Hospital promotes Wisner to CEO

The Barnwell County Hospital has a new chief executive officer and it's someone the board knows well.

Mary Wisner - who has been the hospital's interim CEO and the former head of nursing - was named permanent CEO at a Feb. 26 hospital board meeting.

Wisner said the news was unexpected and the position is a "great honor."

"I think she was doing such a good job as interim CEO, that the board thought she would make a great permanent CEO," said Al Altman, chief financial officer for BCH.

Wisner has been the interim CEO since former CEO Bob Waters retired in January.

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JDA girls beat Glenforest Academy in basketball playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders out-scrapped Glenforest Academy for a 45-35 victory in the opening round of the SCISA 1A basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 20 at Wilson Hall Academy in Sumter.

The Lady Raiders, who led by a much as 10 points in the first half found themselves in a tussle with Glenforest Academy, trailing 35-34 midway in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Raiders, however, got its offense going down the stretch, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 during the last 4:02 for the win.

WEHS boys advance in basketball playoffs

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team entered the fourth quarter of its Feb. 17 opening round playoff game against Lewisville High minus its best player.

Leading scorer Antonio "Busta" Walker was plagued by foul trouble and had to watch from the bench with as his team trailed Lewisville High.

However, Williston-Elko High showed its resiliency as a team, overcoming an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 47-45 victory.

Down 40-32 with seven minutes to play, Williston-Elko High rallied, outscoring Lewisville High 17-5 to end the game.

BHHS Lady Hawks soar in basketball playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team made easy work of McCormick High by a score of 59-41 Friday night in the second round of the class 1A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High dominated the contest mostly, leading by as much as 20 points.

The defense forced 24 turnovers; the frontline had a 39-28 edge in rebounding and the team shot 52.3 percent from the floor. Seven players scored with in double digits and two racked up double-doubles.

There is little fair in the Fairness Doctrine

When a government wants to gain control of the minds and hearts of its people, it goes to the information source - the television, radio, newspapers and access to the Internet. The effort is wrapped in "wordspeak", trying to make people believe that something is good for them.

The Fairness Doctrine, today, is anything but fair or good.

What's the final word on obituaries?

Charging for an obituary in the newspaper never seemed quite right to me. After all, one of the first lessons I learned when I joined a news staff as a teenager was this:
A lot of people get their names in the newspaper twice: when they are born and when they die. So make sure you get it right both times.

And now, in some papers, you're charged when they die.

It's true that many larger newspapers will run a "death notice" for free. It gives only the basics: who, what, where, when. If, however, you want to say nice things about your loved one, you'll have to pay.

Tenissa "Diane" Bosier

Tenissa "Diane" Bosier, 48, of Blackville, died Feb. 17, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained from an automobile accident at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Blackville with the Rev. Dr. Herman Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Hope Memorial Park Cemetery, Barnwell. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Jean Allen

Barbara Jean Allen, 62, of Blackville, died Feb. 13, 2009 at her residence following an extended illness.

Funeral service was held Feb. 19 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Blackville with burial in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Lees. The Revs. Floyd Hughes, Phillip Thomas and Michael Davis officiated. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Chobany

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Chobany, 48, of Barnwell, died Feb. 22, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Funeral service will be held Feb. 26 in Washington, Pa. by the Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell assisted in the arrangements.

Ms. Chobany was born May 16, 1960 in Meyersdale, Pa. She was the daughter of the late John and Dolores K. Chobany. She was a fifth grade teacher at Barnwell Elementary School.

Viva Linda Lorrick Foley

Viva Linda Lorick Foley, 34, of Salem, Ore., died Jan. 28, 2009 from brain cancer.

A service to celebrate her life was held Feb. 14 at Kedron Baptist Church in Aiken. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Foley was born in Columbia. She was the daughter of John Raymond and Ramona Lorick Foley. She was a graduate of Willametta University College of Law with a doctor of jurisprudence cum laude and a certificate in sustainable environmental, energy and resource law and a member of the Oregon Bar.

Jon M. Garrick

A memorial service for Jon M. Garrick, 63, of Blackville, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Norway Cemetery, Norway. Mole Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Daisy Bell Williams Gibson

Daisy Bell Williams Gibson, 92, of Barnwell, died Feb. 11, 2009.

Graveside service was held Feb. 21 at New Home Baptist Church Cemetery. Cave Funeral Service, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Gibson was the daughter of the late Ozzie and Julia Sanders Williams.

Survivors include one sister, Lelia Alford; nieces, Catherine Palmer, Dorothy Williams, Daisy Peeples and Barbara Baxley and one nephew, Harold Price.
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Marrall Rudolph Keisler

Marrall Rudolph Keisler, 68, of Williston, died Feb. 16, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 20 at the Williston First Baptist Church with burial in the Williston Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Keisler was born in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Elvers A. and Inez Bates Keisler. He retired from the Internal Revenue Service as an auditor, a former member and deacon of Lexington Baptist Church, a member of Williston First Baptist Church and the Bethel Men's Sunday School Class. He was an Army veteran.

Louise Brant Morris

Louise Brant Morris, 85, of Columbia, died Feb. 21, 2009.

Graveside service was held Feb. 25 at the Olar First Baptist Church Cemetery, Olar. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Morris was the daughter of the late John and Martha Brant. She was married to the late James Victor Morris. She was predeceased by a son, Jimmy.

Survivors include one son, John (Gina) Morris of Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sandhills School, 1500 Hallbrook Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.
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Harry Lee O'Bannon Jr.

Harry Lee O'Bannon Jr., 86, of Barnwell, died Feb. 15,2009 at the Lexington County Medical Center.

Funeral service was held Feb. 18 at the Barnwell Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Turner officiating.

Burial was in the Barnwell Baptist Cemetery (The Old Red Hill Cemetery). Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Eubanks "Dot" Salley

Dorothy Eubanks "Dot" Salley, formerly of Hodges, of Salley, died Feb. 21, 2009.

Funeral Service was held Feb. 24 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston. Burial with Eastern Star Rites accorded was in the Springfield Cemetery.

Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Salley was born in Lockhart. She was the daughter of the late Martin Roy and Della Frost Eubanks. She was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church, a life member and past worthy matron of the Hodges Chapter #272 Order of the Eastern Star.

Bombs seized in county

Authorities seized and safely detonated two pipe bombs that a Williston man had constructed in his home last week.

On Feb. 17, police from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division, the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office as well as members of the Williston Fire Department and Williston Rescue Squad were on hand as the situation was defused without harm to any people or property.

Deputies from the sheriff's office discovered two gunpowder-based pipe bombs at the home of David Ray Waddell, 50, of 10371 S.C. 39 in Williston, said Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll.

Orangeburg wreck claims two Barnwell County lives

A Feb 17 fatal crash claimed the lives of two Barnwell County residents - a mother and daughter - on S.C. 70 in Orangeburg County.

Diane Bosier, 48, of Blackville, a passenger and Sherell Donaldson, 27, also of Blackville, the driver, were both airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

Bosier died Feb. 17 of blunt force trauma, Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said.

Donaldson died on Feb. 22 from injuries received in the crash.


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