Furman May Fest parade, Grand Marshal

The Furman May Fest parade took place at 10 am on May 13. The rain began to fall right before start time, but parade participants and those in attendance braved the weather and the parade continued on schedule.

The United States Marine Corps. Band lead the procession of parade entrants through the rain soaked streets of Furman.

Grand Marshal

Rev. Sammie Lee Gordon, Sr., had the honor of representing the Town of Furman as the Grand Marshal in Saturday’s May Festival parade.

Harriet Tubman Monument to be Erected in Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Beaufort, SC, Gullah/Geechee Nation) Many people are unaware of the fact that Harriet Tubman, who is most known for her outstanding work freeing enslaved people from bondage via the Underground Railroad, stayed in Beaufort, SC during her service as a soldier and scout.  She served during the United States Civil War and was stationed at Port Royal Island.   In order to enlighten more people in the world about her presence in Beaufort County, SC former South Carolina General Assembly member, Rev. Kenneth C.

Jasper County triggerman in murder-for-hire sentenced to life


RIDGELAND, SC (May 17, 2017) – A former convict and triggerman in a Jasper County murder-for-hire scheme was convicted Wednesday of shooting and killing Terrance Johnson in 2014.

A jury took less than 45 minutes to find 37-year-old Rohaime "Killa" Hopkins guilty of murder following a three-day trial at the Jasper County Courthouse in Ridgeland. Hopkins was sentenced to life in prison.

American Red Cross helps Bruson family

Brunson, S.C., May 16, 2017 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Joe Miley Road in Brunson, was damaged by a fire this morning.  The Brunson Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping one adult and one child by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.


Hampton County District 2 Superintendent's statement on AP article

Hampton County School District 2 Superintendent Martin Wright issued the following statement Wednesday to the Hampton County community following the publication of an Associated Press article, “A clash over sex assaults at a South Carolina middle school: Did they happen,” which was published on May 8 and reposted by The State newspaper and the Post & Courier newspaper:


Town of Hampton sets limit to livestock

The Town of Hampton council voted to pass a first reading of an ordinance which would limit Hampton residents to legally house 12 hen chickens and one rooster within city limits. The proposed town ordinance stems from complaints from residents regarding noisy roosters waking them from sleep at all hours of the night.

Council voted unanimously to limit the number of rooster chickens a resident living within city limits may possess; one. According to several council members, one rooster is all that is needed on a farm to produce additional chickens.

Estill P.D. seeks multiple individuals

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Fresh Start Healing Heart offers free human trafficking seminar

The low country area is happy to announce a FREE Advanced Human Trafficking Training for Law Enforcement of all teams, Service Providers, Medical Professionals and Prosecutors. Our speakers are bringing years of experience in their fields and back ground working with HT Survivors as well as Traffickers.

We know there is a wealth of information for you to benefit from. This power packed day will give great insight to working cases, investigation, prosecution, recognizing survivors and providing the care they need a long with Q & A.

Hampton Museum offers western art display

The art collection of Lewis Ginn will be on display until the end of May at the Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center, at 15 Elm Street, Downtown Hampton. Ginn's collection of western/equestrian themed artwork spans a lengthy period of time, representing classic and well-known artists and also more modern fare. As well as artwork, several western artifacts Ginn has collected over the years are on display.

The Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's from 2 pm until 5 pm. The telephone number to the museum is (803)943-5318.



Hampton District 2 celebrates two outstanding students

Hampton County School District 2 produces an abundance of successful, college, and career ready students from its educational system. Many of these students have been recognized annually through the Estill High School Hall of Fame for their significant accomplishments. This year, we just could not wait to talk about two young adults and the vigor they possess in advancing their educational careers. We are proud to acknowledge Mr. William Mitchell and Miss De’Aira Bryant for the esteemed accomplishments and historical milestones that they have met. 

Yemassee P.D. remembers fallen K-9 officer Santos

The Yemassee Police Department and the Hampton County law enforcement community would like to take the time to remember our fallen Yemassee K-9 officer, Santos. The officer is now in a better place and is no longer suffering. He departed this world on April 25, 2017. He has served Yemassee and Hampton County for a long time—since he was a puppy. Santos is gone but not forgotten and our police force will always miss you.

Estill Prom photographs

The Estill High School prom was held at the school on May 1. Students enjoyed a beautifully decorated gymnasium which featured an impressive raised photo platform where students posed for pictures with their dates. At the end of the night, the kind and queen of the 2017 prom were announced; Prom King Jamez Taylor and Queen Siera Hutchinson received a round of applause from their fellow classmates and faculty as they proudly donned their crowns.


19th annual Furman May Fest

The 19th annual Furman May Fest began this week in Hampton County. The festival began with a Senior Day event Wednesday at 10 am. Bingo Night will take place Weds. evening at 6:30 pm and last until 8:30 pm. Entry to the Bingo event will cost $8, with additional cards costing $2 each.

On Thursday, the Taste of Furman will begin at 6:30 pm.

Updated: Varnville Police seek missing girl

Update: The Varnville Police have confirmed Beyonce Octazia Morris, of Varnville, has been located and is currently being evaluated by medical professionals at an area hospital. No word on her current condition was known by authorities or whether she sustained any injuries during her time missing. According to VPD Chief of Police Tyrone Smith, an individual has been arrested today in connection with the incident. Willie James Morris, of Augusta, GA, was arrested and is currently being held at the Hampton County Detention Center.

PHA's Peeples awarded second place at 2017 SCISA State Science Fair

ORANGEBURG – Students who attend South Carolina Independent School Association member-schools were recognized for their accomplishments during the awards ceremony at the 2017 SCISA State Science Fair held recently.

            Liam Peeples from Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, was awarded second place in the junior physical division.


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