Devada Lucinda Brown Gilbert

Devada Lucinda Brown Gilbert, 84, of Barnwell, died Feb. 2, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 5 at Dyches Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Gable officiating. Burial was in the Boiling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Barnwell. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Gilbert was born in Wise County, Va. She was the daughter of the late Aaron J. and Elizabeth Brown. She was retired from Kmart and a member of the First Assembly Church of God.

Julia Ann Cave Patterson

Julia Ann Cave Patterson, 69, of Barnwell, died Feb. 1, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 7 at St. John Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Patterson was the daughter of James and Julia Wallace Cave.

Mary Lott Smith

Mary Lott Smith, 76, of Williston, died Feb. 3, 2009 at her residence.

Funeral service was held Feb. 6 at Williston First Baptist Church with Dr. David Richardson officiating. Burial was in the Williston Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Ella Mae Peeples

Ella Mae Peeples, of Brooklyn, N. Y. died Jan. 23, 2009 after a lingering illness.

Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with burial in the Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N. Y.

Tillie Lee Phipps

Tillie Lee Phipps, of Williston, died Feb. 7, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 10 at the J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Northwoods Chapel. Burial was in the Carolina Memorial Park. J. Henry Stuhr Inc., was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Phipps was born March 27, 1927 in Conway. He was the son of Doctor Phipps and Bessie Hinson Phipps. He was married to Carrie Lee Phipps. He was a navy veteran of World War II and pastored Nazarene churches for over 40 years. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary P. Brown.

A bird in the hand...

The morning of Feb. 7 held a light breeze and the brush crackled as the soldiers moved through it in a tactical formation with guns ready.

The smell of gun smoke already wafted through the air. However, these soldiers were not in a war zone but out hunting a different kind of target.

On this day, a trip to Grahams Turnout, just over the Bamberg County line, gave a group of wounded warriors a chance to hunt quail and pheasants and fish in the lake for a varied assortment of fish.

Lady Hawks find path to victory

Basketball was not the inspiration for the American poet Robert Frost when he wrote his 1915 poem, "The Road Not Taken."

However, for the Blackville-Hilda High girls varsity basketball team, the poem title pretty much summed up their regular season series against region rival Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High of in Norway.

In their first meeting Jan. 9 in Norway, the Lady Hawks were tied at 44-44 with the Lady Trojans after three quarters before going down a road of turnovers and mistakes in the final quarter in a 63-55 defeat.

BHHS boys even score, beats HKT in rematch

Revenge was on the mind of the Blackville-Hilda boys varsity basketball Feb. 3 as they took on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

When the teams first met Jan. 9 in Norway, the Trojans had their way with the Hawks in a 67-53 blowout victory.

This time it was all Blackville-Hilda as they evened the season score in region action with a 68-52 win over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Hospital to furlough non-healthcare employees

The Barnwell County Hospital is taking a healthy approach to hard economic times and Medicare woes without cutting into the quality of its patient care.

At a Barnwell County Council meeting Feb. 3, Mary Wisner, the interim chief executive officer for BCH, presented Council with a cost-containment program that will save the facility about $236,000 a month.

"The hospital is being proactive to a decrease in funds from Medicare and Medicaid," said Wisner.

Since the hospital's fiscal year began in October, it has suffered a loss of about $400,000, she said.

Blue Devil boys roll in region play

The Williston-Elko High Blue Devils blistered the Ridge Spring-Monetta High Trojans by a score of 66-30 Feb. 3 in boys varsity basketball.

The game was never in doubt as the Blue Devils took a 34-17 halftime on 18-second quarter points. Antonio "Busta" Walker had 10 points to lead the Blue Devils at the break. Walker finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

With the win, Williston-Elko High improves to 14-6 overall and 10-2 in region play.

The Trojans started the game just four-of-13 from the field for nine points in the opening quarter.

Blackville group opens new low-income houses

Brick by brick and house by house, the Blackville Community Development Corporation is hoping to improve Blackville from the ground up.

On Feb. 6, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the end of a four-year project for the BCDC.

The nonprofit community group swung open the doors of four modular homes on South Boundary Street for low-income families to rent.

BCDC members, as well as community and area figures, toured the three-bedroom, two bathroom homes after the ribbon-cutting.

Committee takes another step towards community center

The first steps in making the Williston-Elko Community Resource Center a reality took place at the Feb. 3 Barnwell County Council meeting.

Council gave a collective nod to clear a portion of land - capped at the cost of $10,000 - in mid-February and conduct a groundbreaking ceremony in March at the center's future site.

The Williston-Elko Community Resource Center will be located behind the Williston Library on Academy Street, said Barnwell County Councilman Freddie Houston.

WEHS girls win in region basketball play

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils disarmed the Lady Trojans of Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 46-35 Feb. 3 in the Devils Den.

The "Big Three" came through for the Lady Blue Devils on offense as Courtney Corley, Charnica Williams and Tierra Richberg all scored in double-digits. Corley led the group with 19 points.

Williams had 10 points, including two three-pointers. Richberg had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Kline gets land for recreational usage

Recreation programs in area towns seem to be getting a boost even as the economy continues to slide.

With the construction continuing on the City of Barnwell's Lemon Park Sports Complex, the city has taken steps to ensure area youth have plent of places to play.

Even though the town of Kline has a much smaller population, they are moving forward with their own recreation plans.

For many years, softball has been a favorite pastime in Kline and with two new donations the town hopes to expand the recreation activities available.

Stimulus should spur work, not idleness

Dear Editor,

By now, the U.S. Senate will have already voted on the stimulus bill.

The current stimulus bill in its trimmed down version still contains unnecessary spending for special interest. Supposedly this bill has been trimmed from $930 billion down to $780 billion.

We are now being informed that in this bill's present form, it consists of 58 percent spending and 42 percent tax cuts.

Thanks for keeping faith with the county

In these tough economic times when the news in Barnwell County is about what businesses are going away, perhaps it is a good time to remind ourselves about what industries are staying.

More than that, it's a good opportunity to thank them for keeping the faith with Barnwell County and reccognizing the continuing business benefits the county offers.

Barnwell County does have a good pool of labor to draw from, especially for manufacturing concerns.

Joining two problems may create one solution

Where two problems exist, maybe one solution can be found for both.

The problems?

Despite the bad economy, taxes - like death - continue. Yet people have less money and are trying to stretch every dollar.

The other problem is that because of the bad economy, the county is cutting back too.

However, the county government still has the same workload as it did during better times, only now because of employee furloughs, it has less work hours in which to do it.

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