BEAUFORT, SC – The Pat Conroy Literary Center opened its doors to the public in October 2016 during the first annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Following a year of robust educational programming in and beyond the Center’s home in Beaufort, SC, the American Library Association (ALA) has honored the literary center with a national recognition.

Grant writing workshops in Yemassee Nov. 13-14


The Center for a Better South will offer two separate one-day grant-writing courses in November to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone.

The workshops on Nov. 13 in Yemassee and on Nov. 14 in Denmark are funded in large part through a new $20,000 grant awarded by USDA Rural Development this fall to the Center. Last year, the Center won more than $50,000 in federal funding for Promise Zone projects.

Hamptonian goes all out for Halloween

For Tina Moore, of Hampton, the long hours of tiresome work decorating her Shaw Drive front yard are well worth the smiles her spooky decorations put on the faces of area youth.

Moore has been decorating her yard for Halloween for the past six years, but says she has been decorating her yard for different holidays for many years. It may be evident by her yard, but Moore’s favorite holiday to decorate for is, without doubt, Halloween.  

Youth racoon hunts

Youth coon hunts sponsored by the S.C. Coon Hunters Association (SCCHA) and participating clubs and chapters began in October and will continue throughout the fall and winter, culminating with the State Championship Youth Coon Hunt hosted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The championship hunt is scheduled for March 3, 2017 and will be held at the SCDNR's Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

Veterans’ Day to be observed locally

Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans’ Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle, or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.

Veterans’ Day, on the other hand, honors all American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans’ Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country.

Towns of Brunson & Yemassee to hold General Elections – November 7, 2017

The towns of Brunson & Yemassee will hold General Elections on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.     Polls will open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following: 


Brunson Fire Department, 240 N. Manker, St., Brunson


Yemassee Town Hall, 101 Town Circle, Yemassee


While having a Photo ID, and bringing it to the polls, will make the voting process easier; no registered voter in the correct polling place should ever be denied a ballot, whether the voter has a Photo ID or not.

Pioneer Award winners devoted lifetimes to Hampton County

With more than 75 years of health care experience between them, these two medical pioneers have offered their healing skills to three generations of Lowcountry residents.

That is why Neal L. Shealy, MD, and Harold B. (Buck) Harvey, PA-C, of Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Varnville, were jointly presented the South Carolina Office of Rural Health 2017 Pioneer of the Year Award during SCORH’s 21st Annual Rural Health Conference in Greenville on Oct. 11.

Locals urged to participate in National Drug Take Back Week

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

McAlhaney part of Everest rescue

A Williston native was among eight U.S. airmen who helped rescue an Australian man from Mount Everest.

Frank Fiorillo, 60, and his wife Nonie, 56, were nine days into a trek in Nepal when they were descending from the Mount Everest Base Center on Oct. 11. They were having a nice trip, although it was very cold and snowy, conditions the couple doesn’t experience back home in Australia.

However, Frank soon stopped and very quickly became delirious and collapsed. His eyes rolled back in his head and he was unresponsive.

Local cancer survivor shares success story

Having a family history of breast cancer, Angela McAlhaney had always been diligent about checking her breasts for changes. When her first mammogram at age 50 showed no abnormalities, she slacked off on the monthly self-exams thinking she was in the clear.

Six months later, her gynecologist found a small lump in her left breast during a routine annual checkup. To determine if it was a cyst or something more serious, her doctor sent her to the Beaufort Memorial Breast Health Center for another mammogram.

Gifford Rosenwald School placed on National Register of Historic Places

Hampton County Gifford Rosenwald School was approved by the South Carolina Historic Preservation Board of Review for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 2017. On Oct. 4, 2017, notification was received from the S.C. Department of Archives and History that Gifford Rosenwald School was approved to be on the National Register. Properties on the National Register of Historic Places are the federal government’s list of historic properties worthy of preservation or protection.

AirMethods clarifies contract for county council

Hampton County Council’s chamber was filled to capacity Monday night as council heard from several individuals and business representatives during a lengthy meeting.

Council obtained some clarity during regular session about a recent contractual partnership with medical aviation service provider, AirMethods.

AirMethods confusion 

Annual Estill event takes a new direction

ESTILL – Driven by a desire to plan an enriching and fiscally responsible town event, a hardworking committee of citizens has reimagined Estill’s annual Fall Festival. Led by Councilwoman Dwanda Bolden and Councilman Charles Sarvino, the committee made several changes to the festival programming, which led to the receipt of a $5,200 grant from S.C. Humanities.

Shealy, Harvey earn 2017 SCORH Pioneer of the Year Awards

Buck Harvey, PA-C, and Neal Shealy, MD, of Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center in Varnville, were jointly presented the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) 2017 Pioneer of the Year Award at an awards luncheon held during the organization’s 21st Annual Rural Health Conference in Greenville on October 11.

Jasper Delegation officer files $300,000 suit

The first and only delegation officer for S.C. House and Senate members from Jasper County has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $300,000 from her employers. 

Helen Pittman has served as delegation officer for Jasper County since 2005. She filed the lawsuit Sept. 28 in the Court of Common Pleas against Jasper County, Hampton County, and state lawmakers who represent Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton and Hampton counties. 

South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week

Columbia, S.C. - Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Awareness Week for 2017 be observed October 15-21 in South Carolina.  The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes.  A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake safety drill next Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 a.m.


District one gets $999,993 grant

Hampton District One Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox recently outlined a $999,993 facilities grant courtesy of a lawsuit by multiple South Carolina rural school districts known as the Abbeville Lawsuit, of which the district was a participant.

The money gained by the district has already been accounted for and appropriated to fund the completion of several projects.


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