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Rotary Club Oyster Roast..............Jan 21
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           Battle of Pocotaligo
        this Weekend

Posted 1.18.17   
POINT SOUTH, SC- The re-enactment of the Battle of Pocotaligo will take place on January 21-22 at Frampton Plantation (Lowcountry & Resort Island Tourism Commission) Highway 17 in Point South. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and under. 
    The re-enactment of the Battle of Pocotaligo pays tribute to the gallant men of both the Federal and Confederate armies, a battle that originally took place on October 21st, 1862. The 4200 member Federal army was led by General John M. Brannan, who had the task of marching on Pocotaligo in the attempt to destroy the Chalreston & Savannah Railroad. The destruction of this line would have proved disastrous to the Confederacy.
     The Confederate army of only 450 that included artillery, two companies of cavalry, and the 1st South Carolina Sharpshooters. After the smoke had cleared, the Confederate forces had turned back the Federals with the Army of the North suffering a loss of 45 killed and 299 wounded. Southern forces had 21 killed and 124 wounded. Earthworks that were designed by General Robert E. Lee and constructed under his supervision, proved to be pivotal in the Confederate victory. Some of these earthworks can still be seen near Frampton House.
     Please come out on the 21st and 22nd for an enjoyable day of history. Tickets are available at the gate.

        Rotary Oyster Roast
       this Saturday

Posted 1.17.17    

    75th Festival plans
     are underway

 Posted 1.11.17    
HAMPTON- The year is finally here!!! That’s right, the 75th Hampton County Watermelon Festival is a mere six months away and plans for the Diamond Jubilee (yes there is a type of watermelon called the Jubilee) are underway. 
   First things first. This year’s Festival theme is: “75 Years of Watermelon Fun” with this year’s dates being June 17th thru the 25th.  The Festival Committee is already working on special additions and events for June. One of them may include involving lifelong Hampton County residents 75 years and older to participate in the parade. There may also be efforts to get all past Festival Chairmen and Miss Coastal Empire and Miss Hampton County Watermelon Festival Queens to participate as well. 
    Another 75th anniversary project is the replacement of all Festival signs that you see when entering the county. Not sure about a redesign yet, but no matter what, they will be beautiful. Cost on the signs are under negotiations with area sign companies. 
   Applications will soon be appearing on the Festival website at hcmelonfest.org in the near future. One new application will be for the Miss Hampton County Watermelon Festival pageant. Yes, the pageant will return this year as opposed to a selection process for our representative local ladies. Becky Young, along with her sister Susan Valloton, will be in charge of this endeavor, and I can assure you it will be a class production. Applications for the pageant will be available soon. Also applications for food and Arts & Crafts vendors and the parade will be available in the next few weeks. All other applications will be available on the website as soon as they are received.
     One of the biggest events during the Festival is the Street Dance and William Koger has promised to bring on some big-time talent. We still don’t know who it will be, but as soon as we know, you will know. The Festival will probably go back to having a third band for the teen crowd. This was terribly missed last year but with the construction on Lee Avenue in 2016 the opportunity just wasn’t there. 
    Another possible addition for June isn’t as glamorous or fun as the rest of the Festival but still may be something you will appreciate. This new addition would be the renting of portable, air conditioned restrooms as opposed to port-o-johns. If this happens they will be centrally located to the downtown area to accommodate for the entire Festival Weekend.
    That’s about as much news as we have for you right now about this year but there is some info from last year. The Festival did make a profit last year. The return of the carnival was a big help with that. Also the Festival made their “give back to the community” to both Palmetto Electric and S.C.E. & G. The money donated went primarily toward furnishing meals for all the linemen that took part in the Hurricane Matthew disaster. All linemen were also give Festival t-shirts.
    Finally, let me stress how important this year’s Festival is to Hampton County. The need for volunteers is always there and even more son this year. Each year the Festival Committee gets smaller and smaller and that needs to change. Most events are easy to run and take very little time when you look at the big picture. If you are interested in helping with a committee or even running a committee please contact a Festival Committee member or come to our next meeting which is scheduled for the first Thursday each month. We meet at the Hampton Methodist Church social hall on Mulberry St. in Hampton at 7:00pm. Please join us in helping to make this Festival the best one ever.

     Prepare for winter 
     storm weather

Posted 1.5.17
Columbia, S.C.- The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain for much of the state beginning Friday evening and lasting through Saturday.
     State and local agencies are reviewing emergency plans for winter weather and are urging everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe:

Before a Winter Storm

¨  Add winter supplies like rock salt and shovels to your disaster supply kit.

¨  Wrap exposed pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.

¨  Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

¨  Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for the winter season.

¨  Place a winter emergency kit in every vehicle. The kit should include: a shovel, a windshield scraper and a small broom, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, a mobile device charger, water, snack food, matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, necessary medications, blankets, a tow chain or a rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress flag.

¨  Prepare a warm place indoors for pets.

¨  Limit travel should conditions become hazardous on the roadways. If you must drive, go slowly and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination safely.



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The Estill Fall Festival Committee is always looking for new members to help plan and put on its annual event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Vikki Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 803-625-3243. The committee meets the second  Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Building.

Would you like to be a part of the “Oldest continuing Festival in South Carolina?” Then come join the Hampton County Watermelon Festival committee. The Watermelon Festival is always looking for volunteers so stop by and see them at one of their meetings. The Festival committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Hampton Methodist Church social hall on Mulberry Street in Hampton at 7:00pm. Come see what it’s all about!



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