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Southern Current Launching New Solar Project in Hampton County

3 hours 46 min ago
Company investing $2.5 million in solar farm developmentPosted: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 5:57pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is launching a new solar farm in Hampton County. The company is investing $2.5 million in the project.
 
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
 
For more information on Southern Current, visit the company’s website at www.southerncurrentllc.com.
 
Official Comments
 
“Southern Current is excited to keep bringing more clean energy projects to South Carolina. We owe a special thanks to all our partners that work for Hampton County, who have embraced solar energy and the new revenue it will generate. This solar farm will bring clean, renewable energy benefiting South Carolinians for decades to come.” –Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury
 
“When a company invests in one of our rural counties, it’s investing in the future of a community with tremendous potential, and that’s why we are so grateful for Southern Current’s decision to locate in Hampton County.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
 
“Team South Carolina works hard every day to cultivate a pro-business environment for companies of all types in our state, and this new high-tech solar project in one of our rural counties is further evidence that our team-first approach is paying off. Congratulations to Southern Current on this new project.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Hampton County continues to work with innovative companies offering the newest technology in alternative energies, manufacturing, agribusiness and distribution. We welcome Southern Current to our county, and we appreciate their investment. Hampton County Council will continue to make our communities business-friendly and business ready.” –Hampton County Council Chairman Dr. Roy Hollingsworth
 
“SouthernCarolina Alliance and Hampton County welcome the investment by Southern Current, and we take pride in Hampton County’s support of both traditional and alternative energy products. Our communities will continue to welcome the most cost-efficient and business-friendly options to both residential and business customers.” –Bill Hager, SouthernCarolina Alliance board of directors member and chairman of Hampton County Economic Development Commission
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  • Southern Current is launching a new solar farm in Hampton County.
  • $2.5 million of capital investment.
  • Southern Current is a leading developer and owner of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects across the southeastern United States.
  • The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
  • For more information on Southern Current, visit the company’s website at www.southerncurrentllc.com.

 

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Empty Pockets Project features local talent on the road to success

3 hours 48 min ago
By: Shellie D. MurdaughContributing Writer Posted: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 5:55pm

Norman Vincent Peale once said empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

One local band, known as the Empty Pockets Project, takes this advice to heart as they continue to pursue their musical dreams with heart and determination.

“We’re just starving artists as they say,” Christopher Mark Harriott, bassist, singer, songwriter, manager and producer for the Empty Pockets Project said. “After bills, there isn’t a lot of funding left to pursue this, so we just put in all that we’ve got and hope for the best.”

It’s this drive and determination to succeed that helps the band as they continue to record their music at Harriott’s Playing for Pennies Recording Studio.

“We’ve been recording at my studio for close to two years, just writing anything and everything that came to mind,” Harriott said. “We’ve all played with other groups, bands and churches, starting out as a dream to write and record in our own way, and to not let anyone have control of our art.”

The current band began when Harriott and his old band, Insufficient Funds had been set to enter a band battle a few months ago, only to learn a few weeks before that some of the members were not going to take part in it.

 “My studio guys stepped up and we moved forward with it, and with only six practices, we placed second both nights,” he said. “I felt like that was a sign that if we could do that on such short notice, then we should look at what might happen if we did this full-time.”

The Empty Pockets Project, established a few months ago, consists of Harriott (bassist/singer/songwriter/manager/producer), Lucian(percussionist/drummer), Evans McTeer (pianist/keys/songwriter), Anissa Manuel (lead vocalist, singer/songwriter), Jimmy Jackson (trumpet/vocalist), and Pedro Guillen (guitarist/vocalist).

Harriott is a native of Early Branch and is the son of the late Mark Harriott and the son of Terry Harriott. He has been involved in several bands, some of which include Restitution and Insufficient Funds. While he has not had any formal music training, he has had help over the years from his friends to learn how to play bass and has taught himself how to be a producer and songwriter. His current studio was constructed from remodeling his grandfather’s old canning shed into a professional recording studio.

“It’s been a hard road teaching myself to produce, but here we are two years later with over a dozen albums written,” Harriott said. “It’s time to release our music to the world. As far what influenced me musically, anything and everything influences my writing. Not necessarily other music or musicians, but people, real life and raw emotions.”

Lucian, another member of the band, is from the upstate of South Carolina and where there’s music to be played, Harriott said he is there.

McTeer, also a native of Early Branch, is the son of Doug and Debra McTeer. His family always supported his love of music and he started piano and trumpet lessons at an early age under the direction of the late Glenn Hubbard. Participating in the Wade Hampton High School marching band led him to Newberry College where director Bill Long and peers gave him the drive, direction and connections to pursue music as a career.

Manuel, of Fairfax, is the daughter of Lynn and Larry Manuel. She started playing piano at age 7 and began singing in church and school by age 13. Some of her musical influences include Janis Joplin, Grace Potter, Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones.

Jackson, a Hampton native, found his love for music at an early age as his grandmother was a music teacher and he was taught by the late Glenn Hubbard and the late Carolyn Donahue. He is a former member of the Hampton Choral Society and after high school he attended Lander University, USC-Aiken and the College of Charleston.   

Guillen is a native of Cuidade Mante Tomaulipas, Mexico. He moved to Hampton County at the age of nine and learned how to play guitar out of boredom. The knowledge paid off as playing guitar has become a big part of his life. Some of his musical influences include St. Maurice, Hubris, Sheldon, and Pariedol.

“As far as cover music goes, we play it all,” Harriott said of his band. “Our original music leans more towards an Americana style with an alternative country hip hop feel in the lyrics. We like to mix it up.”

Harriott said the band has only been booking appearances for the past month and there have been many so far, quickly filling up their calendars. He said the band is trying to focus on their local audience for now, but after the summer they have plans to travel. Some of the places they have recently played include Anthony’s in Varnville and Harold’s Country Club in Yemassee.

“We want to build Anthony’s in Varnville into a music venue and with the help of our fans we can,” he said. “My favorite place to play is Harold’s Country Club, just because it’s been a part of my whole life. The crowds are great, always a good time to be had surrounded by familiar faces and local love. We want to play anywhere that will have us, larger venues are always great pay, but the smaller venues are where you make real connections with the people who really appreciate what we do. Private shows are great too because everyone there is paying attention to the band.”

Harriott said he wants to build a musical dynasty locally that family and friends can be proud of. He said while it has been a struggle since day one, the band all has the same goals and work ethics.

“We have great support from our family and friends,” he said. “I would like to thank the T-Shirt Man in Varnville, Joel Blumenstock, for all of the advertising and merchandising help as well as all of our family friends. We are chasing our dream and won’t stop until we catch it.”

 

              

              

 

 

 

 

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Photos from festival Family Fun Day at Lake Warren

3 hours 58 min ago
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 5:45pm
  • The annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival watermelon eating contest was a fun-filled mess again this year.
  • The annual watermelon drop began a week of festivities in Hampton County.
  • Members of the Watermelon Festival Belles and Beaus interacted with the public throughout the week of the festival.
  • 2-year-old Katelyn Jensen participates in the eight and under age division.
  • Several divisions of competitors attempted to eat a slice the fastest.
  • Citizens were treated to a free trip on the lake.
  • The Hampton County Fire Department provided relief from the heat.
  • A petting zoo was a hit with children.
  • Melon Belles pose for a picture.
  • Ashley James, 8, left, and Olivia Ryan, 7, right, tied for first place in the 8 and under division.
  • Jaliel Gray Miller, 12, took first place in the 9-12 division.
  • Robert Gruber, 15 and Dalton Smith, 13 tied for first place in the 13-16 year olds division
  • Molly Dobson took first place in the 17-20 division.
  • Tiffany Williams took first place in the 21 and up division.
  • Susan Campbell, 80, has only missed one Watermelon Festival her entire life; 1956.

