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Today is Memorial Day!While many like to enjoy cookouts and time with family on this day, let's remember the day's true ...
05/25/2020

Today is Memorial Day!
While many like to enjoy cookouts and time with family on this day, let's remember the day's true meaning. It's a time to recognize the men and women who have paid the ultimate cost for our freedom.

Please drive safe if you are traveling!
05/24/2020

Please drive safe if you are traveling!

05/23/2020

Jefferson Davis Academy in Blackville kicked off the high school graduation season last night. This video shows the graduates, their families and school officials singing the alma mater.

05/22/2020
Barnwell County, SC

Barnwell County's administration building and courthouse will reopen to the public on June 1.

BARNWELL COUNTY ADMIN BLDG, COURTHOUSE REOPEN TO PUBLIC JUNE 1

Barnwell County’s Administration building and Courthouse will reopen to the public on Monday, June 1 after being closed several weeks due to COVID-19.

Citizens will be able to enter the Administration building and Courthouse through the 57 Wall Street entrance in Barnwell. They will be able to access the offices of Treasurer, Auditor, Assessor, Delinquent Tax, and Building Inspector, and the Courthouse offices of Clerk of Court, Register of Mesne Conveyance, Family Court and Probate Court. Hours are 9 a.m., to 5 p.m.

Certain conditions apply:
-- Citizens are encouraged to wear face masks upon entering the buildings and to exercise social distancing.
-- Individual offices will restrict the number of visitors allowed in the offices at any one time.
-- If you have someone with you, please have them remain in the hallway or outside the building.
-- If anyone is exhibiting flu or severe cold-like symptoms, please do not visit the Administration building to conduct your business in person.
-- Citizens are encouraged to transact business with the county through online portals, telephone calls and the use of the drop box at the 57 Wall Street entrance.

Before visiting a county or Courthouse office, visitors are encouraged to call ahead to ensure they have everything they need to avoid having to make an additional trip.

Clerk of Court 803-541-1020
Register of Mesne Conveyance – 803-541-1020
Family Court – 803-541-1114
Probate – 803-541-1031
Treasurer – 803-541-1050
Delinquent Tax – 803-541-1048
Auditor – 803-541-1040
Assessor – 803-541-1011
Building Inspector – 803-541-1150
Business Office – 803-541-1047
Administrator/Clerk to Council – 803-541-1000

Other numbers:
Sheriff – 803-541-1052
Detention Center – 803-541-1102
Barnwell Magistrate – 803-541-1035
Williston Magistrate – 803-266-3700
Blackville Magistrate – 803-284-2765
Veterans Affairs -- 803-541-1057
Voter Registration – 803-541-1060
Animal Shelter -- 803-259-1656
Airport – 803-259-1090

This week’s newspaper contains two activity pages for children, including drawing activities, cartoons, and an education...
05/21/2020

This week’s newspaper contains two activity pages for children, including drawing activities, cartoons, and an educational article about sharks.
If you haven’t purchased your copy, there are still copies available at local stores.

Due to the coronavirus, all South Carolinians can vote by absentee ballot in the June 9 primaries and any runoffs.If you...
05/21/2020
All voters can now vote absentee in June primaries, runoffs

Due to the coronavirus, all South Carolinians can vote by absentee ballot in the June 9 primaries and any runoffs.
If you intend to vote absentee by mail, you need to request your ballot soon so it can be mailed to you. You can also vote absentee in person at the county voter registration and elections office.
Click the link below or turn to page A1 of this week's newspaper for details.

Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June primaries and runoffs. Governor Henry McMaster signed into law legislation on

If you missed the Fuller Park Farmer’s Market this morning, they will be open tonight from 5-7 p.m.
05/21/2020

If you missed the Fuller Park Farmer’s Market this morning, they will be open tonight from 5-7 p.m.

Here’s an inspirational story about former Barnwell resident Sarah Massengale, who isn’t letting her blindness affect he...
05/21/2020
The Other Threads

Here’s an inspirational story about former Barnwell resident Sarah Massengale, who isn’t letting her blindness affect her goals for her future.

Ask anyone who knows Sarah Massengale to describe her in a word and they might say she’s brazen. Or fearless. Or even stubborn. What they won’t tell you — at least not at first — is that she’s blind. The public relations major is applying her communications knowledge and personal experienc...

