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 Absentee voting available
            this Saturday

Posted 2.12.16    
HAMPTON COUNTY- The Hampton County Absentee Precinct, located at the Hampton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office, B.T. Deloach Building, 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, will be open this Saturday, February 13, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for absentee voting for the upcoming Republican and Democratic Presidential Preference Primaries.      
     Voters must present one of the following forms of identification in order to vote in person:

A valid S.C. Driver’s License
S.C. ID Card Issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
S.C. Voter Registration card with photo
Federal Military ID
U.S. Passport

     For more information, please contact the Hampton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, B.T. Deloach Building, 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, S.C., or call (803) 914-2080.
     The Republican Preference Primary will be held on February 20th, 2016 from 7:00am until 7:00pm your regular polling places. The Democratic Preference Primary will be held on February 27th, 2016 from 7:00am until 7:00pm at your regular polling places.

The Republican Preference Primary ballot will have the following choices:
Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Chris Christie
Ted Cruz
Carlie Fiorina
Jim Gilmore
John R Kasich
Marco Rubio
Donald J. Trump

The Democratic Preference Primary ballot will have the following choices:
Hillary Clinton
Martin O’Malley
Bernie Sanders
Willie Wilson

Ferguson signs with Salk
sted 2.11.16
ABBEVILLE, SC- Chase Ferguson has always wanted to play college baseball, and last week, he achieved that goal.

    The Abbeville High School pitcher and outfielder signed his National Letter of Intent to play at USC Salkehatchie.
    "It feels good," Ferguson said. "I've been wishing to do this for a while. It just feels good for it to finally happen."
    Ferguson was pondering going to a Division II baseball school originally but the idea of going to a junior college appealed to him. Playing at a junior college would allow him to improve and get stronger, better preparing him for higher level college baseball.
     So, he settled on USC Salkehatchie.
   "Coach (Bubba) Dorman, he was a nice guy and spoke well about getting some playing time and getting a good opportunity," Ferguson said.
     He hopes to use the school as a trampoline to bigger opportunities.
   "I will hopefully go somewhere else to play," Ferguson said. "Maybe Division II or Division I."
   Ferguson played outfield and pitched for the Panthers last year. The lefty went 3-0 on the mound with a 1.40 ERA in 15 innings of work. He struck out 20 and walked 10.
    At the plate, Ferguson batted.236 with 10 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
   "I'd say from coaching him, he can do a lot of things well," Abbeville coach Mark Smith said. "But his biggest plus tool is his character. He's a low maintenance guy. He doesn't pout, he always works hard, he's a team guy. He's just been a pleasure to coach."
     Smith also raved about his work ethic, saying that Ferguson has added nearly 15 pounds of muscle to his frame in the offseason. That work ethic also helped him snare his college opportunity.
    Ferguson plays baseball year-round, working out at his dad's Full Count baseball facility and playing in travel tournaments throughout the summer.
   "He's a full-time baseball guy," Smith said. "He's been able to get himself out there and get noticed."
   Ferguson will likely pitch and play outfield at Salkehatchie, but Smith said Dorman really likes Ferguson as a pitcher. Ferguson knows what he needs to work on in his two seasons to jump to another program.
    "I'm going to work on velocity as a pitcher," Ferguson said. "And then just getting stronger, gaining more power and speed."

McTeer retiring from
             District One

Posted 2.10.16      

VARNVILLE- At the January 25 meeting of the Hampton One School Board, Dr. Douglas McTeer announced that he planned to retire when his current contract expires on June 30.  In making the announcement, Dr. McTeer thanked the Board members for their support during his eight years as Superintendent.  He stated that, while many districts seem to have continuing turmoil, Hampton One has been blessed with Board members who strive to maintain a professional atmosphere and always put children first.  Dr. McTeer also stated that he believes Hampton One is an excellent school district, and that the credit goes to the hard working teachers and staff.  He stated his belief that, “Any parent should be proud to send their child to any one of the schools in our District.”
      On behalf of the Board, Chairman Eugene Jenkins thanked Dr. McTeer for his faithful service.  Mr. Jenkins noted that there had been facility improvements during McTeer’s tenure, most notably the new North District Middle School.  Board members also thanked Dr. McTeer for helping to navigate the District through tough economic times.  They noted that Hampton One avoided the necessity to lay off staff after State budget cuts. They also noted that test scores in the District compare very favorably to those in similar districts throughout the State.
       McTeer stated that it would be “business as usual” for the remainder of the school year, and that he anticipates the search for a new Superintendent to begin shortly.

Steele Joins SCA Team

Posted 2.9.16      
HAMPTON COUNTY- Ms. Sandy Steele has joined the SouthernCarolina Alliance staff as Director of Operations, according to Buddy Phillips, Chairman of SouthernCarolina Alliance.
As Director of Operations, Steele will work with the region’s county developers to bring economic development projects at all stages to fruition.  In addition, she will work directly with community leaders, economic development commissions, county councils, the S.C. Department of Commerce, allies and the regional alliance board on special projects, including SouthernCarolina Alliance’s SC Promise Zone effort.
     “We are delighted to have Sandy Steele join our regional team,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black.  “As a former county developer in our service area, Sandy has worked closely with the Alliance team for several years on economic development efforts.  Now she will be part of the regional team, working with us throughout the six-county territory that we serve.”
     Prior to joining the SouthernCarolina Alliance staff, Steele served as Director of Economic Development for Hampton County from 2009-2015.  A leader in workforce development issues, she served as Workforce Development Director for the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Area from 1999-2009 and has diverse experience in working with the business community, manufacturers, and local, state, and federal government agencies.   A former member of the Colleton County Development Board, Steele was named the 2007 Administrator of the Year by the S.C. International Association of Workforce Professionals and was honored as the 1997 S.C. Ambassador for Economic Development for Colleton County.
      “I look forward to working with our business and community leaders throughout the region and around the state,” said Steele.  “Working as a member of the Alliance team presents an opportunity to truly make a difference in the quality of life of our citizens by growing our economy and community.  I believe we have some great opportunities ahead of us!”
     A graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and the S.C. Economic Developers School at the College of Charleston, Ms. Steele earned her degree from the University of South Carolina and is a South Carolina Certified Economic Developer (SCCED).  A former business owner, she founded and operated Software Unlimited in Walterboro from 1985-1995 and Carolina Kettles from 2003-2015.  Steele has been an active member of the South Carolina Economic Development Association since 2009, currently serving on the Professional Development Committee.
     SouthernCarolina Alliance, a non-profit economic development organization, serves the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.
     For more information on SouthernCarolina Alliance, please visit the website at www.SouthernCarolina.org. 

