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Bamberg woman found guilty

United States Attorney W. Walter Wilkins stated that Janette Irene Harris, age 60, formerly of Australia and currently residing in Bamberg, South Carolina, pled guilty in federal court to using a false identity to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. United States District Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. accepted the plea and will impose sentence on Harris at a later date.

Harris faces a maximum possible punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine. If convicted, she also faces proceedings to revoke her U.S. citizenship.

Elite Equine Shavings

Elite Equine Shavings, LLC, has announced the opening of their equine bedding manufacturing facility, creating 24 new jobs at the former Kicking Horse operation site on Industrial Road in Bamberg, South Carolina.

According to owner George Leontire, “As horse owners, we have been acutely aware of the shortage of quality shavings for equine bedding and we have a unique perspective on the market. Ultimately, we decided to enter the shavings business, buying our own state of the art shavings mill in Bamberg South Carolina.

Brooker receives Resolution

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

South Carolina State House of Representatives District 90 Bakari Sellers presented Walter E. “Pete” Brooker, Sr. owner of Brooker’s of Denmark, with House Resolution (H3968) Tuesday August 11, in recognition of Brooker’s service to the city of Denmark, state of South Carolina and Country. Sellers noted that the resolution was signed by all 124 members of the House of Representatives and Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Jr.

The Resolution stated in-part “to recognize and commend Walter E. ‘Pete’ Brooker, Sr. of Bamberg County for his many years of outstanding public service, and to congratulate him on being awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto.”

Vintage Treasures

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Vintage Treasures is a new business located in Ehrhardt that is owned and operated by Melody Celec and her mother, Joy Browning.

“We both love antiques and collectibles and that is why we are here,” said Melody and Joy. Vintage Treasures is located in the building that formerly housed Grandma’s House.

The store is completely remodeled and is decorated with antiques, collectibles of all kinds and one of- a - kind treasures.

Grand Marshal

Pansy Clayton, Ehrhardt Correspondent

Bamberg’s own Judge Doyet A. (Jack) Early, III, is the 2009 Grand Marshal for the Schuetzenfest parade Saturday in Ehrhardt.

After graduation from law school, Early began a 30 year practice of law in Bamberg. In 1975, he founded his own private practice, which eventually became the firm of Early and Ness. He practiced Criminal Law, civil trial litigation, family, probate, and real estate law and served as the county attorney for Bamberg County for 25 years. He was elected as Resident Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit on February 4, 2004.

Denies Request

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

The Bamberg School District Two Board of Trustees denied a request from the Bamberg County African American Genealogical Society (BAAGS) to deed the historical Rosenwald School to the organization. Rosenwald Schools were the first schools that were built to educate African Americans. The last Rosenwald School still standing in Bamberg County was built in 1930 and is located in Denmark.

“BAAGS doesn’t accept the memorandum of understanding as written from the board based on the last two statements,” John Bennett, Chairman of the organization told members of the board at their August 9 meeting.

One and done...

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

Denmark Technical College Interim President Dr. Walt Tobin confirmed Friday that head men’s basketball coach Donald Williams is “no longer employed by the college.” Dr. Tobin said that Williams’ employment with the college ended “a couple of weeks ago.” Asked if Williams’ departure was voluntary or forced, Tobin only repeated that “Williams is no longer employed by the college.”

Waddell terminated

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

The Area Commission of Denmark Technical College took unanimous action at a meeting held Monday August 17 to terminate the employment of Dr. John K. Waddell as President of the college, effective immediately, a news release from James Hayes, Chairman of the Denmark Technical College Area Commission said.

"Because this is a personnel matter, the Commission and the College officials are not at liberty to comment further at this time." Hayes said in the release.

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