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Formation of the Confederacy Program...........Sept. 18th
Hardeeville Catfish Festival........................Sept. 19th-20th
"Starts Under the Stars"@ Lake Warren...........Sept. 20th
Small Business Workshop......................................Sept. 24th
Road Riders for Jesus Fundraiser............................Oct. 4th
Candice Glover at USCB Homecoming...................Oct. 4th
Quilting  with Maree Dowdy.........................................Oct. 5th
Shorebird Presentation (Hilton Head Is)............Oct. 15th
Girl Scout Registration.....................................Going On Now
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"The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it."
                                                                          -Ayn Rand

        Rec basketball court
          gets new look

Posted 9.18.14     
Varnville— Not only is their excitement about this year’s basketball season at the Hampton County Recreation Department, there is also excitement about the new look of the Rec Department Gym floor.
     Last year the county and the Rec Department received several complaints about the floor being unsafe with youth players constantly slipping and falling to the floor. This year there should be fewer worries about that now that the gym floor has been cleaned and resealed by the Hampton County Maintenance Department.
    “It took about three weeks to complete the work and that was staying on it from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon and sometimes longer,” said Glenn Samples with county maintenance. “The floor was cleaned by us, the lines were all repainted, and the floor was resealed with a fresh coat of polyurethane. It was a team effort and it really looks good.”
     The project was completed on a “shoestring” budget and the work was done by Samples, Clifton Morris and Hampton County Building & Grounds supervisor Dobie Hiers. After viewing the floor, County Council member Chris Haulsee had this to say, “These guys did a great job and solved a problem that needed to be solved. The floor looks great and it should be much safer for the kids. When it comes to our kids down here, safety needs to be first priority and I can see that it is.”
     The basketball court isn’t the only thing that has changed. In addition the floor on the stage has been cleaned and sealed as has the dance studio adjacent to the stage. The dance studio has also received a fresh coat of paint. Safety mats have also been added on the front of the stage and on the wall at the other end of the gym.
     “It was hard work, but it needed to be done. All of us that worked on this project are very proud of the way it ended up. Again, the most important thing is that it’s so much safer for the kids now.”
     Youth Basketball registration is still going on at the Rec Department. If you have a child that is interested in playing, then stop by the Rec Department to register him/her. Practice is scheduled to start October 1st..

   Brown wins Varnville
            Council seat

Posted 9.17.14    
Varnville—The votes have been cast and counted in today’s Varnville Town Council special election and the winner is Kevin Brown.
     Despite the good weather the turnout for today’s election to replace Lloyd “Tootie” Griffith, who passed away earlier this year, was moderate at best. Brown led the way with 122 of the 278 ballots cast with Billy Henderson reaping 91 votes followed by Doris Sheffield with 65 votes. 
     “I would like to thank all of my supporters and all of the people who voted today’” Brown said following the official tally. “I look forward to continuing Tootie Griffith's work for the betterment of all of Varnville.”
     Brown, who resides at 258 Academy Street has lived in Varnville for over seven years and is a native of Hampton County. 
      “Our oldest two sons are currently serving in the Army and I would like Varnville to be a place of opportunity for them if they decide to return home. While I have been elected to an important position, that does not make me an important person, and I will never forget that I serve at the pleasure of the citizens of the Town of Varnville for the Town of Varnville.
     Brown practices law and has an office located on 1st Street in Hampton. He will have nearly four years left on his term when he takes office as Griffith had just been re-elected before his passing.

 12th Annual HC Library
 Book Sale Oct. 9th-11th

Posted 9.16.14          
The 12th Annual Hampton County Library Book Sale will be held October, 9th – 11th at the James A. Parker Union Hall on Magnolia Street in Hampton.

     Hours for the event on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9th & 10th will be from 10:00am until 7:00pm and on Saturday, Oct. 11th from 9:00am until 3:00pm. Saturday is half price day for buyers.

      If you would like to get a first look at what’s for sale, then you can attend the Dessert Preview on Oct. 8th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. For a $10 donation you can enjoy delicious desserts and get an early start to buying your books.

