In This Weeks Edition: 02-23-2011

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Accident sends local man to hospital

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A well known elderly Bamberg man was taken to the hospital Monday morning after suffering injuries after the bicycle he was riding collided with a tractor trailer truck in the City of Bamberg. According to a City of Bamberg Police Incident Report, on February 21, at 8:46 a.m. a unit of the Bamberg Police Department was dispatched to the intersection of Walnut and US- 301 in reference to a vehicle versus bicycle accident.

When Officers arrived on the scene they found Mr. Frankie Counts, 75 of 381 Bridge Street in Bamberg on the roadway with a laceration on the top of his head. According to the incident report witnesses near the scene of the accident stated that Mr. Counts was traveling towards Walnut Street from the old Piggly Wiggly parking lot and failed to yield to the tractor-trailer driven by Morris Felder, 35, of Orangeburg.

According to the incident report Mr. Felder, the driver of the truck had no injuries and was not cited. Mr. Counts was transported by the Bamberg Rescue Squad to the Bamberg County Hospital where he was treated and released.

Denmark Fire Department responds to Voorhees College fire

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Units of the Denmark Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Voorhees College Apartments on Voorhees Road Monday afternoon February 21. According to Denmark Fire Department personnel, when Denmark firefighters arrived on the scene one of the apartments in the complex was fully involved. The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area of the apartment and was pretty much contained by the efforts of the firefighters to the first floor which sustained heavy smoke damage. Responding to the scene of the fire were units of the Denmark Fire Department, Denmark Police Department and Voorhees College Campus Security Officers.

Federal Flood Insurance

The Town of Ehrhardt has joined over 21,000 communities nationwide that are allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance. This availability follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Town of Ehrhardt is now a participant in the NFIP effective on January 7, 2011. Residents of the Town of Ehrhardt will be able to purchase flood insurance up to the limits under the Regular Phase of the program. However, there is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance coverage goes into effect.

SEKOTS Foundation

Willie Jefferson accepts the SEKOTS Founder’s Award on behalf of Dr. Cleveland Sellers, president of Voorhees College.

The third annual Caring Hearts Valentine’s Benefit was held at the Bamberg Civic Center on Saturday, February 12. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Founder's Award-The Robert M. Dowling Foundation Leadership Award that is named in honor of the foundation’s largest benefactor. “The award was established to recognize an individual who has been an inspiration in Bamberg County and shown outstanding leadership to the community. This award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the values of the SEKOTS Foundation: teaching, learning, empowerment, innovation, diversity, and community,” said Lisa B. Stokes, the organization’s founder.