05/20/2020
South Carolina ETV

Gov. McMaster Lifts Restrictions on Attractions, Youth/Adult Recreational Sports

Governor Henry McMaster today announced that attraction facilities will be permitted to open throughout South Carolina beginning Friday, May 22.
The governor’s announcement comes after AccelerateSC has been meeting for nearly a month to determine the safest ways to reinvigorate the state’s economy. The “Response” component of AccelerateSC has established exhaustive safety guidelines for businesses that have been allowed to reopen.
Examples of attraction facilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Zoos
• Museums
• Aquariums
• Planetariums
• Historic buildings and sites
• Waterparks
• Amusement park rides
• Go-Kart tracks
• Bingo facilities
• Miniature golf facilities
Governor McMaster also announced that youth and adult sports leagues will be allowed to begin practicing on May 30, with competitive play resuming on June 15.
While Governor McMaster never took any action prohibiting day camps, which are popular for children during the summer months, the Department of Social Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have established guidelines for those planning to hold camps this summer.
For more details on guidelines, visit https://accelerate.sc.gov.

May 20, 2020. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will give an update on the state's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Here's a glimpse at our May 20 edition, but there's much more inside this 20-page paper. Buy your copy from a local stor...
05/20/2020

Here's a glimpse at our May 20 edition, but there's much more inside this 20-page paper.
Buy your copy from a local store or our office to stay informed about our community, including:
-How fake prescription pills and other drugs are being mixed with toxic substances like rat poison and fentanyl, which has led to a rise in overdoses in Barnwell County and many other communities across the country.
-An introduction to Barnwell County's newest magistrate judge.
-Why all South Carolina voters are now eligible to vote by absentee ballot in the June 9 primaries.
-How local libraries are serving the community through curbside checkout.
-A special tribute to brothers Tommie and Bobby Lee Richardson who passed away recently.
-This edition also contains letters to the editor, obituaries, an EDUCATION page featuring local students, six feature pages with tips to save you TIME and MONEY, a FOOD page with tasty ideas, and two activity pages for kids.

The People-Sentinel's cover photo
05/20/2020

The People-Sentinel's cover photo

Barnwell Elementary School's faculty and staff will be participating in a parade around town next Friday, May 29 startin...
05/20/2020

Barnwell Elementary School's faculty and staff will be participating in a parade around town next Friday, May 29 starting at 9 a.m.

BES Faculty & Staff hope to see our students next Friday, May 29th when we drive through the community to say farewell to our students for the summer! Please enjoy our parade while practicing safe social distancing. We'll make as much noise as we can when we are heading through your neighborhood! We can't wait to see you between 9:00 AM - 10:15ish AM!

05/19/2020

According to Barnwell County Coroner Lloyd Ward, an autopsy revealed that Gilmore Owens Jr., 73, of Blackville died from natural causes and not from the ATV collision he was involved in on Saturday evening, May 16.

05/19/2020
Williston - Elko High School

Rep. Joe Wilson congratulates Williston-Elko High School seniors Catherine Arbogast and Hannah Wootten for winning the Congressional History Award!

Congratulations to Catherine Arbogast and Hannah Wootten!

The Williston School District 29 Board meets tonight at 6 p.m. via a conference call.The public is invited to listen by ...
05/19/2020

The Williston School District 29 Board meets tonight at 6 p.m. via a conference call.
The public is invited to listen by calling 1-321-866-6285. Then enter PIN# 347 094 892 #.

Are you missing your local library? Effective Tuesday, May 19, the ABBE Regional Library System is offering contact-free...
05/18/2020

Are you missing your local library?
Effective Tuesday, May 19, the ABBE Regional Library System is offering contact-free curbside pick-up of books, DVDs, and audiobooks by appointment at all library locations. This includes the branches in Barnwell, Blackville and Williston.
Important Notes:
• You may request materials by telephone or by using the library's online catalog.
• When items are available, library staff will schedule a pick-up appointment with you.
• When you arrive for your appointment, staff will deliver your items, curbside and contact-free.
• Please do not hand staff your library card or return any materials to them during pick-up.
• Place all items you are returning in the outdoor book drops.
Please contact your ABBE Library to request items or to learn more about the curbside pick-up service.

