Virgie Rosier Keenan Clark

Virgie Rosier Keenan Clark, 89, of Hilda, died May 3, 2009 at the Bamberg County Hospital.
Funeral service was held today, May 6 at Ashleigh Baptist Church with the Revs. Bert Petty, Alfred Still and Bob Scruggs officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home of Denmark was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Clark was born June 2, 1919 in Dunbarton. She was the daughter of the late Gaston and Virgie M. Rosier. She was married to the late Lewis L. Keenan and Henry B. Clark. She was a homemaker and a member of Ashleigh Baptist Church.

Allen Franklin Fail

Allen Franklin Fail, 54, of Blackville, died April 28, 2009.
Funeral service was held May 1 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with burial in the Barnwell County Memorial Park by the airport with the Chaplain Kenneth Freeman officiating. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Fail was born in Bamberg County. He was the son of the late John Wilton Fail and Eva Carroll Fail.

Secola Flowers Frazier

Secola Flowers Frazier, 87, of Allendale, died April 30, 2009 in Orangeburg.
Funeral service was held May 2 at Macedonia CME Church with burial in the Flowers Cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Frazier was the son of the late Richard and Mae Scriven Flowers.
Survivors include children, Janie Flowers, Beatrice Myers and Latasha Myers; siblings, Bernice Graham, Edith Bates and Irene Flowers; 29 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
The People-Sentinel 05/04/09

Clarence Salley Sr.

Clarence Salley Sr., 87, of Blackville, died April 17, 2009 at his residence.
Funeral service was held April 23 at Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Barnwell. Burial was in the Hope Memorial Park of Barnwell. Washington Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph Anton Scott

Joseph Anton Scott, 45, died April 28,2009 at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.
Funeral service was held May 1 at the First Baptist Church of Govan, with the Revs. Gene Long and John V. Platt officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery at the Airport. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Scott was born March 25,1964 in Gettysburg, Pa. He was the son of Darlene Sanders Scott and the late Paul Mervin Scott Sr. He was an automobile mechanic.

Juanita C. Washington

Juanita C. Washington, 90, of Barnwell, died April 26, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held May 1 at Brown Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Eugene Keitt Jr. and Ethoin Rowe officiating. Burial was in the Hope Memorial Park, Barnwell. Guinyard and Son's Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements

Two days, two traffic deaths in Allendale County

Two men died in Allendale County within as many days - both in catastrophic wrecks.

A man was killed in the Allendale town limits after being hit by a train April 30.

Just the day before in an unrelated incident, a fiery wreck left one man dead on S.C. 125 April 29 after his car was involved in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer truck.

The victim of the train accident was identified as William Henry Robinson by Allendale County deputy coroner Keith Smith.

Smith said Robinson was 74 or 75 years old.

Mechetronics prepares pupils for job potential

There wasn't a bottle breaking over an iron bow of a boat, but a ship was launched April 22 - a ship of industry.

The April "Business After Hours" event - a regular event for the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce - highlighted the new training institute at the Barnwell satellite campus for Denmark Technical College.

The centerpiece of the DTC training institute is the educational modules which teach students through hands-on application about mechetronics.

Apartment fire contained to mattress

Barnwell municipal firefighters have handled several fires in the last two weeks, but the average volume of fire calls has been somewhat lower than normal, said Barnwell Fire Chief Tony Dicks.

Since December, the city fire department has responded to 84 calls, which averages to about 1.78 calls a day, he said.

The department normally averages about 170 to 180 calls in the same amount of time, or about 2.1 calls a day, Dicks said.

Love is spelled M-O-M

Is there any building block more basic in a community or society than a mother?

Note to everyone who has a mother: Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10.

What is the hardest part about being a mother? Or what is the best part about being a mother?

These questions seem naivé, but garnered heartfelt answers when The People-Sentinel posed the queries to mothers in a random mother-on-the-street survey.

"It's hard. When they get bigger, they get harder. When they are little, they are easier, but you love them anyway," said Inell Owens. "The good part is knowing you got them."

Navy buddies, WWII vets reunite after 64 years

When Merrill J. Martin and Allen Lamm parted company in 1944, little did they know they would not see each other again for 64 years.

However, the long overdue reunion for these two World War II Navy veterans occurred in Barnwell April 23.

Lamm, 85, and Martin, 86, served together for 18 months aboard the PC-494, a small patrol vessel that escorted naval convoys to their destinations and protected them against enemy warships, particularly German submarines or U-boats.

These patrol craft were only 174 feet, 3 inches long and carried about 60 men but sailed the open sea.

Rain doesn't dampen spirits at USC-Salk graduation

As the rain rolled off the gym roof at USC-Salehatchie in Allendale during its 2009 commencement exercises, its dean, Ann Carmichael, told the crowd, "USC-Salkehatchie will not only thrive - it will survive."

About 65 graduates attended the ceremony and received their associate and bachelor degrees.

The graduating class had a total of 91 students including some who earned their degrees in December, 2008.

"I'm glad we have good roofs here," said Harris Pastides, the president of USC-Salkehatchie.

Barnwell County has not seen swine flu cases yet

Most of the media-powered hysteria surrounding H1N1 - also known as the Swine flu - has lost its virulency since dominating the headlines last week.

The new influenza strain - which burst out of Mexico and spread across the world - was transmitted from pigs and contains genetic material from past pig, bird and human viruses.

It is suspected in the death of about 150 people in Mexico, but so far only one U.S. fatality has been reported - a two-year old Mexican boy in Texas.

Old idea replanted

"Victory gardens" were plots of vegetables that citizens planted during World War II to supplement their food requirements and ease the demand on the food supply, much of which went toward the war effort then.

Holy Apostles Episcopal Church is replanting the idea to fight against the war on hunger.

In a vacant plot of land across from the church, church members have started their own victory garden, planting cucumbers, squash, radishes and tomatoes.

Lady Warhorses overcome mistakes in playoff win

Never mind the errors and the sloppy infield play. Soon after the Barnwell High School varsity softball team won its second round playoff game, they had their sights on bigger things.

"We didn't play our best game, but we played good enough to win," Barnwell High senior first baseman Andi Hogg said. "We played a little out of character today and we know that, but the most important thing is we're moving on in the playoffs. We have another big challenge Wednesday and our goal is to be ready."

JDA softball team wins title again

Not only did the Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity softball team win the SCISA 1A region crown again, they did it with a perfect region record for the fourth straight year.

Jefferson Davis Academy defeated Clarendon Hall Academy with a score of 10-0 Friday in Blackville for its 29th straight region win and fourth straight region title.

Warhorses thump Cougars 7-0 in region soccer

After a year's absence, Barnwell High head coach David Anastasia has his team back on top of region 5 in boys varsity soccer.

The Warhorses reclaimed its crown Friday night by crushing the hapless Cougars of Edisto High by a score of 7-0 in Barnwell.

For Barnwell High, it was their first region title since 2007 and its third crown in the last four seasons.

The victory also improves Barnwell High's record at 8-0 in region play and 14-4 overall.

"It definitely feels good to be back on top in the region again," Anastasia said.

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