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Murder suspect’s bond denied

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A Bamberg County man described last week as “a person of great interest” in the murder and armed robbery of an Olar convenience clerk and the shooting of two other men was denied bond on Wednesday in a Bamberg Courtroom.

On Wednesday November 4, Bamberg County Chief Magistrate Craig Threatt denied bond on Michael Daniels Jr. 20 of 210 Dana Avenue in Olar. Daniels is charged with one count of murder and two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He is also charged with one count each of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, second degree burglary, kidnapping and armed robbery.

Bamberg County Coroner Willard “Billy” Duncan identified the deceased in the armed robbery and murder at the Tiger Express located at 15149 Carolina Highway in Olar as 19-year old Alicia M. Dyches of 357 Beech Road in Olar in Barnwell County.

Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell identified the shooting victims as Dwight James Williams 53 of 14889 Low Country Road in Olar and Kenneth Utz 17 of 4311 Reedy Branch Road.

On Tuesday morning after the shooting Sheriff Darnell said in an interview that he didn’t understand “why these things happen.” He said the economy drives people to things but “this was not because of the economy this was downright meanness.”

Holiday cheer brings hope

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Saturday was very cold with brisk winds, but that did not stop shoppers from enjoying Open Houses all over town and spreading warmth and good cheer.

Brenda Holman of Blackville was shopping at Floral Supplies for decorations to dress up her home for the holidays. Holman, the wife of the late Mayor Jackie Holman of Blackville, says the holidays will not be the same for her without her husband, but her faith in God and the outpouring of love from all her family and friends will help her get through the next few weeks. As she was standing in the store, June Darnell, the wife of Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell, came over and hugged her and said how much Ed thought of her late husband.

A very touching moment for all who witnessed and you could see how such a small gesture of love could give someone so much unexpected present for her in Bamberg Saturday.

Tagadu's had a very large crowd shopping for bargains and gifts for those on their Christmas list.

Everyone seemed to be in such good spirits, laughing and having fun, and eating all those finger foods that were being served and certainly another reason maybe to just stay a while longer and buy a few more presents for the hard to please.

"This is our 7th Annual Holiday Open House and each year it just seems better than the last. I hope to have the right selection here to be a 'One Stop' shopping experience for everyone here today," said Phyllis Schwarting, owner of Tagadu's.

Kathy Metts at Main Street Market says she is encouraged about Christmas this year. We have a large variety and lots of different one-of-a kind type merchandise to offer our shoppers.

"We are thinking positive and encourage everyone to shop locally and we have lots of new items to choose from this year," said Dianne Black, another vendor at Main Street Market.

For those of you who do not know, there is a huge lighted parking lot behind the stores and one across the street next to Foster and Company.

Janeth Walker, owner of Bejeweled by Janeth and Virginia Crosby at the Curiosity Corner said they had shoppers from out of town waiting at their door when they opened Saturday morning.

"They shopped until they dropped," said Walker.

Nina Siegel of The Girls Furniture says “People will spend for Christmas and family even when money is tight.” All of these are positive signs for the Bamberg merchants and definitely gives them hope that the holidays are going to be good this year, spreading good will and cheer throughout the county....And remember to shop locally and support your community and your hometown during this season.

Part Time Player’s

Vicki Cleveland, Contributing Writer

Bamberg’s own, Satin McIntosh, will be starring in the upcoming Orangeburg Part Time Players production of Oklahoma. The production will be held at the Bluebird Theatre in Orangeburg on the weekends of Nov. 12 and Nov. 19.

Satin is a native of Bamberg and is a senior at Bamberg Ehrhardt High School. In addition to performing with the OPTP since 2006, Satin also enjoys singing in the choir at Bamberg First Baptist Church and assisting Mrs. Diane Wise with the music classes at Richard Carroll Primary School. Music is an important part of her life. After graduating from high school this year, she plans to major in music in college with a minor in music education.

Wild Game Banquet

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Edisto Electric Cooperative will again play host to the Wild Game/ City Farm Banquet Nov. 23 at their headquarters on Calhoun Street as part of the National Farm-City observance.

Last year, the 19th year for the banquet, hosted over fifteen hundred visitors. The 20th year is expected to serve at least that many.

Bluegrass and gospel music by the local band Flatland Express will be providing visitors with feet stomping hand-clapping music.

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