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Urgent Care-Bamberg opens

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Urgent Care-Bamberg, a department of the Regional Medical Center, opened its doors at 185 McGee Street in Bamberg on Tuesday morning. The facility hours will be Monday through Sunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. The ultramodern facility features six beds (which it was noted was one more than the old emergency room) in all private rooms that include private bathrooms. Each room also comes equipped with a modern computer. Daniel Avosso, MD, who is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department noted the Regional Medical Center, “dedicated a lot of resources in up fitting,” the former office of Dr. John Ross to make the state of the art facility it is now.

The facility will also have a physician on duty, a lab, Radiology, Digital X-Ray (coming on-line) and CT just to name a few of the amenities. “We’re excited about being down here especially after hours with the CT, Lab and Radiology, it’s a much needed resource for the community,” said Brad Holmes RN, Nursing Director. Holmes said the facility would serve as an asset to the present health care providers in Bamberg.

Denmark-Olar High holds 2013 Commencement Exercises

Submitted by Anna Martin

Graduation ceremonies for Denmark-Olar High School (DOHS) took place on Friday, June 7, at 6:00 o'clock in the DOHS Gymnasium. Fifty-five (55) seniors dressed in sky blue caps and gown were presented for graduation by DOHS Principal Mickey Pringle and diplomas were conferred by Denmark-Olar School District Two Superintendent Dr. Thelma Sojourner.

The Valedictorian, Tanesha Wright, and Salutatorian, Adina Adams, addressed the class of 2013. The theme for both speakers was that anyone can succeed if they, “never give up, never stop trying.”

Wright is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Wright, of Denmark. She plans to attend The University of South Carolina, Columbia. Adams is the daughter of Tonya Marie Graham and Leroy Adams. She will attend The University of South Carolina Upstate.

State Championship

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

DeAngelo Tyler recently won the State Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship in the (285) pound class in the South Carolina State Free Style and Greco-Roman Championships at Hanahan High School. In winning the State Championship Tyler became the first B-E Champion since 1999. Other B-E wrestlers making the All- Palmetto State Team were Austin Jones Third Place at (220) pounds; Mitch Robinson Fourth Place at (113) pounds; Dakota Kinsey Third Place at (120) pounds; Justin Verner Third Place at (126) and Malcolm Stroman Fourth Place at (160) pounds.

ACC Offers

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The words of that old song “And the Beat Goes On” couldn’t be truer when it comes to the B-E football program producing big time college football talent. With four -star tight end K.C. Crosby having committed to play for the University of South Carolina last week college football coaches have not missed a beat in looking at football talent in this hot-bed of high school football Bamberg, South Carolina.

Last Thursday Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive coordinator Corey Crosby reported that three B-E football players LaSamuel Davis 6-4,208; Drew Wilson 6- 3,270 and Savalas Cann 6-1,180 had received offers from North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina after attending a recent camp. Crosby also reported that last season’s leading tackler Marcus Moody has received offers from The Citadel and Presbyterian College and was receiving interest from a number of other Division 1 and Division II schools.

Former B-E standout Zack Godley signs with the Chicago Cubs

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The second time was more of the charm for former Bamberg- Ehrhardt High School and University of Tennessee standout pitcher Zack Godley. Four years ago Godley (6-3,240) was picked in the 50th round and 1,514st overall by the New York Mets. On Friday the Chicago Cubs selected Godley in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB draft making him the 288th overall selection on day two of the draft. On Tuesday morning in the conference room at UTC Aerospace Systems with his mother Kelly by his side Godley made officially by signing a contract to play baseball in the Chicago Cubs Organization.

“It’s exciting to finally get an opportunity to play and extend my career it’s just an exciting thing,” Godley said. Godley said he can’t wait to get out get started pitching again after a couple weeks layoff at the end of the season and waiting on draft day. “ But I’m excited to get out and get going again,” he said.

