Keep Lights Out! on beachfront property during nesting season.
Refrain from using flash photography on the beach at night.
Keep our beaches and ocean clean. Trash items such as plastic bags and balloons can cause injury or death when sea turtles mistake them for jellyfish, a favorite food.
Respect sea turtles by observing them from a distance on the beach.
Report dead or injured sea turtles and nest disturbances to DNR at 1-800-922-5431.
Report sightings of healthy turtles to DNR at http://www.seaturtle.org/istor.
Promote and support our program for continued conservation of sea turtles in South Carolina through purchase of a specialty vehicle license plate or Check for Wildlife on Form I-330 on your state tax return.
HAMPTON COUNTY- The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized its Patrolman of the Quarter during a ceremony held July 15 at the sheriff’s office.
Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Craig Smith began the program as a way to recognize a deputy whose job performance met the highest standards throughout the current quarter. The program began in December and one patrolman is recognized during a quarterly ceremony throughout the year. Those officers receiving the honor in the past were Cpl. Jarvis Lessane, Deputy Justin Ayer, and Deputy Antonio Griffin.
Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Antonio Green received the honor this quarter. Green has worked with the sheriff’s office for a year. He is a 2009 graduate of Wade Hampton High School and received a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice in 2013 from Vorhees College. He received a $50 gift certificate, a designated parking spot for the quarter he is being recognized, and a shirt recognizing him as patrolman of the quarter worn on the weekends during his shift.
“This program was started as a way to continue to build the morale within the department and as a way of recognizing an officer who reflects the values of the department and takes pride in his job,” Smith said. “In a sense it is a type of competition, however we appreciate each and every officer for all of their hard work throughout the year.”
The Patrolman of the Quarter, Smith said, is selected by using several guidelines, including dependability and efficiency. One example, he said, would be that the deputy turned his paperwork in on time and was on time for each shift he worked.
“This program is a way of recognizing the hard work and dedication of our officers,” Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. “We appreciate all of our officers for all that they do for the department and the community in which they serve.”Yemassee Night Out
Zachariah Spencer Kelehear, a third grader at Varnville Elementary, was the recipient of the annual William S. Ware award, which was presented during the awards day program on June 1 at the Varnville Recreation Department. Kelehear has attended VES since Prekindergarten. The award winner is chosen from the third grade students at VES and must exemplify scholarship, leadership, citizenship, honesty, and friendliness. Billy and Claudia Ware, Sandra W. Gooding, Martha Bouknight, and Barbara Ware, children of the late Mr. and Mrs. William S. Ware, were present. They presented Kelehear with his plaque and check and congratulated him with encouraging words. Also presenting the award were his teachers, Dawn Smith and Jacqueline Anderson.
Kelehear was presented with a $50 check and a plaque at the awards ceremony. Spence and Cindy Kelehear, his parents, and his grandmothers, Betty Terry and Lanette Bennett, were also in attendance for this special award. Kelehear resides in Varnville, S.C. He loves sports and plays youth soccer, football, and baseball. Kelehear is also in the Gifted and Talented program in Hampton School District One.