Allendale-Fairfax boys and girls run to state title in track and field

Area athletes looked to get the jump on the competition Saturday afternoon for the gold in the state track and field championships.

Joining the day of champions were athletes from Allendale-Fairfax High, Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High.

Lately for the Allendale-Fairfax High boys, winning state titles in track and field has become a common thing.

Unpayable debts

Long before President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day with a presidential proclamation in 1966, individual towns and cities had been observing a day in late May as Memorial Day.

In fact, towns had been decorating the graves of the Civil War dead even before that great and personal conflict had ended. The first officially declared observance of Memorial Day (originally called Decoration Day, because of the grave decorations) was May 30, 1868 as people marked the graves of Union and Confederate dead alike in Arlington National Cemetery.

Smith, Miller Engagement

John Lovett Jr. and Sandra Deloris Smith of Allendale are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sonja Katren Smith to Robert Lee Miller Jr. He is the son of Robert and Margret Miller Sr. of Barnwell.
The bride-elect is a 1989 graduate of Allendale-Fairfax High School. She is employed as a home care attendant and attends USC-Salkehatchie for early childhood development.
The groom-elect is a 1992 graduate of Barnwell High School. He is employed in the truck driving academy of Memphis, Tenn.

Clinton Stansell Youngblood, V. - Birth

Clint and Candice Youngblood are proud to announce the birth of their son, Clinton Stansell Youngblood V. He was born at 5:47 p.m., Aug. 26, 2009 at University Hospital. He weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 201/2 inches long.
Clinton has one sister, Macie Larson Youngblood.
Paternal grandparents are Janice Youngblood and the late Butch Youngblood of Elko.
Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Melody Staples of Barnwell and the late Milton Bolen of Atlanta.

Randy Lee "Trey" Eason III - Birth

Randy and Jennifer Thomas Eason Jr. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Randy Lee “Trey” Eason III. He was born at 8:15 p.m., Sept. 2, 2009 at Jackson-Madison Hospital, Jackson, Tenn. He weighed eight pounds, 2 ½ ounces and was 20 inches long.
Trey has one sister, Shelby.
Paternal grandparents are Randy and Kim Eason Sr. of Scotts Hill, Tenn.
Maternal grandparents are Lamar Thomas of La. And Kathy Bryant of Hilda.
Great-grandparents are Clara Thomas of Williston and Irene Carr of Lexington, Tenn.

Literary landscapes decorate BHS media center shelves

The books sitting on top of the shelves of the Barnwell High School media center span the landscape of modern American literature and invite even the most hardcore book-hater to open them.

Colorful editions of "Ordinary People," " The Color Purple," "The Great Gatsby," "Catch-22," and others by American scribes catch the eye as one enters the center.

Frances Eubanks, an eleventh grade English teacher who teaches honors and college prep courses, has her students design the covers.

Andy Dale Brock

Andy Dale Brock, 37, of Martin, died May 15, 2009 at his residence.
Memorial service was held May 17 at Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Brock was born May 5, 1973 in Gastonia N.C. He was the son of Timothy Dale Brock and Margaretta Roper Sommers. He was a former employee with Wade's Repair and Pro-Pac International. He was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gastonia N.C.

New city hall hits roof with recycling

Barnwell's city hall will be complete in August and the building, which is over 100 years old, has been receiving a facelift. The building will be a little greener - but not in color.

Chris Pritchard said some of the improvements will make the building more energy efficient. Pritchard is with Query-Pritchard Construction of Barnwell, the contractor in charge of those renovations.

One improvement is the tiles, which line the roof instead of shingles.

The old tiles were made of clay and not very energy efficient.

Blackville fire chief resigns

The Blackville fire department is no longer under the supervision of its long-time fire chief.

During the regular meeting of the Blackville Town Council May 18, Mayor Jackie Holman told the town council that Fire Chief Charles Epps had resigned.

Before the announcement Holman said he wanted to "clarify a rumor."

Holman said there had been a rumor that Epps had been fired.

