In This Weeks Edition: 11-03-2010

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Classmate remembers friend, gubernatorial candidate, Nikki Haley

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Deidra Franklin Raysor of Bamberg can now honestly say that she has had a brush with fame…well, so to speak.

Raysor, who attended Bamberg Elementary School from 1978-1984 recently reminisced about her school days in Bamberg with Nikki Haley.

“I remember her as a very smart, nice young lady. She was always very quiet from what I remember,” said Raysor. Raysor who is a courier for The Advertizer Herald Publishing Company, is responsible for the delivery of The North Trade Journal, The Santee Striper and The Holly Hill Observer.

Although she says she is very proud of her old school friend and all of her fine accomplishments to date, when pressed on whether or not she would vote for her old friend she simply laughed and stated, “Now that is a very personal question!”

Republican candidate for Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, born and raised in Bamberg County and attended Bamberg public schools, was in Bamberg Thursday along with Mitt Romney and Ken Ard who is running for Lt. Governor of South Carolina.

"I am emotional today. I see all my friends I went to school with...Bamberg raised me...I want to make you proud," said Haley.

Haley is the front runner in the race for governor against Democrat candidate Vincent Sheheen. She says there is a big difference between a political insider and a girl that grew up in Bamberg.

Mitt Romney, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2008 presidential race, said he‘s in Bamberg to support Haley.

"Haley will be the next great governor of the State of South Carolina. We are going to let the American people choose their own course. Freedom gives innovation and pioneers opportunity. Let's keep America's principles of liberty and the freedom to choose healthcare the way we want," said Romney. “She will be a governor who loves the principles upon which this country was founded. Nikki is a fighter," he said.

Ehrhardt has ‘zero tolerance policy’

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Ehrhardt’s new Public Safety Chief Chad Dilling informed Ehrhardt Town Council members at their October 26 meeting that he would like them to implement a “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to the use of alcohol at the Copeland Ball Field.

“I’m asking that ya’ll develop an ordinance on alcohol at the ball field,” Chief Dilling told town council members. Dilling told council that he looked at the towns’ ordinances and could not find anything pertaining to alcohol in the ordinances.

Dilling’s request came after a summer which saw several softball teams threaten to play their games away from Copeland Field at another site after and alcohol related incidence occurred. In his police report Dilling reported one incident related to alcohol use.

Also during the meeting:

• Chief Dilling reported “quite a busy month” in the fire department with: Two brush fires, two structure fires, a first responder’s call, one assists EMS and a farm machinery fire in a field. The Chief said that he and Asst. Chief Hughes attended a Safety Seminar at the Leadership Academy on seat belts and a training session was held at the fire department. A soup supper is planned after Christmas and after the Christmas Parade.

• Chief Dilling reported since last month the police department recorded the following cases: bench warrant for failure to report, DUS, theft of a four wheeler, juvenile problem, tampering with a motor vehicle, a death is under investigation, larceny of a boat, animal complaint, burglary, public drunk and assault.

• Councilmember's approved bidding starting at $2,500 sealed on a 2004 Crown Victoria and approved purchase of software for the police department computer in the amount of $1,217.

• In the water and sewer report it was noted that in September the town collected $10,214.76 and in October $10,286.40. There were 15 cutoffs in September and 13 cutoffs in October.

• The Verizon Cell Tower is “finally on” and “hope everybody is getting better service” Mayor Stanley said.

• The town has applied for a $500,000 grant through the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and will try to link it with the U.S. Rural Development Grant the town is now using. It was noted that the chances of the town receiving the money looked “very positive” but the matching funds the town needed to come up with could be “problematic.”

• It was reported in the update on the water system project that the work continues to get done. It was noted that downtown Ehrhardt would be “a slow process” and a portion of the project could be complete by November with the majority of the pipe in the ground now.

Food Distribution

The United Way of Bamberg County, along with Golden Harvest Food Bank will distribute food to citizens of Bamberg County on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

The distribution will be held at the Bamberg Civic Center on Main Highway, Bamberg, S.C. beginning at 9:30 a.m.

November 11

Honoring, Remembering and Thanking our Veterans Thursday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Bamberg City Civic Center, North Highway 301.

All Bamberg County Veterans please come and enjoy a program saluting you and your service to the United States of America. Lunch will be served to the Veterans. Come out and let us thank you for preserving our freedom.