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HC Choral Society Spring Concert.........May 5
Savannah River Classic........................May 6-7
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     "Minions" coming to
     Lake Warren May 7th

Posted 5.2.16     

Lake Warren State Park- Lake Warren State Park’s “Stars Under the Stars” Movie Night continues at the park next week, May 7th with the showing of “Minions.”
    Admission to the movie is free to all and the show will begin at 8:00pm. The movie will be shown at the stage located next door to the park office. The movie is brought to you by the kind donations from Walsh Supply in Varnville. Concessions will be sold at the park office for a small cost.
Movie synopsis: Animated, Comedy 2015. Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, John Hamm, Micheal Keaton and Allison Janney
        For more information, please call the park office at 943-5051.

Early Branch man nabbed
  for Burglary in Varnville

Posted 4.27.16                                             By Shellie Murdaugh HCSO

VARNVILLE- An Early Branch man was arrested on April 26 by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office for burglarizing a Varnville woman’s home following another incident involving the same man the next day.
     Jeffery Lee Capers, 64, of 80 Reno Drive, Early Branch, was arrested and charged with burglary first degree, assault and battery third degree, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct following the reported burglary of a home in Varnville on April 25.

     Officers responded April 25 to a call from a Varnville woman stating her burglar alarm had been activated and the front door had been kicked in with lights on inside her home.  She had just left for work about 15 minutes earlier. The woman informed officers she had a camera on her front porch which was able to capture video of the suspect that she later identified as Capers. The woman explained there had been an ongoing family disagreement over heirs property with Capers.
    Once the report was filed, officers then received a disturbance call the following day on April 26 during their investigation of the burglary to respond to a civil disturbance call at a store in Varnville.  Another Early Branch man reported that a man came into the store he was in and threatened to go home and return with a gun to shoot him. The suspect, identified as Capers, had remained in the parking lot of the store as officers attempted to speak to him about the incident. Once officers approached Capers and asked him to exit his vehicle, Capers exited the vehicle, shouting obscenities at the officers. Officers attempted to calm Capers but he continued, resisting officers and falling to the ground. He was then placed under arrest for public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault and battery third degree and transported to the Hampton County Detention Center.

Phone scam costs local
      woman over $33K

Posted 4.26.16      

HAMPTON- The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Hampton are currently investigating a telephone scam involving a Hampton County woman who lost over $33,000 due to the scam.                  The 75-year-old woman reported on April 22 that over the course of several days, she had received calls from the same number from someone representing themselves as IRS agents. The woman, when urged to send the caller money or face consequences, reportedly sent money to the callers in the form of a pre-loaded debit card.
     “Telephone scams are unfortunately happening throughout the country every day and it is important for citizens to be aware of them,” Hampton County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff T.C. Smalls said. “The con artists might sound convincing when they call, but they are using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. Although a caller might threaten a citizen with an arrest if they refuse to pay, the IRS will never call someone for money.”
     Smalls said although victims are informed they owe money and are told they must pay immediately through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, citizens should never pay someone over the phone who falsely represents themselves as IRS agents or give out any personal information over the telephone.
     At the time of the calls, the person calling stated the woman owed money in back taxes and the caller gave the woman a false case number so that she would give them money. The caller also reportedly threatened her with being arrested if she did not comply with their requests for money. The scammers, according to the IRS, use various bogus telephone numbers during the process, making it appear on the caller ID of a citizen’s phone as though it is an actual call from the IRS.  After a few days of receiving calls, the woman became suspicious and contacted law enforcement. She lost over $33,000 during the scam.

As a reminder, the IRS will never:
1. Call to demand payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you an opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe
3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as pre-paid debit card
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone
5. Threaten to bring in the sheriff's office or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 Palmetto Blue to perform
    at this year's Festival

