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Valentine's Day secrets to a good marriage

Many people are looking for the kind of love that Leona and Edwin DeLoach have - the kind that lasts a lifetime.
The DeLoaches have been married for 64 years. They were married Sept. 2, 1944. When they first met, Leona was only 13 and Edwin was about 16 years old, but they got married when Leona was 18 and Edwin was 21.
"Both of us should have known better," Edwin jokes.
How did these two love birds meet?
Edwin was invited to someone else's family reunion in hopes of him meeting an aunt's sister who was single. Instead he met the love of his life, Leona.

The working man’s man

HAMPTON - Richard Doctor has spent most of his career working for the working man.
Doctor, who will see his 42nd year at the same local factory this November, served as president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local Union 3130 for 16 years.

Bills would consolidate Hampton school districts

COLUMBIA - Hampton County has become a catalyst for a proposed statewide school-district consolidation plan.
Sen. Clementa Pinckney says Hampton County's two school districts should consider merging, and he has introduced legislation that would create a committee on school-district consolidation to draft a comprehensive plan for all of the state's districts. A second bill is expected to be presented next week crafted specifically for Hampton County.
Pinckney said it didn't make sense for Hampton to have two separate school districts.

Estill Council increases business license, garbage fees

ESTILL - Looking for more revenue in tight economic times, the Estill Town Council hiked business license fees and raised garbage collection fees Wednesday night.
The council, with Mayor Thomas Owens absent, voted unanimously to double first-time business license fees from $25 to $50.
"During the 30 years I've been on council we have never had an increase, so it's about time to do this," said Mayor Pro Tem Anderson Taylor.

County Council fights for USC-Salk

Hampton County Council passed a resolution in support of the keeping USC-Salkehatchie open.
Gov. Mark Sanford has proposed shutting down USC-Salkehatchie for the third time since he took office.
"Our esteemed governor has recommended for the third time to close it when people have asked them not to," said councilman Buddy Phillips said in a frustrated voice.
The previous two times, people in the Lowcounty and the S.C. General Assembly have successfully fought to keep USC-Salkehatchie.

Two bus wrecks in county in one week

Hampton County EMS responded to two bus wrecks within one week, but both accidents involved minor injuries.
EMS, the Estill Fire Department, and local law enforcement responded to a school bus wreck at Fifth Street in Estill around 7:05 a.m. Tuesday. According to Hampton Two Interim Superintendent Dr. Walter Tobin, the bus was struck by a car as it was leaving Estill Elementary School to transport students to other schools in the district.

Harrison Peeples Healthcare Center number one in the state

Harrison Peeples Healthcare center has been named the top practice in the state by South Carolina Solutions.
The basis for the award was patient feedback. South Carolina Solutions is a Medical Homes Network (MHN) Program which is responsible for delivering primary care case management services to eligible Medicaid beneficiaries.
"This is very prestigious," said Harrison Peeples Health Care Center's Practice Director, Shirley Altman. "This came from out patients, who were surveyed. "

Lizzie Young's made history in Hampton County

As the country celebrates Black History Month, we often look to the nationally known history makers, but Lizzie Young is someone who has made history right here in Hampton County.
Young was the first female mayor in Hampton County. She was the first African-American mayor in Furman. She was the second person elected by a write-in in the state of South Carolina, the first being Strom Thurmond. Young was the mayor of Furman from 1990 until 1999.
She recalls the election fondly.

Estill man arrested in strong arm robbery

An Estill man who was involved in the Jan. 30 robbery of another Estill resident turned himself into authorities the next day.
Tyrone Davis, 38, of 106 Rooster Ridge Road, Estill, walked into the Estill Police Department the morning after the robbery was committed and was placed under arrest after confessing to the crime, according to Interim Town of Estill Police Chief Joe Loadholt. Davis was charged with strong-armed robbery on Jan. 31, Loadholt said Monday.

Violent offenders sentenced in General Sessions

HAMPTON - Several offenders were convicted of violent crimes and received sentencing during Hampton County General Sessions court last week.
Randy Bryant, 33, of 136 Rooster Ridge Road, Estill, was found guilty of assault and battery with intent to kill and sentenced to 20 years, suspended to 15 years, and five years probation. Bryant had been charged with a Feb. 16, 2007 assault that occurred at 85 Inez Street in Estill in which Tomeka Bobean was stabbed with a knife in the stomach and left arm.

Hampton approves high budget, for now

HAMPTON - The Hampton Town Council gave first approval to a budget Tuesday night knowing full well they won't be able to live by it.
To keep the budget process rolling the council gave first reading to the $3,662,388 budget for fiscal year 2009-2010, even as they look for ways to trim the $121,000 needed to bring it into balance.
"We are giving it first reading now but it is going to change, I can tell you that," said Mayor John Rhoden. "It's going to have to go down."

Police warn of scam artists in Hampton

HAMPTON - If you are approached by men who say they are vacuum cleaner salesmen and want to show you how great their product works, don't let them in the house.
That's the advice of Hampton Police Chief Perry McAlhaney, who says three young men, two white and one black, are driving a white, possibly unmarked van around town, claiming to be from Roberts and Associates out of West Columbia.
McAlhaney says the scam artists have been inside one residence in town, and while two of the men were talking to the homeowner, the other was stealing items.

Unemployment rates skyrocket

The 2008 holiday season wasn't a merry one for the local labor force as the unemployment rate spiraled even higher in Hampton County and across the state in December.
South Carolina's December unemployment rate hit 9.5 percent - the highest rate in 25 years and currently the third highest in the nation - while Hampton County's jobless rate peaked at 12.7 percent, an increase of two percent over the November rate and much higher than the 8.7 percent rate reported for December of 2007, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

Locals embrace historic inauguration

All eyes turned toward the city on the Potomac on Tuesday for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, our nation's first African-American President.

As our 44th President was preparing to take the Oath of Office, people in cities, towns, and villages around the globe gathered to mark the occasion not just as a ceremony but as a celebration of human accomplishment.

Chamber names Business, Person of the Year

VARNVILLE – This year a dedicated group of volunteers received the coveted Hampton County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award, while a local elementary school principal was selected Person of the Year for 2008.

During its annual meeting last Thursday the Chamber named the county’s largest volunteer organization, the Hampton County Watermelon Festival Association, as its top business, while accepting Person of the Year honors was Ben Hazel Primary School Principal Bonnie Wilson.

Edgewood celebrates life, work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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