Henry Wilbur Gibson Jr.

Henry Wilbur Gibson, Jr., 82, of Barnwell, died June 28, 2009 at the Lexington Medical Center.
Graveside service was held July 1 at the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery at the Airport with the Rev. Richard Kyzer officiating. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Glenda Floyd Smart

Glenda Floyd Smart, 70, of Spartanburg, died June 27.
A memorial service was held June 30 at Central United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Luther H. Rickenbaker, III presiding. Dunbar Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.

Lue Eller Williams

Lue Eller Williams, 85, died June 13, 2009.
Funeral services were held June 19 at Lighthouse Seventh-day Adventist Church, Denmark, with Pastor Harold Thomas III officiating. Burial was in the Hope Memorial Park, Barnwell. Guinyard and Sons Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Joel Wayne Hutto

Joel Wayne Hutto, 49, of Hilda, died June 23, 2009 at the Barnwell County Hospital.
Funeral service was held June 25 at the Barnwell Church of Christ with Dr. Terry Gunnells officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery at the airport. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Hutto was born June 10, 1960 in Barnwell County. He was the son of Virginia Morris Hutto and the late Joseph Edward Hutto. He was a maintenance mechanic with Allied Air Enterprises of Blackville. He was predeceased by a brother Philip Hutto.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Rayner Thomas

Jacqueline "Jackie" Rayner Thomas, 68, of Barnwell, died June 23,2009 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service was held June 26 in the "Merge" building of the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Posey Belcher officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell Co. Memory Gardens on Reynolds Rd. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Lamar Thomas

Billy Lamar Thomas, 58, died June 21,2009 at the Providence Hospital, Columbia, SC.
Funeral service was held June 24 at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jule Young officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell County Memory Gardens on Reynolds Rd. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorthy Blume Boyles Bates

Dorothy Blume Boyles Bates, 79, of Barnwell, died June 24, 2009 at the Barnwell County Hospital.
Funeral service was held June 27 at the Mole Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joey McDonald officiating. Burial was in the Siloam United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Clara B. Foreman Anderson

Clara B. Foreman Anderson, 93, of Allendale, died June 23, 2009 at MCG, Augusta, Ga.
Funeral service was held June 27 at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Barnwell with burial in the church cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Anderson was the daughter of the late Ben and Diana Dunbar Foreman.
Survivors include her children, Arriestine Anderson, Kay English, Harry L. (Mary Ann) Anderson, Fred Anderson and Beatrice (William) Badger; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The People-Sentinel 07/01/09

Sarah Aletta Coursey Hartzog

Sarah Aletta Coursey Hartzog, 87, of Blackville, died June 22, 2009.
Funeral service was held June 26 at Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Rev. Michael How officiating. A private family burial was held in the Double Pond Baptist Church Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha "Myrtha" Hutto

Martha "Myrtha" Hutto, of Barnwell, died June 14, 2009.
Funeral service was held June 20 at Honey Ford Baptist Church, Denmark with the Revs. Anthony Mansfield and Willie Carter officiating. Lebby Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Scott Albert

Dr. Annette Scott Albert, 83, died June 7, 2009 after an extended illness.
Funeral service was held June 13 at New Beginning United Methodist Church, Neeses. Lebby Funeral Home of Denmark was in charge of the arrangements.

What comes forth on the Fourth?

The following offices will be closed July 3 to observe the July 4th holiday.

• All Barnwell County offices;

• Barnwell City hall;

• Blackville town hall;

• Williston town hall;

• The front office for the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office; and

• all local post offices.

This year, Barnwell County will celebrate with two events.

Barnwell County Arts Council will host the Fort Gordon Military Band at Veterans Memorial Park on July 3 at 7:30 p.m. Those attending should bring their own chairs or blankets.

Countywide tour shows local treasures in our midst

It was a day of discovery - finding new things in old places, old things in new places, and making friendships in the process.

Southern charm, gracious hosts and seeds of information were found in a garden of discovery as "ambassadors" were treated to a unique tour of Barnwell County.

On June 24 a busload of 55 "ambassadors" were shuttled around Barnwell County and introduced to its sights, sounds and smells that were meant to be savored and - later - shared.

Finding shelter from heat's swelter

Hot enough for you? - It's been a common enough question to ask in the past few days around the county.

While there has not been extreme heat, the heat index has hovered near the century mark over the past few days.

The forecast for the next week calls for high temperatures to hover between 93 and 98 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

But these temperatures are not extreme.

The average June temperature is around 88 degrees and July's average is around 91 degrees.

Columbia killer flees to Williston where he ends his life

A man who murdered his wife in Columbia fled to Barnwell County where he took his own life.

Omar Kenyatta Gordon, 32, of Columbia, was wanted by city of Columbia police on charges of murder and assault and battery with intent to kill stemming from an incident that occurred in Columbia.

On June 25 at about 11 p.m., Gordon appeared in the front yard at 2928 English Ave., Columbia, where his wife was living, according to a press release from the Columbia city police department.

In the heat of the chase

An armed robbery in rural Barnwell County resulted in the manhunt of one suspect that authorities are still seeking.

At about 12:27 p.m., June 28, Barnwell County sheriff's deputies were called to 4818 Popular Road about a robbery that just occurred.

A car with four people inside had driven up to the residence. One person went inside the house while another confronted a resident of the house in the front yard. The other two people remained in the car, said Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll.

Staying cool: Senior citizens center opens cooling station

When the hot temperatures of summer, coupled by the humidity, settle over the land like a wet, wool blanket, people can be in danger of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, particularly the very young or very old.

To provide some heat relief, the Gail Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell has started a cooling station for residents.

Inside, people can find air-conditioning, iced water and board games to pass the time, said Sheila Brooks, the senior services manager for Generations Unlimited, the agency that runs the senior center.

Blackville budget doesn't show item for previously discussed town administrator

Blackville Town Council voted June 15 at the regular town council meeting to approve a budget for the upcoming year without a line item for a new town administrator.

Councilman Rubert Reed asked Mayor Jackie Holman about the omission.

Former councilman Dan Ligon and current councilmen Reed and Harry Felder agreed during the May 18 regular council meeting that hiring a town administrator would be beneficial for the town.

Felder said it would be "the best money ever spent."

Car dealership rolls past 20-year mile marker

A local businessman was recently surprised by an anniversary celebration - but he only wanted to share the spotlight with his employees.

Howard Bush, owner of B&B Ford in Barnwell, celebrated 20 years of being in business June 15 with his family and employees. Those employees are what Bush says makes his business successful.

"Every person is important and it is a team effort," he said.

Bush said he has a great group of people working for him. They are certified and work to maintain those certifications, he said.

"That is the strength of the business," he said.

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