The watermelon was cool and sweet as participants gorged themselves during 75th annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival Family Fun Day watermelon eating contest. As well as an eating contest, children were granted the opportunity to take part in several different activities, including face painting, a waterslide and bounce house, fire truck sprinklers to cool down, kayaking, a petting zoo and carriage ride and several other activities for the entire family, including musical entertainment.

Photographs by Matt Popovich, The Hampton County Guardian.

 

 

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Local Vals and Sals exceptional in many ways

8 hours 10 min ago
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 1:33pm
  • Estill Salutatorian Hannah Johnson, left, and Valedictorian William Mitchell.
  • Brittany Moore, WHHS Valedictorian
  • Ethan Mitchell, WHHS Salutatorian
  • Julianna Corbin, PHA Valedictorian
  • Gill Griner, PHA Salutatorian

Wade Hampton High School’s 2017 Valedictorian, Brittany Moore, and Salutatorian, Ethan Mitchell, excelled in the classroom and after school during clubs and organizations.

Moore will attend the College of Charleston to pursue a degree in biology with plans of becoming a pediatrician in the future. While attending WHHS, she maintained stellar grades and enjoyed participating on her school’s marching band flag squad, as well as participating in HOSA, BETA Club, clinical classes at a nursing home in Estill, volunteering in the community and writing high school sports stories for the Guardian.

According to Moore, she became competitive with her grades during her sixth grade school year after learning she was ranked first in her class. She enjoyed the challenge of maintaining a high GPA and the quest for perfect grades became a self-motivating goal throughout the remainder of her time within Hampton School District 1.

While attending WHHS, Moore took full advantage of her school’s partnership with TCL and says the opportunity to attend college classes has given her valuable experience before heading to Charleston in the fall. She explained that TCL professors were wonderful, as well as how grateful she is of Mrs. Betty French and the WHHS teacher’s “tough” English classes, which she says made college classes a breeze.

Moore is excited to experience living in a larger, more metropolitan, area. Having a variety of different activity options right at her doorstep is thrilling, as well as the wonderful campus layout of CoC.  Although she is excited for Charleston and its exciting opportunities, she also enjoys spending quiet time at home reading a good book.

“I’m excited to see what happens, what this next chapter holds,” said Moore. “What will I see; what will I experience; who will I meet? I’m going in optimistically because hopefully it is going to be fantastic.”

As well as having slight trepidations about leaving home and heading off to college, she was slightly nervous about giving a speech during the graduation ceremony. Once she began, however, she greatly enjoyed the experience and hopes for further opportunities to speak publically in the future.

“It was weird looking down at the whole graduating class and seeing all of the people I’ve known since elementary school and knowing that we made it this far and that we did this. It was a such a surreal experience to just give a speech, even though I was terrified, but just focusing in on certain people and just looking at them and seeing them smile and laugh made me ok with it and made me excited and want to do it again, although I would be terrified all over again.”

The recent Valedictorian would like to thank her mother, Cynthia Moore, who “Inspired me to do the best I could.”

“When I did good and it made her happy, it made me happy,” said Moore. “It was another thing to just do it for yourself, but also do it for her and other people.  It was nice to have someone to vent to if it was a bad day at the nursing home or if the test was dumb or this teacher was being mean. She didn’t question it, she just sort of listened and cared.”

“It’s so crazy to think that I’m not going to get to come to school every day and see them,” she said of her teachers and classmates. “All the familiar faces and all of the clubs and the afterschool nonsense of just hanging out with everybody, I’m going to miss that.”

For WHHS Salutatorian Ethan Mitchell, academics and athletics went helmet to helmet in competition for his attention. Luckily, the outstanding student-athlete was about to handle the pressures of excelling in the classroom and on the gridiron.

Mitchell, the son of Rebecca and Stephen Mitchell, will attend Charleston Southern University on an academic scholarship for a degree in medicine. During his time at WHHS, the Salutatorian participated in a multitude of activities including football (letterman all four years of HS), varsity basketball, varsity track, was the president of both HOSA and BETA Club, a 2016 Boy’s State participant, participated in several school plays and is an active member of the Lighthouse Church, of Hampton.

During the graduation ceremony, Mitchell gave a wonderful speech to his classmates. The kind-hearted bruiser caused many of his fellow classmates to crack a smile or shed a tear looking back on their journeys. He stated he greatly enjoyed speaking to the large crowd. He recently spoke to a group of students at North District Middle School, as well as nearly 1,100 fellow Boy’s State participants last year and he is most proud of his speaking engagement Fields of Faith church event; he aspires to speak publically in the future.

He enjoys interacting with new people and helping others, which are the reasons he is passionate about entering the medical field. He said he began thinking about health care when he was eight-years-old and hopes to open a high quality medical clinical after college, which operates at a sliding scale, when he returns home to Hampton County.

“I’m really ready to take my next step in life. I really enjoyed high school, I loved it,” said Mitchell. “But I’m going to miss being able to miss being able to lean on my parents. I’m going to miss that…It’s scary to think about.”

“I believe you can do anything you put your mind to,” Mitchell stated of his accomplishment of becoming Salutatorian. “All you have to do is work hard and you can have anything you want in life.”

Mitchell credits former football coach DeKelly Pittinger as the second most influential male role model in his life, second to his father. The work ethic he acquired both at home from his parents and on the gridiron from Pittinger allowed him to maintain a high GPA throughout high school.

“Whenever we wanted to quit, he wouldn’t let us quit,” he said of Pittinger. “And that’s really how sports translate into the classroom because that no quit attitude, you bring that into the classroom…I did that with every class, I put that mindset into everything.”

He also spoke highly of Betty French and Burt Burch, who helped him throughout his high school experience in endless ways, especially French’s grueling classwork and ability to encourage her students to not give up.

Although Mitchell is quick to point out individuals he looks up to, he too is admired as a positive role model by many area youth, and he hopes he has been a positive influence in the life of his younger brother, Evan.

 

Estill Val and Sal salute school, classmates

Although neither feel comfortable admitting it, Estill High’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian William Mitchell and Salutatorian Hannah Johnson are exceptional individuals. Both recent grads give credit of their distinguished achievements to their family, friends, classmates and educators but the self-motivation and sacrifice these students have displayed throughout their school careers is deserving of recognition and admiration.

Mitchell, son of Clayton and Lashonda, of Estill, was the first student from Estill High School to graduate college before graduating high school. The outstanding scholar attended the University of South Carolina-Salkethatchie while attending EHS and obtained an associate’s degree of science before receiving his HS diploma. He will attend Clemson University on an academic scholarship and major in political science, and possibly double-major in law in the future. After college, Mitchell plans to travel extensively, although he believes he will come home to Estill to stay following his adventures.

The Clemson bound scholar is an active member of Thee Deliverance Church and volunteers his time during church activities, as well as participating with the Estill Fall Festival, 4-H, Emerging Scholars, Project Refuge, cancer walks at the EHS, and counseling students at the Estill Elementary School while a student at EHS.  He stated he was not an athlete, nor did he indulge in much partying, so juggling his high school career and college classes was not a struggle.

The dedicated student was forced, however, to miss his senior class trip due to scheduling conflicts of a full course schedule and regular commute to Salk, but stated his accomplishment was well worth missing the trip. 

“It took a lot; managing time and knowing when to say ‘no, I can’t go’ and when to say ‘I’m staying home’…sacrificing a few weekends to stay home if you have a test coming up. And still coming here and making sure I never lost the relationship with my classmates and still had that [HS] experience,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell would like to thank Pamela love for her help and guidance along her journey. He said she was a major factor in his ability to achieve his associate’s degree while enrolled at EHS.

“I don’t have any extra abilities, so I have no choice but to be smart,” Mitchell said to a laugh from his classmate Johnson, regarding her and her fellow teammates’ tremendous basketball State Championship win this year.

