Curtis Mack

Curtis Mack, 50, died Feb. 10, 2009 at the Regional Medical Centers of Orangeburg.

Funeral service was held Feb. 14 at Macedonia Baptist Church of Blackville with the Rev. Floyd Hughes Sr. officiating. Burial was in the Blackville Cemetery. Heritage Funeral Home of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Mack was born Sept. 17, 1958 in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Filmore Sr. and Mildred Lloyd Mack. He was employed with the Blackville Public School District No. 19. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

Frances Owensby Morehead

Frances Owensby Morehead, 83, died Feb. 13, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 16 at the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Neeses with the Revs. Robert Culbertson and the R.L. Brown officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery of Norway. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Morehead was born Jan. 26, 1926 in Charlotte N.C. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie Burwell Owensby. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, the Rev. R. B. Morehead.

Michael B. Mullenix

Michael B Mullenix, 61, of Fond du Lac, Wis. died Feb. 12, 2009 at Hospice Home of Hope after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Memorial service was held Feb. 21 at the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home.

Chasity Shannon Guinn Williams

Chasity Shannon Guinn Williams, 22, of Barnwell, died Feb. 13, 2009 at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thompson, Ga., after battling injuries sustained in an accident in 2007.

Funeral service was held Feb. 16 at the Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Ehrhardt-Bamberg Chapel. Burial was in the Little Swamp United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Williams was born Oct. 26, 1986 in Bamberg County. She was the daughter of Kenneth Murray Guinn and Stephany Michelle Searson. She was a waitress at Shoney's in Aiken. She was predeceased by a grandfather, Ronnie Guinn.

Barnwell High boys qualify for the playoffs

As the game entered the third quarter, the Barnwell High boys varsity basketball teamwas trailing Ridgeland High by a score of 39-21 Feb. 6 in Ridgeland.

However, with its playoff hopes on the line, the Warhorses fought back, outscoring the Trojans 42-20 in the second half to pull out a 64-61 win.

Chris Mixon led the comeback for Barnwell High with 17 points, including three three-pointers. Mixon scored seven of the team's 19 points in the final quarter.

The win improves Barnwell High to 12-7 overall and 4-5 in region play.

BHHS boys beat WEHS Blue Devils at buzzer

In a region 4A basketball nail-biter, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks stunned the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils by a score of 47-45 Feb. 12 in the Devils Den.

Blackville-Hilda High, which scored only four points in the opening quarter, trailed by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Hawks rallied in the second half behind the shooting of Larry Johnson. Johnson scored 17 points in the second half, including the winning basket, as time expired for the win. Johnson finished with 20 points, 10 assists and six steals.

WEHS Lady Blue Devils upset BHHS Lady Hawks in basketball

The Williston-Elko High girls varsity basketball team had its work cut out for them Thursday night in the Devils Den.

The Lady Blue Devils were faced with the daunting task of beating a Blackville-Hilda High squad which has defeated them eight times in its last eight meetings.

To make matters worse, Blackville-Hilda High was riding a seven-game winning streak highlighted by a victory over region leader Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Lady Blue Devils pulled off the improbable, beating the Lady Hawks by a score of 47-42.

A vacuum of jobs: Blackville leaders still considering Allied Air's closing

One thing they all agree upon is that the eventual closing of the Allied Air plant in Blackville is going to affect the town.

How negatively that impact will be remains to be seen, said several Blackville leaders.

Lennox International, the corporation of which Allied Air is a subsidiary, announced Feb. 4 that it would be closing its Blackville plant by 2011. The plant will go through a gradual reduction of workers until its final closing.
The first worker layoffs would occur in the fourth quarter of this year, or between October and December.

A 'principal' effect: Influencing students toward bigger goals

Test scores more than field goals interested Lelon Belton Tobin because in the end - they would carry his students' fortunes farther.

Tobin was the first African-American assistant principal of Blackville-Hilda High School. He helped Principal Danny Atkins run the school.

But he also wore many other hats during his 15 years at the school - including test coordinator, transportation supervisor, science teacher, adult education director and Junior Beta Club sponsor.

Former James Brown trustee goes to jail

AIKEN - A former James Brown trustee accused of misappropriating millions of the late singer's money will spend the next six months in jail for not paying more than $400,000, as ordered by a court in 2007.

David Cannon was placed in the Aiken County jail after surrendering to police Feb. 11 afternoon for contempt of court.

Calls to Cannon's attorneys Feb. 12 were not returned.

For more than a year, Cannon, of Barnwell, has maintained that he does not have the financial means to pay the $433,000 -- $373,000 to Brown's estate, $50,000 for attorneys' fees and a $10,000 fine.

Challenged to do right

When Barnwell County Councilman Freddie Houston filed a lawsuit to change the county's election laws -- he never thought he would one day sit on the institution he helped transform.

Houston was the main plaintiff in a 1988 lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina against Barnwell County by the Barnwell County Voters League. The lawsuit sought to end the at-large method of electing council members and change the county to seven single-member districts with a member from each district running for office.

Better than Valentine roses: Quality time with Dad

Most of the ladies were in dresses, some in formal full-length ones. The men likewise were pressed and polished.

Upon entering the event, each lady received a stemmed flower as well as a wrist corsage. After photos were taken, the couples sat down for dinner and later, dancing.

However, this wasn't an early prom dance - although the ladies were the sweethearts of the men in another sense.

The men were all fathers and their "dates" were their daughters.

Virginia Laura Thorne Chancy

Virginia Laura Thorne Chancy, 85, of Barnwell, died Feb. 2, 2009 at the Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken, following an extended illness.

Funeral service was held Feb. 6 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home. Burial was in the Offerman Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home in Blackshear was in charge of the arrangements.

Lizzie Bradley

Lizzie Bradley, 90, of Blackville, died Feb. 3, 2009 at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Funeral service was held Feb. 8 at Shrub Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Blackville with the Rev. Mckinley Neal and Ministers, Gwendolyn Neal and Larry Ephriam officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Green's Funeral Home of Blackville was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown, 87, of Allendale, died Feb. 1, 2009.

Funeral service was held Feb. 6 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Allendale, with burial in the Bentley Cemetery with Military Rites. Cave Funeral Services, Inc. of Allendale was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Brown was the son of John and Phoble Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Virginia Gillyard Brown; children, Elizabeth B. Tigler, Ruthia B. Berry, Sherry B. Garvin, Thomas L. Brown Jr. and Paticia Brown and six grandchildren.
The People-Sentinel 02/11/09

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.

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