Carl Kilgus

The Advertizer-Herald
Bamberg, SC

Long-time weekly publisher, community leader

Kilgus started career with handset type.

Video Interview

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Born: November 9, 1928 in Bamberg
Died: January 17, 2014 

Newspaper History:

  • The Bamberg Herald, 14 years
  • Kilgus Printing Company
  • The North Trade Journal, 1957-present
  • The Advertizer
  • The Advertizer-Herald, 1973- present
  • The Santee Striper, 1987-present 

Honors and Awards:

  • Bamberg City Council
  • Commissioner for the Bamberg Board of Public Works, 25 years
  • Citizens Advisory Board at Bamberg Job Corps charter member, 26 years
  • Appointed in 1988 by Gov. Carroll Campbell to serve on the State Permanent Advisory Commission
  • Named in 1997 by Gov. David Beasley as a South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development
  • Chairman of the Bamberg County -Economic Development Commission
  • Bamberg County Airport commission
  • Bamberg Fire Department, 30 years
  • Bamberg Rescue Squad charter member
  • Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award, 1979
  • Citizen of the Year for Bamberg County, 1979
  • Volunteer of the Year for Bamberg County, 2003
  • Superintendent of the Adult 1 Sunday School Department of First Baptist Church in Bamberg, 30 years

Education: Bamberg High School

Military Service: Bamberg National Guard, 12 years

Family: Wife, Betty Kilgus 

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