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Bamberg man charged with murder

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Under heavy security Monday afternoon in the magistrate’s office at the Bamberg County Detention Center with the family members of the late Gene James “Wyze” Anderson Jr., 37 of 42 Raven Drive Bamberg in attendance, the man charged with Anderson's murder was arraigned behind a glass petition by Bamberg County Chief Summary Court Judge Craig Threatt.

“Do you understand that you have been charged with murder under warrant 2013A05101402 the victim in this case is Mr. Gene Anderson,” Judge Threatt asked murder suspect Tyrone Stroman Jr., 29 of 2218 Grits Road, Bamberg. “Murder sir is an un-bail-able offense. It is punishable by death or life in prison and mandatory 30 years to life in the State Department of Corrections," Judge Threatt said in an arraignment that lasted approximately two minutes and 25 seconds.

Threatt told Stroman, he had the right to have a trial by jury, a right to have a lawyer and he could apply for the services of a public defender of this circuit if he didn’t have one. There is a fee for the public defender and that is $40 non-refundable Judge Threatt said.

“Do you have a lawyer sir?” “Who is your lawyer?” Stroman speaking in an inaudible voice indicated that he did have an attorney and would waive the right to a public defender. “In any case you got a lawyer-you will not be applying for a public defender at least for now?” Threatt asked.

Judge Threatt reminded Stroman “should that not workout” (his own attorney) he had a right to a lawyer “no matter what.” “You need to let the court know if your situation changes, you have a right to a preliminary hearing.” Threatt asked Stroman did he understand what he was told.

Stroman was told that there would be no bail set in this matter, and his first appearance in court would be in the Bamberg County Court of General Sessions on September 12, 2013 at 9:30a.m.

Threatt asked if there were any comments from the victim’s family or from the state of which there were none.

Judge Threatt ordered that that the defendant be held in custody until trial. “Good luck to you sir,” Judge Threatt told Stroman.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division conducted the investigation at the request of the Bamberg Police Department. The arrest warrant says Stroman came to the residence at 94 Broad St., Bamberg, just before 6 p.m. last Tuesday in a pickup truck and approached the table where Anderson and others were playing cards. Words were exchanged, then the argument turned physical and shots rang out. Anderson was shot multiple times. He was taken by ambulance to the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, where he was declared dead. Bamberg County Coroner Willard “Billy” Duncan noted Tuesday morning the autopsy report stated that Anderson died of “multiple gunshot wounds.”

Job Corps Community Relations Industry Council Luncheon

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg Job Corps Center held its periodical Community Relations Council and Community Industry Council Luncheon on July 24, 2013 in the Vernessa D. Williams Gym on the schools campus. The speaker for the community luncheon was Bamberg Mayor Blain Crosby, who was introduced as a native of Bamberg and the City's first African American Mayor.

Crosby told the large group of business and community leaders and Job Corps students and faculty in attendance that he looked highly on the Job Corps Center students, noting that the Bamberg Job Corps Center is the only Job Corps Center in South Carolina. The mayor said the center and the students continue to make a positive impact on our community.

Job Corps prepares students to be active members of the workforce. Crosby sought to dispel some of the negative images some people might have of Job Corps students. Job Corps students aren't felons or criminals but are highly skilled individuals, who serve our community faithfully, he said.

On a personal note the Mayor said he wanted to thank the Bamberg Job Corps Center students for the work they did at his church (Mount Carmel United Methodist Church) and for going to the polls and supporting him not once but twice during his historic run to become mayor of Bamberg. So they are involved in all aspects of the community, Crosby said.

Mayor Crosby noted that some of the community projects the Bamberg Job Corps students have been involved in were, the green recycling initiative, assisting with the United Way and Harvest Hope Food Bank food giveaway program, donating clothes to the Cheez and Cracker Box and donating dog food to MAMAS Animal Shelter just to name a few.

I want Job Corps students to know that we are here for them, Mayor Crosby said. He said he encouraged the students to come to city council meetings. Again in closing and trying to dispel some of the preconceived notions that some people have of Job Corps students, Mayor Crosby said Job Corps students weren't at-risk students, but they are at-promise students.