“It was such a great thing for the community,” said Mitchell.

Johnson, the daughter of Barbara and Clayton Johnson, will attend Clemson University in the fall and major in marine biology, with a possibility of pursuing degrees in child psychology or law in the future. The outstanding scholar has enjoyed studying marine life while SCUBA diving during past educational trips and hopes to continue working in the field post-college.

As well an outstanding scholar, Johnson is an acclaimed athlete. She participated in numerous sports while at EHS, including participation on the schools recent girls varsity basketball State Championship winning team. She credits her coaches and support network of parents, extended family and friends for her ability to remain at the head of her class while busy with sports. Johnson has had big shoes to fill while a student; her sister was the EHS Valedictorian several years ago and has acted as a positive example for the younger sister to follow.

“They always supported me not only with books, but during basketball season when we won the championship and during track season, softball season and volleyball season,” she said of her “awesome” parents.

During school, she participated in numerous clubs and organizations, as well. She was a member of the Emerging Scholars program, 4-H, worked with students at Estill Elementary, school cancer fundraisers, Estill Fall Festival,

Johnson spoke highly of her Lady Gators coaching staff, who allowed her to miss practices on occasion if needed to finish an import paper or assignment. She will also greatly miss Coach J.C. Threatt, of EHS.

Both students wish to send a special thanks to those educators who have played a pivotal role in their education experience, with special recognition to Sherry Garvin, who will no work within the district next year. Both students state her absence will be greatly felt at the school, and they wish to inform her how much she has meant to them and fellow classmates throughout their time in school.

 

PHA Val and Sal

For Valedictorian Julianna Corbin and Salutatorian Gil Griner their time in high school is full of fond memories, but both say they are ready to take the next step in their lives and head off to the beautiful campus of Clemson University.

Corbin, daughter of Walt and Lynn, will attend Clemson to pursue a degree biological systems engineering. Growing up on her family farm spurred her to enter the field of bio-engineering to serve farmers and help “feed the world.” She will work primarily in laboratory settings studying and manipulating the genetics of crops. Corbin fell in love with the idea of attending Clemson after trips to the university as a child and educational summer camps.

“I always wanted to be a Clemson Tiger,” she said. Corbin has fond memories of attending sporting events there and greatly enjoys the friendly and homey campus. “It’s very familiar to me.”

As well as heading upstate to watch the Tigers, she too participated in athletics during school on the Patriots volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer teams in the past and was a cheerleader. She was also a member of Girl’s State, SCISA Executive Board, Student Council and enjoyed attending summer camps, well. She most liked her time spent at the South Carolina Commissioners School of Agriculture the summer before her junior year.

As for sports, “Having the flexibility to do it all was really nice and definably one of the best parts of my PHA experience. “I was able to dabble in a little bit of everything…I feel like I took advantage of all of the opportunities that Patrick Henry Academy presented me with, and I’m thankful for that.”

One the most enjoyable parts of her high school experience was her time spent on the SCISA Executive Board, as well as a class trip to Key West, where she kayaked with manatees.

“I had the opportunity to branch out…I was on the SCISA Executive Board for two years, and it was one of the best parts of high school. I got to network with people throughout the state and I got really close [with the eight members on the board] and I got to be a part of something that was bigger than myself and my school.”

The soon to be freshman is excited about attending college and living away from home for the first time. Although she grew up around agriculture and will attend college to study plant genetics, the third generation farmer will not miss hours spent tediously shucking corn and other tasks around her family’s farm.

When she is not busy buried in a book or a pile of freshly harvested corn or peanuts, Corbin enjoys spending time at the beach with friends and reading. She also has a passion for college football and could not imagine living far from the ocean. After college, Corbin would like to travel the world before settling into a career. Currently, the Valedictorian is working at the Fairey Law Office before heading off to college.

She thanks her parents for their “love and dedication.” She stated “they are the best” and also spoke about her younger sister, Madelyn, and how much she will miss her little sister when she leaves for college. She said she hopes the feeling is mutual.

Gil Griner, son of Sherri and Jimmie, will attend Clemson University and pursue a degree in biology. He likes the flexibility in career choices a biology degree will offer him throughout his adult life. As well as an exception student, he was also a standout athlete while in school.

During his time at PHA, he worked just as hard on the football field as he did in the classroom. He also participated on the school’s basketball team and baseball team. Griner also was a former Boy’s State participant, BETA Club President, Sports Editor for the PHA yearbook, as well as other activities. He stated athletics and academics coincide with one another.

“At times it was hard to get all of my [school] work done with practice,” he said. “I really like balancing building my mind and body at the same time, so it was worth it definitely...If you get used to doing hard work on the football field, you will get used to doing hard work everywhere else in life, including in academics.”

As well as excelling in school activities, Griner loves the outdoors and became an Eagle Scout two years ago. He started in scouting at a young age and continued until he could advance no further. He stated many of the lessons he has learned in Scouting he was able to apply throughout his educational career. Later in life, he hopes to continue his involvement in Scouting as a parent.

“I’ve always tried to be the best person I can be, and I guess the result of me trying to do that,” he said of his Salutatorian achievement. “I don’t feel like I had to give up much of anything, I just had to regulate myself and schedule well,” he said of juggling his personal life and academics.

After college, Griner hopes to have the opportunity to travel the world. One of his fondest memories growing up is a family trip to New Mexico and back, in which he and his family were able to enjoy each other’s company and the natural beauty of the American West. He also greatly enjoyed a family trip to Europe, with stops in Italy and Greece and hopes to travel abroad in the future, possibly a part of a study abroad program.

“I’ll miss most about my high school experience is how intimate everything was…It’s going to be weird being in a bigger pond; being a part of a bigger environment,” he said of attending large college campus.

Griner thanked his parents preparing him to take that next step in his life. He stated the support they have offered him throughout his life never wavered.

“Mom read to me when I was really little and dad helped me in school. And when I started playing sports in school, I started running with my mom and doing pushups every night with my dad. They have always been there for me and support me in whatever I have wanted to put my efforts towards. A really big thanks to them, I couldn’t have been anywhere without their guidance and support,” he said of his parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obituaries

8 hours 26 min ago
Posted: Mon, 06/26/2017 - 1:17pm

David Benjamin White, Sr. passed away Friday, Jun. 9, 2017. David was born on Jul. 5, 1935, in Louisa County, VA. He was predeceased by: his mother, Celia Corabell Bollinger Koch; father, Roy Karsten White; sister, Mary Greer and brother, Thomas White. He is survived by: his son, David Benjamin White, Jr., daughters: Mischelle Darlene Anderson (Jonathan); Tina Marie Fulmer (Gary) and Deborah Lynn Bowen; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; close family, Kim White and Ken Bowen; brother-in-law, Junior Greer; and two faithful friends: Larry Warren and Wayne McNeil.

Our Dad served his country proudly entering the Navy for the first for years and nine months, then transferring into the United States Marine Corps for 17+ years. He was a Drill Instructor at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot at Parris Island for many years. In addition to serving several tours overseas, both Vietnam and Korean wars, he earned many commendations, including Combat Air Crew Insignia (w/3*), Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Commendation Medal (w/V), Air Medal (w/Numeral 1), Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct (w/3*), CHSM, KSM, UNSM, KPUC, VNSM, Vietnam campaign Medal (60-), and the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

He enjoyed spending time with his beloved cat, Squirt; therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to ASPCA Gift Processing Center, PO Box 9629, Washington, DC 20077-7127 in honor of Squirt.

Internment was Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the VA National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Dafford Funeral Home, Inc.

707 E. Eberton Street

Dunn, NC 28335

www.daffordfuneralhome.com

 

Mr. Marion Ralph Smith, 79, of Grays, passed away Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017, at MUSC in Charleston.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Jun. 16, 2017, at The Spirit of Life Ministries, Varnville, SC.  Interment followed in Grimes Cemetery.

