In The Hard Copy - 04-29-2009

Relay For Life, May 1st

Lisa B. Stokes, Contributing Writer

The Bamberg County Relay For Life Committee expects the Bamberg County community to come out this Friday evening to the Leon Maxwell Stadium at 6:00 p.m. for pre-Relay For Life activities. The event is free and open to the public. Relay For Life organizers said the event will feature entertainment, food, fun and good fellowship. The evening will officially begin at 7:00 p.m. with the survivor’s walk. The Bamberg- Ehrhardt ROTC will lead the survivor’s walk. Survivors are also reminded to sign up for the survivor’s dinner that will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church immediately after the survivor’s walk.

A City’s success story

Thanks to the Denmark Youth Soccer League, soccer is a popular sport in the City of Denmark. Three divisions, Mite, Pee Wee, and Bantam, make up the league and each division is comprised of four teams. The league, now is in its 19th year, is an organization that has been very successful in providing another type of sport activity for boys and girls, ages 4-16 years old. The 116 youths playing soccer live in Denmark and surrounding area. Its governing body is a board made up of parents, guardians, and other community persons. Since its inception, several of the league’s players have been awarded soccer scholarships used to further their education in college.

Myrtle Beach fire

SC Forestry Commission officers issued two tickets to a Conway man in connection with the wildfire that destroyed approximately 79 homes in Horry County. According to investigators, Mark Torchi of Woodlawn Drive, Conway, had been burning household garbage on Saturday, April 18. This fire escaped that evening but was apparently extinguished. On Wednesday, April 22, strong winds and low humidity allowed the fire to rekindle and spread rapidly, growing into what has become known as the Highway 31 Fire.

SC Unemployment rises

South Carolina’s jobless rate rose to 11.4% in March equaling the highest rate ever recorded since January 1983, the State Employment Security Commission reported today. The March figure was five tenths of a point higher than the revised February rate of 10.9%.

The state’s labor force dropped slightly to 2,185,451 while the number of unemployed jumped 10,221 to reach a record high of 248,578. The national unemployment rate also rose in March to 8.5% compared to February’s rate of 8.1%.

Swine flu update - DHEC News Release

Lab results released today showed that two South Carolina high school students probably have the swine flu virus. The lab results have been sent to the CDC for further evaluation.

According to Jerry Gibson, M.D., chief of DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control, the students, who attend an independent school in Newberry, have been asked to voluntarily isolate themselves for a short time. Anyone who was exposed to the students is asked to voluntarily quarantine themselves at home. DHEC will assure those in isolation will receive appropriate treatment.

There's still a lot we do not know about the swine flu virus. But we are in constant contact with the CDC and healthcare providers around the state. We are closely monitoring doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to identify and track any cases that might arise.

So far, DHEC has tested 22 residents for the virus.

This is what we know:

Antiviral drugs seem to work for swine flu when taken shortly after symptoms begin. In South Carolina, we have a small stockpile of these drugs and we’ll be getting an extra shipment from the federal government within the next few days. So we’ll be able to treat about 150,000 cases of influenza should private health care providers run low on supplies.

To fight the spread of the flu virus:

Wash your hands thoroughly and often.

Cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hand.

Stay home if you're sick.

Stay away from people who are sick.

Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.

It takes from 48-72 hours for symptoms to show up after a person has come in contact with the virus.

There's no way to know how long the outbreak will last, but we expect this virus to be around for quite some time.

The Newberry school the sick students attend is closed. Some of the students recently traveled to Mexico and after coming home, developed an influenza-like illness. Schools routinely close whenever there is a cluster of illnesses. It’s too early to tell if more schools will close.

There is no evidence that you can get swine flu from eating pork.

If you start to have symptoms of the flu, call your healthcare provider or your local public health clinic for guidance.