Hawks fly past Blue Devils in soccer

Round one of the soccer battle between in-county rivals Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High goes to the Hawks.

The Hawks soared to a 3-0 victory over its counterparts behind the dynamic duo offensive performance of Quentin Johnson and Freddie Glover.

Johnson, who has emerged as the team leader on offense this season, scored the first two goals of the game.

Glover, who continues to excel offensively, added a goal and an assists.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda evens its record at 1-1 in the season. The teams play in a rematch April 28 in Williston.

Barnwell High girls win in junior varsity soccer action

The Barnwell High Lady Warhorses squeezed past the South Aiken High Lady Thoroughbreds by a score of 1-0 March 9 in junior varsity soccer action.

The entire game was a constant defensive battle with both teams missing opportunities to score on the are occasion they were given.

Barnwell High, however, cranked the scoreboard in the first half on a penalty kick by Olivia Ray.

JDA girls open floodgates in softball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders opened the offensive floodgates on region rival Andrew Jackson Academy March 10 in softball.

Fueled by the hitting of freshman Avery Owens, JDA poured out a season high 28 hits in a 18-6 lopsided victory.

The game was never in doubt as the Lady Raiders jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first two innings.

Owens led the hitting onslaught with a two-run homer in the first inning. Owens, who came into the game with four hits in her last six at-bats, ripped the Lady Confederates for five hits, including two home runs and four RBIs.

JDA varsity baseball team blasts AJA, 13-4

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys baseball team made it look almost routine when they blasted Andrew Jackson Academy by a score of 13-4 March 10 in Blackville.

The Raiders scored early and played flawless defense to take down its region rivals. For the game, JDA rattled AJA's pitching for 14 hits, including two doubles.

The 13 runs would be more than enough for JDA starter Brant Bonnette.

Bonnette disarmed the Confederates at the plate, throwing a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts.

With the win, JDA improves to 1-1.

Salk Indians come back for victory in baseball

The USC-Salkehatchie Indian baseball team rallied from behind to beat Guilford Tech 4-3 in eight innings in game one of a doubleheader Sunday in Allendale.

USC-Salkehatchie trailed 3-0 before storming back behind the hitting of Branfy Arias.

Arias, who went two-for-four in the contest, delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning.

One inning earlier, Arias ground out with a baserunner in scoring position. Arias said he felt a need to redeem himself.

Lessons learned while making mistakes in front of thousands

If it weren't for the wonderful life lesson in the story, Courtney Mauzy had just as soon not talk about it. But he tells it anyway, maybe to make you and me feel a little better about ourselves. He explains in a telephone interview:

It was 1997. Mauzy, who lives in Little Switzerland, N.C., was referee in the Cotton Bowl game between Kansas State and Brigham Young University. BYU was ahead 7-0 near the end of the half. But Kansas State scored just as time ran out and then kicked the extra point. The score was 7-7.

Stimulus bill ill-conceived and considered

Dear Editor,

My letter is in response to S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto's article in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for South Carolina."

Advice I would offer to Hutto: People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks.

Hutto's opening paragraph stated our nation was struggling with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. What metrics is Hutto using to make the comparison?

DeMint more of a statesman than Hutto

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to Sen. Brad Hutto's column, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for state," which appeared in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel.

Although I am no longer a direct constituent of the Democrat senator, we have fundamental differences on the stimulus plan and the general direction in which the president desires to move our nation.

I appreciate Sen. Hutto's revealing perspective. It is obvious to me that his true colors are now apparent and that he supports the old tax-and-spend policies that have failed miserably in the past.

A good decision, but a tough one still

Dear St. Louis:

We are not gloating. We realize that when it came down to Crane Corp. making a decision, it would be either your city or Williston.

Crane, the corporation that owns the vending machine company Dixie-Narco in Williston, finalized a tough decision at the end of last week - the consolidation of two of its plants.

Crane chose to move its St. Louis manufacturing operation to Williston.

Tournament gets Lady Warhorses started on softball

For a little while, the Lady Warhorses of Barnwell High galloped with Thoroughbreds. But in the end, they couldn't keep up the pace inthe Midland Valley High Thoroughbred softball tournament.

The six-team tournament was held at two sites with games played at Midland Valley High and Aiken Technical College March 2-7.

The Lady Warhorses got off to a running start in the tournament with victories in their first three games.