Born March 9, 1938, in Jasper County, he was a son of the late Marion Bertie Smith and Editha Anna Tuten Smith. He graduated from Grays Consolidated High School and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Smith, and would have been married for 60 years on September 13th. He was a retired millwright and welder; and served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was a member of Pine Level Baptist Church and attended Spirit of Life Ministries. He was a member of Road Runners Camping Club and Carpenters Local Union #256. Mr. Ralph, known by his CB handle “Night Owl”, loved fishing, making belt buckles, knives, cookers and bbq grills; but most of all loved spending time with his grandchildren, and his bird, Paulie. He was a bull in his younger years and a lamb in his older years.

Surviving are: his wife, Betty Smith of Grays; children: Terry R. Smith and his wife Donna of Grays and Janet S. Chassereau of Grays and Ron of Hampton; grandchildren, Michelle Stanley and her husband Michael, Bryan L. Smith and his wife Nicole, Rhonda Jones and her husband Joshua, and Blake Chassereau (Brittany Robertson); great grandchildren, Hunter Stanley, Hannah Stanley, Cade Smith, Levi Smith, Peighton Jones, Easton Jones, and Bryce Robertson; and his special friend and companion, Paulie.

Memorials may be made to The Spirit of Life Ministries.

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons

Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Mr. Hugh Duron “Don” Altman, 87, of Altman Road, Hampton died Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017, at his residence. The funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, Jun. 16, 2017, at Sandy Run Baptist Church, Sandy Run Road, Hampton.  Interment followed in the Crocketville and Presbyterian Cemetery.

Known by his family and friends as Don, he was born Jun. 17, 1929, in Hampton, and was a son of the late John E. Altman, Sr. and Iva Smith Altman. Don retired from Westinghouse Corp. of Hampton in 1991 after 43 years of service. He served his country in the United States Army and was a Korean War Veteran.

A devout Christian, he was a lifetime member of Sandy Run Baptist Church serving as Sunday School teacher for over 50 years, loyal member of the church choir, and current chairman of the Board of Deacons, a position he held numerous times since 1967. He was a Master Mason of the Crocketville Masonic chapter, and current President of the Crocketville and Presbyterian Cemetery Association. He was also a past member of the Palmetto Electric Trust board, Poll manager for the county election commission and Lifelong Master Chef of Crocketville Chicken BBQ events. Most of all, his loves in life were his church, his family, and farming.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Mole Altman; their three sons and six grandchildren: Mark and wife Michelle, (Risden and Reeves) of Hampton, Keith and wife Gina, (Garrett and Miley), of Fairfax, and Byron and wife Christian, (Abigail and Grayson) of Walterboro; his sister, Blanche Winstead of Summerville; brother-in-law Terry Ulmer of Hampton; brothers and sisters- in-law, Wade and Sylvia Freeman of Hampton, and Don and Sara Mole of Orangeburg; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother: John E Altman Jr. and James Altman; and his sisters: Eunice Thomas and Vernell Ulmer.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to: Sandy Run Baptist Church, 2100 Sandy Run Road, Hampton, South Carolina 29924; or to: Crocketville and Presbyterian Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 158, Hampton, South Carolina 29924.

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons

Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Mr. Clark Albert Kinard, 57, of Islandton, entered into rest early Wednesday morning, Jun. 14, 2017, at the Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Jun. 17, 2017, from Adnah United Methodist Church, Adnah Church Road, Islandton, SC. The Reverend Jim Hensley and The Reverend Mike Lupo officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in the churchyard. 

Born May 10, 1960, in Barnwell, SC, he was a son of Mrs. Geneva Nettles Kinard and the late Mr. Clyde Wesley Kinard. Known for a strong work ethic and faithful dedication to his work, he was a calendar operator for a number of years prior to its closing at Asten-Johnson in Walterboro and was currently a warehouse foreman for Crescent Dairy in Walterboro. A lifelong member of Adnah United Methodist Church, he was active in many areas of the church’s work and had served as chairman of the finance committee. He was a member of Hudson Masonic Lodge No. 373 – Ancient Free Masons in Islandton.  He was a true outdoorsman, who dearly enjoyed fishing and spending time on his John Deere tractor.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Islandton are: his wife, Mrs. Sandra Craven Kinard; a daughter, Monica Jones and her husband Trent of Islandton; a brother, Mark Kinard and his wife Sandy of Varnville; two sisters: Darlene Mangum and her husband Charlie of Walterboro and Karen K. Polk of Charleston; two grandchildren: Caleb Jones and his wife Lindsey and Cameron Jones; a great granddaughter, Adalyn Jones; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sally Craven of Walterboro. 

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to: Adnah United Methodist Church, care of Mrs. Sharon Sineath, 1401 Sineath Road, Islandton, SC 29929.

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons

Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Mrs. Faye Coxwell Jones, age 77, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, Jun. 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Ruffin, SC while under the care of Amedisys Hospice. She was the loving wife of the late James Daniel “Jack” Jones.

Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Jun. 18, 2017, from The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapel, Walterboro. Interment followed in Old Field Creek Cemetery, Lowcountry Highway, Ruffin.

Born Jan. 15, 1940, in Swainsboro, GA, she was a daughter of the late Buck Coxwell and the late Willie Mae Jones Coxwell. She retired after thirty years from Westinghouse Corporation in Hampton. She dedicated her life to her family and her work. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Ruffin. She enjoyed trips to the mountains as well as the beach and will always be remembered for her love of antique cars. 

Surviving are: three children, Danny Jones and his wife Jenny of Ruffin, Sandy Kinard and her husband Mark of Varnville, and Randy Jones and his wife Brenda; seven grandchildren: Derrick Jones (Peggy), Joshua Jones, Felicia Brown (Robbie), Brooke Kinard (Skeeter), James Jones (Christina), Rusty Jones(Jenna), Brittany Jones (David), Nancy Frakes (Bobby), and Billy Padgett (Pam); and eleven great grandchildren: Andrew, Emily, Cooper, Tripp, Bryon, Carson, Aidan, Chace, Dakota, Taylor, and Taylen; as well as her beloved grand-dog, Pickles. She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Coxwell; and a great grandchild, Jacob Jones.  

The family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed in her memory to: Old Field Creek Cemetery Fund, care of Mrs. Carolyn Breland, 573 Spencer Drive, Ruffin, SC 29475. 

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons

Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. James Luther “Jimmy” Davis of Cat Branch Road near Early Branch, died early Sunday morning, Jun. 18, 2017, at his residence after a brief illness.

Mr. Davis was born in Hampton County, Jul. 1, 1957, a son of the late Luther and Vinnie Louise Brown Davis. He had attended the Grays Church of God of Prophecy, was a retired carpenter, enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing and gardening. He was a friend to all and enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends.

Surviving are: his wife, Kathaleen Rhodes Davis of Early Branch; daughters: Jamie Hernandez and Lynn Anchorena, both of Early Branch; brother: Luther Edward Davis of Nixville; and sister, Betty Hill of Nixville. There are five grandchildren: James, Selena, Amber, C.J. and Paul; and one great-grandchild, Dixie.

Visitation was on Tuesday, Jun. 20, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in the Davis Family Cemetery, located on Highway 278 in Jasper County, conducted by Rev. Cindy Hiers.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

www.peeplesrhodenfuneralhome.com.

 

Renate Emma Turner

 

Renate Emma Sharpe Turner, widow of her beloved husband, Thomas Perry Turner, Sr., passed away on June 17, 2017 at her home in Gaston after a brief illness.

Mrs. Turner was born in Erding, Germany to the late Barney Emory and Martha Konig Sharpe. She had retired from F.B. Johnston Company where she worked as a proofreader.