      Many books have been donated, but if you would still like to donate, you can. You can donate all kinds of books including fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback, children’s books, and audio and video items.

      Remember that all proceeds go to help support programs at both the Hampton & Estill libraries.

      For more information on this year’s Library Book Sale, please contact the Hampton County Library at 803-943-7528.

"Stars Under the
  Reappears Sept 20th

Posted 9.15.14      
“Lake Warren State Park— “Stars under the Stars” is happy to bring you “How to Train Your Dragon.” The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Den DeBlois’ adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book. Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse provide voices for this magical DreamWorks Animated production.  
         “How to Train Your Dragon” will be shown on September 20th beginning at 8:00pm. The movie is free for all ages although Lake Warren State Park does accept donations. Concessions will also be available for a low price. Please bring out the entire family for a wonderful evening under the stars. 
   The “Stars Under the Stars” Program is made possible through the generous donations for the projector and screen by BB&T, Debbie Elrod State Farm Insurance, and the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce.
     The Stage at Lake Warren was made possible by the generous donations of John Winthrop, Palmetto Electric Coop, Brunson Building Supply and Park Visitors.  
     For more information on programs at Lake Warren State Park, please call: 803-943- 5051 or email lwarrensp@scprt.com.
     For more information about South Carolina State Parks, please go to SouthCarolinaParks.com or follow Facebook South Carolina State Parks or Lake Warren State Park Friends

    Gators move to 4-0!     
        Top Ridgeland-Hardeeville 24-20

Posted 9.13.14                                                     Story by Chris Haulsee
Estill— The 7th ranked Estill Gators added another notch in the win column last night with their 24-20 win over non-region foe Ridgeland Hardeeville at the Gator Pit. The Gators (Class A) have won three straight against Class AA competition.

    Scoring didn’t begin for either team until late in the 1st quarter when Jarvis Singleton picked up 16 of his 112 yards on the night, on a touchdown run, giving the Gators an early 8-0 lead after the 2-point conversion. It would almost be halftime before there would be another score, this time on a 3-yard touchdown catch by Deangelo Bryant. The 2-point conversion was good again and the Gators led 16-0. The Jaguars got back into the game with less than a minute left in the half when the scored on a 1-yard plunge by Frank Fields. The missed 2-point conversion left the Jags trailing by 10 as they headed to the locker room.

     The 2nd half began with Gator fireworks as Estill’s Justin Smoak returned the kickoff 85-yards for another score. Estill made it 3 for 3 on 2-point conversions and the score stood at 24-6. The Estill defense played heads up ball throughout the 3rd quarter, sitting on the lead until the Jags would score on a 69-yard run with only a few seconds left in the period. The 2-point conversion was good and R-H closed the score to 24-12. Ridgeland-Hardeeville would get back on the board one more time late in the 4th quarter when Deandre Dopson would score making the final 24-20.

    The Gators move to 4-0 on the year and look to improve on their state ranking next week. Estill will be at home again next week for their last non-region matchup of the year against Gray Collegiate. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30pm.
 Pats ground game pounds
         Beaufort Academy

Posted 9.13.14                                                         Story by Greg Jones
Estill- The Patrick Henry Patriots made their first appearance this season at Cone Field Friday night, hosting longtime rival Beaufort Academy. “We always seem to get up for Beaufort,” said PHA coach Mike McCoy. “Tonight was no exception. Even missing three key reserves, we seemed to come ready to play.”
     The Patriot running game was rolling again tonight, and for the second consecutive week managed over 400 yards (445). “Anytime you rush for that many yards, you are obviously playing well as a team. Your line is doing a great job so your backs can accumulate all those yards,” stated McCoy
     The Patriots scored on all their first half possessions, and led 30-12 at the break. PHA managed to score on three of their five second half possessions, and won by a final score of 54-24.
     Will Tuten once again led the team in rushing with 261 yards. QB Blair Moore rushed for four TDs and threw for one while rushing for 89 yards. Mitchell Hanna rushed for a season high 57 yards. Gill Griner added 37 yards. Drayton Carson caught a TD pass and a two point conversion.
     “Our defense really played well tonight; you take away the four long plays, and they might not score,” opined Coach McCoy. The stalwart Patriot defense allowed the PHA offense to jump out to an early lead and never look back. Steady linebacker Gill Griner accounted for eight tackles, while Justin Williams and Bryson Stanfield each made five stops. Mitchell Hanna may have had his best overall game; in addition to his offensive totals, the sophomore made four tackles and broke up a pass play.
      Patrick Henry moves to 3-1, and 2-0 in region play. Beaufort is 0-3, 0-2.
     The Patriots will be home next Friday for a region matchup with Charleston Collegiate. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