However, after a quick start, the Lady Warhorses slowed down, suffering losses in its final two games to end the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Barnwell girls fend off Ben Lippen in soccer

The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team celebrated a 2-1 win over Ben Lippen Academy in the Lady Warhorses Classic tournament championship game Feb. 28 in Barnwell.

The final was an impressive game highlighted by superb play by the defenses.

Scoring as at a minimum at the start of the contest as teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half.

However, a minute into the second half, the Lady Warhorses surged ahead 1-0 on a goal by Katylyn Huggins from an assist from Lynnsey Jamison.

JDA girls close out varsity season

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity basketball team saw a nine-point halftime lead disappear in a frustrating 56-47 loss to Low County Day Academy Feb. 23 in the second round of the SCISA 1A playoffs.

The Lady Raiders shot 51 percent in the first half on their way to a 28-19 halftime lead.

The second half, however, was a different story as the Lady Raiders struggled to score points. JDA scored only 19 second half points on six-of-22 shooting from the field and seven-of-15 from the free throw line.

JDA girls lose in tough softball season-opener

Jefferson Davis Academy's 7-5 loss to Holly Hill Academy Friday in its softball season-opener was a bitter pill to swallow for coach Tim Owens and his team.

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders of SCISA division 1A had the defending SCISA 2A champions on the rope leading 5-4 with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

With the bases empty and needing only one out to secure the victory, the Lady Raiders surrendered the tying run off a double and two-base error.

WEHS Blue Devils compete in soccer tournament

The Williston-Elko High soccer team opened its season Saturday in the Tri-County Invitational tournament at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.

Williston-Elko High Blue Devils took on the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High Red Raiders in the opening round.

Behind the plays of senior James Elledge and sophomore Cody Garrett, the Blue Devils turned in a valiant effort before losing in a close call in a 5-4 decision.

The Blue Devils fell behind 4-1 in the first half before answering with three goals in the last 40 minutes to narrow the gap.

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High speed chase ends in arrest

cuffsA quiet Wednesday afternoon gave way to a high-speed chase for area law enforcement with speeds reaching up to 90 miles per hour and ending with the arrest of the suspect in downtown Barnwell. The chase began shortly after 3 p.m. as the Blackville Police Department was notified by South Carolina Highway Patrol of a vehicle heading toward the city at high speeds on U.S. 78. It was reported that two white males were in the vehicle, a tan two-toned GMC truck.

Dixie-Narco to double its plant size

It was a "double or nothing" roll of the economic dice and for Barnwell County, it came up on the winning side.

After months of local news of plant closings, furloughed employees and budget cutbacks due to the ailing national economy, Barnwell County, especially Williston, has news of an industry expansion it can welcome.

Crane Corp., the Stamford, Conn.-based company that owns Dixie-Narco, is folding the operations of its St. Louis, Mo. manufacturing plant into its plant in Williston.

Center to open and aid unemployed

Taking a proactive response to Barnwell County's declining economic conditions, the Lower Savannah Council on Government's Workforce Development will be opening a transition center for dislocated workers.

The recent announcements that Allied Air, Milliken and Hanesbrands are closing will eventually claim about 770 area jobs.

But Monday, March 16, at Denmark Technical College satellite, 10370 Ellenton St., Barnwell, a transition center will open its doors to help the unemployed or soon- to-be-unemployed.

Former Barnwell musician keeps on tubin' with PBS special

From Bourbon Street to Carnegie Hall - from the Kennedy Center to the Circle in Barnwell, this band has played in many spots on the globe.

And the band is under the direction of a local.

R. Winston Morris, orignally from Barnwell, founded the Tennessee Technological University Tuba Ensemble and has directed the "Tubas of Mass Destruction" for 42 years.

He has also written several books on tubas. The tuba ensemble in 2006 released its 20th compact disc recording.

Now Morris can add starring in a documentary to his list of accolades.

Hospital gets two gifts from Duke Endowment

Some healthy financial news for the Barnwell County Hospital has arrived in the form of two Duke Endowment grants.

Hospital CEO Mary Wisner said during a March 3 Barnwell County Council meeting the hospital was notified it would get two Duke Endowment grants it applied for last year.

One of the grants will help cut the time significately that it takes for the psychiatric screening and evaluation of patients, Wisner said.

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