She is survived by her cherished daughter, Kimberley (Chris) Shealy, treasured grandsons, Jonathan Harsey, Justin (Ashley) Harsey and Christopher Shealy all of Lexington, SC; one sister, Nancy Sharpe Loadhold of Varnville, SC, a sister in law, Nancy Mixon Sharpe of Mt. Pleasant, SC; beloved great grandchildren, Cameron Harsey of Olympia, WA, Kinsley Caraway of Duncan, SC, Mason and Khloe Harsey of Stapleton, GA; six nephews and nieces dear to her heart, Joseph D. Sharpe, Jr. of Ft. Mill, SC, Michael Sharpe of Varnville, SC, Gregory Sharpe of Folly Beach, SC Christopher (Jennifer) Sharpe of Charlotte, NC, Monica Loadhold of Charleston, SC, Jessica (Karl) Biship; special grand nephew, Charles David "CD" Bishop and adored grandniece, Anderson Sharpe of Charlotte, NC.

Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her beloved brother, Joseph Deiter Sharpe.

The family will receive friends at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 11-12:30PM. Funeral services will follow.

Interment will be at Fort Jackson National Park. Contributions in her loving memory may be made to Hampton County Relay for Life, P.O. Box , Hampton, SC.

Special thank you to Compassionate Care Hospice and Pelly Robinson for their wonderful care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PEARLS annual meeting

Thu, 2017-06-22 18:17
Posted: Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:17pm
  • Robert Brown and Kari Foy accept grants.
  • Marsha Robinson presents a check to Alice Behlin on behalf of Huspah Baptist Church.

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.

2. United Ministries of Hampton County-$1,800 toward electric brazing oven.

3. Hampton County Watermelon Festival- $1,100 toward prizes for Pruitt Health Care Center Melon Bingo.

4. Huspah Missionary Baptist Church-$1,500 for food and supplies for their two week Camp Positive.

5. Open Arm Fellowship-$2,300 for their Teen After-School Program.

The Betti Crosby Scholarship Fund awarded two $1,500 grants for early childhood development. The first went to Rebecca Evans at Fennell Elementary School for "Wobble While You Work", alternative seating.

The second grant went to Kristin Rentz at Varnville Elementary for "Hold it, See it, Read it", take home books.

PEARLS of Hampton County would like to thank their Business Partners that made this day possible: Law Offices of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick, PA, State Farm, Black's Auto Transmissions, Brunson Laundry, Busby Construction, Carolina Graphics, Elizabeth's Ice Cream and Deli, The Frock Shop, Hampton County Guardian, Alice B. Hazel, CPA,  Hopjack Rentals, Insurance Market of Hampton, Julienne's Espresso Cafe, Lowcountry Life, Dr. Francis Mills, Office of Treasury, Open Arms Fellowship, Palmetto State Bank, Riley's Funeral Home-Hampton Chapel,  Salkechatchie River Outfitters/Outdoor Insurance, South Carolina Timber Co., Inc., Cornerstone General Store

 

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Nixville author publishes new mystery/suspense book

Thu, 2017-06-22 13:41
Posted: Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:41pm

Teresa Tuten, a writer, wife, mom, and small business owner of the Nixville area has recently published her fourth book: Silent Agony-A Novel. It is about a case worker that helps abused women. In the process, Jenna Johnson's life is put in danger as she works with the local DA regarding domestic violence cases. As a series of events begin to unfold, will Jenna figure things out before she or another client is murdered? With each chapter the mystery becomes more intense causing Silent Agony-A Novel  to be a real page turner. Perfect for a great summer read.

 

Book Synopsis

No matter how hard she tried, Jenna couldn't save them all.

Jenna was too involved with her clients--had been since day one at the agency. Having walked the horrid path of abuse in her own marriage to Tom, it still played on her emotions causing self-doubt. Since her divorce, she vowed to help every abused woman and child she could. Each time Jenna had to attend the funeral of a client she felt like a failure. Refusing to give in to her feelings, she fought hard to start over and put the past behind her, even though she still experienced a silent agony of her own. Jenna had worked with the local DA on many domestic violence cases. And on occasion, she'd had to testify regarding a client causing her life to be put in danger. But if she could save one woman from meeting their demise, it was worth it. Roger Hawthorn had been DA for many years, and hadn't lost a case thus far. He'd earned the respect and support of fledgling attorneys as well. But a woman he knew had been placed in a penitentiary and held against her will. Not even Roger could get the judge to overturn the sentence. Working with Roger and helping abused clients had pushed Jenna out her comfort zone, making her have compassion for others when she reaches out to offer hope of seeing change. But will it be enough to help Jenna bury the past and finally find the man of her dreams?

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Teresa Tuten lives in SC with her husband and children. She has been writing for ten years and has a degree in creative writing, fitness and nutrition, and cosmetology and barbering. She has published three other books:(Forever Changed-A Novel, Faded Memories-A Novel, Apple Peelings of Faith- A journey to health, healing and weight loss) and has owned and operated her own business for the past sixteen years. She enjoys writing fiction novels about everyday life and the issues we all face. In the future, she plans to write a children's book as well. Teresa enjoys spending time at her happy place--the beach. And she enjoys listening to other people tell her about their own life story.

You can pick up a copy of Teresa's books at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, other online retailers and from her publisher. You can connect with Teresa on Facebook at Teresa Tuten Author.

 

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Hampton Rocks

Tue, 2017-06-20 11:58
Leave no stone unturned when participating in Hampton Rocks!By: Shellie D. MurdaughContributing Writer Posted: Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:58am

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.

“Kelli stopped while we were running to pick up a rock and that led me to asking her why and she explained to me all about the painting, hiding, hunting and rehiding of these rocks around Beaufort,” Hewlett said. “I started the Facebook page and thought it would be a fun concept for our little county.”

Hampton County Rocks! consists of people of all ages within the area painting their own rocks and then selecting hiding places for them. While hiding rocks, they can also find some of their own and could choose to keep them or rehide them. In an effort to keep the idea going, it is important that those hiding rocks post the areas in which they are hiding them, helping those who are going hunting for them. When finding rocks, those who find them are encouraged to post photos on the Facebook page.

“My hope for this group is to bring some fun to Hampton County and also bring people together,” Hewlett said. “Hampton County is a rural place but this gives families an inexpensive activity to enjoy together, out and about, instead of television, video games or electronics. I know several Girl Scout groups have done a project with this activity and I hope it will spread into schools and churches and other organizations.”

Hewlett and her family have hidden over a dozen around the county so far, also hiding a few in the Bahamas while on vacation and while recently visiting Clemson. Those painting are using ‘slate’ of the art colors to decorate the rocks.

“I suggest hiding the rocks in areas that people visit the most around the county, such as the parks, gazebos in town, town halls, churches, banks, post offices, and along Main Street in the towns,” Hewlett said. “I would also suggest to everyone to hide them in the more rural areas, so maybe the children that may not get to do much can enjoy this as well. There have been lots hidden at the gazebos and Lake Warren, and I hope that other areas such as Brunson, Estill, Lena, Furman, Nixville and all areas will begin participating and have lots of fun with it.”

You won’t be left between a rock and a hard place when searching for these rocks. It is important to remember when searching to be respectful and ask any businesses before you hide rocks on their property as well as making sure to watch out for snakes and any other animals that live in certain areas to make sure this project remains safe for everyone.

Those wishing to participate will need some materials for the project, including rocks (some can be purchased from a dollar store or Lowe’s), paint (acrylic is more bold and visual) but you can also use washable or Crayola paint as well. You can also use a paint pen for smaller details on the rocks such as lettering or to label the rocks (#hcrocksfb). To preserve the rocks, make sure to spray them with modge podge or clear spray paint, or even Elmer’s glue.

