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Proposed intergovernmental agreement with county falls to sequestration

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The U.S. Federal Government automatic spending cuts that went into effect on March 1, 2013 known as “Sequestration” has stretched its tentacles into the city of Bamberg and Bamberg County. Bamberg City Council members had approved entering an Intergovernmental Agreement with Bamberg County that would have transferred $1.3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds from the city to the county to be used by the county for renovation work at the courthouse and new law enforcement complex after the city of Bamberg was unable to secure the funds.

City of Bamberg Clerk/Treasurer Bruce Watson informed Bamberg City Council members at their October 14, meeting that he was informed by Bamberg County Administrator Joey Preston that the funds were no longer because of Sequestration.

“FEMA wrote back and said the money is no longer there,” Watson said, add “ all the money that was there for other projects went away over night so we did not enter an agreement with the county.”

Also during the meeting Police Commissioner Robin Chavis reported officer Green graduated from the Police Academy and Officer Richard Preacher was working with the other officers in the department before having to go to the academy. Fire Chief Timmie Taylor reported the fire department responded to eight calls during the month.

Commissioner Kathy Schwarting reported the city was still waiting for a date to meet with the architects on the civic center renovations. She reported that there was some work that needed to be done at the Ness Sports Complex on the tables and benches. Schwarting also reported that the S.C. Legislature has included $8 million in a proviso in the budget to provide OB Coverage for high risk women in Bamberg County and is linked to MUSC. She noted that a forum will be held in Barnwell on October 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to receive information from elected officials and emergency services personnel on what can or can’t work in the county. “This could spur good OB health coverage in the county,” Schwarting said.

Also during the meeting council members approved the reappointment of Joan Cooper to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals for another 4 year term to begin November 1, 2013 and ending on October 31, 2017.

In the public comments portion of the meeting Janis Steedley a volunteer with MAMAS stated the city needed to get a dog Ordinance on the book as soon as possible. “Tomorrow is too late,” Steedley said, adding “we need to get meeting so we can have some laws in place.” Cathy Griffin commented that it concerned her to see so many council members absent from the meeting. “It concerns me to see three council members out tonight,” Griffin said.

Dead body found on Edisto River Road

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg County and state law enforcement agencies are investigating the case involving the death of a Summerville man who was identified as Thomas Eugene Hancock, 57, of Trolley Road Summerville whose body was found near Edisto River Road on Thursday evening, October 24.

According to a Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office incident report officers were dispatched to an Edisto River Road location around 4:49 pm in reference to a caller stating that he had just found someone “in the woods and he was dead.” Officers responded to the location and found a green in color pickup parked near Edisto River Road. A male body was found laying several feet from the truck which had a right rear flat tire.

According to the report, a shot gun was laying in the grass in the proximity of the body. Coins were found in the grass around the body and two one dollar bills were on the ground. A wallet was found in one of the tobacco barns. Bamberg County Coroner Willard “Billy” Duncan was summoned to the scene and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was contacted for assistance and arrived with a forensic team shortly thereafter. Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell stated Monday morning the case has been turned over the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) who is handling the case.

Red Raiders pull out region win over Warhorses

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

A line in a famous 1970s song said “you don’t tug on superman’s cape.” In Region 5-AA football you don’t trash talk Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School All American K.C. Crosby the night before you face him and give him a night to think about it. “We’re going to bust your behind tomorrow so get ready,” is what the younger Crosby said he was told at the J. V. game with Barnwell the night before. “So I had to come out and perform for my team.”

Crosby’s efforts and the efforts of his teammates gave the Red Raiders (4-5,3-1) a huge 14-10 victory over old rival and Region 5-AA foe the Barnwell Warhorses (2-7,1-3) on senior night at Leon Maxwell Stadium. “He was just in one of those modes tonight where he said they can’t cover me,” head coach Butch Crosby said of his son K.C. who has verbally committed to play at the University of South Carolina next year, adding when you get a kid in that mode you want to find a way to get it to them that will not be a detriment to the team.

Crosby was not alone in his efforts on Senior Night as a number of other B-E seniors stepped up in a big way on both sides of the ball. Senior quarterback Sumner Cooler playing in his fourth game since being injured completed a 53 yard touchdown pass to Crosby at 2:20 of the first quarter putting the Red Raiders up 7-0 after senior place kicker Matt Maxwell’s PAT was good. At 4:45 of the fourth quarter on first and 15 from the Barnwell 16 yard line, Cooler and Crosby would connect on the game winner in the left corner of the end zone making the score 14-10 Red Raiders after Maxwell’s second PAT was true.

Barnwell’s points came on a 75 yard pick six at 10:42 of the second quarter and on a 25 yard field goal with no time left on the clock at the end of the second quarter giving the Warhorses a 10-7 lead at halftime.

We’re proud of him (K. C. Crosby) and we’re proud of Sumner (Cooler) for hanging in there,” Coach Crosby said, adding he (Cooler) got some pressure but he hung in there and got the ball to him. Coach Crosby also noted the play of senior Tav Schwarting who had a big play on defense and caught several passes on offense. The defense was led by seniors Lavares “Big Cat“ Singleton, Jeremy Davis and Marcus Moody, "All of those guys,” Crosby said of his team’s effort.

In picking up their third region win in a row Coach Crosby said he credits his team’s turn around to “guys keep working hard and believing in each other. We’re playing playoff games in the regular season and this is preparing us for the playoffs. We just need to play one game at a time.”

Confederates keep playoff hopes alive

Mike Hall, Contributing Writer

The Andrew Jackson Academy Varsity Football team faced a must-win situation on Friday in Greenwood to keep their playoff hopes alive. After the Greenwood Christian Eagles marched down the field with a 6-play 57 yard scoring drive on their first possession, it looked as if getting the road win would be a tall task. But, the Confederates stepped up to the challenge, scoring 34 unanswered points to race to a 34-8 victory. The AJA offense piled up 523 yards and the defense stiffened forcing 3 Eagles turnovers and twice forcing turnovers on downs inside the 10-yard line. Christian Lee led the potent offensive attack with 200 yards rushing on 16 carries and 1 touchdown. Hunter Scharber had 9 carries for 122 yards and a score. Michael Mathias rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries and scored twice. Quarterback Joseph Stanfield added 37 yards passing, 49 yards rushing, and 1 touchdown. Aaron Cleland led the receivers with 2 catches for 25 yards. Hunter Scharber led the defense with 14 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 tackle for loss. Lee and Hayden Scharber each had 7 tackles. Hayden Scharber also had 1 forced fumble and 2 tackles for loss. Zach Boltin recorded 1 fumble recovery and Stanfield and Mathias each had interceptions. The win improves the Confederates to 4-5 overall, 3-3 in region play.

In B team action Andrew Jackson Academy defeated Clarendon Hall 22 to 16 in Summerton. Offensively the confederates were lead by Bailey Ackerman who had 12 carries for 108 yards and 2 TD's. Jordan Lee had one catch for 50 yards and a TD.

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