     Devils fall to 1-3 following
  38-14 loss to Gamecocks

Posted 9.13.14                                                    Story by Chris Haulsee
ampton- This season of Devil football may remind you of the old saying “Two steps forward, one step back,” especially after last night’s 38-14 loss at the hands of a more-talented Gamecock football squad from Screven County, Georgia.    

    “These kids played hard tonight,” said Wade Hampton coach David Poinsett following the game. “We executed very well at times tonight and we didn’t give up, but we also made some mistakes that were costly to us. The 3rd quarter killed us again tonight against a talented team.” 
    That was the case for the Red Devils as they showed signs of greatness with some big plays on both sides of the ball. Those signs of greatness included nine tackles each by Leeshawn Williams and Adrian Scheller and offensively by quarterback Bryson Butts who completed over 50% of his passes on the night and added 52 yard rushing on 12 carries despite two big sacks. The downside for the Devils is that they gave up 38 points that included several long runs for the Gamecocks.

     The first of those big runs came on the first offensive play for the Gamecocks when they took it to the house on a 60 yard run to make it 6-0 with just :12 gone in the game. The Gamecocks scored again to start the 2nd quarter and the Devils found themselves down 12-0 before Israel Aiken scored on an 8-yard pass from Butts. George Skinner’s extra point was good and the Devils found themselves down by only five at the half.

     The 3rd quarter would be the Devil’s demise as they went 3-and-out on their first drive. The snap on the punt sailed over the head of Skinner who was only able to recover the ball and run it out-of-bounds. On the first play for the Gamecocks, Tavarius Williams scored on a 25-yard run, boosting the lead to 18-7. With 4:20 left in the quarter CJ Wright scored again for the Gamecocks from 11 yards out making it a 24-7 game.

     The Devils would fight back and add one more score on the night when Trayvon Williams took it in on a 4-yard run and with Skinner’s point-after the Devils closed the score to 24-14. The Gamecocks would score twice more before the end of the game to end it at 38-14.

     “We’ve got a lot of guys injured right now but these kids are keeping their heads up even through the adversity,” said Poinsett.. “These kids want the community to be proud of them and what they are doing. They practice hard and they know what we are trying to do. We’re going to get there. We still need to learn some fundamentals and cut down on the mistakes and we can do that.”

     Wade Hampton falls to 1-3 on the year and will take on Hunter-Kinard-Tyler next week at Devil Hill. Next Friday night will also be Homecoming  and will include honoring the 2014 class of inductees. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
Shrimp-baiting season
    begins today in S.C.

