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Two shot in possible Denmark home invasion

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Two individuals were shot Saturday morning, Nov. 26, in Denmark in what was a possible home invasion said Denmark Chief of Police Leroy Grimes Monday.

“Possibly as many as three individuals entered the home at 911 Locust St., Denmark at about 12:50 Saturday morning,” Grimes said. “shooting two individuals and were transported by Bamberg EMS. We’re withholding the names of both suspects and the victims until the investigation is complete,” he explained. We have some people of interest now,” he said, “and will be interviewing them about the incident.”

The Denmark Police Department is currently investigating the incident.


District One Board Member, Tony Duncan, cited for ABC violations

Bamberg District One School Board Seat 5 Member, Tony Duncan of 44 McMillan Street, Bamberg, has been cited for three administrative violations of the ABC law.

According to a SLED report, on Saturday, July 9th, 2011, around 11:55 pm, an undercover agent for SLED entered a private club, owned by Tony Duncan called People United, which was located at 197 Magnolia Street, Denmark, and purchased alcoholic beverages. The SLED agent was not a member of the club and no questions were asked by Duncan in regards to him being a nonmember.

The agent informed Duncan that he was being charged with the following, Violation of statue 61-6-1636 possession of liquor in 1.75 liter bottles; statue 61-6- 20(6) open to general public by sale of beer to nonmember; and regulation 7-401.4(J) permitting consumption of liquor by nonmember on or about July 10, 2011.

Duncan was fined a total of $1140.00 for the three charges.

Ehrhardt receives ‘clean opinion’ on audit

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Town of Ehrhardt received a “clean opinion” with “no findings” on its 2010-2011 audit report. The town recorded total net assets of $4.5 million (not cash) in its Water and Sewer Account. The Governmental Funds account recorded positive net assets of $594,000. Current assets compared to current liabilities in the Water and Sewer Account was reported at $178,000 (assets) to $110,000 (liabilities). In the General Fund the town showed net assets ($108,000) approximately three times higher than current liabilities ($28,000). “All in all I was well pleased with the audit,” the auditor noted.

Also during the meeting:

• Public safety chief Chad Dilling reported the fire department responded to several calls including: Two assist EMS for lifting calls; a brush fire, responded to a fire alarm and a structure fire on Morning Star Lane. Chief Dilling reported Sam Carter completed basic fire fighter training. Dilling noted the fire department is ready for another ISO inspection.

• In the Police Department report Chief Dilling reported a very busy month with the following case files created: An open container, drunk and disorderly conduct, running a stop sign, possession of marijuana, gas drive off, stolen items arrest, shoplifting, sexual encounter with a juvenile (still under investigation) a run away and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. “We’ve had a lot of arrest and investigations and will be busy through the holiday season,” Dilling said, adding citizens should report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement authorities and practice good fire safety.

• In the public works department report it was reported that $12,137.02 were collected in October with 11 customers being cutoff. The department collected $10,694.65 in November.

• Town administrator Kathie Stroman noted that she has contacted USDA for grant funding packets but have not heard back from them. Stroman noted that she is in the process of making spread sheets to keep up with the towns’ accounts.

Fuel Tanks Came Down

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The iconic fuel tanks at the Brabham Oil Company plant on Midway and Scout Streets on the east side of the city of Bamberg have fallen victim to governmental regulations. According to Brabham Oil Company owner and CEO Brab McCully, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations would have required the company to spend over $100,000 to bring the fuel storage tanks that have been in place since the 1960’s and are no longer used to store fuel for the smaller trucks to transport to stations up to governmental standards. The tanks will now be chopped up and used by the demolition company for scrap metal according to McCully.

100 Turkeys

In cooperation with Brickyard Lodge #55 and Omar Temple #119 of Blackville and Denmark respectively, the SEKOTS Foundation presented 100 families from Bamberg County and surrounding counties with turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday. Those who were recommended to the group received their turkeys on Friday, November 18th at the Crosby Wellness Center in Bamberg. Douglas Stokes, chairman of the committee said he started this program a couple of years ago with another group and recently transferred the outreach program to the SEKOTS Foundation, a charity that was founded by his wife, Lisa B. Stokes.

USC takes third straight win over Clemson

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

To quote a statement after Saturday night’s Clemson and Carolina game at Williams Brice Stadium, played before 83,422 fans and won by USC by a score of 34-13, “USC was bigger, stronger and faster Saturday night.” USC sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw solidified his position as the Gamecock starting quarterback by throwing for three touchdowns and running for another to lead the number 14 Gamecocks (10-2) to their third straight victory over archrivals and number 18 Clemson (9-3). Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd, who spent much of the night running for his life from the tough Carolina defense had 83 yards passing and one touchdown in the game. USC sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw on the other hand was 14/20/210 passing and ran for 107 on the ground. The Tigers will try to turn their season around Saturday when they face Virginia Tech in a rematch of an earlier season game for the ACC Championship and possible Orange Bowl bid in Charlotte North Carolina. The Gamecocks after recording their first 10 win season in 27 years will look to get a possible Cotton Bowl or other bid.

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