In This Weeks Edition: 01-05-2011

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County Emergency Website

Bamberg County Emergency Services is introducing the launch of their new website that is inclusive of all emergency services within the county.

The new state-of-the-art website has been under construction for several months; however it is now ready for county agencies and the public to use. The intent for the development of this website is to provide another form of communication to the citizens of Bamberg County. Further, this site will provide an extensive list of resources for the community and our counties first responders. This is one more mode of communication for our citizens to keep themselves informed and ready in the eye of impending disaster. Please visit us at

Lastly, we would also like to introduce that Bamberg County Emergency Services and Bamberg County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are now on Facebook. Since, social media is a major mode of communication in our societies today, this is one more way that the emergency services office is dedicated to ensuring our citizens are informed with the most up-to-date and accurate information. To join, visit and click like to follow us.

Cheeze and Cracker Box

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

As the saying goes on Broadway, “the show must go on.” And, on Tuesday morning, December 21, with Cheeze and Cracker Box executive director Enid Bishop “under the weather” Runnelle Weeks and a team of 27 volunteers took the helm of the program that delivers Christmas baskets to needy citizens in Bamberg County for Christmas. Weeks, undaunted by a broken foot and her team of volunteers oversaw the delivery of 300 bags of groceries. Again this year the food delivery was made successful by a group of student volunteers from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Andrew Jackson Academy and Orangeburg Prep. “They were a great help.”

Fire Damages Home

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A Pentecostal Street house in the City of Bamberg received extensive damage after a Sunday morning December 2, fire. According to Bamberg Fire Chief Timmie Taylor, the mid-morning fire that destroyed half of the inside of a house located at 303 Pentecostal Street was primarily contained to the kitchen area and the front of the house, with the rest of the structure receiving smoke damage. Sammie Lawton, the occupant of the home was not injured. Chief Taylor noted that 12-14 City of Bamberg Fire Fighters responded to the fire that took approximately one hour to contain. The Bamberg Fire Department and the Bamberg Police Department responded to the scene.