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 "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."
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Posted 7.31.14
Hampton — Panolam Industries International, Inc. (Panolam) – a leading manufacturer of engineered and decorative surfaces including the Panolam®, Nevamar® and Pionite® brand names – Thursday announced plans to consolidate manufacturing operations of its high-pressure laminate (HPL) product lines closing their facility in Hampton while establishing its Auburn, Maine plant as its flagship HPL facility. The infrastructure changes are central to Panolam’s initiative to unlock resource savings, and invest in its business to accelerate future growth.

     “Panolam is fully focused on how we can best align with and get ahead of the realities of our marketplace and the economy, and continue to innovate and differentiate our Panolam Surface Systems offering,” said Al Kabus, President and CEO, Panolam. “Building a flagship HPL facility will help us ensure we are best positioned to meet current and future production needs, and the evolving needs of our customers.”

      The Auburn plant, which also houses the company’s resin and digital printing business, is a more modern and comprehensive facility. Consolidating operations will realize considerable efficiencies and resource savings – in time, money and environmental impact – helping to improve quality and service throughout Panolam’s HPL production line. The move also provides Panolam tax relief incentives from Maine’s Pine Tree Development Program. 
     As part of its strategy, Panolam will close its other HPL manufacturing facility in Hampton, S.C. “As with any change of this scope and magnitude, and one that affects people, this decision was difficult, but it is necessary,” said Kabus. “We are very mindful of the impact these changes will have, particularly to our employees, and we are working closely with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce to proactively assist all employees through this time of transition.”
     By the end of 2014, production at the company’s Hampton plant will cease and the Auburn consolidation will be complete.            

                          About Panolam
     For more than 60 years, Panolam has engineered and manufactured high-quality, innovative surfacing solutions for a wide range of contract, industrial and residential applications. Panolam produces an extensive line of high-pressure laminates, thermofused laminates, fiberglass reinforced laminates, and other specialty products available in hundreds of colors and styles under the well known Panolam, Nevamar, Pionite, Pluswood, Conolite, and other brand names. Panolam provides the vision, value and versatility designers,architects, manufacturers and contractors seek today. All of Panolam’s materials are manufactured in North America.

             USC Salk hires new
      basketball coach

Posted 7.31.14
Walterboro- Last week USC Salkehatchie Athletic Director Jane Brewer announced that the school has named Corey Hendren the new head men’s basketball coach for the 2014-15 season. This will be Hendren’s first professional coaching job.
     Coach Hendren is a graduate of Milligan College where he was a member of the men’s basketball team for four years, earning all conference academic honors for his sophomore, junior and senior years and serving as team captain his senior year. He completed an internship with the basketball program at Milligan and also coached the JV team. His degree is in business with a concentration in sports management.
     Hendren has interned for Crossover Athletics and directed basketball camps for 3D Hoops Academy, and for Nike. He has also worked basketball camps at Wake Forest University, Charleston Southern, Appalachian State and University of Tennessee. He has also coached AAU teams in Tennessee.
     The USC Salkehatchie Athletic Department released the following comments on Coach Hendren, “We are excited to have Coach Hendren as he brings energy and enthusiasm to our program. His love and knowledge of the game and joy in working with players on the court, in the classroom and in life in general are contagious if you are around him any length of time at all. I know players and fans alike will respond to that.”
     Hendren replaces Travis Garrett who was hired in 2007 to resurrect the USC Salk basketball program that was disbanded in the early 1990’s.
The Indians quickly became a regional force under his direction, finishing as the Region X champions in 2009. He also led the Indians to several regular season Region X Runner-up and Region X Tournament Runner-up finishes.
     Under Garrett, the Indians, in March 2013 became the first and so far only USC Salkehatchie athletic team in any sport to reach the NJCAA National Tournament.
     In November 2013, the Indians under Garrett defeated the defending NJCAA National Champion and then-No. 1-ranked College of Central Florida, 93-89, to become the first sports team in school history to defeat a nationally No. 1-ranked foe or defending national title winner.

