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Hampton County Rotary Club implements new service project

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:35
Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:35pm

The Rotary Club of Hampton County recently implemented a NEW service project called “Comfort Kits for Kids.”

These kits are for children (ages 18 and under) that have been removed from their homes due to a fire or other immediate need such as a family crisis.  The Club delivered 36 of these to Deputy Chief Tommy Smith at the Hampton Fire Department on June 21 (pictured.) The Rotarians featured in the photo include: Debbie Bishop-Phillips, IP President, President, Kathleen Barnes, Treasurer, Mary Ann Watson, Debbie Elrod, Russell Laffitte and Joseph Williams.  The kits will be distributed through all Fire Departments within our county and to law enforcement.

These items were all donated by members of our club.   Dental Hygiene Kits were donated by our local dentists, Dr. Mills and Dr. Crews.

These age-appropriate clear drawstring bags include:

  • Stuffed Animal
  • Blanket
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (Donated by Dr. Mills and Dr. Crews.)
  • Wash cloth and soap
  • Comb/brush
  • Coloring book or activity book and crayons/colored pencils
  • Journal (4 way test label inside) and pen
  • Wipes, Kleenex, and other items.


This will be an ongoing project for our Club. 

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Weekly Reads

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:30
Happy Birthday, Everyone!By: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:30pm

Happy Birthday!  You have a birthday?  Of course you do.  Everybody does.  It might not be right now but sooner or later, as the year goes by, you’re going to be blowing out the candles on the cake and eyeing those gifts.  You might be a little young to understand the concept so here are some books the big folks can share with you.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mark Teague



Dinosaurs are cool!  They’re huge and fierce and have all kinds of horns.  Still they age every year too, but how do dinosaurs say Happy Birthday?  They tear their present up, stick their faces in their cake, scream and throw temper tantrums, right?   Well, no.  What they do can be found in the pages of this fun and educational book.  A great read to share with the big people.

Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin




It’s somebody’s birthday down on the farm, and everyone is helping get ready.  There are balloons to be blown up, cakes to be baked and games to be planned and approved.  Donkey’s got a little problem with a game where his tail gets pinned on.  But things will work out with a little bit of team work and a lot of laughs.


Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss




Okay, you know Dr. Seuss right?  He’s the guy who told you about the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch who didn’t like Christmas.  Well, this time around he’s going to tell you why you’re special – most of all because you’re special.  Or as the good Doctor puts it:  “No one is you-er than you.”  The big people might remember reading this one themselves when they were kids.


It’s My Birthday, by Helen Oxenbury





There’s nothing like having a birthday.  Well, maybe sharing that birthday with friends.  Especially when you’re a baking the cake.  From finding all the ingredients to mixing the cake batter – don’t forget to let your friends lick the spoon – the times are even more fun when you share them with friends.  Don’t read this one until just before you’re ready to have your cake least the “hungries” get you.


Happy Birthday, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff with illustrations by Felicia Bond


It’s mouse’s birthday so he can have anything he wants!  Oh, wow!  He can have pancakes, or donuts, or brownies, or cupcakes.  All mouse has to do is decide.  What would you want?  Have the big folks share this one with you.  They’ll love the great pictures that show the great birthday that mouse is having.



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

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Wed, 2017-08-16 16:25
Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:25pm

Join 4-H! All youth ages 5-19 years are invited to join Hampton County 4-H.  An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 22rd at 5:00 PM at the Hampton Clemson Extension Office. Registration fee is $10.00. The Clemson Extension Office is located at 12 Walnut Street, East (Temporary Library Building). 

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow through programs in Agricultural, Natural Resources, Environmental Stewardship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Healthy Lifestyles, Leadership, Personal Development, and Citizenship.  4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices.  Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries.  The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.

For additional information, contact Dawn Stuckey, Hampton County 4-H Agent, by emailing or call 803-943-3427, Ext 112. 

Clemson University Cooperative Extension  Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.  Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please notify our office ten days prior to the event.


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Wed, 2017-08-16 16:23
Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:23pm

Mrs. Virginia Abernathy Price Dobson of Brunson, died Monday afternoon, Jul. 31, 2017, in the Pruitt Health Care Facility in Estill.

Mrs. Dobson was born November 19, 1921 in Madisonville, Tennessee, a daughter of the late Floyd Abernathy and Esther Evans Abernathy Keefe. She worked as a seamstress in the sewing room in St. George, and retired from the School Board of Florida. She had also worked locally at ‘Lisbeth’s Dress Shop in Varnville, and with her husband at Dobson’s Store on Luray Highway visiting with their many customers. She loved sewing, cooking, doing yard work, walking and attending the many senior group meetings in Church and in Hampton. She was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church and the Seed and Weed Garden Club.

