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County's plan for solid waste management

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

"Bamberg County didn't have a solid waste plan. Three Rivers had a plan for all the counties that were a part of the region, but we didn't have our own local plan," is what Bamberg County Administrator Joey Preston explained to the Bamberg County Council at the county council meeting held on Monday, October 7th.

Preston presented a draft or overview of the Solid Waste Management Plan to the council members, which, "explained collection, transfer and disposal of solid waste and recyclable materials within the County." The supplemental plan will supplement the regional plan by the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority (TRSWA), to help better govern the Solid Waste Management System in Bamberg County.

The third reading of the proposed ordinance for The 2013 Solid Waste Management Plan for Bamberg County was approved, which would authorize the submission of the plan to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The plan is in compliance with South Carolina laws and SCDHEC and was created utilizing information from the 2010 Census. Currently, "We pay about $70,000 a quarter," for the waste to be shipped off to Three Rivers, said Preston.

Currently the county processes the waste through the transfer station off Cox Street. Once at the site, "TRSWA transports the waste to is landfill located at the Savannah River site." Funds to work with TRSWA are collected through property taxes of Bamberg County citizens.

"What's happened in the past is that the county relied on taxes," began Preston. "Then every year the county would go into the hole further and further and further and that was part of our deficit. The county never did identify a funding source in order to cover what we were paying Three Rivers to put the waste into the ground. Now that ends; Now we've got a revenue source. It is set up in a special revenue fund, a special fee is collected, and it goes to pay for that disposal."

Clint Carter was not at the meeting to vote on the third reading, however Trent Kinard voted against the plan. Kinard said voted against the plan, because of the elderly might not being able to have a way to collect the extra $70 to pay for the collection fee "They may be making $350 a month, every month paying medical bills, medicine, cable, insurance, and so forth and so on. That's the only thing that concerned me, is looking out for the people who might be able to afford it," said Kinard.

Preston also explained the plan, "provides funding for a litter officer for the county, [and] it provides funding for a part-time individual we will call the Keep America Beautiful Coordinator. We have already identified a $10,000 grant we can get from the state, just because we are a start up program."

Council members approved the first readings of the Keep American Beautiful ordinance and an ordinance for the control of litter within Bamberg County through enforcement and penalties during the meeting.

Olar Haunted House Canceled

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A fire of unknown origin destroyed the landmark Olar Haunted House over the weekend. The haunted house was being used this year as a joint fundraiser between the Olar and Govan Fire Departments. Olar Fire Chief Chris Fail stated in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon that he was out of town over the weekend and when he arrived back in town the house had been destroyed and at this time he had no idea what caused the fire. A flier released by Chief Fail on October 7th, stated due to unforeseen circumstances which occurred this past weekend the Olar Fire Department haunted house will not open this year. The flier went on to say, “We are heartbroken,” and disappointed about the situation but there is no way we will be able to open the Olar Fire Department Haunted House. As of now the Olar Fire Department haunted house is cancelled for the 2013 year.

Trinity UMC Pumpkin Patch

It is that time of year again and once again Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg opened its Pumpkin Patch on October 12th. The pumpkins arrived around 12:30pm and the Bamberg Ehrhardt High School Football Team helped unload the truck.

The hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 10am until 7pm and on Sunday from 1pm until 7pm.

Patti Weader, Pumpkin Patch chairperson, said there will be beautiful fall flowers and bales of wheat straw for sale.

Weader said all the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch will go to many worthwhile projects supported by the Trinity United Methodist Church.

On Sunday, October 20th there will be a fall carnival at the Pumpkin Patch starting at 4pm and will last until 6:30pm. There will be a Pet Halloween Costume contest with registration at 4pm and the contest will begin at 4:30pm. There will be games and activities from 5pm until 6pm and a Pumpkin Chunkin contest at 6pm.

To enter the Pet Costume Contest the entry fee is $10. All proceeds go to MAMA'S Animal Shelter. The Pumpkin Chunkin' Contest entry fee is the cost of your pumpkin. Come celebrate this Fall season at Trinity's annual Fall Carnival. There will be lots of fun and activities for all ages.

