Old idea replanted

"Victory gardens" were plots of vegetables that citizens planted during World War II to supplement their food requirements and ease the demand on the food supply, much of which went toward the war effort then.

Holy Apostles Episcopal Church is replanting the idea to fight against the war on hunger.

In a vacant plot of land across from the church, church members have started their own victory garden, planting cucumbers, squash, radishes and tomatoes.

Lady Warhorses overcome mistakes in playoff win

Never mind the errors and the sloppy infield play. Soon after the Barnwell High School varsity softball team won its second round playoff game, they had their sights on bigger things.

"We didn't play our best game, but we played good enough to win," Barnwell High senior first baseman Andi Hogg said. "We played a little out of character today and we know that, but the most important thing is we're moving on in the playoffs. We have another big challenge Wednesday and our goal is to be ready."

JDA softball team wins title again

Not only did the Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity softball team win the SCISA 1A region crown again, they did it with a perfect region record for the fourth straight year.

Jefferson Davis Academy defeated Clarendon Hall Academy with a score of 10-0 Friday in Blackville for its 29th straight region win and fourth straight region title.

Warhorses thump Cougars 7-0 in region soccer

After a year's absence, Barnwell High head coach David Anastasia has his team back on top of region 5 in boys varsity soccer.

The Warhorses reclaimed its crown Friday night by crushing the hapless Cougars of Edisto High by a score of 7-0 in Barnwell.

For Barnwell High, it was their first region title since 2007 and its third crown in the last four seasons.

The victory also improves Barnwell High's record at 8-0 in region play and 14-4 overall.

"It definitely feels good to be back on top in the region again," Anastasia said.

Blue Devils and Hawks soccer rivalry heats up

Whether it's football or basketball when in-county rivals Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High meet, it's usually a physical confrontation.

With the teams constantly competing for bragging rights, the fight to outdue the other has now spilled onto the soccer field.

"It's like football in the spring," Williston-Elko High senior forward James Elledge said. "If we don't win but one game, we want it to be Blackville-Hilda."

Volunteers resurrect graveyard's dignity from weeds and woods

Tucked away in the shade and clustered trees off of Oak Street in Blackville sits the Blackville Community Colored Cemetery.

Although still in use, through the years the cemetery has become overgrown with weeds, tangled in trees and pockmarked with litter.

But about 50 people showed up April 25 to begin a labor of love and respect - the first steps in cleaning and revitalizing the cemetery.

"I didn't know if we would have one person or a 100 people," said Vivian Alston, a worker and one of those involved in coordinating efforts for the project.

Barnwell 45 seats new board member, elects officers

The April regular meeting for the Barnwell 45 school district was one of seat-changing.

Abraham Sexton was sworn in as the newest member of the board April 23.

Sexton was elected to the board April 14. He fills the seat formerly held by Jeff Still, who decided not to run for another term. Sexton and Pete Zionkowski ran for the seat with Sexton garnering 506 votes to Zionkowski's 402.

The board also elected its new officers during the meeting.

Sweat equity in the county

It was hot and the sun beat down on the workers' brows all day, but it did little to dampen their enthusiasm for the United Way's Project CARE.

More than 60 volunteers swung hammers, pounded nails and swished paint brushes in eight projects around Barnwell County for "A Day of Caring," April 24.

Project CARE is a day for area volunteers to donate their time and skills to home improvement projects that can be done in one day, said Barnwell County United Way director Fred Geier.

"It's good to help out somebody and see the smiles on their faces," said volunteer Denise Long.

Brown's homicide still unsolved four years later

It's been four years and the investigation is no closer to being solved.

The S.C. Highway Patrol is still seeking leads and answers to who killed Jasmine Denean Brown.

Brown was a 13-year-old seventh grader at Blackville-Hilda Junior High School when she was struck and killed by a sedan on S.C. 3 near Wednesday Lane near Blackville April 21, 2005.

A pink wooden cross with "Jasmine" painted on it still stands near the site of the incident.

Boys lend sympathetic hands to furry paws

The love keeps them coming back - puppy love that is.

For the Sanders boys, Jacob and Joseph, sharing a little of their love is as easy as sharing a few steps.
Jacob and Joseph started coming to the Barnwell County animal shelter several months ago to help walk the dogs.

Jacob, 13, said he liked, "seeing the cute dogs."

Joseph, 11, said he liked, "playing with them."

The Sanders adopted a dog, "Lucky" from the shelter and now they come back each week to spend some quality time with the pets which have yet to find a home.

'Mucho gracias' to Barnwell County worker

Deloris Charlton has probably wanted to say gracias to Jessie Ortiz a lot.

With a little help from a state organization, Charlton got to do that last month for Ortiz, who is the chief custodian for Barnwell County government.

As custodian, Ortiz runs many errands around the county and its offices. That's his main duties, he said.

However, Ortiz, who is fluent in Spanish, often assists the Barnwell County Detention Center with Hispanic inmates.

PTSO brings on the fun

Faster than Blackville Coach Albert Pressley fell into the cool waters of a dunking booth at the PTSO Community Fun Day April 25 - college can sneak up on students.

The Parent Teacher Student Organization of Blackville held a community fun day where students and parents ate tasty treats and played a variety of games at the high school.

Students raced each other, held water balloon wars, tried their luck at bingo, and took turns dousing Pressley and Blackville-Hilda High School principal Vance Jones in a dunking booth.

Barnwell County gathers for festival with a purpose

For a moment the carnival-like atmosphere stopped; the conversations slowed to low murmurs and the lights around the Circle in downtown Barnwell were extinguished.

The yellowish glow from hundreds of luminaries became more prominent; more noticeable. On each paper bag was a name illuminated by the candle inside.

"Each candle has a name for someone who is battling cancer, has battled cancer or is in memory of someone. We want to read the names of the candles," said Pat Rodgers.

Then the names were read, all 450 from Barnwell County.

Lady Warhorses unbeaten in region softball

The Barnwell High Lady Warhorses knocked off the Silver Bluff High Lady Bulldogs by a score of 11-1 April 21 in Petticoat Junction.

Through the first couple of innings, the Lady Bulldogs were able to keep pace with the Lady Warhorses as the teams battled to a scoreless tie.

However, in the third inning, the Lady Warhorses bats came alive and the deadlock ended.

Sparked by doubles from Andi Hogg and Taylor Roberts, Barnwell High scored five runs off four hits for a 5-0 advantage.

Salkehatchie Lady Indians sweep doubleheader

The USC-Salkehatchie Lady Indians softball team swept Stanly Community College of Albermarle, N.C. in a doubleheader Sunday in Allendale.

Salkehatchie took game one by a score of 3-2. The Lady Indians followed with a 5-3 win in the second game.

The pair of victories gives USC-Salkehatchie its first winning season in school history. The Lady Indians wrap up the regular season at 21-20 overall and 10-6 in region play.

USC-Salk coach Mitch Smith said the team has picked up momentum at the right time of the season.

Williston school board reviews district goals for next year

During its April 21 meeting, the Williston school board was given a review of the district's goals and strategies for the upcoming school year, which they approved.

However, before each school principal gave a presentation on what they are doing in their respective schools to improve student achievement, the board reconfigured itself.

Newly elected school board member Alan Mulligan was sworn in and then the board elected its officers.

"I look forward to working with everyone and the whole community," Mulligan said.

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