The search should not be too difficult, only a stone’s throw away in most of the locations where the rocks have been hidden. There are a lot of real gems to be found just by searching various places within the county.

As the Hampton County Watermelon Festival kicks off this weekend, there will be many rocks to find that are painted like Hampton County watermelons. Locals and guests to the county are encouraged to participate in hiding, finding and rehiding the rocks to keep this project moving along.

Hampton County Rocks! continues to grow as a group on Facebook and welcomes new members, both local and from other areas. When it began, within the first day the page was active, it went from having 200 members in its first 24 hours as a page to over 645 current members.

“So many people are excited about this sweet, simple concept,” Hewlett said. “All because two friends went on their weekly run and our almighty, ever-surprising God.”

While out and about in Hampton County, you’re sure to find a few diamonds in the rough when searching for your treasures.

 

  

  

 

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Nine high school seniors earn CNA pins

Mon, 2017-06-19 13:05
Posted: Mon, 06/19/2017 - 1:05pm

Wade Hampton held its second annual Certified Nursing Assistant pinning ceremony on Tuesday, May 23. Parents, school officials, and community supporters attended the event, honoring the achievements of nine seniors.

Upon entrance into practice as a Nursing Assistant, graduates receive the C.N.A. pin. Each school has its own pin by which graduates are identified. It is traditional that someone who is presently a Registered Nurse pins the incoming C.N.A.. This is the welcome into the profession. The graduates will receive a flower. They then will light a candle symbolizing the flame of knowledge they have received. These actions are followed by a recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

Receiving their certifications are: Quraysha Brown, Rose Crosby, Makayla Gibson, Kacie Godley, Kerry Hiers, Jayde Middleton, Brittany Moore, Madison Moore,  and Je’Ana Shaw.

Congratulations to the Clinical Studies Class of 2017! We wish you the best with all your future endeavors!

Instructor Michelle Altman, R.N., hosted and facilitated the event, beginning with an explanation of Pinning Ceremony History. The event included farewell remarks by each senior, pinning of the candidates by Career and Technology Department Head Betty Woodward and Mrs. Altman, lighting of candles, and a recitation of the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

Guests enjoyed viewing a compilation of photographs of the candidates’ training and on-the-job experiences serving residents at Pruitt Health in Estill. The event closed with a reception to celebrate the recipients’ achievements.

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On the Write Track

Mon, 2017-06-19 13:01
A thank you to my dad not on one dayn but everyday.By: Shellie D. MurdaughPosted: Mon, 06/19/2017 - 1:01pm

Sometimes they can get overlooked.

Sometimes they do most of the behind the scenes things that may or may not be recognized.

They are always there, but can be quiet and not really want to be recognized for the things they do, just because they love you. Their one special day came along even after Mother’s Day had already been established but they didn’t seem to mind.

This Sunday, fathers around the country will have their special day. It might just be one day, but fathers do so much for their children each and every day that might not get attention.

It seems as though the mothers get the spotlight a little more most of the time rather than the fathers. They don’t seem to mind, although they are just as important in the family.

I am one daughter who is proud of my dad and all he did and has continued to do for me in my life.

I could never write every single thing he has done for me and my brother, but I am thankful for them all.

Dad always sacrificed his time to spend with our family when he did not have to work, and we were all glad when he did have time to spend with us.

He took special interest in our sporting events in high school and helped coach my brother’s football team. I could never forget how he would always cheer me on during all my softball and volleyball games. He always gave me the best advice as to how to play the softball positions I played and would offer advice to my brother on the football field.

You always get different traits from both your mother and father, but I got my love of sports from my dad. He taught me so much about not only sports but life and sportsmanship. It was always important to keep a good attitude, win or lose and he taught me that many years ago. This value has been a part of my life since that time.       

As mentioned in a previous column, he also gave me my love for fishing. It has never really mattered if I caught anything on the trips or not, I’ll always be thankful he took me fishing for the first time when I was younger. I am still learning how to have some patience in life in general, but when I go fishing that’s the only time I am able to be patient and I thank dad for that one.

Dad has always been there, through good and bad times. While mom would help console us at times, dad would always offer a word of encouragement when we needed it.

When you think of cooking, the first thoughts seem to drift more towards mom, but my dad is a great cook as well. Most dads enjoy grilling and mine is no exception. I have always enjoyed his steaks on the grill and he always knows mine has to be well done or it’s back to the fire it goes. The funny thing is that he cooked them so well that I don’t usually order steaks out in a restaurant. I prefer Chef Gene’s steaks, his has always been my favorite.

As everyone recognizes their fathers this Sunday, I would like to also recognize mine. Thank you, dad, for all that you have done for our family. Whether you were a coach or a cook, it was all appreciated. Happy Father’s Day to Gene DuRant and all of the fathers. You all make a difference in the lives of your children.

 

  

 

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Company Two continues battle with county

Mon, 2017-06-19 12:58
Recent lawsuits filed in Hampton County Courts include several complaints against area schools, as well as a suit brought against the county from a local business.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:58pm

 

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.”

The suit states “In 2005, Plaintiff and Hampton County entered into a contract/agreement wherein Plaintiff agreed to locate its business in Hampton County near the Hampton-Varnville Airport and Defendant…agreed to allow Plaintiff access to and use of the airport runway to test its [airport firefighting trucks]. In addition, Defendant…agreed to provide Plaintiff a private taxiway from its property to the airport runway and indicated its desire to obtain ownership of properties owned by Plaintiff for improvements at the airport.”   

Claims are made that in 2011 the county and Company Two entered an agreement whereby the county would give Company Two approximately 3.00 acres in exchange for 1.76 acres owned by Company Two; an agreement was also made that the county would “construct a taxiway across the property Hampton County was obtaining and grant Plaintiff an easement for access to the airport runway for its testing procedures.”

Company Two owner Quincy Jones wishes to continue testing the massive firefighting trucks’ speed and braking capabilities upon the runway at the airport. The suit claims the county was aware of Company Two’s use of the runway for testing purposes in 2005. According to the lawsuit, the county’s recent denial of use for testing purposes by Company Two is a breach of contract.

 

Additional lawsuits filed in Hampton County Court of Common Pleas

  • Regina Morris and attorney s/W.A. “Trip” Lawton III have filed suit against the Hampton County Sheriff’s Department after a vehicle Morris was operating was allegedly struck by a HCSO patrol vehicle as it reportedly attempted to pass the civilian vehicle on a double yellow section of Second St., Hampton, February 25, 2017 as Morris was attempting to make a properly signaled left turn. Morris and her attorneys are suing for actual damages, cost of action and relief; a jury trial has been demanded by the Plaintiff and her attorney.
  • Louis Williams has brought a civil suit against the Hampton Police Department and the Hampton County Detention Center after he was arrested by HPD officers May, 7, 2015 and charged for allegedly having “faulty equipment, no DL in possession, tag registered to another vehicle, DUI and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.” The suit claims HPD officers confirmed his identity, and after Williams bonded out of jail, he allegedly transported by authorities to the Orangeburg County Detention Center for a period of over 24-hours and then released by Orangeburg County Detention Center after officials there determined he “was being held under the wrong name.” Williams and his attorneys are suing for malicious prosecution, wrongful failure to train and supervise police officer, false imprisonment-false arrest and for gross negligence and recklessness. A jury trial has been demanded.
  • Diane Frazier, individually and as guardian of a minor, has brought suit against Hampton County School District [2], the Estill Middle School, Hampton County Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice after the guardian in her care was asked to leave the classroom by the teacher. According the suit, “In the process of leaving the classroom, Mr. Singleton began to physically struggle with and discipline [the minor]. Defendant Sheriff’s Deputy Griffin broke up the struggle, took [minor] into his custody and transported [minor] to Defendant SCDJJ.” Frazier and her attorneys are suing for violation of SC Constitution Articles 1 and 10, wrongful failure to train and supervise, false imprisonment, gross negligence and recklessness and for malicious prosecution. A jury trial has been demanded.
  • Chavonte Maxwell has brought suit against the Hampton Fire Department and Jesse Frye Gifford after Gifford, while operating a Hampton Fire Department fire truck, allegedly struck a vehicle the plaintiff’s was riding in on May 25, 2016, on Two Sisters Ferry Rd. According to the suit, Gifford allegedly pulled out of a private driveway and into the path of the vehicle in which Maxwell was riding inside. The plaintiff is seeking judgment for actual damages, punitive damages, the costs of the action and relief. A jury trial has been demanded in the case.
  • Bertha D. Williams, individually and on behalf of a minor, is suing Hampton School District Two after the minor Williams represents was allegedly tripped by another student and injured on September 15, 2015 at the Estill Middle School. A jury trial has been demanded in the case.

