Edition: 09-04-2013
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Incumbents facing no opposition in Ehrhardt and Govan elections

With the filing deadline of Friday, August 30, 2013, at 12:00 noon having passed incumbents in two Bamberg County municipalities, for the Tuesday, November 5, 2013, election are facing no opposition at this time. In the town of Ehrhardt, Mayor William C. Stanley has filed for another four year term in office and is facing on opposition. Likewise in the town of Ehrhardt, council members Bennie Hughes and Freddie Copeland have filed for reelection and are facing no opposition.

In the town of Govan, where the mayor and four councilpersons seats are open, all the incumbents filed by the deadline and are facing no challengers. South Carolina law states that if only one person files for each of the afore mentioned offices and no one files as a write-in candidate within 14 calendar days after the filing period closes the election will not be held for that office and the person who filed will be declared the winner.

One car collision

On Tuesday, September 3rd a one car collision occurred on Highway 321 just south of Denmark. Bamberg County Sheriff's Department, Bamberg Rescue Squad, Bamberg County Firefighters and South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the call. Victims were cut out of the car and carried to the ambulance by Bamberg County Firefighters. Victims were then taken to a location where they were flown out via helicopter. This accident is being investigated by South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Dane Theater

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

Sighting extensive mold damage and damage to the roof and ceiling of the Dane Theater, Denmark City Council members agreed at their August 19 meeting to secure three bids from three different roofers and decide on what course of action to take by the end of the month (August 30). At the August meeting city officials noted they secured a proposal for $52,000, to start the project in 30-60 days by Orangeburg South Carolina based Brabham Roofing Company, which was recommended by the city’s insurance company.

Council member Hope Long-Weldon suggested it would be better if the city went out and secured other bids. The city is also counting on receiving help from the one cents sales tax referendum that was passed last November. The city requested $60,000 for the roof through the one cent tax that is now available for municipalities to start drawing down. It was also noted the Dane Theater has an extensive mold problem estimated at $35,000 that “is ongoing every day.” Officials said they were in hope that the insurance company would pay for some of the damage to the roof or mold damage.

2014 Relay for Life in the making

Mallory D. Biering, Staff Reporter

Planning a county wide event, like Bamberg County Relay for Life, takes time as many people may have seen for this past year's Relay for Life. It takes commitment and willingness to serve in order to make that one night such a huge success. Bamberg County Relay for Life is an event that, "gives everyone an opportunity to fight cancer and help save more lives."

This year Jimmie Bishop is returning as chair, and Stephanie Reely will work with Bishop as the American Cancer Staff Partner. At the latest meeting, Reely noted they are looking for volunteers who are willing to serve one to three hours a week to help make the 2014 Relay the best Bamberg County has ever seen. Relay is important because it gives the county, "the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and learn more about how to fight back against cancer." It's a way for everyone in the county to come together for a great cause.

As of now chair positions are being filled, and they are doing so quickly. Therefore if any person wishes to fill a role, they have been asked to contact Bishop or Reely to find out their next move. Other volunteers are always needed to get the ball rolling as well.

The next meeting date is currently unknown, but The Advertizer-Herald, along with Bamberg County Relay for Life Facebook page will have the latest updates and news about what is soon to happen.

Reely said, " I want to thank the Bamberg Community for all of their support to the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life and special thanks to our volunteers, team captains & team members for helping the event achieve such great success in 2013."

Denmark-Olar Vikings

The Denmark-Olar Vikings scored 22 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome a 41-point deficit in falling (0-2) on the season after a 41-22 loss to Lake Marion Friday night in Santee. Lake Marion scored 27-points in the first quarter followed by seven points in the second and third quarters to take a 41-0 lead.

Jefferson Davis & Branchville

The Branchville Yellow Jackets (1-0) picked up their first season opening win since reviving their football program in 2007 with a 41-8 win over North in North, SC. last Friday night. Denzel Brown and Austin Hobby each had two rushing touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets in the win. Hobby had 10 carries for 160 yards and Bryson McAlhany added a rushing touchdown.

The Raiders of Jefferson Davis Academy (1-1) got in the win column last Friday night with a convincing 48-26 win over Beaufort Academy.

A young Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider football team (0-2) suffered its second loss of the young season last Friday night dropping a 27-14 non-region decision to the Lower Richland Diamond Hornet (1-1) at Leon Maxwell Stadium. The loss for the Red Raiders follows on the heels of a 34-7 loss in Week Zero to Orangeburg-Wilkinson.