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Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group...................Mar. 2nd
Wild Quail Management Seminar................Mar. 5th & 6th
Coastal Discovery Seafood Program......................Mar. 6th
Estill Beautification Comm. Yard Sale....................Mar. 7th
History of the ACE Basin Program...........................Mar. 11th
"Return to the Classroom" at TCL............................Mar. 11th
March of Dimes Golf Tournament..........................Mar. 13th
Civil War Sites Tour.......................................................Mar. 14th
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      Rotary Beer & Wine
  Tasting March 12th

Posted 3.2.15    
Hampton- The Hampton County Rotary Club will host their annual Beer &Wine Tasting on Thursday, March 12th at Market Square in Varnville from 6:30pm until 9:30pm.
     This year’s event will concentrate its “Red, White & Brew” flair, both above and below the equator, with a spotlight on craft beers and wine from both North & South America. Tickets are $40 and you must be 21 or over to attend. There will also be a silent auction with many wonderful items to bid on. Contact any local Rotarian for tickets.
     All event proceeds will go to benefit the Hampton County Youth Exchange Program.

    Hunting Island receives 
           high ranking

Posted 2.27.15      
Beaufort County, SC- Hunting Island State Park has again landed on a list of the country's top beaches, though it has fallen some compared to a 2014 ranking.
     The beach is No. 14 on TripAdvisor's 2015 list of Top 25 Beaches in the U.S. Hunting Island topped beaches in Hawaii, California, and Florida. One reviewer called it "a jewel of a place." 
     Last year, Hunting Island was ranked No. 7 on the travel and review website's Top 10 Travelers' Choice Beaches Awards, a similar list that was based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings on the website gathered over a 12-month period.

 Bill to limit deer take

Posted 2.24.15    
South Carolina— Senator Chip Campsen III is doing his part in the South Carolina Legislature to help overhaul the Palmetto State's antiquated hunting laws on white-tailed deer.
     Campsen, Chairman of the Senate's Fish, Game and Forestry Committee, is one of two main sponsors of a bill that would seriously alter regulation of white-tailed deer in the state.
     The bill, S 454, proposes establishing a limit of bucks in the entire state and would require tags for all deer harvested.
     In addition, the Antlerless Deer Quota Program, through which many landowners over the years have received doe tags, would be changed to the Deer Quota Program and would provide tags for bucks and does.
     Campsen and Ross Turner, R-Greenville, sponsored the bill, which was unanimously approved by a subcommittee Thursday morning and is expected to be on the agenda Wednesday before the full Fish, Game and Forestry Committee.
     “South Carolina is the only state in the nation without any limit at all [on bucks], so it’s a great thing on many fronts,” said Campsen, R-Charleston. “We're hoping [the bill will mean] better deer and better hunting experiences on private and public land. I hope it will help encourage an ethic that focuses on harvesting mature bucks in their prime and letting young deer who haven't reached their prime grow into those trophies you can be proud of.”
     Campsen is familiar with the issue he is taking on with the bill. He manages land in the pristine ACE Basin area between Charleston and Beaufort, where he hunts deer and turkey among other species.
     “This is not a theoretical issue for me, it’s practical,” said Campsen. “I'm a very avid hunter. I take great pleasure seeing wildlife respond to management practices.”
     If put into law, the bill would establish a limit of four bucks and four does per hunter per year, with the fee for the eight total tags under the new tagging program set at $15 for South Carolina residents and $30 for non-residents. The tags would only be valid on properties not enrolled in the Deer Quota Program.
     Currently, only the state's two upstate game zones have a limit on bucks (five per season). The other four game zones in the state, comprising the midlands and the coastal plain, have no limit on bucks, and never have.
     The tagging system would provide a mechanism for enforcing the limits.
     The potential changes in deer management are just what Charles Ruth, Deer and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has been in favor of for numerous years.
     “[The bill represents] basically the recommendations [S.C.] DNR put together after a decade of looking at hunter opinion, deer harvest data and research including [the Savannah River Site fawn mortality study],” said Ruth. “This is looking at the future of deer management in South Carolina. We’re trying to get something more mainstream here like other states have from a deer management standpoint.''
     Deer hunters currently only need tags for harvesting does, with the aforementioned no limit on bucks in two-thirds of the state. Campsen thinks the bill will help curtail the number of young bucks harvested from the population.
     “We have a small percentage of hunters who kill 20-30 deer a year,” said Campsen. “This will be very effective in letting some bucks grow up. I'll bet I let six or eight (8-point bucks) walk this year. I'd rather kill a really nice one.
     “By reducing the number of bucks an individual can take we're going to increase the population. If you let a small buck walk, he's going to grow into a nice buck you can harvest. If we harvest more mature deer, we'll have a better, more quality deer herd.”
     Ruth is hopeful the bill makes it through the legislature and is eventually signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.
     “We're kind of excited,” said Ruth. “We've been status quo for many lifetimes (in regards to deer management). We're going to try to be optimistic.”