   Deadline for School Board
         filings August 15th

Posted 7.30.14
Hampton— Two seats will be up for grabs in each of Hampton County’s two school districts in the November General Election.
      The deadline to file for School Board for Hampton County School District 1(Hampton) and School District 2(Estill) is 12:00 noon on Friday, August 15th, 2014. Interested persons may file at the Hampton County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office, 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, S.C.  Normal business hours are 8-12 & 1-5.  For more information, please call (803) 914-2080.  
     In Hampton School District 1, seats that are currently held by Hannah Priester and Sandra Gooding will be on the ballot, while in Hampton District 2, seats currently held by Benjamin Burison and Myrtle Sumter  will appear on the ballot.

            Red Devil's Booster
        Club wants you!

Posted 7.29.14    
Varnville— The Wade Hampton High School Red Devil Booster Club is looking for new members to help in support of Devil athletics for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond. There are three different types of memberships that are being offered listed below.

*ISDA/Red Devil’s Booster Club – Business Membership - $185.00
1.  Two tickets for all regular season home sporting events.
2.  VIP parking for home football games.
3.  Business membership to Booster Club, including all Booster Club 

*ISDA/Red Devil’s Booster Club – Family Membership - $185.00

1.  Four tickets to all regular season home sporting events. (mut be
     husband, wife & 
 two children.
2.  VIP Parking for home football games.
3.  Family membership to Booster Club, including all Booster Club benefits.

*ISDA/Red Devil’s Booster Club – Individual Membership - $135.00
1.  One ticket to all regular season home sporting events.
2.  VIP parking for home football games.
3.  Individual membership to Booster Club, including all Booster Club 

 *ISDA – “I support Devil Athletics”

     For more information or if you would like to receive an application for membership, please contact any Wade Hampton Red Devil Booster Club member or contact the school at 803-943-3568.

      SCDNR Hunter Class Wed.

Posted 7.29.14
Hampton County—The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources requires all residents and non-residents born after June 30th, 1979, to complete a hunter education course before a hunting license can be issued. SCDNR will be holding a hunter education class on Wednesday, July 3oth, at the Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett for anyone 10 years of age or above. The class will start promptly at 9:00am, and will be taught by SCDNR certified instructors.
     You are asked to pre-register by visiting the SCDNR website at www.dnr.sc.gov or by contacting Charles Peeples at 803-942-4438. Pre-registration is helpful, but not mandatory. You may register the morning of the class if necessary. The Webb Center is not located near any stores or restaurants , so you are asked to please bring a bag lunch. 
     There is no cost for this class as it is provided free of charge by SCDNR.

               Tax-Free Weekend
     begins this Friday!

Posted 7.28.14      

COLUMBIA, SC — With forecasts of increased spending for back-to-school shopping and the 2014 state sales tax holiday in effect for next weekend (Aug. 1st-3rd), retailers are ready for action.
     Free-standing retailers from Wal-Mart to Target and Best Buy have rolled out early specials in preparation for the crowds of shoppers they expect to see as the August countdown to school days begins.
     South Carolina’s 15th annual sales tax holiday for school supplies starts Friday and runs through Sunday. It will allow shoppers to save up to 8 percent on a generous list of school supplies from laptops to new clothes to dorm decor. Shoppers typically save an estimated $3 million during the weekend, the S.C. Department of Revenue has reported.
     Retailers say the usual back-to-school basics – notebooks, pencils, paper, pens and backpacks – will all be in demand, along with clothing, including items such as socks and underwear. Additional sales could help shoppers save even more. Wal-Mart, for example, will feature filler paper packages next weekend for 17 cents, Nemeth said, well below the normal price of more than $1.
     As for electronics, college students are expected to drop about $244 this year on laptops, desktops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones and other devices, the retail group said. That’s up 20 percent from last year, and the highest amount expected to be spent since 2009.
     Experts attribute some of the projected increase in back-to-school spending this year to a slowly strengthening economy, though caution is still the watchword, they said.