Surviving are: her husband, Ellis Dobson of Brunson; daughter, Martha Ann Platts (Holbrook) of Hampton; son, Tommy Price (Ann) of Hanahan; five step-sons: Jimmy Dobson of Columbia, Kenny Dobson, Jerry Dobson, Randy Dobson and Dudley Dobson of Barnwell. There are five grandchildren: Charles Gatch, Mandy Rister, Susan Gilliam, Janet Stone and David Platts. There are eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-granddaughters.

Mrs. Dobson was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas A. Price, her daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and Tommy Gatch, her grandson Raymond Gatch and great granddaughter Virginia Gilliam.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 20167, in the Hampton United Methodist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery in Walterboro, directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton.

The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Hampton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 45 Hampton, SC 29924 or the Varnville Christian Church, P.O. Box 53 Varnville, SC 29944.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


The Reverend Doctor Robert Epting Howard Peeples, 99, formerly of Estill, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at NHC HealthCare, Okatie, SC.

Dr. Peeples was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Estill, SC, son of the late Robert Rhodes Peeples and Margaret Folk Peeples. He graduated from Estill High School and received a B.S. Degree in Economics from the College of Charleston. He was employed by The Citizens and Southern National Bank prior to joining the Army during WWII where he served in the states and in India.  Following the war, he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary and upon graduation was ordained as an Episcopal Priest and served the Georgia Diocese. He received his Doctorate of Divinity from American Ministerial Association.  He was a member of the Georgia National Guard where he served as Chaplain for the 24th Division Artillery and later served as Chaplain for the Chatham Artillery. He was a resident of Hilton Head Island for over 60 years and was a member and former Vicar of The Anglican Church of the Redeemer.

Dr. Peeples participated faithfully in local organizations and was instrumental in preserving many of the historical sites on Hilton Head Island. He was president of the Hilton Head Historical Society for 35 years and was a charter member of the Heritage Library and member of their Board of Advisors. He helped oversee the later merger of the Historical Society with the Heritage Library. He published many articles on island history, including Tales of Ante Bellum Hilton Head Island Families.  These and other articles are preserved at the Heritage Library. He was a founding member and secretary of the Hilton Head Island Museum and a charter member of both the Hilton Head Art League and the Hilton Head Choral Society. 

Dr. Peeples did extensive research to preserve and share his family history and wrote A Miles Genealogy, A Family of South Carolina Planters which was published in the SC Historical Magazine. He was a member of the following organizations:  The First Families of SC, where he served as president and Chaplain; The S.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, where he served as State Chaplain and Chaplain of the Dr. George Mosse Chapter; The Huguenot Society of South Carolina; the Society of St. Thomas and St. Denis; The Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors; The National Society of the Sons of the American Colonist;  The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America; The Society of Descendants of the Colonial Clergy; and the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.

He is predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Cora McKenzie Peeples, his brother, John Randolph Peeples, his sister, Ruth Peeples McNair, and his nephew, John Randolph Peeples, Jr.

He is survived by nieces and nephews: David D. Peeples, Derbiana P. Bowers (Grover), Margaret “Marce” P. Warner (Robert), and Robert F. Peeples (Shannon). He is also survived by grand-nephews: Grover F. Bowers, IV, Hunter T. Bowers, Jacob P. Warner, Lawton P. Warner and Hamilton C. Warner and a grand-niece, Margaret E. Bowers.

A graveside service will be held at Lawtonville Cemetery, Estill, SC, on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton. Friends may visit with the family immediately following the service.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


Allendale S.C. Mr. Edward E. “Eddie” Dath, Jr., 59, died Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017.
Mr. Dath was the son of the late Edward E. and Dorothy Andrews Dath; the father of, Mallory Ray (Brandon) and Jennaveve Dath; he was the grandfather of, Jayden, Adrian Morrison, and Nathan William and Kaleb Stogner; the brother of Doreen Dath. He was predeceased by one brother, William “Bill” Dath.
He enjoyed hunting, camping, and weekends at the Savannah River.
Memorial Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Allendale First Baptist Church with Rev. Philip Renew officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church.
Other family members include: nieces, Karen Stogner (Robert) and Lindsey Johnson; nephews, Michael Tuck, David Tuck (Caroline), Christian Grafing, III, Jordan Grafing and Geoffrey Grafing.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Swallow Savannah Cemetery, PO BOX 306, Allendale, S.C. 29810.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Keith Smith Funeral Services, 128 Water Street

