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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of South Carolina Affected by Hurricane Irma

WASHINGTON–South Carolina businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma  Sept. 6-13, 2017, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.
 

Rec. Department basketball registration information

The Hampton County Recreation Department is currently hosted basketball sign-ups. The registration period for children age five to 13 will end on Oct. 31.

The cost to participate in the basketball league is $50.

Officials would like to inform parents that if a child is going out for school basketball, you still need to have them signed-up at the Rec. Dept. by Oct. 31. The department will refund your money if your child makes the school basketball team.  

District 1 School Board approves properties, senior cruise

Hampton District 1 School Board members met at the Fennell Elementary School and were treated to a presentation by young students and Principal Willie F. Coker.

According to Coker, the school is now a Magnet School featuring a fully 1:1 computer/student ratio. He also explained to the board and the numerous parents in attendance the schools numerous updates, including a state-of-the-art computer lab. Board members congratulated the principal for his hard work and unwavering dedication to students.

 

WHHS Senior Cruise

County Council hosts forum regarding Parks and Recreation Commission

Hampton County Council will host a public forum Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Bull Durham Center, Estill, to discuss the newly formed Hampton County Parks and Recreation Commission Advisory Committee.

The forum will explain the creation, purpose and structure of the commission, as well as offering applications for citizens seeking a seat on the commission.

General information:

Servants Heart Awards Ceremony

Each Year this organization would meet and think of ways to promote Unity within our Communities, and in the fall of 2008, The Servants Heart Awards Ceremony was birthed, it was held at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Hampton during which 10 Christian Hampton County Women were Honored and  recognized for their Faith and Dedication to their local ministries , and for the love and care shown to their Communities at Large , it was an overwhelming success and has continued to Grow since that time, in 2015 our largest gathering was held at the Family Worship Center in Yemassee S.C.

Local Promotes awareness of Sickle Cell

2010 WHHS graduate, Alexsis Mulligan, 25, of Hampton, is far too young to know the pain of a double hip replacement surgery and its lingering side effects. Although she has felt tremendous anguish caused by Sickle Cell Anemia throughout her life, the courageous young woman attempts to face the challenges of each day with optimism and a sense of humor.

VARNVILLE MAN WANTED BY MULTIPLE AGENCIES ON MULTIPLE VIOLENT FELONY CHARGES

Devalle Jamari McCain, AKA “Mari” AKA “Savage” AKA “Sav”, 19, of 205 Maryland Ln, Varnville, is wanted by the Hampton Police Department, Estill Police Department and the Varnville Police Department on multiple violent felony charges.

 

            McCain is wanted by the Hampton Police Department stemming from an August 6, 2017 incident that occurred in the Town of Hampton and is wanted for the following:

 

State Treasurer Launches Facebook Sweepstakes

Attention, South Carolina college football fans: the Future Scholar 529 College Savings plan is giving you something to holler about!  State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced today the privately funded Future Scholar Holler Facebook Sweepstakes, which will award lucky Clemson University and University of South Carolina football fans game tickets, memorabilia signed by the coaches and $529 in Future Scholar college savings.

Four SC School Districts Awarded Over $49 Million for School Choice

Columbia, S.C. - Four South Carolina school districts have received over $49 million in federal grant money as part of the U.S. Department of Education's Magnet Schools Assistance Program.

 

"South Carolina continues to strive to expand our school choice offerings for students and parents," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

 

Hampton County dodges major Irma impact

Hampton County residents held their breath in nervous anticipation as a potentially devastating hurricane bore down on the area early Monday, Sept. 11.

Hampton County was inundated with rain, wind and Floridian drivers fleeing Hurricane Irma, but luckily avoided the brunt of the natural disaster. As of Wednesday, the death toll in the United States associated with Irma had reached 27, after five elderly patients living in a Florida nursing home perished following Irma’s fury. The Post and Courier reported Tuesday four fatalities related to Irma had occurred in South Carolina.

Pregnant teen shot, killed in Estill

A pregnant 16-year-old Estill resident in the final term of her pregnancy was shot and killed around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on 5th Street East in Estill. Alydia Ling, of 861 5th St., Estill, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington. 

The young girl succumbed to injuries sustained by a single gunshot wound, say officials.

National Farm Safety and Health Week

Each year since 1944 the third week in September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health week. This time is set aside to remind farmers and ranchers to take precautions to prevent farm related injuries and fatalities. Although National Farm Safety and Health Week last only 7 days, farmers are encouraged to practice farm safety 365 days a year. Farming and ranching is dangerous business. For the last 40 years agriculture has ranked in the top 3 most hazardous occupations in the U.S according to the National Safety Council.

Yemassee Shrimp Festival begins

The Town of Yemassee will again host its annual Shrimp Festival September 14-16. Although many of the much-loved attractions will be found at the Yemassee Municipal Complex, expect changes and omissions this year, say organizers. 

This will be the 24th year of fun and games, arts and crafts, and the best food you can imagine. Join residents and town officials as they celebrate the history and pride the town has for everything shrimp!

Hampton County man arrested on child pornography charges

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)  On Wednesday, Aug. 23, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of John Edward Benson, 52, of Varnville, S.C., on ten charges connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General's Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Hampton County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), also part of the state's ICAC Task Force, assisted with the arrest.

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