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                                                      -Mark Twain

  Hwy. 68 widening
   project to begin

Posted 8.29.16     
YEMASSEE- Construction for the widening of SC Hwy 68 from I-95’s exit 38 to Hampton County’s Lowcountry Industrial Park in Early Branch should begin on September 16th of this year. The project will extend the four-lanes on 68 another 2.6 miles and will provide total four lane access from the Lowcountry Industrial Park to exit 38.
   According to Southern Carolina Alliance’s Director of Development, John Fleming, the project will begin in a few weeks and be completed by the summer of 2018. Fleming went on to say that the widening of to I-95 is critical in marketing these industrial properties to potential industries. Fleming encourages everyone by saying that now Hampton County will be able to capitalize more effectively on proximity to I-95, the major north-south corridor between New York and Miami, with full four-lane access to the interstate for trucking shipment. In addition, Hampton County’s equidistance to the Ports of Charleston and Savannah make Hampton County and ideal location for exporting and importing.
   J. R. Wilson Construction Company of Hampton County has been chosen as the contractor for the project, which involves clearing of over 30 acres of new right-of-way, utility relocations and 2.6 miles of new road.
    “Southern Carolina Alliance and Hampton County are looking forward to the start of this project,” said Brantley Strickland, Southern Carolina Alliances’ Project Manager for Hampton County. “While there may be some inconvenience during the upcoming construction, it is a job that is creating temporary jobs here in Hampton County with a local construction firm…..”

 Devils move to 2-0

   Gators, Pats fall

Posted 8.27.16
VARNVILLE- The Wade Hampton Red Devils made it 2-0 last night with a hard-fought 13-7 win against intercounty rival Allendale-Fairfax that went down to the wire.
   The night started out slow for both teams as neither could mount a sustained drive until the Red Devils finally hit paydirt early in the 2nd quarter. After a personal foul on the TD play the extra point was good from 35 yards out and the Devils held a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
   The second half started out just the opposite as the first as Allendale-Fairfax returned the kickoff for a touchdown to cut the lead to one. A blown two-point conversion left the Devils hanging on by a thread with their one-point lead. That would end the scoring in the third quarter
     The Devils opened the fourth quarter with a long drive that culminated in an 8-yard pass across the middle for the only other score on the evening. The extra-point was blocked and the Devils had extended their cushion to 13-7, but it didn’t end there.
     After trading possessions, the Tigers took over near their own 40-yard line with just over four minutes left and began to grind. After two first downs and a late-hit call in favor of the Tigers, A-F found themselves inside the Devil 20. Down to less than twenty seconds left it was time for the Tigers to put it in the end zone and that was where it ended as Wade Hampton intercepted a pass in the end zone with :16 remaining.
    “Great win for us tonight’” said Devil head coach Matt Fligg. “Always good to beat one of your rivals. We played hard and cut out the mistakes at the end of the game that we had made earlier in the game. Now it’s time to get ready for Screven County. These kids did a great job tonight. Now let’s keep up the momentum.”
     The Devils will host Screven County, Georgia next week at Devil Hill. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
    In other county games, Estill traveled to Ridgeland-Hardeeville and are now 0-2 after a 22-12 loss. I would tell you who they play next week but they can’t ever seem to supply me a schedule when you stop by the school, it is always incomplete, when you can get one, and they don’t put it on the district website. If you go to the South Carolina High School League website it has them playing Wade Hampton next week and if you go to Maxpreps (the end-all-be-all of high school sports info) they have Estill not playing another game until September 16th. (I wonder who furnishes these sites all of their info…..possibly the school???).

      The Patrick Henry Patriots travelled to Batesburg-Leesville Friday night to face the WW King Knights in a non-region game. It was the first game for both teams; PHA’s game last week had been cancelled due to weather. Patriot coach Mike McCoy has frequently stated that opening games are especially difficult. “You’re not sure what you have, and you really don’t know what the other team has.” This adage may have never been proven truer than this year. Despite having six seniors on the roster this season, PHA was forced to replace eight seniors from last season, all of whom were starters. Also, two of the three returning quarterbacks from last season are not on this year’s roster. That’s a lot of experience and yardage, not to mention tackles, to replace.

     “We are young, and despite the seniors, we are pretty inexperienced,” said McCoy. “We will get better every week, but we have to do the little things well while we gain experience.” It was the little things that cost the Patriots Friday night. In the first half, two potential scoring drives were halted by fumbles, and a dropped punt set up the Knights for a score. On defense, the Patriots allowed too many third and fourth down conversions, despite playing good first and second down defense. King managed to run 33 first half plays, wearing down the PHA defense on a hot and humid night. Despite twice moving the ball to inside the Knights’ 20 yard line, PHA trailed 14-0 at the half.