Allendale, SC 29810

Brunson, S.C. - Mrs. Roberta Jarrell Bowers of Deer Drive near Brunson, died early Friday morning, Aug. 11, 2017, in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Bowers was born in Hampton County November 27, 1922, a daughter of the later James Lee Jarrell and Winnie Mason Ginn Jarrell. She was a homemaker and devoted her life to caring for her family and many friends, as well as her church and church family. She was a member of the Hampton Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving are: Sons: Willis Bowers and wife Jackie of Hilda, Redmond Bowers of Allendale and Wayne Bowers and wife Marie of Brunson; daughter, Linda Jarrell of Hampton; daughters-in-law: Patricia Bowers of Allendale and Cathy Bowers Pope of Brunson. There are 18 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 6 great, great-grandsons. Mrs. Bowers was predeceased by: her husband, Willie Albert Bowers; sons: Carlton and Jimmy Lee Bowers; son-in-law: Jacob Lavern “Tuda” Jarrell; daughter-in-law: JoAnn Croft Bowers; two grandsons, two granddaughters, and 12 brothers and sisters.

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

Funeral services were held 12:00 noon Monday, August 14, 2017, in the Hampton Church of God of Prophecy conducted by Rev. Bert Linder, with burial in the Nixville Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, Inc.

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


Orangeburg, S.C. - Mr. Edward Benjamin Brunson, Jr. of Orangeburg, formerly of Varnville, died early Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, 2017, in Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. 

Mr. Brunson was born in Furman (Hampton County) Sept. 17, 1921, a son of the late Edward and Della DeLoach Brunson, Sr. On Jul. 29, 1944, he married the love of his life, Martha Stanley Brunson and had celebrated 62 years together. Later that same year he was drafted into the Army and served in Germany, was wounded and received the Purple Heart, being totally disabled from his injuries. In 1969 he became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and spent many days teaching and preaching to people about God’s promises for mankind. He read his Bible daily and encouraged others to read theirs.

Surviving are: Daughter, Suzanne B. Guzior of Orangeburg; Granddaughter, Elizabeth Suzanne Guzior of Orangeburg; and a very special nephew and niece: George and Deloris Hadwin of Hardeeville.

Mr. Brunson was predeceased by his wife and three sisters: Myrtis B. Tuten, Emmie B. Hadwin and Frances B. Mason; and one brother, William Brunson.

Visitation was on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton with burial in the Sandy Run Cemetery.

The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Sandy Run Cemetery Association 2100 Sandy Run Road, Hampton, SC 29924.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, Inc.

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


Tampa, F.L. – Candaisy Mae Tolbert Williams, age 95, departed this life on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Candy, as she was affectionately called, was born on Mar. 12, 1922, to the late Rufus & Rose Tolbert in Fairfax, South Carolina. She ran an in-home day care for many years and was of Baptist faith. She was predeceased by: her husband, R. L. Williams; son, King Irving Williams; daughter, Lizzie Polite and grandson, Keith Williams.

She is survived by her daughter, Daisy Mae Foster (Tampa, F.L.) seven grandchildren, Roseanne Williams (West Palm Beach, F.L.) , Subrenie Thomas-Smith, (Doylestown, PA), Vernessa John, Taylor Thomas Jr, Jacqueline Gibson all of Tampa, F.L, Clifford Williams (Miami, FL) and Coleatha Williams (Alexandria, V.A.). Cherishing her memories are 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Baptist Church Cemetery in Luray, S.C., with Deacon Eric Smith officiating.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home

107 Singleton Avenue

Sylvania, G.A. 30467


Luray, S.C. - Funeral services for Anna Floyd Sanders, 89, of 619 Old Orangeburg Road, Luray, S.C., formerly of Estill, S.C. were held at 1:00 noon on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Good Will Baptist Church, Estill, S.C., with Reverend Rufus Moore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Anna Floyd was born on Apr. 29, 1928, in Luray, S.C. to the late Mingo and Essie Mae Floyd. She was happily married and blessed to share bliss with the late John Sanders for over 53 years. Together they created a family of four children whom she loved and adored.

Anna worked for Hampton School District for 32 years. She provided the students of Estill Middle School with delicious food to help carry them through the school day and provided home cooked meals for everyone that came into her path. She was a part of a large family of entrepreneurs, and with that spirit, she sold fresh produce in her community for many years.

Anna truly loved the LORD and she was a devoted member of Goodwill Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was always willing to share the goodness of God and continually witnessed to all, the miracles He bestowed upon her. Anna was loved by everyone who knew her. She and her siblings shared a closeness that is very rare among large families. She and her sister, the late Rosa Lee Jenkins, were especially close, and their children and grandchildren remain close to this day.

