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.
Survivors

Fay Elaine Hatcher

Fay Elaine Hatcher, 66, of Windsor, died Jan. 24, 2009 at her residence.
Graveside service was held Jan. 27 at Aiken Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, Aiken. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Hatcher was born in Sandia, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Clemmons and Viola Mae Bish Clemmons. She retired from Aiken County School system and formerly worked for the Aiken Standard. She was predeceased by a sister, Pam McCoy and two brothers, Jr. McCoy and Richard McCoy.
Survivors include her husband, Julian Cliff Hatcher

Frances Johnson Holmes

Frances Johnson Holmes, 87, of Barnwell, widow of David Harmon Holmes died Jan. 18, 2009 at the Bamberg County Nursing Center.
Funeral service was held Jan. 21 in the Mole Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Terry officiating. Burial was in the Double Pond Baptist Church Cemetery. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Holmes was born May 22, 1921 in Saluda County. She was the daughter of the late Allen Tupper Johnson Sr. and Sue Matheny Johnson. She was a member of the Double Pond Baptist Church and

Madge Higgins Jordan

Madge Higgins Jordan, 75, died Jan. 20, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Dyches Funeral Home Chapel in Barnwell with the Rev. Claude Bearden officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell Memory Gardens. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Ms. Jordan was born in Carroll County, Ga. She was the daughter of the late William and Lois Young Tucker Higgins. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas Jordan.
Survivors include four daughters, Sheila (John) Brooks, Sharon (Jerry) Whitehead, Sherri

Gussie Selfridge Widener

Gussie Selfridge "Aunt Gussie" Widener, 87, of Windsor, died Jan. 19, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Windsor First Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Widener was born in Windsor. She was the daughter of the late Alfred and Maggie Stone Selfridge. She worked in food service for Windsor school system for many years and for Rex Manufacturing in Williston. She was a member of Windsor First Baptist Church, where formerly she served as the church secretary, was a member

Corine Brown Ward

Corine Brown Ward, 82, died Jan. 22, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 28 at Shrub Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Blackville, with the Revs. McKinley Neal and Floyd Hughes and Ministers, Gwen Neal and Johnell Copeland officiating. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Ward, affectionately known as "Mama Co", was born June 13, 1926 in Blackville. She was the daughter of the late Cleo and Annie Bell Bellinger Brown. She was the granddaughter of the late Perry and Lizzie

All politics is local: Barnwell County people take in presidential inauguration

The freezing temperatures and massive crowds didn't stop some Barnwell County residents from attending a historic event in U.S. history - President Barack Obama's inauguration.

"African-Americans were shut out for so long and now to see an African-American in the White House that slaves built; I'm proud to be an American who had the opportunity in my life to witness how much our nation has progressed," said Teresa Jenkins of Barnwell.

Jenkins - along with relatives Cherise Jacobs, Jhordan Jenkins and Alean Odoms -were present for the Jan. 20 inauguration of nation's 44th president.

Public defender's office revamps in county and state

Overhauls are repairs to engines to make them run better.

If the state public defender's system was an engine, it now runs more effectively and efficiently, which is the miles per gallon measure for state agencies.

In June 2007, the General Assembly passed legislation to create a unified, statewide public defendants system.

All 46 counties in the state were part of the overhaul. The new system creates a public defender's office in each judicial circuit.

Home is where the heart (and help) is

This time, the church decided to look inward instead of outward.

Each year for the past three years, Williston United Methodist Church sent members out of state on mission projects. The projects involved house renovations in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, said the Rev. Cindy Fuller, the pastor for Williston United Methodist Church.

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast states in 2005.

This year, the church stayed home.

"This church usually works in Mississippi, but this year, we decided to work in the community," Fuller said.

Rumor false about Horsehead abandoning Barnwell County

The rumor may have spawned from fears generated by the news of the eventual closings of the Milliken and Hanesbrands plants in Barnwell County.

