Being part of solution is a good resolution

A visit to any of Barnwell County’s governmental meetings will find that the public is welcomed and encouraged to particpate.

Yes, there are rules regarding length of time to speak. There are also rules that mean the public can speak but the councils generally do not respond or act on those comments immediately.

But what all those elected government officials really want are solutions.

Christmas angels mindful of meaning of season

What do you want for Christmas?

It’s a common question this time of year.

Many want the latest gadgets, toys and clothes. You can turn to pages 1-2B of this edition to find out what local youngsters want in our annual Letters to Santa feature. From salamanders and puppies to perfume and the new iPhone X, the list of material presents was long.

However, a couple letters really stuck out to us.

Look behind closed doors to help victims

Many people seem to enjoy a wonderful family life that is safe and secure.

Unfortunately, what goes on “behind closed doors” can be very different.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey data reports, “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the US. Over the course of a year, that equals more than 12 million women and men.”

Disasters bring out the best in our country

The worst of times can really bring out the best in people.

We’ve seen it time and time again throughout history. While it’s true across the world, Americans are especially giving and step up when needed. Barnwell Countians are no exception as we’ve seen you respond locally and abroad when people are in need.

As the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali once put it: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” That’s a pretty good philosophy to live by.

‘Strongest hurricane’ bears close watch

The outpouring of kindness has been wonderful following Hurricane Harvey and the floods that came with it.

People in Texas helped each other in the midst of the crisis. People in surrounding areas came - and are still coming - to their aid with boats, water, food, clothing, personal items and clean-up kids.

The Sandifer family should be particularly commended as well as all those who have contributed to their efforts of sending supplies to Texas.

Donate responsibly to disaster relief

News is continuing to pour out of the Gulf Coast where Hurricane Harvey made landfall Saturday night as a Category 4 storm and has since flooded that area of our nation with record-breaking rain totals.

South Carolinians have not-too-dim memories of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and ice storms which have impacted our community. Those memories also include how other communities sent people and supplies to help us recover.

Now it is our time to help them.

Parents can be educators’ support staff

Inside this edition is a section previewing the goals and expectations of Barnwell County’s educational leadership. They all express high hopes of achieving many goals.

Education today is much more challenging than when many of us were students. There are local, state and federal mandates. There are changing needs for resources - such as Chromebooks. And there are very high expectations by parents.

Teaching is a tough job.

Barnwell County is blessed to have many wonderful educators who, along with support staff, are up to the challenges of educating our youth.

Prepare now for enjoying solar eclipse

Ready or not, the solar eclipse is coming!

This is a pretty big deal as it is the “first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. It will also be the first total eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since before the nation’s founding in 1776. That’s why it’s being called the NATIONAL ECLIPSE,” according to

We encourage residents to make preparations now and become educated on what to expect on Monday, August 21 so you aren’t left, quite literally, in the dark.

Collaboration results in better communities

“Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood, 16th Century English writer known for his plays, poems, and collection of proverbs

“If everyone does a little, no one will have to do a lot.” – Ferlecia Cuthbertson, President of the W-E CommUNITY Coalition in Williston

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” – quote from J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.” – quote from Alexandre Dumas’ book, The Three Musketeers

Shop local first during tax free holiday

Preparing to go back to school can be expensive as you make sure your children have the necessary supplies.

However, this weekend offers a slight reprieve since South Carolina’s annual Sales Tax Holiday will be observed August 4-6. This is the one time a year when school supplies such as paper and pencils, as well as computers, book bags, clothes, shoes and other approved items can be purchased tax free.

Axis 1 partnerships benefit county

There are many things that can be accomplished by a single person.

But there is so much more that can be accomplished by people who work together towards a common goal.

To do that, relationships and partnerships need to be formed.

An organization that seems to have perfected the art of forming relationships is Axis 1.

Most people think of Axis 1 as the “alcohol and drug abuse” agency but this agency is actually so much more.

They partner with all three school districts for personal health education, teen pregnancy prevention and alcohol/drug services.

Have children read to avoid summer ‘slide’

With summer flying by we encourage students along with their parents or guardians to make the most of the next five weeks or so that are left before school bells ring.

Many children often experience what education experts have termed the “summer slide”. This is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous year.

Actions and words have consequences

First, let’s talk about actions.

We were seriously disappointed to learn that the Allendale County School Board took action and filed suit against the State Department of Education after State Superintendent Molly Spearman declared that district in a state of emergency and took over control.

This is a power play that has nothing to do with educating the children of Allendale County.

The board has obviously failed to set the policies and guidelines in place, and to get the right leadership in order to pull Allendale County schools out of its pit.

Our flag still waves for our freedom

The United States of America is resilient.

Take the flag that flew over Fort McHenry more than 200 years ago as a visible symbol of our country’s strength and perseverance.

American lawyer Francis Scott Key was the first witness to this truth. As he watched the continuous bombardment of the Baltimore fort by the British on September 13, 1814, Key kept watch for the flag.

As long as the flag stood, Key knew the fort and city were safe.

He wanted to be assured the American flag was still there.

It was.

New crew needs chance to make Allendale sail

Sometimes tough decisions have to be made in order to bring about a positive change.

Such is the case earlier this week when State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman declared a “State of Emergency” in the Allendale County School District.

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was a necessary one, she said, after thinking about what is in the best interest of the district’s students.

We concur.

There’s plenty to do locally this summer

Summer is here and many students are ready for a much-needed break.

However, we encourage students to stay active – both physically and mentally – this summer so they can avoid the “summer slide”. This is a term education professionals use to describe how students, especially those who come from low-income families, tend to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

You worked hard all school year to learn and grow, so don’t let that work be in vain.

Hurricane season to be above normal - are you prepared?

Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year.

Last year produced 5 land-falling storms, including Matthew that caused $10 billion in damage and killed 34 people in the U.S. and 551 in the Caribbean. It was one of the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes on record.


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