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Toys for Tots Holiday Hope Deadline.................Dec. 22nd
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   Community of One sponsoring
   "Toys for Tots Holiday Hope"

Posted 12.19.14    
Estill- Community of One, a 501(c)3 organization in Hampton County, is asking that you join them in the "Toys for Tots Holiday Hope" effort by donating new, unwrapped toys from now until the end of the day on Dec. 22nd. Your donation will bring hope to a child in need and will allow them to share the same joy that most of us share on Christmas.
These toys can be dropped off at the following locations:
The Estill Town Hall
323 Martin Luthur King Jr. Blvd. South
Estill S.C. 29918

Edward Jones Financial Advisor
Kevin Braddock- Consultant
404 Elm St. West
Hampton S.C. 29924

or call 803-625-0586; 843-589-2187 or 803-942-0472


            Holiday closings &
    schedule changes

Posted 12.19.14    
Hampton County- Here is a listing of all closings and schedule changes that HCGTs has at this time. If any more are submitted they will be posted immediately:
Town of Hampton
The Town of Hampton will be closed Dec. 24th, 25th & 26th in observance of the Christmas Holidays.
The Town of Hampton will be closed Jan. 1st in observance of the New Year Holiday.
Garbage that is usually picked up on Thursday in the Town of Hampton will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 26th and Jan. 2nd. The Tuesday route next week and the following week will remain the same. 

Hampton County
Hampton County will be closed on Dec. 24th, 25th & 26th in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
Hampton County will be closed on Jan. 1st in observance of the New Year Holiday.
Recycling centers will be open on Christmas Eve from 7:00am until 1:00pm and then will be back on their regular schedule.
Hampton County will be closed on in observance of the New Year Holiday.Recycling centers will be open on and then will be back on their regular schedule.

   Santa is coming to Brunson!

Posted 12.17.14     
Brunson—Santa is coming! Santa is coming! Santa is coming to town! Actually Santa is coming to Brunson!
     The Town of Brunson, Brunson Elementary School and the Brunson Community is sponsoring “Santa is Coming to Town on Thursday, December 18th at 7:30pm on Railroad Avenue in downtown Brunson.
     There will be lots of fun stuff for young and old alike and you are asked to bring your chairs, blankets, gloves and a hat to keep warm. The weather is expected to be in the low 60’s tomorrow and should be down in the mid to low 50’s by the time Santa makes his appearance. If anyone in the community would like to donate sweets for kids please bring them along.
     For more information, please call the Brunson Town Hall at 632-3363 or Brunson Elementary School at 398-5584.

    Palmetto Electric warns
  customers of new scam

Posted 12.16.14        
Ridgeland- Palmetto Electric Cooperative has released the following statement:
Scammers, misrepresenting themselves as co-op employees are calling members and telling them that their meters are being changed out and they need to pay a deposit. Palmetto Electric is changing out meters and owners are notified prior to the meter changeout, but there is no fee involved.
     Never provide a SSN# credit card/debit card# or banking info to anyone requesting it by phone, online or in person unless you initiated contact and feel confient with who you are speaking. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be a Palmetto Electric employee, call your local Palmetto Electric office for verification, and notify local authorities about the scam.
     You can call Hampton at 803-943-4185, Hilton Head at 843-68-5551 or Ridgeland 843-726-5551.

    Yemassee Fire Dept. problems 
   continue; Another arrest made

Posted 12.15.14         
Yemassee— Obviously enough is not enough when it comes to problems in Yemassee and those problems just seem to be getting worse.
     Deandre Griffin of Yemassee will face arson charges after being arrested early on Friday and charged with three counts of third-degree arson. The 18-year-old fire department volunteer has been accused of being involved in fires started at the Family Dollar on Yemassee Highway in September, and a mobile home on Old Salkehatchie Highway last year, according to Yemassee police Capt. Gregory Alexander. There is a third charge but the location of that incident has not been released. 
     Another young man was also charged with Griffin. Christopher Williams faces the same charges as Griffin while also being charged with several crimes associated with setting fire to the Town Hall and Fire Department on November 18th with another individual. Griffin was inside the Yemassee Town Hall/Fire Department when the fire was started.
     Yemassee Fire Chief Paul Holmes has not made up his mind as to whether Griffin should be released from the Yemassee Fire Department or not. Holmes did say that he felt Griffin was a dedicated volunteer.
     Griffin and Williams have been denied bond and local police and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division are continuing to investigate a series of fires that remain unsolved that have occurred over the last year. One such fire in question happened at the home of Dominique Thompson who is accused of driving Williams to and from the Yemassee Fire Department/Town Hall before and after the November 18th incident.

