Organ Donation Saves Lives; HRMC to host Health Fair Friday

The Hampton Regional Medical Center will host a Health Fair on June 24. The event will offer health screenings and blood work to the general public, for a fee, and booths will be set up to provide free information on personal health and wellness issues, as well.

One such booth, the Donate Life booth, will be manned by Karen Gosnell, an IT specialist and former trauma nurse with HRMC. Gosnell will speak to interested individuals regarding the impact and importance of organ donation.  Her husband Jerry Gosnell’s life was saved after he received a liver transplant.

Webb Wildlife Center Field Day and Open House celebrates 75 years of public lands in S.C.

Attendees at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ recent Field Day and Open House at the James W. Webb Wildlife Center were treated to a wide variety of fun and educational activities at the nearly 6,000-acre Wildlife Management Area in rural Hampton County.

Editorial by State Treasurer Curtis Loftis about PHA graduation

Congratulations Patrick Henry Academy Class of 2016! I had a wonderful time attending your high school graduation. Graduation from high school is a huge accomplishment, and your experiences in school will help prepare you for what comes next.

You’ve not only learned about science and literature and math and all of the subjects you study in school, you’ve also learned how to balance busy schedules, interact with different types of people, and achieve long term goals.

Two Hampton County students graduate from S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

Risden Altman and Ellie Stuckey, both from Hampton County, graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Hartsville.  

Risden Altman, son of Mark and Michelle Altman, will attend the University of South Carolina. Ellie Stuckey, daughter of Pete and Dawn Stuckey, will attend Clemson University.

Jalen Maxwell Manor recognized as first African American male to complete nursing program

Jalen Maxwell Manor, an honor graduate of Estill High School Class of 2012, graduated April 29, 2016 from the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB).  He is the son of Ms. Evonne Manor and the grandson of Elizabeth R. Manor of Estill, SC.  Jalen received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Cum Laude honors.  While at USCB, he was recognized as the first African American male to successfully complete the nursing program.  He has accepted a position at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


Melvin Shipes Obituary

Melvin Shipes, 93, passed away on Monday evening, May 16, at National Health Care in West Columbia. He was married to Mildred W. Shipes for 66 years.  Born in Jasper County, he was the son of the late Alver and Addie Crosby Shipes.  He retired from the Hampton Coca-Cola Bottling Works after 44 years. 

Celebrate 75 years of Public Lands with WMA Field Day at Webb Wildlife Center June 4th

As part of a year-long celebration the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is hosting a Field Day on Saturday, June 4th at the James W. Webb Wildlife Center and Management Area near Garnett in Hampton County. The Webb Center was the first Wildlife Management Area (WMA) purchased by the State of South Carolina in 1941. Now, 75 years later, SCDNR provides quality public outdoor recreation opportunities on more than 1 million acres of land across the state in the WMA program.

WHHS JAG students compete at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center

WHHS JAG students demonstrated they have what it takes to succeed in the workplace.  During a recent competition at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center in West Columbia, SC hosted by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, Jobs for America's Graduates Students from Wade Hampton, accompanied by their JAG Specialist, Angel Connell, competed in JAG's 10th annual Career Development Conference skills based competition. 

A Family Tradition; Frock Shop Celebrates 70th

On May 8, 2016, The Frock Shop will start celebrating 70 years of service to Hampton and surrounding counties. Becky and Susan, daughters of Reba Peeples made the decision to "carry on" after the death of "Miss Reba". How hard could it be with two doing what their mother had done by herself? "My mother must have been the first Wonderwoman", Becky said. "It takes two of us constantly working to do what she did alone!"

Corretta Doctor ‘Discovering Me’ Book Release Celebration and Ole School Concert

VARNVILLE- Corretta L. Doctor will presented a Book Release Celebration to celebrate the release of ‘Discovering Me,’ written by L. Campbell and J.C. Gardner,  on Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m. The event took place at Doctor’s former middle school, North District Middle School located at 507 Tillman Avenue, Varnville..

The Men Behind the Cooter

Slippery and often smelly, cooters come in various sizes and colors. But a Carolina Cooter isn’t something that a gentleman would normally take home to momma or talk much about in Sunday School or at dinner parties. It is the scourge of Lowcountry fishermen everywhere, a stealer of bait, a robber of crawdad traps. But you strap a pair of racing shoes and a contestant number on that repugnant little reptile, and you’ve got yourself a mascot that a small, rural South Carolina county can rally around.

The Legend of the Cooter

Allendale County Cooter Fest 2016, May 6-7


Some towns try to be all fancy and host their peach festivals, their strawberry festivities, their orange blossom affairs. But here in down-to-earth Allendale County and surrounding areas, we love the sweet, pungent aroma of our Carolina Cooter.


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