Preceding Anna Sanders in death are: her husband, John Sanders, Sr.; one son, Jay Sanders; seven siblings: Richmond Floyd, Rose Lee Jenkins, Mary C. Johnson, Mingo Floyd, Leroy Robinson, Verdell Fields and John Taylor; one sister-in-law, Leola Young; one grandson, Anthony, and two great-grandchildren: Darren Stewart, Jr., and Lemar Stewart.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters: Betty Via (Harold), Thelma Myers; one son, John Sanders, Jr. (Darlene); her sisters: Elizabeth Bellinger, Dorothy Holmes and Anna Bryant; one sister-in-law, Geniva Meade; eight grandsons, five granddaughters, four godchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Allendale Community Funeral Home

156 Pleasant Street West

Allendale, S.C. 29810



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Yemassee, surrounding areas celebrate National Night Out

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:41
By: Shellie MurdaughSpecial to the GuardianPosted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:41pm

A large group of police officers from various agencies gathered at the Yemassee Town Hall last Tuesday night, answering a different kind of call.

The agencies, along with groups from around the area who wanted to reach out to the community to share their information, participated in National Night Out. Families attended the event and enjoyed free food and information about public safety from various organizations.

“This year was bigger and better than previous years and each year we strive to get closer and closer to the community,” Town of Yemassee Police Chief Gregory Alexander said.

Alexander added that two things he strived for when he became chief over two years ago was to be more transparent with the community through social media and news outlets and to bridge the gap of distrust between the community and law enforcement.

“We appreciated all of the agencies and individuals who participated in the event this year,” Alexander said. “It was a great event and it was good to see so many people from the area attending.”

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all 50 states as well as military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.


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Steve Smith's Back-to-School Bash

Wed, 2017-08-16 15:19
Clemson University's assistant basketball coach hosted his annual Back-to-School Bash. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:19pm

The annual Steve Smith Back-to-School Bash took place at the North District Middle School August 5. Smith, assistant coach of the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team and Hampton County school district graduate, partnered with Nike to fill book bags with school supplies and shoe boxes with new Jordan’s to be awarded to students from both districts.

All students left with supplies and shoes; many were given the opportunity to win more prizes for themselves and family members if they could show Smith they had the highest GPA of those in their grade category. Smith also brought with him a DJ and several members of his basketball team, who posed for pictures with fans.


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Bamberg Youth 4-H Shooter Selected to Team USA

Mon, 2017-08-14 15:40
Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:40pm

Alexander Ahlin, age 15 of Bamberg, SC was recently selected to the US National Open Men’s Shotgun Team.  Ahlin started in the South Carolina 4-H youth shooting program with the Mid Carolina Gun Club youth shooting team when he was 8 years old. “I remember pulling up to Mid-Carolina gun club during one of their practices and seeing this small kid on the range. I called the head coach over, Bernie Till (SC SCTP State Advisor), and informed him that he looked too young and too small for shotgun” (4-H has a recommended age of 10 years old for shotgun), says SC 4-H Shooting Sports Director, Rick Willey. Bernie asked that Rick watch him for a while first before making his decision. After watching him shoot, with a 4-H certified instructor alongside of course, Mr. Willey became comfortable with what he observed. Alex had such a pleasant demeanor and a very conscience understanding of gun safety, that Mr. Willey’s concerns faded away. “I often wonder what would have happened had I removed Alex from shooting a shotgun on that day. I suspect he would not be where he is now”, says Rick Willey. “Shotguns are not for every 8-year-old which is why we have the recommended age of 10, but every now again a special case comes along. Alex Ahlin definitely fit this mold”.

Ahlin competed in the US National Shotgun Championships in Colorado Springs, CO from 14-17 July. Ahlin broke 244 out of 250 targets in the qualification rounds which advanced him to the men’s open finals.

At the end of the open finals, 3rd place was still in a tie and had to go to a shoot off. After his competitor’s first miss on station 5, Ahlin closed the door by breaking both targets and clinching 3rd place.

Ahlin is one of the youngest competitors to make the national open team. Ahlin will represent the USA in future competitions in International Skeet.

Ahlin will be starting his sophomore year at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School this fall. Ahlin shoots and trains at Mid Carolina Gun Club on Kennerly Rd in Orangeburg.

“I am not surprised by Alex’s success. He is a true competitor and has worked very hard to achieve this milestone. His demeanor hasn’t changed since that day I first met him 7 years ago. I couldn’t be more proud of Alex. Just as he did in 4-H, he will represent the USA very well both on and off the field”, Rick Willey.

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Mon, 2017-08-14 15:38
Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:38pm

Hilton Head Island, SC -- Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded $162,731 in grants to three local organizations: Arrhythmia Alliance, The Sandbox – An Interactive Children’s Museum and Savannah Children’s Choir.


Arrhythmia Alliance received $52,731 for the purchase and installation of 25 AEDs in public properties throughout Bluffton, in partnership with Bluffton Township Fire Department.