Posted 4.18.16     

HAMPTON- This year’s Hampton County Watermelon Festival will welcome a new band to the area with Palmetto Blue performing on Wednesday night of the Festival. The performance will begin at 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 22nd at Open Arms Fellowship Church on Hwy 601 N./Hoover St. in Hampton. Admission is free to this event.
     South Carolina Bluegrass Band PALMETTO BLUE is a blend of seasoned traditional music veterans mixed with the freshness of youthful band members who have been playing bluegrass music since their childhood. We are serious about having fun while passing along the tradition of our music. Our shows will surely entertain you with old favorites, lively fiddle and banjo tunes that make you want to dance and tap your feet, old time country songs, a capella trio songs, and new songs as well.
       Our band members are no strangers to the traditional music scene. In the 1970s, Chris Boutwell was the lead singer and guitarist for the band High Country, which was the premier west coast bluegrass band and recorded several LPs in the early 1970s on the Warner Brothers label. You will be challenged to find someone who knows the lyrics to more bluegrass songs than Chris. Chris plays mandolin true to the tradition and style of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He also knows the history behind the songs he sings, and will give you a bluegrass history lesson if you're interested. Chris is the 2014 recipient of South Carolina's Folk Heritage Award for his dedication to preserving bluegrass music traditions.
     Shellie Davis has been playing the bass and singing in bluegrass bands since she was 8 years old, and will delight you with her sweet vocals. Steve Willis plays banjo in the solid Scruggs style tradition. He learned banjo licks as a teenager from Little Roy Lewis, and won numerous banjo contests during his teens. Our guitarist, Ed Dalton has been playing bluegrass since his youth growing up in the Winston-Salem, NC area. He has won his share of guitar contests over the years, and since moving to South, Carolina, he has been a fixture on the bluegrass music scene.
     Fiddler Ashley Carder learned from local SC fiddlers including Pappy Sherrill and Vernon Riddle, and has been playing a driving style of old time and bluegrass fiddle for over 30 years. Ashley was the 2012 recipient of South Carolina's Folk Heritage Award and has been a member of numerous bands over the years, including South Carolina bluegrass ambassador Bill Wells' band.
     Our dobro player Dr. Larry Klein has been playing bluegrass music for over 40 years. Larry was the 2004 recipient of South Carolina's Folk Heritage Award for bluegrass advocacy, and has been a member of numerous bands over the years, including South Carolina bluegrass ambassador Bill Wells' band. Known as "Dr. Dobro", Larry has also been the host of the weekly SC ETV Radio Show, "The Bluegrass Sound" since the late 1980s.

  Savannah River Classic

             May 6th-7th

Posted 4.13.16      
ALLENDALE, SC- Join the annual Savannah River Classic Fishing Tournament, MAY 6 - 7, on the beautiful lower Savannah River in Allendale County, SC and Screven County, GA.  Categories include Bass, Catfish and Panfish for CASH PRIZES!  Youth, Ladies, Men's, and Bank Fishing Divisions available.
     They are also teaming up with Georgia and South Carolina Wildlife Federations for a Wild Game Cookoff after the tournament. Bring your best recipe to the table and get your game on!  Registration for cooking teams is $25.
     Captain’s Meeting and Fish Dinner (Included with registration): FRIDAY, MAY 6 at 6:30 PM


6:30 AM Fishing Begins at safe light

3:00 PM Weigh-In Begins - *You must be in line for weigh-in by 5:00 PM for prizes.

6:00 PM Award Ceremony


$25 Per Adult Angler

$10 Per Bank Fisherman

$10 Youth Anglers (Ages 15 & Under)

LOCATION: Lower Savannah River Alliance Education Center at 12049 Burton's Ferry Hwy, Allendale, SC 29810.
(Burton's Ferry Boat Landing in Screven County, Georgia is only 5 minutes away.)
     Register at http://www.lowersavannahriveralliance.org/events.html or call 706-826-8991.
   Spread the word by forwarding to friends, and sharing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696649843954170/ 
     Come fish with Georgia and South Carolina anglers on May 7th!

         Fun Stuff to do!

The Hampton County Choral Society has been preparing for their Spring 2016 Concert scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m., at the Palmetto Theater in downtown Hampton.
     The group is led by director Annette Tuten and will be accompanied by talented pianist, John Holley. Long hours of rehearsal have already taken place and the music for this year’s concert will showcase the many talented members of the Society.
     Audience members will recognize medleys from Rodgers and Hammerstein's “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music.” Also featured are songs from “Oliver!”, “Les Miserables,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” These famous Broadway musicals have many familiar songs for all to enjoy, so plan to attend an fun evening of entertainment on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Theater.
     Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

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