State has not been stimulated by stimulus actions

Right now, South Carolina state agencies have received and spent about $1.1 million in federal "stimulus" funds.

When Washington mandated the $787 billion stimulus package a year ago, we were told it would create jobs and stop the unemployment rate from growing. The White House even went so far as to say the stimulus would create millions of jobs and keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent.

What a huge disappointment.

For some, chickens make tender pets, not nuggets

Lucy Katz has 11 pets in the backyard of her home in Decatur, Ga.

Skinny is the most affectionate. She follows Katz around until she squats down on the ground. And then she tucks her head under her keeper's arm and stands there, cooing like a baby.

Petunia is the ornery one. She's just like Petunia in the Harry Potter books. Lily is the same way.

And then we have Dottie and Lolly and Primrose and Buttercup. Booger died.

These are not dogs. They are not cats. They are not rabbits.

They are chickens.

Good Samaritan and paramedics were angels

Dear Editor:

Just a few weeks ago, I was in the Dollar General store in Williston shopping for a few items. I began to feel sick all of a sudden. I cried out to my husband and said to him something was wrong. The next thing I realized, I was on the floor and shaking really bad and couldn't see. My husband asked for help and for someone to call 911.

Hearing the cry for help, a lady in the store came over to him and said "I am an EMT" or something to that nature. He was so upset he didn't remember, but she came over and helped him with me until the ambulance arrived.

Charitable effort coats children in warmth

Dear Editor,

With the temperature now dipping into the teens, the arrival of brightly colored and fluffy new coats, caps and mittens could not have come at a better time.Rather than exchange gifts among themselves, the senior managers of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, (SRNS) donated children's coats, caps, and mittens. A total of 97 bright and fluffy coats, and bags full of caps and mittens were collected. A decision was made to divide them among several United Way agencies in the area.

Blackville matriarch grateful for attention during recuperation

Dear Editor:

From a heart of love and gratitude, I thank you for the acts of kindness shown to me during the past seven months. Your interest in me, via telephone calls, the hundreds of cards, the many flowers, gifts, meals, visits and those of you transporting Buck to see me everyday and most of all, your prayers and love for me are indescribable.

On May 30, 2009, I had a stroke as I attempted to visit my aunt, Myrl Still. Someone passing by saw me in the yard and called for help.

Serve legacy through service

As communities around Barnwell County observed Martin Luther King's birthday Jan. 18, it was encouraging to see the older generation remind the younger one of the legacy of this man.

The civil rights movement began in the 1950s. Many of the watershed events of the movement occurred in the 1960s. These events are 40 to 50 years in the past and many of the civil rights pioneers have died or are in their 70s and 80s now.

The goal of equality is still in the works and to borrow the words of John F. Kennedy, "the torch has been past to a new generation."

Hospital responsive to out-of-town patient

Dear Editor:

I lived in Barnwell all my life until 2004 when my family and I relocated. I recently made a trip back to Barnwell and during my travels my youngest daughter, who is 11 years old, began complaining of a sore throat and headache. Once we arrived at my parents' home in Barnwell Dec. 18, it was approximately 1 a.m. so I gave her some over-the-counter medication to hold her over until I could get her to a doctor. As time went on, she developed a fever of 102 degrees and continued to worsen.

Research relief agency before donating to help in Haiti

(In light of the recent earthquake in Haiti, the Better Business Bureau issued this advice Jan. 13 when contributing to humanitarian charities and organizations that are soliciting donations to "send help" or "aid in relief efforts.")

As immediate relief needs are assessed in the wake of the Haiti earthquake Jan. 12, many Americans seeking charities in which to donate disaster aid funds.

Thanks to "Santa's little helpers" during Secret Santa project

Dear Editor:

The hustle and bustle of the Christmas holidays have passed but not my gratitude to all those who made the "Secret Santa" program successful again this year.

The generosity of your time and money shows that our community has a great big heart for the less fortunate children of the county.

Thank you to all the businesses that aided with this endeavor through contributions, gift donations or the participation of your employees as "Secret Santas."

