SC Gov. Henry McMaster announces eliminating state income taxes for retirees who served in uniform

Governor Henry McMaster on Friday, Jan. 5 announced a tax reform proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income.

Hobby turns into creative adventure

Using her God-given talents, Tausha Wallace has created a blissful new chapter in her life along with a prosperous business after a failed relationship.

The Barnwell native, who now calls Greenville home, launched Southern Bliss Designs in October 2016. The handcrafted home décor business started as a hobby to cope with the pain of a broken engagement earlier that year.

“It was very therapeutic for me at the time,” said Wallace, the daughter of Tim and Connie Wallace of Barnwell.

Rekindled Hobby

Crane donates to 10 charities

Ten charities on a local and statewide level are the beneficiaries of thousands of dollars in donations from Crane Merchandising Systems in Williston.

Charitable organizations from Barnwell, Aiken and other surrounding areas were nominated by Crane employees to receive funds through the Crane Fund for Widows and Children, which “makes contributions to charitable organizations that provide direct assistance to underserved populations in communities where Crane operates,” according to the company’s website.

Coach Berry inducted into second Hall of Fame

Coach David Berry of Blackville-Hilda High School was inducted Dec. 8 into the South Carolina Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

The ceremony took place in Myrtle Beach.

Berry, who retired in October 2017, has been the head football coach for the Hawks for 25 years and has had 24 consecutive winning seasons at Blackville-Hilda High School. During his tenure the Hawks recorded 257 wins and 97 losses, three state championships (in 1995, 2005 and 2007) and 13 region championships.

Denmark man dies in Williston crash

An early morning accident has claimed the life of a Bamberg County man, according to Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd B. Ward and S.C. Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins.

“Eric Banks, 33, of Voorhees Road, Denmark, was pronounced about 5:10 a.m. from injuries received in a one-car motor vehicle collision,” said Ward in a press release.

Weston Hutson born Dec. 15, 2017

Tripp and Lauren Hutson of Barnwell are proud to announce the birth of their son, Weston Folk Hutson.

He was born at 2:23 a.m. on December 15, 2017 at Aiken Regional Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Paternal grandparents are Joane Hutson of Williston and Allen Hutson of Aiken.

Maternal grandparents are James and Beth Williams of Barnwell and David Blocker of Williston.

Paternal great-grandparents are the late Billy and Lois Williams of Williston, and the late Buster and Georgia Hutson of Springfield.

BCUW awarded $59,194 from SRNS

Rich Baker (left), SRNS Campaign Chair, recently came to Barnwell and presented a $59,194 check to John C. Haskell (right), the Chief Professional Officer of the Barnwell County United Way.

The check represents funding from SRNS and employees donating throughout the year through payroll deductions or a one-time donation. These donations help fund the BCUW’s partner agencies in Barnwell and Allendale counties.

“We are very pleased and appreciate everyone that participated at SRNS. We thank you and look forward to the continued support,” said Haskell.

WEHS boys capture tournament title

The Williston-Elko High varsity boys claimed top prize in the Hawks’ Holiday basketball tournament with a 63-54 win over Ridge Spring-Monetta High on Saturday night in the championship game.

The first half was tight with eight lead changes. The Trojans briefly took a six-point lead late in the second quarter before the Blue Devils fought back to take a two-point halftime lead.

The Blue Devils continued to control the tempo in the second half behind senior point guard Desmond Murray.

BHS girls cruise over BEHS for title

The Barnwell High girls varsity basketball team won the Hawks Invitational holiday tournament with a convincing 53-30 blowout win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Saturday in Blackville.

The Lady Warhorses stampeded the Lady Red Raiders from the get-go. The Lady Warhorses took a double-digit lead less than three minutes into the game and never looked back, leading by as much as 25 points in the contest.

A-F girls fall to BEHS in hard-fought battle

The Hawks’ holiday Invitational second round matchup between the Allendale-Fairfax High girls and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High turned into a thriller Friday in Blackville.

In a back-and-forth affair with 10 lead changes and eight ties, Allendale-Fairfax High took Bamberg-Ehrhardt High down to the wire before dropping a tightly-contested game by a score of 33-31.

The Lady Tigers seemingly had victory in their grasp at 31-30 when Shateal McMillan scored on a floater in the paint with 21.3 seconds left to play.

BHS boys rebound with win over Wagener-Salley

Fears of any lingering effects from the Barnwell High boys second round loss to in-county rival Williston-Elko High were quickly silenced Saturday in the Warhorses’ 71-60 third round win over Wagener-Salley High in the Hawks’ holiday tournament.

Trailing 30-29 at halftime, the Warhorses circled the wagons in the third quarter and outscored the War Eagles, 25-11. Russell Branch sparked the team in the third quarter with seven points on three of five shooting from the field.

Being part of solution is a good resolution

A visit to any of Barnwell County’s governmental meetings will find that the public is welcomed and encouraged to particpate.

Yes, there are rules regarding length of time to speak. There are also rules that mean the public can speak but the councils generally do not respond or act on those comments immediately.

But what all those elected government officials really want are solutions.

Timely financial reporting vital for public

Each October, many state agencies – including public colleges and universities – are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. I use those statements to produce South Carolina’s financial report, which is used by lawmakers, credit rating agencies, and others to assess the state’s financial condition.

Employment trends improving in Barnwell, Allendale

The jobless rate in Barnwell County went up slightly in November while Allendale County’s went down a bit. But those lone statistics released recently by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) don’t tell the whole story of the employment situation locally.

Barnwell County’s jobless rate rose from 5.4 percent in October to 5.5 in November, according to the DEW. Allendale County’s rate dropped from 6.3 in October to 6.2 percent in November.

Helen Hightower Shealy (Barnwell)

Funeral services for Helen Black Hightower Shealy, 96, of Barnwell will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the Mole Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rommie Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Reedy Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home, 9399 Patterson St., Barnwell, SC 29812.

Helen went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Robert Jacobs (Barnwell)

Mr. Robert Jacobs departed this life Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home.

Born on September 26, 1926, he was the son of the late Robert and Ellen Jacobs. At an early age he joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church and remained active until his illness.

Jacobs was a Navy veteran who devotedly served his country as a chef during World War II.

He was joined in matrimony to Virgie Jacobs who preceded him in death. To this union nine children were born. Three preceded him in death: Terrence, Ada, and Phyllis Jacobs.

Marian F. Davis (Springfield)

Funeral services for Marian Fogle Davis, 89, of Springfield, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the First Baptist Church of Springfield with the Reverends Jarrod Pemper and Henry Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Neeses. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church of Springfield, P.O. Box 368, Springfield, SC 29146.

Mrs. Marian passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

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