

Barnwell County’s solid waste transfer station was scheduled for major repairs earlier this year before it was finally destroyed by a tornado in January, according to County Administrator Pickens Williams Jr. He said the station is expected to be closed from Oct. 23 through Dec. 24 while it is being rebuilt.

Audio conflicts former superintendent’s story

An audio recording does not back up the story provided by a former Williston superintendent about why her tape recorder was found hidden in her secretary’s office.

On August 31, Debbie McNeil, the long-time superintendent’s secretary for Williston District 29, discovered a tape recorder propped up against the back of her typewriter. It was on and recording,

School receives playground equipment

Playground equipment is under construction at Macedonia Elementary School in Blackville thanks to efforts by local organizations.

Bishop George Burckhalter said the Barnwell County Ministerial Association started the effort two years ago when then-MES principal Dr. Carolyn Anderson made known the need.

“The playground equipment that was there was awful,” said Burckhalter. “It was rusty and falling apart. It was dangerous.”

Sigma Gamma Rho holding breast cancer awareness event on Oct. 28

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated is committed to providing education on early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon, and other types of cancers.

DIG receives $150,000 grant

D.I.G. is excited to announce a nearly $150,000 grant for a 21st Century Community Learning Center in Williston.

The grant’s first year award provides for an afterschool program the entire 2017-2018 school year and overall will continue through the 2020-2021 school year.

“The grant highlights the fact that DIG will continue to be a key supporter of STEAM education in the CSRA and will continue to seek opportunities for the area,” said DIG President and Founder Steven Brown. “This also gives us an opportunity to elevate what we do in the future.”

Jerome Brown to premiere movie in Blackville on Oct. 14

D. Jerome Brown tackles the very real issue of domestic violence in his new film.

The 1984 graduate of Barnwell High School recently wrote, directed and starred in “To Love the Soul of a Woman”. A special premiere and meet and greet with the actors will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Blackville Community Center (19464 Solomon Blatt Avenue, Blackville).

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