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Hunting Island Sand Sculpture Contest.............July 26th
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CCA helps DNR protect oysters
Lowcountry— Oysters are essential to healthy coastal waters in South Carolina. They provide habitat for the fish we catch, filter our water, and protect our shorelines from erosion. Oysters are the staple of one of our most iconic social traditions: the oyster roast.
Over the last three years the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken significant steps to ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of healthy populations of oysters as we have. Showing great vision, the CCA recognizes the keystone role of oysters and has chosen to invest in programs that protect and enhance South Carolina's oysters throughout Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties along the South Carolina coast.
Specifically, CCA has donated over $85,000 in equipment to enhance the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) efforts to recycle and plant oyster shell. Donated equipment includes a dump truck, several boats, and two trailers. In addition, CCA members have participated in DNR projects aimed at recycling oysters. CCA led the establishment of two new oyster-recycling locations located in Florence and Columbia. Working with DNR, CCA has deployed 15,765 bushels of oyster shell (23,707 bags) at 31 oyster reef restoration sites along South Carolina's coast since 2009.
Wade Hampton Registration
August 4th & 5th
Varnville— It’s hard to believe but school registration is just around the corner for the Wade Hampton High School 2014-2015 school year.
Wade Hampton High School Registration will take place in the school cafeteria and will take place on the following dates and times:
Grade 12 Monday, August 4th 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Grade 11 Monday, August 4th 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Grade 10 Tuesday, August 5th 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Grade 9 Tuesday, August 5th 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Alive@25 classes are mandatory for all student drivers and the cost is $35.00. Sign up for the class must take place either online at www.scaliveat25.org or by calling the South Carolina National Safety Council at 803-732-6778. All student drivers must take this safety course in order to purchase parking permits to drive to school. The last class scheduled at the school before school starts will be August 5th at 9:00 am.
Emergency Medical Responder
class starts August 5th
Hampton— Hampton County Emergency Management will host an Emergency Medical Responder Class August 5, 2014 beginning at 6pm. The Course will be held at the Hampton County Emergency Services Building in Hampton. Classes will be Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning at 6pm and lasting until 10pm. This is a 48 hour course. Course dates are August 5th – September 18, 2014. The Course is free to Hampton County employees and firefighters due to grant funding. For all other individuals the cost for the course is $50.00 per person. The Emergency Medical Responder Class takes the place of the First Responder Program. Below is a description of what an Emergency Medical Responder does.
Emergency medical responders are people who are specially trained to provide out-of-hospital care in medical emergencies. There are many different types of emergency medical responders, each with different levels of training, ranging from first aid and basic life support. Emergency Medical Responders have a very limited scope of practice and have the least amount of comprehensive education, clinical experience or clinical skills. The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is not meant to replace the roles of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technologists or Paramedics and their wide range of specialties. Emergency Medical Responders typically assist in rural regions providing basic life support where pre-hospital health professionals are not available due to limited resources or infrastructure.
Who should attend: Firefighters, Safety Officers for Industries, CERT Members, Law Enforcement, anyone dealing with Athletes, (baseball, football, soccer, basketball, cross country and many more activities), Please register by August 4, 2014. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Danielle Tison at 803-914-2155 or Susanne Peeples at 803-914-2150.
Build a sand sculpture;
win a prize July 26th
Hunting Island— Summertime is a great time to head to the beach. Some of the most fun that can be had by folks is when they take the ol’ plastic bucket and shovel and create their own mansion by the shore……..the sand sculpture.
Hunting Island State Park once again wants to highlight the skills of their beachgoers by allowing them to show off their skills at this year’s Sand Sculpture Contest. The contest will begin at the park at noon on July 26th and will be held at the beach by the lighthouse.
The contest is free to the public and is open to children, adults, families and teams. Materials for the sculptures are limited to those found at the beach, but the participants are allowed to bring hand and sculpting tools.
Awards will be presented at 3:30pm. The contest is hosted by the Friends of Hunting Island. For more information, please call Hunting Island State Park 843-838-2011.
****Editor's note! In Friday's story about the newly installed changes and upgrades to hamptoncountygoodtimes.com, a few items were not mentioned. Over the weekend some other links were added to the website including: South Carolina Fishing Report .com, SCIWAY(an information website for the state of South Carolina, Tide information for the entire coast of our state and SC.gov (your official website for the state of South Carolina). We hope you enjoy using these new and informative sites!
Hampton— hamptoncountygoodtimes.com owner/publisher Chris Haulsee has announced that there have been some upgrades and changes made to his news and information website in an effort to make the site more user friendly while at the same time creating more opportunities for readers to access a greater amount of information with one touch.
