In This Weeks Edition: 04-20-2011

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Incumbents take 5 of 6 County school board races

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The power of incumbency was on full display in the April 12, school board races in Bamberg School Districts One and Two last week as the official Bamberg County Election Commission results released Thursday April 15, show that incumbents won five of six races for a four year-term on the neighboring school boards. In fact, the only district where the incumbent did not win was in a district with an open seat where the incumbent elected not to run for a second term.

In Bamberg School District One, in the race for seat 1, incumbent Rita Sease defeated Paulette Bamberg-Jamison 156- 83. In the Bamberg District One election for seat 2 representing Ehrhardt Christopher Wallace defeated Latasha Smart 167-63 to fill the seat left vacant by former board member Gill Hackney, who elected not to seek a second term.

In the race for seat 5 on the Bamberg School District One board of trustees incumbent Tony Duncan defeated Lisa S. Peay 144- 96. In the Bamberg School District Two school board elections, eight candidates filed to run for three seats with incumbents coming out ahead in each race.

In the race for seat 3 in district two, Blossom J. Thompson, who was unopposed, tallied 47 votes to retain her seat on the school board. In the race for seat 4 on the district two school board Loretta Goodman outdistanced a crowded field to win reelection. Goodman garnered 27 votes to 24 for second place finisher Anthony Carter, 15 for the Rev. Jimmie Jackson Sr. and 5 for Victor Billinghurst.

And in the District 2 seat 5 race former board chair Alvin Maynor received 78 votes to 47 for Beverly Frazier and 32 for Leila C. Brown.

Accident claims life

On Tuesday afternoon, a one-car accident occurred on Broxton Bridge Road between Bamberg and Ehrhardt. There were three passengers in the car, which resulted in one fatality and the other two being taken to nearby hospitals. Bamberg County Rescue Squad, Bamberg County Emergency Personnel and the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.

According to Sheriff Darnell

According to Sheriff Edward Darnell, the number of burglaries primarily targeting businesses to obtain copper from their air conditioner units has increased. Four units on one building located on Carolina Highway in Denmark were hit on April 9. Several other businesses in Denmark have also been burglarized for their copper.

Sheriff Darnell states, “My investigators are aggressively following the evidence and leads in these cases. A reward for up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for the thefts.”

Olar Police Report

Roy Smith, age 30, of Olar, has been arrested on five warrants from the Olar Police Department. Olar’s Police Chief Dingle along with some assistance from the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive investigation on the activities of Smith. As a result of the investigation, Smith was arrested April 11 on the following warrants: Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree, Promoting the Prostitution of a Minor, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Distribution of Crack Cocaine to a minor and one count of Possession of Drugs or other controlled Substances.

Smith was denied bond and remains in the Bamberg County Detention Center.

God's Garden, He only takes the best

Vicki Cleveland, Contributing Writer

A memorial service was held at Uni-Health Post Acute Care on Wednesday for the family members of residents that had passed away over the past year.

The event was held in the facilities new memory garden. The new garden is bright, sunny and should provide residences with years of enjoyable afternoons. Job corps, along with other local businesses and organizations, contributed to the construction of the garden.

Each year the facilities receive funds to be used for something the residents can enjoy. This year’s funds went to the purchase of a gas grill, so that cookouts could be part of the activities the people who live there can enjoy.

Flowers and a small plaque for the garden will represent the residents who passed away this year. These were funded by donations from co-workers and family members.

Administrator Luther Reeves said that he was grateful for the opportunity to give back to the residents and that he looks forward to the memorial garden being a place for fun and relaxation for the residences.

The featured speaker for the memorial service was the Rev. Kelly Shanks, pastor of Ehrhardt Baptist Church.

As he looked around at the bright flower boxes and the faces of the family and friends who were there for the memorial, Shanks reflected, “Gods garden must be beautiful too, because he only takes the best.”

The touching ceremony ended with the ringing of a bell as the name of each resident who had passed away during the year was read.

The event concluded with a good old fashioned cookout for residents, friends and family members.