Here are the items that are tax-exempt for the special period in 2014:

Adult diapers

Aerobic clothing

Antique clothing


Athletic or sport uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets and pads)

Baby bibs

Baby clothes

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)

Baby shoes



Bath mats

Bath rugs

Bath towels (all sizes, including beach towels)

Bath wash cloths

Bathing caps

Bathing suits

Bathing trunks

Beach capes and coats

Bed comforters and bed comforter sets

Bed duvets and covers

Bed linens, including baby bumper pads, canopies, baby crib padding, bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers, and shams (box springs, drapes, mattresses, table cloths, and window curtains and other window treatments are taxable)

Bed pillow cases

Bed pillows (e.g. baby pillows, body pillows, husband pillows, throw pillows)

Bed sheets and bed sheet sets

Bed spreads

Belt buckles


Blankets (e.g. afghan, baby, electric, and throw)


Bobby pins


Boots (climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy)

Bow ties


Bridal gowns and veils (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Capri pants


Coats, capes and wraps

Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers

Computer software

Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software

Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain computer software updates during the contract period

Computers (computer parts, such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners, when not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU) and accessories are taxable2)

Corset laces


Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)


Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply Dress shields



Elastic ponytail holders

Fishing boots

Formal clothing (must be sold; rentals are taxable)



Garters/garter belts
Gloves (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis)
Graduation caps and gowns (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Gym suits
Hair bows
Hair clips
Hand muffs
Hunting vests
Ice skates (rentals are taxable)
In-line skates (rentals are taxable)
Jogging suits
Leg warmers
Leotards and tights
Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (PDAs are hand-held computers used as daily planners. Please note that the exemption does not apply to cell phones with a PDA, computer applications or similar components.)
Pillow cases Pillows (all types)
Printer supplies (replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as "printer supplies")
Printers (replacement parts are taxable.
Prom dress (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Riding pants
Roller skates (provided the skates are permanently attached to the boots) (rentals are taxable)
School supplies -- including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books4, blue books5, bookbags, lunchboxes, musical instruments6 and calculators (school office and janitorial supplies are taxable)
School Uniforms
Scout uniforms
Shawls and wraps
Shoes (ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)
Shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc. (but not athletic or sport protective pads) Shower curtains and liners (shower curtain hooks and rings and shower curtain rods are taxable)
Ski boots (snow) (rentals are taxable)
Ski masks
Ski suits (snow)
Skin diving suits
Sport clothing and uniforms (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads)
Sport jacket
Support hosiery
Sweat pants
Sweat shirts
Sweat suits
Sweaters Ties/neckwear
Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen, and sport towels (paper towels are taxable)
Tuxedo (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Wet and dry suits

         Please remember to shop locally!!!

 CCA helps DNR protect oysters

Posted 7.24.14
Lowcountry— Oysters are essential to healthy coastal waters in South Carolina. They provide habitat for the fish we catch, filter our water, and protect our shorelines from erosion. Oysters are the staple of one of our most iconic social traditions: the oyster roast.
     Over the last three years the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) has taken significant steps to ensure that future generations enjoy the benefits of healthy populations of oysters as we have. Showing great vision, the CCA recognizes the keystone role of oysters and has chosen to invest in programs that protect and enhance South Carolina's oysters throughout Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties along the South Carolina coast.
     Specifically, CCA has donated over $85,000 in equipment to enhance the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) efforts to recycle and plant oyster shell. Donated equipment includes a dump truck, several boats, and two trailers. In addition, CCA members have participated in DNR projects aimed at recycling oysters. CCA led the establishment of two new oyster-recycling locations located in Florence and Columbia. Working with DNR, CCA has deployed 15,765 bushels of oyster shell (23,707 bags) at 31 oyster reef restoration sites along South Carolina's coast since 2009.

