Stimulus cash to help local police departments

Some of the federal stimulus money will be used for the nation's law enforcement agencies, including money that will find its way to Barnwell County.

The White House announced in a March 6 press release about a $2 billion portion of the Recovery Act 2009 that will be allocated to individual police departments through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Program (JAG).

Of that amount, nearly $38 million will go toward South Carolina agencies.

Cardboard currency: Box tops, etc. help BPS with educational expenses

To Phyllis Martin, spare change isn't nickels and dimes but rectangular bits of cardboard.

Martin is on a mission to save this cardboard for the betterment of Barnwell Primary School, where she works as an administration assistant and records clerk.

"People think I'm crazy. I'm the ‘Box Top Queen.' People have said, ‘You are obsessed about box tops,'" Martin said.

Police track bloody man through Williston after wreck

Municipal police followed a injured and bloodied man through downtown Williston before apprehending him after the man wrecked a sport utility vehicle and left the accident scene.

Williston police were called to the scene of a one-vehicle wreck on Burckhalter Street at about 4 p.m., March 12 where a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer had crashed through a fence, struck a tree and then partially ran underneath the porch of a house, according to police reports.

The People-Sentinel collects six SCPA awards

The People-Sentinel collected six awards during the annual awards ceremony held by the South Carolina Press Association March 14.

Three of those awards had Michael Young's name on them. Young is the sports editor for The People-Sentinel.

Young received a first place award in the category of sports feature photo as well as a third place in that category. He also won a third place award for in the sports action category.

Staff writers Jared Guadagni and Susan Delk also garnered awards.

Guadagni won a second place award for his health reporting.

Fishing rodeo needs community support to continue its mission

Dear Editor,

The Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will co-sponsor the 21st annual "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" Fishing Rodeo for Barnwell County. The rodeo will be held Saturday, May 2 at the fish hatchery on Dunbarton Boulevard in Barnwell.

This function is the largest of its kind in the state. It provides education and information on drug abuse, environmental protection and wildlife habitats.

Transparency should be part of government's actions

The governor works for you. So does your local county administrator, your mayor, your legislator and the superintendent of your school district.

This means you have a right to know how each of them spend your tax dollars and how they arrive at decisions that affect you.

This week, March 15-21, is National Sunshine Week. Its purpose is to celebrate - and raise awareness of - laws that grant citizens access to public records.

Lady Warhorses spank Hampton in softball

The Barnwell High Lady Warhorses spanked region rival Wade Hampton High by a score of 10-0 in five innings Friday in Barnwell.

The game was played on a cold evening as the temperatures dipped into the uppers 40s.

However, for Barnwell High, they didn't let their bats get cold. Leading 3-0, Barnwell High pulled away from its adversaries with a five-run fourth inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Taylor Roberts and Catherine Padgett highlighted the inning.

Roberts delivered a two-run RBI triple while Padgett added an RBI double.

Hawks fly past Blue Devils in soccer

Round one of the soccer battle between in-county rivals Blackville-Hilda High and Williston-Elko High goes to the Hawks.

The Hawks soared to a 3-0 victory over its counterparts behind the dynamic duo offensive performance of Quentin Johnson and Freddie Glover.

Johnson, who has emerged as the team leader on offense this season, scored the first two goals of the game.

Glover, who continues to excel offensively, added a goal and an assists.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda evens its record at 1-1 in the season. The teams play in a rematch April 28 in Williston.

Barnwell High girls win in junior varsity soccer action

The Barnwell High Lady Warhorses squeezed past the South Aiken High Lady Thoroughbreds by a score of 1-0 March 9 in junior varsity soccer action.

The entire game was a constant defensive battle with both teams missing opportunities to score on the are occasion they were given.

Barnwell High, however, cranked the scoreboard in the first half on a penalty kick by Olivia Ray.

JDA girls open floodgates in softball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders opened the offensive floodgates on region rival Andrew Jackson Academy March 10 in softball.

Fueled by the hitting of freshman Avery Owens, JDA poured out a season high 28 hits in a 18-6 lopsided victory.

The game was never in doubt as the Lady Raiders jumped to a 13-0 lead in the first two innings.

Owens led the hitting onslaught with a two-run homer in the first inning. Owens, who came into the game with four hits in her last six at-bats, ripped the Lady Confederates for five hits, including two home runs and four RBIs.

