In February 1995, I accompanied a friend to New York City. As soon as our plane landed, I was anxious to take in as much of the city as soon as possible during our brief three day stay. Despite my pleas and prayers, the weather had not been very favorable for enjoyable outdoor sightseeing. The black clouds had alternated the dispensing of rain, sleet and snow throughout most of the day.
Usually, if a shopping mall loses too many of its anchor stores, then the mall closes. This is because the smaller shops cannot generate the revenue or human traffic to keep the mall open.
Relocating its city hall directly on the Circle in the old First Citizens bank building was a good move for Barnwell.
About that time: Splat! A bird of questionable ancestry flew over and left a familiar signature on the windshield. It was a hit-and-fly.
The window-washer and wiper wouldn't reach that far, so I decided to leave the mark of distinction.
"The cash-for-clunkers program ends Monday," the radio newsman announced.
It had been that kind of week.
Our home air conditioner died.
While the death of an internationally renown political icon is fresh on our minds, a little know hometown international hero has fallen.
One was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery and the other was laid to rest in the white sands of the old Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Ruben Still, as a young man from rural Barnwell County, was sent to a strange land to defend his country. He was from the Martin Still family who can best be described as "salt of the earth."
I am writing in support of efforts by the Palmetto Agribusiness Council and numerous other agricultural organizations opposing legislation moving through the Canadian parliament that could have a harmful effect on South Carolina.
OIRA is the agency charged with implementing government standards and policies for federal regulations.
Sunstein, 54, has been a law professor at Harvard and the University of Chicago.
Since January, Sunstein has been the designate for the OIRA administrative post since his nomination by President Obama.
I wanted to write and let this town know there are still good people around.
The other day I went into Taco Bell to pick up some lunch and while I was in the drive-thru, the car shut off.
The employees at Taco Bell went above and beyond their job description. They did not leave me alone to handle the problem by myself. They took their time out to help me.
To put it simply, the picture is bleak.
State government overspent its general fund budget by $98.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2009. Actual revenue collections were $1.2 billion less than the estimates used to form original spending plans.
As one passes by Barnwell High School, on U.S. 278, one can barely read the weathered paint on the old press box that once proudly reminded everyone of the back-to-back state championships in 1987 and 1988, both over the hated Eagles of Central Pageland.
Twenty full seasons have passed since those glorious nights and the first game of the 21st season since then may have brought a new all-time low for Barnwell football. The Warhorses were upset by lowly Class A cellar-dweller Hunter-Kinard-Tyler by the score of 30-29 this past Friday night, Aug. 22.
However, for about half the U.S. population, the date and the woman have significance to them.
Aug. 26 is Women's Equality Day. The date was designated in 1971 by U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug of New York and recognized in a joint resolution of Congress. The resolution recognizes women in the United States as being on equal footing for rights and opportunities as men.
As a veteran of World War II, I feel like the government has sold our "symbolic" birthright to globalization; the inability to secure our borders and unfair trade practices that our free market system can not compete on an unleveled playing field. Our G.I. Bill helped us to get an education, only to find out in many cases our jobs were shipped off-shore. We are in a conflict in the Middle East that seems to have no end. We should go to war, or bring the troops home.
We wish to bring a long overdue subject to light - the Williston animal control ordinance.
I was called over to my uncle's house last Monday, Aug. 10. He lives one street over from us and my grandmother's frantic voice couldn't finish the sentence to tell us my little Pomeranian dog had been attacked and my uncle was also injured.
Over the summer, parents have watched their children sweeping in and out of the house, off to different events and activities and either creating a parent's daily schedule, or causing havoc to one. Such is the joys and frustrations of being a parent - but rarely a dull moment.
However, this summer has been a very quiet one - when referring to actual hurricanes.
I'm writing this letter simply for clarification purposes. In last week's issue, an article had me stating that, "maybe I jumped the gun on Lee Richardson" when we named the ballfield.
I did say that, but I also said that what I meant was we should have looked around to see if others also should be recognized.
I certainly did not mean to take away anything from Lee, as he has always been a tremendous supporter of Barnwell athletics.
This letter is to inform you of the most recent decisions that took place concerning the Veterans Affairs Office of Barnwell County.
Let's not get in the mind-set that many people accuse the federal government of having - where there is a problem, throw money at it until the problem goes away.
Money is not the only resource available to governments and government entities, whether those entities are school boards, county councils or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This weekend, one of those will take a vacation - the taxes.
It will be a short holiday and one not taken by the whole tax family, but from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, South Carolina will suspend charging its normal 6 percent sales tax on retail purchases that can conceivably related to school and the expense of equipping students for the approaching new school year.
The sales tax holiday also means any local sales tax will also be suspended as well within the state.
They charted the course that they thought would best produce prosperity - one which empowers the industrious and enterprising among us to build an ever-improving nation rich in freedom, opportunity and success. It's what we can now refer to as the "good ol' days."
However, as the wife, Patty Linton, later wrote to The People-Sentinel, she and her husband felt welcomed and made at home in Barnwell as friendly people here helped them complete their business.