In This Weeks Edition: 06-23-2010

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Bamberg resigns City Council seat

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Citing a “personal matter” Bamberg City Council District 2 Councilwoman Ella Bamberg officially resigned from her seat on Bamberg City Council. In a June 18, letter addressed to Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum, Bamberg stated:

“I am writing to officially tender my resignation from City Council of District 2, immediately as of this day June 18, 2010. The letter went on to say “working with the City Council has been a great learning experience. I could not ask for a better group of colleagues. I have grown in many ways during my time here and I appreciate the opportunities provided for me by City Council.”

In an interview Monday afternoon to respond to allegations from town residents that she no longer lived in District 2. Bamberg said, “My residence is 134 Free Street, Bamberg. I’m still going to work for the community.”

Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum had only positive things to say about Bamberg’s tenure on Bamberg City Council: “Ella Bamberg was a highly respected person, willing to give her service to the City Council and the community.” The Mayor added “However it was her decision to resign her position because of other personal needs that she needed more time to focus on.”

Bamberg, who was first elected to Bamberg City Council in 2007, was in her first term in office and would be up for reelection in April of 2011.

According to City of Bamberg Clerk/Treasurer Bruce Watson, because Bamberg’s resignation comes with more than 180 days left in office, a Special Election must be held to fill the District 2 Seat on Bamberg City Council. A special election will be held September 14, 2010. Watson noted the State Election Commission must be called and a pre-clearance must be granted by the Justice Department before an election can be held to fill the vacant seat.

If an election is not held Governor Mark Sanford will appoint someone to the seat.

Torrential rain causes citywide flooding

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Weeks of drought-like conditions ended last Tuesday and Thursday in Bamberg when the skies opened and dumped heavy amounts of rain in the City of Bamberg and the surrounding area. There were power outages and downed trees due to high winds and dangerous lightning. Bamberg emergency personnel reported that the City of Bamberg received a total of 2.5 inches of rain Tuesday, June 15, and 4.5 inches Thursday June 17 causing flooding conditions throughout the City. Traffic on North Main Highway in Bamberg had to be diverted due to the large amount of water covering the highway in several areas. North Street and Bridge Street in the City also experience flooding.

2010 Census

The current door-to-door phase of the 2010 Census is complete in South Carolina, but there are several reasons why a census worker may visit your home in coming weeks.

"The workload in South Carolina was completed last week, ahead of the July 10 deadline," said William W. Hatcher, Charlotte regional director for the Census Bureau. "Nevertheless", he added, "over the next several weeks census workers will continue to contact some households in South Carolina as part of several quality-control operations."

Olar Car Show...

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

The Olar Volunteer Fire Department held its third annual Car and Bike Show June 19, with more than two dozen highly detailed, chromed, and polished vehicles. “This was our 3rd year having this event, with participation easily bypassing last year’s event,” Olar Fire Chief Chris Fail said.

“Asmost of you know, we are a small town fire department with an even smaller budget,” said Fail. “We do a number of different fundraisers through out the year to help us purchase different necessities we need. For example we desperately need a pumper fire truck and these fund raisers help us reach that goal.”

All proceeds of the Car and Bike Show benefit the Olar Fire Department.