The Sandbox – An Interactive Children’s Museum’s grant of $60,000 will be paid over two years and will fund an executive director position.


Savannah Children’s Choir received $50,000 to fund staff positions needed to expand the choir to Bluffton to benefit students who live in Bluffton and Hilton Head.


Since 1994, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been connecting people, resources and needs by helping build stronger communities and assisting donors in making a difference through charitable giving. With over 325 charitable funds, combined assets totaling $65 million and grantmaking and scholarships reaching $60 million, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.


For more information contact us at (843) 681-9100 or visit our website at


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On the Write Track

Mon, 2017-08-14 15:03
I would rather stack cups for sport than into the dishwasherBy: Shellie D. MurdaughContributing Writer Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:03pm

It is interesting to see how many different sports have been invented and sanctioned over the past few years.

I had no idea until I saw it on a television show the other day that sport stacking was even a real thing. Yes, there actually is a sport that people compete in that is known as sport stacking.

For those of you who might not have heard about this fast-growing sport, it involves stacking and unstacking cups in a competitive manner to see who can do it in the best time.

Since I like to research at times when writing columns, this one definitely sparked my interest and I wanted to know the background of this sport.

What I discovered was very interesting, I had no idea that sport stacking began in the early 1980’s and became more well-known after a segment appeared on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. Apparently, it became even more of a success in the 1990’s and I did not even realize it.

This sport was first pitched to physical education teachers by a man who had a small home business of sport stacking that decided to travel the country, pitching his idea to the teachers. The founder of Speed Stacks, Bob Fox, decided after 17years of teaching to leave his school district to promote Speed Stacks.

This man was a genius in my opinion, although a quite unusual idea, he was able to take the idea and get it placed into over 45,000 schools worldwide and have this Speed Stacks program as part of the curriculum.

Apparently, this one program is one that all kids enjoy doing during class. I cannot really blame them, it looks like a lot of fun to just get your cups in order and then stack them and then unstack them and repeat that over and over again.

From the experts who have conducted studies on this program, it looks as though they all have concluded it is a great thing for the kids. It seems to help hand-eye coordination and reaction time, according to a University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse study, by up to 30 percent.

If it helps kids that much and it is that fun for them and they want to do it, it should be in the curriculum of every school in the country. When something promotes good results, it should be a part of the school day.

This program, according to the research I did for this column, also helps train the brain for other sports and activities where the use of both hands is important, such as playing a musical instrument or using the computer. It also has been said to help with reading and math skills.

This sport has become known not only across the country but now across the world. There are many events across the nation and world that allow kids and even adults to showcase their stacking skills. You can stack three, six or ten cups and can be timed or you can play against an opponent.

This sport is actually already a part of the Junior Olympics and I think it would be good to see it become a sport for adults as well in future Olympics.

I know that I would much rather stack cups in a competition rather than just having to keep stacking them all into a dishwasher.



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Estill Police Department gives back to community

Mon, 2017-08-14 15:00
The Estill Police Department hosted its first annual Senior Citizen and Kid’s Day barbeque. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:00pm

The Estill Police Department diligently saved its pennies and gave back to the community by way of two barbeque cookouts. As well as tasty food, numerous activities were offered as a “thank you” from the department to the citizens of Estill.

On July 28, the department set up a large grill and tents and invited children to cool down under the refreshing gentle mist of  a Hampton County Fire Department hose operated by two department members who blistered in the summer sun to offer youth a wonderful time frolicking in the water.

As well as a cooling shower from the county fire department, the children greatly enjoyed a video game trailer chalked full of couches and multiple consoles and screens. As well as video games, a train ride was offered for smaller children, as well as a bounce house and treats like cotton candy, popcorn and soda.

Town of Estill Mayor Corrin Bowers stated the event was an extraordinary way for the EPD to give back to the residents of Estill, as well as interact with children and set a positive image for them of police officers. The mayor commended the department for their dedication and commitment to the community in which they serve. He went on to commend department members for the success of a barbeque event held the night before at Pruitt Health Nursing Home, in Estill.



