Blue Devils upset HKT in basketball

In a battle between the top two teams in region 5A basketball, Williston-Elko High varsity boys knocked off No. 5 ranked Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a final of 56-46 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night in Williston.

Blue Devils senior forward Antonio "Busta" Walker burn the nets in the Devils Den for 39 points which also included 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Walker was plagued by legs cramps during the second half. However, he fought through the discomfort for a career high in scoring.

DSS work study program may help jobless in county

Bad economies and tight budgets might actually be good things for Joe Bacote's programs.

Bacote is trying to join two facts together through his programs to make a mutual solution.

The two facts are that, one: businesses might be shorthanded with employee layoffs but still have the same amount of work to be done. Two, there are people willing to work temporarily just to learn or improve their job skills to make them more marketable as an employee later.

Trowelling for ideas will lead to spades of solutions

Two basic tools any gardener worth his soil keeps in his tool shed are shovels and spades.

Obviously, these earth implements are good for turning dirt over - one in wholesale amounts and the other, the spade, a little more specifically.

Thoughts, opinions and minds were turned over in the Feb. 2 meeting that brought together 30 of Barnwell County's civic, political, service and business leaders.

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.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Damage assessment - on present and future effects that a faltering economy and plant closings are and will have on Barnwell County - was the purpose of a meeting between county officials, human services personnel and business and civic leaders recently.

The Feb. 2 meeting was coordinated by Barnwell County United Way - whose member agencies and others that it interacts with - are starting to see the human effects of tough economic times in the county.

New Williston salon offers one-on-one care

The letters stand about five inches high in gold on the workbench countertop.

"Dream" spells the letters.

That's what Krystal Garrick is doing - working a dream with her own hair salon, Krystal's Kreations.

Garrick just opened the salon Jan. 6 on Church Street in Williston.

Despite the doom and gloom of economic news lately, Garrick, 27, tries to remain unperturbed by it.

"You just have to have faith and believe in God. If I never took the chance, I would never know. You have to take the chance and it's a big chance when you have a family to support," she said.

Black skin, white skin: Green uniforms

South Carolina integrated the last of its public schools by 1970.

However, the Army had integrated itself nearly 20 years earlier.

Ben Duncan of Barnwell was one of the early witnesses to see that military integration firsthand as a soldier in the Army in the early to mid-1950s.

Duncan, now 74, is retired from his various jobs which saw him as a brick mason, county magistrate's constable and sheriff's deputy.
Now Duncan serves on the Barnwell City Council - its first African-American councilman to do so. He has been on City Council since 1995.

Won't be 'around this year: Barnwell's Festival on Round victim of economic factors

The Festival on the Round won't be circling around as the spring downtown festival this year, city officials have decided.

During the regular monthly council meeting Feb. 2, Lynn Cox, the Toursim and Community Development Services director, informed the full council of the decision to not hold the annual festival this year.

Cox said in an earlier meeting with Mayor Ed Lemon, Mayor Pro-temp Pickens Williams Sr. and City Administrator John Zawacki, the decision was made to cancel this year's event based on several factors.

Blackville looks for answers to improvements in schools

The Blackville-Hilda school board held an information meeting Jan. 29 to discuss a facility improvement plan and explore ways to fund it.

The proposed plan would cost approximately $500,000 and focus on roof and floor repairs and renovations in the district's schools as well as the district office.

District superintendent Teresa Pope presented a plan to the board that would give them time to look at it before a voting at the Feb. 8 school board meeting.

Lady Warhorses end slump in basketball with win over Edisto High

It didn't take long Friday night for the Barnwell High varsity girls basketball team to ensure its home crowd their its losing was over.

The Lady Warhorses jumped out to 18-2 first quarter lead and never looked back, winning in convincing fashion over Edisto High by a score of 66-28.

Senior point guard Brittany Williams fueled the Lady Warhorse offense with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Williams captured a double-double in the contest finishing with 10 steals.

Williams said team had to set up its performance to end the losing.

The People-Sentinel names its All-Area team

The People-Sentinel announced its fourth annual All-Area football team. Although the football season has come and gone, there were plenty of big accomplishments during the 2008 season.

