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Congrats to Barnwell native Will Browning for his S.C. Pastor of the Year Award! He is the lead pastor of multi-site Jou...
02/26/2020
Barnwell native named Pastor of the Year

Congrats to Barnwell native Will Browning for his S.C. Pastor of the Year Award! He is the lead pastor of multi-site Journey Church in the Charleston area.

Barnwell native Dr. Will Browning has been named one of the S.C. Baptist Pastors of the Year. Browning, who is the lead pastor of the multi-site Journey

02/26/2020
M. B. Gibson

Check out the trailer for Mary Beth Gibson’s new book, “Patience Can Cook a Stone”. It’s the final book in the retired Barnwell teacher’s Duncullen Saga trilogy.
A book signing (An evening with Mary Beth Gibson) will be held tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 27) at 6 p.m. at the Barnwell County Museum. This is a free event.
If you missed the article in last week’s newspaper about the book, click here: https://www.augustachronicle.com/news/20200219/gibson-releases-new-book-patience-can-cook-stone.

Get a quick overview of the intensity of my new book, PATIENCE CAN COOK A STONE. The tumult of neighbor fighting neighbor in the backwoods of 1780 South Carolina comes alive in this final chapter of The Duncullen Saga.

Volunteers are needed to help with a community clean-up this Saturday in Blackville.
02/26/2020

Volunteers are needed to help with a community clean-up this Saturday in Blackville.

THIS SATURDAY!!!!!! Please plan to participate
Thank you in advance
“working together for a better Blackville “

02/26/2020

The third graders at Barnwell Primary School use plastic buckets as drums during the school’s art show tonight. Framed artwork from all BPS students is also on display and can be purchased by parents. The show ends at 7 p.m.

There's a lot of news packed inside this week's 28-page paper, including:-How Nuclear Workers Institute of America has o...
02/26/2020

There's a lot of news packed inside this week's 28-page paper, including:
-How Nuclear Workers Institute of America has opened a Barnwell office to help sick nuclear workers.
-A preview of the Feb. 29 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.
-How a Barnwell native was named one of the state's Pastors of the Year.
-A look at Circle Theatre of Barnwell's newest play, "The Dixie Swim Club", and where to buy tickets for this comedy.
-A Black History Month feature story on the DeVoe family's rich history and legacy.
-How 11 students from Barnwell School District 45 and Williston School District 29 represented Barnwell County at the Region 2 Honor Band Clinic.
-We also have sports coverage, obituaries, arrest reports, a Community Calendar with details on upcoming events, and lots of feature pages on Tax Prep, Health, and Time & Money.
Buy your copy from a local vendor or our office. It's only $1. Or contact us about subscribing.

“The Dixie Swim Club” opens Friday, Feb. 28 at Circle Theatre in Barnwell. Performances are Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 a...
02/26/2020

“The Dixie Swim Club” opens Friday, Feb. 28 at Circle Theatre in Barnwell.
Performances are Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees on March 1 and 8 at 3 p.m.
Buy your ticket from Barnwell Chiropractic (76 Irving St., Barnwell) or Palmetto Building Supply Inc. (9156 Marlboro Avenue, Barnwell). Or go to the online ticket outlet at barnwellct.weebly.com.
If you’re a season ticket holder, please call (803) 259-7046, ext. 7700, and leave a message.

If you missed the art show last night, you can still purchase your child's artwork.
02/26/2020

If you missed the art show last night, you can still purchase your child's artwork.

If you missed the Art Show last night you can still purchase your child’s framed art work for $30 until Tuesday, March 3. Send a check or money order to your child’s teacher.

02/25/2020

Barnwell Elementary School unveiled its new STEM Lab this morning for a group of community partners. The new lab provides hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
We will have the full story in an upcoming newspaper.

02/25/2020
Circle Theatre of Barnwell

Have you purchased your tickets yet?
If not, tickets are on sale for the six performances.
Watch the trailer for this hilarious play that opens this Friday, Feb. 28 at Circle Theatre of Barnwell (325 Academy Street).