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Regional Emergency Medical Center for Bamberg and Barnwell under construction

Mon, 2017-08-14 11:07
Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:07am

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) of Orangeburg, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and SouthernCarolina Alliance (SCA) were joined by Congressman Jim Clyburn, Congressman Joe Wilson and leaders from across the state for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 8, to celebrate the construction of an $8.63 million, 20,500 square-foot, freestanding 24/7 emergency medical center to serve Bamberg and Barnwell Counties.
The facility, being made possible by the leadership of Senators Brad Hutto and John Matthews, will be constructed at a site on SC Highway 70 between Denmark and Hilda.  Approximately 200 guests attended the ceremony, which was held at the construction site.
SouthernCarolina Alliance President and CEO Danny Black kicked off the ceremony by sharing with the crowd the history in trying to bring a regional solution to Bamberg and Barnwell Counties’ rural health care challenges since 1997, when SCA began working with county leaders to find a regional health care solution to replace the county-funded hospitals that taxpayers could no longer sustain.  Bamberg and Barnwell Counties have not had 24/7 emergency room centers since their hospitals closed in 2012 and 2016, respectively.
Senator Brad Hutto, who led the effort with Senator John Matthews to secure funding for the ER facility, remarked that the project had included discussions with major medical care service providers in two states in their search to find a solution over the last few years.
RMC officials and members of the regional legislative delegation announced to Bamberg County and Barnwell County Councils on June 12 that RMC and MUSC had committed to the project.
Several officials, including State Representative Lonnie Hosey, thanked the Regional Medical Center for their investment in providing 24-hour emergency services to the counties of Bamberg and Barnwell Counties.
The August 8th groundbreaking ceremony marks the beginning of construction, which is anticipated to be completed in 12 months.
The ceremony speakers also included:  RMC Board of Trustees Chairman Melvin Seabrook and Interim President and CEO Berton Whitaker; MUSC Chief Business Transformation Officer Mark Lyles, MD; SC Director of USDA Rural Development Michele Cardwell; SC Department of Health and Human Services CFO Kathy Bass; RMC Emergency Services Nursing Director Brad Holmes and Strategic Planning Committee Chairwoman Betty Henderson.
After the hour-long ceremony, the chairmen of Bamberg, Barnwell, Orangeburg, and Calhoun Counties joined the other dignitaries for a ceremonial groundbreaking with gold shovels, followed by refreshments.
The emergency center project is funded by the State of South Carolina through a one-time, $3.6 million Transformation Fund Grant and additional funds resulting from the region's designation as the SC Promise Zone. Other funding has been committed by local community stakeholders.
The freestanding Emergency Department will include 24-hour emergency care including CT scan, X-Ray and ultrasound diagnostic imaging, lab and observation services.  A sign marking the 10-acre construction site on Hwy 70 has been erected.
For photos and updates on the project, please visit the website: or the Facebook page, SouthernCarolina Alliance.


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Former HPD officer's wife arrested in connection with drug case

Fri, 2017-08-11 15:16
More details surface: second arrest has been confirmed in a recent drug distribution case involving a former Hampton Police Department officer. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:16pm
  • Linda Ashley Singleton

The Hampton Police Department confirmed the recent arrest of Linda Ashley Singleton, 29, of 10 Holly Street East, Hampton, to be in conjunction with the arrest of her husband, former HPD officer Danny Singleton, by SLED agents on July 25.

Singleton was arrested the same day as her husband and booked into the Hampton County Detention Center on two counts of distribute, sell, manufacture or possess with intent to distribute drugs near a school and with manufacture, distribute or possess drugs in schedule I,B, C, LSD and schedule II cocaine.

According to HPD Assistant Chief Jake Sullivan, former officer Singleton and his wife, Linda, were allegedly discovered to be involved with the sale/manufacture of drugs in April after sources separately alerted both HPD Narcotic Division detectives and Sullivan to the disturbing revelation that officer was allegedly involved in the sale of drugs. After source information was deemed credible, Sullivan and Chief of Police Perry McAlhaney instructed HPD detectives to launch a full investigation into the Singletons.

As part of the investigation, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents were notified and both agencies worked closely together to arrest the couple, with SLED leading the investigation.

Sullivan stated Singleton’s time on duty was reduced beginning in April after allegations of illicit activity surfaced and entered the initial stage of investigation. He added that during the days when Singleton was on duty, he was closely monitored by fellow officers to protect the safety of the community.

“We hate that it happened but it did,” said Sullivan. “Nobody’s happy about it and we understand it could possibly put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth for police, but we wanted to be transparent and to protect the community.”


Weekly Crime Beat

The following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the Hampton County Detention Center:

