Harry Lee O'Bannon Jr.

Harry Lee O'Bannon Jr., 86, of Barnwell, died Feb. 15,2009 at the Lexington County Medical Center.

Funeral service was held Feb. 18 at the Barnwell Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Turner officiating.

Burial was in the Barnwell Baptist Cemetery (The Old Red Hill Cemetery). Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Eubanks "Dot" Salley

Dorothy Eubanks "Dot" Salley, formerly of Hodges, of Salley, died Feb. 21, 2009.

Funeral Service was held Feb. 24 at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston. Burial with Eastern Star Rites accorded was in the Springfield Cemetery.

Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Salley was born in Lockhart. She was the daughter of the late Martin Roy and Della Frost Eubanks. She was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church, a life member and past worthy matron of the Hodges Chapter #272 Order of the Eastern Star.

Bombs seized in county

Authorities seized and safely detonated two pipe bombs that a Williston man had constructed in his home last week.

On Feb. 17, police from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division, the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office as well as members of the Williston Fire Department and Williston Rescue Squad were on hand as the situation was defused without harm to any people or property.

Deputies from the sheriff's office discovered two gunpowder-based pipe bombs at the home of David Ray Waddell, 50, of 10371 S.C. 39 in Williston, said Barnwell County Sheriff Ed Carroll.

Orangeburg wreck claims two Barnwell County lives

A Feb 17 fatal crash claimed the lives of two Barnwell County residents - a mother and daughter - on S.C. 70 in Orangeburg County.

Diane Bosier, 48, of Blackville, a passenger and Sherell Donaldson, 27, also of Blackville, the driver, were both airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

Bosier died Feb. 17 of blunt force trauma, Orangeburg County Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said.

Donaldson died on Feb. 22 from injuries received in the crash.

IGA grocery to open in Barnwell

Residents on the east side of town will now have a grocery store of their own.

Dale Fennell, the owner, will open his new IGA store on March 2 at 7 a.m.

The building formerly housed the Piggly Wiggly grocery store but has sat empty for nearly two and one-half years, Fennell said.

The building has been remodeled including a fresh coat of paint, new ceiling and light fixtures and even some wall changes.

The IGA will be a full service store, Fennell said.

Lawsuit argues for South Carolina's fair share of water

Days after a drought response committee declared all of South Carolina at some level of drought, the state attorney general warned Barnwell County residents that the state is in danger of drying out from a man-made cause too.

State Attorney General Henry McMaster spoke at the quarterly Barnwell County Republican meeting Feb. 23 about the "water war" lawsuit that South Carolina is having with North Carolina.

The outcome of this litigation could have ramifications on how Georgia and South Carolina share water from the Savannah River to the west of Barnwell County in the future.

Barnwell farmer provides field for gleaning to hungry

Barnwell County was "gleaned" over the weekend and many local people received the benefit of the bounty.

Debbie Riley coordinated the gleaning for the Gleaning Network, and organization that connects with local farmers to "glean" or harvest their produce fields after regular hargest to get the food for distribution to the hungry.

Riley jumped into action and called local Lions Club members to volunteer for the gleaning of Emmett Black's field on S.C. 70, just outside of Barnwell.

Black donated a field full of collard greens.

Statewide drought declared as wildfire season begins

Milk is the official beverage of South Carolina, but the state would likely be happier with water - as in rainwater.

During its Feb. 19 meeting, the state drought response committee upgraded the water conditions of 16 counties along the coast and Pee Dee regions to "incipient" drought conditions which puts the entire state under some level of drought conditions.

"Incipient" means the threat of a drought is there and the conditions are right for one to occur.

Documentary on lost towns features Barnwell people

It's a way of life that has all but vanished in modern times and faded from memory like a sepia-tinged photograph.

Those closely-knit communities where rich and poor, black and white - all joined together and helped one another and looked out for each other.

It is a town where a widow who lost a husband in war would wake up and find vegetables and fruits on her porch at the break of dawn.

It is a place where people gathered on a porch after a day of work and told tales and swapped stories against a setting sun.

'Lift every voice and sing...'

Most museums communicate history through the eyes for its visitors.

For the guests to the Barnwell County Museum Feb. 22, the program was one for the ears primarily.

The Barnwell County Museum held a musical tribute in observance of Black History Month with several local choirs and musicians performing to a crowd of about 55 people at the Effie Fuller Center.

DeMint hindering stimulus plans for South Carolina

As the nation struggles with its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, some in Washington D.C., are fighting a rear-guard action to block President Obama's stimulus plan.

Among them, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is jockeying to become leader of the heel-dragging pack.

This professional ad man knows the importance of burnishing his brand. He has become a stock fixture on the national media circuit. If you need someone to defend the failed economic policies of former President George Bush, schedule DeMint for your show.

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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, 91, formerly of Dunbarton, died Feb. 9, 2009.

Graveside service was held Feb. 11 at the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Watford officiating. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

William Henry "Billy" Delk Sr.

William Henry "Billy" Delk, Sr., 88, of Blackville, died Feb. 11, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 14 at Double Pond Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Delk was born in Hilda. He was the son of the late George W. and Sallie Hartzog Delk. He was a member of Double Pond Baptist Church. He formerly worked at Barnwell Woolen Mills and had been a farmer.

Ernest L. Freeman

Ernest L. Freeman, 84, died Feb. 13, 2009 at the Barnwell County Hospital.

Funeral service was held Feb. 15 at Trinity Baptist Church with the Revs. Romie Martin and Gerry Williams officiating. Burial was in the Hilda First Baptist Church Cemetery. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Effie Rowell Keller

Effie Rowell Keller, 80, of Barnwell, died Feb. 12, 2009 in the Bamberg County Nursing Home.

Funeral service was held Feb. 14 at the Mole Funeral Home Chapel, Barnwell, with burial in the Barnwell County Memory Gardens (Reynolds Rd). Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ann Kirkland

Mary Ann Kirkland, 84, of Blackville, died Feb. 7, 2009 at the Aiken Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Funeral service was held Feb. 12 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lees, with the Revs. Freddie L. Wright and Miller officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.

Karen Lynn Benton Henderson

Karen Lynn Benton Henderson, 37, of Barnwell, died Feb. 11, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 14 at Bethel Baptist Church, with the Revs. Jule Young and R. P. Hodge officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Keith Smith Funeral Home of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Henderson was a native of Allendale County. She was the daughter of J. Warren Benton and the late Katherine Rebecca Cook Benton. She was the widow of the late James M. Henderson. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.


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