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Bamberg County's heroes

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, Johney Haralson of State Farm Insurance in Denmark sponsored a Fire Prevention Dinner for the Bamberg County Fire Departments, Emergency Personnel Staff and Law Enforcement Officers.

Haralson said he started the dinner last year as a thank you to all of the departments for the hard work they put into Bamberg County. A dinner was just something he felt he could do, "in recognition of all their time, efforts and energy." The men and women who came to the dinner are a rare group of people.

They walk into burning buildings when others are running out. They run towards danger, while others quickly flee. They rescue the hurt, broken and weak. They are fearless despite the situations they are found in. They are heroes.

These men and women give up their lives, and time with their families to save, protect and serve the lives of others in Bamberg County. They would willingly lose their life to save the life of another. Their drive to better the community of Bamberg is a thankless job, however Haralson said this is an opportunity he has to thank them for their sacrifices.

The dinner served was chicken perlow, and it was enjoyed by many people from each department. Trent Kinard, Bamberg County Councilman, said, "The members of the fire departments are the backbone of any community and we have the best members around in my opinion!" Kinard continued to say, "The members work other jobs, but when they get a call, they are out of bed at 1, 2 or 3am. It takes a special person to get up, fight a fire all night and go to work the next day."

Paul Eubanks, Assistant Fire Chief of Denmark Fire Department said, "We really appreciate [Haralson] giving us the opportunity for everybody to get together. He's been really good to us."

Denmark Fire Department Volunteer Anna Jennings said, "Our fire departments work really hard. We do it on a volunteer basis and we enjoy what we do for our community. We greatly appreciate Johnny's efforts in commemorating what we do for the community."

Govan Fire Department won a plaque for having the highest percentage of volunteers at the dinner. Fifty three percent of the department was present for the meal.

Haralson said he plans on doing the dinner again next year, as long as he is around to make it happen.

Fire destroys BSD1 bus

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

“It could’ve been so much worse,” is how a concerned Bamberg School District One Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting described the fire that totally destroyed a Bamberg School District One School Bus Thursday afternoon near the intersection of Broxton Bridge Road and Pierce Road on Highway 601 South of Bamberg. Fortunately the children on the bus were quickly loaded off safely and on to another school bus that happen to following behind it. Some of the children books though were left on the bus.

John Moody with the school bus maintenance department in Orangeburg noted that the bus (which was noted was one of the newer models in the BSD#1 fleet of buses) had been checked out as recently as Tuesday and he could not determine at the time why the fire started. Agencies responding to the fire included the Bamberg Fire Department, Clear Pond Fire Department, Bamberg Police Department, Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

D-O gets first win

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Denmark Olar Viking football team (1-7) scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come away with a 30-28 region win over the Branchville Yellow Jackets on homecoming at Viking Field. The Yellow Jackets (2-5) held a 28-16 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Vikings would rally for their first win of the season.


B-E gets first

B-E senior quarterback Sumner Cooler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in leading the Red Raiders (2- 5,1-1) to a Region 5-AA win over Calhoun County Saints on homecoming at Leon Maxwell Stadium Friday night. Cooler’s first score came on a 5 yard run in the first quarter. In the second quarter Cooler connected with Garrett Zeigler on a 15 yard touchdown pass. Near the end of the first half Cooler connected with B-E Shrine Bowl selection K.C. Crosby to make the score 21-0 Red Raiders at halftime. Near the end of the third quarter Tyrell Wilson would score the Red Raiders final points.

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