Hanesbrands to close plant in Barnwell by spring

Barnwell County -- already hit by several economic downturns -- was struck again.


The Hanesbrands Inc. plant, located in the city of Barnwell, will close by spring of this year.


Hanesbrands Inc. released a statement about the closing from its Winston-Salem, N.C. corporate office Jan. 14.


The closing of the Barnwell plant means a loss of 310 jobs for the area, according to the Hanesbrands Inc. press release.

Connelly-Grace Smoak - Birth

Ben and Kristen Smoak are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Connelly-Grace Smoak. She was born at 4:20 a.m., Aug. 11, 2009 at University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. She weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 ¼ inches long.
Connelly has one sister, Carly Smoak.
Paternal grandparent is the late Carl Benjamin Smoak.
Maternal grandparents are Benny and Nancy Crim of Ulmer.
Great-grandparents are Elma and the late Robert E. Connelly Sr. of Ulmer, Harold and Eloise Crim of Sycamore and the late Sidney and Aline Smoak of Barnwell.

WEHS girls end victory drought, beating Ridge Spring-Monetta

The Williston-Elko High Lady Blue Devils got back on the winning track with a 46-39 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta Friday in region play.

The game was the tale of two halves. Williston-Elko High dominated the first two quarters, take 29-10 halftime advantage. Ridge Spring-Monetta High fought back in the second half.

However, despite a 29-17 scoring run, the Lady Trojans were unable to overcome the 19-point first half deficit.

With the win, Williston-Elko High ends its three-game losing streak and improves to 3-5 in the season.

JDA boys roll to victory in varsity basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy boys varsity basketball team toppled Long Cane Academy by a score of 57-32 Jan. 7 in Blackville.


The game was never in doubt as the Raiders opened a 32-13 halftime lead before extending it to as much as 25 points in the third quarter.


Hot shooting was the key to the Raider first half surge as they shot a team-high 51 percent from the field during the first two quarter.

JDA girls disarm Confederates in basketball

The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders disarmed the Lady Confederates for Andrew Jackson Academy with a score of 45-23 Jan. 6 in Blackville.


The Lady Confederates didn't have the ammunition to keep up with scoring pace by a Lady Raiders team led by Lauren Neeley, Kasey Owens and Roxanne Morgan.


The trio accounted for 75 percent of the team's scoring. Neeley was the high scorer with 15 points, eight assists and four steals.


Owens had 11 points and six rebounds. Morgan notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists.

BHHS girls fall short in 5A region showdown

In a showdown between region 5A powers in girls varsity basketball, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High got the best of Blackville-Hilda High by a score of 63-55 Jan. 9 in Norway.


The contest looked more like football than basketball with players hitting the deck in the paint and getting tangled up fighting for loose balls.


The game was very competitive for the first three quarters as the teams traded baskets for a 44-44 tied.

BHHS boys soar in varsity basketball

The Blackville-Hilda High Hawks have been flying high lately in varsity boys basketball play. Blackville-Hilda High started the season with a 1-2 record.
However, over the last six games, the Hawks have reversed its fortunes, winning five games, including its last four games in a row.
With the victories, Blackville-Hilda improves to 6-3 in the season.
Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley credits good offensive execution for the turnaround.
"Offensively, we struggled at the start of the season and much of that can be attributed to turnovers," Beasley said.

Barnwell Municipal News - January

It is difficult to believe that 2008 is gone. It was a year of accomplishments for the City of Barnwell, its employees and City Council. It would be a good time at this moment to review the year and to give an idea of what to expect in 2009, which looks to be another exciting year.

One can't reflect on the year without first thinking of the city employees and department heads. The numerous accomplishments of 2008 would not have been possible without the team effort these employees achieved.

'Nuclear academy' would benefit area, state and nation

(This editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 14, 2009)

If there was an overall theme to the discussion occurring at the legislative workshop attended Jan. 8 by South Carolina lawmakers and state media, it was "Where has the money gone and where can it be found?"