   Support the Betti Crosby
  fund through PEARLS

Posted 12.11.14     
Hampton County— PEARLS stands for “Philanthropic Empowerment Among Rural Lowcountry Sisters” and was established as a charitable fund at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry in 2008 to fulfill the mission of connecting women who care with causes that matter in Hampton County.
    The Betti Crosby – PEARLS Early Childhood Education Fund was established to advance Crosby’s belief that early childhood education is the foundation for a healthy and prosperous future. Crosby worked in Hampton District I for 28 years, touching the hearts of many children and adults.  PEARLS Early Childhood Education Fund provides support for early childhood education and parenting programs in Hampton County. It is administered through the non-profit community Foundation of the Lowcountry and is under the direction of PEARLS of Hampton County Advisory Board.
    In 2014, the fund awarded its first two grants. The first grant was to the Hampton County First Steps Program, which provided books for preschool-age children throughout Hampton County through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library; the second grant went to Varnville Elementary School to promote reading through technology using the “Read with iPad” project.
    How can you support this worthwhile fund? Your tax-deductible donation will help support this work. To contribute by check, please make your check payable to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and note “Betti Crosby – PEARLS Early Childhood Education Fund” in the memo line and mail to Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, PO Box 23019, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925. To contribute by credit card, please visit the website at www.cf-lowcountry.org and select the “Donate Online” option. Then select “Betti Crosby – PEARLS Early Childhood Education Fund” from the list of funds. 
    Crosby leaves a tremendouslegacy. She was always eager to make a difference. Please held support her vision to improve Hampton County!

     PEC's Operation Round Up
     helps local communities

Posted 12.10.14    
Ridgeland— Local individuals and organizations continue to benefit from Palmetto Electric’s nationally-acclaimed giving program, Operation Round Up, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The Palmetto Electric Trust Board awarded several significant donations at their October meeting totaling $97,000.
    Organizations receiving donations include: $10,000 to the Bluffton-Jasper County Volunteer in Medicine Clinic to put toward 2014 lab costs; $10,000 to the St. Stephens Food Bank to assist with the purchase of a commercial freezer and refrigerator; $10,000 to establish a food bank in Hampton County; and $5,000 to the Hampton County Arts Council to assist with current projects and establish three additional programs.
     In other Palmetto Electric Trust Board action, a donation of $25,554 was given to Bright Ideas, a program funding innovative classroom projects. Also, donations totaling $36,803 were made to 19 individuals/families experiencing hardships or needing assistance to make their homes more livable.
     All of these donations are made possible through contributions to Palmetto Electric’s Operation Round Up programs. Participants donate an average of $6.00 a year by rounding their electric bills to the next highest dollar. Since 1989 over $6.4 million has been collected for needy individuals and organizations in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

          Unemployment rate drops
      for 2nd straight month

Posted 12.9.14    
SC Lowcountry— After a four month uptick in the Lowcountry unemployment rate, more people have gone back to work in the area for the second straight month.
     Last week federal unemployment rates for October were released. In those numbers the Lowcountry area saw drops in the unemployment rate in all four counties (Hampton, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper). Hampton County saw the 2nd largest drop with a decrease in unemployment from 8.5% to 8%.
     In the rest of the area Colleton County had the biggest rate loss with their numbers coming in at 6.8%, down from 7.4%. Jasper County had the 3rd largest drop in unemployment falling from 6.1% to 5.8%, down .3%. Jasper County now has the lowest unemployment rate of the four counties. Beaufort County’s rate fell from 6.4% to 6%.
    Statewide the unemployment rate took a slight turn upwards moving from 6.6% to 6.7% while the national rate dropped from 5.9% to 5.8%.
   The unemployment rate in Hampton County for October of 2013 was 9.4%. State wide it was 7.5% while it was 7.3% nationwide.

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