In This Weeks Edition: 03-23-2011

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Bamberg students meet Governor Haley and Representative Sellers

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Richard Carroll third grade students along with their teachers took a recent field trip to the SC State Museum and then the State House. The kids enjoyed a picnic lunch on the State House grounds before meeting with Governor Nikki Haley.

The Governor, a Bamberg native, spoke to the students and answered questions. She explained to them that she too was a third grade student in Bamberg and how much she loved Bamberg.

Teacher Lisa Thomas said, “She told me to "Kiss the ground when I got back to Bamberg for her. That's how much she loves the City of Bamberg. She took up so much time with us.”

Bamberg teacher Renee’ Jeffcoat, a former classmate of Governor Haley, was a chaperone for the trip since her son, Baylor Jeffcoat, was a 3rd grade student.

House District 90 Representative Bakari Sellers also met with the students and talked with them about the importance of doing well in school so they too could have a successful future and be anything they wanted to be. Both Governor Haley and Representative Sellers then graciously had photos taken with the kids.

“I just wish we had more time, because both Governor Haley and Representative Sellers wanted to give us a tour of the State House.

This is a trip that I am sure the kids will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Thomas.

Red Raider varsity baseball on a winning streak

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

On Tuesday, the Red Raider varsity baseball team (4-3, 4-0) recorded a 13-0 region win over Hardeeville in 5 innings. Mitch Whetstone was the winning pitcher for BE recording no hits, while striking out seven batters in three innings. Leading B-E hitters were: Randon Sandifer and Landon Sandifer, 2-2, Will Medlin 2-3 with a Triple and 5 RBIs.

On Friday, the Red Raiders defeated the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers in a region double-header at David Horton Field. In game one B-E won 16-0. Randon Sandifer was the winning pitcher throwing five innings of no hit baseball, while recording 10 Ks. B-E was led at the plate by Randon Sandifer 3-4, 4 RBIs Double, and Triple and Joe Crosby 2-3, 3 RBIs and a Double. In game two the Red Raiders would claim a 14-1 win. Joe Crosby was the winning pitcher, who pitched 4 innings, allowing 1 run, 1 hit and recording 9 Ks. B-E was led at the plate by : Lan Hiers 2-4, Triple; Joe Crosby 1-1, Home Run; Kodi Jamison 2-4, Triple and Chris Sweatman, Triple.

Citizens support Sello

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Parents, teachers and residents during the Bamberg School District Two Board meeting March 14 voiced their support for Superintendent Dr. Jake Sello, who recently resigned effective June 30 without publicly stating a reason.

The Rev. James Jackson, reading a letter of support, presenting the trustees with more than 130 signatures. Five more pages of signatures were coming, he explained to the Board.

Trustee Loretta P. Goodman then motioned that the district look for an interim superintendent as soon as possible. Chairman Larry Bias seconded the motion.

"We are not ready for that," Trustee Blossom Thompson said. "We are getting ready to have an election in less than a month, and the board may change. The new board should be in place at the beginning of a superintendent search. Let the new board have the opportunity to make that decision at the beginning," with accompanying applause from the citizens.

Goodman explained she "did not want to put Dr. Sello out tomorrow but to begin looking for a replacement." Her motion failed with only Bias and her voting for it.

Carlisle Origins

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

“I’m going to talk loud,” Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum said March 17 at the Bamberg Job Corps Center’s Industrial Relations Council meeting. “I don’t want you to miss a thing!” he said among applause and laughter.

Briefly talking about the origins of the property now known as the Bamberg Job Corps Center, McCollum said “I was surprised when I learned that I was to do some research on the grounds and buildings” that were once the now defunct Carlisle Military School in Bamberg. “How many of you know that this used to be Wofford College?” he asked the audience. Only a few raised their hands. “His name was James Carlisle Wofford, the president of Wofford College (in Spartanburg) and somehow he said ‘we’ve got to go down there and do something.’ So they came down here and put an extension on Wofford College and called it the Wofford College Fitting School.” Carlisle Fitting School was largely a town of Bamberg enterprise, authorized by the South Carolina Conference, in 1892, as a preparatory school for Wofford College.

In 1928, Col. James F. Risher was elected Headmaster. But the need for preparatory schools had passed, and Carlisle in that year ceased to be affiliated with Wofford College.

Four years later South Carolina Methodism leased, and later sold, the plant to Col. Risher to become the widely known Carlisle Military School. In 1932 Carlisle was leased by Colonel and Mrs. James F. Risher and in 1938 was purchased by them. They, and later their son, Colonel William Risher, operated it as a military preparatory school until it closed in May 1977.

In 1977 the U.S. Department of Labor selected South Carolina and Bamberg as the site for the next new Job Corps Center. “When they came down to look at the site they said ‘this would be a great place for Job Corps,’” McCollum told the audience of several dozen. “There was not a Job Corps Center around here so they bought it in 1977. The rest is history,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place. We are so glad that we were able to keep something on these grounds and these buildings, especially since it is Job Corps. I want to thank Eric Jones (the current Center Director of the Bamberg Job Corps Center). He is one of the finest men I’ve met,” he said.