Again this season, Barnwell County schools bolstered some of the top talent in the 1A and 2A divisions of public school as well as the private school ranks.

Some of the highlights for the 2008 season included Williston-Elko High advancing to the class 1A state finals.

Blue Devils get payback over Blackville-Hilda in rematch

Humbled - and yet still a little steamed by a defeat Dec. 27 at the hands of Blackville-Hilda High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team resolved to make things right in the Jan. 21 rematch in the Hawks Nest.

In the last meeting, Williston-Elko squandered a 13-point second half lead before losing to the Hawks by a score of 50-46.

This time, however, the Blue Devils avoided complacency. Fueled by the pinpoint shooting of Quantel Mack, the Blue Devils got the best of the Hawks with a score of 52-45.

Area junior varsity teams battle in basketball

The roundball action was in full force last week in girls and boys junior varsity basketball play.

In Warhorse country, the Barnwell High girls drew even.

The Lady Warhorses started on a high note with a win over Pelion High.

However, in the next game, the team stumbled in a loss to region rival Silver Bluff High.

Against Pelion Jan. 14, the Lady Warhorses posted a 34-17 road win.

The game was tight through the first quarter with Barnwell leading Pelion 9-8.

Lady Raiders rally over Patrick Henry Academy

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls came from behind to beat Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 41-37 Jan. 21 in Estill.

Jefferson Davis Academy trailed Patrick Henry Academy 37-33 with a 1:08 left to play.

The Lady Raiders, however, surged back in the final minute behind the shooting of Darcey Holladay. Holladay scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to victory. Holladay also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.

JDA coach Eddie Bonnett said it was a great team effort.

Barnwell varsity boys get nipped by Silver Bluff

The Barnwell High Warhorses were nipped by the Silver Bluff High Bulldogs by a score of 52-47 in region play Friday in Petticoat Junction.

Barnwell High led by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Warhorses couldn't maintain the advantage. Down 16-7 with 6:29 left in the first half, the Bulldogs barked back, outscoring the Warhorses 46-32 to finish the game.

Theron Stephen led the comeback for Silver Bluff with 17 points, including 13 in the second quarter.

BHHS girls continue to soar in basketball

If you don't think the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks are playing basketball like they're on a mission-just ask the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils.

In the team's first meeting, Dec. 27 in the Hawks invitational tournament, the Lady Blue Devils tasted a 65-49 defeat by the Lady Hawks.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the rematch, the Lady Blue Devils were given a dose of the same medicine with the Lady Hawks administering a 58-36 victory.

The Lady Hawks dispatched the Lady Blue Devils from the opening play when the team flew to a 12-4 first-quarter lead.

Frank Lavern Bodiford

Frank Lavern Bodiford, 66, of Williston, died Jan. 22, 2009 at his residence.
Memorial service was held Jan. 25 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Revs. Bert Baynham and Gene Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Bodiford was born in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Horry and Juanita Carroll Bodiford. He was owner/operator of Bodiford's Backhoe Service, a member of Long Branch Baptist Church and was a US Navy veteran. He was

John M. Garrick

John M. Garrick, 63, of Blackville, died Jan. 17, 2009 at his home.
Memorial service will be held at a later date in the Norway Cemetery, Norway. Mole Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Garrick was born on Feb. 28, 1945 in Charleston. He was the son of the late Harris and Custis Kittrell Garrick. He was an Army veteran and had retired from the Naval Shipyard in Charleston.
Survivors include two daughters, Brooke Garrick Beasley of Lyman and Amy Garrick of Barnwell; three sisters, Joan Bean of Lilburn, Ga., Peggy (Robert O.)

Mary Lee Redd Greene

Mary Lee Redd Greene, 86, of Williston, died Jan. 24, 2009.
Funeral service was held Jan. 28 at Barnwell Church of Christ. Graveside service will be held Jan. 30 at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala, Fla. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of he arrangements.
Mrs. Greene was born in Foote, Miss. She was the daughter of the late Walter Alson and Ida Missouri Bruce Redd. She was a homemaker and a member of Barnwell Church of Christ, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as past worthy matron.


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