“Even though we are still receiving in excess of 2500-3000 or more hits per day, it seemed like it was getting a little stale, Haulsee said. “In the nearly three years that this site has been in existence it has constantly evolved. I talk to people all of the time about goodtimes.com as to what needs to stay and what needs to go. With the new changes we hope our product continues to draw in both new and old readers for daily updates on what’s happening in and around Hampton County.”
Some of the new changes are a mere matter of formatting. First off is the link to your local weather. The Weather Channel icon that once appeared in the banner at the top of the home page is now located in the left hand column of the home page just below our local advertiser’s links. Just click on the Weather Channel icon and go straight to your local weather. It’s that simple.
“One of the biggest things that’s been missing is access to local, state and national news,” Haulsee offered. “We have changed all of that. All you need to do now is scroll down below the Weather Channel icon in that left column and you will now find links to The Hampton County Gaurdian, The State, Charleston Post & Courier, Beaufort Gazette, Island Packet, Savannah Morning News, Augusta Chronicle and USA Today newspaper websites. You can now get your print and web news from all over the Lowcountry, South Carolina and the nation without ever leaving goodtimes.com. In the next few days we will also be adding links to several TV stations in Columbia, Augusta, Charleston and Savannah to make your news gathering efforts even easier.”
Now that you have all of your news sources on one site, it’s time to look at some fun stuff. Just scroll down below the advertiser’s icons in the right hand column and you will find access to free Sudoku and Crossword puzzles online. “I love Sudoku,” said Haulsee. “I play it all the time. I was always a big crossword puzzle guy, too. I just thought it would be great if folks had an opportunity to have some fun while on goodtimes.com. Here’s a chance to kill some time while your wife is getting ready to go out for dinner or your husband is late getting home from the golf course or the kids are bored. Sudoku keeps your senses sharp while crossword puzzles increase your vocabulary so you do get something out of it. Just click on the icons!”
Changes on the sports page are part of the upgrading. “A while back we had a High School Sports Schedule tab and had all the county school’s schedules based on what season it was,” Haulsee said. “Last year we did away with it but we’ve had several people ask us to bring that back………..so we are!” Starting with this school year goodtimes.com will have all three high school’s fall sports schedules along with North District’s fall schedule. The schedules can be found by clicking on the Sports icon. Once again you can go to goodtimes.com and with the touch of a key you can find out when your kids, grandkids, neighbor’s kids or any other kids have a ballgame. Again….it’s that simple.
With all the new additions to goodtimes.com, let’s not forget about the subtractions. Haulsee says there are only a couple. “We are getting rid of the Weird News page, mainly because it’s a pain in the butt to keep updated. You have to go and search for stories to put on there and it’s somewhat time consuming so it’s time for it to go. We also decided that links to the local colleges would not be included with the other Community Links because they should be links that are paid advertising. If the schools decide that is something they want to do in the future, we will certainly add them again.”
As anyone can see there are still several of your other “old favorites” to click on. As Haulsee mentioned before, there are several community links with the primary and secondary area schools, local governments, clubs and organizations, etc. You can also continue to get your sports news by clicking on any of the Sports Links that include everything from local Little League Baseball to SEC and ACC sports. Of course, if you want to know what’s going on from a community standpoint, then look no further than the top of the page for upcoming events.
Of the last two changes one isn’t really a change at all, it’s more of a statement. Haulsee joked, “We are getting rid of the Guest Columnist page because no one will send us a guest column. We have always encouraged people writing to us and are not going to completely discount it. Our plan is to try to update the View From the Cheap Seats page, which has always been reserved for my personal editorials, while also leaving space for anyone from the outside that may want to vent. The move was basically a “housekeeping” move to cut down on the number of pages.”
“In closing let me just say that as always hamptoncountygoodtimes.com will never be a finished product,” stated Haulsee. “It will continue to evolve and be tweaked. When you’re satisfied with what you have, maybe it’s time to move on to something else. Thanks to everyone for all the support in the last three years and into the future. Whether it’s Movie Night out at Lake Warren or an interview with the new football coach, we are here for you. We look forward to our continuing to bring you something that is not only fun to use but easy and convenient to use. Happy reading everyone!”
***hamptoncountygoodtimes.com wants to remind everyone that if you or your organization has an announcement that you want to get out, please contact us at the email address listed in the banner at the top of the home page. Any information, tips on news stories, sports scores, community event info, etc. is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Pageant Aug. 2nd
Signup deadline is Monday, July 28th
Ehrhardt— This year’s Ehrhardt Schuetzenfest is just around the corner and the committee is proud to announce that they are now taking applications for Miss Schuetzenfest Pageant to be held on August 2nd at the Ehrhardt Elementary Auditorium.
