Job fair for SRS/stimulus jobs attracts hundreds

The line weaved out of the Barnwell Primary School cafeteria along the sidewalk to the front of the school and then beside the semicircular driveway to the street.

Several hundred feet of sidewalk - crowded with several hundred people.

These were people seeking jobs through the more than $1.6 billion federal stimulus package that is coming through the Savannah River Site and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The package will create or retain about 3,000 temporary jobs at SRS overall. The jobs will be to clean up areas at SRS as part its environmental management mission.

Boys and Girls Club gets financial support for start-up in Barnwell County

Sanctuary is another term for a safe haven.

That's what a group of Barnwell County residents want to establish in the county for its youth.

"A lot of times, children have nothing to do once they are out of school," said James Wallace, the board chairman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Carolina.

First Baptist's pastor in Barnwell to take over Sumter pulpit

Transitions - it's what the Rev. Dr. Stephen Burnette has seen occur at First Baptist Church of Barnwell during his tenure there.

The church will undergo more transition as it searches for a new pastor.

Burnette has accepted the senior pastor's position at First Baptist Church of Sumter. He will begin there the first week of August.

Burnette's last Sunday service in Barnwell will be June 28. He came to Barnwell December 1995 from Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken.

Barnwell County personnel part of multi-county hurricane drill

As the high winds howled across the county, the emergency response crews nestled deep in the Barnwell County Emergency Operation Center in the courthouse basement lept into action.

A tornado had touched down in the Heathwood neigborhood and electrical fires were breaking out along with reports of people missing.

Barnwell Rural, Hilda and Friendship fire departments are called to respond to fires.

Barnwell County Sheriff's deputies are asked to keep non-emergency people out of Heathwood while two medics from two shelters are placed on standby.

Barnwell police to handicap violators of handicapped parking with tickets

The Barnwell Police Department has launched its enforcement campaign of handicap parking violators.

There are numerous handicap parking zones throughout the city. These parking zones are there to make life easier for those who are handicapped, said Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt.

Some of these designated zones are located on public streets and some on private parking lots, he said.

Many of these handicap parking zones are being illegally used by non-handicapped people with an indifference to the plight of the handicapped, Gantt said.

Do tell! Salkehatchie Stew 'boils' stories for more than entertainment

Like the stories themselves, storytelling has many layers and can bring many results.

The stories spilled forth in humor and heartache during "Barnwell County's Boil," the local version of Salkehatchie Stew.

Salkehatchie Stew is a project to culturally and economically develop Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Colleton counties through music, drama and storytelling.

The region is defined in that all the counties are connected by the Salkehatchie River.

Do tell! Project's idea is to grow local talent

The stories, like the entertainers who told them, were homegrown.


Although the Salkehatchie Stew project brought in professional storyteller Sheila Kay Adams to relate some of her Appalachian tales from the mountains of western North Carolina, local people took the stage primarily during "Barnwell County Boil," the Barnwell County version of the Stew.


Many of the local storytellers spun their yarns June 13 at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville during the second day of the two-day event.

Quilters sew patchwork of history in cloth

While local storytellers kept people in stitches with their humorous yarns at the Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, the stories were in the stitches at the nearby Learning Center.

"A Stitch in Time: Quilts and Stories about Quilting" was one of the other features at Barnwell County's Boil, the Barnwell County version of Salkehatchie Stew.

Salkehatchie Stew is a project to culturally and economically develop Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton and Colleton counties through music, drama and storytelling.

Ribbons drape Warhorses for athletic achievements

Barnwell High School student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments and success in the athletic fields of battle during its annual sports award banquet May 26 held at the Elementary School Auditorium.

Athletic Director Rosey Anderson took charge of the ceremony, welcoming of parents, friends, coaches and athletes.

The guest speaker for the occasion was former Barnwell High student athlete Rupert Leary. Leary, a graduate of Georgia Southern University, played under former Warhorse legendary coach Mac Wier.

Spec's Vision team eyes title in minor league play

Fueled by Boldt Richardson's game high three hits and four RBIs, Spec's Vision downed Doc Depot by a score of 10-5 Saturday, June 6 at Lemon Park.

Ricardson, who drove in the first runs of the game with a two-RBI double in the first inning, finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Josh Shealy also had a solid game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Out, into the world now: Classes of 2009 exit county's public high schools

Like caterpillars that emerge as butterflies, hundreds of Barnwell County youth broke through the cocoon of their high school years with graduation.

