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Fill the Stocking App Date...........................................Dec. 4th
Choral Society Christmas Concert........................Dec. 4th
Estill Mayor's Bingo.......................................................Dec. 5th
"Music of Christmas" at Sandy Run.......................Dec. 7th
Santa is Coming to Town...........................................Dec. 17th
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       Gas tanker overturns
        on Highway 63!
****************Special News Release******************

Posted 11.25.14         
Hampton Co.—
A gasoline tanker truck has turned over on Hwy 63 near the Hampton County line. Hampton County Emergency Management has issued the following release: 
     "Hampton County has a tanker that overturned around 11:30PM last night. The tanker was hauling gas with 5 compartments and has one compartment leaking. The tanker overturned between 2 bridges on Hwy 63 Walterboro Highway. DHEC is on scene, along with a cleanup crew from Savannah and to wreckers, one from the tanker company and one from Barnwell. The remaining gas is being pumped into another tanker. HC Fire Chief Greg Cook and firefighters, along with Law Enforcement, EMS and other First Responders, were on the scene all night. Hwy 63 is closed from Old Salkahatchie Rd. to Islandton. People will have to take an alternate route. It is expected the road may be closed for 2 days. Please take an alternate route.

 Choral Society to perform
  Christmas Concert Dec. 4

Posted 11.25.14     
Hampton- The Hampton County Choral Society has been providing beautiful music for the community for many years. This year marks its 22nd Annual Christmas Concert. You will want to be sure not to miss this evening of great music to put you in the Christmas spirit. You will hear familiar carols and songs such as Caroling, Caroling, Do You Hear What I Hear, Deck the Halls, The Christmas Song, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and a medley of favorites among others. Mark your calendars now for this evening of entertainment!
     The concert will be on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Theater in downtown Hampton. Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the door. For more information, please call the Palmetto Theater at 943-3100.

  Ex-Yemassee firefighters
   charged with attempted
           murder & arson!

Posted 11.24.14     
Yemassee— Christopher Williams, 22, and Dominique Thompson, 21, both of Yemassee have been charged with attempted murder and 2nd degree arson after they allegedly set fire to the Yemassee Fire Department and Town Hall building while two people were inside, according to police. 
     Both men are volunteers with the Sheldon Fire Department and worked as volunteers with the Yemassee Department in the past. Both were fired on Wednesday from the Sheldon Department after the Tuesday night incident.
     Reportedly, the fire was started when one of the suspects poured gasoline around the fire station door before igniting it. The fire was lit around 11:00pm. The suspect stated that there was a “feud” going on between the two suspects and the juvenile volunteer that was inside the station at the time of the occurrence.
     The ensuing blaze created more smoke than anything else. The volunteer, after seeing and smelling the smoke found the blaze and was able to get out of the building unharmed. 
    The fire was extinguished by two on-duty members of the Hampton County EMS after seeing the flames from the EMS Building located next to the fire station. They were aided by the juvenile volunteer. About $2,000 worth of damage was done to the building with no equipment being destroyed.
     Williams and Thompson are being held at the Hampton County Detention Center, with bonds set at $300,000 each.
     The Yemassee Police Department is working with the Hampton County Sheriff's Office to find out if the two men involved are connected to several other fires set over the past few months in the Yemassee area. 

   Mistakes cost the Gators;
     fall to Lake View 36-14

Posted 11.22.14       
Lake View, SC— Fumbles, penalties and sloppy play was a recipe for defeat for the Estill Gators last night as they were sent home with a 36-14 loss at the hands of Lake View in the Class A Division II Lower State Championship.
     Thinks started out bad for the Gators after driving down the field early in the first quarter only to turn the ball over inside the Lake View 5-yard line. The mistake was costly for Estill as Lake View would score on their next possession. Long drives and taking advantage of turnovers continued to be the key to success for Lake View as the Wild Gators took a commanding 18-0 lead after one quarter. 
     Estill finally got their act together with about four minutes left in the half when they scored their first touchdown of the night. Unfortunately for the Gators, Lake View would also hit paydirt once in the quarter as well to make it 24-6 at halftime.
     The 2nd half didn’t get much better for Estill offensively as they made no effort to recover the onside kick to start the 3rd quarter. Lake View recovered and then it was all downhill for the Gators until the final whistle. Lake View would score two more times before time expired while Estill would add one more fumble deep in Lake View territory and throw an interception into the end zone on a 4th down play from the Lake View 11. Estill did add another touchdown late in the game to make the final score 36-14.
     The Gators end their season with a 10-3 record while Lake View ups their record to 10-3. 

