Our two cents on the one-cent tax

Are you willing to pay an extra penny of sales tax in Barnwell County? What if it would pay for capital projects around the county?

That’s the question voters are expected to be asked November 8 assuming the Barnwell County Council approves an ordinance next week adding the proposal for the 1-cent tax to the ballot.

Creech, Buckmon right to support pay raises

Dear Editor,

I commend Jerry Creech for standing up for the employees of Barnwell County to get a pay increase. I realize that he misspoke concerning the funds that the Clerk of Court gets from the federal government (not the state) which cannot be used for pay increases.

It would be nice for the County Council to quit following Keith Sloan’s direction.

The following are things that Keith has pushed which has put the county where it is today:

1) Selling the hospital.

Shop local, prepare soon for return to class

Only two-and-a-half weeks remain of summer vacation for local students and teachers. This means school bells will soon be ringing across Barnwell County.

We know this may not come as welcome news to students – and possibly educators – but August 15 will be here before you know it. That’s why it is important to make preparations now, including having the right tools.

Do your children have the necessary school supplies?

Lions thank all who buy calendars, brooms

Dear Editor,
Thanks to all of you who have been buying one of our Lions Club Birthday Calendars each year! 
If you have not, and desire to purchase a calendar and list your birthdays and wedding anniversary date, we would like to sign you up. The calendars are $5 each, and each listing is 50 cents. There are coupons to some of our local businesses that are worth more that $5 per month each month!

Chief requests trimmed trees, widened gates

Dear Editor,

Fire trucks and ambulances are taller vehicles than your average family SUV. They have trouble getting to many houses in the county due to lack of maintenance to tree limbs in driveways and narrow gates to fences.

If we cannot get to your house, we are not much use to you. If your driveway will not accommodate a vehicle the size of a school bus, then a fire truck will not make it either.

Thank you for investing in Barnwell County

“It’s a great day in South Carolina!”

That’s the greeting you will hear every day when you call a state agency.

It also sums up the July 13 festivities at Swiss Krono’s Barnwell County facility.

That was the day officials ceremoniously broke ground on an expansion of the facility that produces wood laminate flooring. From the company’s top executives who flew in from Europe to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to local dignataries, many officials were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

Heal our world through compassion

Heal The World

Make It A Better Place

For You And For Me

And The Entire Human Race

There Are People Dying

If You Care Enough

For The Living

Make A Better Place

For You And For Me

-from Michael Jackson’s 1991 song, “Heal the World”

The preceding lyrics are 25 years old; however, the meaning behind them still resonates today.

Unfortunately, not everyone is working to make our world a better place, including some here in Barnwell County.

Combining municipal elections saves money

Dear Editor,

The June 14, 2016 Statewide Primary and June 28 runoff are in the history books. The June 28 runoff was a classic example of how just one vote decided if there would be a winner or a runoff in County Council District 03.

The voter turnout for the June 14 Statewide Primary election was 13.82 percent and Barnwell County 8.47 percent. The June 28 runoff had voter turnout of statewide 9.01 percent and county 6.52 percent. In the 2012 statewide primary voter turnout was 11.52 percent and county 6.54 percent, according to scvotes.org

BPD Chief asks for prayers, support for police

The following is a Facebook message posted on the City of Barnwell’s Police Department page:

Yesterday, I met with my officers and I assured them that the majority of citizens still believe in what they do and stand behind them. I assured them that if they continue to do the job they were called to do and do it based on the law and nothing else, the citizens will continue to hold them in high regard.

Summer heat, humidity dangerous

This week can be described in three words – hot, hot and hot!

While South Carolinians are used to annual summer heat waves, we still need to be reminded of surviving them.

Temperatures are especially scorching this week as the National Weather Service calls for the mercury to rise into the upper 90s. Factoring in the humidity, the heat index pushes that number above 100 degrees, including 105 on Wednesday, July 6.

Whether you work outside all day or plan to be in the heat for just a few minutes, it’s important to be cautious and prepared.

Ravenscroft family grateful

Dear Editor,

The family of Robbie Ravenscroft would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Williston and Barnwell communities during our time of bereavement.

The outpouring of love and support as well as cards, food, flowers, and words of consolation have touched us.

We are sincerely thankful for your continued thoughtfulness and prayers.

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Ravenscroft and Family.

Bolen family thankful

Dear Editor,

We, the family of the late Judi Faye Bolen, would like to thank everyone for the love and kindness shown to us during the passing of our loved one. Your cards, visits, prayers, food, calls, thoughts and flowers have helped sustain us through this difficult time.

May God continue to bless each of you.

Lovingly submitted,

The family of the late

Judi Faye Bolen

The clear choice quietly listens to the Word

Dear Editor,

On the night of June 26, I turned on my TV. I was not surprised to see one of our presidential candidates leading the gay pride march in New York City. Then I turned the channel, and to my surprise, this time there were grown men and women riding down the street on their bikes in the nude.

Is this the culture we want our children to grow up in? I hope not!

Why is this allowed? I thought we had laws of decency in our country.

Happy birthday, America! Keep it safe

Our country is about to turn 240 years old. That’s a reason to celebrate!

Fireworks are one popular way many folks celebrate the Fourth of July.

There will be plenty of fireworks at the City of Barnwell’s Independence Day Celebration this Friday, July 1. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Barnwell from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with a professional fireworks display bursting into the air just after dusk.

While you wait for the fireworks, there will be plenty of food, music and activities to enjoy, as well as fellowshipping with your family, friends and neighbors.

Every ballot cast is important - Vote!

We are always told our vote counts, but rarely does it seem that way.

Does my vote really matter?

Last Tuesday, Barnwell County voters, especially those in County Council District 3, found out just how much their vote mattered after the results of the June 14 primary were released.

A mere one vote - or lack thereof - caused a need for a runoff for the council seat between the top two vote-getters next Tuesday, June 28.

Hair - Blame for hospital closure ‘is obvious’

Dear Editor,

As a long term (near 40 years) citizen of Barnwell County, and a former Barnwell County Hospital board member for nine years, during that time board chairman from 2001 to 2007, it gives me a great deal of angst and concern when I hear citizens say that they don’t know who to blame for BCH’s closing their doors earlier this year.

It especially concerns me when I hear some of our current council members say, “…We didn’t close the hospital – we sold it – it was the other guys that closed it…”

Celebrating ‘Carolina Day’

Dear Editor,

I am proud to have grown up in the lowcountry, so I was somewhat embarrassed to have never heard of “Carolina Day” until I took a course on state history in my junior year of college. Most of us know the story of the Battle of Fort Sullivan, the American Revolution, and about the British cannonballs that bounced off of the palmetto fort.


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