For four years now there has been an ongoing fight over the Barnwell County Economic Development Corporation and the control of its assets - land and money - by the EDC Commission, the county and the municipalities.
The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.
Notice in those words not a mention of celebrity content, mobile devices nor “aspirational” reportage that feels good without doing any good.
But also notice in those words the key to the future for newsrooms across the nation: A visible role in the daily life of the nation rooted in real benefit and sustained credibility.
Do your jobs
Another month has passed without the Williston District 29 School Board taking action on filling a vacant seat.
The board has been short one member since the end of June 2016 when Billy Williams resigned.
To: Timbo Williams, Barnwell County Fire Coordinator; Jessie Elmore, Barnwell Rural Fire Chief; Andy Hogg, Long Branch Fire Chief; and Thomas Sharpe, Hilda Fire Chief.
On behalf of the Barnwell Airport Commission, please accept our grateful thanks and appreciation for an outstanding job by all the volunteer firefighters from Long Branch, Hilda and Barnwell Rural who responded to the fire at the Barnwell Airport on September 19.
Though five planes were destroyed, the firefighters were able to contain the fire to one end of the T-hanger building.
Recently at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting it was my privilege to state “As Barnwell County prospers our businesses will prosper; as our businesses prosper, Barnwell County will prosper”. That is the Chambers core belief.
Yet, business contributions to our communities too often go overlooked and underappreciated. So, in recognition and thanks to contributing businesses the Barnwell County Chamber sincerely thanks the following businesses for generous donations of door prizes and sponsorships for our annual meeting:
Last year just about this time my body told me something wasn’t right. Not wasting any time I went to my gynecologist in Augusta, Ga., and was referred to AU Health.
I was diagnosed last October with stage IIIB ovarian low-grade serous adenocarcinoma that had spread into other reproductive organs and my omentum.
I am currently still under treatment as my cancer has returned.
I want to bring this horrific disease into the light and vow to help educate others on the signs and resources.
It was with great sadness that I read of the retirement of Pickens Williams Jr. as Barnwell County Administrator.
Pickens has been a fixture of the Barnwell County Courthouse for decades and has been a shining example of everything a county official should be. He was the consummate paragon of efficiency and productivity while also exuding friendliness and personal warmth. Pickens transformed a visit to the courthouse from the routine drudgery of attending to mundane business to the feeling of visiting a friend.
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
Our community continues to respond to the devastating hurricanes that have impacted many, especially in Texas and Florida.
My family and I stopped in your town unexpectedly yesterday afternoon (Sept. 12) for a few hours. We were traveling back to Savannah, Ga. on S.C. 3 after being evacuated from Richmond Hill, Ga. due to Hurricane Irma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dear Blackville-Hilda Community:
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the upcoming 2017-2018 school year in Barnwell District 19.
Welcome to the start of the 2017-2018 school year!
We are excited to begin a new school year in the Williston-Elko community where excellence in teaching and learning, as well as building community partnerships are on the forefront of what we strive to accomplish.
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.