In The Hard Copy - 01-14-2009

Advertizer-Herald wins

The Advertizer Herald Publishing Company wins two 1st place awards at the Trib Publications advertising contest this weekend.

Publisher, Joyce Searson was proud to accept the award for The Advertizer-Herald. The newspaper was awarded 1st place for Best Classified Page.

Rogers accepted the award for the Holly Hill Observer, which received a 1st place award for Best Use of Color.

Publisher, Joyce Searson said, “I consider this a big accomplishment when there are only 10 categories and you are competing against 30 other publications.”

College budget cut 25%

A series of rolling state budget cuts have taken a toll on one of Bamberg County’s two institutions of higher learning.

According to Dr. Jacqueline Skubal, Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning the 24.4 percent in cuts handed down by the state so far this year to all state agencies represents a 25 percent cut in the Denmark Technical College Budget.

“We are dealing with the cutbacks and managing as best as we can,” Dr. Skubal said. Denmark Technical College whose enrollment reached 2,270 in the fall of 2008 like most schools has 80 percent of its budget tied up in salaries.







Olar plans on new water rates

Over a period of time, Olar plans to raise its water rates from $12.25 to $30 per month. “We have to raise our water rates, Mayor Walter O’Rear said at the January City Council meeting. “Rather than lay it all on (the citizens) at one time,” he said, “we should start raising our rates. We’’ end up at $30 by the end of summer,” he said.

The new water system should be completed in about six months, O’Rear explained. The motion was to raise water rates $5 a month every two months, until the maximum of $30 is reached with an effective date of July 1. “Our current rate ($12,25/month) is about 4 cents per gallon. (With the new rate) it’ll be about 8 cents a gallon.” Water is the cheapest commodity we have,” O’Rear explained.

Tourism Development

A public meeting will be held Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Bamberg Civic Center, at 5:00 PM. The purpose of meeting is to discuss tourism development in the Thoroughbred Country Region, including Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell and Allendale counties.





Economic Development

Agriculture Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Douglas L. Faulkner announced today that USDA is accepting applications for $45.8 million in loans and grants to support rural communities and spur economic development through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program.

Columbia’s WOLO TV off

Atlantic Broadband announced today that a demand for cash payments from ABC affiliate WOLO has forced the Columbia broadcast station off the cable TV channel line-up in Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale counties.

For the first time ever, cable TV subscribers in Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg and Allendale counties are facing what Atlantic Broadband believes are unjustified increases on their cable bills, because the national and regional media conglomerates that own local broadcast stations now want cash payments to carry their signals on cable.

Region action heats up

In varsity girls’ action: The Jefferson Davis Academy Lady Raiders improved to 6-5 on the season with three wins on the week. On Wednesday, Roxanne Morgan led the attack with 11 pts., while Lauren Neeley and Darcy Holladay recorded 10 pts each in a 45-39 win over Long Cane.

On Tuesday, the Lady Raiders defeated rival Andrew Jackson Academy 49-23.

On Friday, Roxanne Morgan and Lauren Neeley scored 11 pts. apiece to lead the team to a 37-33 win over Clarendon Hall.

On Wednesday, the Denmark-Olar Lady Vikings (2-4) suffered a 61-43 loss at the hands of the Lady Tigers of Allendale-Fairfax.

Friday night the Lady Vikings lost a close game to Calhoun County 42-39.

The Lady Red Raiders dropped two region contest last week, 40-28 Tuesday to Calhoun County, and 63-13 to Bethune Bowman on Friday night.

In Varsity boys action; The Andrew Jackson Academy Confederates defeated archrival Jefferson Davis Academy for the second time this season with a 54-30 win Tuesday night.

After dropping a 91-27 decision to Calhoun County earlier in the week the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raiders rebounded Friday night with a 44-40 region win over Bethune Bowman.

The Denmark-Olar Vikings dropped a 110-58 decision to CC Friday night.

Sting Classic

On December 13th the BEMS/JV wrestlers participated in the Sting Classic Wrestling Tournament at Irmo High School in Columbia, South Carolina.

When the final dust had cleared, six BEMS/JV Red Raider grapplers had finished in the medal round of the tournament.

Placing in the Middle School Division were: Lan Hiers, First Place (115lbs. Class); Todd Folk, Second Place(115lbs class); Marcus Moody, Third Place (120lb class); Player Long, First Place (125lb. class); Casey Jones, First Place (132lb. class); and JV Division; Steven Driggers, First Place, (130lb. class).