There are several categories that children can enter:
3-5 years old- Wee Miss Schuetzenfest
6-9 years old- Little Miss Schuetzenfest
10-12 years old- Young Miss Schuetzenfest
13-15 years old- Teen Miss Schuetzenfest
16-22 years old- Miss Schuetzenfest
Applications and money can be mailed to Mrs. Eunice Sease at P.O. Box 35, Ehrhardt, SC 29081. Applications can also be dropped off at Ehrhardt Motor Company in Ehrhardt, Home Federal Savings and Loan in Bamberg with Donna Moore or Kim Trantham, or Theresa Smith at the Ehrhardt Town Hall. The deadline for applications is Monday, July 28th. Applications and all money are due at this time.
The entry fee for the pageant is $30, and please make all checks payable to Schuetzenfest.
Rehearsals will be held on Thursday, July 31st at 7:00pm at the Ehrhardt Elementary Auditorium.
Beauty pageant dresses are recommended. Age group 6-9 can compete in a shot or a long dress. Dress should be age appropriate. Judging will be based on facial beauty, overall appearance, poise, grace and personality.
Grants awarded to improve
Columbia—Communities across the state are slated to benefit from public improvement projects supported by $13.3 million in funds from the latest round of the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program. The South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding CDBG funds to 24 local municipalities, representing 12,591 residents.
Locally, they include:
Hampton Co.—Brunson/Gifford Water Interconnection - $1,000,000.
Town of Ridgeland—Wise Street Pump Station - $399,565.
Town of Yemassee—Sewer Upgrade - $750,000.
“The success of our business recruitment starts with having strong infrastructure and a good quality of life,” said State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “Through these improvements to public infrastructure , we continue to help ‘set the table’ for economic development in communities across South Carolina.”
Commerce awards CDBG grants in the spring and fall of each year. Selected through a statewide competitive process, local governments receiving CDBG funding are required to provide at least a 10% match in funding to complete the projects.
Grant funds are allocated on an annual basis from the United Sates Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Commerce administers the CDBG program on the state’s behalf. CDBG assists communities in providing housing , a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities.
Recycling centers now
open 3 days a week
Hampton— Last month in an effort to balance the county budget, Hampton County Council voted to reduce services at the county “dump sites” to three days each week effective July 14th, 2014.
All sites will now operate on the following schedule. All sites will now be open from 7:00am until 7:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The only exception will be the site located at 2360 Hopewell Road (the landfill site). This site will also be open on Sundays from 1:00pm until 7:00pm.
Anyone needing to dispose of trash on the closed days can bring their debris to the main landfill, as it takes the same items as the other sites. This includes household garbage. There is no charge for citizens to use these sites.
The following is the holiday schedule for all sites:
Monday, Sept. 1st (Labor Day) 7:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday Dec. 24th (Christmas Eve) 7:00am – 1:00pm
Monday Jan. 19th (MLK Day) 7:00am – 1:00pm
Monday, Feb 16th (President's Day) 7:00am – 1:00pm
Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day) 7:00am – 1:00pm
Again, the main landfill, which accepts the same items as the centers, including household garbage, will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 8:00am until 5;00pm but will be closed on all county observed holidays.
If you have any questions, please contact Larry Smith, Hampton County Solid Waste Director at 803-625-0197.
WHHS announces 2014-15
new student registration
Varnville— Wade Hampton High School has released its information on registration for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year by asking that NEW students wishing to enroll at Wade Hampton this year, please request and complete your enrollment packet before July 25th.
A parent or legal guardian must accompany each student to begin the enrollment process. Another adult (stepparent grandparent, etc.0 can stay to complete the process.
To expedite the enrollment process, please have all of the following documents with you when bringing the student in for enrollment:
Proof of residency
Copy of the student’s birth certificate (long form)
Copy of the students Social Security card
An updated copy of the student’s immunization (shot) record
Copy of final report card or school transcript
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Peggy Stanley, Guidance Administrative Assistant at Wade Hampton at 803-943-0871 or Ms. Cassaundra Rivers, Guidance Director at 803-943-3568 ext. 1397
Fun stuff & fundraisers
The Lower Savannah River Alliance (LRSA) will be hosting a Kite outing (no, not the things you fly with a string.......the birds). The outing will be held on Aug. 2nd from 8:00am until 1:00pm and the meeting place for the event is the Lower Savannah River Alliance Nature Center, located on Highway 301 S. between Allendale and the Georgia state line.(The old Welcome Center). You will meet at the Center at 8:00am and the tour of the Allendale Kite Fields will begin at 8:30am. At 11:30am Dr. Kenneth Myer will be on hand as guest speaker and at 12:30pm lunch will be served. Cost for the event is $20 per person and if you need more information, please contact Catherine Campbell at 803-584-4207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.lowersavannahriveralliance.org.
Early voter registration is underway for 17 year old citizens who will turn 18 on or before the General Election on November 4th. Remember, voters must be registered by October 4th to vote in the November 4th General Election.
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