Local doctor gives to charity

Dr. Antony Rea and the staff at Varnville Chiropractic Clinic recently continued their ‘Fill The Bus’ drive into the 2016-17 school year.

Dr. Rea donated his services to any patients who donated school supplies and this effort collected more than $1,000 in school supplies this year. On Friday, Aug. 26, Dr. Rea and his staff presented school supplies to Principal Julia Lee at Estill Elementary School.

Photo submitted by Veronica Rea.

New Life Center Prevention Staff honors Lt. Billy Sanford

On Aug. 12, New Life Center Prevention Staff honored Hampton Police Department Lt. Billy Sanford at Lake Warren Community Building. Sanford was recognized for his more than eight years of service to the New Life Center for doing Alcohol and Tobacco Compliance Checks.

The New Life Center Staff appreciates his dedicated services.

The award was presented by Willie Mae Cohen. Yemassee Chief of Police Gregory Alexander, far left, and Lt. Joe Loadholdt, far right, were also on hand to honor Stanford.

Hampton County girls honored by 4-H

The South Carolina State 4-H Congress and Awards Banquet mark the end of the 4-H year.  Student members from across the state assemble together for four days of celebration, recognition of their efforts in the 4-H program, and to show the world that 4-H is not a pastime, but a Passion! Hampton County Teens, Martha Newton, Vanessa Gonzales, Timneisha Holmes, and Tyla Gordon, and Allendale County Teen, Starr Yamaguchi-Dunbar were a part of them.

Event held to raise funds for sick Hampton County child

“I would like to say thank you to all the teams that participated in our Benefit tournament for Kaden Mills!” said Debbie Terry Hiers, who helped organize the event. “It was a very hot day, but overall it was a good one! Congrats to the women’s team, ‘Pitched Slapped,’ and to the men’s team, ‘99 Problems,’ on winning the tournament. I also want to thank each person who helped, they know who they are, for their time and help all day. Also, to all the sponsors that donated to make this tournament a success: thank you! Team Kaden, we love you and are praying for you!”

HCSO names bloodhound puppy after HPD's Bolton

Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls presented a special plaque to Leila Bolton, widow of James “Blue” Bolton, Monday morning as the sheriff's office named their new bloodhound puppy after Blue. The plaque has a photo of Blue and a collar within the frame with the name "Blue" and "Hotel 2" on the nameplate. Hotel 2 was Bolton's call sign with the Hampton Police Department.

Palmetto Electric Safety Days

Children ranging in ages from six to 11-years-old were taught valuable safety skills during the annual Palmetto Electric Safety Days event held at the Hampton County Recreation Department on July 20.

Information was presented in fun ways to the group of more than 20 energetic children. They learned about electrical safety, safety around animals and other outdoor safety skills, and self-defense skills and they even got a chance to meet a Hampton County Sheriff’s drug-detecting K-9 partner.

Hampton P.D. Sgt. honored

Last Thursday, the New Life Center Prevention Staff recognized the outstanding alcohol compliance check skills of Hampton Police Department Sgt. Robby Ginn. The New Life Center, which offers substance abuse and other forms of counseling services, honored Ginn during a ceremony at Lake Warren State Park.

“He does a good job with alcohol enforcement, as well as acting as a liaison with the 14th Circuit Law Enforcement Network,” stated Hampton Police Department Chief Perry McAlhaney.  


Salk Summer brings hope to Hampton homeowners

“I thank them so much for the work that they did, because without them I probably wouldn’t ever be able to do it; not right now. But with their help, it’s really been good,” said Ms. Anne Mae Young, who celebrated her 90th birthday as campers worked to repair her home’s roof.  “They love to have fun and stuff, but they do their work.”

Winners in the Watermelon Judging Contest

The big winner again this year in the Watermelon Festival Watermelon Judging Contest was Sarah Beth Thomas. Sarah Beth had the Grand Champion, which also won Best Jubilee, weighing 56.8 pounds. She also had the Best Crimson Sweet weighing 45.5 pounds, and the heaviest watermelon, a Jubilee, that weighed 58.3 pounds, winning a total of four ribbons for the three melons.

Salkehatchie Summer Service

Each year, youthful and energetic Christians converge upon Hampton County, leaving goodwill and happy homeowners in their wake. Although temperatures will be exceptional this year, so too will be the campers who remain dedicated to bettering the lives of others through grueling service work.

Two Varnville Elementary students receive awards

Keyra Celeste Varn, a third grader at Varnville Elementary, was the recipient of the Bess Dowling Ware award, which was presented during the VES awards day program on June 1.  The award winner is chosen from the third grade students at VES and must exemplify great character to include respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring, and leadership.  Announcing the award were her teachers, Kelly Shipes and Christy Sauls.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams S. Ware’s children, Billy and Claudia Ware, Sandra W.

School administrator completes training

ORANGEBURG—South Carolina Independent School Association Executive Director Larry Watt announced that Kim Miller, director of administration at Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, recently completed the two-day SCISA Heads’ Institute.

 “This is one of the many programs we offer our member-schools, and it gives new school administrators the tools necessary to drive an independent school successfully through a year of operation,” Watt said.

Hampton County Youth Learns Leadership and Agriculture at SC Farm Bureau Conference

Newberry, SC – Hampton County student Brittany Kinard was among forty-seven rising high school juniors and seniors from across South Carolina who recently participated in the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s (SCFB) 2016 Youth Leadership Conference in Newberry, SC.

The conference, held on the Campus of Newberry College June 12-15, allowed students to gain valuable leadership skills, a better understanding of SC agriculture, and of the South Carolina legislative process.

NFL athlete visits H.C. Sheriff

One of the local football players from Allendale who went on to play at Clemson and then on to now play for the Washington Redskins stopped by the office to say hello to Sheriff Smalls Thursday afternoon. Bashaud Breeland, currently a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, stopped by the Hampton County Sheriff's Office and greeted Sheriff Smalls. Smalls had Breeland sign his Redskins hat. He presented Breeland with a sheriff's office hat. Smalls is an avid Redskins fan.

Battle of the Towns "Baby Crawl"

The annual Watermelon Festival "Baby Crawl" competition took place during the intermission of the Battle of the Towns event, held at the WHHS football field during the festival.  

This year's winner was Miss Emery Wiggins, who is pictured accepting the trophy with her mother, TJ. and father. Justin Wiggins, although all of the babies were winners. Some even seemed to learn to walk in order to gain an advantage over their competition.

2016 Watermelon Festival Parade Judging

The 2016 Watermelon Festival Parade Judging winners were:

-Theme Award: Best Representation of Festival Theme – SCE&G

-Spirit Award: Best Group Participation – Hampton All Stars

-Melon Award: Best Use/Display of Fresh Watermelons – Regions Bank

-Band Award: Best Performance of a Live Bank, Marching or otherwise – Wade Hampton High School

-Innovation Award: Best Homemade Entry, float or otherwise – H.V. United Soccer

-Shriners Award: Best Clown Act, Character Act, or Motorized Act – Omar Prowlers, Mt. Pleasant


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