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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.

The Covenants of the Church: Week 1

Many years ago I remember when the church covenant was read regularly in the worship service.

A covenant is a formal binding agreement, or promise made between two parties. In this case, it is between people and the Church – all God’s people.

When is the last time you heard of the church covenant in the worship service?

Because I believe a church covenant is so important, I want to share with you five messages over the next few weeks. This week’s message is the Calling Spirit of the Covenant.

Show your love - take care of your heart

February is known as the month of love.

From flowers, jewelry, candy and other goodies for one’s sweetheart, many people will be showing their love on Valentine’s Day next Tuesday, Feb. 14.

While it is important to show your significant other how much you love them, you should also take a few simple steps to take care of yourself.

This month is also American Heart Month, a time to raise awareness about heart disease and how to prevent it. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adults in the United States, resulting in one in four deaths annually.

What's taking so long?

What is taking the Williston District 29 School Board so long in filling a vacancy?

This is a question we’ve been wondering in recent months. We’ve also heard the same question from some of you.

Ever since Billy Williams resigned in July 2016, the remaining four board members have grappled with what to do. There was confusion at first about whether they are supposed to appoint someone or have a special election.

Where did you sleep last night?

Where did you sleep last night?

Did you have your own warm bed to sleep in under the roof of a home you “call your own”? Do you have clothes to wear? Do you have three meals to eat every day?

Unfortunately, not everyone can answer “yes” to these questions.

Some answer “no” to all of them.

Hospital: Barnwell County Council failed

The following is a comment posted on The People Sentinel’s Facebook page.

While I give kudos to The People-Sentinel for stepping up its coverage of the EDC situation, I must say that the attempt to illustrate the “good” is thin.

We lost a community mainstay.We lost the safety net that can and, if left unopened, WILL cost lives.

Personally speaking, my wife almost died from a pulmonary embolism; a complication from her cancer treatment that I specifically mentioned to each council member...to their faces...during the meeting to discuss the closure.

Why now?

In the 1980s, the Federal Aviation Administration was convinced to release money from the Chem Nuclear compact surcharge fund to be used exclusively for industrial development in Barnwell County.

Some good came from hospital closure

The sudden closure of Southern Palmetto Hospital in January 2016 caused cardiac arrest in Barnwell County. Since that time, the county’s healthcare situation has stablized but still needs improving.

The news of the closure took most by surprise. It hit our small community hard because it impacted everyone in some way. Even if they did not utilize the local hospital people in Barnwell County had a sense of security knowing it was here and had been since the 1950s.

Covering the National Championship Game is eye-opening for young reporter-intern

Starting out as an intern reporting for The Clemson Insider two years ago, I never would have expected to be covering Clemson in a College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Arriving to the media hotel in Tampa, Fla., the Thursday before Clemson faced Alabama for the 2017 National Championship Game, I then realized that something that I had always dreamed of was about to come true. I would get to cover Clemson for the next five days during the biggest game in college football.

Congratulations, Clemson

Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on winning the national football championship game Monday night in Tampa, Florida.

The entire team worked hard all season. In Monday’s championship game, the Tigers did not give up when they were behind by three points with just seconds left on the clock. A last-second touchdown sealed the win for the Tigers.

We are especially proud of Williston native Taylor Hearn, who wears the #51 jersey for the Tigers. Even if you are not a Clemson fan, we hope you will show support for one of our own.

Real change will take compromise

Lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session yesterday.

We hope this session will be a productive one because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to advance South Carolina into a better future. To do so, lawmakers from both parties and in both houses need to come together and make the necessary compromises on their stances on certain issues to get things done.

Confederate memorial should be removed

Dear Editor,

I think my 7-year-old niece asks too many questions.

These days, she’s resolved to become a chemical scientist. Her playtime is peppered with How?s and Why?s that neither her Uncle Brence nor really anyone else in my family can actually answer.

To be sure, the best part of returning home to Barnwell County for me is time spent with her, my sister, and my parents, who’ve lived here their entire lives. But not having all of the answers for a little one so relentlessly committed to having the facts at her eager little fingertips can be disappointing.

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