Opinion

Teen Summit, Anti-Bullying Spirit Week give hope, help

Being a teenager can be quite difficult.

From peer pressure and trying to fit in to juggling school, work and extra-curricular activity commitments and making plans for the future, the teenage years can seem very overwhelming.

However, with guidance, determination and a willingness to listen to adults who want to help, there is hope.

The Axis 1 Center of Barnwell is a great local resource for many folks. This Saturday they are partnering with several community organizations to sponsor the inaugural Barnwell County Teen Summit.

‘Sunshine’ is for the people, not the press

It is Sunshine Week in South Carolina.

The week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

But every week in our state, newspapers are stepping up to see that the public has access to government meetings and records.

You might not know about these efforts, but if you read on you will learn of some of the outstanding ones entered this year into the S.C. Press Association’s Freedom of Information contests.

Local urges awareness of kidney disease

Dear Editor,

March has been designated as “Kidney Awareness Month” and unless it affects you or a family member, you probably give it very little thought. I gave it no thought at all until I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure in 1997. I was in shock and disbelief. There were no warning signs, other than fatigue, which I attributed to long work hours.

At age 42, I found I was born with one kidney (Alsport Syndrome), but had no problems and my doctor thought I would not have any trouble. My condition is hereditary and usually manifests itself at an earlier age.

Nothing good will come from EDC ordinance

In January we begged the question of “Why now?” with regards to some Barnwell County Council members’ move to dissolve the Economic Development Corporation and turn the commission into an advisory committee.

In February, in a split 5-2 vote, the Barnwell County Council approved second reading of that ordinance. Next week, third reading is expected to be held on Tuesday, March 14. That will be the final vote to make that ordinance effective.

Week 5 of Church Covenants: Driving Spirit of the Covenant

It’s hard to believe this is week five of rediscovering the Church Covenant.

The central theme is this: Christian fellowship is a family kinship that extends beyond church boundaries. Wherever you go, even to another city or state, you meet Christians and you feel right at home.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

Mayors ask council to vote ‘no’ on ordinance

The following letter was sent to members of the Barnwell County Council regarding the Economic Development Corporation (EDC):

Gentlemen,

The Mayors of the undersigned Municipalities in the county are writing County Council to urge the County not to vote in favor of making the EDC Board purely advisory in nature. When the Municipalities negotiated with the County to return property conveyed to the Municipalities, a purely advisory board was rejected by the Municipalities.

Black thankful but moving to ‘a new season’

Dear Editor,

According to Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under Heaven:.....” Just as the writer of this passage in the Bible describes a time for “everything”, I believe individuals go through various personal and different seasons in their lives. Changes, new paths, and fresh ventures occur in our lives.

Huff family expresses thanks for compassion

Dear Editor,

The family of Merrick Lane Huff wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of love, support and compassion from friends and loved ones during this time of sorrow.

Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so very much.

It’s the same story the crow told me,

It’s the only one he knows.

Like the morning sun you come,

and like the wind you go.

- Merrick Lane Huff 1972-2017

May God bless and keep all of you.

The family of Merrick Lane Huff

‘A Grimm Night’ was a delightful performance

Dear Editor,

A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Andersen turned out to be a delightful evening for the audience.

A retelling of the well-known fairy tales with a comical twist was performed fabulously by the young cast. I had the opportunity to visit one of the rehearsals and saw the amount of hours, enthusiasm, dedication, effort and energy poured into the play.

The volunteers at Circle Theatre create opportunity for our children to enjoy culture and theatre in a small town. You enrich us all and make Barnwell a better place.

Miller family grateful

Dear Editor,

The family of the late Easter Miller would like to extend our upmost gratitude for your prayers, condolences and thoughtfulness during our time of sorrow. The sympathy cards, prayers, visits, prepared foods and all other gestures were greatly appreciated as well. Please continue to keep our family uplifted in prayer during the healing process.

Our deepest gratitude,

The Miller family

McNeil family thankful

Dear Editor,

The family of Steve McNeil would like to thank everyone for the many expressions of kindness, support and love you have shown to us during this period of bereavement for our family. It has been a comforting blessing to each of us.

God Bless you all.

Debbie McNeil and family

Week 4 of Church Covenants: The Forgiving Spirit

A forgiving spirit means we always have one another’s best interests at heart. More than ever, we need a forgiving spirit in our world today. Here it is. Take heart!

“We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.”

Hearts and efforts need training

There are several efforts underway by the Barnwell County Emergency Management Division (EMD) in cooperation with other organizations to help save lives and provide comfort in the event of an emergency.

During an emergency, time is a critical factor. In widespread disasters, such as ice storms and hurricanes, the professionals are called out to several locations. Just getting to the scene may take time due to blocked roads from downed trees or washed out highways.

This is where local, trained volunteers can make a huge differnce.

Former councilman refutes SCA meeting

Dear Editor,

In reading the article regarding the proposed Council action on the Barnwell County EDC, I was surprised to read Danny Black’s answer to a question from Jerry Creech about who approached him (Black) first about a takeover of EDC activities. Mr. Black responded that I and Councilman Smith were the first to approach him about taking over EDC activities.

Volunteers needed to deliver meals to seniors

Barnwell County is a community full of giving people.

We’ve seen it time and time again as individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches and organizations respond to a call for assistance or a need they notice. From the 2014 ice storm and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 to fire victims and an empty food pantry, there are plenty of examples of folks stepping up.

As we have done before in this editorial space, we are once again asking for your help to make a difference in our community.

Ministerial Association helps with more than prayer

Another worthy organization that could use your financial support is the Barnwell County Ministerial Association.

This group helps many people with basic needs, such as paying their light bill or providing food. They also offer prayer and a little bit of spiritual support.

The BCMA relies on donations to support their cause. Donations can be made anytime, but we especially encourage those attending the upcoming Lenten worship services to dig into your pockets and give generously.

Covenants of the Church: Week 3

We also engage to religiously educate our children, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of and use of destructive drugs, or intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to shun pornography, to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

The Covenants of the Church: Week 2

Thank you for reading the Church Covenant. This is Week Two of the Church Covenant.

I know as you rediscover the Church Covenant, you will come to realize how wonderful your salvation is to you! I believe you will also come to realize how great it is to be a member of the local church, which is the Family of God. You will also discover how important you are to God and to His church. I hope you will discover the joy of supporting the church of our living Lord!

STEM Festival is opportunity for local industries

On Saturday, April 22, the town of Williston will be host to the DIG STEM Festival.

STEM is an acroynm for “Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics”. DIG is the Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program developed by former Williston resident Steven Brown.

According to Brown, DIG works “to inspire youth in rural areas to excel in all endeavors by empowering them to unlock their full potential and build upon their natural gifts and talents.”

Tidbits of positivity can go a long, long way

A little positivity can go a long way.

I think Maya Angelou put it best: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

We all have those dark clouds - struggles and tough times - that hover over us at times. That’s why it’s important we remember the power of kindness. A little smile can go a long way in brightening someone’s day and making those clouds go away, or at least not seem so suffocating.

One person who understands that is Mary Latham.

The 30-year-old New York native is on a journey across America to document acts of kindness in all 50 states.

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