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.

Local hospital an asset to Barnwell County

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the staff at Barnwell County Hospital.

While visiting my mother, I became seriously ill and was transported by EMS to BCH. While there I was quickly attended to; diagnosed; treated and released in a matter of a couple of days.

My surgeon, Dr. Khan, I found to be compassionate, knowledgeable and dedicated. He was a pleasure to have met.

The people of Barnwell County should be proud to have such a care facility in their community. I received better care here than in any Augusta or Aiken area hospital.

Kidney recipient encourages others to become organ donors

Dear Editor,

I recently underwent a kidney transplant At MUSC in Charleston. I am doing wonderful after receiving a kidney from my daughter Nancy Sanders Jackson. We want to thank everyone for the cards, visits and most importantly, your prayers. God has given me a miracle and I will forever be thankful to God, my family and friends.

Music idols change, but not fan worship

Christmas came early for our 10-year-old granddaughter, Karson. She attended her first concert, a performance in Columbia by teen singing sensation Miley Cyrus, also is known as Hannah Montana in movies and on television.

Her Aunt Sandy arranged the tickets and drove her to the arena. Our involvement was to take Karson's telephone call the day before the show after she was told about the tickets. That call was one loud, rapid-fire scream. "Excited" is inadequate to describe the youngster's reaction to the news.

Cast iron charity: the red kettle of Salvation Army

There's usually an increase in charitable giving during the holidays. It's not that those needing assistance are fewer during other times of the year; it's that the spirit of the holidays moves people to give a little more.

Unfortunately, tough times often result in a drop in donations. And while we all hope our national jobs crisis improves soon, the sad fact is that millions of Americans have become unemployed since this time last year. At the time of this writing, our national unemployment rate is at ten percent, while the state unemployment rate is just above 12 percent.

Real job growth by stimulus is questionable

I recently attended the groundbreaking for the new Boeing facility in the Lowcountry, and as I reflected on this historic moment I thought about the stark difference in the way the federal government approaches job creation and the way S.C. leaders landed Boeing.

In adopting the "stimulus," Washington tried to stimulate economic growth by record-shattering government spending; redistributing resources from the private sector to the public or government sector and dramatically increasing the size and scope of government.

Holiday reminds family of unsolved case

Dear Editor,

Twenty-two years ago this Thanksgiving, Paul Wall of Olar disappeared and has not been seen since then. The truck he was driving was found abandoned, bloody, off U.S. 301 near Memorial Baptist Church by hunters in the area.

He was last seen on the Friendship-Govan Highway heading toward Galilee Road on Nov. 23, 1987.

Even though it has been so many years, our family still wants to know what happened to Paul. We want to know if he is living or dead. If he was killed, then we want his murderer brought to justice.

Thanksgiving has changed menus, but not thought behind it

As Americans, it's one of those "givens" that the fourth Thursday in November is a holiday.

Time off to eat too much; cheer a football team and realize why distance is a good thing between some relatives - that's Thanksgiving today.

Thanksgiving is also the front door into the holiday season. However, once over the threshold, it is eclipsed by Santa & Co.

The holiday is briefly noted by the retail world, then on to Christmas.

Journalist sees world from its sharp painful edges

You're in a Third World country and you see a man being beaten unmercifully in the street. What do you do?

The laws of self-preservation say you walk on by. Or run.

Joel Elliott didn't do that. And his body will always bear the marks to prove it.

It happened in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 5. Elliott, a 30-year-old American journalist, was walking to his apartment after visiting with friends. He'd always heard that a person shouldn't walk alone. But this was a good neighborhood. He'd be all right.

Demographics aren't as vital as results

Dear Editor:

At a recent Barnwell School District 45 school board meeting, a representative of the NAACP stated his concerns over the lack of African-American faculty members in comparison to the amount of African-Americans in the student body in District 45.

If the NAACP is successful in mandating the faculty and administration demographics at Barnwell School District 45, it will not benefit any students whether they are black or white.

Adult education is form of economic development

When the budget axe came down during the last fiscal year in South Carolina and hacked through education funding, adult education programs were not spared either.

Nevertheless, like their public school counterparts, adult education continued, with a tighter budget belt.

Yet the people that go to adult education classes go there out of desire, not obligation.

People who enter the Barnwell-Bamberg Adult Education program are there for a purpose.

Moore was a decent man, good public servant

Dear Editor:

It has been just over a month since Elbert Timothy Moore passed away. As his son-in-law for almost 40 years, I would like to pay tribute to him.

Mr. Moore was the most loving, generous and trusting man I've ever known. He demonstrated his love, generosity and trust through his dealings with people regardless of race, creed or culture. Mr. Moore epitomized what it means to be a man and set a great example for others to follow; he was truly a man's man. While there are many examples of Mr. Moore's love, generosity and trust in humanity, I'll only share a few.

Healthcare bill a rushed, bad decision

Dear Editor,

I am voicing my opposition on the passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, H.R. 3962. This gargantuan bill - all 1,990 pages - was passed by the House of Representative with a 220 to 215 vote margin Saturday night, Nov. 7.

The Web link for those who want to read it is http://docs.hous.gov/rules/health/111_ahcaa.pdf.

Most of the members in Congress have not read this bill, but yet they voted on this legislation.


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