11 inducted into Blackville Schools Hall of Fame

The scenery at the Barnwell State Park Blatt Building on Saturday, September 30 was that of elegance, beauty and grace.

The room was stunningly decorated in black and white by Mary Minus-Jenkins as more than 200 guests dressed in their sparkly evening gowns and tuxedos to witness history in the making as the first 11 members of the Blackville Public Schools Alumni Association (BPSAA) Hall of Fame were inducted.

#1 Warhorses rally for win

The Batesburg-Leesville Panthers played spoiler to Barnwell High’s title hopes last year with a 20-17 victory in the Lower State Finals at W.W.Carter Field.

The teams met in a rematch Friday night in Batesburg-Leesville and, for at least the first half, it looked like it would be another repeat performance by the Panthers.

Trailing 27-6 in the second quarter, the Warhorses found a way to circle the wagons. Sparked by a swarming defense and a punishing ground attack, the Warhorses stampeded back for a thrilling 44-41 win.

Blue Devils torch Trojans, 36-12

The much anticipated battle between Region 4A powers Williston-Elko High and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High turned into a one-sided affair Friday night in Norway.

The Blue Devils struck early and often as they handled their adversaries with ease in a 36-12 decision.

After taking a 14-6 lead late in the second quarter, the Blue Devils pulled away from the Trojans with three straight touchdowns.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in region play.

Williston-Elko High coach Derek Youngblood said it was another big road win for his team.

JDA Raiders hammer Crusaders, 48-6

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity football team is gaining momentum at the right time of the season.

A week after resurrecting its season with a homecoming win over W.W. King Academy, Jefferson Davis Academy resurrected a little swagger on the road Friday by routing Laurens Academy by a score of 48-6.

With the win, JDA moves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in region play.

Barnwell girls tennis on a roll

The Barnwell High girls tennis team is picking up steam after a slow start to the season.

Coach Jeff Miller’s young squad has performed at a high level over the last couple of weeks with the team netting victories over Williston-Elko High, Pelion High and Wade Hampton High.

“We’re gaining confidence and it’s starting to show on the court,” Miller said. “I’m very pleased with our performance in the last few matches. We’ve come and played very competitively in every match.”

80 hunters join in JDA dove shoot

Approximately 80 hunters from South Carolina and Georgia participated in the Jefferson Davis Academy Shotgun Raiders dove shoot on Sept. 16 at Sandifer & Sons Farms, Blackville.

“The JDA Shotgun Raiders were amazed and appreciative at the support received by local hunters. A great day was had by all that attended and everyone displayed a sportsmanship that was outstanding,” said Julie Robinson, a coach for the team, adding how they had support from other youth shooting teams as well.

Junior golfers in Barnwell get lesson from 8-year-old world champion

Junior golfers got a special lesson recently from a young golf prodigy.

Luke Parsons, who has won two world golf championships, visited the Sept. 14 meeting of Sweetwater Junior Golf at Sweetwater Country Club in Barnwell.

The 8-year-old homeschooled student from Salley (Aiken County) visits Sweetwater Country Club several days a week where he practices for four to five hours at a time.

Look behind closed doors to help victims

Many people seem to enjoy a wonderful family life that is safe and secure.

Unfortunately, what goes on “behind closed doors” can be very different.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey data reports, “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the US. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.”

Plant Vogtle to conduct siren test Thursday, Oct. 12

The Vogtle Electric Generating Plant will conduct the annual test of its emergency notification system Thursday, Oct. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. All 47 sirens and residents’ weather alert radios located within a 10-mile radius of the plant will be activated. The test is not a cause for concern and requires no public action.

Augusta Fiberglass Coatings, Inc. expanding in Blackville

Augusta Fiberglass Coatings, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of custom fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) equipment, will expand their operations in Blackville, investing $625,000 and adding 12 jobs.

The expansion will include the construction of a 12,000-square-foot building, increasing Augusta Fiberglass’s manufacturing capacity at its Blackville facility, where there are currently 230 employed in manufacturing fiberglass products for customers from around the world.

Carlton Shaw Sr. (Barnwell)

A memorial service for Carlton Harvey Shaw Sr., 70, of Barnwell, will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

Carlton passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017.

Born in Deland, Fla., he was a son of the late Herbert Shaw and Eva Cook Shaw. He previously worked for Thompson Paint & Body and Bouchillon Paint & Body. He was a U.S. Army veteran having been stationed in Vietnam.

Henry Creech (Barnwell)

Henry Creech was born to the late Romie and Irene Creech on November 30, 1940 in Barnwell.

After graduating high school, he moved to Bronx, N.Y. He lived in Queens, N.Y. before retiring to South Carolina. It was in the Bronx where he met and married the beautiful RosaBell. Together they raised two beautiful daughters, Rose and Sandy Creech.

Henry passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Aiken.

Robert O. Collins (Blackville)

Robert O. Collins passed away Monday, October 9, 2017 from his beloved Home Place surrounded by his family.

Mr. Collins was a devoted husband, father, admired grandfather, statesman and friend. Born on July 13, 1935, he was the eldest son of the late Helen Hutto Collins and George Shannon Collins.

Paulette Still (Blackville)

Paulette Odom Still, 72, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Blackville.
Paulette was born on May 5, 1945 in Barnwell. She is the widow of the late Melvin Jethro “Check” Still who passed away July 6, 2010. She was the daughter of the late Addison and Salida P. Berry, and sister of Mary Gregory.
A graveside memorial service was held Monday, October 9, 2017 at Ashleigh Baptist Church Cemetery at 3 p.m. The family received friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service in Ashleigh Baptist Church.

Ernestine Platts Creech (Maryland)

Mrs. Ernestine Platts Creech, age 66, was born on July 28, 1951, in Allendale to the late Samella Platts.

Seeking God’s direction and guidance, she joined the New Zion Baptist Church in Siegling, and later moved her membership to the Kettering Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD, where she lived.

She graduated from C.V. Bing High School in Allendale and later furthered her education at Prince George’s Community College in Upper Marlboro, MD, where she studied law. She worked as a paralegal for many years before retiring.

Ronnie Bolen (Williston)

Funeral services for Ronnie A. Bolen, 66, of Williston, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Floyd Dukes officiating; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Ronnie passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.


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