2013...the year in review
Written by Advertizer-Herald   

It seems 2013 has just started, but it's gone forever and today starts a new year. Looking back on the year, so much has happened. There have been many changes in and around our community. Elected officials have come and gone, along with some businesses. But no matter what changes or what stays the same, The Advertizer-Herald has been around, and ready to report to its citizens. Check out the highlights from 2013!

In January, Sarah Guess Noel was elected as Bamberg County Probate Judge. Former Probate Judge Nancy Green stepped down just as 39 years of service.

Many readings and discussions with elected officials and county citizens concerning the 1-cent penny sales tax happened. Questions about the sales tax were asked about what would happen in May when the tax went into effect.

Joyce Searson, Publisher of The Advertizer-Herald was named General Manager of the Year of Trib Publications.

The Denmark Public Library neared completion in February, which drew a crowd for the drop-in on Saturday February 9th. Community members were allowed to join the celebration for a new addition to the City of Denmark.

While the month continued on, Bamberg- Ehrhardt Red Raider Wrestling Team captured the 3rd consecutive state title.

Gerald E. Wright was reelected as Mayor of City of Denmark on February 12th after a heated race for the seat.

As the month came to a close, Clear Pond Fire Department received a new 2013 Chassis Fire Tanker to replace their outdated equipment, thanks to grant money.

The Bamberg County Fire Departments were busy during March with multiply fires throughout Bamberg and Denmark.

Bamberg County later lost a hero when former South Carolina House District 90 Representative Thomas N. Rhoad passed away. His contributions to the county were recognized throughout the year.

In business news, F. Spann Brabham received the 2012 Cooperative of the Year award. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined Tobul as they held a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the newly constructed CrossRhodes Industrial Park Facility.

As spring began to bring forth the nicer weather, community events began heating up. First Baptist Church hosted a community egg hunt at the Ness Sports Complex, and the City of Denmark hosted their annual Dogwood Festival.

South Carolina House District 90 Representative Bakari Sellers was cleared of DUI charges held against him. Mayor Alton McCollum was honored in the South Carolina State House of Representatives for his work and dedication as mayor of the City of Bamberg. Blaine Crosby was elected as Mayor of Bamberg, and made history as being the first African American man to be mayor of Bamberg.

As the warmer weather quickly approached, Craig Walker was sworn in as the newest Bamberg Board of Public Works Commissioner. More FEMA grants were received for fire departments in Bamberg. The Ehrhardt Fire Department received $37,400 to help purchase bunker gear for each member of the department, and Bamberg Fire Department received $18,100 to purchase a new skid unit and hand held radios.

Bamberg County Administrator Joey Preston was cleared of accusations placed against him from Anderson County.

Seventh graders from Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School honored veterans at Southend Cemetery.

In June, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for Masonite's new facility in Denmark. Bamberg County citizens were also able to enjoy the Urgent Care facility put up by The Regional Medical Center in June. That same month, citizens of Bamberg County raised more than $63,000 for Bamberg County Relay for Life.

In early July South Carolina Senator Tim Scott hosted a listening session at the Bamberg County Courthouse to hear the concerns of citizens. As the month continued, torrential rains caused local flooding throughout Bamberg County.

In sports news, Nicholas Halmon received the Trib Scholarship to help pay college expenses at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Despite the weather, folks still joined in for the 31st Old Friends Golf Classic held at Paw-Paw Country Club.

Mallory Biering, Reporter for The Advertizer-Herald, won second place for the Best Feature Story at the Trib Corporate News Conference.

In early August, Bamberg County officials discover the $3.5 million to come from the one cent penny sales tax, was not enough for the courthouse annex and renovations to be done. The City of Bamberg was given the green light to begin the renovations on the Civic Center.

The Colston Fire Department began making decisions on the substation on Broxton Bridge Road where the substation would be placed.

The Dane Theatre in Denmark got a new roof in September with some of the funds from the one cent penny sales tax. Koesters, whose family is based in Denmark returned home from Afghanistan.

Bamberg County received $40,000 in small business assistance grants to help continue growing the economy.

Some county citizens took time to volunteer and clean up the Edisto River.

As fall was well underway in October, the American Government shut down. But that didn't keep citizens in Bamberg from continuing their way of life.

Harvey Kling was honored by the American Red Cross for his 22 years of dedicated service to the organization.

As Halloween approached, a fire destroyed the Olar Haunted House, which caused the cancellation of the fundraiser.

Another fire destroyed a Bamberg School District One bus, without any injuries being caused.

The streets of Bamberg were filled with law enforcement officers, who were in a chase to catch Tracy D. Cook of Beech Island. Cook was charged with attempted murder after trying to run over two DNR officers.

The Forestry Department, along with Bamberg County Fire Department and Bamberg County Sheriff's Department responded to a fire on Highway 78 in November.

Competition was brought to the City of Bamberg when the Piggly Wiggly was sold to BI-LO. Rather than two of the same store in the county, there are three different grocery stores for citizens to chose from.

Dancers from Mary Jane's School of Dance danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and area citizens participated in Operation Christmas Child with Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg.

Bamberg County Council honored its employees in December for their work for the county.

Many parades were held throughout the county in honor of Christmas and the arrival of Santa later in the month.

As the month came to a close an accident involving a South Carolina Electric Gas vehicle occurred on Highway 78 between Denmark and Bamberg holding up traffic for hours. The year ended with Bamberg County citizen CW4 William "Bill" L. Priester Jr. being promoted to the rank of CW5 on December 20th.

The year had its ups and downs and all kinds of in-betweens. But despite whatever happened, citizens of Bamberg made it through one more year. May everyone have a safe, happy and healthy Happy New Year!