Asked what attracted the Cubs Organization to Godley team scout Keith Ryman said the first reason was the team was looking for some quality pitching. “We’ve been able to see Zack go from a Friday guy to a Saturday guy as a pitcher then toward the end of the season come back in as a Thursday guy when they played on Thursday.”

Ryman noted that Godley is a “power pitcher with a great fastball that tails and he’s got a slider that runs a little and he’s not afraid to throw the baseball when he needs to.”

Godley’s mother Kelly who is employed at UTC Aerospace System was glowing with pride over her son’s accomplishment. “He’s got a proud momma. I’m so proud of my baby I don’t know what to do,” she said. Acknowledging that her son’s next stop will likely be 3,000 miles away in Arizona Kelly took it in stride. “ I hate to see him leave and go so far from home but as long as he’s happy doing what he’s doing momma’s happy. “We’re so proud of him and what he’s done and accomplished. He’s been the kind of child every parent wants. He’s studied hard, he’s worked hard, we’re proud of him me and his dad.” Mother Godley also thanked all the people who helped Zack during his time in high school.

After playing one solid season at Spartanburg Methodist College and recording a 6-1 record, Godley was recruited to play baseball for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. In three seasons playing on “Rocky Top” Godley, who also played for the USA National team last year recorded a 10-10 record with an ERA of 3.49, recording 185 strikeouts and two saves in 25 appearances on the mound. Godley finished his senior season with a 5-7 record and lead the SEC and tied for eighth nationally with six complete games, including two shutouts. Godley will most likely start his Major League career in Meza, Arizona in the Arizona League with the Arizona Cubs, the Cubs rookie affiliate.

City of Bamberg Dog Ordinance Committee Meeting held

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

A meeting of the City of Bamberg Dog Ordinance Committee was held on Tuesday June 4, at the Bamberg City Hall. Committee chair Kevin Sandifer noted in his opening remarks the recent city of Bamberg officer involved shooting of a dog was “unacceptable” from an “accountability and record keeping” stand point.

Sandifer noted that he still hadn’t seen any documentation for the dog incident as far as a police report or any type of report. He stated that a report was produced but not a report on the dog that was in question. “Bringing a personal weapon into play was uncalled for,” Sandifer said, adding “it brought up the perception they are trying to hide things. I’m not saying that’s what they are doing however that is the perception being given to the public right now. Bringing a weapon out of your home and shooting a dog with it that needs to be addressed immediately before we go forward with an Ordinance.”

Sandifer stated that he had spoken with Johnny Thomas, who services as the city animal control officer and other employees of the sanitation department and noted that complaints about dogs were being recorded, information on dogs “being put down” were written down and the amount of medication used was recorded.

“But that’s about as far as it goes. I believe they could get a little better system.” Sandifer cited the following as some areas needing improvement: the need for a more consistent system of recording keeping when it came to animal control, enforcing the present Ordinance on the books (that would produce revenue for training and could be use for the purchase of the proper weapon to put down an animal) education and the need for transparency. Sandifer stated the department was looking at spending $150 to send another person for animal control training.

Cathy Griffin, a MAMAS representative said the refusal to produce documentation on the dog shooting incident was a “a blatant” refusal to produce documentation after two or three inquires. Janis Steeley, who also works with MAMAS said the agency gets frequent calls from people in town about stray dogs that don’t belong to them. “We tell them they must call animal control to come get the dog,” Steedley said.

Steedley noted that dogs that have fleas, ticks, malnourished or managed as was the case “of the poor white dog” is “no fault of the dog at all” just the owner being careless and not concerned. Steeley said she wanted to see the Ordinance “revised or put in place because of the dogs. “The dogs’ health is a main concern. If you can’t afford the care and feeding of a dog you don’t need a dog,” Steedley said.