Posted 9.12.14
Columbia-  The 2014 shrimp-baiting season opens at noon today (Friday) in South Carolina waters. Recent sampling by DNR collected below average numbers of shrimp available for fall harvest, with heavy rainfall and river runoff during the summer washing small shrimp down into some coastal areas, similar to 2013.
     Recreational shrimpers who purchase a shrimp-baiting license can legally cast their nets for shrimp over bait during this season. Shrimp-baiting season will remain open until noon Tuesday, Nov. 12. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opens the shrimp-baiting season annually on the last Friday on or before Sept. 15 each year.
The shrimp baiting season lasts 60 days, resident licenses cost $25 and non-residents licenses cost $500. The catch limit is 48 quarts of shrimp measured heads-on (29 quarts heads-off) per boat or set of poles per day, and each boat is limited to a set of 10 poles. When taking shrimp over bait, no cast net may be used having a mesh smaller than one-half inch square measure or one inch stretch measure.
     Post-season mail surveys conducted every year since 1988 indicate that recent total catches have been less than 1 million pounds per season (heads on) after peaking at more than 3.6 million pounds in 1997. Despite the decline in total catch, catch per trip has remained relatively stable, averaging about 20-22 quarts per trip since 2001. The stable catch-per-trip suggests that shrimp abundance has remained relatively good, but fewer licenses and shrimping trips are resulting in a lower overall harvest. Areas around Port Royal and St. Helena Sounds may produce the largest shrimp. DNR biologists recommend that in general, shrimpers should target areas closer to the ocean to avoid smaller shrimp.
     DNR Law Enforcement Division in Charleston advises baiters not to have bait or poles in a boat that is in the water before noon on Friday, Sept. 12. The public is asked to report violations of saltwater recreational and commercial fishing laws by calling the Coast Watch hotline number (1-800-922-5431) toll-free, 24 hours a day.
     Recreational and commercial shrimpers are encouraged to report catches of tiger shrimp in South Carolina to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at
tigershrimp@dnr.sc.gov. If possible, reports should include a photograph of the animal along with location and date of capture. Specimens less than 5 inches in length are of particular interest and should be kept frozen prior to donation.

HS will host Maree Dowdy
     from "Antique Road Show"

Posted 9.11.14
Hampton— Since its inception the folks of Hampton County have always had a tradition of quilting.
     Many individuals and families in our community have continued the tradition of quilting, an art that you can still admire many wonderful quilts, old & new, both functional & decorative still on display in many homes as well as our local museums. How exciting that Hampton County will have the opportunity to hear about the history of quilting from a true expert.
    Maree Dowdy, a renowned fiber and folk artist, will be the Hampton County Historical Society’s guest speaker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Social Hall on Sunday, October 5th at 2:30pm. Mrs. Dowdy will use slides and samples to present the history of quilting, to introduce pattern names and to demonstrate how techniques of quilting , as well as the tool so quilting, have changed over the years.
     Mrs. Dowdy has been sewing and crafting since she was a child.  Her work through the years has concentrated on conservation, restoration and appraisals of textiles (quilts, etc.), fiber works (baskets, etc.), and dolls (repairs, clothing, etc.). Her expertise is in all of these areas. Maree also judges and advises on the “Antique Road Show”, judges quilts at the South Carolina State Fair, and she repairs old quilts and other fabrics. One year she was even the quilt judge at the Hampton County Watermelon Festival!
     In 2003 Maree was honored by receiving the Jean Harris Folk Heritage Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the traditional arts. Winners of the award represent those who have demonstrated excellence in a folk art tradition and enriched the lives of the people in their community and South Carolina as a whole, through their unique talents. Mrs. Dowdy has said that she feels this award has validated her life’s work.
     The Hampton County Historical Society is very proud to be able to sponsor Maree and her quilting program on Sunday, Oct. 5th. At 2:30pm. Please mark it on your calendars to attend this wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of quilting.

    SC State Parks have
             record year!

Posted 9.10.14
Columbia— Record attendance and rising revenues at South Carolina's state parks in the past fiscal year nearly made them self-sufficient for the first time in their 80-year history.
     The 47 parks and historic sites in the system raked in $24 million for the fiscal year ending in June, covering 90 percent of the operating costs for the parks system. Revenues for the system have risen $4 million over the past four years, according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
     The system has not been self-sufficient since Cheraw State Park, the first state park in South Carolina, opened in the 1930s. The park was built using labor from the Civilian Conservation Corps on land bought in part with pennies donated by local schoolchildren.
     Hunting Island State Park's revenues totaled $3.4 million in the past fiscal year, one of the highest numbers in the system, parks department spokesman Marion Edmonds said. That figure was on par with coastal parks like Myrtle Beach and some of the more prominent mountain parks, like Table Rock, he said.
     The department has increased revenues and attendance at the parks with new attractions, such as a splash pad water feature opening at Sesquicentennial State Park in northeast Columbia.
     The department has also raised the price on cabins and campsites in better locations, such as lakeside sites, and lowered them in less attractive ones. Increased marketing has also helped raise attendance at the parks, department director Duane Parrish said.