Check out the trailer for our upcoming production of “The Dixie Swim Club”, which opens Friday, Feb. 28
Performances are Feb. 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees on March 1 and 8 at 3 p.m.
Get your tickets! Make your reservations!
Buy your ticket from Barnwell Chiropractic (76 Irving St., Barnwell) or Palmetto Building Supply Inc. (9156 Marlboro Avenue, Barnwell). Or go to our online ticket outlet at barnwellct.weebly.com.
If you’re a season ticket holder, please call (803) 259-7046, ext. 7700, and leave a message with the date you will attend, how many season tickets you have, and a phone number in case we need to reach you.
You don’t want to miss this hilarious show, so buy your tickets!

The 8th Annual African-American Heritage Parade is today at 4 p.m. in downtown Williston.
02/23/2020

The 8th Annual African-American Heritage Parade is today at 4 p.m. in downtown Williston.

Happening today!!!❤️

Congrats to Barnwell resident and attorney Terry Richardson for receiving the 2020 War Horse Award from the Southern Tri...
02/23/2020
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC

Congrats to Barnwell resident and attorney Terry Richardson for receiving the 2020 War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association!

RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson was honored with the 2020 War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association at their Mardi Gras conference last night. Read more by clicking below.

Do you love to act? If so, Circle Theatre of Barnwell needs you! They still need more men and women for their production...
02/23/2020

Do you love to act?
If so, Circle Theatre of Barnwell needs you! They still need more men and women for their production of “Clue”.

The production team of “Clue on Stage” would like to thank everyone that came out to auditions the last two weeks. We have a developing cast at this time and will be contacting each person who auditioned with the part they have received today (Sunday, Feb 23, 2020)

We are still in need of several more people to fill the cast. We know there is more talent out there and would love to have you be a part of our team!

Congrats to Coach Berry!
02/22/2020

Congrats to Coach Berry!

Congratulations to former Blackville-Hilda’s Head Football Coach David Berry on receiving the SC Football Coaches Association’s Distinguished Coach Award at the annual awards luncheon today at Myrtle Beach, SC.
State Championships in 1995, 2005, and 2007.

Our editor Jonathan Vickery was honored to participate with a group of volunteers this morning who packed nearly 1,800 m...
02/22/2020

Our editor Jonathan Vickery was honored to participate with a group of volunteers this morning who packed nearly 1,800 meals as part of the Barnwell County Career Center FFA’s Meals of Hope project. In addition to the FFA students and some of their parents, other volunteers represented local businesses, youth organizations and churches. The meals will help people in need.
We will have a full story in an upcoming newspaper.

Kelly Edwards Elementary in Williston recently paid tribute to an educator who died in 2019.Click the link below or read...
02/21/2020
Kind-hearted educator remembered by KEES family

Kelly Edwards Elementary in Williston recently paid tribute to an educator who died in 2019.
Click the link below or read the story on the front page of this week’s paper for this tribute to Deborah Knowles.

The kindergarten family at Kelly Edwards Elementary School (KEES) paid tribute to a kind-hearted educator they lost last year. Deborah Knowles was a

The 2020 Lenten Luncheon Services kick off on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. Each service begins with a free lunch at noon foll...
02/21/2020
Lenten luncheons start Feb. 26

The 2020 Lenten Luncheon Services kick off on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26. Each service begins with a free lunch at noon followed by a brief service.
Click the link below for a full schedule. We will publish a series of articles through the season of Lent on the services.

The annual Community Lenten Services have been a tradition in Barnwell for more than 30 years. That tradition continues this year as the 2020 services

The community is invited to help the Barnwell County Career Center FFA students reach their goal of packing 10,000 meals...
02/21/2020

The community is invited to help the Barnwell County Career Center FFA students reach their goal of packing 10,000 meals tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 22) from 9 to 11 a.m. as part of their Live to Serve project.

