The People-Sentinel names its All-Area team


The People-Sentinel announced its fourth annual All-Area football team. Although the football season has come and gone, there were plenty of big accomplishments during the 2008 season.

Again this season, Barnwell County schools bolstered some of the top talent in the 1A and 2A divisions of public school as well as the private school ranks.

Some of the highlights for the 2008 season included Williston-Elko High advancing to the class 1A state finals.

Blue Devils get payback over Blackville-Hilda in rematch

Humbled - and yet still a little steamed by a defeat Dec. 27 at the hands of Blackville-Hilda High, the Williston-Elko High boys varsity basketball team resolved to make things right in the Jan. 21 rematch in the Hawks Nest.

In the last meeting, Williston-Elko squandered a 13-point second half lead before losing to the Hawks by a score of 50-46.

This time, however, the Blue Devils avoided complacency. Fueled by the pinpoint shooting of Quantel Mack, the Blue Devils got the best of the Hawks with a score of 52-45.

Area junior varsity teams battle in basketball

The roundball action was in full force last week in girls and boys junior varsity basketball play.

In Warhorse country, the Barnwell High girls drew even.

The Lady Warhorses started on a high note with a win over Pelion High.

However, in the next game, the team stumbled in a loss to region rival Silver Bluff High.

Against Pelion Jan. 14, the Lady Warhorses posted a 34-17 road win.

The game was tight through the first quarter with Barnwell leading Pelion 9-8.

Lady Raiders rally over Patrick Henry Academy

The Jefferson Davis Academy varsity girls came from behind to beat Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 41-37 Jan. 21 in Estill.

Jefferson Davis Academy trailed Patrick Henry Academy 37-33 with a 1:08 left to play.

The Lady Raiders, however, surged back in the final minute behind the shooting of Darcey Holladay. Holladay scored eight of her 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the team to victory. Holladay also grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double.

JDA coach Eddie Bonnett said it was a great team effort.

Barnwell varsity boys get nipped by Silver Bluff

The Barnwell High Warhorses were nipped by the Silver Bluff High Bulldogs by a score of 52-47 in region play Friday in Petticoat Junction.

Barnwell High led by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Warhorses couldn't maintain the advantage. Down 16-7 with 6:29 left in the first half, the Bulldogs barked back, outscoring the Warhorses 46-32 to finish the game.

Theron Stephen led the comeback for Silver Bluff with 17 points, including 13 in the second quarter.

BHHS girls continue to soar in basketball

If you don't think the Blackville-Hilda High Lady Hawks are playing basketball like they're on a mission-just ask the Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils.

In the team's first meeting, Dec. 27 in the Hawks invitational tournament, the Lady Blue Devils tasted a 65-49 defeat by the Lady Hawks.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the rematch, the Lady Blue Devils were given a dose of the same medicine with the Lady Hawks administering a 58-36 victory.

The Lady Hawks dispatched the Lady Blue Devils from the opening play when the team flew to a 12-4 first-quarter lead.

Frank Lavern Bodiford

Frank Lavern Bodiford, 66, of Williston, died Jan. 22, 2009 at his residence.
Memorial service was held Jan. 25 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Revs. Bert Baynham and Gene Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Bodiford was born in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Horry and Juanita Carroll Bodiford. He was owner/operator of Bodiford's Backhoe Service, a member of Long Branch Baptist Church and was a US Navy veteran. He was

John M. Garrick

John M. Garrick, 63, of Blackville, died Jan. 17, 2009 at his home.
Memorial service will be held at a later date in the Norway Cemetery, Norway. Mole Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Garrick was born on Feb. 28, 1945 in Charleston. He was the son of the late Harris and Custis Kittrell Garrick. He was an Army veteran and had retired from the Naval Shipyard in Charleston.
Survivors include two daughters, Brooke Garrick Beasley of Lyman and Amy Garrick of Barnwell; three sisters, Joan Bean of Lilburn, Ga., Peggy (Robert O.)

Mary Lee Redd Greene

Mary Lee Redd Greene, 86, of Williston, died Jan. 24, 2009.
Funeral service was held Jan. 28 at Barnwell Church of Christ. Graveside service will be held Jan. 30 at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Ocala, Fla. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of he arrangements.
Mrs. Greene was born in Foote, Miss. She was the daughter of the late Walter Alson and Ida Missouri Bruce Redd. She was a homemaker and a member of Barnwell Church of Christ, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as past worthy matron.
Survivors

Fay Elaine Hatcher

Fay Elaine Hatcher, 66, of Windsor, died Jan. 24, 2009 at her residence.
Graveside service was held Jan. 27 at Aiken Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, Aiken. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Hatcher was born in Sandia, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Clemmons and Viola Mae Bish Clemmons. She retired from Aiken County School system and formerly worked for the Aiken Standard. She was predeceased by a sister, Pam McCoy and two brothers, Jr. McCoy and Richard McCoy.
Survivors include her husband, Julian Cliff Hatcher

