to receive aid
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.
Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.
Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.
Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:
Category A: Debris Removal.
Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
Category C: Roads and Bridges.
Category D: Water Control Facilities.
Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
Category F: Utilities.
Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Public Assistance.
Pats win ugly
ESTILL- Mike McCoy’s Patriots have not been in the habit of “leaving the gate” quickly this season. Excepting the 22 point explosion against Faith Christian, PHA has only scored two TDs in the first quarter all season.
Friday night the Providence Athletic Club (a home school consortium team) came to Cone Field for a non-region game. In their first two possessions last night, the Patriots were stopped first by a bizarre deflected interception, and then were forced to punt on their next drive. On their third possession, a fourteen play drive that continued into the second quarter, PHA fullback Gill Griner managed to run it in from 8 yards out for their first score. Alex Jones threw to Griner for the two point conversion for an 8-0 lead. It would be the only typical “grind it out touchdown” for the Patriots on the night.
“It was ugly,” agreed both head coach McCoy and assistant Nick Gohagan. “We had not seen any good film of Providence, but our defense still managed to do a good job of stopping them,” continued McCoy. “But it was fairly obvious they had seen film on us, and knew what we do, and prepared well to stop us.” The Patriots were forced to use trick plays (a 30 yard halfback pass from tailback Mitchell Hanna to Hunter Spielman) and a special teams TD (a Hanna 55 yard punt return) to manage a 20-0 halftime lead.
“You know we scored 26 points last week and lost, but I think I was more proud of our team last week than the way we played tonight,” stated McCoy. “We just didn’t execute well at all. Thank goodness we didn’t turn the ball over but once. It was great having senior Alex Jones back. He is really important either at quarterback or tight end. We’ve got to play better next week against Andrew Jackson to have any hope of winning,” McCoy finally stated.
In the third quarter, Batten Bostick, filling in for a cramping Hanna, found a hole and exploded for a 77 yard TD run to finish the Patriot scoring. Bostick would be the leading rusher on the evening with 91 yards. Providence did manage a very late touchdown to stave off the shutout 26-8.
Patrick Henry only managed 257 yards of offense on 67 plays. Hanna rushed for 76 yards, and Griner 46, both well below their season averages.
On defense, Griner led the team with seven tackles, three of which were behind the line of scrimmage. In fact, Griner spent so much time in the Panther backfield that the Providence quarterback must have believed he was lining up back there. Gill’s brother Garrett had his best varsity night with four tackles. Senior tackle Reeves Altman made his presence known with three tackles, two behind the line, and also with a giant hit on the their running back. Their runner took the ball towards what appeared to be a hole in PHA’s line. When he got there, Altman had beaten him to the spot, and hit him with such ferocity that it drove the runner back into his own backfield.
Hanna added four stops and an interception. Aaron Powell had three tackles and an interception, and Daniel Hauptmann had three tackles.
Patrick Henry hosts Andrew Jackson next Friday night in a game that will decide the region championship and playoff seeding. Home field advantage in the first two playoff rounds is at stake. Either way, both teams, will be at home for the first playoff round. In spite of rumors otherwise, the 8-man playoffs will begin on schedule November 5th.
HCHS to sponsor
Yemassee War talk
HAMPTON- The final program of the Hampton County Historical Society Fall Series will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 7:00pm at the Hampton Fire Station. The program will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the Yemassee War, a part of our local history that many are not aware.
The Yemassee War was the second largest Indian war in the Colonial Period and almost caused the destruction of the South Carolina colony. The presentation will examine the causes of the Yemassee War, the course of the war, and the impact and the aftermath of this history-changing war that impacted what would be Hampton County, the British colony of South Carolina, and the Southeast as a whole.
A dynamic duo and both history enthusiasts, Andy Thomas and J.R. Fennell will be the presenters. Both of these men are well-versed in South Carolina’s colonial history and especially interested in the history of the area where they grew up. Colleton County native J.R. Fennell is Director of the Lexington County Museum and the immediate past president of the South Carolina Federation of Museums. Andy Thomas, Fairfax native and former Hampton resident, has just completed his Graduate Certificate in Museum Management Studies from USC (2016). Everyone is certain to gain knowledge from Andy and J.R. of the Yemassee Indians and the British Colony surrounding the Yemassee War.
The presentation will be appropriate for older students of S.C. history. There is no admission fee for HCHS members or for students. A donation is requested from non-members. Please be on time so as not to interrupt the program.
Patrick Henry Academy will hold its annual Halloween Carnival on Thursday Oct. 22nd at the school from 5-8pm. Admission is $2 per adult and children under 17 get in free. Bracelets are $15 for unlimited games(with certain exclusions) 0r $1 each. There will be a cake walk, plinko, hay ride, haunted house, bingo, funnel cakes, costume parade, knocker balls, as well as a country store.
The Brunson High School Reunion, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5th, at the gym in Brunson. Anyone who went to "the old high school" and did not get an invitation and would like to attend, please call Bobby Sullivan at 803-632-3068, or Ruth Jamison at 803-943-4274 for more info. Young and old are needed. Doors open at 10am with lunch at 12:30pm. Dress is casual.
The Brunson Lions Club will hold its Fish Fry fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 7th from 4:30 to 7:30pm at the Lions Clubhouse in Brunson. Tickets are $8 each for eat-in or take out. Tickets are available from any Lions Club member or at the door. All proceeds go to sight and hearing conservation.
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 second Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Building.