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Regional Health Care Committee meeting held

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A closed meeting of the Regional Health Care Committee was held at the Bamberg County Hospital on November 22. The “Regional Health Care Committee” is a group tasked with the responsibility of working in consultation with the County Councils of Allendale, Bamberg, and Barnwell Counties and with the Hospital Boards of the three County Hospitals to explore the joint formation of a Tri-County Regional Health System (TCRHS).

A press release dated November 12, 2010 stated that “the three counties have solicited Request for Proposals from potential health care partners to achieve the vision set forth in the Community Objectives. According to the press release after receiving seven proposals, the Counties have narrowed down the potential partners to two companies and are engaged in confidential pre-contractual negotiations with those two entities.

A handout from the November 22 meeting obtained by the Advertizer Herald titled Tri-County Health System Proposal Overview (PRELIMINARY ONLY & subject to Counsel Review) list Philadelphia based Healthcare Management Partners and Alpharetta-based Jackson Hospital Affiliates as possible partners for the hospital.

“I cannot confirm that,” John Peel, Stroudwater Capital Senior Vice President said when reached by phone Tuesday. “It’s amazing how well everyone has worked together. We think we’re getting closer, the Counties have not made a decision, we’re getting closer, but there are no guarantees,” Peel added.

Peel noted that a state-of-the art medical facility could be a “tremendous economic driver” the counties will “do what is right for the people” he said. Peel said that if a consensus is reached “maybe sooner than later” then public hearings on the matter could begin. Again he emphasized “I’m not sure, it’s important to have good communications, we’ve been very responsible.”

BPW’s meeting

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg Board of Public Works General Manager Bruce Ellis presented BPW's Commissioners with a laundry list of items the utility company needed to replace or repair at their monthly meeting on Monday, November 29.

“We’ve had a lot of expenses over the last couple of months that will start showing up on our financial sheet,” Ellis told the Commissioners, adding “I would like to bring those things to your attention.” BPW Commissioner Dr. F. Marion Dwight asked if the repairs would place the BPW’s reserve fund in jeopardy. Ellis said the items would not put the reserve fund in jeopardy.

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Operation Santa

Lisa B. Stokes, Contributing Writer

A group of Bamberg-Ehrhardt alumni and friends want to celebrate this Christmas with the “gift of giving.” Jerome Smalls understands how each year there are families who are not fortunate enough to be able to give gifts to their children, especially single parents. The product of a single home, Smalls said he wanted to make a major difference in the lives of families being led by single parent homes. He had the idea to help two or three families in Columbia, where he now resides with his wife and children. But, it didn’t take long for his positive thought to multiply into what has now become the first annual “Operation Bamberg County Santa” to be held on Saturday, December 11th. The event will be held from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Crosby Wellness Center.

A donation drive is in full swing for bicycles that children between the ages of 3 and 6 can ride.

Grand Marshall

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Mayor Pro Tempore Evert Comer Jr. was chosen as Denmark’s 2010 Christmas Parade Grand Marshall.

Comer has been a self-employed attorney for more than 25-years. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran and a member of numerous civil and fraternal organizations including a 33rd degree Mason and Worshipful Master of Elizabeth Wright Lodge #44 of Denmark. He is Polemarch of the Denmark Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, where he is a Life Member and member of the NAACP. Comer is past chair and current board member of the Orangeburg Area Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and Member of the South Carolina Bar Association.

Comer has been married to his wife Ruth, a legal secretary for 29-years and they are the parents of two children, Evert III and Kimberly.

The Denmark Christmas Parade is scheduled to take place Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm.

Bamberg County Council honors late Betty Milhouse

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg County Council honors the life of the late Reverend Betty Jean Milhouse. It was noted that Reverend Milhouse was the first female Deputy Coroner of Bamberg County and served in that capacity for 21 years.

During her lifetime of service to Bamberg County Betty Milhouse served as a nurse at the Bamberg County Memorial Hospital, a Red Cross Volunteer, owner of Betty’s Flowers and Gifts Shop, owner and operator of the Little Theatre on Main Street, Co-owner of Milhouse Plumbing, owner of Betty’s Chinese Restaurant and founder of Greater Sidney Park Baptist Church on Carlisle Street.

“Those are impossible shoes to fill,” Bamberg County Councilmember Saint Clair P. Guess III said, adding “she left a legacy and that legacy is of community service in a meaningful way and we hope that someone will adopt that code of behavior and give the county as much as she has.”

“Sammy, (Milhouse’s husband), and the girls have been friends of mine since I came to Bamberg 50-years ago,” Councilmember Dorothy “Dot” Tatum said. “We’re proud of Mrs. Milhouse for all of her community service,” Bamberg County Council Chairwoman Alzena Robinson said.

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