In This Weeks Edition: 04-25-2012
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Bamberg moves to require burning permit

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Bamberg City Council members gave unanimous approval to a recommendation from the City’s fire service commission to move forward with an Open Burning Ordinance (12-1) for the city of Bamberg.

Plans are moving forward for another city of Bamberg 4th of July Celebration again this year. After having experienced financial concerns in the past and a “hairy incident” after last year’s event that threaten to end the event permanently, Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum announced that plans for this year’s celebration are moving forward.

“It sounds like there is enough in place to get it continued as it is,” Mayor McCollum said. The Mayor noted that David Garrick had accepted responsibility of having “adequate” sound, lighting and staging and he had made an agreement with entertainer Otis Brown to be there in concert. Tobul Accumulator Company has agreed to do the fireworks display again this year and will ask Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing to assist. The Mayor appointed Council members Janeth Walker, Kevin Sandifer and Chairman Bo Griffin to serve on the 4th of July steering Committee.

Also during the meeting:

• In the city’s financial report it was noted that the city was at 75 percent of the year’s budget.

• Council members voted to table a request coming from Adrine Hatcher for funding for her Community Softball Team. Noting they would get back with her with a final decision.

• In the police department report it was noted that the department was looking at an alternative site for a shooting range. And the department was able to get one of its police cruisers back and running at a cost of $1,900.

• In an update of the building and grounds it was reported that the 10-foot extension of the basketball courts at the Ness Sports Complex would begin Monday or Tuesday.

Under new Business:

• Mayor McCollum appointed Council members: Nancy Foster, Janeth Walker and Chairman Bo Griffin to the Budget Committee. Councilman Kevin Sandifer was appointed Insurance Commission Chairman.

Rhoad not running for probate judge

Sarah Guess Noel and Donna Blume Brown will run against each other in the June 12, 2012 primary for probate judge in Bamberg County.

Bamberg attorney Billy Rhoad, who announced earlier in the year his plans to run for the seat, will not be in the race.

County Democratic Party officials said Rhoad did not submit his paperwork prior to the deadline.

Incumbent Nancy Green chose not to seek re-election.

In the County Council District One Seat, Gregory P. Clark, Sr. and Trent Kinard will be running against one another.

The office for Probate Judge will be a county-wide election. In the Bamberg County Council District One Seat, only registered voters in District One will be eligible to vote.

Fire destroys Milhouse home

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

“I’ve never been homeless before, but I am now, but I will be alright,” longtime Bamberg plumber and businessman Sammie Milhouse said Tuesday morning after his two-story Hunters Chapel Road brick home was completed destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

According to City of Bamberg fire department personnel they received a call at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday morning and responded to a fully involved structure at 3824 Hunters Chapel Road outside of Bamberg.

According to information from the department the cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.

Stoddard honored by Governor as economic ambassador

Mike Stoddard of Masonite was honored as South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development by Gov. Nikki Haley and the South Carolina Department of Commerce at a State House ceremony on April 17th as part of S.C. Industry Appreciation Week. The awards ceremony recognized 51 individuals from all 46 counties who contributed to economic development in their local communities. Stoddard was honored for his efforts in job creation in Bamberg County.

Industry Appreciation Week provides an opportunity to recognize county leaders and show appreciation to companies in the state for their many contributions to South Carolina communities, as well as a chance to build awareness among the residents of the state that existing business is a fundamental driver of both the local and state economy.

“We are bringing investments and new jobs every day. In South Carolina, we build things. We’re building planes. We’re building automobiles. We’re building tires. We’re bringing in companies we never imagined we’d bring. Recruiting companies is a team effort and our team efforts are only going to continue to get stronger,” said Gov. Nikki Haley at the event.

Mike Stoddard, Senior Director of Operations for Masonite’s Eastern Region in the Residential Door Division, was chosen as Bamberg County’s SC Economic Ambassador for his role in growing the Masonite facility in Denmark, South Carolina. In 2010 Masonite purchased the assets of Lifetime Doors, Inc., including a plant located south of the City of Denmark. Recognizing value in the Bamberg County operation, Mr. Stoddard became a pivotal part of the team that recommended to decision makers within Masonite to preserve and potentially expand the Bamberg County facility. Working with both local and state leaders, this decision led to the immediate expansion of the current facility. It also served as a catalyst that led to the occupancy of an additional vacant manufacturing facility and the announcement of 159 jobs and an investment in excess of 14 million dollars.

According to Bamberg County Council Chairman Chris Wilson, “Mike Stoddard was instrumental in encouraging decision makers within his company to expand in Denmark. We appreciate his commitment to the people of our region and his company’s investment in our community.”

“Mike Stoddard worked with us at the local, regional and state levels every step of the way to make this project a success,” said Bamberg County Economic Development Director Kell Anderson.

“Masonite has been good for Bamberg County and for the region,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance Chairman Johnny Williamson. “Mike knew the area, understood what our workforce had to offer, and urged the company to grow here in Denmark. He’s a great partner for us in economic development.”

Mike Stoddard’s background includes more than 27 years of experience in engineering and operations (plant) management for manufacturing companies. Prior to joining Masonite in 2007, he was a general manager for workplace manufacturing company, The HON Company, for three years. The Denmark, SC plant is one of six factories that he oversees. Masonite acquired the former Lifetime Door plant in Oct. 2010 and decided to expand operations in mid-2011. The new automated production line is expected to be operational before the end of the second quarter of 2012.

Mike earned his BS in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. He is a native of South Carolina, and grew up in North Augusta.

Coach Slaughter moving on

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

After leading his alma mater Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School to back-to-back Class A State Wrestling Championships in 2011 and 2012 and being named Class A State Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Head Wrestling Coach Cody Slaughter will become the next Head Wrestling Coach at Sumter High School next year.

According to Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School Principal Randy Maxwell, Slaughter submitted his letter of resignation last week. “He just wanted to look at other opportunities,” Maxwell said in noting that Slaughter had done an outstanding job as wrestling coach and adding, “We wish him well.” Maxwell noted that a replacement for Slaughter has not been named at this point.

Red Raider Soccer

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Red Raider Varsity team recently ran its record to 10-2 on the season with 5-0 win over the rival Edisto Cougars. The Red Raiders were led by: Orrin Hightower with three goals, Lane Walling two goals, Brent Cook two assists and Paul Glenn with one assist.

The Red Raider JV team defeated Woodland 1-0. Damion Johnson scored B-E’s lone goal with one assist from Dalton Sandifer. Ethan Kemp was sighted by Head Coach David Choi for his outstanding play in goal as well Kayla Laughlin for outstanding play.



Sandifer's good outing

One week following an outstanding pitching performance against USC by his former B-E teammate and present University of Tennessee junior pitcher Zack Godley, former B-E standout and present Francis Marion University junior pitcher Don Sandifer had his own good outing against the Division 1 back-to-back National Champion Gamecocks Baseball team. Sandifer worked two scoreless innings against USC in the Patriots 5-4 win.

AJA Softball

Mike Hall

The Andrew Jackson Academy Lady Confederates softball team (5-7, 1-4) recorded one win last week and dropped two others. On Monday, April 16, the Lady Confederates fell to archrival Jefferson Davis 13-3.

On Monday, April 9, AJA defeated North Walterboro Christian 20-7. Madeline Elkins and Ashley McCormick led AJA with 3 hits each.

On Tuesday, April 17, Clarendon Hall defeated AJA 12-0. Madeline Elkins, Laura Rentz, and Cassidy Hall each had hits for AJA.