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.

About Frampton Plantation House

Estill P.D. donates quilts

The Estill Police Department believes in protecting and serving the citizens. Kim Wiley, Victim Advocate at the Estill Police Department, recently donated lap quilts made by The Quilting Bees of Garrett’s Grove United Methodist Church, Reidsville, N.C., where she is a member.  Each year lap quilts are donated to seniors in the community to help keep them a little warmer on cool nights.  The EPD also adopted one child on Hampton County’s DSS “Fill The Stocking Campaign” list and delivered the gifts on Dec. 12.


Sailor of the Day

Petty Officer Third Class Saydrian Williams was selected as USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) Sailor of the Day for Nov. 16, 2016.  He was selected from a group of outstanding sailors onboard NIMITZ.  As a result of his selection, he enjoyed head of line privileges throughout the ship, dined with his Leading Chief Petty Officer, and had the opportunity to sit in the captain’s chair on the bridge.  In addition, he received a NIMITZ Captain’s Coin.  Williams is an integral asset to the team and the overall mission of NIMITZ and the United States Navy.

N.D, Ben Hazel Honor Roll lists

North District Middle School


First Quarter


A/B Honor Roll

Allen, Talaya Jenae   

Anderson, Gemari Elizabeth   

Ayer, James Peyton   

Baxley, Thomas Jacob   

Bennett, Ashley Heather   

Booker, Brandon Scott   

Boyles, Brooks Edward   

Brunson, Calin Clay   

Carroll, Juan Alejandro   

Clement, Harlee Lynn   

Genesis Cafe grand opening

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Genesis Cafe, in Yemassee, November 28. Located at 190 Highway 17A, the former Jenk's seafood location, the cafe will offer patrons breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Down home southern cooking, seafood and desserts will be available. Pastor Anthony Fields and his wife, Min. Marcella Fields, own the cafe which will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.

Hampton Fire Department's 4th annual Hometown Hero's 5K

Code 3 for a Cure is dedicated to addressing cancer in the fire service by: promoting awareness of cancer as an occupational hazard of firefighting; providing information to firefighters as to how they can minimize their risks; and providing financial support to firefighters and their families throughout the United States who are battling the disease.

The founder of Code 3 for a Cure, three-time cancer survivor Lorenzo Abundiz, and his wife, Peggy, came from California for the event.


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