That rumor was false, Holman said.

The mayor said he had a meeting with the fire department last week over some "important issues."

No word on hospital bond from Council yet

Barnwell County Council is considering the merits of Barnwell County Hospital getting a special revenue bond to pay off its debt.

During the May 5 meeting, council passed first reading of a resolution and ordinance for the hospital to secure up to a $4,000,000 bond based on the hospital's revenue and financial status.

Despite council passing the two measures, they are moving ahead with extreme caution and asking questions before deciding on any type of commitment or amount.

Death penalty may stalk Barnwell man

HAMPTON - Duffie Stone, the 14th Circuit Solicitor, announced Monday, May 17 that his office would seek the death penalty for at least one of the subjects charged in the 2007 slaying of Lena store owner Ronnie H. Wooten, Sr.

Lena is a small community in Hampton County.

Joseph Davis, 27, of Southgate Trailer Park, U.S. 278, Barnwell, formerly of Route 1, Box 11A, Estill, was arraigned on charges of murder, armed robbery and burglary in connection with the Wooten case during an appearance in general sessions court in Hampton County May 17.

Alice Elizabeth Carter Nurse

Alice Elizabeth Carter Nurse, 75, of Allendale, died May 13, 2009.
Funeral service was held May 17 at Happy Home Baptist Church, Allendale. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Nurse was the daughter of the late Ben and Rosa Drayton Carter.
Survivors include children, Ethel Simmons, Rosella Schurler, Miriam Jordan, Leroy George, Garnet, Alvan, Denzel and Clinton Nurse; one sister, Mildred Byrd; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
The People-Sentinel 05/20/09

SouthernCarolina gala toasts industry and education connections

What was seemed like a gala gathering at the USC-Salkehatchie campus May 12 had a serious message for attendees to digest with their buffet - the need for an educated workforce.

The event was the annual regional celebration of SouthernCarolina Alliance, a regional development collaboration among Barnwell, Allendale, Bamberg and Hampton counties. Attendees were a mix of politicians, county administrators, economic development leaders, industry representatives and educators who were treated to a gourmet meal of heavy hors d'oeuvres.

County bucks state trend with lower teen pregnancy levels

Forrest Alton enjoyed not just his dinner at the Winton Inn, but took delight in knowing Barnwell County is an area where his message has been heard.

"Barnwell County is one of the 12 counties in South Carolina that has seen a decrease in teen pregnancy," he said. "Change doesn't happen in Columbia - it happens right here."

May is National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month and Alton - the executive director of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy - is taking his message on the road.

James Walker

James Walker, died May 5, 2009.
Graveside service was held May 13 at Rosemary Baptist Church cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Walker was the son of the late Sarah Walker Jenkins.
Survivors include his companion, Laura M. Gill and nieces and nephews.
The People-Sentinel 05/20/09

Williston works on its abandoned properties; increases tap fees

The town of Williston is moving forward with cleaning up abandoned properties inside the town limits.

Currently the town of Williston has notified property owners for property located on Harper Street. The propery is owned by the Lion family.

Town administrator, Scott Neely said the current owners have contacted the town to say they are in the process of selling the property.

Neely said the town would wait a couple of weeks to see if the sale goes through before proceeding with the actions to have the property cleaned up.

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Julius Guinyard

Julius Guinyard, of Jacksonville, Fla., died May 4, 2009.
Funeral service was held May 9 in the Woodlawn Presbyterian Church with J. W. Rigsby, officiated. Holmes-Glover-Solomon Funeral Directors, Inc. of Brentwood was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Guinyard was employed with the Jacksonville Recreation Department and retired after 25 years of service.

Mary Williams Hunter

Mary Williams Hunter, 54, died May 3, 2009 at the Barnwell County Hospital.
Funeral service was held May 9 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lees, with the Rev. Freddie L. Wright officiating. Services were entrusted to Dash Funeral Home of Blackville (formerly Green's Funeral Home) was in charge of the arrangements.


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