Allendale, SC

Allendale mother seeks "EJ's Law" after son's death

An Allendale mother is working to honor her son who unexpectedly passed away in early June. Elliott “EJ” Wright was seven-years-old when he collapsed in the Barnwell Walmart. “On June 2nd, he collapsed in Walmart and he died,” said his mother, Jasmine Walker.
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Fire destroys Blackville house

A Blackville man lost everything last week in a house fire. Firefighters from the Blackville, Hilda, Elko, Williston, and Barnwell Rural fire departments responded to Sparrow Circle in Blackville for a house fire on August 4 after a neighbor called 911. Multiple vehicles in the yard were also on fire.
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New season, new start for Williston-Elko football

As the hot days of August hit the State of South Carolina, the start of the high school football season begins. Each year is a new beginning for all teams, but new Williston-Elko head football coach Kenneth Lipsey is looking to bring back some of that success that the Blue Devils have had over the years.

Blue Devils hit the tennis courts

The high school “fall” sports seasons begin with some of the hottest weather, the dreaded August practices. Coach Bernard Walters and the Williston Elko girls tennis team have been trying to beat the heat for the first few days, at least, by hitting the courts at 7 a.m. Williston has 11 girls working hard to get ready for a few new challenges this season.

Blackville-Hilda High Hawks get ready to soar into 2022

Blackville-Hilda’s new head football coach, Kevin Jones, and the Hawks football team started practice for the 2022 season this past week. “We are excited about the possibilities that are ahead of us for the 2022 season. We had outstanding attendance for summer workouts and 7 on 7s,” said Coach Jones.

Barnwell football looks to continue winning ways

The Barnwell Warhorses are looking to keep the momentum going from last year’s impressive playoff run. Despite being underdogs throughout the playoffs, the Warhorses upset the likes of Woodland, the undefeated, defending Lower-State champions from Marion, and a very strong 11-1 Philip Simmons group. Barnwell got better and better as the season progressed, despite playing several freshmen on both sides of the ball.

Scarlet Knights 'on time' for new season

Time is of the essence during the Barnwell Scarlet Knights Marching Band’s upcoming season. This year, the marching band will take to the field to perform a clock themed show. Director Dawn Vickery draws inspiration to create each year’s show from the students she is teaching, and has done...

Voorhees, Denmark Tech students launch school year in unity

DENMARK, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Denmark Technical College and Voorhees University kicked off the 2022-2023 academic year with Operation Olive Branch, which welcomed 313 new and transfer students to the two campuses on Tuesday. Operation Olive Branch is a unity initiative planned by the presidents of both institutions to enhance the...

Barnwell Angels: Journey to the 2022 World Series

From the district to the state tournament and all the way to the World Series, a Barnwell softball team has represented the community well. The Barnwell Angels All-Stars represented South Carolina at the Dixie Youth Softball World Series last week in Alexandria, Louisiana after winning the state tournament in July. The team is comprised of 12 local girls, many of whom have played together for years.

W-E band preparing for spooky theme

Williston-Elko School’s Blue Devils Marching Band is gearing up for a spooky season. Since the last week in July, 21 students have been practicing drills in their vampire-themed set to unveil at both football games and competitions.

Campers learn African-American culture, history

Local youth learned about African-American history and culture during a three-day camp. The first-ever Freedom Camp was held July 26-28 at the Blackville Community Center. Twenty-one children (ages 6 to 13) attended the free camp that was hosted by a group of professionals, including several Blackville natives.

Conference highlights students’ research in psychology and neuroscience

This summer, several Furman students have been preoccupied by stress, anxiety, trauma and fear – from an academic perspective, at least. The 15th annual Psychology and Neuroscience Summer Research Conference on July 26 highlighted studies on those topics and others, including memory, rest, taste and health behaviors. In two morning poster sessions in Plyler Hall, students displayed projects such as “Predator Odor Fear Conditioning Model of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Rats and Mice” and “Using Latent Class Analysis to Examine Behavior Patterns Among First-Year College Students.” Attendees of an afternoon session saw presentations like “Resting State EEG Correlates of Memory Consolidation in ADHD” and “The Impact of Taste Experience During Early Development on Latent Taste and Neural Processing.” Finally, students and faculty wrapped the afternoon up with the ultimate brain food: ice cream sundaes.

Nakoma Madyun wins 2nd runner-up in Miss U.S. Armed Forces Pageant

Barnwell High School sophomore Nakoma Zara Madyun won 2nd runner-up in the Miss U.S. Armed Forces Pageant held July 30, 2022 at Augusta University’s Maxwell Theater. Nakoma represented her mother, U.S. Navy disabled veteran Tracey Gantt-Madyun of Barnwell, and her grandfather, Vietnam War Purple Heart recipient Curtis Gantt Sr. of Martin, along with dedication to her great-grand uncle Willie Lee Jones, a prisoner of war of the Korean War.

Julia Jones Obit

BARNWELL - A graveside service for Julia Jones of Barnwell, South Carolina, was held at 11 ante meridian, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Jordan Baptist Church, 2141 Jordan Road, Barnwell. Due to the pandemic and CDC regulations, social distancing and other guidelines were in place. Mrs. Julia Mae Jones was...

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Creech celebrate 50 years

Jerry and Peggy Creech of Barnwell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 23, 2022. The couple’s family organized a surprise cookout that was held July 31 at their son’s house. Many family members were in attendance, including Mr. Creech’s four sisters. Everyone enjoyed steak and cake.

Barnwell High volleyball is ‘senior strong’ in 2022

Coach Ashleigh Anderson and the Barnwell Warhorse volleyball team are getting ready for what should be an exciting Region V-AA volleyball season. The Warhorse varsity team has 14 players for the 2022 season, which is nothing out of the ordinary. What is a little interesting is that 10 of those 14 players are seniors! With such a high number of seniors, this might prove to be a very successful season. Coach Ashleigh Anderson has nine returning players from last year’s squad.

Tri County Home Renovations opens storefront

Donald Bolen, owner of Tri County Home Renovations, L.L.C., began his business in September 2020 out of his Williston home. In March 2022, the company expanded to a storefront on Ellenton Street in Barnwell. Although their focus is kitchens and bathrooms, Tri County Home Renovations does a little bit of...

Emmie Kay "Katie" Kuglar, David Jason Brabham Engagement

Emmie Kay (Katie) Kuglar and David Jason Brabham of Barnwell are engaged to be married after a surprise proposal on July 22, 2022 in a sunflower field. Katie is the daughter of Robert Nix of Bamberg and the late Laurie Kuglar of Denmark. She works at Warhorse Motors in Barnwell as a sales manager.