Washer donation is clean and decent gesture for shelter

Dear Editor:

The Barnwell County Animal Shelter board and its employees would like to thank Neeley Appliance Co. and Carl Cope for the new washing machine and dryer they donated to the shelter.

Due to major budget cuts, the shelter operates on a shoestring and is unable to buy many of the supplies and other items needed.

Generous donations such as this one from Neely Appliance help so much with the overwhelming job the one full-time and one-part time shelter employees face seven days a week.

Volunteers were valuable during child search

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the citizens of Barnwell County for assisting us on Saturday as we searched for a missing child. Your willingness to help on a hot Saturday morning made a great difference in finding the child.

We had 85 registered volunteers and just as many that did not register. All ages came out to help with our search. Some searched on foot, golf carts, four-wheelers, bicycles and even a boat. Thank you for showing a community can come together and work as a team. This shows that we can accomplish so much more if we work together.

Don't get canned by canning

Can a new garden season be here already? Soon tubs of tomatoes, pecks of peas and a bounty of beans will be rolling in.

You won't be able to eat your homegrown cornucopia while it's fresh and at the peak of flavor. Canning is the answer.

When a dreary December day comes, one can open a jar of homegrown tomatoes for vegetable soup, one will appreciate the effort made in the summer to preserve the garden excess. Properly processed home grown vegetables are far superior to anything you can buy in a can at the grocery store.

May is month to get active and exercise

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month as well as National Bike Month.

With the weather turning warmer, May is a perfect time to get outside and exercise or ride a bike. The City of Barnwell Parks and Recreation Department encourages the community to get out and enjoy the spring by walking, jogging or riding a bike. Many of our baseball and softball leagues are in full swing and a number of adult leagues are starting up.

Two wheels means drivers should be twice as cautious

It is a sad irony the fatal motorcycle wreck in Allendale occurred in May which is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The wreck involved four motorcycles travelling together. One motorcycle went out of control, causing a chain reaction that involved the others. As tragic as the wreck was, the potential was there for four deaths, not one.

Although South Carolina allows its motorcycle operators who are more than 21 years old the legal option to wear a helmet or not, helmets are still a good idea. None of the riders in the Allendale wreck were wearing a helmet.

Local Democrats need to get more involved

Dear Editor,

Last month more than 20 delegates and alternates from Barnwell County joined hundreds of our fellow Democrats in Columbia for the South Carolina Democratic Party's annual Dem Weekend.

During the weekend of festivities, our delegation celebrated the accomplishments South Carolina Democrats have made over the last year and the future of our great party.

Dem Weekend gave Barnwell County Democrats hope for the future, but it also reminded us of all the work that we need to do if we want to change the direction of our state.

School needs to attend to discipline

Dear Editor:

I am the mother of two children who attend Kelly Edwards Elementary School. My oldest daughter has been attending this school for three years now, and my youngest started last year.

I have always heard positive things about this school and I was proud that my children could attend such a school.

This year she and my youngest daughter were both in the play "101 Dalmations" at school. I know my children very well and I've taught them that they would always have someone on their side. In this way, they could excel and grow.

May holds two memorial days for soldiers

May holds two important opportunities to honor those who defend our country. One usually passes relatively quietly, while the other is marked by barbecues, parades, speeches, flag-waving and remembrance.

Armed Forces Day (May 15) honors those presently standing watch in our nation's defense. It was established in 1959 as a salute to the men and women who serve in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. (Each branch had previously held separate celebrations but Armed Forces Day consolidated those observances.) Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.

Bus drivers carry precious cargo

Dear Editor:

Barnwell School District No. 45 is celebrating School Bus Driver Appreciation week.

Student transportation plays a vital role in the educational process.

Driving a school bus is a tremendous undertaking, one that requires dedication, cooperation and above all professionalism.

Bus drivers are the first school representative to see students in the morning and are often the last to see them in the evening.

Relay donations kept sheriff dry

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my deepest thanks for your recent donations to the Relay For Life campaign. Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial support needed to continue the quest for finding a cure for cancer.

With your generous financial contributions, you've demonstrated your deep commitment to the purpose of helping others that are victims of this disease. We can never give up the fight of finding a cure.

Drop-outs could find thumbs out

State representatives may have found an effective method to help combat the state's high school drop-out rate.

This method is one that has state representatives thinking more like parents and less like politicians.

Also, the potential solution doesn't involve money.

On April 29, the S.C. House of Representative passed a measure, H.3645, which would affect all South Carolina students under the age of 18 who are eligible for a driver's license.

Sorry is as sorry doesn't do

My wife has been gone visiting a few days, and I've been fending for myself.

It's not hard to do, really. I don't have to make the bed; there's no one here to complain if it's not made. Just throw the covers up and it's done.

I don't wash dishes-or put anything in the dishwasher-until the odor of spoiled food begins to permeate the whole kitchen. That usually takes a couple of days unless I have the air conditioning on. Then I can go three days.

Sprinklers are good home fire preventatives

Dear Editor,

Recent news reports say America's confidence in government is at an all-time low.

Here's a good example why. Given a choice between ensuring the safety of citizens and lining the pockets of the home-building industry, South Carolina is on the verge of giving public safety the back seat.

In the past 30 years, more than 100,000 people in the Unites States have died in fires, most in their own homes, one or two at a time.

Cancer's battle not over yet

The steps have been plodded; the carnival raised; the nocturnal entertainment enjoyed and the carnival stricken.

The Barnwell County 2010 Relay For Life night has come and gone, the frenetic fund-raiser to raise money and awareness against cancer.

Now the luminaries that lined the Circle in downtown Barnwell have been extinguished and are gone. Each luminary was more than a bag containing a wooden block pegged by a candle.

Each school lunch-sized paper bag was personalized.

State funding must continue to keep teen pregnancy rates down

May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month. This is an issue that affects us all. As a community it is an issue everyone needs to become more aware of and its impact in Barnwell County.

The Axis I Center of Barnwell receives a grant of $32,892 a year to provide teen pregnancy prevention programming in Barnwell County. With these funds, the Barnwell CAPP program implements evidenced-based (proven effective curricula) in sixth through ninth grades in Barnwell 45 and Williston school districts.

Bouknight was fine man and coach

Dear Editor,

Melvin Bouknight was a friend of mine and one of the finest coaches Barnwell High School has ever had. His brand of football was fun to watch and all of the Barnwell fans who were privileged to be a part of his tenure here are appreciative of his contribution to the Warhorse legacy. Few men have the ability to motivate young men as he did.

Sue and I cherish the time Melvin and his wife Lillian were in Barnwell. Rob Tyner and I had the pleasure of building their home here and will always consider them as good friends.

Lower ISO rating no small feat

For Barnwell County to receive a reduction in its ISO rating was no small feat -- an accomplishment created by many hands.
On July 1, the ISO rating for the county will drop from a 10 to a seven.

With ISO ratings -- like cholesterol and blood pressure -- a lower number is a good number.

ISO is the industry benchmark by which insurance companies base risk probabilities and factors when determining insurance coverage and premiums.


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