Looking forward to packing 10,000 meals for those in need in our communities at our first event this Saturday at the BCCC Auditorium from 9-11am- come join us as we “Live to Serve”

Congrats to the team from the Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program - D.I.G for their awards at the recent Futur...
02/20/2020
DIG's Future City team wins two awards

Congrats to the team from the Dreams Imagination & Gift Development Program - D.I.G for their awards at the recent Future City regional competition!
Click the link or turn to page A3 of this week's Feb. 19 edition for the full story.

Months of research and hard work culminated on Jan. 25 as teams of middle school students from across South Carolina presented their large, and often

JoMarie Payton, the actress who played Harriette Winslow in the 1990s sitcom "Family Matters", will be the speaker at De...
02/20/2020
DTC announces world-renowned actress JoMarie Payton as commencement speaker

JoMarie Payton, the actress who played Harriette Winslow in the 1990s sitcom "Family Matters", will be the speaker at Denmark Technical College's commencement ceremony on May 1.

Denmark Technical College is proud to announce the commencement speaker for 2020 will be Ms. JoMarie Payton, who is an actress, singer, and philanthropist.

The City of Barnwell's annual Daddy-Daughter Dance drew its largest crowd ever on Friday, Feb. 7 at Barnwell Elementary ...
02/19/2020

The City of Barnwell's annual Daddy-Daughter Dance drew its largest crowd ever on Friday, Feb. 7 at Barnwell Elementary with 114 girls and 100 dads.
We have two pages full of photos in our Feb. 19 edition.

The City of Barnwell's annual Daddy-Daughter Dance drew its largest crowd ever on Friday, Feb. 7 at Barnwell Elementary with 114 girls and 100 dads.
We have two pages full of photos in our Feb. 19 edition.

There's a LOT of good news in this week's newspaper, including:-How the City of Barnwell is hoping HGTV will pick them f...
02/19/2020

There's a LOT of good news in this week's newspaper, including:
-How the City of Barnwell is hoping HGTV will pick them for a "Home Town Takeover".
-Where to buy tickets for Circle Theatre of Barnwell's new comedy, "The Dixie Swim Club".
-A tribute to a Williston educator.
-Details on retired teacher M. B. Gibson's new book in the Duncullen Sage trilogy, "Patience Can Cook a Stone", and where to get a signed copy.
-The schedule for the 2020 Lenten Luncheon Services.
-Two colorful pages of photos from the Daddy-Daughter Dance.
-Who will be the guest speaker at Denmark Tech's graduation ceremony. (Hint: She was on the show "Family Matters")
-Basketball coverage of your local hometown teams.
-The paper also has obituaries, arrest reports, classifieds, sales papers, and lots of feature pages with helpful tips and info!
Buy your copy today from a local vendor! It's only $1!
Or contact us at (803) 259-3501 for a subscription.

The People-Sentinel's cover photo
02/19/2020

The People-Sentinel's cover photo

The annual African-American Heritage Parade is this Sunday at 4 p.m. in downtown Williston.
02/19/2020

The annual African-American Heritage Parade is this Sunday at 4 p.m. in downtown Williston.

Our African-American Heritage Parade is Sunday, February 23 at 4 pm. The vendor fair will take place from 5-6:30. ❤️

Volunteers are needed for both dates.
02/19/2020

Volunteers are needed for both dates.

Please save the dates...

02/18/2020
HGTV Barnwell Hometown Takeover Entry

The City of Barnwell's HGTV Home Town Takeover video is now on YouTube.
Even if you've already viewed the video on Facebook, please click the link below to watch it on YouTube and subscribe to Barnwell dentist Craig Wix's channel. This will help with future projects he plans to do to promote Barnwell.
Let’s show Ben and Erin, who are the hosts of the "Home Town" show, how much we love our hometown!

Here's the video that was submitted about the City of Barnwell for HGTV's "Home Town Takeover" contest. Barnwell dentist Craig Wix did an excellent job narra...

The Blackville Civic Club's annual Waffle Supper is tonight from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Blackville-Hilda High cafeteri...
02/17/2020

The Blackville Civic Club's annual Waffle Supper is tonight from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Blackville-Hilda High cafeteria.