Frances Johnson Holmes

Frances Johnson Holmes, 87, of Barnwell, widow of David Harmon Holmes died Jan. 18, 2009 at the Bamberg County Nursing Center.
Funeral service was held Jan. 21 in the Mole Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Terry officiating. Burial was in the Double Pond Baptist Church Cemetery. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Holmes was born May 22, 1921 in Saluda County. She was the daughter of the late Allen Tupper Johnson Sr. and Sue Matheny Johnson. She was a member of the Double Pond Baptist Church and

Madge Higgins Jordan

Madge Higgins Jordan, 75, died Jan. 20, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Dyches Funeral Home Chapel in Barnwell with the Rev. Claude Bearden officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell Memory Gardens. Dyches Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.
Ms. Jordan was born in Carroll County, Ga. She was the daughter of the late William and Lois Young Tucker Higgins. She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas Jordan.
Survivors include four daughters, Sheila (John) Brooks, Sharon (Jerry) Whitehead, Sherri

Gussie Selfridge Widener

Gussie Selfridge "Aunt Gussie" Widener, 87, of Windsor, died Jan. 19, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 22 at Windsor First Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Widener was born in Windsor. She was the daughter of the late Alfred and Maggie Stone Selfridge. She worked in food service for Windsor school system for many years and for Rex Manufacturing in Williston. She was a member of Windsor First Baptist Church, where formerly she served as the church secretary, was a member

Corine Brown Ward

Corine Brown Ward, 82, died Jan. 22, 2009 at her residence.
Funeral service was held Jan. 28 at Shrub Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Blackville, with the Revs. McKinley Neal and Floyd Hughes and Ministers, Gwen Neal and Johnell Copeland officiating. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Ward, affectionately known as "Mama Co", was born June 13, 1926 in Blackville. She was the daughter of the late Cleo and Annie Bell Bellinger Brown. She was the granddaughter of the late Perry and Lizzie

All politics is local: Barnwell County people take in presidential inauguration

The freezing temperatures and massive crowds didn't stop some Barnwell County residents from attending a historic event in U.S. history - President Barack Obama's inauguration.

"African-Americans were shut out for so long and now to see an African-American in the White House that slaves built; I'm proud to be an American who had the opportunity in my life to witness how much our nation has progressed," said Teresa Jenkins of Barnwell.

Jenkins - along with relatives Cherise Jacobs, Jhordan Jenkins and Alean Odoms -were present for the Jan. 20 inauguration of nation's 44th president.

Public defender's office revamps in county and state

Overhauls are repairs to engines to make them run better.

If the state public defender's system was an engine, it now runs more effectively and efficiently, which is the miles per gallon measure for state agencies.

In June 2007, the General Assembly passed legislation to create a unified, statewide public defendants system.

All 46 counties in the state were part of the overhaul. The new system creates a public defender's office in each judicial circuit.

Home is where the heart (and help) is

This time, the church decided to look inward instead of outward.

Each year for the past three years, Williston United Methodist Church sent members out of state on mission projects. The projects involved house renovations in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, said the Rev. Cindy Fuller, the pastor for Williston United Methodist Church.

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast states in 2005.

This year, the church stayed home.

"This church usually works in Mississippi, but this year, we decided to work in the community," Fuller said.

Rumor false about Horsehead abandoning Barnwell County

The rumor may have spawned from fears generated by the news of the eventual closings of the Milliken and Hanesbrands plants in Barnwell County.

The rumor was that Horsehead Corp. would not finish construction of its zinc refinery in Barnwell County but cancel the project due to the poor economy.

The rumor is not true, said Jim Walsh, the plant manager of Horsehead's Snelling plant, located in the S.C. Advanced Technology Park.

Still steps down as athletic director but stays on as head football coach

The new year brought in more than a change of calendars for Barnwell High School athletics.

Joey Still, the head varsity football coach and athletic director over the school, resigned at the end of December from the director position.

Roy Sapough, the Barnwell 45 school district superintendent, said Still submitted a letter of resignation from that position to the district in late December.

Rosey Anderson, the assistant athletic director, has filled the vacancy.

Still has been the head football coach and athletic director concurrently for the past four years, he said.

Hospital acquires new CAT scanner

Four times faster is better when holding one's breath.

That is the advantage the Barnwell County Hospital has with a new CT (computed tomography) scanner.
The General Electric Brightspeed 16 slice CT scanner operates four times faster and takes four times more slices (images) than the old one.

"It used to take 40 seconds (scan), but now it takes about 10-15 seconds, one breath - and when the scanner rotates it takes 16 images," said Paula Creech, a technician certified in radiologic technology and computed tomography.

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