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Not even rain can stop
LAKE WARREN STATE PARK- Even the forecast of possible thunderstorms didn’t deter the nearly 50 kids and parents from making the trek to Lake Warren for this year’s Little Buddies Fishing Program. The eventual downpour didn’t run them off either.
“We had some pretty nasty weather today, but it didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the kids,” said Little Buddies organizer and new park ranger Mark Owens. It looks like everyone had a good time even if they are a little wet. We sure do appreciate them all coming out today.”
The following are the winners from this year’s program:
Melvin Drawdy 1st place Bass & 2nd & 3rd place Catfish
Chase Haulsee 2nd place Bass
Hunter Crapse 1st place Catfish & 1st place Panfish
Hunter Johnson 2nd place Pan Fish
Raven Carter 3rd place Pan Fish
“Little Buddies is always a fun time for us at Lake Warren,” said park manager Noah Letter. “It’s always great to see the park being utilized by the community. We want to encourage more families to come out and take advantage of all that Lake Warren State Park has to offer.”
Donations for the Little Buddies Fishing Program were made possible through the contributions of: SC Park Service, Clemson University, Piggly Wiggly, Schuman’s Stop-N-Shop, Have Gun Will Sell, Food Lion, Mixon’s Auto Body and Rentals, Palmetto State Bank, ACE/Brunson Supply, State Farm – Debbie Elrod, SC Department of Agriculture, Palmetto Litter Free, Dobson’s Store, Harriot Distributing, US Forest Service.
BHPS Spring Festival
set for May 7th
HAMPTON- Ben Hazel Primary School is gearing up for their 2015 edition of their Spring Festival and they want you to be there.
The Spring Festival will take place on the grounds of Ben Hazel on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. The Spring Festival will include games, prizes, a silent auction, jumping castles, and a bake sale. Don’t forget, parents you can take the night off from cooking as their will some delicious food on sale as well. It’s a night out for the whole family!
Tickets are just 50 cents each for different events or you can purchase an armband for the evening for just $10. The armband cost does not include food purchases.
For more information, please contact the school.
S.C. High School League
votes to make changes
COLUMBIA, SC- The Executive Committee of the S.C. High School League on Tuesday elected to move to a five-classification system in all sports by a 10-5 vote.
The change would take effect in the 2016-17 school year, and the SCHSL’s staff will present the committee with a final plan for the alignment of classifications and regions in September.
“It’s a change, there’s new opportunities and new challenges that go along with it,” commissioner Jerome Singleton said. “We welcome it. South Carolina gets it right most of the time and we’ve got a great membership that works together.”
It is the first expansion of the state’s classification system in almost 50 years. According to the League’s Palmetto’s Finest record book, the first Class 4A competitions were held during the 1968-69 school year.
Facing concerns about disparity of resources between the largest and smallest schools in each of the current four classifications, representatives from each class had proposed expanding the number of classifications during this year’s realignment process.
According to representatives on the Executive Committee, the memberships of Class A and 2A were in favor of the five classification plan. The committee considered going to six classifications, but that motion was defeated 8-7. A hybrid 6A-5A system, in which 5A and 6A teams would compete interchangeably in region, was considered but not brought to vote.
“With five or six classes, you have a more level playing field,” Singleton told the committee, also noting that smaller numbers in each classification would make it easier to limit the number of teams in the playoffs. He said the change possibly would cause logistical travel difficulties for some schools, as smaller regions could force some school to travel to far-flung opponents in region competition.
Committee member Darryl Nance said his main concern was that a school such as Hartsville, enrollment 1,399, should not be playing Wando, a 3,551-student school. Those teams are currently the smallest and largest, respectively, in the 52-team Class 4A. In the five classification system, Wando would move to 5A, while Hartsville likely would remain in Class 4A.
The 208 member schools would be separated into classifications based on 135-day average enrollment figures provided by the state department of education in mid-May. The committee made no stipulations that the classifications have an equal number of schools, or set specific ranges for enrollment figures in any of the classes. Singleton said the League will allow for suggestions on where the lines should be drawn.
The league would use that input to develop a realignment plan that would be presented in August, open for appeal, and then submitted to the executive committee for final approval, likely in September.
Under the 5A system, there also will be five football state championships, instead of the current seven – which includes two divisional championships in Classes 4A, 3A and 2A.
The committee also decided to set aside an amendment, passed by the Legislative Assembly in March, that would require all non-public schools in the league – such as Bishop England, Christ Church and West Columbia’s Grey Collegiate Academy – to play up one classification from what is indicated by their enrollment figures.
Singleton said it is possible that under the 5A system, some of those private schools might be moving up a classification anyway.
As to how this decision may change classifications at Wade Hampton or at Estill High School that still remains to be seen. Chances are both Wade Hampton (Class AA) and Estill High School (Class A) will remain in their respective classes although there may be some shifting as far as region designation is concerned.
