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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

Community, newspaper thanked for help with emergency need at Axis 1 food bank

Dear Editor,

Let this letter serve as a heartfelt thank you to so many wonderful people of Barnwell County. I have worked at Axis I as the Executive Director for over 42 years. Axis I has been a part of the Barnwell County Helpline since the 1980s. I have seen and felt the love and kindness that this community has for each other when someone is in need. This past week has once again shown me the kindness and loving nature of so many.

Community responds to calls for help

One thing we love about our community is the willingness by many to serve and come together in times of need.

Time and time again the community has responded, whether it is to support a fundraiser for someone facing a medical emergency, unite in prayer or give money to a worthy cause.

Barnwell County is answering a call for help from the Axis I Center Food Bank.

The food bank, which serves thousands of people every year, completely ran out of food last week. All nine freezers and both pantry rooms were empty on Sept. 14.

Please be patient at the pump

While the food bank is running low of food, some area gas stations are running low on fuel as the effects are felt locally of the closure of a leak in a major gasoline pipeline in Alabama.

Are the shortages caused by the pipeline issue or because many folks panic in times like this by filling up their vehicles with more fuel than they needed?

We’ve seen comments on both sides on Facebook this week as residents offer their opinions on the matter.

Challenge: We Are One Wednesdays

Dear Editor,

I’m issuing a challenge, We Are One Wednesdays!

Our world has had many incidents, some recent and some that are lingering. Many of these incidents exemplify hate and division. On Wednesdays, beginning tomorrow, we can overshadow our world with LOVE. I am challenging you to see “color” and when you do, give a special gesture of love for/towards someone of a different color or race.

Be a patriot - lend a hand

The September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance – or Patriot Day – may have come and gone, but the intent of the day can live on.

Though it is not an official federal holiday, the National Day of Service and Remembrance is intended to be a day of reflection of the nearly 3,000 lives lost 15 years ago during the largest terrorist attack on American soil. Americans are also urged to use the day as a way to spread kindness and compassion.

A vote for silence

We are disappointed in a decision made by a majority of the Barnwell District 19 School Board (Blackville-Hilda Public Schools).

While we hoped we could use this space to commend the board for looking out for the public, they approved a policy update Monday night that requires members of the public wanting to speak to sign up five days before a regular meeting. This is simply unfair and goes against the intent of public participation.

I’m unplugged and am having an iAttack

I always knew I liked having cellular connectivity.

First it started with a “bag phone” in the car, just to date me. That very first phone is still the number I have today. The cell phone companies back then issued local land line numbers instead of the 300-type numbers assigned now.

That is also the reason why I get sales calls despite a registration with Do Not Call.

I was thrilled when I “upgraded” to a tiny flip phone. I felt like I had just received a communicator off of Star Trek, my favorite television show.

Being prepared is key to safety

Barnwell County has once again overcome severe weather relatively unscathed due to the team work and preparedness of many folks.

Hurricane Hermine kicked off the Labor Day weekend in a nasty way as it brought soaking rain – 10 inches in some places – and strong winds. This caused unsafe road conditions in many parts of the county as trees and power lines fell and water covered many roads.

Rosie Price ‘radiated love and compassion’

Rosie Price was the epitome of selflessness and charity.

Sadly, my friend lost her battle to cancer on Labor Day. While I will miss her, I know she was a Christian and take comfort knowing she is in Heaven where there is no more suffering.

It didn’t matter what she was going through personally or how she was feeling because she always put others first. Her humility and genuineness were apparent through her sweet, gentle spirit. She never met a stranger and always had a kind word.

Storm responders worked ‘extremely hard’

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank those who responded to Tropical Storm Hermine to keep our community safe.

The sheriff’s department, dispatchers, fire, EMS, local police and fire departments, public works, SCDOT, SCE&G, Edisto Electric, and many others worked extremely hard to protect our citizens. Without the cooperation of all of these entities, our county would not have been able to recover as quickly as we have.

Public meetings should accommodate the public

Should the Barnwell District 19 School Board (Blackville-Hilda Public Schools) change the time of their monthly meetings?

That’s the question the new superintendent is hoping the public will help answer by providing opinions.

In a recent letter to parents and community members, Superintendent Dr. Shawn Johnson said the district’s board is considering changing the meetings to the morning hours instead of 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

Williston Police Department to cite ‘panhandlers’

The following was posted recently on the Williston Police Department’s Facebook page.

It’s come to our attention that several of our fellow townsfolk have come forward to complain about certain individuals harassing the Williston citizenry regarding charitable donations while those citizens are going through their daily activities. We have been asked to deal with this issue.

As you go about your business in the future, you may see our officers writing citations for the activity known as panhandling. We’d like to ask for your understanding in several items.

Public comment at meetings best for all

Public bodies, such as school boards, town councils and county councils, have important responsibilities to uphold. They set policy, create budgets for the use of taxpayer dollars and hire employees.

However, that doesn’t mean the public has no say in what happens. After all, public officials are elected by the folks they serve. It is only fair that the public have a chance to voice their opinion. An open line of communication between the public and the folks who represent them on public bodies is the best way to keep people informed.

Grubbs family expresses extreme gratitude

Dear Editor,

The Grubbs clan would like to thank each person that has shown acts of kindness to our family by hosting and attending fundraisers and blood drives, donating items and monies, furnishing us with meals, showing love, keeping us in your thoughts and, most importantly, sending up many prayers for our family during one of the most difficult, yet humbling times in our lives.

Around 10:15 p.m. on February 5, 2016, our lives were changed forever when we received a phone call that at the time was our worst nightmare.

When it comes to money, nothing’s simple

Nothing creates more issues than money.

Who has it? Who doesn’t have it? Is it being handled properly?

A squabble at the Barnwell County Council meeting last week is a perfect example of that.

The basis of the issue is a move by District 3 County Councilman Keith Sloan to move all funds handled by county entities under the county treasurer.

Sounds simple, right?

As always in politics, there is more to be considered at issue. It’s rarely, if ever, really simple.

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