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Ghents Branch Relay for Life auction a success

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A cool and misty rain Saturday morning, February 5, did not dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowd of people inside the Family Life Center at the Ghents Branch Baptist Church. The Ghents Branch Baptist Church Relay for Life team held an auction and sold chicken dinners, along with a host of other goodies with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

“Terrific,” was the term used by Ghents Branch Baptist Church Relay for Life team captain Jimmie Lee Hartzog to describe Saturday’s event. “It was very successful, we had very little left,” Hartzog said of the hundreds of items that filled up the church’s family life center, and raised $6,467 for the Bamberg County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Hartzog said she was “very proud” of her “big, terrific and hardworking” Relay for Life Team and all those people that fought through the dreary weather Saturday morning to attend the event.

Having held a successful auction on Saturday, the Ghents Branch Baptist Church Relay for Life team doesn’t plan to rest on their laurels. The team is currently working on a Ghents Branch Baptist Church Cookbook that will be out shortly. The cost of the cookbook will be $15.00 with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Orders for the book can be called into Jimmie Lee Hartzog at 245-2282.

Denmark City Election

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The official results of the Tuesday, February 8, nonpartisan election in the City of Denmark for three open seats on City Council show that two incumbents and one political newcomer have been elected to serve four-year terms on City Council. Incumbent Denmark City Councilmember Hope Long-Weldon was reelected to another four year term of office with 134 votes. Incumbent Councilmember Bervay Lee Carter was second with 117 votes and political newcomer the Reverend Rufus Jamison Jr. received 87 write-in votes for seat on Denmark City Council. Other candidates receiving votes were Johnnie Rosa with 47 votes and Marc Waltz with 38 votes.

Willie Jeffries

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

“Black History Month is very important, we still need Black History Month,” legendary South Carolina State University football coach Willie Jeffries told the large audience assembled in Massachusetts Hall Auditorium on the campus of Voorhees College, Thursday morning, February 3., for the first in a series of programs kicking off Voorhees College’s Black History Month Celebration.

Jeffries, in noting the “very important” need to illustrate racial diversity in America, named “a few contributors” to Black History and America, people such as: Benjamin Banneker, who wrote the first Farmer’s Almanac and laid out the boundaries of the city of Washington D.C.; Garrett Morgan, who invented the traffic light; Dr. Charles Drew, who established the first blood bank and who later died because as a Black person he was denied a blood transfusion; Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who developed open heart surgery; George Washington Carver, who discovered more than a 1,000 uses for the peanut and Madame J.C. Walker, who discovered many uses for hair products.

 
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