In This Weeks Edition: 10-14-2009

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Dog attacks Ehrhardt boy

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

A young boy was attacked by a dog in Ehrhardt Thursday afternoon. Eight-year-old Carson Zorn was viciously attacked by a dog while playing in his yard in Ehrhardt with two of his friends.

The boys had just come home from school and were playing in the yard when they heard the dog growling at them. In an attempt to get away, all three boys were running towards the house but unfortunately, Carson Zorn did not make it and was attacked by the dog.

Adrian Boyd, a truck driver from Mississippi, just happen to be passing by and at first glance, thought the dog was playing with the child but suddenly realized the dog was attacking the boy. He immediately stopped his truck, got out and yelled at the dog and it let go of the boy. The dog left the yard and Carson was able to get up and run in the house to get his mother.

Ginny Zorn, the boy’s mother, immediately drove him to the Bamberg Hospital but due to the nature and extent of his injuries, they were unable to treat him there. He was then transported by ambulance to the Palmetto Richland Memorial Children’s Hospital in Columbia.

Carson had multiple lacerations to his face, his head, neck and shoulders, and one of his ears was almost severed. He was in surgery for several hours.

According to both his mother and his grandmother, Nell Walling, he came home from the hospital on Saturday and is doing as well as can be expected.

“He is traumatized and we are worried about not only his physical injuries but his emotional state, as well. If it had not been for the truck driver’s quick response and being there at just the right time to stop the dog, Carson might not be alive today. He is a true hero and we cannot thank him enough for what he did that day. That was God putting him there at just the right moment,” said Gordon Walling, Carson’s grandfather.

According to an Ehrhardt Police report, the dog was a stray dog that had been found when it was a puppy and belonged to one of the boys that was playing with Carson Zorn that day. The dog stayed at the boy’s grandfather’s residence most of the time and would follow them around town a lot.

Ehrhardt Police Chief Jim Preacher said the dog was apprehended, put down and the remains were turned over to DHEC. The dog tested negative for rabies.

“This is a very unfortunate and tragic accident and we hope this never happens again. I don’t want to see another child or anyone else hurt. It was only by the grace of God that this child is alive now. I am advocating some strong action in this matter to make sure this never happens again,” said Chief Preacher.

Ehrhardt Mayor Bill Stanley said this is a tragedy that never should have happened. Stanley said there is currently no animal control ordinance on the books.

At a special called meeting on Monday night, Ehrhardt Town Council passed the first reading of a proposed animal control ordinance for the town. Mayor Stanley said the ordinance will put the town in a position to deal with the problem concerning animals running at large and vicious animals.

“This will put the responsibility on the owner to purchase dog tags and register the dog at Town Hall. Dogs will not be allowed to run at large beyond the premises of their owner,” said Stanley.

Stanley also said there have been reports of people going around feeding the stray dogs in town and he encourages anyone that is doing this to stop. This only makes the problem worse.

Stanley welcomes any suggestions or comments from any of the town’s citizens concerning the ordinance. A copy of the final draft will be available for residents on Tuesday, October 20th at Town Hall before the second reading.

“This is way overdue. This should have been done a long time ago,” said Councilman Freddie Copeland.

Mayor Protem Furman Peters said in 2001, there was a proposed animal control ordinance that failed to pass due to some residents in town having horses and chickens inside the town limits.

Ehrhardt citizen Donna Rogers said she was sorry that no one from the county was at Monday night’s meeting. “This is not just Ehrhardt’s problem, this is a county-wide problem that needs to be addressed by the county,” said Rogers.

According to Chief Preacher, there is a state-wide animal control ordinance that most municipalities use.

Raiders Unload

Lisa B. Stokes, Contributing Writer

For the second straight year, the Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School Red Raider football team demonstrated their commitment to the community as well as on the football field. The undefeated Red Raiders spent Sunday, October 11th volunteering their time to help Trinity United Methodist Church unload 1,500 pumpkins for this year’s annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser.

Clary Named

The Bamberg County Economic Development Commission has announced that Bob Clary has been named “2009 S.C. Economic Ambassador of the Year” for Bamberg County.

“As a commissioner on the Bamberg Board of Public Works, Bob worked with the Bamberg community in the pursuit of developing an industrial and economic base to foster greater opportunities for its citizens,” said SCA’s Bamberg County Economic Development Director Kell Anderson. “He also served as Economic Development Director for Bamberg County with SouthernCarolina Alliance. “We are proud to honor Mr. Bob Clary for his service to the people of Bamberg County.”

New Relations Officer

The South Carolina Highway Patrol announces a new Community Relations Officer will begin work October 2 in Troop Seven, which includes Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg , Barnwell, Calhoun, Hampton, Orangeburg counties.

L/Cpl. Judd Jones, who has been with the Highway Patrol since 1998, will serve primarily as the spokesperson for Troop Seven but will take call for other areas of the state as well. Jones has served in Troop Seven since 2001 and is a graduate of Claflin College.

Giving The Gift

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

The first ever blood drive cosponsored by the First Baptist Church of Olar and the Olar Fire Department exceeded all expectations. The goal of the event held on September 15 in the church social hall was to collect 20 units of blood. At the end of the day, that goal was surpassed with 26 units of blood presented.

 

Gospel Christian

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Writer

Before she decided to go into business, Gale Black of Bamberg decided to consult with a higher power. “I prayed about it, and prayed about it. I said Lord, when you’re ready, I’m ready. I asked Him to open the doors. He wants me to go through and close tight the ones He doesn’t want me to go through. He just started opening doors,” Black said.

Now, Black is the proud Owner and Operator of The Gospel Christian Book Store, LLC at 3105 Main Highway in downtown Bamberg. “This has been in the making for some time. The Lord has truly blessed this. It’s been a dream of mine for close to 15 years.”