Willie Lee "Joe" Gardner

Willie Lee "Joe" Gardner, 67, of Fairfax, died Feb. 20, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 28 at Nazarene Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Gardner was the son of Maggie Britt Gardner and the late Junior Murvin.

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson, 83, of Blackville, died Feb. 19, 2009 at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken.

Funeral service was held Feb. 27 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Blackville with the Revs. Herman L. Wallace and Clarence Moore officiating. Burial was in the Blackville Cemetery, Blackville.

Willie Rice Sr.

Willie B. Rice Sr., died Feb. 18, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Franklin United Methodist Church, Denmark, with the Revs. Alfred Griffin and Johnny Rice officiating. Lebby Funeral Home of Denmark was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Rice was born Feb. 22, 1941 in Bamberg County. He was the son of the late Gussie C. Rice and Milford Rice. He joined the Springfield United Methodist Church. He was predeceased by one son, Larry Rice and two brothers, Marvin and Sammie Rice. He owned his own landscaping company.

Chyance Ellyjah Sanders

Chyance Ellyjah Sanders, infant of Jakariah Smith and Robert Sanders, of Allendale, died Feb. 22, 2009.

Graveside service was held Feb. 26 at Magdalene Christian Church Cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her parents; one sister, Dy'nyshia Breeland; one brother, Ka'Jauhn Aldrich; grandparents, Sonya Smith and Robert Miller, Anthony Law and Robert and Cora Sanders; great-grandmother, Sandra Smith; great-great-grandmother and Elizabeth Smith.
The People-Sentinel 03/04/09

IGA: In Groceries Again

The store has been restocked.

Since the Piggly-Wiggly grocery store closed in Barnwell in 2007, there had not been a grocery store on the north side of town for residents.

Until now.

IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance) opened its own grocery store in the former Piggly-Wiggly on Marlboro Avenue.

With a swipe of shears by Barnwell Mayor Ed Lemon and a prayer by the Rev. Harris Barker, the store's grand opening was underway March 2 as curious shoppers crowded the aisles of the 22,000-square-foot grocery store.

Lady Hawks exit basketball playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High School girls varsity basketball team exited the playoffs with a 50-37 loss to Christ Church High School Feb. 23 in the quarterfinals of the state 1A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High tied a season low in shooting at 32 percent and never got going against Christ Church High.

The Lady Hawks stumbled at the start, falling behind by as many as 10 points in the first half.

Midway in the fourth quarter, the Lady Hawks narrowed the lead to 40-33 before Christ Christ High answered with a 10-4 run to close out the contest.

Blue Devils close out boys basketball season

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils quest for a class 1A title in basketball ended in a 70-54 loss to Landrum High Feb. 24 at Newberry High School in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

For the first three quarters, Williston-Elko High won pretty much every statistical battle against Landrum High - winning the war on the boards; free throw shooting and forcing turnovers.

For the majority of the season, that was the formula for victory for the Blue Devils. However, Williston-Elko High's shooting in the fourth quarter was its final undoing.

Blackville town council votes to close establishment

Blackville Town Council and Mayor Jackie Holman made a motion to temporarily close an establishment, Washington's Party Shop, at the end of the month, until the town gets some clarification from the state as to what type of establishment can be at that location.

These are two separate establishments in the same building, said Police Chief John Holston.

Barnwell starts refunds to city residents

Residents in Barnwell should be seeing refunds in the mail - not from the federal government, but the city.

The refunds, some smaller than one dollar, were created because the city erroneously charged the wrong millage for the 2007 tax year, City Adminstrator John Zawacki said.

Property was reassessed and the millage was supposed to be rolled back, he said.

The roll back did not occur, Zawacki said.

The error was discovered when the city prepared its annual budget. Plans were made to correct the error, he said.

Federal stimulus package may create more jobs at SRS

Savannah River Site could receive up to $1.9 billion - and create as many as 3,000 jobs - from Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

According to a U.S. Department of Energy document that breaks down the $6 billion in environmental-management money included in the 1,100-page bill, SRS is second highest in terms of dollars and potential job creation.