  • Darrien Earl Brown was arrested July 26 by the Estill Police Department and charged with two counts of trespassing after notice and with malicious injury to animals or personal property.
  • Zavan Dishawn Johnson, July 25 by the EPD and charged with trespassing and a warrant affidavit for threatening an officer.
  • Charles Allen Tuten Jr, July 25 by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and held on a bench warrant for assault and battery.
  • Connie Marie Frazier, July 26 by the Hampton Police Department and held on a bench warrant for possession of stolen goods.
  • Eleanor Jean Holstein Lee, July 27 by the State Highway Patrol and charged with DUI.
  • Franklin Lavalle Scott, July 27 by the Yemassee Police Department and charged with unlawful carry of pistol, driving without a license and with speeding more than 10 but less than 15 mph over the limit.
  • Wade Carnell Sanders, July 27 by the HCSO and charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash, speeding more than 25 mph over the limit and with unlawful to advertise for sale, manufacture, possess or sell drugs.
  • Megan Marie Stone, July 28 by the YPD and held on a bench warrant for driving under a suspended license.
  • Dwayne Warner, July 27 by the HCSO and held on a warrant affidavit for unlawful carry of a firearm.
  • Cleveland Leroy Young, July 27 by YPD and driving under suspension.
  • Joseph Lee Bryant, July 29 by the HPD and charged with loitering in and about a railroad station.
  • Nathan Aiken Devore, July 31 by HCSO and charged with domestic violence.
  • Kenneth Leroy Davis, July 31 by the HCSO and held on a warrant for failure to pay family court.
  • Richard Ryan Johnson, July 31 by the St. Hwy Patrol and charged with driving under suspension, DUI, open container of beer or wine in motor vehicle and with manufacture or possess schedule IV drugs with intent.
  • Mariah Deshae Boles was arrested July 12 by the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office and held on a bench warrant for failure to pay.
  • James Curtis Carter, July 11 by the HCSO and charged with failure to maintain proof of insurance in motor vehicle and for a bench warrant for assault and battery.
  • Jacob Griffin, July 11 by the HCSO and held on a bench warrant for failure to pay.
  • Ricky Martin, July 11 by the HCSO and charged with driving under suspension.
  • Timothy Bruce Freeman, July 12 by the HCSO and charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud.
  • Evan Trevon Garvin, July 12 by the Hampton Police Department and charged with possession of 28 grams or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hash.
  • Rashawna Perry, July 12 by the HCSO and held for Beaufort County.
  • Teresa Dee Warden, July 12 by the HCSO and charged with financial transaction card fraud.
  • Cornelius Zachery, July 12 by the Estill Police Department and charged with driving under suspension.
  • Charlotte Teal Bragg, July 13 by the HCSO and charged with speeding more than 10 but less than 15 mph over the limit, uninsured motor vehicle fee violation and with driving under suspension.
  • Hector Rafel Hernandez, July 14 by the Yemassee Police Department and charged with driving a vehicle at a greater speed than reasonable under conditions.
  • Willie Albert Bennett Jr., July 17 by the HCSO and charged with malicious injury to animals or personal property and with domestic violence.
  • Ashley Michelle Freeman-Henninger, July 17 by the HCSO and charged with cruelty to children (torture, deprivation).




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District One's Manigo to stay

Fri, 2017-08-11 15:03
Award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo announced he will not be leaving the district. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 08/11/2017 - 3:03pm

Despite an earlier announcement he would be leaving the Hampton County school system, award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo confirmed with The Guardian that he will return to the district and teach music to district students during the 2017-18 school year.

“The kids kind of lured me back, saying that they are ready for some more challenges and are ready to execute my instructions. We are hoping to have a wonderful year,” he stated.

“I would hope that the message that I am sending through my actions is that I care about those individuals [students] and what they wish to accomplish is what I am all about; hoping to help them find their dreams and accomplish their goals, he said. “I love the rewards of my job; one of many is being a positive influence in young lives.”

Numerous WHHS band members have spent their summer vacations preparing for the upcoming school year’s football and competition performances. This year’s performance theme is “Life-Scape”, which will have band members depicting themes of thrilling activities which add excitement to life, such as skiing or skydiving. 

According to Manigo, students who participate in band programs learn responsibility, leadership, organization skills and learn to set and accomplish personal goals. Split second decision making skills are gained by musicians, as well as aiding students in the ability to perform well in different subject areas while in school.

The Red Guardsman band will begin performing at school football games beginning Aug. 18 as the Red Devils battle Manning during the season opening. The Red Guardsman will also announce their 2017-18 competition season schedule in the coming weeks; look for scheduling information in future editions of The Guardian.

Many band members volunteered to spend grueling hours in the simmering sun at WHHS over their summer breaks perfecting their musical and marching skills. Photographs by Matt Popovich, The Guardian.


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All District One students off for eclipse

Thu, 2017-08-10 21:07
The Hampton District One School Board voted unanimously August 10 to cancel school due to a solar eclipse. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:07pm

During an August 10 school board meeting, the Hampton County District One School Board voted unanimously to cancel school for ALL District One students on Aug. 21 due to safety concerns regarding the solar eclipse that day.

According to Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox, a meeting with Hampton County Emergency Management Director Susanne Peeples prompted school officials to change the originally scheduled half-day off to a complete day away from school for students. Peeples informed Wilcox and school officials there could possibly be an influx of motorists to the area hoping to catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon, which occurs once every 100-years. School officials stated the possibility of heavily congested roadways creating driving dangers for students was their main reason for cancelling school.