County emergency management officials prepare for storms

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Atlantic hurricane season is only about a month and a half old. And fortunately so far the state of South Carolina has avoided any major hurricanes. But the Atlantic hurricane season, which stretches into the month of November, is long and the prediction is for plenty of named storms to develop in the coming months. Last week, as hurricane Dean began to form in the Gulf of Mexico and watches were posted up and down the Atlantic Coastline, South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley held the first of three Governors Hurricane Dean Table Top Exercises with the first one being held in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Bamberg County Emergency Management Director Sharon Hammond, who attended the meeting along with a number of other Bamberg County Emergency officials, noted that Governor Haley wanted to have a sense of awareness of where local and state officials were when it came to logistics, infrastructure and recovery and a number of other areas in dealing with and preparing for the aftermath of a hurricane.

Recovery can take a day or a number of years and it starts the day after the event is over, Hammond said, noting that 23- years after hurricane Hugo there are some places that are still recovering. Hammond stated that the Governor wanted to make sure that after a storm schools and industry, which are vital to the states economy were still able to operate after a storm.

A number of state and federal agencies such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and the American Red Cross were also in attendance at the meeting and let local officials (who take the lead in an emergency situations) know how they could receive assistance if they needed it.

Hammond stated that the Governors Table Top Hurricane Exercise was a different way of doing things.

Biering wins award

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

At the Tribb Corporate annual editorial seminar, Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter and Advertising Sales Representative won second place in the Best Feature Story Category for an article titled, "Every county can be a winner...Governor Haley says, 'Just invest in a plan.'"

The story was written after Biering and publisher Joyce Searson met with Haley in Columbia in September of 2012. The interview was unlike other political interviews, in that it focused on topics of rebuilding communities, connecting with neighbors, and making South Carolina a better state from the ground up.

Biering was in the competition with 13 other companies, based out of South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Billy Chism of White County News in Georgia, judged the contest and said, "Rather than a typical governor's visit kind of story, the sit-down interview by Mallory Biering gave us some insight into the mind of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley." Chism also added Biering had a, "good use of quotes that supported the story."

Searson said, "Mallory is a very talented writer, of whom I am very fortunate and honored to have on the staff of The Advertizer-Herald. Her passion for the newspaper and her community is exemplified in her writing. Mallory does give her best back to the community."

Biering has been with The Advertizer-Herald Publishing Company for a year. "When Mr. Tribble called my name for the award I was astounded. Writing this story was a thrill, especially, since it dealt with an opportunity to meet our governor," shared Biering.

"In the past year I've been with The Advertizer-Herald, I have learned so much about many different things. However, I have come to one conclusion-- if you don't love your job, then you'll never be successful, and I've fallen head over heels in love with what I do. I am so proud of this moment and honor, and I can't wait to see what the upcoming years bring."

When Biering first began working a year ago, it was said she had ink her blood. She feels her excitement for the newspaper business, her community, and her willingness to report outweighs the amount of hard work put into making the newspaper happen.

Biering was sure to express the gratitude to her fellow staff. "Without my co-workers, none of this would be possible. We are a team, a family, and we make it happen every week. So thank you to each of them for their dedication and commitment." Biering continued to say, "Thank you to my family at home. You all have supported this dream since I was in high school, and I thank you for reading edits, for listening to me tell stories, and for understanding the love I have for this newspaper."

Bamberg All Star Softball

The Bamberg eight and under Dixie Darlings All Star softball team competed in the Dixie Youth State Tournament in Iva, South Carolina July 12th-16th. The team ended the tournament with a 1-2 record losing their first game to the State runner-up Latta. The team rebounded the next day to defeat Colleton County but fell to host team Iva in a “nail biter” to be eliminated from the tournament.

“The girls had a great showing and are excited about playing a few USSSA tournament this fall,” members of the coaching staff said. Making the trip extra special, were Bamberg natives Ricky Sapp of the New York Jets and Clemson University sophomore defensive end Martin Aiken who hosted the team in Clemson and graciously provided the team and parents with a behind-the scenes tour of the Clemson athletic facilities. “The girls had a truly memorable stay in Iva,” the coaches said.

Red Raider football

With about four weeks left on the calendar until the first game of the 2013 football season, the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider football team finds its self in a familiar place in the preseason polls. The widely read South Carolina High School Sports Report has the talent laden Red Raiders, which finished last season with a 10-2 record ranked number six in its preseason poll.

The HSSR Early AA Polls are as follows:
1. Dillon
2. Newberry
3. Fairfield Central
4. Timberland
5. Loris
6. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
7. Bishop England
8. Abbeville
9. Chesnee
10. Woodland
11. Silver Bluff
12. Central
13. Batesburg-Leesville
14. Columbia
15. Saluda.

The Red Raiders will travel to Byrds on September 6, to face Woodland in a non-region game and will place host to the only team that defeated them last in Silver Bluff on October 4.

 
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