Thanks, also, to those who helped "behind the scenes" to handle the logistics of this project as well.

Letters made former Barnwell lady's final days memorable

Dear Editor,

Thank you for publishing the article about my mother, Elizabeth Moody turning 90. You and your paper and our Barnwell friends helped make a huge difference in her last days here on earth.

As you may know, Mama entered heaven Dec. 13, 2009 after a five-week stay in Providence Hospital. She was lucky to have been there on the fourth floor tower with the kindest and most professional nursing staff I've ever seen.

Words of wisdom to fathers-to-be

As I sit here with my coffee, protected from the cold and snow that, as expected, caused runs on bread and milk at the stores, secure in the warm conviction that I have learned a little something from life's mistakes, I have decided to write an advice column.

Being the father of two daughters and grandfather of three girls and one boy, I can't think of a better place to start than fatherhood.

In fighting cold, don't play with fire

The weather is not a conversation-starter anymore here of late -- it is the conversation.

For South Carolina, a "prolonged" cold snap is a span of more than three days of unseasonably low temperatures.

Already we have had the "prolonged."

Now the area is well into its second week of frigid weather. The Columbia office of the National Weather Service noted that the temperatures lately have been about 15 degrees below what is normal for this time of year in South Carolina. Also the state hasn't seen this long a cold spell since the 1970s.

Barnwell city leaders urge full participation in census

It's a bus we will all want to get aboard.

On Jan. 28, the U.S. Census Bureau will bring its Census 2010 educational bus to Reid's parking lot.

This will be a time for all Barnwell city and county residents to find out what the census is about and to have any questions answered. The bus will arrive in Barnwell at 4 p.m. and leave at 6 p.m.

The city has erected two support signs for the census at Fuller Park and at the Five Points at S.C. 64, S.C. 3 and U.S. 278.

Community to be praised for soldiers' holiday

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Barnwell County Republican Party (BCRP), we would like to thank The People-Sentinel for its coverage of the S.C. FamilyFest "Christmas in the Country" event and for all the citizens of Barnwell County who came out to show their support for those soldiers who are assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Gordon. These soldiers were guest at Graham's Turnout hunting lodge from Dec. 23-27 and received a lot of support from our county, churches and civic organizations.

Soldiers find second home in Barnwell for Christmas

Dear Editor,

The holidays, for most soldiers, is just like any other workday. With the global war on terrorism during the last few years, many soldiers have spent the holidays on the frontline defending our country.

Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) in Ft Gordon, Ga. are recovering from injuries that occurred during war or training for war. With time, they will either heal, return to duty or be transitioned out of the military to start the next phase of their lives.

Beware writing on wall

The graffiti that has been surfacing around Barnwell County with reoccurring symbols, letters and numbers has been an ongoing problem.
The illegal and public markings have also been associated with gangs, according to Brenda O'Berry, the anti-gang investigator with the Barnwell County Sheriff's Office.
There is -- on one hand -- the impulse to dismiss the graffiti as nothing more than the naughty but otherwise harmless pranks of youth who have too much time and spray paint cans in their hands for their own good.

Santa sings in church choir off-season

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He sits next to me in the church choir.

Let me describe him for you: He's about five feet, seven inches tall. He's a jovial fellow with an ample belly to roll with a hearty laugh that can be heard all over the church. He has salt-and-pepper hair and beard that miraculously turn white at the beginning of the Christmas season. He sings beautifully.

He also reads music, which is helpful to the guy sitting next to him.

Reason for season

Luke 1:26-38
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."
But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.
The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.

2009 - Year of successful projects, 2010 will be year of challenges

Mayor Ed Lemon, the City Council along with all city employees want to wish everyone a blessed and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This year, City Hall will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.

2009 has been a year of great achievements for the city with the completion of the Lemon Park sports complex, City Hall renovations and a tremendously expanded recreation program.

However, the city experienced downturns with the closing of the Hanesbrands and Milliken plants.


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