Security update on Bamberg School District One

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

Terry Cook from Media Security Services gave a brief presentation about the security systems throughout Bamberg School District One (BSD1) at the Tuesday, May 28th meeting. Cook explained to the board of trustees how the system works, which now includes key cards for entry into the school. Not all of the doors throughout the school are electrical, but all are mechanical. The key card, also known as a proximity card, is an electrical lock. Each school has begun the process of including key card entry doors, with ideas for expanding the doors throughout the schools. Cook explained the cost per door runs anywhere from $1,700 to $1,900. Cameras have been installed previously, and continue to be installed. "There are not many places in the school and outside," that a person is not on camera, according to BSD1 Superintendent Phyllis Schwarting.

In other presentations, Leigh Ann Osborne shared information on the Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs), and Phyllis Overstreet updated the board on the federal programs report.

Osborne, Guidance Counselor at Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School, explained the purpose of the IGP is to review, with the student (and the parent/guardian) their current and past academic progress, career interests, educational goals, post secondary plans and prepare the student for the following year by helping to select future courses.

Osborne went in great depth to explain the importance of making sure the students and parents are prepared to handle the process from 8th to 12th grade. The board had a small discussion with Osborne on how to increase the percentage of parental involvement from 50% to a higher percentage.

Overstreet, Director of Federal Programs, Grant Writer and Test Coordinator for BSD1 spoke to the board about the different grants and title money the school would receive in the coming school year.

The large pot of money the district would be applying for would be Title One, which according to Overstreet should be around $558,424, which includes about a 4.5% cut from last year. In other funds, Overstreet reported the district has been asked by the state to budget at a 10% decrease. Title Two and Three funds were also discussed with Overstreet and the board.

Devon Furr, Financial Director for BSD1, presented information about the General Obligation Bond. BSD1 Board approved to use the bond to meet the regulations for parking the school buses on a paved surface. Board approval to issue $200,000 in general obligation bonds was given to Furr before presenting the financial report.

During the superintendent's report, Schwarting thanked members of the BEHS Wrestling Team for their participation in helping to distribute food at the Harvest Home Food Bank Food Giveaway at the Civic Center. Wrestlers who were recognized included: Player Long, Lan Hiers, Mark Moody, Kaderrick Robinson, Bentrell Shepard, Rayquan Brown, Bailey Walling and Casey Jones.

Angela Bunch and Del Jones were both recognized for having 98% of their students passing the end of course testing for biology.

Richard Carroll Elementary School raised over $6,000 the 2013 Relay for Life. BEHS Relay for Life team raised $986, BEHS Student Council raised $871 and the BEHS FCCLA raised $115.

Bamberg School District Two budget work session

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

"A lot of stuff was taken out," was a comment heard often at the Bamberg School District Two (BSD2) Budget Work Session on, Tuesday, May 28th. Rodney Anderson, Director of Finance for BSD2, presented an outline of proposed revenue projections for the 2013-2014 school year, which compared to projections dating back to 2009.

As the board followed Anderson through the outline, many questions were asked about the different budget cuts, which leaves the district waiting for the state to help with grant and title money. "This budget will not leave us much room," said Anderson as they made their way through the report.

Anderson let the board know they were taking chances with some of the line items being cut, but it had to be done. Over $20,000 was taken out of this budget compared to last year, but still leaving the district with over a $7 million budget to work with.

The board seemed to have no objections to the budget cuts, but a discussion was sparked by the money set aside for district maintenance, which includes custodians and cafeteria workers. Larry Bias, Board Chair of BSD2, asked if there was anything that could be done to stop the revolving door on this area of workers. Alvin Maynor, another board member said, "I look at a man who is trying to have a family," when he explained how he felt about increasing the pay for these employees."

Together, the board asked Anderson to look over the budget to find if there was any way they could give those workers a 2% raise. They understood it wasn't much, but they wanted to do what they could, and find out if giving the raise was even an option. It was explained to the press and audience that no one in the district received a raise in over five years unless it was state mandated. Anderson was also asked to look into how much it would cost to have a school resource officer at the school.

Dr. Thelma Sojourner, Superintendent of BSD2, stated the district is constantly looking at grants and the board has been extremely supportive of the process. The board accepted the first reading of the proposed 2013-2014 budget before the meeting was adjourned.