In This Weeks Edition: 07-27-2011

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Old Friends Invitational Golf Classic

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Despite high temperatures, there were close to 170 golfers participating in the 29th Annual Old Friends Invitational Golf Classic Friday and Saturday at Paw Paw Country Club in Bamberg.

Bamberg native Dalton Cornforth, who had a strong showing in last year’s tournament would walk away with the 2011 James P. Carroll Award as the individual Old Friends Invitational Golf Classic Champion. He carded a two-day score of (70-70-140) to win this year’s championship. Finishing in second place in the individual championship was Steve Kent with a score of (72-70-142). Michael Osborne finished third with a score of (74-68-142).

In the team championships Cornforth’s efforts would propel the team of: Blake Swofford, Cameron Dyches, John Winfield and Dalton Cornforth to an Overall First Place finish with a score of (51-51) in the Championship Flight Division.

Other first and second place finishers in the team categories were as follows: First Flight 1st Place: Scotty Sandifer, Landon Sandifer, Chris Sandifer and Robbie Myers (52-52); 2nd Place: Steve Kent, Buggs Fanning, Kevin Fanning and Gary Downes(53-52). Second Flight: 1st Place: Tommy Trantham, Evans Johnson, Bob Bruns and Bill Johnson (54-53); 2nd Place: Colin Weaver, Rhett Rutland, Robert Williams and Glenn Jeffcoat (54-53); Third Flight: 1st Place: Buzzy Bunch, Lee Shaw, Dale Brown, and Brad Bunch (56-51) and 2nd Place: Randy Varn, Tommy Williamson, Curtis Williams and John McMahan (55-52).

Fourth Flight: 1st Place: Leon Maxwell, Ricky Maxwell, Sonny Calder and Millard Bessinger (57-52); 2nd Place: Brantley Free, Andy Boyd, Raymond Taylor and Rick Free (58-53). Fifth Flight: 1st Place: Trey Welch, Ben Morrell, Caufman Hall and Freeman Cooler (59-54) and 2nd Place: Michael Osborne, Bryan Osborne, Jett Crosby and Marshall Hogan (63-55).

Other results from Friday and Saturday were as follows The Nine Hole Shootout winner was Mike Lott: Closest to the Pin #5 (Friday) was Brian Covington; Long Drive #13 (Friday) Colin Weaver; Closest to the Pin #12 (Saturday) was Ricky Brown and Longest Drive #13 (Saturday) Steven Carter.

In the Ladies Tournament held earlier during the week: Low Net: went to the team of: Jackie Cook, Bretta Cook, Brooke Giradeau and Caroline Long; Low Gross winners were: Dena Hartzog, Donna Brown, Lori Lott and Leslie Bonnette.

In the Ladies Putting Contest the order of finish was: 1st Jennifer Nimmo, 2nd Dana Wilson, 3rd Leslie Bonnette and 4th Ann Still.

Special Response Program

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Bamberg County Emergency Services has developed a program to assist residents of all ages with functional needs. The program, "Project Special Response," is designed to help those with specific needs in the event of an emergency. A main focus of this program includes a Functional Needs Emergency Registry for residents with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other healthcare needs such as use of oxygen, respirator/ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, defibrillator, or insulin-dependent; use of a wheelchair, walker/cane, prosthesis, or an assistance animal, visually impaired, legally blind, hard of hearing, deaf, speech impaired, nonverbal, or cognitively/developmentally delayed.

The registry is completely voluntary, and all information obtained through this registry follow all HIPPA laws and regulations for privacy issues.

There are several ways that you can sign up for our functional needs registry. You can fill out the form "ONLINE," you may download a form that you can fill out, which can then be mailed or faxed, or you can contact their office, and one will be mailed to you. Please note, this registry is currently only for connecting information with you on a LAND LINE phone, not for cell phones or many VoIP (voice over IP phones, such as Magic Jack/Skype) phones.

To be considered a "Functional Needs" citizen in Bamberg County and to participate in "Project Special Response", you must be able to classify yourself into one of the following categories:

Visually Impaired
Hearing Impaired or Deaf
Mobility Impaired
Developmental Disability
Mental Illness

Anyone with a medical condition requiring human, mechanical or service animal assistance to accomplish the activities of daily living, to receive medication or treatment or as a part of a medical monitoring program.

Non-English speaking
Low Literacy
Anyone without transportation to a safe destination
Seniors with disabilities and functional needs
Isolated populations

Once Bamberg County Emergency Services receives your application, it will be reviewed to make sure the classification of "Functional Needs" is met.

There is no substitute for personal preparation. In a disaster, government and other agencies may not be able to meet your needs. It is important for all residents to make individual plans and preparations for their care and safety in an emergency.

To register please download and send the registration form or submit your information on-line where it will be validated by the EM coordinator.

Honorary Chair

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg native Beth Pregnall was named the 2012 Old Friends Honorary Chair at the Old Friends “American Pride” Banquet Thursday night. In introducing the 2012 Old Friends Honorary Chair, 2011 Honorary Chair Jeff Deibel called Beth Pregnall “a very special person.” In donning the gray jacket as the 29th Old Friends Honorary Chair Pregnall said the honor came as “a total surprise” and what she does is the result of a community effort.

Scholarship Recipient

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Monica Wheeler of Bamberg was named the 2011 recipient of the L. Joseph Land Old Friends Scholarship at the Old Friends “American Pride” Banquet Thursday night at the Little Theatre. Monica is a graduate of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. In being named the 29th winner of the Old Friends four-year $2,000 scholarship Wheeler said first she wanted to “give honor to God, who is the head of her life” and she would “like to thank everyone so very much” for selecting her to receive this scholarship.