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

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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.

Hampton Museum offers western art display

The art collection of Lewis Ginn will be on display until the end of May at the Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center, at 15 Elm Street, Downtown Hampton. Ginn's collection of western/equestrian themed artwork spans a lengthy period of time, representing classic and well-known artists and also more modern fare. As well as artwork, several western artifacts Ginn has collected over the years are on display.

The Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's from 2 pm until 5 pm. The telephone number to the museum is (803)943-5318.



Hampton District 2 celebrates two outstanding students

Hampton County School District 2 produces an abundance of successful, college, and career ready students from its educational system. Many of these students have been recognized annually through the Estill High School Hall of Fame for their significant accomplishments. This year, we just could not wait to talk about two young adults and the vigor they possess in advancing their educational careers. We are proud to acknowledge Mr. William Mitchell and Miss De’Aira Bryant for the esteemed accomplishments and historical milestones that they have met. 

Yemassee P.D. remembers fallen K-9 officer Santos

The Yemassee Police Department and the Hampton County law enforcement community would like to take the time to remember our fallen Yemassee K-9 officer, Santos. The officer is now in a better place and is no longer suffering. He departed this world on April 25, 2017. He has served Yemassee and Hampton County for a long time—since he was a puppy. Santos is gone but not forgotten and our police force will always miss you.

Estill Prom photographs

The Estill High School prom was held at the school on May 1. Students enjoyed a beautifully decorated gymnasium which featured an impressive raised photo platform where students posed for pictures with their dates. At the end of the night, the kind and queen of the 2017 prom were announced; Prom King Jamez Taylor and Queen Siera Hutchinson received a round of applause from their fellow classmates and faculty as they proudly donned their crowns.


19th annual Furman May Fest

The 19th annual Furman May Fest began this week in Hampton County. The festival began with a Senior Day event Wednesday at 10 am. Bingo Night will take place Weds. evening at 6:30 pm and last until 8:30 pm. Entry to the Bingo event will cost $8, with additional cards costing $2 each.

On Thursday, the Taste of Furman will begin at 6:30 pm.

Updated: Varnville Police seek missing girl

Update: The Varnville Police have confirmed Beyonce Octazia Morris, of Varnville, has been located and is currently being evaluated by medical professionals at an area hospital. No word on her current condition was known by authorities or whether she sustained any injuries during her time missing. According to VPD Chief of Police Tyrone Smith, an individual has been arrested today in connection with the incident. Willie James Morris, of Augusta, GA, was arrested and is currently being held at the Hampton County Detention Center.

PHA's Peeples awarded second place at 2017 SCISA State Science Fair

ORANGEBURG – Students who attend South Carolina Independent School Association member-schools were recognized for their accomplishments during the awards ceremony at the 2017 SCISA State Science Fair held recently.

            Liam Peeples from Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, was awarded second place in the junior physical division.

Beaufort Memorial announces new name for women's imaging services

BEAUFORT, SC – The spa-like outpatient center where many Beaufort-area women receive their annual mammograms has a new name: Beaufort Memorial Breast Health Center.


The name change was prompted by the center’s recent designation as an Accredited Breast Center by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) following a rigorous onsite evaluation and review of the hospital’s facilities, protocols and performance.


PHA student second place at 2017 SCISA State Science Fair

ORANGEBURG – Students who attend South Carolina Independent School Association member-schools were recognized for their accomplishments during the awards ceremony at the 2017 SCISA State Science Fair held recently.

            Liam Peeples from Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, was awarded second place in the junior physical division.

Allendale Cooter Fest event schedule

It’s time shine your Cooter up for display during the annual Allendale Cooter Fest, which will be held on May 5-6. The event will feature live bands, Dj's, carnival rides, food vendors, crafters, professional fireworks display and of course, “The Carolina Cooter Race.”

Back again for the Street Dance Friday night to provide live music will be the East Coast Party Band. CWA Pro Wrestling will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Allendale County Courthouse Square with free admission to the show. Saturday will be the Miss Spring Fest Pageant.

Estill swears in new mayor, council members

Corrin F. Bowers resigned his seat as a Town of Estill councilmember at approximately 6 pm on Thursday, April 20.  Immediately thereafter, he took the oath as the new Mayor of Estill following the recent town election.

The photo shows the oath being administered by his wife, Abigail Avant Bowers, and witnessed by his grandmother, Mary Eleanor Bowers.

Dwanda Bolden was also sworn in as councilmember by Pastor Lydell Mungin.  Bolden becomes the second female to serve on the Estill Town Council.

WHHS football players concerned about coach turnover, program’s future

English teacher Heather Skinner is leading the charge to hamper the current uniform policy at the Wade Hampton High School. Skinner, a longtime educator, has been spurred to action by recent writings submitted to her by her students in her English classes.

An outspoken supporter for the abolition of the Wade Hampton High School uniform policy, Skinner spoke to the board during a listening session and explained her reasons for asking the board for a dress code instead of the current uniform requirements at the high school.


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