05/18/2020

This morning around 8:14 a.m., 79-year-old Ernestine Hobbs of Allendale died as a result of injuries she sustained in a wreck on Highway 278, said Allendale County Coroner Renique Riley.
Hobbs was driving a 2000 Mazda pick-up truck west on Highway 278 while 20-year-old Envi Brown of Barnwell was driving a 2017 Volkswagen Passat east on the highway. As the vehicles approached each other, Brown’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck the vehicle that Hobbs was driving, resulting in a head-on collision, said Lance Corporal Tyler Tidwell with the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Hobbs was trapped inside her truck. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, said Riley.
Brown was airlifted to Augusta University Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., said Tidwell.
Both drivers were wearing seat-belts. There were no passengers in either vehicle, said Tidwell.
The wreck remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol and the Allendale County Coroner's Office.

Here’s the schedule for this week’s senior citizen meal distribution.
05/18/2020

Here’s the schedule for this week’s senior citizen meal distribution.

05/18/2020

Blackville-Hilda High School has tweaked its graduation plans.
Instead of starting with a parade of seniors at 5 p.m., the graduation ceremony will now start on Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. in front of the school. The parade (from the school to downtown Blackville) will be held after graduation.
Attendees will park in the field in front of the school to watch graduation from their cars. Parents of graduates will receive a ticket so they can park in the special reserved section, but they must be parked by 4:45 p.m.
After graduation, a police escort will lead the seniors in a parade from the school to downtown Blackville.

05/18/2020

Gilmore Owens Jr., 73, of Magnolia Lane, Blackville, was pronounced dead by Chief Deputy Coroner Denise Gibson at the scene of an ATV incident on Magnolia Lane and Whaley Road in Blackville on Saturday, May 16.
Mr. Owens, while operating a Polaris ATV, collided with a tree. The incident was called into Barnwell County Dispatch at about 10 p.m.
An autopsy has been scheduled.
The S.C. Highway Patrol and the Barnwell County Coroner's Office are investigating the death.

It's always nice to see people serving the community, especially in times of need!
05/18/2020

It's always nice to see people serving the community, especially in times of need!

FBC on Mission to KEES! Last week Cathy Glass and Ciera Clingerman helped package 130 lunches for our children. Today Amanda Dennis and Annette Washburn Burnette pitch in! Many ways to be on mission, even during Covid19.

05/18/2020
Barnwell Community Soup Kitchen

The Barnwell Community Soup Kitchen needs help creating a cover for its cookbook fundraiser.
The deadline for entries is June 1.

CSK is looking for creative cover ideas for their upcoming cook book. To enter, submit your design idea to [email protected]. if your cover is selected, you'll win a cook book full of mouth watering recipes. Deadline for entries is June 1st.

Time's running out. Who's going to be the lucky, no "Blessed" winner" ❣

Great news! Donnie Ford was located this morning and is safe.
05/18/2020

Great news!
Donnie Ford was located this morning and is safe.

The Barnwell County Family YMCA is back open as of today!
05/18/2020

The Barnwell County Family YMCA is back open as of today!

What a beautiful morning! WE ARE OPEN and so ready to welcome you in! Come see us today!
A few things to remember...

Our temporary hours are from 7am-7pm

There is no childcare at this time as well as no classes!

Feels so good to have some noise in this gym again! WELCOME BACK!!

05/17/2020
Barnwell County Museum

Here’s an update on the Barnwell County Museum.

Good Sunday evening! Just a quick note for all our followers here on FB. The Barnwell County Museum is slowly transitioning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The office is only open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at this time. Our director/acting curator is there on Tuesdays.

We are now allowing the public access to the Museum when we are open on Tuesdays and Wednesday’s. However, if you are part of a large group, an appointment will be required.

We will start taking reservations in June for our rental room, however we are still in early stages of working out the details as we will observe social distancing guidelines and will require the public to adhere to as well. We will post final details in our next post.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Please feel free to share with others who might be interested.

Some Blackville residents received a notice that their power from Dominion Energy will be temporarily turned off Sunday ...
05/16/2020

Some Blackville residents received a notice that their power from Dominion Energy will be temporarily turned off Sunday at 8 p.m. This is so crews can update a connection. The outage should not last over an hour.

The citizens of Blackville that received notification from Dominion concerning a power outage on Sunday at 8 PM, this outage will more than likely be less than an hour. Dominion will be updating a connection that will require the power to be switched off to do so. There is never a good time or day to cut power, but they try to find the most less impactful time to our area.

Dominion will work very quickly to ensure power is restored as soon as possible. If you did not receive notification, then you should not be impacted.

