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30th Old Friends Invitational Golf Classic scheduled for July 15th - 21st

Allison Harper and Elizabeth Weaver

The Old Friends Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 15-21. This is the 30th year for the golf tournament and the scholarship. The scholarship recipient receives a 4 year scholarship for college. The committee is adding a new event called “The Golf Ball Drop”. Numbered golf balls will be sold for $10.00 or 3 balls for $25.00. On Saturday, July 21st at 6:00 a helicopter will drop all the numbered golf balls onto a target on the Paw Paw Golf Course driving range. The numbered ball closest to the target will win a cash prize. If you are interested in purchasing a ball to help with the scholarship contact Allison Harper 245- 0970 or Elizabeth Weaver 378-4442. In addition the Super ticket will be sold with chances to win a variety of prizes including an I Pad, a Bonn Bonn bracelet from Tagadu’s, a $500.00 Tailor-Made-Addias gift card, a golf bag, and $100.00 gas card from the EZ-Shop donated by Brabham Oil.

The schedule of events are:

Sunday: Teen Scavenger Hunt (ages 13-18) 6:30 Paw Paw CC
Monday: Junior Golf Tournament (ages 18 & younger) 8:00 Paw Paw CC
Tuesday: Ladies Bridge Tournament 9:00 Paw Paw CC
Wednesday: Ladies Golf Tournament 5:00 Paw Paw CC
Thursday: Old Friends Scholarship Banquet 8:00 BEHS Commons Area
Friday: Men's Golf Tournament Beginning at 8:30 Paw Paw CC
Old Friends Shrimp Boil 7:00 BEHS Commons Area
Old Friends Auction and Social Event 8:30 Tent Paw Paw CC
Saturday: Men's Golf Tournament Beginning at 8:30 Paw Paw CC
The Golf Ball Drop 6:00 Paw Paw CC Driving Range
Old Friends Dance and Awards Ceremony 9:00 Tent Paw Paw CC featuring the band, “Flashback”

Two Airlifted

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Two people were airlifted by life Net Helicopters to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia with unknown injuries shortly after 12 noon on Thursday, after the two pickup trucks they were driving reportedly collided with each other in a head on collision. The accident happened on Highway 321 about a mile north of Denmark in front of the South Carolina Electric and Gas office near Pit Road. Emergency personnel responding to the scene included: The Denmark Fire Department and Bamberg County Sheriff’s Department.

Rep. Sellers Donates

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

State Representative Bakari Sellers today stepped forward to help senior citizens stay safe and cool this summer by personally donating 60 fans to the Bamberg County Office on Aging. The fans will be distributed to senior citizens throughout Bamberg, Barnwell and Colleton Counties who have been identified as being at significant risk for heat related illness and/or death by the Office on Aging. “For a senior citizen who has no air conditioning and no escape from triple digit temperatures, the heat can go from uncomfortable to deadly in minutes,” says Rep. Sellers.

“People need to understand that this is a real danger and it’s our job to do everything we can to help.”

Bamberg School District 1 passes budget

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg School District One Trustees held a public hearing and passed a $14,061,941.56, 2012-2013 general fund budget at their June meeting that included a step increase and a two percent cost of living increase. The board’s approval of the budget came with the stipulation that if the general assembly does not pass a budget on or before June 30, the district would have to revert back to its 2011- 2012 budget that would include no employee increases.

“We’re in a heck of a mess” because of the legislature, Bamberg School District One Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting said in describing the problem the district is experiencing in waiting for the South Carolina General Assembly to approve its own 2012-2013 budget with only a few days left before the end of the fiscal year. It was noted that the district had to use $32,000 from its fund balance to balance the budget. “We’re between a rock and a hard place,” Schwarting said, adding the district has never been in this shape this late in the game.”

In telling board members that she needed a budget to operate on, District One Finance Director Devon Furr encouraged the board to approve the current budget, even though it may need to be amended in July. “Last year never was this bad,” Furr said, adding “I’ve never been through this before.”

Also during the meeting Dale Collier of Brownstone Construction Group gave an update on the district’s building and renovation projects:

• Collier, in noting he had a “good report” for Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School stated that Thompson-Turner Construction Company has embarked on the “most critical” juncture of work. With the school out for the summer vacation “major demolition and new work” has started in the band, music, gymnasium, media center, classrooms and other areas of the school to bring the building up to code. Improvements include the installation of new HVAC, Sprinkler, Fire Alarm and lighting systems. In the gymnasium, work will consist of new HVAC and painting. A final Occupancy Inspection by the State Department of Education’s Office of School Facilities is planned for August 9, 2012.

• Collier reported that Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School “critical re-roofing” of the gymnasium is complete. Work at BEMS is concentrated in the Kitchen and Cafeteria areas of the building. Work is now underway to upgrade the kitchen (flooring, equipment, serving line, etc.) and Cafeteria (New tile)

• Collier reported that at the new Richard Carroll Elementary School, contractors have committed to having all work completed and verified to allow the District to take full occupancy of the new building after the week of the July 4, 2012 holiday. He noted the “Final Inspection” with the SDE Office of School Facilities has been held and DHEC has also given the Kitchen an “A” rating okaying it for use.

“Without Dale’s (Collier) assistance and the two architectural firms, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Superintendent Schwarting said in thanking Collier for all his work in the district’s construction and renovation projects.

 
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