       SCAC taking apps for 
   college scholarship

Posted 11.20.14        
The South Carolina Association of Counties SCAC is pleased to announce its annual Board of Directors Scholarship Program. This program awards four $2500 scholarships on an annual basis to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot by the Association. Since Hampton County was selected in the draw, one scholarship will be awarded to a Hampton County student.
Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend a South Carolina college, university or two-year technical college in the fall. All applicants must complete the application form and write an essay on their aspirations and goals. Two letters of recommendation are also required. The scholarship recipient will be selected by an SCAC Scholarship Selection Committee during the month of April, with an announcement by the Board of Directors in May. The scholarship check will be sent directly to the school to which the recipient has been selected.
    Ten (10) applications have been sent to each of the three high schools in the county, Wade Hampton High School, Estill High School and Patrick Henry Academy and shuld be located in each school’s Guidance Office. Scholarship applications can also be submitted online via
    All applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than Feb. 52nd, 2015. For more information please contact Leslie Jennings via email to ljennings@scac.sc or by calling 1-800-922-6081.

    Hunt begins for Graham's
        Admin replacement
Posted 11.19.14   
Hampton— After several weeks of discussion by Hampton County Council, the process for hiring a replacement for departing Hampton County Administrator Sabrena Graham is underway. 
    Last Monday night Council agreed that the search for a new administrator needed to begin as soon as possible by at least getting the application process started. Several members of Council stated that time was starting to run out and that with the holiday season just around the corner, the initial steps needed to begin. Graham’s last day will be December 31st. She will take over as Executive Director of the Lowcountry Council of Governments on January 1st.
     On Tuesday an advertisement concerning the position of Hampton County Administrator was filed with several regional and national entities for publication such as ICMA (International City/County Management Association), SCAC (South Carolina Association of Counties), South Carolina Municipal Association, NaCo (National Association of Counties) website and the Hampton County Website. The ad will also be posted in the Hampton County Guardian and with Job Service.
     The advertisement will run for 30 days. The following is the advertisement that has been placed:


Salary: Up to $94,595 annually plus excellent benefits; Depending on Qualification.

    Hampton County, South Carolina (pop. of 21,090) seeks candidates for a highly visible position which requires superb management, operations, communications and administrative skills. The successful candidate will be a strong, successful administrator with experience managing and problem-solving in a dynamic, government environment. Candidate must be a strategic thinker with excellent communications and interpersonal skills. The county administrator position is responsible for the day-to-day management for Hampton County which provides a full range of services. Supervises expenditures of appropriated funds, ensures compliance with authority requirements, performs planning and management research, conducts personnel administration, directs media relations, and performs other administrative functions. The total adopted budget is 12.4 million dollars. County Administrator reports to the County Council.

    A Master’s degree preferred from an accredited university in business or public administration, government finance, accounting or related field; 10 years of experience in a government or business administrative position with at least 5 years of experience in public purchasing, grants administration, rural/urban planning activities, and personnel related programs. ICMA – CM (International City/Council Management Association – Credential Manager) designation is a plus. Position deadline: December 31, 2014.

    For more information on how to apply and job description, please visit Hampton County Government website at http://www.hamptoncountysc.org. Resumes may be subject to public disclosure. Equal Opportunity Employer.   

  Fun stuff & fundraisers
                 coming up!


The Mayor's Bingo will be held on Dec. 5th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm in Estill at the Bull Durham Building. Purchase one card and play all night. This is Bingo like you have never heard or seen before. Refreshments will be on sale. Proceeds will go toward financing the 18th Annual Fall Festival. 

The Sandy Run Baptist Church Adult Choir will present "Music of Christmas" December 7, 2014 at 5:30p.m. Come join us as we celebrate this special season. The church is located at 2100 Sandy Run Rd. outside of Hampton. For more information, please call 803-943-3434.

The Town of Brunson is sponsoring "Santa is Coming to Town" on December 17th. They are seeking energetic voluteers to help coordinate the event. If you are interested in helping to organize this great event for the community, please contact Barbara Junior at 803-632-3633 no later than Friday, Oct. 31st.


































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