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 Hometown Christmas
 Dec. 11th in Hampton

Posted 12.1.15   

HAMPTON- Mark your calendars for December 11th for the Hampton County Hometown Christmas celebration. The event will kick off at 6:00 p.m. at the Nell Lightsey Park Gazebo in Hampton across the street from the courthouse. Some of the activities will include Christmas music, entertainment, food, and crafts by local artists. Part of the evening’s experience will be the Christmas Parade at 7:00 p.m. along Lee Avenue.  Santa will be here for a visit in front of Juliennes and Elvis is coming this year to entertain as well. There will even be snow for everyone to enjoy!
     For more information or for parade applications, please contact the Hampton County Guardian at 306 Lee Avenue in Hampton (803-943-4645, or the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce at the Hampton County Admin Building at 300 Jackson Avenue in Hampton (803-914-2143. Parade applications are due by December 7th and the Parade lineup will be at 6:30pm. Parade check-in will be at the corner of Mulberry St. and 3rd Street West. Parade entries should be decorated in this year’s theme, “Hometown Christmas.” Children are encouraged to wear Christmas costumes.

County gives reason
     for tax increases

Posted 11.26.15

HAMPTON COUNTY- Hampton County Council is issuing the following statement in response to the large number of questions concerning the Hampton County Property Tax Notice’s.  The Hampton County Council did not increase the millage on any that is under the Council’s control.  There also has not been a reassessment on your property value this year.  The increase this year is due to two factors:                                              

1. Shortage in collection of taxes (people and business’s not paying their taxes)

2. In District 1 – the issuance of a new bond (millage has to be placed to collect for the payment of this bond)

Your tax notice reflects for the following:

District 1: 4 mills increase for deficit
             22 mills increase to cover the Bond Payments due for this fiscal year

District 2: 6 mills increase for deficit
            22 mills increase to cover the Bond Payments due for this fiscal year

The County Staff in either the Auditor’s Office of Ms. Teresa Williams or Rose D. Elliott, County Administrator will be more than happy to sit down and explain your bill to you.

Teresa Williams, Auditor – 803-914-2116
Rose D. Elliott, Administrator – 803-914-2100

      Hampton County Council suggests you attend your District School Board meeting or contact your School Superintendent concerning the issuance of bonds.

Red Cross urges safety 
   during holiday cooking

Posted 11.24.15

NORTH CHARLESTON-  The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year—one every eight minutes—and most are home fires. Since Friday the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross has helped 78 people after home fires. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Red Cross encourages families to prevent kitchen fires by taking some basic safety measures.  
     “Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy friends, family, and a good meal. Unfortunately we also see a spike in home fires over the holiday and many of those are caused by unattended cooking,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross in South Carolina. “The good news is that home fires can be prevented by following some simple, safety tips.”

 Tips to avoid cooking fires include:
Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the  kitchen even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
Keep young children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
Move items that can burn away from the stove such as dishtowels, bags and boxes.
Clean the stove and the area around it before turning on the heat.
Don’t leave food on the stove unattended.
Turn pot handles to the back of the stove to avoid spills.
Leave at least one working smoke alarm on the same floor as your kitchen

IF A COOKING FIRE OCCURS If a pan catches fire, don’t move it. Slide a pan lid or cookie sheet on top of the pan to put out the fire. Turn off the heat. Keep the lid on the pan until it cools. Never try to stop a grease or oil fire with water – it will fuel the fire.
      If something catches fire in the oven, keep the door closed. Call 9-1-1 so firefighters can make sure the fire didn’t spread to the walls. If a fire occurs in the microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the microwave if you can. Don’t use it again until a repairman checks it.
     “If the kitchen catches fire, make sure everyone gets out and call 9-1-1 when outside,” State Fire Marshal Bert Polk said. “Once outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building to retrieve an item.”

RED CROSS APPS People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. Children can earn points and incentives in a fun, gaming environment while learning how to prevent a home fire and other emergencies in the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. The First Aid App provides expert advice including what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN South Carolina consistently ranks within the top ten states for home fire deaths per capita and the Red Cross assists more than 7,100 people a year, 2,000 of them children, after home fires.
     The American Red Cross and its partners, including the South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal, the South Carolina Firefighters Association, and local fire departments, are working together to save lives, reduce injuries, and preserve property. Together, they are keeping families safe across South Carolina by installing smoke alarms and teaching people how to lessen their chances of suffering from a home fire.
     The Red Cross and its partners also are asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

 WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/SC to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. To find the location of smoke alarm installation events or to become a volunteer, contact the Lowcountry SC Chapter of the Red Cross at 843-764-2323 or visit redcross.org/sc/homefires. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.

 About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SC or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossSC.

HCHS wants to recognize

       Korean War vets

Posted 11.23.15    

HAMPTON- Hampton County Historical Society wants to recognize Korean Veterans  and to  preserve for families and future generations a military record of each one who served during the Korean Conflict. We would like all Korean veterans to join us for a breakfast social on Thursday, December 3rd from 9:30-11:30 at the American Legion Hut on Hoover St. in Hampton. Feel free to bring military records, pictures and materials of your time in service (can be copied at Legion Hut).
     For more information call Steve Kemmerlin (842-4515), Virginia Sinclair (943-3622), LaClaire Laffitte (943-2215) or come by the Hampton County Museum @ the Old Jail, 702 First Street West, Hampton on Thurs. or Sun. from 2-5 PM. Please spread the word to all Hampton County Korean veterans.
     Records for those who were killed during the conflict and those no longer living are also a vital part of Hampton County’s history.

  Fun Stuff & Fundraisers

Get into the Holiday spirit by attending the Hampton Chorale Society Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:30pm.  The concert is being held at Hampton First Baptist Church.   Everyone is invited and admission is free. Please come out for some fabulous Holiday music.

The Estill Annual Fall Festival Committee
 is seeking volunteers and additional members. If interested, please contact Vikki Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 625-3243. The Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Center.

The Hampton County Watermelon Festival
 is always looking for new blood to help make the Festival a continuing success. The Committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at the Hampton United Methodist Church annex on Mulberry Street in Hampton. Your help will be much appreciated.

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