Beaufort Memorial Earns ’A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

BEAUFORT, SC – Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade—the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.—awarded Beaufort Memorial an “A” in its spring 2017 report card. The nonprofit hospital was one of only six medical centers of the 20 in the region to earn the top grade.


NUPI founder visits Hampton County

NUPI Americas is closing in on one year of operations in its new facility at the SouthernCarolina Industrial Campus in Early Branch, but Tuesday, May 16 might have served as an unofficial grand opening.

Members of Hampton County leadership and the SouthernCarolina Alliance joined NUPI’s  local and international management team for lunch and a tour of the plant last week.

Estill High School Senior Earns Associate Degree before High School Diploma

Hampton County School District 2 and the Estill High School learning community is proud to acknowledge senior William Mitchell for his historical accomplishment by being the first student to graduate college before walking across the stage of Estill High School. Mitchell is also the first student in Hampton County ever to accomplish this milestone.

Hampton County Sheriff's Office seeks missing person

Hampton County Sheriff’s Office requests your assistance locating a missing person, William Stanley HIERS. HIERS last spoke with his girlfriend on 5/19/2017 around 1:00 AM and seemed anxious. He has not been in contact with his friends or family since that time. If you have any contact with HIERS or have any information regarding his whereabouts, please call Sergeant James Brooker with the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 914-2200 or (803) 943-9261.

Watermelon Festival Pageant news

2017 Hampton County’s 75th!! Watermelon Festival Pageant will be held June 10, 2017 @ the Varnville Recreation Center.

Beauty, Melon wear, best hair, eyes, smile - $60 

All applications, fees, and signature money must be turned in by June 3rd

Groups: Boys: 0-2, 3-5, 6-9 Girls: 0-11, 12-23, 2yr, 3, 4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20&up

For applications or more information contact Melissa Bonnette 803-300-8299 or Jeanette Knight 803-671-3570

applications are also on the website

Furman May Fest parade, Grand Marshal

The Furman May Fest parade took place at 10 am on May 13. The rain began to fall right before start time, but parade participants and those in attendance braved the weather and the parade continued on schedule.

The United States Marine Corps. Band lead the procession of parade entrants through the rain soaked streets of Furman.

Grand Marshal

Rev. Sammie Lee Gordon, Sr., had the honor of representing the Town of Furman as the Grand Marshal in Saturday’s May Festival parade.

Harriet Tubman Monument to be Erected in Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Beaufort, SC, Gullah/Geechee Nation) Many people are unaware of the fact that Harriet Tubman, who is most known for her outstanding work freeing enslaved people from bondage via the Underground Railroad, stayed in Beaufort, SC during her service as a soldier and scout.  She served during the United States Civil War and was stationed at Port Royal Island.   In order to enlighten more people in the world about her presence in Beaufort County, SC former South Carolina General Assembly member, Rev. Kenneth C.

Jasper County triggerman in murder-for-hire sentenced to life


RIDGELAND, SC (May 17, 2017) – A former convict and triggerman in a Jasper County murder-for-hire scheme was convicted Wednesday of shooting and killing Terrance Johnson in 2014.

A jury took less than 45 minutes to find 37-year-old Rohaime "Killa" Hopkins guilty of murder following a three-day trial at the Jasper County Courthouse in Ridgeland. Hopkins was sentenced to life in prison.

American Red Cross helps Bruson family

Brunson, S.C., May 16, 2017 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Joe Miley Road in Brunson, was damaged by a fire this morning.  The Brunson Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping one adult and one child by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.


Hampton County District 2 Superintendent's statement on AP article

Hampton County School District 2 Superintendent Martin Wright issued the following statement Wednesday to the Hampton County community following the publication of an Associated Press article, “A clash over sex assaults at a South Carolina middle school: Did they happen,” which was published on May 8 and reposted by The State newspaper and the Post & Courier newspaper:


Town of Hampton sets limit to livestock

The Town of Hampton council voted to pass a first reading of an ordinance which would limit Hampton residents to legally house 12 hen chickens and one rooster within city limits. The proposed town ordinance stems from complaints from residents regarding noisy roosters waking them from sleep at all hours of the night.

Council voted unanimously to limit the number of rooster chickens a resident living within city limits may possess; one. According to several council members, one rooster is all that is needed on a farm to produce additional chickens.

Estill P.D. seeks multiple individuals

Brittany Rose Gadson

B/F 05’07 172 LBS


CHARGE(S): Telephone Harassment & Larceny


Fresh Start Healing Heart offers free human trafficking seminar

The low country area is happy to announce a FREE Advanced Human Trafficking Training for Law Enforcement of all teams, Service Providers, Medical Professionals and Prosecutors. Our speakers are bringing years of experience in their fields and back ground working with HT Survivors as well as Traffickers.

We know there is a wealth of information for you to benefit from. This power packed day will give great insight to working cases, investigation, prosecution, recognizing survivors and providing the care they need a long with Q & A.


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