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   HCSO investigating
     home burglaries

Posted 5.27.16                                           by Shellie Murdaugh HCSO

HAMPTON COUNTY- The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several home burglaries that have occurred in various areas around the county over the past few days. The burglaries involve suspects who have reportedly stolen various weapons and other items from the residences. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity during the day and any vehicles that might not belong in a yard or in a certain area.

     The areas recently targeted included areas outside of Yemassee and also outside of Hampton.

     “We are vigilant about solving these crimes and we ask the public to remain on the lookout for anything that looks out of the ordinary or somewhat unusual, such as an unfamiliar vehicle in a yard during the day or if a person or person seems unfamiliar in the area of a residence,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said.

     If you have any information concerning these crimes or need to report any suspicious activity, please contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803)914-2200 or dial 911.

Strother new Creek AD

Posted 5.26.16      

BEAUFORT- Shelby Strother, Athletic Director for Hampton County School District I, will be leaving to become the new Athletic Director at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, according to a release from Battery Creek principal Edmond Burnes. Strother is also Wade Hampton’s boys basketball coach, an assistant football coach and an economics teacher.


      He will begin his new role July 18.

     Strother is a Wade Hampton graduate, where he played football and basketball. He earned a business education degree from S.C. State and a masters degree from U.S. Sports Academy.

     At Wade Hampton, Strother has been the school’s teacher of the year and the state’s track and field coach of the year. Strother has been at Wade Hampton all 19 years of his career.

     Strother replaces longtime Battery Creek AD John Drafts, who had been in his role since 1985. Drafts learned in March he would not be brought back for another year.

     One of Strother’s immediate needs will be a football coach. Jim Shuman resigned in March after five years coaching Battery Creek. Shuman was the head football coach at Wade Hampton before taking the position at Battery Creek in 2011. It has been reported that Shuman may be returning to Wade Hampton to teach Chemistry. Whether he will coach or not has yet to be determined.
 Life Jacket tips just in
 time for Memorial Day

Posted 5.25.16     

COLUMBIA, SC- The upcoming Memorial Day holiday kicks off the boating season in South Carolina. Many people will take to our lakes and rivers for a weekend of fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, the weekend could end in tragedy for some.

     Last year, 19 people died on South Carolina’s waters in boating-related accidents. Drowning was the cause of death in 74 percent of these. While wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) will not prevent a boating accident, it will give you a much better chance of surviving if you end up in the water as the result of one.

     All vessels must have at least one Type I, II, III or V PFD (life jacket) that is Coast Guard approved, wearable, and of the proper size for each person on board or being towed. All children, under 12 years of age, are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I,II,III or V PFD while on board a Class A (less than 16 feet long) vessel. Each person riding on a personal watercraft (PWC) must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I ,II, III or V PFD. Life jackets can save lives, but only if you use them.

     Let’s all do our part to keep our waterways safe this summer. Find out more about these and other safety rules by taking a free boater education course. Find DNR boater education course listings at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/education/boated.html or by calling 800-277-4301.

Melon Fest Voted one
     of Top 13 in State

Posted 5.24.16      

HAMPTON- www.OnlyInYourState.com has rated the top 13 South Carolina Festivals That Food Lovers Should NOT Miss and the Hampton County Watermelon Festival ended up pretty high on the list.

Ware Shoals Catfish Festival Ware Shoals
2, Hampton County Watermelon Festival Hampton
3. Chitlin Strut Salley
4. South Carolina Peach Festival Gaffney
5. Butts & Bluegrass BBQ Clover
6. Columbia's Greek Festival Columbia
7. South Carolina Apple Festival Westminster
8. South Carolina Pecan Festival Florence
9. Little River Shrimp Fest Little River
10. Festival of Discovery, BBQ & Blues Greenwood
11. Ridge Peach Festival Trenton
12. Flopeye Fish Festival Great Falls
13. Palmetto State Chili Cookoff Fountain Inn

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LRWS debt re-fi saves
       over $600,000

Posted 5.19.16

Hampton, SC- The Commission of the Lowcountry Regional Water System (LRWS) gave final approval to refinance two existing bonds at its recent commission meeting. These two bonds were original bond issues from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program for water and sewer system improvements for the Towns of Brunson and Hampton. The refinanced amount of $2,417,000 at a 2.2% interest will result in nearly $625,000 savings over the life of the loan and $31,000 savings annually.

     Chairman Rhoden stated, “These two loans were originally issued by USDA in the 1990’s at interest rates of 5% or more. We knew when we formed the Lowcountry Regional Water System that this was something we could do one day to save us money.” Brian Burgess, general manager of the Lowcountry Regional Water System stated, “We identified this as an area we could save our customers money. We worked hard to put ourselves in a position financially to make this happen.”

     Carter Bank & Trust from Martinsville Virginia was the purchaser of the new bond. This bond will be paid over a 20 year period at 2.2% interest resulting in net savings to Lowcountry Regional Water System of more than $600,000.

     The Lowcountry Regional Water System was formed as a joint water system in 2012 and became operational in June 2013. Its members consist of The Towns of Brunson, Gifford, Hampton, Varnville, Yemassee and Hampton County.

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There will be a free Community Cookout that will also be a meet and greet for SC  House Seat #122 candidate Shedron Williams at Lake Warren State Park on Monday May 30th from 12pm until 3pm. The cookout will be held inside the park gates at picnic shelter #3. The event is sponsored by Friends to Elect Shedron Williams. All are welcome to attend.

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