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WHHS's Freeman named to All-State team

Mon, 2017-06-19 12:18
By: Debbie and Dobie HiersWHHS Softball Posted: Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:18pm

Debbie and Dobie Hiers are proud to announce that Ashton Freeman has made the High School Sports Report All-State Team in softball. She will be recognized on Sunday, Jun. 18, at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia at 5 p.m.

Freeman will be recognized as one of the top athletes in the state for her hard work and dedication. She is a rising senior at Wade Hampton High School and was the starting catcher and team leader. She was Most Valuable Player and All Region this season and was also chosen as the Female Athlete of the Year at WHHS.

“We, as first-year coaches, are very proud of Ashton and her accomplishments” said Coach Debbie Hiers. “She is a team leader and a hard worker. She is also a Beta Club student. We are looking forward to our next season and what it has in store for us.”

Ashton is the daughter of Gary, Jr. and Brana Freeman of Hampton. She has two sisters: Carrie and Sarah Freeman.

 

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Obituaries

Fri, 2017-06-16 18:46
Posted: Fri, 06/16/2017 - 6:46pm

Mr. Brian James McGrath of Two Sisters Ferry Road near Estill, died early Wednesday morning, Jun. 7, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. McGrath was born October 23, 1955, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, a son of the late Thomas James and Lillian Billetter McGrath. He had worked in the construction field for many years and had also worked at the local Citgo Station in Hampton. He was a Navy Veteran and was a member of the Nixville Baptist Church, where he was active with the Children and Youth Programs and was a choir member. He also coached and umpired with the Church Softball League. He and his wife served as Chaplains at Hunting Island State Park each summer.

Surviving are: His wife, Carole Harvey McGrath of Estill; Daughters: Sabrina Greene (Brayton) of Indiana, Lauren and Morgan Peeples of Aiken and Megan Peeples of Lexington; Brothers: Thomas McGrath of Philadelphia, Richard Green (Regina) of Florida; Raymond Green of Varnville, and Eugene McGrath of Virginia; Sister: Kathleen McAlhaney (Ray) of Varnville; Grandchildren: Abby, Lilly, Bella, Chyann and Aiden, as well as a number of nieces and Nephews. Mr. McGrath was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle Haller. 

A Celebration of Life was held 10:00a.m. Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017, in the Nixville Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Paul Creason and Rev. Allan Kircher and directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton, with visitation immediately following the services.

The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Nixville Church Family Life Center, 3915 Two Sisters Ferry Road, Estill, SC 29918, or Agape Hospice, 113 E. Washington Street Suite G, Walterboro, SC 29488.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

www.peeplesrhodenfuneralhome.com.

 

Mrs. Windora “Cookie” Cook Altman of Altman Road near Hampton died Thursday night, Jun. 8, 2017, at her residence after an extended illness.

Mrs. Altman was born in Allendale County, May 6, 1949, a daughter of the late Buck and Irene Shuman Cook.  She was a 1968 graduate of Wade Hampton High School, and then went to Nursing School.  She was an LPN and worked in area hospitals until 2003.  She was a very active member of Sandy Run Baptist Church for 48 years and was president of the Prayer team until 3 years ago when she could not continue due to her illness.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, James Terrell Altman of Hampton; James Wilbur (Jamie) Altman and wife, Shannon, of Hampton, and Douglas Terrence Altman and wife, Wanda, of Wisconsin; Grandchildren: Heather, Matthew, Caroline, Tristina, Ayden and Lakin; A God given Sister: Sarah (Janie) Altman of Varnville; and two Great Grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by: a Sister, Jo Ann Cook; and a Brother, Wilbur Cook.

Visitation was held Saturday, Jun. 10, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Funeral services were held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jun. 11, 2017, in the Sandy Run Baptist Church, with burial in the Sandy Run Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

www.peeplesrhodenfuneralhome.com.

 

Mr. James Earle Youmans, 77, of Varnville, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at his residence.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017, at Lawtonville Cemetery.

Born October 24, 1939, in Estill, he was a son of the late Albert E. Youmans and Martha Reid Pauls.  He served his country in the United States Air Force and then retired from the United States Navy.  After retiring from the military, he worked for 17 years for Acme Engineering in Champlain, New York. He was a member of Lawtonville Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and talking.

Surviving are: his wife, Elaine T. Youmans of Varnville; daughters: Jessie Mae Kenyon of Brushton, New York and Tammy Kingsley of North Bangor, New York; brother, Arthur Youmans of Varnville; sisters: Sarah Sparks of Alaska and Anna Hassic of Torrington, Connecticut; half-brothers: Keith Pauls of Hampton, Kenneth Pauls of Charleston, and Carl Pauls of Columbia; half-sisters: Sonya Smith of Hampton and Shirley Watson of Yemassee; six grandchildren, Danny Bell, Kori Scram, Katie Northup, Kristina Hogan, Emily Bogald, and McKenzie Greenwood; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hugh Youmans.

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapels and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Mr. Bobby Marshall Gibson, 80, of Hampton, passed away Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017, at Roper Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017, at The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Varnville-Hampton Chapel. Interment followed in Hampton Cemetery.

Born September 21, 1936, in Colleton County, he was a son of the late Lloyd Jessie Gibson and Edna Jones Gibson. He retired from Westinghouse after 39 years of service and also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Mr. Gibson was a member of Rice Patch Christian Church, where he was a Deacon and Trustee. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching them play ball. He also loved farming and enjoyed cooking his puerlo rice for everyone.

Surviving are: his wife of 57 years, Alice Bazzle Gibson of Hampton; children: Robert Gibson and his wife Elaine of Hampton and Lisa Terry and her husband Claude of Varnville; grandchildren: Brody Gibson, Rogan Gibson, Makayla Gibson, Brett Terry, Trent Terry, and Meghan Terry; sister, Gloria Godley of Islandton; and many sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers: William Gibson, Roy Gibson, and L.J. Gibson; and sisters: Violet Crosby, Gladys Lamb, and Rae Polk.

Memorials may be made to Rice Patch Christian Church.

Funeral Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapels and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Mr. James Bernard McAlhaney of Susan Lane near Varnville, died Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017, in the Colleton Regional Medical Center after an extended illness.

Mr. McAlhaney was born in Hampton County October 7, 1927, a son of the late Clyde and Susann “Susie” Mixon McAlhaney. He was an Entrepreneur, having owned and operated businesses in Hampton County, and was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. 

Surviving are: one daughter, Martha Ellen McAlhaney of Columbia, and was predeceased by his wife, Lucia Ellen Compton McAlhaney and a daughter, Bernadette Ann McAlhaney.

Visitation was Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017, in the Hopewell Baptist Church at 12 o’clock, “High Noon”, with burial in the Sand Hill Cemetery near Varnville. 