 Dewitt, Jr. publishes
    first humor collection
Posted 2.8.16    

HAMPTON- Hampton County Guardian Editor, Michael M. DeWitt, Jr.’s first humor collection, Saying Grace Over Edible Underwear and Other Southern Dilemmas will be released today, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
     Risqué yet religious, deeply touching yet light-hearted, this collection of down-home Southern humor and storytelling is both south of salvation and north of hilarious.
      Here is a sample of what you will learn when you peel back the cover of Grace:
-Is it appropriate to say grace, or “the blessing,” before eating edible
-Why Southern folks say “ma’am” to everyone, even drive-thru electronic
-Why Hopewell Baptist Church holds the Guinness World Records for both
 mass baptism  and water pollution.
-Why “country girls” love pig-testicle-cutting time.
-Why you should always wear a bra when rustling cows.
-What Southern women and Southern winters have in common.
-When it is appropriate to practice the fine art of bullying.
-What happens when a Southern belle wears makeup to church.
-Why all hurricanes should be named after Southern women.
-How boiled peanuts can ruin your reputation and your marriage.
-Why you should always hire a paramedic and a priest when hunting on
 the Sabbath.
-Why you should never carry your infant into the liquor store.
-Three reasons you don’t want to miss any of Michael DeWitt’s funerals.

     So fix yourself some iced tea, pull up the rocking chair and enjoy Saying Grace. But you might want to visit the bathroom first, lest you find yourself overcome with laughter and wet your edible underwear.
     First editions are available for only $12.99. Book events and locations will be announced soon.

 Town of Hampton to hold
     election on April 5th

Posted 2.5.16   
HAMPTON, SC- The Municipal Election Commission for the Town of Hampton announces the General Election for the offices of two Council Members for four year terms will be held at the Hampton Town Hall on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

     Further notice is hereby given that nominations for the office of two Council Members shall be received by the Town Clerk at said Town Hall by way of statement of candidacy.  The books for filing statement of candidacy for nominations for candidates will open noon, January 22, 2016, and close no later than 5:00 o’clock P.M., February 5, 2016.
     Before the hour affixed for opening the polls, the Managers must take and subscribe to the Constitutional Oath.
     The polls shall be opened as such place and designated herein above at seven o’clock in the forenoon, and close at seven o’clock in the afternoon of the day of election; and the Manager shall administer to each person offering to vote that he is qualified to vote at this election according to the Constitution of this State, and that he has not voted during this election.
     At the close of the election, the Managers must proceed publicly to count the ballots therein, and continue without adjournment until the same is completed, and make a statement of the results for each office, and sign the same.
     In order to vote in this election, persons must register no later than March 5, 2016.
     Those persons wishing to vote absentee ballot must contact the County Board of Elections and Voter Registration at 201 Jackson Avenue, West, Hampton, S. C.
     On Thursday, April 7, 2016, 12:00 Noon at the Hampton Town Hall, the Municipal Election Commission will hold a hearing to determine the validity of the ballots challenged in this election.

SC Wildlife Photo Contest

   deadline is coming up

Posted 2.4.16

COLUMBIA, SC- Calling all photographers - submit photos of South Carolina wildlife, birds, along with sporting and outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, camping, hunting dogs, etc.) and scenic landscapes! South Carolina Wildlife's 2016 annual outdoor photography competition is open to all South Carolina Wildlife magazine subscribers or family members interested in photography. The magazine's award-winning photography staff will serve as judges for the contest and winning prints will be displayed at the 2016 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic to be held March 18-20 at the State Fairgrounds, Ellison Building, in Columbia. There is no entry fee for the contest.
        All photos must be taken in South Carolina. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2016. Photos may be either landscape or portrait orientation. However, if you want your photo to be considered for our Special Sportsman's Calendar issue, it MUST be landscape/horizontal orientation. File format should be .jpg or .JPEG and MUST be at least 2Mb. For contest rules and to enter go to http://www.scwildlife.com/photocontest/rules.html.
        Find out more about the 2016 Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/psc/index.html.

    Beaufort Film Fest           starts Feb. 10th

Posted 1.25.16      

BEAUFORT, SC- Get the popcorn ready. Tickets to the 10th annual Beaufort International Film Festival are now available.
     The festival kicks off Feb. 10 and runs through Feb 14.
     Named one of the top 25 "Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2013" by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival features awards in a range of areas from features to documentaries to short film and screenplays.
    The complete list of finalists was released in December and included filmmakers and industry professionals as close as Beaufort and as far away as Taiwan, according to a news release.
     All screenings and awards will take place at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts.
      Last year, the festival attracted 10,000 people who attended some part of the four-day event.
    In addition, the film society is seeking volunteers to work in various roles during the festival. If interested, contact Michele Barker at decalverhall@yahoo.com.
      For details visit beaufortfilmfestival.com.

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