Silver Bluff grinds out win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Two old rivals, the Silver Bluff Bulldogs (5-1,1-0) and the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders (1-5,0-1) met in their Region 5-AA opener at Leon Maxwell Stadium Friday night on Pink Out Night, with the visiting Bulldogs coming away with a 28-7 win. The young Red Raider team (1-5,0-1) played hard on both sides of the ball all night but faced an uphill battle on defense trying to contain the four headed Silver Bluff Wing-T offensive attack of running backs Myles Corbitt, Shaquez Wright, R.J. Stallings and senior quarterback Jaylen Lawrence, who accounted for three of the Bulldogs four touchdowns on the night, two on offense and one on a pick-six on defense.

The Red Raider got a shot in the arm with the return of senior quarterback Sumner Cooler, who returned to the starting lineup for his first game of the season. The Red Raiders made use of Cooler’s return to the lineup by going to the air often during the game. (Unofficially) Cooler was 14 of 29 for 168 yards passing. His favorite targets were K.C Crosby who had nine catches and scored the Red Raiders lone touchdown on a two yard run in the second quarter and Garrett Zeigler with seven catches. With the team’s leading rusher Rayquan Brown unavailable for the game, the young Red Raider team got a solid rushing performance from senior Tyrell Wilson, who rushed for 140 yards on 25 carries.

B-E head coach Butch Crosby noted after the game that having the entire offense in place for the first time all season was like week one all over again and his team still had much to play for. “It’s one of those things, the kids got to understand they have to keep on driving.” Coach Crosby noted that despite the team’s record he has seen steady improvement and he doesn’t count out a possible playoff run at the end of the season.

“They’re getting better each and every day and that’s all I ask of these guys. Every team is different and this team is different from teams in the past. They give 110% each and every time and they come ready to practice each day.” Crosby noted that with four region games left in the season a playoff berth is still a strong possibility for the team. “The playoffs are still there, it’s not like it’s over,” Crosby said adding that he has seen teams go (3-7) and make a run for the state championship. “We’ve got to keep driving, keep trusting and getting better he said.

County Fire Coordinator...ISO goals achievable

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

To help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties insurance companies need reliable up-to-date information about a communities fire protection service. ISO provides that information through the public classification (PPCTM) program. According to Bamberg County Fire Coordinator Brenna Hancock ISO will begin implementing changes on July 1, that “will greatly affect” the fire service. Hancock stated there were several things the fire service needed to do to maintain the present county-wide ISO Rating that went from a 9-to-6 in the rural areas for residents within five road miles from a fire station.

“Now we need to look into improving our training, record keeping and equipment to make sure we maintain our ISO Rating of 6 countywide,” Hancock said. She noted the fire service will learn more about where it stands when more is learned about the changes in ISO.

“We’re in a good position. We have moved forward. But we need to evaluate what we have and make sure we do have everything we need to continue to move forward. But to say we’re ok and don’t need to do anything else is not true. We need to work hard.”

Hancock noted the county fire service needed to be ready for a possible ISO evaluation within the next five years and she was confident the department would be able to achieve that goal because of the current county administrator Joey Preston and the County Councils involvement. “They are active in the fire service and they have an interest in the fire service,” Hancock said adding,” they’re working with us to move forward.”

In other Bamberg County Fire Service news; with things tied up in Washington as they are grants have been hard to come by because everything has been put on hold because of the budget impasse. But for the fiscal year 2012 the county fire service received $150,420 in grant money primarily from FEMA and the SC Forestry Division for equipment.

The Bamberg County Fire Service currently has 181 firefighters and operates on a fiscal year 2013-2014 budget of $404,317 that includes all the departments’ contracts and expenses. The Clear Pond Fire Department received delivery of a 2012 Tanker Truck in February.

The fire service is working with the state fire marshal to provide smoke detectors for the hearing impaired through a program the county qualified for. For more information about this program contact Brenna Hancock at 245-3110 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or the S.C. Fire Marshal’s Office at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Firefighters in the Bamberg County fire service will once again be able to receive physicals this year in a program fire officials credited with detecting some possibly dangerous health problems.

It was noted in a cost analysis done by the National Volunteers Fire Council that the Bamberg County Fire Service operates at a total annual volunteer savings of $4,154,000 to the citizens of Bamberg County.

Bamberg County Fire Services is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.’ During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires-most of which result from unattended cooking-and teaching local residents how to prevent fires from starting in the first place. According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires.

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