News Briefs for 1-18-18
Sen. Clyburn visits Hampton
To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (6th District) was the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Teach-In entitled “Winners and Losers in the New Tax Law” held Monday, Jan. 15, at the Huspah Education Center (formerly Parker Union Hall) in Hampton. A large number of participants, nearly 300 citizens as well as numerous elected officials, school officials, clergy, law enforcement and folks from surrounding counties, came out to hear Sen. Clyburn. After being introduced by sponsor and moderator of the event, H.C. County Councilman Shedron Williams, the floor was then opened to Sen. Clyburn, who shared some valuable information about the new tax laws.
Yemassee Special Election set for Feb. 13
The Town of Yemassee will hold a Town Council Special Election on February 13, 2018. The deadline to register to vote is approaching and registering to vote has never been easier:
-Register in person by January 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m., at the Voter Registration and Elections Office.
-Register online by January 14, 2018. Register at www.scvotes.org. Online registration requires a S.C. Driver’s License or DMV ID.
-Download a voter registration form from www.scvotes.org. Complete form and return it to the Voter Registration and Elections Office by fax or email attachment by January 14, 2018 or by mail, postmarked by January 16, 2018.
If you are already registered, please make sure your voter registration information is current. If you have moved within the county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you and your neighbors by updating your information prior to election day.
If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by the deadline to be eligible to vote.
For more information, please contact the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections located in the B.T. Deloach Building, 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, S.C. Telephone: (803) 914-2080.
Voter registration underway for some 17-year olds
17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Nov. 6, 2018, may now begin to register to vote for the June Primaries and the General Election.
According to S.C. Code of Laws section 7-5-180, those individuals who are not yet 18-years-old but will turn 18 before the next ensuing General Election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register beginning 120 days prior to the closing of the books of a preceding primary.
For more information, contact your local County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office.
American Red Cross assisting family in Early Branch after home fire
Early Branch, S.C., January 13, 2018 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Frazier Lane in Early Branch, was damaged by a fire. The Cummings Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three adults by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.
We are now entering the coldest months of the season, which means the threat of home fire deaths is still very real. When heating your home, please remember that space heaters need just that: space. Be sure they are three feet away from anything that can burn: furniture, bedding carpets, rugs, and curtains. Children and pets should be kept away so they do not get burned. Make sure the space heater is off and unplugged before leaving a room or falling asleep. It is important to plug the space heater directly into an outlet and not an extension cord. Before you plug it in,inspect the power cord before each use. If the cord is worn, broken or loose have the appliance professionally repaired or replace it.
HOW TO HELP Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.