Robert Jacobs (Barnwell)

Mr. Robert Jacobs departed this life Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home.

Born on September 26, 1926, he was the son of the late Robert and Ellen Jacobs. At an early age he joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church and remained active until his illness.

Jacobs was a Navy veteran who devotedly served his country as a chef during World War II.

He was joined in matrimony to Virgie Jacobs who preceded him in death. To this union nine children were born. Three preceded him in death: Terrence, Ada, and Phyllis Jacobs.

Marian F. Davis (Springfield)

Funeral services for Marian Fogle Davis, 89, of Springfield, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018 in the First Baptist Church of Springfield with the Reverends Jarrod Pemper and Henry Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Neeses. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be given to the First Baptist Church of Springfield, P.O. Box 368, Springfield, SC 29146.

Mrs. Marian passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Elaine MacDonald (Barnwell)

Elaine Mae Rhoads MacDonald, 82, of Barnwell, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her home. No formal services are planned at this time.

Born in Akron, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Kenneth Wayne Rhoads and Maybelle Rock Rhoads. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth MacDonald; grandchildren, Faith (Daniel) Jackson, Terry (Stephen) Renew, Tina Still, Jason MacDonald; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie MacDonald and a brother, George Rhoads.

Winter weather expected in South Carolina

(Tuesday, January 2, 2018) – Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties should monitor local weather conditions and continue winter safety precautions.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain for all coastal counties beginning Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect below freezing temperatures to last for much of the week throughout the entire state.

Sweet fired as WEMS principal

The employment of Williston-Elko Middle School’s principal has been terminated due to misconduct, although the district is tight-lipped about details.

Greg Sweet, who had been Williston-Elko Middle School’s principal since 2013, was fired on Dec. 11 by the school board, according to documents recently released by the district following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Before his termination, Sweet had been on paid administrative leave since Monday, October 30.

D45 downsizing district office staff

Barnwell School District 45 is downsizing its district office staff by three positions in an effort to save money that can be used for other districtwide operations.

The district announced on Dec. 19 that they are eliminating the assistant superintendent’s position that was vacated by Crissie Stapleton when she was hired as superintendent in June. They are also eliminating the vacant curriculum specialist position and the human resources assistant position once the current employee retires at the end of December.

Taylor Hearn, #51, plans to enter NFL draft

Clemson redshirt junior Taylor Hearn will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft once this season concludes.

The offensive guard from Williston told the media the news on Wednesday morning, Dec. 20, at Clemson’s media day when asked about his future.

He said he met with head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell before making his decision.

Hearn walked across the graduation stage Dec. 21 with a degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management.

Audit: D45 adds $861,820 to fund balance

Barnwell District 45 received an early Christmas gift in the form of a positive audit report.

For the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, the district added $861,820 to its fund balance for the general fund, which is the district’s largest operating fund. They now have $3,525,525 in reserves, which is enough money to cover three months’ worth of expenses, said David Enzastiga from the Rish & Enzastiga firm during the school board’s Dec. 14 meeting.

Flags reminded beach-goers of the real meaning of holidays

It has been fifteen months since our place was sold on Edisto Island.

I really do miss dear friends there. Hopefully, some miss me, too. However, I have been told time and again just how very much residents and visitors miss seeing our various flags flying atop the 44-foot tower attached to the house.

After Bob Fickling and I wed in 1993, a large spotlight became a welcomed addition to the tower. Our well-lighted American flag would fly appropriately after sunset. This was indeed a thing of beauty, a proud reminder of our love for our country and sacrifices made.

Ashby Heltibridle turns 5

Ashby Garnet Heltibridle celebrated her fifth birthday on December 19, 2017.

Ashby is the daughter of Bobby Heltibridle and Ashley and Britt Pender, all of Barnwell.

She has three brothers, Kobey, Craig, and Clay and has two sisters, Isabel and Shelby.

Grandparents are Tammy Thompson, Ken Miles, Donnie and Sandy Pender, and the late Phil Thompson Jr.

Great-grandparents are Harriett and Everon Collins of Hilda.

Blackville Recreation Department celebrates successful fall season

Young cheerleaders and football players were honored by the Blackville Recreational Department.

The department held its annual Football and Cheerleading Banquet on Dec. 5 at the Blackville Community Center. Following a meal, Rev. C.A. Moses from Mt. Zion Baptist Church gave an inspirational message to the young athletes and their families.

“The person you will be in the future is based on everything you can do today,” said Moses, who encouraged the athletes to “stay focused and stay on task.”

Resolutions for 2018

Resolutions are a way for all of us to take a close look in the mirror at least once a year and decide what we like and what needs to be changed.

And that is the beauty of it - we can change.

We have the power within us to change our circumstances, our surroundings and/or our attitudes. Change is hard so we encourage everyone to take “baby steps” towards their goals. Diets and exercise plans that go full force for the first two weeks of the year may not last. But making small changes each week, adding time or routines, will make success a whole lot more attainable.

Community Soup Kitchen grateful

Dear Editor,

The Community Soup Kitchen would like to say thank you!

It’s hard to express how grateful we are for this community. We are truly humbled and honored by your generosity and support for this ministry.

We wish you and your family a wonderfully blessed holiday season.

The soup kitchen is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the activity center of Barnwell First Baptist Church and is serving an average of 50 meals per day.

Williston gives first nod to apartment complex

A rezoning request on property slated for a middle-income apartment complex was given first reading by the Williston Town Council following a public hearing on Dec. 18.

The 3.75 acres of property is located on Main and Dicks streets. The apartment complex would have 32 to 38 units.

Gwen Jenkins of 265 Dicks Street, Williston, voiced her opposition to the rezoning request, saying she totally opposed low income housing being located next to her property. “This will lower the value of my property,” she said.

One of ‘Cholly’s Boys’ remembers his uncle, Charlie Dixon

In the South and pockets of New England, speakers of English typically drop the post vocalic /r/, making words like paper papuh, water watuh, and Charlie Cholly, as one would pronounce Holly.

As a young man in Barnwell, I would hear people exclaim, "You must be one of Cholly's boys!" And as a good Southern boy, my answer was always, "Yes, sir."

But this isn't a lesson in sociolinguistics; it's a tribute to my Uncle Charlie Dixon who died almost one year ago.

Allendale woman killed in wreck

Pink and white balloons filled the air in remembrance of a 19-year-old Allendale woman who was killed last week in a car wreck.

Allisa Freeman of Sincere Lane, Allendale, was pronounced dead about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19 following an automobile versus tree collision on Highway 278 East near Mt. Olive Circle in Barnwell County, said Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward. She died of head trauma, he said.

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