  Civil War sites tour
         March 14th

Posted 2.23.15      
Hampton County- You have heard the names before……Pocotaligo, Purrysburg, Broxton Bridge, Lawtonville. These names along with many other local areas are imbedded in American Civil War lore as places where many died and those fortunate enough to live face enduring hardships.
     The Hampton County Historical Society in partnership with the Jasper County Historical Society has now made it possible for you to visit these wonderful sites by sponsoring a Tour of Civil War Sites in Hampton & Jasper Counties. The event will take place on Saturday, March 14th, from 10:00am until 4:00pm. The cost is $35 per person including your lunch. The tour will take place rain or shine.
     This tour is part of the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s March through the South Carolina Lowcountry and will allow you to follow for different Union Corps on their historic march through Old Beaufort District. You will also hear stories about those who fled and those who chose to stay. The tour will include the following sites:
Hickory Hill
Steep Bottom
Duck Branch
Whippy Swamp
Broxton Bridge

Reserve tickets are now on sale. The deadline for ticket purchase is March 7th. For more information or to purchase your tickets, please contact the Hampton County Historical Society, P.O. Box 152, Hampton, SC 29924 or call 803-943-5484 or online at contact@hchssc.org.

       Fun stuff & fundraisers
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The Technical College of the Lowcountry will offer classes to Lowcountry residents at an event called "Return to the Classroom" from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the TCL Beaufort campus. The event is free and includes two morning classes, lunch and a campus tour. Participants can choose from the following classes: Myths and Wonders of South America; Winning -- It's All in Your Head; The Art of Quilting; and The Cloud, Radar, and Apps, Oh My! Seating is limited. Register by Friday by contacting executive director of institutional advancement Mary Lee Carns at 843-470-5962 or mcarns@tcl.edu.

Umpire Class will be held March 14, 2015 at the Brunson Fire Department. Cost of the Class is $50.00 per person. You do not have to pre-register. Class begins at 9am. Call Dobie Hiers 803-942-2702 for information.

“Circle of Hope” Cancer Support Group meets March 2nd . Cancer: the one word that strikes fear into the hearts of millions – a disease that knows no race, creed, religion or financial status. Cancer affects many, not just those diagnosed. If you or someone you know is battling cancer, you do not have to walk this difficult path alone. Please join the “Circle of Hope” Cancer Support Group and get the love, support, prayer, encouragement and hope that you need on Monday, March 2nd at 5:00pm at the Harrison-Peeples Healthcare Center conference room. (Dinner will be served). For more information, please call Liz Orr at 803-943-4892, Debi Barnes at 803-943-4979 or Mary Ann Rivers at 803-943-4566.

Coastal Discovery Museum will host a program about local seafood at 3:00pm on March the 6th at the Museum at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton head Island. Hilton Head Island Sport Fishing Club president and Waddell Mariculture Center tour guide David Harter will offer advice about the best seafood to order when dining in local restaurants and buying from local seafodd distributors. Tickets are $7 and reservations are required. For details call 843-6896767  ext.223.
The Town of Estill’s Beautification Committee is sponsoring a gigantic yard sale on Saturday, March 7th in downtown Estill at Baker Square. The yard sale will begin at 8:00am and last until. Tables and spaces will be available to individual sellers and food vendors for a minimal fee. All proceeds will fund town beautification projects. For more information, please contact Rozia Burison, chairperson at 803-942-4053; Becky Elliott, co-chairperson at 843-368-5158 or Jannie Busby, public relations at 803-913-1247.

The Coastal Discovery Museum will host a presentation on the history of the ACE Basin at 3:00pm on March 11th at the museum at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. The ACE Basin conservation project celebrated its 25th anniversary in the fall, and today includes 217,000 acres that have been voluntarily preserved forever against development under conservation easements. The project was the first of its kind, and Nicholas Wallover, the regional biologist for the ACE Basin Natural Estuarine Research Reserve, will discuss how it came to be, where it is and how people can visit. Tickets are $7 and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. 
Penny Branch Golf Club will be hosting the 16th Annual March of Dimes Golf Tournament on Friday, March 13th in Furman. The tournament is a 4-man Captain’s Choice with a shotgun start at 9:00am. The cost is $60 per golfer with lunch being provided. Corporate Tournament Sponsorships are available for $300 and Hole or Green Sponsorships are available for $100. Please contact Howard at 803-625-0222 or at howard@pennybranchgolfclub.com. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.









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