Hospital to furlough non-healthcare employees

The Barnwell County Hospital is taking a healthy approach to hard economic times and Medicare woes without cutting into the quality of its patient care.

At a Barnwell County Council meeting Feb. 3, Mary Wisner, the interim chief executive officer for BCH, presented Council with a cost-containment program that will save the facility about $236,000 a month.

"The hospital is being proactive to a decrease in funds from Medicare and Medicaid," said Wisner.

Since the hospital's fiscal year began in October, it has suffered a loss of about $400,000, she said.

Blue Devil boys roll in region play

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils blistered the Ridge Spring-Monetta High Trojans by a score of 66-30 Feb. 3 in boys varsity basketball.

The game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils took a 34-17 halftime on 18-second quarter points. Antonio "Busta" Walker had 10 points to lead the Blue Devils at the break. Walker finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 14-6 overall and 10-2 in region play.

The Trojans started the game just four-of-13 from the field for nine points in the opening quarter.

Blackville group opens new low-income houses

Brick by brick and house by house, the Blackville Community Development Corporation is hoping to improve Blackville from the ground up.

On Feb. 6, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the end of a four-year project for the BCDC.

The nonprofit community group swung open the doors of four modular homes on South Boundary Street for low-income families to rent.

BCDC members, as well as community and area figures, toured the three-bedroom, two bathroom homes after the ribbon-cutting.

Committee takes another step towards community center

The first steps in making the Williston-Elko Community Resource Center a reality took place at the Feb. 3 Barnwell County Council meeting.

Council gave a collective nod to clear a portion of land - capped at the cost of $10,000 - in mid-February and conduct a groundbreaking ceremony in March at the center's future site.

The Williston-Elko Community Resource Center will be located behind the Williston Library on Academy Street, said Barnwell County Councilman Freddie Houston.

WEHS girls win in region basketball play

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils disarmed the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 46-35 Feb. 3 in the Devils Den.

The "Big Three" came through for the Lady Blue Devils on offense as Courtney Corley, Charnica Williams and Tierra Richberg all scored in double-digits. Corley led the group with 19 points.

Williams had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Richberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Kline gets land for recreational usage

Recreation programs in area towns seem to be getting a boost even as the economy continues to slide.

With the construction continuing on the City of Barnwell's Lemon Park Sports Complex, the city has taken steps to ensure area youth have plent of places to play.

Even though the town of Kline has a much smaller population, they are moving forward with their own recreation plans.

For many years, softball has been a favorite pastime in Kline and with two new donations the town hopes to expand the recreation activities available.

Stimulus should spur work, not idleness

Dear Editor,

By now, the U.S. Senate will have already voted on the stimulus bill.

The current stimulus bill in its trimmed down version still contains unnecessary spending for special interest. Supposedly this bill has been trimmed from $930 billion down to $780 billion.

We are now being informed that in this bill's present form, it consists of 58 percent spending and 42 percent tax cuts.

Thanks for keeping faith with the county

In these tough economic times when the news in Barnwell County is about what businesses are going away, perhaps it is a good time to remind ourselves about what industries are staying.

More than that, it's a good opportunity to thank them for keeping the faith with Barnwell County and reccognizing the continuing business benefits the county offers.

Barnwell County does have a good pool of labor to draw from, especially for manufacturing concerns.

Joining two problems may create one solution

Where two problems exist, maybe one solution can be found for both.

The problems?

Despite the bad economy, taxes - like death - continue. Yet people have less money and are trying to stretch every dollar.

The other problem is that because of the bad economy, the county is cutting back too.

However, the county government still has the same workload as it did during better times, only now because of employee furloughs, it has less work hours in which to do it.

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Counselors educate school board about their function in district

The Jan. 22 Barnwell 45 school board meeting was a different opportunity for learning.

This time, the school board members were the pupils.

Guidance counselors from three of the district's four schools appeared before the board to give an overview tutorial of what their programs and job positions entail.

"Since they are the board of the district, I thought it would be good that they (the counselors) educate them about it," said Roy Sapough, the district superintendent.

Alphonso Isiah Youmans

Alphonso Isiah Youmans Sr., 45, of Barnwell, died Jan. 24, 2009.

Funeral service was held Jan. 31 at the Allendale National Guard Armory with burial in the Rizer Chapel UM Cemetery.

Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Youmans was the son of Ella Elizabeth Youmans Crosby ad Isiah Smith.

Lowman Still

Lowman Still, 61, of Barnwell, died Jan. 28, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Jan. 30 at Greenbranch Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Leroy Dobson, Alfred Still and Raymond Satterfield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Still was born in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Levy Still and Ida Mae Grubbs. He retired from Milliken textile after 40 years. He was a member and deacon at Greenbranch Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Manderlene Ritter Youmans

Manderlene Ritter Youmans, 52, of Allendale, died Jan. 26, 2009.

Funeral service was held Jan. 31 at St. Luke Baptist Church with burial in the Hoover Cemetery.

Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Youmans was the daughter of Mary Alice Smalls Ritter and the late Clyde Ritter Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie James Youmans; children, Shalonda L. Youmans and Johnnie J. Youmans Jr., her mother; one brother, Clyde Ritter Jr. and four grandchildren.

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Jack Ray

Jack Ray, 78, of Orangeburg, died Jan. 31, 2009 at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

Funeral service was held Feb. 3 at Amazing Grace Pentecostal Holiness Church, Orangeburg with the Revs. Dale Phillips and Steve Rucker officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg. Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. of Orangeburg was in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Owens

Virginia Owens, 83, of Allendale, died Jan. 18, 2009 at the John Edward Harter Nursing Center.

Funeral service was held Jan. 24 at St. Mark Baptist Church, Allendale, with burial in the Trinity Cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie James Williamson

Willie James Williamson, 83, of New York, died Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at Parchester Funeral Home, Bronx, N.Y. with burial in the Maple Grove Park Cemetery, Hackensack, N. J.

Parchester Funeral Home of Bronx, N.Y. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Williamson was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Bryant and Ollie Williamson. He was married to the late Leevedar N. Williamson for over 60 years. He joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Barnwell at an early age.

Leroy Tyler

Leroy Tyler, 52, of North Charleston, died Jan. 15, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Jan. 24 at Greater Sweet Branch Baptist Church, Govan. Burial was in the Honey Ford Cemetery. The Lebby Funeral Home of Denmark was in charge of the arrangements.

Allied Air plant in Blackville to be phased out

The latest victim for Barnwell County in the faltering national economy is Allied Air Enterprises in Blackville.

Lennox International, Allied's parent company, announced Feb. 4 that it would be phasing out the Blackville facility within a two-year time period, according to a corporate press release.

Employees were alerted to the plant's future the same day Lennox issued the press release.

"We notified them at the same time," said Ozzie Buckler, the director of Lennox communications and public relations. Buckler was contacted by The People-Sentinel at his Dallas, Texas office.


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