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Anderson Family grateful

Dear Editor,

How grateful we are for the numerous acts of kindness you extended to our family during the loss of our loved one. We are thankful and appreciative for the cards, food, flowers and calls.

A special thanks to the staff at PruittHealth in Barnwell.

May God bless you.

The family of Adele Priester B. Anderson

GU making local seniors ‘Masters of Aging’

Dear Editor,

September is National Senior Center Month and the theme is Masters of Aging. Generations Unlimited operates the Gayle Reyes Senior Center in Barnwell and the Golden Retreat Activity Center in Blackville. We are taking this opportunity to celebrate our seniors and the programs that support them and make them Masters of Aging. In addition, we want to share our stories and encourage advocacy of community partners to ensure that funding is allocated for continued nutrition programs for seniors.

Disasters bring out the best in our country

The worst of times can really bring out the best in people.

We’ve seen it time and time again throughout history. While it’s true across the world, Americans are especially giving and step up when needed. Barnwell Countians are no exception as we’ve seen you respond locally and abroad when people are in need.

As the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali once put it: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That’s a pretty good philosophy to live by.

Community ‘shouts out’ their appreciation

From Publisher Laura McKenzie: We knew everyone was concerned and stressed over the track of Hurricane Irma but we also knew there are a lot of good people helping their family and neighbors. We asked readers to share their good stories as well.

Readers were asked to post a “shout out” to this post when someone did something really nice and helpful during this experience.

‘Strongest hurricane’ bears close watch

The outpouring of kindness has been wonderful following Hurricane Harvey and the floods that came with it.

People in Texas helped each other in the midst of the crisis. People in surrounding areas came - and are still coming - to their aid with boats, water, food, clothing, personal items and clean-up kids.

The Sandifer family should be particularly commended as well as all those who have contributed to their efforts of sending supplies to Texas.

Local Boy Scout relates benefits of scouting

Dear Editor,

My name is Stephen Pigman. I am in Troop 392 of Barnwell’s Boy Scouts. I am currently working on a merit badge in communications. Since you are the managing editor of our local newspaper, The People-Sentinel, I have chosen to write to you to express my opinion of being a Boy Scout. This letter will fulfill the requirements for this badge.

It is my opinion that all boys could benefit from being a member of Boy Scouts of America. The activities are worthwhile and teach good life lessons.

Donate responsibly to disaster relief

News is continuing to pour out of the Gulf Coast where Hurricane Harvey made landfall Saturday night as a Category 4 storm and has since flooded that area of our nation with record-breaking rain totals.

South Carolinians have not-too-dim memories of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and ice storms which have impacted our community. Those memories also include how other communities sent people and supplies to help us recover.

Now it is our time to help them.

Superintendent Stapleton: D45 strives to go ‘extra mile’

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, our staff, and myself, we welcome everyone to Barnwell School District 45 for the 2017-18 school year.

The start of a new year is exciting for all of us. For parents and guardians whose students are entering our schools for the first time, we extend a special welcome and a heartfelt thank you for the trust that you have placed in us. For those families and students returning for another school year, we welcome you back and look forward to seeing you soon.

Parents can be educators’ support staff

Inside this edition is a section previewing the goals and expectations of Barnwell County’s educational leadership. They all express high hopes of achieving many goals.

Education today is much more challenging than when many of us were students. There are local, state and federal mandates. There are changing needs for resources - such as Chromebooks. And there are very high expectations by parents.

Teaching is a tough job.

Barnwell County is blessed to have many wonderful educators who, along with support staff, are up to the challenges of educating our youth.

Prepare now for enjoying solar eclipse

Ready or not, the solar eclipse is coming!

This is a pretty big deal as it is the “first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. It will also be the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation’s founding in 1776. That’s why it’s being called the NATIONAL ECLIPSE,” according to www.nationaleclipse.com.

We encourage residents to make preparations now and become educated on what to expect on Monday, August 21 so you aren’t left, quite literally, in the dark.

Students will return to school and experience a myriad of ‘firsts’

All the news about the upcoming eclipse has just about “eclipsed” the other big event happening this week - the return of students to the classrooms.

For many, Thursday will be a day of “firsts” for them - first day of kindergarten, first day of first grade, first day of middle school, first day of high school, first day of their senior year.

It may be the first time a youngster has ever ridden a school bus or found their way through a lunch line.

The first day of school is the one day when most students show up with new clothes and bookbags.

Sanders family expresses gratitude

Dear Editor,

No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you have all shown to us after the passing of our beloved wife/mother, Mrs. Annie Bell Sanders.

As you know, she was a devoted wife to our dad, Willie Dean Sanders, and a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews and nieces.

We are blessed to have had her love and presence in our lives for 75 years.

Your many gestures have made this time easier to bear.

Thank you for being there when we needed you most.

Collaboration results in better communities

“Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood, 16th Century English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs

“If everyone does a little, no one will have to do a lot.” – Ferlecia Cuthbertson, President of the W-E CommUNITY Coalition in Williston

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – quote from J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.” – quote from Alexandre Dumas’ book, The Three Musketeers

Jeremiah Holston Family expresses gratitude

Dear Editor,

The Holston Family would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the visits, phone calls, cards, flowers, thoughts and prayers for the family during the passing of our loved one, Jeremiah Holston. Whatever your contribution it has helped to make this moment more acceptable.

From each of us to all of you, Thank you!

The Holston Family

Shop local first during tax free holiday

Preparing to go back to school can be expensive as you make sure your children have the necessary supplies.

However, this weekend offers a slight reprieve since South Carolina’s annual Sales Tax Holiday will be observed August 4-6. This is the one time a year when school supplies such as paper and pencils, as well as computers, book bags, clothes, shoes and other approved items can be purchased tax free.

Axis 1 partnerships benefit county

There are many things that can be accomplished by a single person.

But there is so much more that can be accomplished by people who work together towards a common goal.

To do that, relationships and partnerships need to be formed.

An organization that seems to have perfected the art of forming relationships is Axis 1.

Most people think of Axis 1 as the “alcohol and drug abuse” agency but this agency is actually so much more.

They partner with all three school districts for personal health education, teen pregnancy prevention and alcohol/drug services.

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