However, their first nights after their high school years were wet ones as rain dampened all the ceremonies.

The three public high schools held their commencement services at the end of last week. Blackville-Hilda High held its graduation June 4 while Williston-Elko and Barnwell High Schools had theirs June 5.

Barnwell County feels sting of budget shortfalls

The Barnwell County Council unanimously approved to update its employee policy during a June 2 meeting after a lengthy executive session.

The policy provides guidance to Council in case a reduction in the county workforce is needed, said Councilman Keith Sloan.

"The last thing we want to do is send people home," said Councilman Travis Black.

Sloan said there has never been a policy covering job reductions in place before.

"We may not have a reduction in force - we're doing everything we can not to have one," said Sloan.

Barnwell City Council looking for more space for parking at Lemon Park complex

One of the main topics of discussion at the June 1 regular council meeting for the city of Barnwell was somewhat of a welcomed problem.
Parking continues to be an issue at the new Lemon Park sports complex.

City Administrator John Zawacki was asked last month to survey the parking needs at the park and Zawacki presented his findings June 1.

Excluding tournaments, weekday games of Barnwell teams brings between 325 to 430 cars to the complex, Zawacki said.

Currently the complex has one completed parking lot which contains 109 spaces.

Local doctor receives rural practitioner of the year award

A love of learning, a personal touch and seeing familiar faces has helped a Barnwell County physician reach a distinguished honor.

Dr. Richard Boyles was the recipient of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health's 2009 Outstanding Rural Practitioner of the year.

He was honored April 30 at an awards luncheon during the SCORH annual conference in Hilton Head.

Boyles is a general practitioner at Barnwell Family Medicine in Barnwell.

"I'm very honored and it was a total surprise," said Boyles.

Summer means snakes will be active

With people outside in the warm weather, they are bound to eventually run into some of Mother Nature's creatures. Usually more than just mosquitoes.

While cleaning up outside at the Allied Air plant in Blavkille James New encountered a rattlesnake more than five feet long, which he killed.

The snake had 13 rattles and it also had several pouches along its side. The pouches contained unborn young.

New is a maintenance mechanical electrician at Allied Air.

Barnwell boy finds himself in national competition - for a spell

Words became more than a string of letters to one Barnwell student as it allowed him a trip to the Capitol and an opportunity to compete on a national scale.

Bradford Geter, 12, a seventh grader at Guinyard-Butler Middle School, participated in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. May 26-27. The national bee is sponsored by the Scripps newspaper chain.

Geter was among 293 middle school students nationwide who gathered to see who could spell the most accurately.

United Way scam hasn't surfaced in South Carolina

No evidence of a scam in Indiana that tries to link itelf with the United Way has surfaced in this area or in the state, said the Barnwell County head of United Way.

"I have heard nothing about it in the state of South Carolina. I have not heard from anyone from the state United Way - and the way we are connected in the state, I would have heard about it," said Fred Geier, the director of the Barnwell County United Way.

Heavy downpours cause flooding in Williston

Rain fell across Barnwell County June 5, but seemed to pour most of its efforts - and water - into Williston.

Williston experienced heavy downpours that caused the flooding of several streets in town late that afternoon and evening.

The section of S.C. 113 along the pond near the Williston Country Club and the backside of the Williston school district property near the American Legion flooded, said Timbo Williams, the county fire coordinator.

Williams said there was other flooded areas along Elko Street at the Dixie-Narco plant and near the Winfield Heights Methodist Church.

Escorting members of 'greatest generation'

Returning to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport from Washington D.C., the terminal was packed with adoring greeters - some active military, many veterans.

There were lots of families, at least one of which with four generations on hand. There were law enforcement personnel and troops of Boy Scouts. There were balloons, signs, banners, flags, and salutes.

Some wept. An Army band played patriotic music.

It was a fitting end to a daylong trip all of us will remember for a lifetime.

Preparation is always in season

It's ironic that Barnwell County would come under a severe storm warning from the National Weather Service on June 1.

Lightning flashed, the skies darkened and rumbled and the purpled clouds pour forth sudden gushes of rain. Once again, nature showed its strength.

However, Monday's storm is mere muscle-flexing compared to the well-placed punch of a tornado or the relentless pummeling of a hurricane.

The irony is that June 1 begins hurricane season, which runs until Nov. 30.

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