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Ehrhardt Fire Department purchases ‘Jaws of Life’

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Fire Chief Chad Dilling reported at the February Ehrhardt Town council meeting that the fire department had purchased the Jaws of Life Equipment, adding, that the fire department had been working for two years to try and get this piece of equipment.

Dilling said the next project the fire department will be working on will be getting the ISO rating down after the town installs the new water system.

He thanked Councilman Bill Edinger for everything that he has done for the fire department while he was the fire commissioner. Amy Lee was named the new fire commissioner.

Also during the meeting:

. Police Commissioner Bill Edinger stated that there were several items missing from the police department including; two leg irons, two sets of handcuffs, four guns, three mag flashlights, one 40 Cal Glock, Bullet Proof Vest, two badges and four guns from the evidence locker. The Police Commissioner noted that the town had good coverage with two full time officers and two volunteers.

. Public Works Commissioner Freddie Copeland reported collections for the month of January were $10,984.65 and so far for February is $8,973.23. It was noted that 15 customers were cut off for non-payment.

. Mayor Bill Stanley stated that he along with council members Bill Edinger and Freddie Copeland met for the pre-bid conference on the water project in Columbia. Mayor Stanley and council member Copeland met with engineers about the cost of the project and had questions about the bill.

. Mayor Stanley reported that the town is still in bad shape financially and was just getting by with paying its monthly bills. The Mayor stated that he thought the citizens have had enough time to get the notice about the dog ordinance that the town passed several months ago. He noted that 45 dog tags have been sold and that it was time for the police department to enforce the ordinance and start picking up dogs without tags.

. Councilmember Bill Edinger reported that he spoke with SCANA about the cell phone tower. He stated that Verizon signed a contract and is paying for space on the tower. It was noted that the problem is that Verizon does not have enough personnel to do the job to get the tower up and running. Officials with Verizon are looking into the matter and are expected to contact Councilmember Edinger this week. Free space has also been offered to AT&T and T-Mobile.

In the public comments portion of the meeting:

. Monty Dubose stated that she received a letter from the Town of Ehrhardt about a temporary easement. Dubose stated that she was not in agreement with the easement and she wanted to know who will be responsible for what is torn up. Mayor Stanley informed her that the contractors are supposed to fix and replace everything that they do.

Voorhees Track Team

Voorhees College All-American Jeffrey Pendergrass, a sophomore, finished first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.84 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Invitation on Feb. 12.

In addition to Pendergrass, there were two additional athletes from Voorhees men’s team who finished in the top five at the meet. Freshman Michael Gaither finished third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.68 and All- American Quintin Bell, a junior, finished fourth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.91.

Pendergrass and Bell are currently ranked in the top three for the NAIA Division.

Broxton Bridge

Pansy Clayton, Ehrhardt Correspondent

This past weekend historic Broxton Bridge Plantation, located 5 miles south of the town of Ehrhardt just off highway 601, was the site of the Annual Civil War Reenactment of the Battle of Broxton Bridge in 1865. This historic battle was brutally fought through out the swampy areas lying in and around the Plantation. The Confederates held the Yankees off for as long as they did because of having the “home field” fighting advantage of knowing the lay of unforgiving land. The swamps and black waters of the Salkehatchie creeks and swamps lands are filled with boggy areas that made it hard to fight if you don’t know the land and the Confederates lived here and fished and trapped in the swamps on a regular basis. This was a very important battle in the year 1865.

First on Friday, over 800 school children from around the state of South Carolina enjoyed the Living History/Education Day. They saw, felt, heard and experienced life as it really was in 1865 which was very much different from the way we live in this area today.

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