Thank you for your patience as Dominion works to improve our connection.

Mayor Beasley

UPDATE: Mr. Ford was found safe Monday morning. Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that the Orangeburg C...
05/16/2020

UPDATE: Mr. Ford was found safe Monday morning.

Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced that the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing and endangered man who is from Barnwell.
Ravenell said 66-year-old Donnie Ford was last seen leaving the Regional Medical Center late Friday.
Ford is believed to have walked away on St. Matthews Road moving in the direction of Jamison.
The Barnwell native is said to have medical conditions, which make him an endangered person.
Ford is described as a black male standing about five foot six inches tall and weighing around 195 pounds.
He is believed to have been wearing a green shirt and black pants.
If anyone has any knowledge of Mr. Ford's whereabouts, they are urged to call the OCSO immediately at 803-534-3550.

The Barnwell Community Soup Kitchen has not only seen an increased need during the COVID-19 outbreak, but also increased...
05/15/2020
Soup kitchen sees increased need, support during COVID-19

The Barnwell Community Soup Kitchen has not only seen an increased need during the COVID-19 outbreak, but also increased support.
Read more at the link below or by turning to page A3 in this week's print edition.

The Barnwell Community Soup Kitchen continues to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has caused many people to experience

05/15/2020
Williston - Elko High School

Congrats to Cathy Smith!

Congratulations to Mrs. Cathy Smith for winning the 2020 SC CTE Career Specialist of the Year Award-Work-Based Learning of the Lower Savannah Region!

She will represent Williston-Elko High School and Barnwell District #29 at the EBS Summit in Greenville, July 19-July 23, 2020.

The Barnwell Baseball Softball Association has cancelled its season due to COVID-19. Refunds will be issued on the four ...
05/15/2020

The Barnwell Baseball Softball Association has cancelled its season due to COVID-19. Refunds will be issued on the four days listed in the post below.

Well sadly the time has come. We will not be having a baseball or softball season this year. It has been canceled. We’re sorry we couldn’t have an opportunity to play.

We will be giving full refunds to everyone that paid for player registration. We have receipts showing who paid. We do ask that you bring a picture ID for your refund. The refunds will be given over 4 days at Fuller Park. We will do this alphabetically by the player’s last name starting next Wednesday.

Refund schedule will be as follows:

A - E Wednesday May 20th at 6:30

F - J Thursday May 21st at 6:30

K - R Wednesday May 27th at 6:30

S - Z Thursday May 28th at 6:30

Have you completed your 2020 U.S. Census?If not, it only takes a few minutes to complete and you can do everything onlin...
05/14/2020

Have you completed your 2020 U.S. Census?
If not, it only takes a few minutes to complete and you can do everything online at 2020census.gov.
Barnwell County’s response rate is only 48.9 percent, which is slightly lower than the state’s rate of 54 percent.
You likely have received a card or form in the mail with a code for your address. However, some people have reported that they didn’t receive anything.
If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau yet, you can still respond online without your Census ID. Visit the online form and select "Start Questionnaire." Below the ID field, choose the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here."

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Mrs. Amy Elkins sent her entire 1st grade class Class Unity Bracelets, so they can be together in spirit and heart since they are unable to go to school due to COVID-19. This is Liam Corell wearing his Unity Bracelet! This was such a great surprise for the kids and such a cute idea! Just wanted to give a shout out!!!
Anyone know when goodys/gordmans will be reopening?
When is the Food Lion coming?
Motorcycle wreck on Dunbarton Blvd. Old Lakeside parking lot.
We should do this for Barnwell high school seniors
Does anyone know when hardee's will be reopening?
Do you have any information on the body that was found in the woods near Apple St/ Corley Heights Richardson St?
Vintage Ln in Barnwell. A tree came down on an elderly couple's home. Landing on top of their bed. Even though he was sleeping in the bed No one was injured. They lost a lot of kitchen stuff and all their bedroom furniture. No rental insurance and nowhere to go as they are on a fixed income
278 (Williston Rd) and 781 ( Tinker Creek Rd)
Please provide an update on Gov. McMaster’s news conference this afternoon. It was so fast, I missed parts. Thank you.
PRAYING FOR US ALL N. QUESTION ABOUT LOCAL MOTION SHUTTING DOWN FRIDAY IS THIS INCLUDES DYALIS PATIENCE ALSO ASKING FOR A FRIEND