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Bamberg County loses a hero in former Representative Thomas Rhoad

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Former South Carolina House District 90 Representative Thomas N. Rhoad Jr. died last Thursday at the age of 89. Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 17, at 4:00 p.m. at the Edisto Baptist Church in Branchville. Representative Rhoad, served with honor in the South Carolina House of Representatives for 24 years starting in 1983. He also served two years as a member of Bamberg County Council.

Rep. Rhoad, a native of Branchville, South Carolina was a veteran, retired farmer and rural mail carrier. He was educated in the Bamberg Public Schools and attended Palmer Business College. During his tenure in office, Rep. Rhoad was always concerned about the betterment of Bamberg County, as can be seen in the establishment of the Thomas N. Rhoad Office on Aging on Log Branch Road in Bamberg that serves the senior citizens of Bamberg County on a daily basis.

Rep. Rhoad was also a “driving force” behind the project to widen Highway 78. In a ceremony a couple of years ago at the Bamberg County Courthouse, a portion of Highway 78 was name in his honor with the assistance of present House District 90 Rep. Bakari Sellers. In a telephone interview Tuesday morning, Rep Bakari Sellers called former Rep Thomas Rhoad “a hero.”

“Rep. Rhoad was a hero and true leader,” Seller who defeated Rhoad to claim his present seat in the House of Representatives said, adding “he did wonders for this district and my only hope is that under my leadership I can continue to make him proud.”

In the City of Bamberg, Rep. Rhoad played a very instrumental part in helping the City of Bamberg to secure the old National Guard Armory where civic and governmental functions are held year around.

Also at the dedication ceremony of a portion of Highway 78 in honor of Rep. Rhoad, Senator Brad Hutto commented that Rep Rhoad, “he cared about all of Bamberg County.”

Bamberg County Red Cross Bingo Night March 29th

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg Red Cross will sponsor its annual Bingo Night on March 29 at the Bamberg Civic Center. The doors to the civic center will open at 6:30 p.m. with Bingo starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are .50 cents per game. Bamberg County Red Cross disaster chair Paul Sandifer, noted that all the proceeds from the event will go to the Bamberg County Red Cross Disaster Fund.

“It helps when a family is burned out by a fire, or there is a storm, tornado or hurricane,” Sandifer said, adding “this money goes to put people back in their homes and helps to feed them until they can get back on their feet.”

The contest again this year will feature a $100 cover all game at the end, which covers the whole card and a $25 prize game that only children can play.

“We want everybody to come out and support us like they have done in the past and its greatly appreciated,” Sandifer said. The Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School Jr. Red Cross will also have a concession stand with all the proceeds from what they collect going to the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Junior Red Cross.

Sandifer noted the this annual fundraising event (which is the major event put on each year by the chapter) is very much needed at this time because the Bamberg County Red Cross has been “real busy” along with the Cheeze and Cracker Box the last couple of weeks, with major house fires in Bamberg and Denmark that left two families with young children homeless.

“It makes you feel real good to put on something like this, when something occurs to put a smile on somebody’s face,” Sandifer commented.

BEMS students donate to MAMAS

The BEMS Junior Beta Club recently conducted a supply drive to benefit the MAMAS Shelter in Bamberg County. The supply list consisted of bleach, Dawn dish detergent, paper towels, and pine cleaner. The seventh and eighth grade students were competing to see which grade level would bring in the most items.

This time the winning grade level was the seventh graders. Seventh grade Science teacher, Alan Mehrzad added more enthusiasm to the drive by encouraging a little competition among his classes. His third period really took this to heart and contributed the most of all classes. The biggest winners are all the animals who will benefit from the students’ generosity. The students were glad to help the animals and dedicated staff at MAMAS.

Cooperator of the Year

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

F. Spann Brabham was presented the 2012 Cooperator of the Year at the Bamberg Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2013 Conservation Awards Banquet March 12.

“Each year,” Landis Hiers said , “we award an individual for outstanding conservation efforts. This year we are recognizing Fletcher Spann Brabham for his many conservation practices throughout the year and for his strong dedication to land conservation.”

The guest speaker for the evening, Jayson Mas-Vasquez, a USDA-NRCS Soil Conservationist, spoke of agriculture practices in Puerto Rico.

From western Puerto Rico, he served three years in the Puerto National Guard, a graduate from the University of Puerto Rico in Animal Sciences. “We have been fortunate to have Jason in Bamberg County and the Edisto Watershed since 2008,” said Johney Haralson.

The Millennium Tour passes through Bamberg

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

A group of car enthusiasts from all over the country and some from as far away as England , Switzerland and Australia, driving Packard's, Duisenberg's, Bentleys and Rolls Royce's, came through Bamberg last week on the Millennium Tour.

The Millennium Tour, in its 13th year, consisted of 40 people and 20 cars, started after the Amelia Island Concours d 'Elegance. The Tour started in Fernandina, Florida then to Hilton Head, Charleston and from there to Augusta and Lake Oconee Georgia.

Two high school buddies, Scott Barnard and Lee Wol from Connecticut, both retired, said they are just doing this for fun. Wol said ," I promised Scott I would take him on the Tour. He is having a ball."

Red Raider Booster club honors legendary Coach David Horton

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider Booster Club honored two of the school’s legendary coaches this past weekend on Friday evening and Saturday morning. On Friday evening, former Red Raider baseball Coach David Horton and his wife Susan and family members were honored between the Red Raiders JV and Varsity baseball games on the field that bares’ his name. Also on hand for the event that also featured a reception on the bus port at the high school, were a large number of former players from many of his championship teams that span the four decades that Coach Horton coached in Bamberg.

Before Coach Horton was honored on the mound, wife Susan, who played a huge part in the success of the B-E baseball program over the years, commented that “it was so good to see so many of the former players,” who came back for the occasion. After throwing out the first pitch before the varsity game started, the legendary Coach thanked all of his former players for coming back and for what they did over the years, pointing to all the championship banners that hang on the outfield wall of David Horton Field.

The game that followed between the Red Raiders and Red Devils was one Coach Horton found himself in many times over his tenure as head baseball Coach at Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School with the Red Raiders pulling out a 7-6 win in the 7th inning.

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