     After halftime, the Patriots came out reinvigorated. They took the kickoff and mounted a clock-chewing eleven play drive, culminating in a 14 yard Alex Jones to Tyler Morehead TD pass. Mitchell Hanna ran in the conversion, cutting King’s lead to 14-8. Early in the fourth quarter, though, the Knights struck again, taking a 20-8 lead. King’s defense shut down PHA the remainder of the way, allowing them to get no closer than the 34 yard line. The Knights scored a last minute TD to finish the scoring with a 28-8 win.

     Mitchell Hanna, taking over the tailback duties, rushed for 133 yards on 19 carries. Gill Griner rushed for 18 yards, and Morehead added 17 yards. Jones was 2-7 passing to an inexperienced receiving corps. On defense, Griner led the way with 9 tackles, while new defensive starter Reeves Altman added five tackles, which included two tackles for loss and a sack. Morehead had five tackles, and new starter Aaron Powell added four stops. Jackson Wiggins, who started at quarterback, had three tackles, as did Jones, Hanna, and new starter Hunter Spielman.

     King visits Charleston Collegiate next week; Patrick Henry will host Beaufort Academy next Friday in a 7:30 game.

Wade Hampton (H) 13, Allendale-Fairfax 6
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 22, Estill 12
W.W. King 28, Patrick Henry 8
Wagener-Salley 50, Pelion 14
Barnwell 24, Blackville-Hilda 0
Beaufort 49, Battery Creek 0
Bethune-Bowman 32, Denmark-Olar 6
Bishop England 21, West Ashley 14
Branchville 37, North 14
Calhoun Academy 28, Pee Dee Academy 14
Calhoun County 38, Gray Collegiate Academy 24
Cardinal Newman 28, Orangeburg Prep 7
Clarendon Hall Academy 38, Beaufort Academy 36
Colleton Prep 58, Williamsburg Academy 35
Dorchester Academy 38, Carolina Academy 14
Fort Dorchester 67, Colleton County 3
Hilton Head Island 40, Whale Branch 8
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 46, Edisto 15

 4-H honors local girls

Posted 8.24.16      
CLEMSON, SC- The South Carolina State 4-H Congress and Awards Banquet mark the end of the 4-H year.  Student members from across the state assemble together for four days of celebration, recognition of their efforts in the 4-H program, and to show the world that “4-H is not a pastime, but a Passion!” Hampton County teens, Martha Newton, Vanessa Gonzales, Timneisha Holmes, and Tyla Gordon, and Allendale County Teen, Starr Yamaguchi-Dunbar were a part of them.
    For senior members Martha Newton, Vanessa Gonzalez, and Starr Yamaguchi-Dunbar, this year’s event was bittersweet as they will age-out of the program. Martha began her career in 4-H during elementary school and has continued to work in various teams throughout high school.  Martha has served as an Ambassador for the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles program for several years before becoming the  Savannah Valley Regional Representative in 2014-2015 and served as the 2015-16 State 4-H Public Relations Coordinator.  Vanessa also began her 4-H Career in elementary school.  Vanessa has worked with the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles program for several years and represents Hampton County in local programs and state events. Starr joined during high school and has become an active member in the Healthy Lifestyles program as well. All three will attend Clemson University this fall.
    Rising Senior, Timneisha Holmes took to the campaign trail to follow in Martha’s footsteps.  This year Timneisha ran and was elected to represent the Savannah Valley Region on the South Carolina State 4-H Teen Council.
 Library grand opening
      September 10th

Posted 8.23.16    

HAMPTON- The dust has settled, the debris hauled off and the doors are ready to be opened. After months of hard work that included weather delays and extremely hot weather, the Hampton County Library is ready to welcome visitors.

    The Grand Opening for the new and expanded facility, located at 112 Locust St. in Hampton, is set for Saturday, September 10th. The event will kick off at 10:00am with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The rest of the day will include storytelling, famous authors, the Fire Dept. Smoke House, EMS, county government presentations and a whole lot more. There will also be hot dogs and refreshments and fun for all ages until 2:00pm.
   Please come out and support this great event which is free to all. The project was completed through the Capital Projects One Cent Sales Tax that was voted on in 2010. Other projects completed include expansion of the Estill Library, paying of the federally mandated, but unfunded, new E-911 countywide radio system and the new Hampton County Health Department. The next project on the agenda is the construction of a new recreational complex. 

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Fall Basketball at the Hampton Co. Rec Dept. will begin registration on Sept. 1st. and will continue through Oct. 31st. The cost is $50 per child that is DUE at signup. There are no exceptions! The draft for the league will be held on November 2nd. All county employees receive a 10% discount for their children and there is a public discount of $2.50 per child of a multi-child participation family. Cash or check/money order only. Make checks payable to H.C.R.D. of Hampton County Rec Dept. Credit/debit cards will not be accepted at this time.

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 2nd 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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