Opinion

Council expresses thanks for vote on 1% tax

Dear Editor,

The members of Barnwell County Council would like to thank The People-Sentinel for the very informative full page explanation in its November 2nd edition, and their assistance in publishing the “Vote Yes” ad, as well as Big Dog 93.5, Shout 94.7, and Wiz 97.9 for their radio broadcasts.

We would also like to express our deep appreciation for all of the citizens that did “Vote Yes” in support of the penny sales tax.

Organization VP asks public to ‘DIG deep’

Dear Editor,

Over the last three-plus years DIG has tried to bring positivity, education, and fun to the community through active engagement through activities such as:

• Professional mentoring - THE ORIGINALS!

• Summer camps - Hi DREAMERS!

• STEM competitions – OUR FUTURE ENGINEERS!

• DIG STEM festival – VOLUNTEERS YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN!

• Community cleanup days – GET THOSE TRASH BAGS READY!

• Sports tournaments – BENGAY DAYS!

• Field Trips – LEARNING AND HAVING FUN, WHO KNEW?

• Job Shadowing – A GLIMPSE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE!

What sacrifices have you made?

Have you made sacrifices in your life?

Most of us would probably answer “yes” to that question. Sacrifices are a part of life; however, they probably pale in comparison to the true sacrifices made by the men and women who serve in the branches of our country’s military.

With Veterans Day just two days away, we wanted to dedicate this week’s editorial space to those men and women who have served our country. They know what it means to sacrifice because all gave some while some gave all.

Rec cheerleading parents thank coach

Dear Editor,

The parents of the 9 to 12-year- old Recreational Cheerleading Squad in Barnwell would like to send a special thanks to their coach this season, Marie Brown! She was a volunteer coach and even though she didn’t have a daughter participating on the squad, she selflessly made time for practices, participation in the parade, and the football games. She did a GREAT job teaching our daughters the new cheers, chants, and dances. Couldn’t have had a more devoted coach. Also a special thank you to her three children who were there to assist!

Thank you,

Hurricane evacuee thanks Barnwell residents

Dear Editor,

It is with deep gratitude I write to thank the residents of Barnwell for rolling out the welcome mat for the evacuees of Hurricane Matthew.

I am not sure why I was so blessed to end up at your shelter, but I will always be grateful.

The churches spoiled and fed us like we were visiting royalty (haven’t heard of anyone else in a shelter having a full-on smoker cookout). I think I gained five pounds with all the tasty desserts - yum!

Quit debating and cast your vote

The big day is almost here!

No, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are referring to Election Day.

The November 8 General Election has been the talk of almost everyone for months, especially after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were selected as the representatives for their respective political parties. While they are not the only candidates for president, they are the main focus.

However, it’s time to quit debating and cast your vote next Tuesday, Nov. 8 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at your precinct.

$100,000 in 100 days

The Barnwell County United Way (BCUW) needs the community’s support after launching a campaign to raise $100,000 in 100 days.

While this might sound ambitious to some folks, we believe this can be accomplished. We’ve seen time and time again how Barnwell County comes together in times of need.

Laurel Baye resident more grateful after storm

Dear Editor,

To whom it may concern in regards to Matthew:

This is the day which the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Several weeks ago we here at Laurel Baye were aware of the new day but we were far from being glad in it. We had just been told we would be eating our meals in our rooms. That we would no longer have use of the dining room!

You only live once

You only live once!

No, this is not an excuse or reason to waste your life on drugs and alcohol, which could potentially end your life. Instead, the phrase should be heeded, especially by youth, as a warning to not consume drugs and alcohol. There are much healthier activities to partake in.

Why would you take a chance at ruining your life by using drugs and alcohol?

It’s simply not worth it!

Local elections too important not to vote Nov. 8

I don’t know about you, but I’m about tired of election politics. I perfectly understand that it is a function of our democracy but this year’s national elections have gotten pretty nasty.

The result is that a lot of people are talking about not voting at all because they aren’t happy with either candidate.

The trouble with that is two-fold.

First, you are leaving the decision of who guides our country to someone else. As we have seen over and over, every vote is critical and just one vote can decide the pathway our nation takes.

Take time now to be an ‘educated voter’

Even though the November 8 General Election is still a few weeks away, now is the time to do a little homework before heading to the polls.

The S.C. Election Commission provides a plethora of free information on its website, so please utilize this resource. Go to www.scvotes.org and download your personal ballot. Not only does it let you know who the candidates are for various local, state and national offices, but it also explains the 1 percent capital sales tax referendum. A copy of the referendum can also be found on page 5A of this week’s edition in a public notice.

Red Cross expresses thanks to community

Dear Editor,

I was with the Red Cross at Barnwell Elementary and I would like to say “Thank you!” Barnwell County has a wonderful community that came together to take care of each other and the evacuees.

I would especially like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to DSS because they were my lifesaver. Also to the deputies that were with us around the clock!

I cannot express in words my heartfelt thank you to the following:

-Hagood Avenue Baptist Church for supplies/ food

-Save the Children

-M&M Glass Service

Owens family grateful

Dear Editor,

The family of Beau Owens thanks everyone for your thoughts, visits, flowers, donations, Facebook posts and especially for your prayers that you all so graciously provided while we were dealing with the death of Beau.

We ask for your continued prayers as we proceed forward with the adjustments of not having Beau around.

The family of Beau Owens

Colorful for several causes

This week’s edition is colorful for a cause.

The most obvious color is pink in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Publishing our annual Pink Edition, which is printed on this pink newsprint, is very important to us because this disease touches many lives. You likely have family members, friends, neighbors or someone else in your life that has been impacted by breast cancer.

Real men wear pink to fight breast cancer

If you look in my closet, you won’t find a lot of pink, other than a couple ties. Instead, you’ll see about every imaginable shade of blue – my favorite color.

However, that is going to change because real men wear pink.

I am honored to be selected by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for their inaugural CSRA Real Men Wear Pink Campaign to raise money for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program. The goal is to create a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer.

Welcome home and bring a can of food

It’s a wonderful time of year as the temperature starts to drop and high school football is in full swing.

This means fall is here, but it also signifies that it is time to welcome back alumni of area schools – Barnwell High, Blackville-Hilda High, Jefferson Davis Academy and Williston-Elko High – as Homecoming festivities are held across Barnwell County. Between this Friday and October 14, all four schools will celebrate Homecoming.

It’s nigh time to get registered to vote

Also quickly approaching is the Nov. 8 General Election where American voters will decide who the next president will be.

Are you registered to vote?

If not, then you will not be able to exercise your right to vote.

While we rarely endorse political candidates, we do endorse the right to vote. It is an important task that should be taken seriously.

If you have not registered to vote but would like to do so in order to vote in this election, you only have until Saturday, Oct. 8 to do so. The deadline to register is always 30 days before an election.

Frazier family grateful

Dear Editor,
The family of Marie B. Frazier is very thankful for the prayers, visits, food, kindness and sympathy shown to us during this very difficult time in our lives. She is now resting in peace with her savior. 
 
J.O. Frazier and family

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