In This Weeks Edition: 03-28-2012
Written by Advertizer-Herald   

Pick-up your copy of The Advertizer-Herald

Bamberg County DSN Board hosts 'Business after Hours'

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

The Chamber 'Business after Hours' was enjoyed by everyone in attendance at the Bamberg County Bamberg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board at the Matthews Center Thursday evening.

The Board, which is celebrating 30 years of giving back to the community, was established in September, 1976. It was housed at Denmark Technical College and was taking care of 5 consumers at the time.

Currently, at the Matthews Center, Bamberg County DSN Board serves a total of 165 consumers through its Service Coordination Program, 64 consumers through its Adult Day Program and 29 residents live in residential housing. The budget was $60,000 in 1976 and now is close to $3,000,000.

The month of March is Disabilities Awareness Month said Dr. Gloria M. James, Executive Director, of Bamberg County DSN Board. The Board is highlighting the abilities of persons who are intellectually challenged throughout the county.

"I want the community to know that the consumers served by the Board are contributing much to our community and the overall environment. We are a training center. We are no longer a babysitting service," said Dr. James.

BCDSNB provides transportation, offers a Job Coach Program, a Caregiver Relief Program, a Volunteer Program, Community Residential Care Facilities, Summer Services, Day Services, Family Support Services, a Service Coordination Program and Early Intervention Program.

"We are in it to win. We are reaching out to help. They (the intellectually challenged) are taxpaying, law abiding citizens too," said Dr. James.

Board member, Nancy Foster, said Bamberg County is very fortunate to have BCDSNB and commended Dr. James on doing a great job with the program.

Bamberg County Best Chance Luncheon

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg County Best Chance Task Force held its Fourteenth Annual Educational Luncheon on Thursday, March 22, in the Vernessa D. Williams Gymnasium on the campus of the Bamberg Job Corps Center.

Watching a popular medical television show of several years ago, “Dr. Red Duke” helped one of this year’s featured speakers, Lisa Stokes of Bamberg put a name to the symptoms she had been experiencing in 1998, while teaching and coaching, identified as Sjogren’s Syndrome. A condition Stokes noted was kin to Lupus, that ended up being Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Stokes told the large group of survivors, their family members and others in attendance at the program, that after receiving chemo therapy and treatment it did “create major problems,” but she has been “fine ever since.”

“If you’re going through treatment, don’t make it worse by getting upset." Stokes said, “when it’s your time to go it’s your time to go. Don’t let cancer take over you.”

“It really is about early detection,” said Vonda Evans, Community Outreach Senior Manager, Best Chance Network/American Cancer Society. “Early detection is the key and allows you to have a greater quality of life,” said Evans, who noted that her father was detected with cancer.

Evans told the group that they needed to know their family health history and needed to be “vigilant.”

She noted that some key factors in maintaining good health were: Getting eight hours of rest per day, eating right and “changing your mind set” when it comes to food and exercise, “it makes a difference.” “Small changes can have big results if you do them,” Evans said.

Charles Kearse of Barnwell, who also spoke to the group, noted that prostate cancer, which affects men “can be cured if caught in time.”

Town of Olar Election

The General Election for the Town of Olar will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The purpose of this election will be to elect one (1) mayor and four (4) council members to serve a two (2) year term as required by law. The filing period opens Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 12:00 noon and closes Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:00 noon. Any person wishing to register to vote in this election must do so no later than March 10, 2012. The polls shall be open from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm at Olar Town Hall. On Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 10:00 am the County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing to determine the validity of all provisional ballots cast in this election. This hearing will be held at the Kearse Agricultural Building, 847 Calhoun Street, Bamberg, SC.

D.T.C Student to visit NASA

Tony Jordan of Denmark Technical College in Denmark, South Carolina has been selected to travel to a NASA Center this spring to participate in a three-day onsite event.

Tony has been selected as one of 92 community and junior college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Students completed four Web-based assignments during the school year, maintaining a 88 average to qualify for the experience. They will apply what they have learned during the year to work with NASA engineers.

The program is a three-day on-site event at either Johnson Space Center in Houston or the Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, CA. It offers students from across the nation the opportunity to interact with each other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company is responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure, including budgeting and communications functions, and will prepare presentations.

The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by noted NASA employees—including astronauts.

B-E Soccer trio signs with TCTC

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Three senior members of the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Red Raider Varsity Soccer team signed national letters of intent Wednesday, March 21, in the school’s new atrium to attend Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina next year. Before a large group of family members and teammates, seniors Lane Walling, a forward, who has lead the team in scoring the last three seasons, Scott Brummel, a goalie and Chris Brummel, a midfielder signed their names on the dotted line.

“All three go on with a great amount of experience and gratitude for we have done to take our program to the next level,” B-E Head Soccer Coach David Choi said in his opening remarks. Tri-County Technical College Head Soccer Coach Kevin Mahlan, who was on hand along with son for the signings, and who had B-E senior Brent Cook to sign back in February to attend the upstate school, noted that with Red Raider soccer team consisting of a number of sophomore players, it was his hope to keep a “pipeline” coming from Bamberg in the sport of soccer. The Coach noted that Bamberg was like “uncharted territory” in the sport of high school soccer and he hoped to “put them on the map.”

Coach Mahlan stated that what attracted his program to the three signees was their athletic ability not just in the area of soccer but other sports as well. “I hear they play other sports and are good in other sports as well,” Mahlan added. “ What I’m looking for first of all is someone-I can teach them soccer, but not athleticism,” noting that the coaching the players in Bamberg received has been “excellent,” that’s why I’ve been able to sign four of them from a small school like this.”