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BPW and City of Bamberg honor Bruce Ellis

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg Board of Public Works and the City of Bamberg honored retiring BPW General Manager Bruce Ellis with a luncheon at the utility company’s physical plant on Elm Street Friday at noon. “We want to take a few minutes to thank Mr. Ellis for what he has done for the BPW and for me,” BPW General Manager Will Martin told Ellis, who is retiring after 30 years of service at the company, with a large group of BPW employees and City of Bamberg personnel looking on. “Thanks for all you’ve meant over the years to the Board,” BPW Board Chairman Dr. F. Marion Dwight told Ellis. “Under your leadership a lot of good things developed from a personnel standpoint, thanks and we are going to miss you.” Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum also thanked Ellis for his contributions to the City of Bamberg and the Board of Public Works and noted that he discovered when he was band director at Bamberg High School that among his other skills Ellis was also a skilled musician.

The beautiful plaque presented to Ellis read: “In grateful recognition of your many years of loyal and dedicated service to the Bamberg Board of Public Works and the citizens of Bamberg.”

D-O Middle and High schools help Habitat for Humanity homeowner

Sandra Robinson and her two daughters are enjoying a Christmas like none other. The single mother is the proud new owner of a Habitat for Humanity home, and she says this is more than she could ask for. “I can only thank God!” she said. “Everyone has been so giving.”

Cox Industries sponsored the Robinson home, raising funds in the community and making a donation and Denmark-Olar Middle and High schools raised more than $200 to buy kitchen supplies and utensils. Denmark- Olar High’s Student Body President Shakora Bamberg, Miss Denmark-Olar, Da'Brika Sanders and Mr. Denmark-Olar, Ja'Cori Brown along with Denmark-Olar Middle School’s royalty Omar Odom and Denigia Williams showed up on Wednesday, December 14th to present, unpack and stock the cabinets with pots, pans, dinnerware, utensils and glassware. Some food items were also donated by both Cox Industry and the JROTC department of Denmark-Olar High School.

"It just seemed like a good idea to help someone," Brown said. Bamberg, who has been active in school and community service throughout her educational career was a great supporter of the project and Da’Brika Sanders, Denigia Williams and Omar Odom was honored to present on behalf of their fellow students.

High school career specialist Zelda Douglas organized the project with significant help and full support from the guidance counselors at both the Middle School, Dr. Betty Benjamin and High School, Laurine Hilliard.

"Our students have great potential to affect change NOW and need to continually expand their influence in the community," Douglas said. "I really thought it would be a good idea to get the students involved in something like this because it gives them an opportunity to learn more about the rewards of volunteerism. The kids rallied together and really got it going and the staff members were excited about helping."

“When this idea was presented to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Middle and High School principals; Dr. Ruby Johnson, Mr. Isaac Lee and Mr. Mickey Pringle respectively, they offered their full support immediately.” Douglas commented. Another example of faculty support is Dr, Anna Martin, the Arts Department Chairperson’s plan to complete a princess mural on the youngest daughter’s bedroom wall with the assistance of some of art department standout students.

The Robinson home is the 55th Habitat home constructed in the Orangeburg area since in 1991. Habitat homes are sold at no profit and are financed with affordable loans.

In return, the monthly mortgage payments are used to build additional Habitat homes.

Douglas said, “Working with Edisto Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jamie Bozardt, Volunteer Coordinator, Joan Sheler and Cox Industries’ Project Volunteer Coordinator, Pam Bendenbeouf was a pleasure”. Each of these professionals helped to make this a rewarding experience for the Sandra Robinson and for the students of Denmark-Olar School District Two.

Gamecocks win

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Former Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School standout A. J. Cann and former Calhoun County standout Alshon Jeffery are two area players that became a part of history Monday as they each played a big part in the 9th ranked USC Gamecocks historic 30-13 win over the Nebraska Corn Huskers in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando Florida. Cann, who was named to an All American team earlier this season helped paved the way for a newly found USC ground game, while Jeffery despite being ejected from the game for a fight that he apparently did not start was named the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player (MVP). The win by the Gamecocks was historic also in the fact that no other Carolina team ever had recorded 11 wins in one season.

Red Raider Duals

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Red Raider Varsity Wrestling team has been busy during the holiday break participating in matches across the state. On Friday, December 30, the team hosted its own Red Raider Duals in the Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School Gym (Wrestling) 2011 Team State Champions Day. B-E Head Wrestling Coach Cody Slaughter noted on his Facebook page that it was a “pretty good day” for the team in thanking all of those who came out to support the team. Teams participating in this year’s event were: Edisto, Bishop England, Cresent, Bluffton, Cross, Stratford, Aynor, St. James and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. In the recently held Seahawk Slam Wrestling Tournament BE Wrestlers Mark Moody placed second in his weight class, while Player Long and Lane Walling each placed third in their respective weight classes.

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