Martha suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Hopewell Baptist Church Children’s Fund, in honor or Mr. McAlhaney at 6404 Hopewell Road, Hampton, SC 29924.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

www.peeplesrhodenfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Angelique Marianna Hernandez of Kathy Street in Hampton, a student at Ben Hazel Elementary School, were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017, in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton with visitation at 12 noon prior to services.
The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Landover, MD 20785-2237.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

www.peeplesrhodenfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wade Hampton Rotary Track Camp

Fri, 2017-06-16 14:37
By: Coach Rob HannaPosted: Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:37pm

The Wade Hampton Rotary Track Camp was held Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9. We had 63 children ages 5-13 participate and 10 Wade Hampton High School track athletes for a total of 73. The week concluded with a track meet at the WHHS Track in which each participant competed in three events.

The WHHS Track Program Would like to thank the sponsors that made it possible.

Hampton County Rotary Club (Title Sponsor)

Hampton County Sheriff's Office

Green Acres Turf Farm

Starr Tracks

ACE/Brunson Building Supply

Insurance Market of Hampton-Debbie Bishop-Phillips

State Farm Insurance-Debbie Elrod

Varnville Chiropractic Clinic

J.R. Wilson

Jus Sports

Hampton County Running Club

The Rentz Family

The Brown Family

Varnville Church of God

Aaron's Embroidery

Thanks also to the Hampton County Guardian.

 

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Downtown Hampton displays themed benches

Fri, 2017-06-16 14:25
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 06/16/2017 - 2:25pm
  • Town of Hampton bench at the Lightsey Park, Lee Ave., Hampton.
  • Frock Shop bench gifted by Betty Ruth Crews

You may have spotted some interesting looking benches around the Town of Hampton. The watermelon-themed park benches were constructed by students from Wade Hampton High School’s shop class under the direction of Steve Crosby. The Town of Hampton purchased two benches; the benches were placed at the Lightsey Park by the town and were painted by local artist Joanne Phillips, who also painted the Lee Ave. Exchange Park mural. A bench was also purchased by Hampton resident Betty Ruth Crews and given to Lee Ave. business The Frock Shop as a gift. The bench was painted by a local artist who wished to remain anonymous.

 

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Hampton Regional Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare establish new network relationship

Wed, 2017-06-14 16:20
Posted: Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:20pm

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. 

“Hampton Regional Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare will work together to enhance and improve access to critical health services for more of our patients across Hampton and the surrounding counties,” said Hampton Regional Medical Center CEO Dave Hamill. “We look forward to serving our communities and know that this addition to our network relationships will have a positive impact for the people we serve.”

“Hampton Regional Medical Center is an important addition to our care provider network, and offers patients and their families’ greater choice and access to quality, cost-effective care,” said Garland Scott, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of South Carolina.

In South Carolina, UnitedHealthcare serves nearly 500,000 people enrolled in individual, employer-sponsored and Medicare health plans, with a network of 84 hospitals and more than 14,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

 

About Hampton Regional Medical Center

Hampton Regional Medical Center has proudly served this region for over 60 years and we continually work toward expanding and improving our services to better meet the health needs of our community. HRMC works under the guiding principle that people living in rural areas deserve local access to the finest medical care available. Our mission is: Compassion, Commitment, & Excellence. Every Person, Every Time.

 

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Weekly Reads

Wed, 2017-06-14 16:11
By: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:11pm

Reading in the Real World

by Scott D. Strawn

 

All right!  Enough of the reading about half-clothed superheroes.  Enough reading about aliens from another planet or elves from other realms.  Enough about the love at first glance that can overcome all.  How about some reality folks?  How about reading about some of the real world events taking place?  How about reading world events that helped create the world we live in?  How about some titles like these?

 

Alone, by Brett Archibald

 

Imagine being on a ship one moment and overboard the next.  No raft or lifejacket, no hope that anyone knew you were missing or would by the time you drowned.  Imagine having to cope without fresh water or food, being exposed to the sun and the creatures of the sea (jellyfish, sharks and such).  That is the story Brett Archibald relates.  Life expectancy under these conditions would mean a life expectancy of maybe 14 hours, Archibald survived 28 hours until he was finally rescued. 

    

 

 

 

Breaking Rockefeller, by Peter B. Doran

 

  

 

This is a tale of oil.  Oil and greed.  Oil and power.  It is the tale of John D. Rockefeller and how he lost his power to Marcus Samuel, Jr. and Henri Deterding of Royal Dutch Shell.  It has as its backdrops, the English Paraliment, New York City and Czarist Russia in its last days.  It is the tale of Standard Oil versus Shell Oil.  It is the tale of a game power among the wealthiest of men.

 

 

 

City of Dreams, by Jerald Podair

    

In 1957 when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles it was a whole new game, it was a whole new world.  One of the biggest considerations was where to house the team.  The location of a new stadium was bound to effect any area considered.  Podair covers all the controversies and challenges that had to be met.  A great book for those who want to truly know all of baseball history.

The Flight: Charles Linbergh’s Daring and Immortal 1927 Tranatlantic Crossing, by Dan Hampton

 

In 1927, flight was a new reality.  It had been only a couple of decades since men and women began using the sky as transportation.  It was a time that every voyage in planes seem to set records.  And there was plenty of records to be broken, plenty of dreams to come true.  On May 20th, one of these dreams came true when Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris after a 33 ½ hour flight from Long Island, New York.  It was history itself with Lindbergh as its hero.  Hampton brings it all to life in a read that will take one on a flight of one’s own.

The Zoo: the Wild and Wonderful Tale of the Founding of the London Zoo, by Isobel Charman

 

The founding of the London Zoo as seen through the eyes of seven people (including Charles Darwin) who made it happen.  In the early 1800’s Britain had become more than a country, it was an empire that claimed lands around the globe.  As capital of the Empire, London gathered treasures and trophies from its distant lands.  The gathering of lions, elephants, kangaroos and an assortment of other species was not accomplished without challenges and controversies.  Charman using the event to reflect of upon the era and shows how the era impacted on the event.

 

 

 

 

All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about nonfiction books, or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library, or go to ahjlibrary.org.  Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.

 

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Watermelon Festival Committee seeks 75-year-old residents

Wed, 2017-06-14 16:08
Posted: Wed, 06/14/2017 - 4:08pm

    To: Our local Congregations

From: The Hampton County Watermelon Festival Committee

    Re: Festival Parade

 

This year is a very special year for the Hampton County Watermelon Festival.  We will be celebrating 75 years of this grand event on June 17-25.

This letter serves as an invitation to the members of our local congregations that have reached the “Ripe and Sweet” age of 75 to participate in the Hampton County Watermelon Festival Parade.

Please contact Steve Kimmerlin at skimmerlin@yahoo.com or check out the Festival’s website at hcmelonfest.org for the parade application or call 803.943.4645 and ask for Michael.   

We look forward to a grand time of “Celebrating 75 Years of Watermelon Fun” with our Sweet Senior Citizens of Hampton County.

 

Sincerely

HCWF Committee

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Photos from Allendale-Fairfax Prom

Mon, 2017-06-12 14:08
Posted: Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:08pm

The Allendale-Fairfax High School Prom took place several weeks ago. Students dressed to impress and posed for pictures before entering their prom celebration.

Photographs provided by photographer Benjamin Gadson, 15.

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Two WHHS ladies to play sports for USC-Salk

Fri, 2017-06-09 19:16
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 06/09/2017 - 7:16pm
  • Jessi Bell pictured with parents, Angel and Jeffrey Bell at rear, and Salk Softball head coach Kenneth Bellamy and WHHS Softball's Debbie and Dobie Hiers.
  • Sydni Crews is pictured with her parents, Holly Crews and Tony Crews, and Salk Soccer head coach Bill Glass and WHHS varsity girls soccer head coach Trey Stanley.

Jessi Bell and Sydni Crews recently signed letters of intent to participate in athletics at the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie.

Bell will attend the school to participate in softball and Crews will participate on the soccer team.

 

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