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.

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.

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