The rumor was that Horsehead Corp. would not finish construction of its zinc refinery in Barnwell County but cancel the project due to the poor economy.

The rumor is not true, said Jim Walsh, the plant manager of Horsehead's Snelling plant, located in the S.C. Advanced Technology Park.

Still steps down as athletic director but stays on as head football coach

The new year brought in more than a change of calendars for Barnwell High School athletics.

Joey Still, the head varsity football coach and athletic director over the school, resigned at the end of December from the director position.

Roy Sapough, the Barnwell 45 school district superintendent, said Still submitted a letter of resignation from that position to the district in late December.

Rosey Anderson, the assistant athletic director, has filled the vacancy.

Still has been the head football coach and athletic director concurrently for the past four years, he said.

Hospital acquires new CAT scanner

Four times faster is better when holding one's breath.

That is the advantage the Barnwell County Hospital has with a new CT (computed tomography) scanner.
The General Electric Brightspeed 16 slice CT scanner operates four times faster and takes four times more slices (images) than the old one.

"It used to take 40 seconds (scan), but now it takes about 10-15 seconds, one breath - and when the scanner rotates it takes 16 images," said Paula Creech, a technician certified in radiologic technology and computed tomography.

Cumbee Center is running a deficit of volunteers in county

When police need help, they call for back-up.

It's the same for paramedics and firefighters.

Jessica Pierce doesn't have that option.

Pierce is the rural service provider for Allendale and Barnwell counties for the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Inc.

Pierce is the only paid employee for Cumbee Center for Allendale and Barnwell counties. Actually, she is the only representative for the center for the two counties.

In that sense, Pierce is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case an incident of domestic violence or rape occurs in the area.

Stark little label full of helpful nutritional information

It's the ubiquituous black and white generic panel that is part of almost every package that contains food - usually the back part.

It's the "Nutrition Facts" panel.

Nutrition information about that particularly package of food is printed in the "Nutrition Facts" panel, usually found on the side or back of the package. The top section of this label contains product-specific information. This includes serving size, calories, and nutrient information, which varies with each food product.

Hanesbrands to close plant in Barnwell by spring

Barnwell County -- already hit by several economic downturns -- was struck again.


The Hanesbrands Inc. plant, located in the city of Barnwell, will close by spring of this year.


Hanesbrands Inc. released a statement about the closing from its Winston-Salem, N.C. corporate office Jan. 14.


The closing of the Barnwell plant means a loss of 310 jobs for the area, according to the Hanesbrands Inc. press release.

Connelly-Grace Smoak - Birth

Ben and Kristen Smoak are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Connelly-Grace Smoak. She was born at 4:20 a.m., Aug. 11, 2009 at University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. She weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 ¼ inches long.
Connelly has one sister, Carly Smoak.
Paternal grandparent is the late Carl Benjamin Smoak.
Maternal grandparents are Benny and Nancy Crim of Ulmer.
Great-grandparents are Elma and the late Robert E. Connelly Sr. of Ulmer, Harold and Eloise Crim of Sycamore and the late Sidney and Aline Smoak of Barnwell.

WEHS girls end victory drought, beating Ridge Spring-Monetta

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils got back on the winning track with a 46-39 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta Friday in region play.

The game was the tale of two halves. Williston-Elko High dominated the first two quarters, take 29-10 halftime advantage. Ridge Spring-Monetta High fought back in the second half.

However, despite a 29-17 scoring run, the Lady Trojans were unable to overcome the 19-point first half deficit.

With the win, Williston-Elko High ends its three-game losing streak and improves to 3-5 in the season.

JDA boys roll to victory in varsity basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team toppled Long Cane Academy by a score of 57-32 Jan. 7 in Blackville.


The game was never in doubt as the Raiders opened a 32-13 halftime lead before extending it to as much as 25 points in the third quarter.


Hot shooting was the key to the Raider first half surge as they shot a team-high 51 percent from the field during the first two quarter.

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