Opinion

Huff family expresses thanks for compassion

Dear Editor,

The family of Merrick Lane Huff wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of love, support and compassion from friends and loved ones during this time of sorrow.

Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so very much.

It’s the same story the crow told me,

It’s the only one he knows.

Like the morning sun you come,

and like the wind you go.

- Merrick Lane Huff 1972-2017

May God bless and keep all of you.

The family of Merrick Lane Huff

‘A Grimm Night’ was a delightful performance

Dear Editor,

A Grimm Night for Hans Christian Andersen turned out to be a delightful evening for the audience.

A retelling of the well-known fairy tales with a comical twist was performed fabulously by the young cast. I had the opportunity to visit one of the rehearsals and saw the amount of hours, enthusiasm, dedication, effort and energy poured into the play.

The volunteers at Circle Theatre create opportunity for our children to enjoy culture and theatre in a small town. You enrich us all and make Barnwell a better place.

Miller family grateful

Dear Editor,

The family of the late Easter Miller would like to extend our upmost gratitude for your prayers, condolences and thoughtfulness during our time of sorrow. The sympathy cards, prayers, visits, prepared foods and all other gestures were greatly appreciated as well. Please continue to keep our family uplifted in prayer during the healing process.

Our deepest gratitude,

The Miller family

McNeil family thankful

Dear Editor,

The family of Steve McNeil would like to thank everyone for the many expressions of kindness, support and love you have shown to us during this period of bereavement for our family. It has been a comforting blessing to each of us.

God Bless you all.

Debbie McNeil and family

Week 4 of Church Covenants: The Forgiving Spirit

A forgiving spirit means we always have one another’s best interests at heart. More than ever, we need a forgiving spirit in our world today. Here it is. Take heart!

“We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.”

Hearts and efforts need training

There are several efforts underway by the Barnwell County Emergency Management Division (EMD) in cooperation with other organizations to help save lives and provide comfort in the event of an emergency.

During an emergency, time is a critical factor. In widespread disasters, such as ice storms and hurricanes, the professionals are called out to several locations. Just getting to the scene may take time due to blocked roads from downed trees or washed out highways.

This is where local, trained volunteers can make a huge differnce.

Former councilman refutes SCA meeting

Dear Editor,

In reading the article regarding the proposed Council action on the Barnwell County EDC, I was surprised to read Danny Black’s answer to a question from Jerry Creech about who approached him (Black) first about a takeover of EDC activities. Mr. Black responded that I and Councilman Smith were the first to approach him about taking over EDC activities.

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.

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