Join the Civic Club for a great Waffle Supper!!!

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, but it's a good idea to spread kindness each and every day.
02/17/2020

Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, but it's a good idea to spread kindness each and every day.

Did you know that February 17 is recognized as National Random Acts of Kindness Day? Every year this day grows in popularity...let’s make it big for 2020! When you stop by the Y today make sure to grab one of these cards. When you do your act of kindness make sure to include it. A little kindness goes a long way so let’s spread it!

Lots of fun and free events are happening this week at the Barnwell County Public Library!
02/17/2020

Lots of fun and free events are happening this week at the Barnwell County Public Library!

We’re discussing #TheGown tomorrow at 4 and our @sc_codes Mentor Meet Up is tomorrow at 6. Also, for the kids: Legos and two opportunities for story time. #SeeYouAtTheLibrary

Congrats to Barnwell native Colyn Morris!
02/15/2020

Congrats to Barnwell native Colyn Morris!

Congratulations to senior, Colyn Morris, for placing first in the Quadrant American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program.

Check out this article ---> http://ow.ly/IpRg50yjNNS.

Haley Creech Strock, a Barnwell County native, is relying on her faith, family, friends and community support as she bat...
02/14/2020
Haley Strock keeps faith during health battle

Haley Creech Strock, a Barnwell County native, is relying on her faith, family, friends and community support as she battles a brain tumor.
Raffle tickets are currently being sold to help Strock with medical expenses. The raffle will be held Feb. 21.

On Thanksgiving Day 2019, Haley Strock and her brother, Nathan Creech, smiled into the camera as another moment was captured and frozen in time. A few

Barnwell State Park will host a Blacksmithing Program this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at Shelter #4.
02/14/2020

Barnwell State Park will host a Blacksmithing Program this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at Shelter #4.

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons offers a FREE support group for survivors of sexual and domestic violence eve...
02/14/2020

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons offers a FREE support group for survivors of sexual and domestic violence every Wednesday at its office in Barnwell.

Have you heard about our free Survivor Support Group at our Barnwell office? Join us every Wednesday for empowerment, peer support, and more!

A fake letter has been circulating that claims to be from Williston District 29. The letter states they are going to sta...
02/14/2020

A fake letter has been circulating that claims to be from Williston District 29. The letter states they are going to start making students pay for copies of all paper.
This is NOT true.
It’s unclear who made the letter, but it did not come from the district.

MESSAGE ALERT:
Dear WSD29 Families: The note below was not generated by the Williston School District 29 Administration. Please contact the Administration at 803-266-7878 if there are further questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you.

The second graders at Barnwell Primary School dressed up as historic figures this morning for the Famous Americans Wax M...
02/14/2020

The second graders at Barnwell Primary School dressed up as historic figures this morning for the Famous Americans Wax Museum.
We will have more on this in an upcoming edition of the newspaper.

2nd graders did a great job with their famous Americans Wax Museum

The City of Barnwell is in the early planning stages to develop a splash pad, playground equipment and restrooms to Full...
02/13/2020
Splash pad being developed for Fuller Park

The City of Barnwell is in the early planning stages to develop a splash pad, playground equipment and restrooms to Fuller Park.
Click the link or turn to page A2 in this week's newspaper for details on the project and other news from Barnwell City Council's February meeting.

The City of Barnwell is in the early planning stages to add a splash pad to Fuller Park. The splash pad and playground equipment is the second of the

Ruthie Hewitt (seventh from left) is retiring at the end of the month as manager of the Blackville Branch Library.A drop...
02/13/2020

Ruthie Hewitt (seventh from left) is retiring at the end of the month as manager of the Blackville Branch Library.
A drop-in retirement reception is underway at the library until 4 p.m. The public is invited.

A free tax clinic will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barnwell Arms office.
02/13/2020

A free tax clinic will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barnwell Arms office.

