Local authors gather under the live oaks for first-ever event

Hedy Frazier and her family along with many others enjoyed meeting one of Hampton County’s own authors as well as many other local authors who assembled under the live oaks last Saturday morning at Frampton Plantation in Yemassee. The authors gathered as a part of the inaugural Authors Under the Live Oaks event, founded by Beaufort authors Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier.

“We saw the sign last week advertising the event and went online and read about it and decided to come out to visit with the local authors,” Frazier said.

A Turkey Call Started It All

It was the faint chirp of a turkey call which drew the curiosity of a Union soldier to poke his head from behind a tree, allowing a Confederate marksman to snipe the unsuspecting Yankee before his companions crossed a covered bridge upon the Broxton Plantation property, in Ehrhardt.

Several Hampton County natives to be honored at Ridgeland World War II exhibit

Ridgeland, S.C., March 1, 2017 The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is proud to announce that it has received its full $7,000 grant, awarded by the South Carolina Humanities Council, for their upcoming World War II exhibit, Homegrown Heroes: The Lowcountry in World War II, scheduled to launch Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Two WHHS band members named to All-Region

The Wade Hampton Red Devils are celebrating outstanding Red Guardsmen Band members, Jatavian Reese and Charmaine Orr. Reese, a junior, and Orr, a seventh grader at North District Middle School, both earned All-Region recognition recently. These two students participated in the All-Region Band Clinic at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. Reese, an accomplished baritone player, leads a section of the Red Guardsmen Band. Orr, a first-year high school band member, excels in clarinet. E. L.

Authors Under the Live Oaks at Frampton Plantation House & Visitors Center

Mark your calendars for the first AUTHORS UNDER THE LIVE OAKS event scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm. The event will take place on the grounds of the Historic Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, Yemassee, S.C. (Interstate 95 Exit 33). “Authors Under the Live Oaks” is founded by Beaufort authors Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier.

Ruth’s Wardrobe celebrates 45th

Hettie Dobson, owner of Ruth’s Wardrobe of downtown Hampton, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their 45th anniversary of operation.

A group of around 20 individuals attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. Hampton Mayor Pro-Tem Pete Hagood, Ruth’s Wardrobe owner Hettie Dobson, original owner Rev. Aiken R. Ruth and Dobson’s daughter, Alexis Dobson, cut the ribbon at noon last Friday, March 3.

After the ribbon cutting, refreshments were provided by Janet Housey.

Arnold Fields awards Sat. at NDMS

The Arnold Fields Community Endowment is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 Community Service Awards. These awards recognize individuals whose works and services have made a positive impact on the lives of people within the Greater Hampton County region.

The Community Service Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 11, at North District Middle School located on 611 Tillman Avenue in Varnville. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge.

WHHS performs Shakespeare, gym stage utilized

Members of the Wade Hampton High School drama club performed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 22 on the school’s gymnasium stage, which recently received a brand new pair of curtains and backing. The student actors enjoyed performing for fellow students during the school day and for parents during a 6 pm performance later that Wednesday.

Brunson Lions Club Fundraiser: “A Night for Sight”

The Brunson Lions Club wants to thank the community for all of its support in helping to provide assistance to those in need. We are able to provide eye glasses and guide dogs to those who are visually impaired. We are also able to help provide hearing aids to those who are hearing impaired. Our motto is, “We Serve.” We are the largest civic organization in the world with 4.1 million members throughout 250 countries and geographical areas. This year we are celebrating 100 years of service around the world.

Lawton an advocate for educating community about intellectual disabilities

When she is not working with the Jasper County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, you can most likely find Deitre Lawton spending time with family and educating the community about intellectual disabilities.

Lawton, of Varnville, is the daughter of Maggie E. Black Lawton and Thomas Lawton. She has one son, Ian Alexavier Lawton, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. He is now 12 years old.

HCSO promotes three officers

The Hampton County Sheriff’s Office recently recognized three officers during a promotion ceremony. Sergeant Craig Smith was promoted to Lieutenant, Corporal Timothy Sutton was promoted to Sergeant, and Corporal Will Rivers was promoted to Sergeant. Sheriff T.C. Smalls congratulated the officers for their role in leadership, ability, support and dedication to the HCSO within their respective divisions.


Hampton County natives draft school charter

According to Veronica Rea, Chair of the Palmetto Classical Charter School committee, and Cameron Runyan, committee member, their quest is to offer a viable education option for the parents of Hampton County students. With an anticipated start date of August, 2018, the fully public charter school will offer a classical model of education.

“The classical model of education has produced some of the greatest minds of Western civilization,” said Runyan.

Ulmer takes ultimate history trip

Garrett Ulmer recently returned from an ultimate history trip, one he will remember for the rest of his life.

“It was exciting to be there in that moment in history,” Ulmer recalled of his trip to the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States.

Ulmer is the son of Wesley and Karissa Ulmer of Lodge. He is a freshman at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. His mother, Karissa, is Clemson Extension Regional Lead Agent for Hampton, Allendale, Colleton, Bamberg, Barnwell, Jasper and Beaufort counties.  

Hunters, Outdoorsmen needed to be a part of Hampton County’s history

Hunters, Outdoorsmen needed to be a part of Hampton County’s history.

Hampton County Museum @ the Old Jail needs a squirrel, rabbit or other small animal tanned hide to use in an Indian artifact display.  If anyone would donate one please contact LaClaire Laffitte at 943-2215/ 943-6990  or  come by the museum on Thursdays or Sundays from 2-5 o’clock.



Deputy Justin Ayer was recently awarded HCSO Patrolman of the Year for 2016.

Dep. Ayer was nominated by his peers from the HCSO Road Patrol Division. The award was presented by the Road Patrol Division Supervisor, Sgt. Craig Smith, and Sheriff T.C. Smalls. Dep. Ayer has been in law enforcement for two and a half years, starting his career as a Reserve Officer with the Town of Cottageville, S.C. Ayer, a Class I officer with the SCCJA, also holds certifications as a Basic Instructor, Speed Measurement Device Instructor, Data Master Instructor and Standard Field Sobriety Testing.

Battle of Pocotaligo Jan. 21-22 in Yemassee

Yemassee, S.C.--A living history program with battles, infantry and period demonstrations, local authors, Gullah historian Aunt Pearlie Sue and a traveling exhibit of a life-size replica of the CSS H.L. Hunley Submarine will take place on the grounds of Frampton Plantation House and Visitors’ Center in Yemassee on Jan. 21-22. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and admission is free.

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