The breakdown was distributed this week to selected officials with the Energy Communities Alliance, a national nonprofit organization of local governments and economic development groups that are near nuclear weapon sites.

Family's quilt becomes its own flag of honor

Usually memories are held together by tiny snapshots in one's mind. This time the memories are threaded together by tiny stitches - as in a quilt.

Years ago, women family members got together to piece together remnants of dresses and shirts to put together beautiful, but practical quilts.

One family still carries on the tradition of quilting.

Jeanette Still and some family members got together recently for a day filled with plenty of stitches and lots of good food.

Hospital promotes Wisner to CEO

The Barnwell County Hospital has a new chief executive officer and it's someone the board knows well.

Mary Wisner - who has been the hospital's interim CEO and the former head of nursing - was named permanent CEO at a Feb. 26 hospital board meeting.

Wisner said the news was unexpected and the position is a "great honor."

"I think she was doing such a good job as interim CEO, that the board thought she would make a great permanent CEO," said Al Altman, chief financial officer for BCH.

Wisner has been the interim CEO since former CEO Bob Waters retired in January.

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JDA girls beat Glenforest Academy in basketball playoffs

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders out-scrapped Glenforest Academy for a 45-35 victory in the opening round of the SCISA 1A basketball playoffs Friday, Feb. 20 at Wilson Hall Academy in Sumter.

The Lady Raiders, who led by a much as 10 points in the first half found themselves in a tussle with Glenforest Academy, trailing 35-34 midway in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Raiders, however, got its offense going down the stretch, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 during the last 4:02 for the win.

WEHS boys advance in basketball playoffs

The Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team entered the fourth quarter of its Feb. 17 opening round playoff game against Lewisville High minus its best player.

Leading scorer Antonio "Busta" Walker was plagued by foul trouble and had to watch from the bench with as his team trailed Lewisville High.

However, Williston-Elko High showed its resiliency as a team, overcoming an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 47-45 victory.

Down 40-32 with seven minutes to play, Williston-Elko High rallied, outscoring Lewisville High 17-5 to end the game.

BHHS Lady Hawks soar in basketball playoffs

The Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team made easy work of McCormick High by a score of 59-41 Friday night in the second round of the class 1A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda High dominated the contest mostly, leading by as much as 20 points.

The defense forced 24 turnovers; the frontline had a 39-28 edge in rebounding and the team shot 52.3 percent from the floor. Seven players scored with in double digits and two racked up double-doubles.

There is little fair in the Fairness Doctrine

When a government wants to gain control of the minds and hearts of its people, it goes to the information source - the television, radio, newspapers and access to the Internet. The effort is wrapped in "wordspeak", trying to make people believe that something is good for them.

The Fairness Doctrine, today, is anything but fair or good.

What's the final word on obituaries?

Charging for an obituary in the newspaper never seemed quite right to me. After all, one of the first lessons I learned when I joined a news staff as a teenager was this:
A lot of people get their names in the newspaper twice: when they are born and when they die. So make sure you get it right both times.

And now, in some papers, you're charged when they die.

It's true that many larger newspapers will run a "death notice" for free. It gives only the basics: who, what, where, when. If, however, you want to say nice things about your loved one, you'll have to pay.

Tenissa "Diane" Bosier

Tenissa "Diane" Bosier, 48, of Blackville, died Feb. 17, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained from an automobile accident at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

Funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Blackville with the Rev. Dr. Herman Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Hope Memorial Park Cemetery, Barnwell. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Jean Allen

Barbara Jean Allen, 62, of Blackville, died Feb. 13, 2009 at her residence following an extended illness.

Funeral service was held Feb. 19 at Macedonia Baptist Church, Blackville with burial in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Lees. The Revs. Floyd Hughes, Phillip Thomas and Michael Davis officiated. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.


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