Money for state operations and government has become like bugs scuttling away from the harsh accounting light of this new year and its 118th legislative session.

The General Assembly is already poring over the state budget looking for new ways to cut expenses while seeking new revenues.

'Nuclear academy' would benefit area, state and nation

 (Thiseditorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 14, 2009)

 If there was an overall theme to the discussion occurring at the legislative workshop attended Jan. 8 by South Carolina lawmakers and state media, it was "Where has the money gone and where can it be found?"


Money for state operations and government has become like bugs scuttling away from the harsh accounting light of this new year and its 118th legislative session.

Maude Hair Ray Jarvis

Maude Hair Ray Jarvis

Maude Hair Ray Jarvis, 87, of Augusta, Ga., died Jan. 1,2009 at The Place At Martinez, Augusta Ga.

Funeral service was held Jan. 4 at the Reach Out Ministries with the Rev. Don McCormack officiating. Burial was in the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery (Airport). Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Reba Cleadith Wilson Hudlow

Reba Cleadith Wilson Hudlow

Reba Cleadith Wilson Hudlow, 78, died on Dec. 25, 2008 at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Funeral service was held Dec. 30 at the Smith Grove Baptist Church, Forest City, N.C.   Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Hudlow was the daughter of the late Avery and Susie Wilson. She was predeceased by a son, Andy C. Hudlow.

Bessie Dort Herrick

Bessie Dort Herrick

Bessie Dort Herrick, 82, of Williston, died Jan. 3, 2009 at the Aiken Regional Medical Center. 

Graveside Funeral Service was held Jan. 6 at the Williston Cemetery. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Williston Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 367, Williston, SC 29853. 

Thomas Charlie Furtick

Thomas Charlie Furtick

Thomas Charlie Furtick, 98, of Springfield, died Dec. 31, 2008 at Agape Assisted Living in West Columbia where he and his wife have been living for the last 2 1/2 years.

Graveside Service was held Jan. 3, 2009 at the Springfield Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Copper officiating. Folk Funeral Home of Williston was in charge of the arrangements.

Ellen Bush Jenkins

Ellen Bush Jenkins

Ellen Bush Jenkins, 76, of Barnwell, died Dec. 29, 2008. 

Graveside service was held Jan. 2, 2009 at the Kline Cemetery, with the Rev. Posey Belcher officiating. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Maurice Anthony Clark-Ray

Maurice Anthony Clark-Ray

Maurice Anthony Clark-Ray, 23, of Barnwell, died Dec. 17, 2008 in Winston-Salem, N. C.

Memorial service will be held Jan. 3, 2009 at Greater Faith Church, 179 Calhoun St., Barnwell with Apostle Belton Williams officiating. Burial will be held out of state.

Mr. Clark-Ray was born May 2, 1985 in Queens, N. Y. He was the son of Michael Ray and Maureen Ray-Barker. He was baptized at an early age in Winston-Salem, N. C. He attended Barnwell County public schools and graduated in June 2003 from Barnwell High School.

Beatrice Frank-Price

Beatrice Frank-Price

Beatrice Frank-Price, 94, of Barnwell, died Dec. 29, 2008 at the Allendale County Hospital.

Funeral service was held Jan. 3, 2009 at St. Mary Baptist Church with the Rev. Nathaniel Odom and Evangelist Willie E. Harris officiating. Burial was in the Union United Methodist Church cemetery. Guinyard and Son's Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Frank-Price was the daughter of the late Richard and Carrie Scott Bush.

Herbert LeGrande Betsill

Herbert LeGrande Betsill

Herbert LeGrande Betsill, Wiggins, Miss., died Dec. 25, 2008 at his residence.

Funeral service was held Jan. 3, 2009 at Barnwell Presbyterian Church in Barnwell with burial at Reedy Branch Cemetery in Barnwell. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

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