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Fire destroys Olar home

This Weed Street home in Olar was heavily damaged by fire in the early morning hours of January 16. Responding to the scene were Olar, Govan, Ehrhardt, Fire Departments, Bamberg Rescue Squad, and Sheriff’s Department.

Accidents claim two lives

A Bamberg County man died in a single-car crash Thursday night January 15, 2009 after his vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

Bamberg County Coroner Willard “Billy” Duncan said James Peters, 55 died at the scene on U.S. 301 about five miles south of Ehrhardt.

The crash occurred around 9:40 p.m., Duncan said.

The victim’s body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy, Duncan said.

The Ehrhardt Fire Department, Bamberg County Sheriff’s Department, and Bamberg Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

In another unrelated accident, Robert L. Bobby Dempsey Jr. 43, was killed when the vehicle he was driving collided with an 18-wheeler on Wednesday at Five Mile Crossing below Ehrhardt.

Bamberg native publishes book

Bamberg native Harriett McMillan Nesbitt has published her first book of poetry. “Best Loved Poems of Harriett McMillan Nesbitt” is both a personal accomplishment and a written legacy for her children and grandchildren. She began writing poetry in 1972 and has established quite a collection of poems that express everything from her most intimate thoughts and feelings to the beauty and serenity she finds in nature. Her poems are filled with nostalgia for her Bamberg home and the family she holds dear, along with memories of her Hunter’s Chapel upbringing and the farm she grew up on.





Denmark-Olar Board to interview

Scheduled for Saturday, January 24, 2009, the Denmark-Olar Board of Trustees will be interviewing 6 of 11 applicants for the position of Superintendent of Education for the Bamberg School District Two top slot.

The Board of Trustees had selected two dates for scheduling interviews, January 24, and January 31, deciding that “the earlier the better Jan. 24) since other districts will also be looking at hiring the best candidates.”

A lengthy discussion then ensued over the time to begin interviewing, whether at one p.m. on the 24th, or earlier that morning.

Trustee Loretta Goodman explained that she has a conflict since she will begin teaching a Saturday class on the 24th, at Voorhees College. “This is my first day of class,” she said. “I can’t miss it.” She explained that her class will begin at 10:30 a.m, and will end at 12:30 p.m., each Saturday.

The time to begin interviews at 1 p.m. was brought before the board as a motion, but was nayed by three members. Another time, proposed by Ms. Blossom Thompson, to begin at 9 a.m., on Saturday, the 24th, was put into motion and passed by a vote of 3 to 2.

‘Named Most Outstanding Wrestler’

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School junior wrestler Cory Dantzler has come a long way since his freshman year when he and the other freshman on the wrestling team got their noses rubbed in the mat on a regular basis by the varsity wrestlers.

Last weekend Cory won first place in the Hanahan Invitational Wrestling Tournament, and was chosen Most Outstanding Wrestler in the (103-140 lb. class).

Cory is presently ranked number five in the state by and has a record of (32-7). He attributes his success this year to taking his lumps early as a freshman and hard work.

Spiller returns to Clemson

Clemson star football player C. J. Spiller did something last week that kids are told from an early age that they shouldn’t do. Going against the request of his mother and other family members, Spiller decided to turn down the chance to become an instant millionaire by entering the professional football league draft, and instead return to Clemson for his senior year, play football and earn a college degree.

Under tremendous pressure that kept him from eating or sleeping for several days, the impressive thing was how the 21 year old derived at his decision to return to the Tigers.

Spiller said that he turned to the Bible for clarity. He said that every passage he read seemed to have something to do with either patience or finishing what one started. “I just had to listen to (God’s) voice, I just had to do what was best for C. J.”, he said.

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