PEARLS annual meeting

Open Arms Fellowship was the scene of the PEARLS Annual Meeting on April 30th, 2017.  The guest speaker was Mrs. Penny Hunt, a nationally-known motivational humorist.  She spoke about the changes that take place in our lives and how we must learn to " bounce, don't break"!

PEARLS of Hampton County is a women's giving circle that gives back to Hampton County through grants.  This year a total of $9,000 dollars were given to five 501(c)3 organizations.

1. Antioch Educational Center-$2,300 for students employment cost.

Hampton Rocks

Kandi Hewlett wants everyone to leave no stone unturned when searching for uniquely decorated rocks.

Hewlett recently started a Facebook page for Hampton County residents and others called Hampton County Rocks! She came across the idea while on a run with her friend, Kelli Boniecki.

Company Two continues battle with county


Varnville’s Company Two filed a civil lawsuit against Hampton County on April 28 in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas. The suit seeks a jury trial amidst allegations of breach of contract, promissory estoppel and specific performance.

The suit claims Company Two “is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of Georgia with offices and agents to transact business in Hampton County, South Carolina, and entering into contracts in Hampton County, South Carolina and owning property in Hampton County, South Carolina.”

Hampton Regional Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare establish new network relationship

Hampton Regional Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship that gives people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare health plans access to Hampton Regional Medical Center facilities and physicians. 

Hampton Regional Medical Center’s physicians and other health care providers are committed to improving access to quality care, enhancing clinical outcomes, lowering costs of care and creating an exceptional patient experience for Hampton County residents. 

Estill PD requests public's assistance in violent robbery

The Estill Police Department is offering a cash reward for creditable information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for an armed robbery that occurred in 900 block of 5th Street in the late evening hours of Thursday June 1st, 2017. The suspects presented a weapon and forcefully took the victim’s property. These individuals are extremely violent and need to be apprehended immediately. We are requesting the public’s assistance to ensure these individuals are no longer able to commit these acts of violence and terrorize our citizens.

Open Arms Fellowship summer program

Open Arms Fellowship Teen After-School Center is having a free 2 week Summer Program June 19-22 and 26-29 from 9am to 5pm daily for ages 12-17.  This will be a fun-filled, action packed 2 weeks!  We will kick off the program with a full day with Chef Daniel Doyle, who is the Owner/Managing Partner at Poogan's Porch and Poogan's Smokehouse in Charleston, SC.  Chef Daniel is a 2 time James Beard participant and has been on several nationally aired TV shows such as Chopped, Kings Hawaiian and others!  Chef Daniel will be sharing cooking tips, kitchen skills, and they will actually cook a meal

Pink and Teal event

Hanover, Maryland. – May 24, 2017. 

Colletta Orr is a research scientist studying breast and ovarian cancers and recentlyreleased a book titled, ‘Cancer Doesn’t Always Win’. Orr is the founder of Colletta Orr & Associates.

Man missing for over a week found deceased in rural area

According to Hampton County Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Deputy Billy Jarrell, a man missing for over a week was found deceased Saturday, May 27. William Stanley Heirs was discovered by chance by passersby’s in a rural area of Hampton County.  Citing the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Office would not release details on where the body was found.

Upon the discovery of Heirs’ remains, the passersby immediately contacted the HCSO, who responded to the scene. According to Jarrell, officials are actively investigating the death of Heirs but have not yet released a cause of death.

Two Ridgeland men pour beer in alligator's mouth, face fines

Two South Carolina men are being charged for the harassment of an alligator after photos were posted online showing the men pouring beer into the juvenile reptile’s mouth.  South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) law enforcement officers began investigating the case after the agency received multiple emails and messages from the public on May 25.


Mark your calendars for the second in a series of AUTHORS UNDER THE LIVE OAKS events scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:30am – 4:40pm. The event will take place on the grounds of the Historic Frampton Plantation, 1 Lowcountry Lane, Yemassee, S.C. (Interstate 95 Exit 33). “Authors Under the Live Oaks” is founded by Beaufort authors Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier.

Photos from 2017 Hampton County Relay for Life

Nearly $80,000 was raised during the annual Hampton County Relay for Life event May 19. The event, held at the Wade Hampton High School track complex, raised money for the American Cancer Society which will help fund cancer research and provide direct aid to individuals and families battling cancer.  

State Representative Bill Bowers Emceed the event for the 22-year, and several singers and dancers with the Beaufort Academy of Dance entertained the audience prior to the Survivors Walk.

New Destiny Center celebrates 5 years

The great New England poet, Robert Frost, once wrote that “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” With the true spirit of home in mind, and with the Lord’s guidance in his heart, a Lowcountry pastor transformed his parents’ home into a home for boys in need that has been making a difference for a half decade.

Two South Carolina School Leaders Receive Top Honors

Greenville County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Burke Royster, has been named the 2018 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year, and Spartanburg School District 7’s Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Terry Pruitt, has been named District Level Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).


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