Rotary Club honors exemplary citizens

The Hampton County Rotary Club gathered to celebrate individuals who have graciously offered their services and time for the betterment of their communities and acted as positive examples to those around them.


Johnny Causey

2017 Citizen of the Year

Causey donated his personal Native American artifact collection to the Hampton County Museum, among many other attributes to our area over his lifetime.  


Mary Ann Watson

2017 Rotarian of the Year

Alcohol Enforcement Team hosts luncheon

The 14th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) held its Recognition Luncheon on June 27, 2017.  The 14th Judicial Circuit is comprised of law enforcement agencies and local alcohol and drug abuse commissions within Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Beaufort, and Jasper Counties.  The goal of the 14th Judicial Circuit is to reduce underage alcohol use by implementing several strategies: Public Safety Checkpoints, Alcohol Compliance Checks, and Community Events / Presentations.

Two severe crashes last week in county, one fatal

A fatal car crash occurred at 3:38 p.m. on July 24 at the intersection of Browning Gate and Two Sisters Ferry roads, in the southern part of Hampton County.

Franklin Ruth, 82, of Chocolate City Road, Estill, was pronounced deceased upon arrival to an area hospital, according to Hampton County EMS and the Coroner’s Office. Ruth may have been suffering from health problems prior to the accident, say officials.

Sheriff seeks missing Luray man

Hampton County Sheriff’s Office requests your assistance locating a missing person, Ernest WARREN. He was last seen on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at approximately 2100 hrs when he walked away from his home. WARREN is on medication and had not taken his medicine that day. His family heard him yelling from the woods near his home but could not locate him. WARREN was last seen wearing a black shirt, green pants, white socks, and tan/light brown shoes. If you have any contact with WARREN, please call the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 914-2200.

County Council discusses commission fund control

During the Hampton County Council July 17 regularly called meeting, council member Roald Winn began a discussion on the possibility of consolidating all county commission accounts.

According to Winn and council member Shedron Williams, the need for council to manage the accounts of county commissions was made clear after a recent case of alleged missing items/money from the Hampton County Friends of the Arts.  

Life Net 4 lands in Hampton County

Cooling those who braved the heat, rotor wash created by Air Methods’ Life Net 4 medical transport helicopter marked the official arrival of the business to Hampton County during an open house/service announcement July 12 at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the Hampton Regional Medical Center. The helicopter will relocate to the HRMC property after the construction of permanent office space is completed.

Hampton County 4-H Ambassadors Club Hosts Healthy Lifestyles Fun Day


On May 20, 2017, the Hampton County 4-H Ambassadors Club hosted a 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Fun Day for youth in Hampton County. For several months the group of dedicated 4-H members representing communities across the county met weekly to develop a program and worked to acquire donations and sponsorships which would allow them to conduct an event that would teach youth how to create more appealing, yet healthier snacks, work exercise into their routines, and how to take time to enjoy being a kid.

Students Named to Spring 2017 Dean's List at USC Upstate

SPARTANBURG, SC (05/31/2017)-- The following students have been named to the Spring 2017 Dean's List at the University of South Carolina Upstate.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.

Starrcree Mixon of Yemassee (29945)

Melanie Osting of Early Branch (29916)

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Literacy Council to host My School Color Run

The Hampton County Literacy Council will host the inaugural community wide My School Color Run on August 12 at 8 a.m. to raise money for Hampton County Literacy Council.

The My School Color Run is an untimed 5K fun run for all ages and fitness abilities. Along the route, participants pass through vibrant color zones, making it a “colorful experience.” Additionally, each pre-registered participant is provided with a single powder color packet that will be thrown in the air at the final color celebration at the finish line.

Hampton receives clean audit review

A representative from the auditing agency hired by the town stated this year’s review looks very similar to last years’, with the exception of some confusion which stemmed from new computer software used by the town this year. Although causing slight confusion on the part of outside auditors, no discrepancies were created by the software system and all confusion has been sorted.

First black, female treasurer sworn in

A teary-eyed Jennifer Ginn Youmans placed her hand upon the Bible and swore to perform her duties to the best of her abilities as she accepted the role of Hampton County Treasurer during a ceremony June 29 at the Hampton County Courthouse. Ginn Youmans is the first African-American to hold the position of Hampton County Treasurer, and the first new treasurer since 1981.

“I know being a servant is one of the most important things a person can do for another, and it brings me joy to be able to serve,” said Ginn Youmans. “When you help others, you are truly helping yourself.”

Local students named to Clemson Dean's List

The following local students were named to Dean's List at Clemson University for the spring 2017 semester:

Sheldon Hamilton Swofford of Early Branch, whose major is Forest Resource Management

Josue Figueroa of Estill, whose major is Computer Information Systems

Martha Katelin Newton of Estill, whose major is Computer Science

James G. Altman of Fairfax, whose major is General Engineering

Ethan Lakota McAlhaney of Varnville, whose major is Environmental and Natural Resources

Elaina D. Stuckey of Varnville, whose major is General Engineering

Town of Estill to hold Special Election July 18

The town of Estill will hold a Special Election to fill one Council Seat on Tuesday, July 18. Two candidates have filed to run for the single open seat on council; Mack Allen Jr. and Mary Criss.

The poll will open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Estill Fire Department, 824 2nd St., E., Estill.  

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.

Sheriff's Office seeks two for questioning



The Hampton County Sheriff's Office is currently looking for Timothy Bruce Freeman, Jr, AKA "Doodle" and Terresa Miller Warden for questioning in reference to an active investigation.


Anyone with information regarding these individuals should contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division at (803) 914-2200, HCSO Tip Line at (866) 942-1120, 9-1-1 or email at Callers may remain anonymous.




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