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Schuetzenfest 2011

Pansy Clayton, Ehrhardt Correspondent

The 2011 Schuetzenfest Hunter’s Festival was the best one in several years said Chairman Flucie Sease and Mayor Billy Stanley. "It wasn’t rained out this year like it was last year and there were plenty of activities for everyone young and old alike."

Friday night was active with people walking up and down main street or riding golf carts listening to the music from Palmetto Entertainment at one end of town and DJ King Jet, Jeffery Bamberg, on the South end. Rides and inflatable bouncy houses with a mechanical bull for the youngsters kept parents busy standing in line for tickets.

Saturday morning it all began with the Youth Relay Races and Walk-a-Thon at Dollar Days where everyone gathered to start.

The parade line up began at 10 am with everyone picking up numbers and getting in line along the Main Street with Donna Moore and Eddie Seigler organizing the event.

The Parade started with Kristen and Kayce Mixon riding two beautiful horses and carrying flags. The Grand Marshall was local Historian, Betty Jane Barker Miller, riding a pink golf cart and wearing her signature hat and high heels.

The winners of the Parade in the Float Division were: 1st Place Three Mile Creek Taxidermy, 2nd Place Schuetzenfest Dedication Float, which the Sease Family decorated in EHS colors of purple and gold, and 3rd Place went to the Railroad Daze Float.

In the Cars & Trucks Division: 1st Place 1924 Model T driven by Herb Thomas, 2nd Place winner was Mayor Stanley in his green Camero driven by Rusty Kinard and 3rd Place went to Clint Carter in his 1929 Model A driven by Donnie Ayer.

Winning first place in the Golf Carts Division was Parade Grand Marshall, Betty Jane Miller.

Motorcycle winners were: 1st Place went to Christian Motorcycle Club, and 2nd Place went to Passion Riders.

In the Tractor Division,1st Place went to 1043 Farmall Tractor driven by J. P. Robinson, Jr.

Novelties Division winners were 1st Place Little Master Schuetzenfest, Jackson “Reese” Folk, 2nd Place winners were Kristen & Kayce Mixon on horses and third place went to Sons of Confederate Rivers Bridge Float.

Winners in Relay Races were as follows: Adult category Trey Welch and Youth category Todd Folk and the Walk-A-Thon winner was Ginger Godley.

The Boone and Crockett Scores were: Corey Sease 1st Place and Rusty Kinard 2nd Place.

Ehrhardt Art Guild Art Show winners were: 1st Place Dreama Carter, 2nd Place Joan Hiers, 3rd Place Billy Meyer, 4th Place Joan Hiers and Honorable Mention went to Dave Schumacher.

The VIP Luncheon was fabulous and Mayor Stanley said, "The festival was a big success this year."

B-E defeats O-W 35-7

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School head football Coach Kevin “Butch” Crosby was right. Coach Crosby, when asked at media day how his team would replace 2,000-yard rusher Demetrius Williams from last year’s (13-1) Class 1-A Lower State Championship team, said he thought he had someone who could come close. When the night was over could “sneak up” on opponents and have close to 200 yards on 30 or 40 carries.

The player Coach Crosby was referring to was sophomore running back Chip Wannamaker, who rushed for 163 yard and four touchdowns on 22 carries in the Red Raiders (1-0), 35-7 rematch win over their Class 4-A neighbors to the north the Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins (0-1) at Leon Maxwell Stadium before a large crowd of Red Raiders and Bruin fans.

In 2010 the Red Raiders won the historic first meeting between the two schools in overtime recording a 49-48 win at Bruin Stadium.

Coach Crosby said he thought the key to Friday night’s game was the play of the Red Raiders defense and not committing turnovers and giving the high-powered Bruin offense momentum on turnovers like last year and having them start scoring quickly.

“The defense played an outstanding game. I commend them, they did a great job of settling down. I thought we played well on both sides of the football,” Coach Crosby said. On the performance of running back Chip Wannamaker. “He’s one of those guys that don’t do a lot of talking, but he runs the ball hard, he did an excellent job here tonight.”

On his young offensive line Coach Crosby noted: “They’re starting to gel, they came together and played tough up front. Coach Crosby said his team would use the bye week to” get healthy get ready for 301 rivals the Edisto Cougars and keep working hard.”

Red Raider defensive coordinator Corey Crosby, whose young defense which returned only three starters from last year was led by senior Will Priester who recorded 2 picks on the night. The Red Raider defense had a 41 point turnaround from last year’s game with O-W. “They grew up a lot tonight,” Corey Crosby said. And as for defending the pass happy Bruin offense: “We practice this coverage all summer. They know what their assignments are and they executed, and I’m just proud of all of them.”

On his close to 170 yards and four touchdown performance Friday night Chip Wannamaker said: “I just feel really good. I ran behind my blocks, we’re a 1-A school, to beat a 4-A school feels really good.”

Vikings defeat Gators 20-13

Lafaye Bias

D-O senior Darin Washington rushed for 127 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown and fellow senior co-captains Ulysses Gissentaner and Shaq Odom recorded touchdowns as the Denmark-Olar Vikings (1-0) avenged last year’s 44-0 loss to the Class 3-A Lake Marion Gators (0-1) Friday night at Vikings Stadium.

D-O second year head Coach Michael Jordan said he was proud of the effort put forth by his team.

Bamberg School District Two

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Denmark-Olar School District Two Superintendent Dr. Thelma Sojourner informed board members at their August meeting that “school opening went well.” In her brief Superintendent’s Report Sojourner recognized 4th grade student Christopher Priester, who made a perfect score on the state’s science test. She said the Second Annual Meet the Vikings Day was held on Friday, August 12, at Denmark-Olar High School at 1:00 p.m. She reported that students in Denmark-Olar School District Two have received $9 million in scholarships since 2006. She noted that the cost of gasoline for school buses increased on August 1, from $1.47 per gallon to $1.55 per gallon.

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