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Gerald Wright re-elected Mayor of Denmark

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

By a more than a two-to-one margin, city of Denmark voters went to the polls on February 12, and reelected incumbent mayor Gerald E. Wright to another four- year term as mayor. Unofficial election results show that Wright garnered 283 votes to 127 votes for challenger Patricia Anduze. Following the hard-fought mayoral race, Anduze was gracious in her comments after the election. “The people have spoken and I congratulate Gerald Wright,” challenger Patricia Anduze said, adding “as I always say he’s a very nice person and hopefully we’ll be able to work together for the betterment of the citizens and the city.”

Mayor Wright, while acknowledging that he was glad the election was over was appreciative of the election process itself. “First of all I’m glad this is over,” Wright said, adding “even though we’re a small town and just a few people it’s an intensive activity during a municipal election.” Mayor Wright noted that he looked forward to working with the folks that “we try to represent”. “I think the challenge is good. It forces you to do some reflection on how you’ve conducted things.” Wright said he will be trying to get some ideas from a variety of people “including Anduze.” “We’re going to look forward to maintaining progress in the town and making life better for its citizens.”

A breakdown of the election results show that the incumbent mayor won the majority of the votes in each of the city’s two precincts. In East Denmark, Wright received 154 votes to 92 for Anduze. In West Denmark Wright received 98 votes to 31 votes for Anduze. Paper Absentees: Wright 23 votes-Anduze 2 votes; Machine Absentees Votes: Wright 5 votes, Anduze 1 vote and Curbside Wright 3 votes-Anduze 1 vote.

Denmark City Council Members, Jake N. Bookard Sr., James Robinson and Bonnie Love were unopposed for re-election and were automatically reelected without their names appearing on the ballot.

D-O girls fall to Carvers Bay in overtime

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The Denmark-Olar varsity girls’ basketball team (13-5) hopes of reaching the finals of the Class 1A playoffs again this year were dealt a setback Thursday evening when they fell to the Lady Bears of Carvers Bay High School 67-65 in overtime Thursday night in the Denmark-Olar gym. Denmark-Olar junior standout Ta’ Asia Wright (who scored a game high 27 points in the loss) made two free throws with no time left on the clock to send the game into overtime and give the Lady Vikings new life against their taller and quicker opponent from Georgetown County. But in overtime, the Lady Bears (12-10) would jump out to a quick 62-55 lead. The Lady Vikings led by Wright and Tyneka Sanders 13 points, Jessica Davis 12 points, Je’Nayah Moore 8 points and C. Davis with 5 points tried their best to comeback cutting the lead to 64-59 with 1:40 left in overtime before falling 67-65 to Carvers Bay.

The Lady Bears took advantage of a cold shooting and turnover plagued Lady Vikings team to take a 9-3 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Bears would extend their lead to 25-14 at the break. The Lady Vikings, who have made a habit of coming from behind to closeout games this season, did so again closing the margin to 40-37 at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Vikings would take their first lead of the game at the 5:15 mark of the fourth quarter on a lay up followed by a put back by Wright giving the Vikings a 49-46 lead, which they would maintain until with 16 seconds left on the clock the Lady Bears would tie the score at 53-53 and then take a two point lead setting the stage for Ta'asia Sanders tying free throws.