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SC House of Representatives honors Mayor McCollum

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

With a number of close family members and a host of City of Bamberg officials on hand at the South Carolina State House Wednesday morning, April 10, Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum was honored by House District 90 Representative Bakari Sellers with the reading of a Resolution on the floor of the House. It should also be noted that Mayor McCollum was also honored with a Resolution sponsored by Senator Brad Hutto in the SC. Senate.

The SC House Resolution reads as follows: TO COMMEND MAYOR RICHARD ALTON MCCOLLUM OF BAMBERG FOR HIS LIFETIME OF DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVICE, TO CONGRATULATE HIM UPON HIS RETIREMENT AS MAYOR OF BAMBERG, AND TO WISH HIM MUCH SUCCESS AND FULFILLMENT IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

Whereas, the House of Representatives notes with appreciation the career of Mayor Richard Alton McCollum of Bamberg, who will retire on April 2, 2013, after eighteen successful years at the helm of his city's government; and

Whereas, seldom has a mayor of Bamberg worked as hard to improve the quality of life and guarantee the future of his city as has Alton McCollum; and

Whereas, Mayor McCollum's career in public service encompasses decades of commitment: twenty-five years as principal of Richard Carroll Middle School, fifteen years as Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School band director, five years as choral director of Bamberg High School, four years as band director of Richard Carroll High School, four years as band director of Denmark High School, two years as choral director at Olar High School, and two years as a city councilman for Bamberg, in addition to his eighteen years as mayor of that city; and

Whereas, believing a man should be fully involved in his community, this fifty-eight year resident of Bamberg has given freely of his time and expertise to numerous organizations. He is a member of the Bamberg Lions Club (two terms as president; two terms as deputy district governor, District 8), Old Friends Golf Classic (honorary chairman), and Bamberg Men's Garden Club. He is also a soloist for many special occasions and actor and singer in community theatre; and

Whereas, in his capacity as mayor, Alton McCollum has kept at the top of his priority list economic development and improving downtown parking and traffic flow through the city.

Accordingly, he led the revitalization of downtown Bamberg and Highway 78 in Bamberg, created the Bamberg Fourth of July Celebration, and developed Bamberg TreasureFest.

He also served as director of State Champion Bands at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, was co-founder of the Edisto Band Conference, and took home the top prize for the Wally Tyler Quartet Competition; and

Whereas, in preparation for his life's work, Alton McCollum earned a bachelor's degree in music at Lenoir Rhyne College in his native North Carolina, followed by a master of education administration from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg; and

Whereas, he finds strength for his labors in the firm support of his family, his wife of fifty-five years, Marie Grooms McCollum; his children, Rick and Jerina; his grandchildren, Blake, Tyler, Alex, and Emily; and his great-grandchildren, Lilly, Noah, and Liam.

BPW donates vehicles to the City of Bamberg

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg Police department was able to add two more vehicles to its fleet recently thanks to the Bamberg Board of Public Works. Bamberg Police Chief George Morris noted in the police department report at Monday night’s (brief) City Council meeting, that the two vehicles handed down to the police department were “courtesy” of the Bamberg Board of Public Works. The Chief noted that the vehicles have had stripes put on them and equipment installed.

Also during the meeting; in the financial report it was reported that the City was running on 75% of its fiscal year budget. Council member Janeth Walker reported that two employees of the sanitation department are working to pass the test for their CDL. Walker reported that a number of events are planned for the community in month of April.

Council member Nancy Foster reported that work is being done to the bathrooms at the Ness Sports Complex and work is being done to get the facility ready for the upcoming spring and summer sports season. Foster also reported some work is being done at the Bamberg County Airport and Tobul Accumulator had a ribbon cutting for its new facility recently.

Council members approved the reappointment of Barb Pinson and Charles Ayers to the Bamberg Planning Commission for another four year term. Mayor Alton McCollum appointed Cynthia Summers, Janeth Walker and Kevin Sandifer to serve on the 2013-2014 Budget Committee. Council member Janeth Walker was appointed to Chair the Budget Committee.

Red Raiders blank Barnwell

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

With the regular season now in the home stretch, the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Red Raider varsity baseball team picked up a key 3-0 region win over archrival Barnwell Saturday night at David Horton Field, avenging an earlier season loss to the Warhorses.

B-E senior Chris Sweatman pitched a complete game shutout recording seven strikeouts while only allowing one hit.

Earlier in the week the Red Raider varsity baseball team would pick up a key 4-3 win over region foe Wade Hampton in Hampton. Sumner Cooler picked up the win recording eight strikeouts while allowing no hits. Chris Sweatman came on in relief picking up the save recording three strikeouts and only allowing one hit. Leading B-E at the plate was Landon Sandifer who was 3-4 with a 3 run homerun.

In the Junior Varsity game with Hampton the JV Red Devil team would come away with a 11-3 win over B-E. Hunter Etheridge took the loss with Corey Beard appearing in relief.

In Junior Varsity action, the B-E JV team dropped a 12-8 decision to rival Edisto at Edisto High School.

Food shortage at Cheez & Cracker Box

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

The staff at the Cheez & Cracker Box make sure that over 40 families each month receive food, clothing or whatever else they may need to make it through the month. However, due to recent events, Executive Director Enid Bishop has ordered the staff to cut back on the amount of food given to the families, because of the 21 burn victims the Cheez & Cracker Box recently helped.

Helping families and other individuals throughout Bamberg County is what this mission is all about. Making sure that anyone, no matter their race, where they've been or who they are will not hinder how they are helped. The only thing hindering the mission from helping more would be the quantity of supplies, especially food.

Paul Sandifer, a volunteer for the Cheez & Cracker Box said that most of the burnouts happen during the winter months, but it seems within the past month that is no longer the case. Sandifer and Bishop agreed it didn't matter when it happened, they just wanted to be able to help families who were fire victims.

Bishop, her husband, Doc and all of the others included in the crew at the mission work with a passion and a never ending kindness towards the people coming in for help. But without more of the necessities it takes to run the mission, there might not be much to give out.

Bishop and Joey Sutton, another volunteer at the Cheez and Cracker Box, said they need the following items as soon as possible: rice, self-rising flour, sugar, cooking oil, mayonnaise, mac and cheese, canned milk, canned meats, canned fruit, toilet paper, shaving supplies, soap, and toothpaste. Bishop did say that anyone who cannot bring in the items, but can make a monetary donation to please do so.

The funds for the mission according to Bishop are dwindling down. They have been using the funds to buy supplies, like those listed above, but unfortunately there isn't much more they can do. Bishop said she and Doc go to the local discount dollar stores to buy the some of the supplies and food. Each trip they spend somewhere between $200 and $300, but it's gone within a week's time. Even the recent donations from the local school will soon be gone.

Bishop bragged on the kindness and generosity the staff at the mission have for the community members. Bishop even said, "I have the best crew in the world! You wouldn't believe how nice they are. Paul Sandifer is marvelous, just amazing, and Trent Kinard is also a big help." But Bishop and the rest of the crew is asking for more help.

Sandifer, Bishop and Sutton said the mission is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 4pm, and closed for a break from 2:00pm to 2:30pm. The location of the mission is 1162 North Street, Bamberg. The phone number to the mission is (803) 245-2545. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation may send it to Bishop at 757 Pine Street, Bamberg, SC 29003.

 
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