JDA varsity baseball team blasts AJA, 13-4

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys baseball team made it look almost routine when they blasted Andrew Jackson Academy by a score of 13-4 March 10 in Blackville.

The Raiders scored early and played flawless defense to take down its region rivals. For the game, JDA rattled AJA's pitching for 14 hits, including two doubles.

The 13 runs would be more than enough for JDA starter Brant Bonnette.

Bonnette disarmed the Confederates at the plate, throwing a four-hitter with 15 strikeouts.

With the win, JDA improves to 1-1.

Salk Indians come back for victory in baseball

The USC-Salkehatchie Indian baseball team rallied from behind to beat Guilford Tech 4-3 in eight innings in game one of a doubleheader Sunday in Allendale.

USC-Salkehatchie trailed 3-0 before storming back behind the hitting of Branfy Arias.

Arias, who went two-for-four in the contest, delivered the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning.

One inning earlier, Arias ground out with a baserunner in scoring position. Arias said he felt a need to redeem himself.

Lessons learned while making mistakes in front of thousands

If it weren't for the wonderful life lesson in the story, Courtney Mauzy had just as soon not talk about it. But he tells it anyway, maybe to make you and me feel a little better about ourselves. He explains in a telephone interview:

It was 1997. Mauzy, who lives in Little Switzerland, N.C., was referee in the Cotton Bowl game between Kansas State and Brigham Young University. BYU was ahead 7-0 near the end of the half. But Kansas State scored just as time ran out and then kicked the extra point. The score was 7-7.

Stimulus bill ill-conceived and considered

Dear Editor,

My letter is in response to S.C. Sen. Brad Hutto's article in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for South Carolina."

Advice I would offer to Hutto: People who live in glass houses should not throw rocks.

Hutto's opening paragraph stated our nation was struggling with the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. What metrics is Hutto using to make the comparison?

DeMint more of a statesman than Hutto

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to Sen. Brad Hutto's column, "DeMint hindering stimulus plans for state," which appeared in the Feb. 25 edition of The People-Sentinel.

Although I am no longer a direct constituent of the Democrat senator, we have fundamental differences on the stimulus plan and the general direction in which the president desires to move our nation.

I appreciate Sen. Hutto's revealing perspective. It is obvious to me that his true colors are now apparent and that he supports the old tax-and-spend policies that have failed miserably in the past.

A good decision, but a tough one still

Dear St. Louis:

We are not gloating. We realize that when it came down to Crane Corp. making a decision, it would be either your city or Williston.

Crane, the corporation that owns the vending machine company Dixie-Narco in Williston, finalized a tough decision at the end of last week - the consolidation of two of its plants.

Crane chose to move its St. Louis manufacturing operation to Williston.

Tournament gets Lady Warhorses started on softball

For a little while, the Lady Warhorses of Barnwell High galloped with Thoroughbreds. But in the end, they couldn't keep up the pace inthe Midland Valley High Thoroughbred softball tournament.

The six-team tournament was held at two sites with games played at Midland Valley High and Aiken Technical College March 2-7.

The Lady Warhorses got off to a running start in the tournament with victories in their first three games.

However, after a quick start, the Lady Warhorses slowed down, suffering losses in its final two games to end the tournament with a 3-2 record.

Barnwell girls fend off Ben Lippen in soccer

The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team celebrated a 2-1 win over Ben Lippen Academy in the Lady Warhorses Classic tournament championship game Feb. 28 in Barnwell.

The final was an impressive game highlighted by superb play by the defenses.

Scoring as at a minimum at the start of the contest as teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half.

However, a minute into the second half, the Lady Warhorses surged ahead 1-0 on a goal by Katylyn Huggins from an assist from Lynnsey Jamison.

JDA girls close out varsity season

The Jefferson Davis Academy girls varsity basketball team saw a nine-point halftime lead disappear in a frustrating 56-47 loss to Low County Day Academy Feb. 23 in the second round of the SCISA 1A playoffs.

The Lady Raiders shot 51 percent in the first half on their way to a 28-19 halftime lead.

The second half, however, was a different story as the Lady Raiders struggled to score points. JDA scored only 19 second half points on six-of-22 shooting from the field and seven-of-15 from the free throw line.

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