Irina Azar

Irina Azar

Irina Azar, 86, of Barnwell died Dec. 16, 2008 at Barnwell County Hospital.

A natural burial was performed at Ramsey Creek Preserve in Westminster, S.C. In honor of Miss Azar, a memorial service will be held in the community room at the Barnwell public library from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 8, 2009.  Friends and family of Miss Azar are invited to attend this celebration of her life.

The People-Sentinel  01/07/09

Annie Mell Jenkins

Annie Mell Jenkins

Annie Mell Jenkins, 88, died Dec. 18, 2008.

Funeral service was held Dec. 23 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lees, with the Rev. Freddie Wright officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Lebby Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Jenkins was born Sept. 1, 1920 in Barnwell County. She was the daughter of Frank and Hattie Reed Jenkins. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served on the first usher board. She was a laborer and domestic worker

Barbara Ann Main Long

Barbara Ann Main Long

Barbara Ann Main Long, 72, of Estill, died Dec. 18, 2008 at Roper Hospital in Charleston.

Memorial service was held Dec. 20 at Nixville Baptist Church. Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home of Walterboro was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Long was born Oct. 19, 1936 in Bamberg County. She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Kathleen Fail Main. She was a member of Nixville Baptist Church. She was predeceased by a son, Bobby L. Varnadoe.

One other political task should be clear

(Thie editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 7, 2009)

 

The new year always brings with it promise - promise of new hopes, better intentions and the promise of a new unfolding calendar in which to achieve these promises.


The new year also brings with it (for 2009 at least) a new crop of state and local politicians, the victors from the Nov. 4 elections. Many of them too will likely bring their own promises - made on their campaign trails, as well as the promise of new ideas and viewpoints for the respective offices for which they have been elected.

John Harrel Norris

John Harrel Norris

 

John Harrel Norris, 54,  of Barnwell, died Jan. 1, 2009 at his residence.

Memorial service was held Jan. 5 at Mole Funeral Home Chapel. Mole Funeral Home of Barnwell was in charge of the arrangements.

Money becoming available to help Barnwell County's unfortunate

Barnwell County will soon be getting a chunk of cash to help the less than fortunate in the county.

South Carolina is receiving $3.4 million in federal funds and Barnwell County is set to get $23,063 of it.

The announcement was made Dec. 22 by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to a press release from his office.

The Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) program money will be used to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to help those in need, stated the press release.

Final curtain call: the late Ellen Jenkins held many civic roles

Ellen Bush Jenkins played many roles for Barnwell County - librarian, historian, newspaper editor and community supporter.

For friends who remember her, the best roles Jenkins played were "friend" and being herself.

Jenkins died Dec. 29, 2008.

She was 76.

"She was always going out of her way to help people," said Marylen Jackson. "She was always jolly." Jackson served on the Barnwell County library board for 40 years.

211 service active now, may compete with county's own phone helpline

Between now and the end of February, Barnwell County residents have a choice of who they call for help with questions related to human services.

Since 1980, county residents have been able to call (803) 259-3333, a local helpline, to find answers, mostly on public and human services. The number is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day and is provided by the Axis 1 Center of Barnwell, the substance abuse intervention and counseling service agency in the county.

Senior citizen couple rings in new year with wedding

The Gail Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell closed out 2008 with a first - the marriage of two Barnwell County residents who started the rest of their lives together with the new year.

Jimmy L. Coger, 78, and Sharon Maxwell, 66, tied the knot Dec. 31 surrounded by family, friends, and residents after a five-month courtship.

Notary Mary Ellen Black presided over the ceremony as the two took their vows.

"It was a nice way to end the year and begin the new one," said Patricia Edenfield, Coger's daughter.

Filing tips for benefits as unemployment rates rise

Unemployment rates are up in Barnwell County, more than doubling the national rate of unemployment for November.

Barnwell County's unemployment rates were at 14.4 percent for November 2008. The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

Guy Ferguson, the assistant director of the local Employment Security Commission  Workforce Center said for those faced with unemployment there are some steps which should be taken right away.

Jones leads BHHS to victory over WEHS in title game

When it comes to playing Williston-Elko High, Blackville-Hilda High senior point guard Candace Jones rises to the occasion. Jones has averaged 17.3 points in the last four meetings against Williston-Elko High.


Unfortunately for Williston-Elko High, that trend continued Dec. 27 in the Hawks Invitational championship game.


Jones stole the Blue Devils thunder once again, erupting for 35 points, 11 assists and six steals in a 65-49 win.

BHS boys compete in holiday tournament

The Barnwell High boys varsity basketball team competed in the Aiken High School Holiday tournament Dec. 27-30.


The six-team field consisting of Allendale-Fairfax High and 4A teams Aiken High, Lower Richland High of Columbia along with Hephzibah High and Glenn Hills High of Augusta.


For the Warhorses, the holiday season wasn't kind to them on the hardwood as victory escaped the team in three outings in the tournament.


Barnwell High coach Michael Highsmith said the team played well despite the losses.

Remembering freedom's start

Few documents in American history are celebrated like the Declaration of Independence is for the Fourth of July.

However, for African-Americans, the Fourth of July comes Jan. 1.

That is when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1864, stating that "...all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free..."

Fourth quarter rally propels Hawks past Blue Devils

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.

U.S. conversion to digital television poorly done

On Feb. 17, all full-power analog television broadcasts in the United States will cease and TV stations will begin broadcasting exclusively in a digital format. The switch to digital television (DTV) will free up frequencies for emergency uses and allow broadcasters to provide more programming through "multicasting."

As a practical matter, people will need to subscribe to a cable or satellite television service, use a digital set, or connect a converter box to an analog TV set, to continue watching broadcast television.

One other political task should be clear

 (The editorial first appeared in The People-Sentinel Jan. 7, 2009)

The new year always brings with it promise - promise of new hopes, better intentions and the promise of a new unfolding calendar in which to achieve these promises.


The new year also brings with it (for 2009 at least) a new crop of state and local politicians, the victors from the Nov. 4 elections. Many of them too will likely bring their own promises - made on their campaign trails, as well as the promise of new ideas and viewpoints for the respective offices for which they have been elected.

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