In This Weeks Edition: 03-02-2011

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Main Street UMC hosts Appreciation Luncheon

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Main Street United Methodist Church in Bamberg hosted an appreciation luncheon Thursday for some “special people” in our community. The Church members served a delicious meal to members of the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office, Bamberg Police Department, Bamberg Board of Public Works, Bamberg Fire Department and Bamberg County Rescue Squad in the Church’s fellowship hall.

“Many of us take our City and County employees for granted,” Virgie Corbin said in stating the reason for the luncheon. “These people are very hardworking people and many times go to the limit to accomplish what needs to be done. It was our pleasure to honor them. We are looking forward to doing this again.”

Bamberg Connections

The two members of the 3-A Chapin High School wrestling team who were gold medal winners in the 3-A individual finals have Bamberg connections.

Stuart Hope, who won his third consecutive state championship at 119 pounds, (he won previously at 112 and 103 pounds) is the grandson of the late Bamberg native Eddie Rice and is the great-nephew of Mary Ravenel of Bamberg.

Scott Swindell, who won the gold at 152 pounds, is a junior at Chapin High School. His father, Michael, graduated from B-E High School in 1981 and his grandparents, Charlie and Becky Swindell, live at PawPaw Villas in Bamberg.

The B-E wrestling team, with its state championship, has brought a great deal of pride to the town and school and it’s interesting to see that the success has extended beyond the city and county limits.

Consolidate Financial Offices

State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom says consolidating the state's two financial offices – Comptroller’s Office and Treasurer’s Office -- would likely result in greater efficiency and accountability.

"There is no compelling reason not to consolidate at some point in the future the functions of the state’s two financial offices -- the Comptroller and the Treasurer - - into a single department reporting to the Governor," said Eckstrom, who served as state Treasurer from 1995 to 1999. "If this is done prudently, it would streamline and improve the financial management of state government, and it would save money for taxpayers in the process primarily by reducing the combined cost of administering each office separately.

“Having served as both Treasurer and Comptroller, I am positive this change would not only work but also result in significant cost-savings which would benefit the state. And now, more than ever, we must be working to find ways to reduce unnecessary costs while sparing core functions of government,” he said. “Tough times such as these call for tough choices.”