  Fun stuff & fundraisers
                 coming up!

Small Business Workshop Sept. 24th. Thinking about starting a small business in Hampton County? If you are then please make plans to attend a free workshop Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 1-5 pm. It will be held in the Hampton County Administrative Center located at 200 Jackson Avenue East in Hampton.

This workshop will cover 3 important areas:
     How to write a business plan
     How to market a business
     Small business financing

To register call Bill Goodson at 803-584-3446 Ext. 190 or email: jgoodson@scsu.edu.

This event is sponsored by USC-Salkehatchie Leadership Institute, SC Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC) and Hampton County.

John Keler will speak on the "Formation of the Confederacy" at 3:00pm, September 18th at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
     Keller will bring his ollection of 21 flags flown by various groups during the Civil War, address the origins of the Confederacy, and trace the history of the many flags used by military regiments, state and local governments and the Confederacy. The program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation and costs $7 per person for ages 12 and older. Reservations are required by calling the museum at 843-689-6767 ext. 223, or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
The Hardeeville Catfish Festival will be held behind City Hall on Main Street, September 19-20. Included in the events schedule: Parades, beauty pageants, bake-offs, cook-offs, live entertainment, tournaments, educational events, food and craft vendors, rides, games and more. For more information, please call 843-784-3606 or go to  www.hardeevillecatfishfestival.com.
Lowcountry native and "American Idol" winner Candice Glover will perform during Homecoming Weekend at the University of South Carolina Beaufort on Oct. 4th. Glover's concert will take place on the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton. Gates will open at 5:00pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm preceded by an opening act at 6:30pm.
Tickets are free to USCB students and children under 5. All other tickets are $15 in advnce for the general public and $20 at the door. For details go to
Motorcycle Ride for Charity. The Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry & Open Arms Fellowship Church of Hampton would like to invite you to participate in a fundraiser bike ride to benefit Clyde Collins of Allendale.  Mr. Collins is in need of a kidney transplant and must have for his post surgery medications before the surgery can be scheduled.

      The “Ride for Clyde” is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th with registration beginning at 9:30am followed by “bikes out” at 11:00am. The cost is $20 per bike and $10 for passenger. Other events that will be taking place include door prizes, 50/50 drawing, highest and lowest hand and there will also be food available.
      If you need more information, please call 843-226-0735 or 843-908-0319. ********************************************************************
Nicholas Wallover will give a presentation about shorebirds at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.    
       Every year, tens of thousands of shorebirds descend in mass on South Carolina’s coast as part of migrations that span thousands of miles every year to nesting grounds as far as Alaska and the high Arctic, according to a museum news release. Many more will spend non-breeding months overwintering on our beaches, and a few species will nest along our coasts. 
     Those who attend Wallover's presentation can learn more about these birds and the role of communities in South Carolina in protecting this important part of our coastal heritage.
     Wallover is the regional biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and manager of the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point. This program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation.
     Cost is $7 (for ages 12 and older) and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, extension, or online at www.coastaldiscovery.org.
     The Museum is at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head.
Girl Scout Registration has already started at the HCRD. The Registration Fee $15.
Different age groups include:
Daisy: Ages 5K- 1st Grade
Brownies: Ages 2nd & 3rd grade
Juniors: Ages 4th & 5th grade
Cadettes: Ages 6th & 8th grade 
     Parents must attend to complete registration forms. For more information please contact the Hampton County recreation Department at 803-943-8365 or stop by the Rec Dept. in Varnville Mondays-thru Thursdays

































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