State unemployment rate
climbs to 6.7%
COLUMBIA, SC - South Carolina’s unemployment rate inched up to 6.7 percent in March from 6.6 percent in February, as more people began seeking work because of an improving economy or they migrated to the state for manufacturing jobs.
March marked the 14th consecutive month that the labor force has grown, according to a report released Tuesday by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. It showed the number of South Carolinians working in March increased 5,838 from February and reached another all-time high with an estimated 2,096,110 people working.
The workforce is growing because people are feeling more confident about the chances of finding a job and are entering the job market, said College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner, and because workers are moving into the state to fill the growing number of jobs in fields like aviation and automotive manufacturing,
“We have both of those things happening,” said Hefner, who added that while creating high tech manufacturing jobs doesn’t help employ South Carolinians without the training to fill them, the services used and money spent by workers new to the state does ripple into the economy and create lower-skilled jobs elsewhere.
“I hate to use the term trickle down effect, but that’s what it is,” he said.
March also marked the 64th consecutive month of employment growth in the Palmetto State, the agency said. Although the jobless numbers still lag behind the United States rate of 5.5 percent.
South Carolina’s most prominent job increase in March occurred in construction, with an increase of 1,100 since February and 5,900 since March of 2014.
Construction makes up 15 percent of the gross national product, University of South Carolina economist Joey Von Nessen noted, and new home construction helps bolster other jobs sectors.
“You look beyond the sticks and the bricks and you’ve got a good piece of the economy there,” he said. “It’s a major, major industry and to see it come back is going to have a multiplier effect.”
The state also saw additional gains in education and health services, with an increase of 700 jobs, and government, with an increase of 100 jobs.
Industries reporting declines since February were leisure and hospitality (a decrease of 2,400); trade, transportation, and utilities (a drop of 1,500); professional and business services (a decrease of 700); financial activities (a drop of 500); manufacturing (a decrease of 200); and other services (a drop of 200).
However, Hefner noted that those drops were in large part due to seasonal adjustments - a complicated formula used to figure in cyclical job fluctuations.
“But if you look at non-seasonally adjusted (numbers), unemployment dropped in every county in the state,” he said. “That’s just remarkable.”
Lexington County led the state with the lowest unemployment, 5.1 percent. Allendale had the highest, 12.5 percent.
Salk 5K May 2nd
ALLENDALE,SC- The Salkehatchie Sprint 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday May 2nd on the USC Salkehatchie campus in Allendale, SC. Race Day registration will begin at7:30 AM in the Science Building Atrium. 5K Run/Walk will start at 8:30 AM and 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 9:30 AM. Awards ceremony will be held at 10:00 in the Science Building atrium on campus.
The course will be mostly flat and will go through campus starting and finishing at the Science Building.
Awards will be given to top 3 overall Male and Female finishers in the 5K as well as age group winners in the following divisions:
12 and under
60 and over.
Cost is $20 for the 5K in advance of race day, $25 on race day. $10 in advance for 1 mile fun run and $15 day of race. Salkehatchie faculty, staff, and students will receive half price registration with valid ID. More info can be found at http://uscsalkehatchie.sc.edu/home/news-post/salk-5k/.
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Hampton Co. Rabies
HAMPTON COUNTY- Hampton County Rabies Clinics will be held during the month of April. Vaccination fees may vary by clinic location, but will not exceed $10 per pet. Please note that dogs MUST be on a leash and cats in a box or carrier. Clinics are scheduled for the following dates and times:
Saturday, April 25th
10:00 - 10:30am Gifford (Gifford Town Hall)
11:00 -12:30pm Estill (Estill Town Hall)
Saturday, May 2nd
10:00 - 11:00am Brunson (Brunson Town Hall)
11:30 - 1:30pm Hampton (Hampton Animal Hospital
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Hampton Friends of the Arts is now offering Acrylic Art Classes on Monday and Wednesday afternoon and evenings in the Green Room at the Palmetto Theatre on Lee Avenue in Hampton.
Featured are a Kid’s Art Class (ages 6-10) with Mrs. Joanne Phillips on Monday from 4:00pm – 5:30pm and Monday night Craven Art Class with artist Brenda Craven from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. There is also a Wednesday afternoon Advanced Adult Acrylics Class with Brenda Craven.
Weekly classes are $20 for Monday classes and $28 for the Wednesday Advanced Adult classes. All materials are provided for the classes.
Another Advanced Acrylic class is offered once a month on Saturdays from 11:00am until 2:00pm with artist Sharon Taylor Padgett from Aiken, SC. Class fees are $40 for each Saturday session, and all materials are supplied for the class.
For more information, please contact Rob Harrelson at the Palmetto Theatre at 803-943-3100.
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