Some good came from hospital closure

The sudden closure of Southern Palmetto Hospital in January 2016 caused cardiac arrest in Barnwell County. Since that time, the county’s healthcare situation has stablized but still needs improving.

The news of the closure took most by surprise. It hit our small community hard because it impacted everyone in some way. Even if they did not utilize the local hospital people in Barnwell County had a sense of security knowing it was here and had been since the 1950s.

Covering the National Championship Game is eye-opening for young reporter-intern

Starting out as an intern reporting for The Clemson Insider two years ago, I never would have expected to be covering Clemson in a College Football Playoff National Championship game.

Arriving to the media hotel in Tampa, Fla., the Thursday before Clemson faced Alabama for the 2017 National Championship Game, I then realized that something that I had always dreamed of was about to come true. I would get to cover Clemson for the next five days during the biggest game in college football.

Congratulations, Clemson

Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers on winning the national football championship game Monday night in Tampa, Florida.

The entire team worked hard all season. In Monday’s championship game, the Tigers did not give up when they were behind by three points with just seconds left on the clock. A last-second touchdown sealed the win for the Tigers.

We are especially proud of Williston native Taylor Hearn, who wears the #51 jersey for the Tigers. Even if you are not a Clemson fan, we hope you will show support for one of our own.

Real change will take compromise

Lawmakers kicked off a new legislative session yesterday.

We hope this session will be a productive one because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to advance South Carolina into a better future. To do so, lawmakers from both parties and in both houses need to come together and make the necessary compromises on their stances on certain issues to get things done.

Confederate memorial should be removed

Dear Editor,

I think my 7-year-old niece asks too many questions.

These days, she’s resolved to become a chemical scientist. Her playtime is peppered with How?s and Why?s that neither her Uncle Brence nor really anyone else in my family can actually answer.

To be sure, the best part of returning home to Barnwell County for me is time spent with her, my sister, and my parents, who’ve lived here their entire lives. But not having all of the answers for a little one so relentlessly committed to having the facts at her eager little fingertips can be disappointing.

Corvair College is a valued experience

Dear Airport Board of Barnwell County,

I wanted to send a letter expressing how much I value the Annual Corvair College at Barnwell. I have attended every one of these, bringing a rust-covered Corvair core motor in the fall of 2010. I met so many wonderful people, some from Barnwell, and others who drove hundreds and some thousands of miles to get to Barnwell. In 20111 returned and ran my motor for the first time - a very wonderful event indeed.

Colder weather coming - act now to stay safe

The start of a New Year is a time for celebration, but it’s also a time to be vigilant so we can all stay safe.

As you set your resolutions for 2017, we hope you will take a few minutes to consider a few steps that will lead to a safer year.

Last week, two Barnwell County citizens suffered burns requiring emergency transport to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga., according to Barnwell City Fire Chief Tony Dicks. One was a child who was burned by boiling water in the kitchen.

Hutto Family expresses deepest appreciation

Dear Editor,

The family of Flora Lee Hutto would like to express our deepest appreciation to those who ministered to us during our time of loss.

We appreciated every visit, call, card and meal that you shared with us. We are grateful for each memorial donation that was given and for each Gideon Bible that was placed.

To both of our church families, Hilda Southern Methodist and Hilda First Baptist, we thank you for the fellowhip meal that you hosted together on our behalf. We are blessed to be surrounded by such caring family, church family, and friends.

The Force is with Carrie Fisher but not with us

Dear Editor,

As a “Star Wars” fan and science fiction geek and fantasy and science fiction author, the Force is with me. The Force was with Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher, too. But she is no longer with us.

This devastating news hit me just two days after Christmas, Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27. I liked Carrie because of her Princess Leia role since I was a young boy in the 70s. When boys and girls would join in games in the schoolyard, the girls would play her. I would often play Hans Solo or Luke. Her part would be acted out with action figures at home as well.

Healthcare, crime and jobs top list for 2017 resolutions

With 2017 just a few days away, we want to dedicate this editorial space in our last edition of 2016 to reflect on the year, including how close Barnwell County came to meeting resolutions set one year ago.

We like to do this to have a measure of where we have been and what kind of successes we think we’ve had. It also gives us a pathway to the future.

This year has definitely had its ups and downs, although that’s really true of any year.

Who really keeps their New Year’s resolutions?


Oh, good grief.

When has anybody really kept a New Year’s resolution past the first two weeks in January?

I, like a lot of folks, put off my diet until the first of the year so I can dive into those wonderful cookies and cakes and pies that I have no defense for in November and December.

Really? Go cold turkey? Hmmm that reminds me....do I still have a can of cranberry sauce on the shelf?

I have to do things gradually, like drop from 5 cookies a day to 4 to 3. You get the picture.

Let there be peace

All we want for Christmas is peace on earth.

Is that too much to ask?

Unfortunately, peace isn’t on everyone’s Christmas list.

It seems our world is a tumultuous place. From squabbles and protests over the outcome of the presidential election to terrorist attacks happening on an almost daily basis, there’s not a lot of peace in sight. Last week brought turmoil in Barnwell County with a murder.

What must we do to obtain peace?

You can’t buy it in a store or order it from Amazon.

The answer lies within us all.

The best packages are wrapped in newsprint

I believe in Santa Claus.

I may be 60 years old but I still believe in Santa Claus.

My mom used to wake us at the crack of dawn and position everyone at the top of the stairway of our two-story house.

Dad was in the den, getting the record player going to belt out “Joy to the World” and other Christmas favorites.

Mind you, at one time there were eight of us in the household with my parents, grandmother, my sister and I as well as three cousins who had come to live with us.

Random acts of kindness

Simple acts of kindness.

Sometimes that is all it takes to change someone’s attitude, their day or even their life.

During this season people exchange gifts, large and small.They box and wrap and dither about ribbons and bows.

But sometimes the greatest gift that can be given are very small acts of kindness.

It is more than just the manners our parents taught us to use. It is going out of the way to say something nice, do something helpful or just offer a smile.

Sober or slammer

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announced this week the beginning of a strict impaired driving enforcement effort from now through New Year’s holiday. SCDPS is releasing a new public service announcement that focuses on the “consequences” of a drunk driving charge.

SCDPS held a news conference to remind motorists of the “costs” of drunk driving and announce the new emoji commercial, which will begin airing statewide on Dec. 14.

Local children and officers have caring hearts

Dear Editor,

On the late afternoon on Dec. 11, my seven-month-old rat terrier slipped out of my back yard.

The boys of the First Baptist Church’s pastor found her, put a leash on her and went house to house to find the owner. A Barnwell City Police Department employee, Emily, took my puppy and kept her inside her home on a cold and rainy night.

We hear of thugs screaming police brutality and shooting some officers.

As for us in Barnwell we have caring children and law enforcement officers who are very professional with caring hearts.

Thank you,

Spread the cheer by giving to those in need

It’s the most wonderful time of year!

There’s eggnog and other holiday goodies, Christmas decorations, songs of Christmas cheer, presents and the hope for just a flake or two of snow. What’s not to love about Christmas?

However, the Christmas season isn’t merry and bright for everyone. The holidays are tough for many in our community.

That’s why the rest of us can do our part to spread a little Christmas cheer to those in need. After all, isn’t Christmas truly about giving rather than receiving?


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