The annual Dustin Richey Memorial Blood Drive is this Sunday, Feb. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. in the activity building on th...
02/13/2020

The annual Dustin Richey Memorial Blood Drive is this Sunday, Feb. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. in the activity building on the campus of Barnwell First Baptist Church.

Looking for some local entertainment? If so, Circle Theatre of Barnwell has a hilarious play coming up called "Dixie Swi...
02/12/2020

Looking for some local entertainment?
If so, Circle Theatre of Barnwell has a hilarious play coming up called "Dixie Swim Club". Performances are the last weekend in February and first weekend in March.
See the post below for details on ordering tickets online or from a local ticket outlet.

Tickets for the upcoming production of “The Dixie Swim Club” are now on sale!

Locally they can be purchased at Barnwell Chiropractic or Palmetto Building Supply Inc.

Or tickets can be purchased online at
http://m.bpt.me/event/4514638

Performance dates are February 28, 29, March 6, 7 at 7 p.m. and March 1 and 8 at 3 p.m.

Marcus Rivera (pictured here with his wife Shonda) made history in 2019 when he was elected the City of Barnwell's first...
02/12/2020

Marcus Rivera (pictured here with his wife Shonda) made history in 2019 when he was elected the City of Barnwell's first African-American mayor.
That historic moment was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 8 during the Inaugural Mayor's Gala.
Read more about Rivera, including his path to becoming mayor and his vision for his hometown, on the front page of this week's newspaper, which is available now.

Inside this week's edition of The People-Sentinel:-A local woman is keeping her faith as she battles a brain tumor. -Nea...
02/12/2020

Inside this week's edition of The People-Sentinel:
-A local woman is keeping her faith as she battles a brain tumor.
-Nearly 300 people came together on Feb. 8 to celebrate Marcus Rivera's historic win as Barnwell's first African-American mayor.
-The City of Barnwell is in the early planning phases of a project that will add a splash pad and playground equipment to Fuller Park.
-February is Black History Month. Check out the special page this week (A10).
-Sports coverage includes how six area athletes have signed to play college football.
-Check out the Time & Money feature pages on B7-12 for lots of helpful tips and information that could save you time and money.
-This edition also contains obituaries and a Community/Church Calendar with details on local events, plus circulars for local stores.
Buy your copy today for $1 from a store/vendor near you! Or stop by our office to subscribe!

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This Friday! Tickets can be purchased at the door. Please help us raise money for the homeless animals in our county. It’s not their fault. We are devoted to save as many lives as possible.
The Barnwell County Animal Shelter Foundation's annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 28 will help dogs like Ellie, who is available for adoption at the shelter. The fundraiser will be at Barnwell Church of Christ (60 Bomway Street N., Barnwell). Spaghetti plates will be $8. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supper is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Donations of spaghetti sauce and noodles (any brand) are still being collected. Donations can be dropped off at the Barnwell County Animal Shelter, Dogwood Animal Hospital and The Property Shoppe.
Any news about possible school closings or change in schedule for Thursday. Aiken County has decided to have early release tomorrow.
When will you be able to give updates on when Food Lion and the new restaurant will be opening in Barnwell? Also, do you know what the new restaurant will be?
Micah Rumsey Weather Presentation for students! Join the homeschool club at Barnwell Library today @ 1:00 PM
Peggy Brabham accident
What’s happening in between Kline and Barnwell? Looks like a chase ended in a wreck, and then jumped out and now they are looking for the person/persons.
Please share....Ashey Taylor...you lost your SRP card at Walmart parking lot...I turned it to the mgmt [Stonley] Merry Christmas!
Looking for two of my brothers who lives in barnwell don’t know them because my father Jimmy Rogers died before I got the chance to meet them so if you’re reading this or anybody knows Jimmy Roger’s son have them contact me I’m their big brother
What floats won in the Barnwell Parade?
Johnathan could you put in paper Safe Haven will be seving soup, chilli, etc Thursday night Dec. 5 during the Barnwell Tree Lighting and also on Dec 15 Sunday starting at 11am our food, clothing, toys giveaway.