       Wade Hampton Registration
                August 4th & 5th

Posted 7.23.14
Varnville— It’s hard to believe but school registration is just around the corner for the Wade Hampton High School 2014-2015 school year.
    Wade Hampton High School Registration will take place in the school cafeteria and will take place on the following dates and times:

Grade 12                   Monday,  August 4th              8:30 am – 11:30 am

Grade 11                   Monday,  August 4th            12:30 pm –   3:30 pm

Grade 10                   Tuesday, August 5th              8:30 am – 11:30 am

Grade   9                   Tuesday, August 5th            12:30 pm –   3:30 pm

     Alive@25 classes are mandatory for all student drivers and the cost is $35.00.  Sign up for the class must take place either online at
www.scaliveat25.org or by calling the South Carolina National Safety Council at 803-732-6778.  All student drivers must take this safety course in order to purchase parking permits to drive to school.  The last class scheduled at the school before school starts will be August 5th at 9:00 am.

Emergency Medical Responder
        class starts  August 5th

Posted 7.22.14
Hampton— Hampton County Emergency Management will host an Emergency Medical Responder Class August 5, 2014 beginning at 6pm. The Course will be held at the Hampton County Emergency Services Building in Hampton. Classes will be Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning at 6pm and lasting until 10pm. This is a 48 hour course. Course dates are August 5th – September 18, 2014. The Course is free to Hampton County employees and firefighters due to grant funding. For all other individuals the cost for the course is $50.00 per person. The Emergency Medical Responder Class takes the place of the First Responder Program. Below is a description of what an Emergency Medical Responder does.

     Emergency medical responders
are people who are specially trained to provide out-of-hospital care in
medical emergencies. There are many different types of emergency medical responders, each with different levels of training, ranging from first aid and basic life support. Emergency Medical Responders have a very limited scope of practice and have the least amount of comprehensive education, clinical experience or clinical skills. The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) is not meant to replace the roles of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Technologists or Paramedics and their wide range of specialties. Emergency Medical Responders typically assist in rural regions providing basic life support where pre-hospital health professionals are not available due to limited resources or infrastructure.   

     Who should attend: Firefighters, Safety Officers for Industries, CERT Members, Law Enforcement, anyone dealing with Athletes, (baseball, football, soccer, basketball, cross country and many more activities), Please register by August 4, 2014. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Danielle Tison at 803-914-2155 or Susanne Peeples at 803-914-2150.


