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BPW gets Unqualified Opinion on 2011 audit

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Bamberg Board of Public Works (BPW) received an “unqualified opinion” on its 2011 audit, H. Del Brown, CPA of Barnwell told Commissioners at their Thursday, May 31, meeting. The unqualified opinion was an improvement over last year’s “qualified opinion” the utility company received on its 2010 audit for coming short of compliance with governmental accounting standards (GASB-45) in the area of post-employment benefits relating to health insurance on retired employees.

“We were able to get those requirements followed and you got an unqualified opinion again,” Brown told BPW Commissioners.

In giving an overview of the BPW’s 2011 audit, Brown noted the company had a total net worth of $21 million dollars, with $5.7 million in unrestricted assets and $15.9 million in physical assets (not cash or receivables) IE. power lines, gas and water systems etc.

Under operating income or loss, Brown noted the company had a $1.465 million loss overall, with $1.3 million coming in depreciations. “And that’s understandable,” Brown said. Brown noted that electricity had “a slight profit.” While sewer and water had “significant losses” and gas had a profit.

Under non-operating expenses, Brown noted the BPW had a loss of $12,600 in the sale of land for the new elementary school to the school district. Brown reported that in the area of cash flow, which he called “one of the most important statements” because it tells you where the money is going and where it came from, the company had a $379,000 decrease in cash flow for the year.

“That’s one reason we got the rate study going on,” Brown said, adding “when you have a decrease in cash of $379,000 and $1.3 million in depreciations, that’s where the $1.6 million loss comes from. That’s how those things tie together.”

It was noted that under the category of long-term debt the iron removal facility note had been paid off.

BPW General Manager Will Martin stated that he should have a draft of recommendations for rates changes for the next fiscal year by next week.

Also during the meeting:

• Commissioners approved as a non-budgeted item a low bid of $131,006 for E-Z Fabricators for improvements to the warehouse and operations center on Elm Street.

• In the general manager’s report, Manager Martin reported that the line truck has been repaired and back in service. Martin noted that maintenance to only two or three lift stations out of 10 are ongoing while the others are complete. Well #8 has received the majority of its needed parts and will take another six weeks to complete.

• A SCAMPS meeting is scheduled for July 8-11 at Hilton Head.

• A Santee Cooper rate presentation will be made at the June 21, BPW meeting.

Bamberg man arrested in Denmark Bank and Trust Burglary

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A Bamberg man has been arrested for his alleged part in a Dogwood Festival Weekend burglary and vandalism of the S.C. Bank & Trust Bank in Denmark. According to a Denmark Police Department incident report; James Murdaugh Jr., 32, of 229 Bamberg Street in Bamberg has been charged with burglary second degree and vandalism of property at the South Carolina Bank & Trust Office, located at 18587 Heritage Highway in Denmark.

According to the report on May 12, 2012 at approximately 4:33 a.m. Denmark Police Units responded to the SCB&T Bank in reference to an alarm and found that an unknown subject had taken a large cement block and threw it through the back glass door to the bank. According to Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes, Murdaugh was arrested approximately two hours after the crime and is being housed in the Bamberg County Detention Center. Units responding to the scene of the burglary along with the Denmark Police Department included the Bamberg County Sheriff’s Office and the SLED Dog Team.

Also in Denmark Police Department news: a warrant was signed and James Williams/Biscuit Harold (address not listed) was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits of Denmark and malicious injury to personal property. According to a Denmark Police Department Incident Report on May 10, 2012 at approximately 10:00 pm, Denmark units were dispatched to 387 Maple Ave. within the city limits of Denmark in reference to someone “shooting” the windows out of a vehicle parked at a residence on Maple Ave.

In a statement to the Advertizer Herald, Denmark Police Chief Leroy Grimes noted that contrary to rumors going around, the shooting incident “was not a drive-by shooting.” According to Chief Grimes the subject James Williams was allegedly “getting revenge for someone else.”

2012 High School Football schedules released

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

Summertime can only mean one thing. And that is high school football season can’t be far away. With temperatures in the 90s and area teams going through summer conditioning and 7-on-7 passing leagues it’s never too early to start thinking football. With that in mind, the 2012 football schedules for area football teams were recently released.

With the advent of another SCHSL realignment, the two-time back-to-back Region 5-A Champion Red Raider football team will began competition in familiar territory as a member of Class AA, where they will face some old foes of years past. The Denmark-Olar Vikings will also see some new additions to its schedule in 2012.

Red Raider Schedule

Date
17 Aug Orangeburg-Wilkinson
24 Aug at Lower Richland
31 Aug Woodland
07 Sep at Blackville-Hilda
14 Sep Estill
28 Sep at Silver Bluff*
05 Oct at Calhoun County*
12 Oct Wade Hampton*
19 Oct at Barnwell*
26 Oct Edisto*

Denmark-Olar Schedule

Date
17 Aug at Hunter-Kinard-Tyler
24 Aug Lake Marion
31 Aug Blackville-Hilda
07 Sep at Williston-Elko
14 Sep Whale Branch*
21 Sep Allendale-Fairfax*
28 Sep Bethune-Bowman*
05 Oct at Branchville*
12 Oct at Estill*
19 Oct at Hardeeville*