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Bingo to resume at Halfway fire company

October 21, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HALFWAY -- The Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway plans to start its bingo operations again Friday.

The bingo games were indefinitely suspended Oct. 5 after a consultant presented the results of a review conducted earlier this year of the fire company's entire operations.

Jim Kimble, the fire company's president, declined Wednesday to elaborate on the consultant's report.

"There's really no better word than ... time for a change, new faces, new people, more accountability," Kimble said.

New workers, all volunteers, will be staffing the bingo games, Kimble said. About eight people are needed to run the games.

The positions always have been staffed by volunteers, Kimble said.

The fire company has been holding bingo games, which account for about 40 percent of its revenue, for more than 55 years, Kimble said.

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In the tax year that began July 1, 2007, and ended June 30, 2008, the Volunteer Fire Co. of Halfway earned a net income of $206,739 from bingo, according to tax records posted online.

Before the games were suspended, bingo was held at the social hall on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For now, the games will be held on Fridays and Sundays, Kimble said.

On Fridays, doors open at 4 p.m., with an early bird game at 6:15 p.m. and other games starting at 7 p.m.

On Sundays, doors open at 11 a.m., with an early bird game at 1:15 p.m. and other games starting at 2 p.m.

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