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Guess honored at the White House

St Clair P. Guess, III of Denmark was honored today at the White House in Washington, DC. In recognition of Manufacturing Success in Rural America, Judith Canales, Administrator of the USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service presented Mr. Guess with the recognition as one of 46 companies in the United States to achieve manufacturing success in rural America.

The White House reception was attended by Dr. Alan Krueger, Chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, Jason Miller, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary USDA, and Judith Canales, Administrator of the USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

Dr. Krueger, Doug O’Brien, and Jason Miller spoke during the ceremony and offered time for questions and answers from the group of manufacturers. The common theme of most of the questions was directed at the inability to get funding for rural manufacturing projects from banks serving those markets. The USDA provides loan guarantees for rural development projects. The loan programs are due to be cut by nearly 30% in the newly introduced fiscal budget offered by the White House for 2012.

Guess’ business is Strand Composite Engineering & Construction, LLC which designs and builds containment, process and environmental equipment for heavy industry and municipal markets. The business is located in Harrison, Arkansas in a rural town of 12,000 people. Mr. Guess is also an owner of Tankinetics, Inc. , a different small business similarly situated and currently serves as Bamberg County Council representative for District 4.

Following the White House ceremony, the group was invited to lunch with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in his dining room at the USDA headquarters in Washington.

Town of Olar

The General Election for the Town of Olar will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The purpose of this election will be to elect one (1) mayor and four (4) council members to serve a two (2) year term as required by law. The filing period opens Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon and closes Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Any person wishing to register to vote in this election must do so no later than March 10, 2012. The polls shall be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm at Olar Town Hall. On Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am the County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing to determine the validity of all provisional ballots cast in this election. This hearing will be held at the Kearse Agricultural Building, 847 Calhoun Street, Bamberg, SC.

German Ladies Visit

Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell was surprised by a visit from two ladies from Bamberg Germany. Both Steffanie Phillips and Hanne Pantermalis were visiting relatives in Savannah Georgia and decided they wanted to see Bamberg South Carolina. They ate lunch at Nannies Country Kitchen and loved the fried chicken and cornbread. Sheriff Darnell gave them a Bamberg County Sheriff's badge for a memento...Both said they were delighted to finally see Bamberg, South Carolina.

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