Edition: 12-25-2013
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County uses grant to plant trees

Staff Report

A press release from Bamberg County stated the county recently used a grant from Palmetto Pride to plant more than 200 trees on the courthouse property, and around the county gateways and recycling centers.

"There were several partners who work together to get these trees in the ground," County Council Chairwoman Alzena Robinson said. "I thank Palmetto Pride for helping us green up Bamberg County."

The Bamberg South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) office was a tremendous help with work to beautify our 601 South gateway, she added. The county plans to apply for more trees each of the next three years, so that all of the roads leading into the county will look fresh.

"Numerous residents have asked what could be done to make the main arteries into our county, particularly the county seat, more beautiful and inviting," Councilman Trent Kinard said. "I applaud our administrator Joey Preston for coming up with a plan and a solution to beautify our gateways."

"As the trees mature, the areas at the county's recycling centers and along the major routes into Bamberg County, will be much more lush and green," County Administrator Joey Preston said. "It will enhance the natural beauty that already exists."

The trees were planted during the first week of December, which coincides with the state's celebration of Arbor Day.

2013 Sports Highlights

Jerry E. Halmon, Sports Editor

The year 2013 was a great year for sports in the Advertizer Herald service area. The year saw record-breaking performances, a coaching legend honored, feats of brilliance on the playing field and a number of athletes being honored for their performances. As the 2013 year draws to an end, we would like to take a brief look back at (some) of the memorable moment in the year 2013:

The year begin with the Red Raider Wrestling team setting a state record by capturing its 3rd consecutive state wrestling title in a row, and in the process becoming the first program in state history to capture three straight state champions across different classifications. The performances of wrestlers like Player Long, Mark Moody, Malcolm Jones and Lan Hiers will not soon be forgotten.

On the college level, the year 2013 saw the Voorhees College men’s basketball team win the 2013 A.I.I. Tournament Championship.

In May, Bamberg native Sammy “The Bull” Milhouse made his successful professional boxing debut at a packed Bamberg Civic Center, bringing a taste of Las Vegas to Bamberg, South Carolina. Also in May, legendary Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Baseball Coach David Horton made history by becoming the first South Carolina high school baseball coach to be inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. In over 40 years as a head coach, Horton retired from coaching with a record of (840- 251) and 14 state baseball titles under his belt.

In June, a former standout baseball player of Coach Horton’s, Zack Godley came back to his hometown to sign a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago Cubs.

On May 31, 2013, B-E standout Four-Star football recruit, Kevin “K.C.” Crosby ended a recruiting war that saw over 40 schools compete for his services, by selecting the University of South Carolina to be his home for the next four years. Crosby was also named to the U.S. Army All American Bowl and accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All American Bowl in January.

In July, the 31st Annual Old Friends Golf Tournament was held. First Place in the golf tournament went to the team of Mark Medlin, Rob Wrightenberry ,Will Medlin and Matt Medlin. The year 2013 also saw the resignation of Denmark- Olar head football coach and athletic director Michael Jordan. Under Jordan’s leadership the Viking football team made the playoffs four years in a row and during his tenure the Vikings defeated perennial football power Blackville-Hilda for the first time in 20 years.

The year 2013 was a good year for area coaches also. A number of coaches received honors and were named to coach various all star teams. B-E volleyball coach Fred Smart was named a volleyball coach for the North-South All-Star Game. BE head football coach Butch Crosby was named an assistant for the North-South All Star Game. B-E Coaches Corey Crosby and Butch Crosby were both named as assistant coaches in the Under Armour All American Bowl. B-E wrestling coach Jake Stewart was named Class A/AA HSSR Coach of the Year in 2013. B-E Strength Coach Corey Crosby was the Class 2-A Strength Coach of the Year in 2013. (This was the 3rd such award for Corey Crosby.) B-E native Shaun Middleton returned to his alma mater and was named the new varsity boys basketball coach.

A number of area athletes were named to all star teams in various sports during the year and represented their various schools well. Now that the year 2013 is almost in the rear view mirror, we turn our sights to the year 2014 and what it may bring.

Bamberg-Ehrhardt defeats Orangeburg Prep basketball

The Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider varsity boys basketball team went into the holidays on a winning note with a 63-33 win over the Orangeburg Prep Indians. Senior point guard Chris Graham led the Raiders (4-1) with 12 points and handed out 8 assist. Javerick Kearse added 11 points and Tav Schwarting had 10 points in the win. The Red Raiders will return to action on December 26 against Wagner Salley in the Hawk Invitational Basketball Tournament in Blackville.

In JV action the Indians would take a double-header win over B-E. The Orangeburg Prep girls’ defeated B-E 37-20. The O.P. JV boys’ defeated B-E 25-18.