     goodtimes.com makes
         changes, upgrades

Posted 7.18.14
Hampton— hamptoncountygoodtimes.com owner/publisher Chris Haulsee has announced that there have been some upgrades and changes made to his news and information website in an effort to make the site more user friendly while at the same time creating more opportunities for readers to access a greater amount of information with one touch.
    “Even though we are still receiving in excess of 2500-3000 or more hits per day, it seemed like it was getting a little stale, Haulsee said. “In the nearly three years that this site has been in existence it has constantly evolved. I talk to people all of the time about goodtimes.com as to what needs to stay and what needs to go. With the new changes we hope our product continues to draw in both new and old readers for daily updates on what’s happening in and around Hampton County.”
     Some of the new changes are a mere matter of formatting. First off is the link to your local weather. The Weather Channel icon that once appeared in the banner at the top of the home page is now located in the left hand column of the home page just below our local advertiser’s links. Just click on the Weather Channel icon and go straight to your local weather. It’s that simple. 
     “One of the biggest things that’s been missing is access to local, state and national news,” Haulsee offered. “We have changed all of that. All you need to do now is scroll down below the Weather Channel icon in that left column and you will now find links to The Hampton County Gaurdian, The State, Charleston Post & Courier, Beaufort Gazette, Island Packet, Savannah Morning News, Augusta Chronicle and USA Today newspaper websites. You can now get your print and web news from all over the Lowcountry, South Carolina and the nation without ever leaving goodtimes.com. In the next few days we will also be adding links to several TV stations in Columbia, Augusta, Charleston and Savannah to make your news gathering efforts even easier.”
     Now that you have all of your news sources on one site, it’s time to look at some fun stuff. Just scroll down below the advertiser’s icons in the right hand column and you will find access to free Sudoku and Crossword puzzles online. “I love Sudoku,” said Haulsee. “I play it all the time. I was always a big crossword puzzle guy, too. I just thought it would be great if folks had an opportunity to have some fun while on goodtimes.com. Here’s a chance to kill some time while your wife is getting ready to go out for dinner or your husband is late getting home from the golf course or the kids are bored. Sudoku keeps your senses sharp while crossword puzzles increase your vocabulary so you do get something out of it. Just click on the icons!”
     Changes on the sports page are part of the upgrading. “A while back we had a High School Sports Schedule tab and had all the county school’s schedules based on what season it was,” Haulsee said. “Last year we did away with it but we’ve had several people ask us to bring that back………..so we are!” Starting with this school year goodtimes.com will have all three high school’s fall sports schedules along with North District’s fall schedule. The schedules can be found by clicking on the Sports icon. Once again you can go to goodtimes.com and with the touch of a key you can find out when your kids, grandkids, neighbor’s kids or any other kids have a ballgame. Again….it’s that simple.
     With all the new additions to goodtimes.com, let’s not forget about the subtractions. Haulsee says there are only a couple. “We are getting rid of the Weird News page, mainly because it’s a pain in the butt to keep updated. You have to go and search for stories to put on there and it’s somewhat time consuming so it’s time for it to go. We also decided that links to the local colleges would not be included with the other Community Links because they should be links that are paid advertising. If the schools decide that is something they want to do in the future, we will certainly add them again.”
     As anyone can see there are still several of your other “old favorites” to click on. As Haulsee mentioned before, there are several community links with the primary and secondary area schools, local governments, clubs and organizations, etc. You can also continue to get your sports news by clicking on any of the Sports Links that include everything from local Little League Baseball to SEC and ACC sports. Of course, if you want to know what’s going on from a community standpoint, then look no further than the top of the page for upcoming events.
     Of the last two changes one isn’t really a change at all, it’s more of a statement. Haulsee joked, “We are getting rid of the Guest Columnist page because no one will send us a guest column. We have always encouraged people writing to us and are not going to completely discount it. Our plan is to try to update the View From the Cheap Seats page, which has always been reserved for my personal editorials, while also leaving space for anyone from the outside that may want to vent. The move was basically a “housekeeping” move to cut down on the number of pages.”
     “In closing let me just say that as always hamptoncountygoodtimes.com will never be a finished product,” stated Haulsee. “It will continue to evolve and be tweaked. When you’re satisfied with what you have, maybe it’s time to move on to something else. Thanks to everyone for all the support in the last three years and into the future. Whether it’s Movie Night out at Lake Warren or an interview with the new football coach, we are here for you. We look forward to our continuing to bring you something that is not only fun to use but easy and convenient to use. Happy reading everyone!”

wants to remind everyone that if you or your organization has an announcement that you want to get out, please contact us at the email address listed in the banner at the top of the home page. Any information, tips on news stories, sports scores, community event info, etc. is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

     Fun stuff & fundraisers
                   coming up!

The Lower Savannah River Alliance (LRSA) will be hosting a Kite outing (no, not the things you fly with a string.......the birds). The outing will be held on Aug. 2nd from 8:00am until 1:00pm and the meeting place for the event is the Lower Savannah River Alliance Nature Center, located on Highway 301 S. between Allendale and the Georgia state line.(The old Welcome Center). You will meet at the Center at 8:00am and the tour of the Allendale Kite Fields will begin at 8:30am. At 11:30am Dr. Kenneth Myer will be on hand as guest speaker and at 12:30pm lunch will be served. Cost for the event is $20 per person and if you need more information, please contact Catherine Campbell at 803-584-4207 or at ccampb5@clemson.edu or www.lowersavannahriveralliance.org.

Early voter registration is underway for 17 year old citizens who will turn 18 on or before the General Election on November 4th. Remember, voters must be registered by October 4th to vote in the November 4th General Election.


























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