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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Counselors educate school board about their function in district

The Jan. 22 Barnwell 45 school board meeting was a different opportunity for learning.

This time, the school board members were the pupils.

Guidance counselors from three of the district's four schools appeared before the board to give an overview tutorial of what their programs and job positions entail.

"Since they are the board of the district, I thought it would be good that they (the counselors) educate them about it," said Roy Sapough, the district superintendent.

Alphonso Isiah Youmans

Alphonso Isiah Youmans Sr., 45, of Barnwell, died Jan. 24, 2009.

Funeral service was held Jan. 31 at the Allendale National Guard Armory with burial in the Rizer Chapel UM Cemetery.

Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Youmans was the son of Ella Elizabeth Youmans Crosby ad Isiah Smith.

Lowman Still

Lowman Still, 61, of Barnwell, died Jan. 28, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Jan. 30 at Greenbranch Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Leroy Dobson, Alfred Still and Raymond Satterfield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Still was born in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Levy Still and Ida Mae Grubbs. He retired from Milliken textile after 40 years. He was a member and deacon at Greenbranch Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Manderlene Ritter Youmans

Manderlene Ritter Youmans, 52, of Allendale, died Jan. 26, 2009.

Funeral service was held Jan. 31 at St. Luke Baptist Church with burial in the Hoover Cemetery.

Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Youmans was the daughter of Mary Alice Smalls Ritter and the late Clyde Ritter Sr.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie James Youmans; children, Shalonda L. Youmans and Johnnie J. Youmans Jr., her mother; one brother, Clyde Ritter Jr. and four grandchildren.

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Jack Ray

Jack Ray, 78, of Orangeburg, died Jan. 31, 2009 at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

Funeral service was held Feb. 3 at Amazing Grace Pentecostal Holiness Church, Orangeburg with the Revs. Dale Phillips and Steve Rucker officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Orangeburg. Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. of Orangeburg was in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Owens

Virginia Owens, 83, of Allendale, died Jan. 18, 2009 at the John Edward Harter Nursing Center.

Funeral service was held Jan. 24 at St. Mark Baptist Church, Allendale, with burial in the Trinity Cemetery. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie James Williamson

Willie James Williamson, 83, of New York, died Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at Parchester Funeral Home, Bronx, N.Y. with burial in the Maple Grove Park Cemetery, Hackensack, N. J.

Parchester Funeral Home of Bronx, N.Y. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Williamson was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Bryant and Ollie Williamson. He was married to the late Leevedar N. Williamson for over 60 years. He joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Barnwell at an early age.

Leroy Tyler

Leroy Tyler, 52, of North Charleston, died Jan. 15, 2009 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Jan. 24 at Greater Sweet Branch Baptist Church, Govan. Burial was in the Honey Ford Cemetery. The Lebby Funeral Home of Denmark was in charge of the arrangements.

Allied Air plant in Blackville to be phased out

The latest victim for Barnwell County in the faltering national economy is Allied Air Enterprises in Blackville.

Lennox International, Allied's parent company, announced Feb. 4 that it would be phasing out the Blackville facility within a two-year time period, according to a corporate press release.

Employees were alerted to the plant's future the same day Lennox issued the press release.

"We notified them at the same time," said Ozzie Buckler, the director of Lennox communications and public relations. Buckler was contacted by The People-Sentinel at his Dallas, Texas office.

Blue Devils upset HKT in basketball

In a battle between the top two teams in region 5A basketball, Williston-Elko High varsity boys knocked off No. 5 ranked Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High by a final of 56-46 in front of a sellout crowd Friday night in Williston.

Blue Devils senior forward Antonio "Busta" Walker burn the nets in the Devils Den for 39 points which also included 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Walker was plagued by legs cramps during the second half. However, he fought through the discomfort for a career high in scoring.

DSS work study program may help jobless in county

Bad economies and tight budgets might actually be good things for Joe Bacote's programs.

Bacote is trying to join two facts together through his programs to make a mutual solution.

The two facts are that, one: businesses might be shorthanded with employee layoffs but still have the same amount of work to be done. Two, there are people willing to work temporarily just to learn or improve their job skills to make them more marketable as an employee later.

Trowelling for ideas will lead to spades of solutions

Two basic tools any gardener worth his soil keeps in his tool shed are shovels and spades.

Obviously, these earth implements are good for turning dirt over - one in wholesale amounts and the other, the spade, a little more specifically.

Thoughts, opinions and minds were turned over in the Feb. 2 meeting that brought together 30 of Barnwell County's civic, political, service and business leaders.

Counselors educate school board about their function in district

The Jan. 22 Barnwell 45 school board meeting was a different opportunity for learning.

This time, the school board members were the pupils.

Guidance counselors from three of the district's four schools appeared before the board to give an overview tutorial of what their programs and job positions entail.

"Since they are the board of the district, I thought it would be good that they (the counselors) educate them about it," said Roy Sapough, the district superintendent.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Damage assessment - on present and future effects that a faltering economy and plant closings are and will have on Barnwell County - was the purpose of a meeting between county officials, human services personnel and business and civic leaders recently.

The Feb. 2 meeting was coordinated by Barnwell County United Way - whose member agencies and others that it interacts with - are starting to see the human effects of tough economic times in the county.

New Williston salon offers one-on-one care

The letters stand about five inches high in gold on the workbench countertop.

"Dream" spells the letters.

That's what Krystal Garrick is doing - working a dream with her own hair salon, Krystal's Kreations.

Garrick just opened the salon Jan. 6 on Church Street in Williston.

Despite the doom and gloom of economic news lately, Garrick, 27, tries to remain unperturbed by it.

"You just have to have faith and believe in God. If I never took the chance, I would never know. You have to take the chance and it's a big chance when you have a family to support," she said.

Black skin, white skin: Green uniforms

South Carolina integrated the last of its public schools by 1970.

However, the Army had integrated itself nearly 20 years earlier.

Ben Duncan of Barnwell was one of the early witnesses to see that military integration firsthand as a soldier in the Army in the early to mid-1950s.

Duncan, now 74, is retired from his various jobs which saw him as a brick mason, county magistrate's constable and sheriff's deputy.
Now Duncan serves on the Barnwell City Council - its first African-American councilman to do so. He has been on City Council since 1995.

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