Look for a release from District One regarding the cancellation next week in The Hampton County Guardian.

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Co-op warns members of recent scam attempts

Thu, 2017-08-10 18:43
Posted: Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:43pm

Palmetto Electric Cooperative is reminding the public of how to avoid scams perpetrated either on the telephone or in person.


President and CEO Berl Davis says alert co-op members have reported both types of scamming in recent days. In the telephone scam, the caller poses as a representative of Palmetto Electric. The scam caller states that immediate payment is needed to avoid disconnection of electric service. 


As Davis notes, "Don't give out credit card numbers and personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you've initiated the contact or are sure you know who you're dealing with." If a member receives a suspicious call, mailing, email or other type of unusual contact, the member should end the call immediately and contact local law enforcement.


He said co-op members also have reported being approached by individuals who falsely claimed to be with the cooperative. Davis said members can easily identify cooperative employees.  “Co-op employees will always be wearing a Palmetto Electric Cooperative uniform and/or driving a co-op vehicle with our name and official logo on it. They will be glad to show photo identification to anyone who requests it,” says Davis.


The cooperative sometimes hires other companies, including contract utility crews, to perform certain tasks, such as right-of-way maintenance, line construction and pole inspections. These workers should not need to enter a member’s home or business or request information from a member. 


Members can call the cooperative at 843-208-5551 if they have questions about their account or if they receive a suspicious call.  Customer service representatives can help confirm a billing payment and balance due on a member’s account. They can also verify that workers are Palmetto Electric employees or contract labor working for the co-op.


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Sentences delivered in two high profile shootings

Wed, 2017-08-09 22:51
Posted: Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:51pm

Two men accused of separate high profile shootings last year in Hampton County received lengthy prison sentences Wednesday. 

Malcolm Antwan Orr, of Estill, was sentenced to 30-years in prison for shooting Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith multiple times with a handgun at close range Jan 1, 2016. Smith responded to an Estill convenient store to investigate reports customers were being robbed by Orr. Video evidence of the shooting was caught by Smith's personal camera equipped eye-glasses. The video of the shooting has been posted to the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office Facebook page. 

Orr received an additional five-years in prison for possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime; the sentences are to run concurrently. The case was prosecuted by 14th Circuit Court Solicitor Duffie Stone with Judge Roger Young presiding. 

Former teacher's shooter sentenced 

Jamal Atkins, 19, of Estill, was sentenced by Judge Roger Young to 20-years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to attempted murder, first degree burglary, second-degree burglary, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and breaking into a motor vehicle. Atkins was alleged of shooting a former Hampton County teacher and her dog multiple times after she spotted him stealing items from an outdoor refrigerator and her vehicle while walking her dog. 

Assistant Solicitor Tameaka Legette prosecuted the case. 

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Morris Publishing Sells the Guardian to GateHouse Media

Wed, 2017-08-09 07:32
StaffPosted: Wed, 08/09/2017 - 7:32am

AUGUSTA, Ga – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Augusta Chronicle and the Guardian to GateHouse Media.

The sale also includes 10 other daily newspapers, numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets. The transaction is expected to close on October 2, 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

“This is exciting for our readers and community,” said Stephen Wade, president of Chronicle Media, the managing group of the Guardian. “Gatehouse offers extensive new content that I know our subscribers will love. For example, SEC football fans will get the benefits that come with the new company owning the local newspapers where the universities of Florida, Alabama and Missouri are located.”

“Gatehouse is committed to the communities it serves,” continued Wade. “I’ve led operations in several of their markets, and I know The Chronicle will continue to be an excellent community partner. Augusta gets the benefit of having the resources available from a large, national company while continuing to have the guidance and love from the Morris family that they have exhibited for nearly 90 years.”

“Since my father took a job as bookkeeper at The Chronicle in 1929, our family has been dedicated to journalism, and to the readers and advertisers in the communities we serve,” said William S. “Billy” Morris III, chairman of Morris Communications and publisher of The Chronicle. “Although this has been a difficult decision for me, we have found a wonderful buyer for the newspapers in GateHouse, as they are strongly committed to providing good community coverage for readers and effective solutions for advertisers.”

Under terms of the sale, Wade will continue as president of The Augusta Chronicle. Billy Morris will continue as publisher of The Augusta Chronicle and will oversee editorial-page policy for the three Morris newspapers in Georgia -- The Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and The Athens Banner-Herald. The Morris family will retain ownership of The Augusta Chronicle building and property in downtown Augusta. The family is currently exploring options for redevelopment of their facilities.

GateHouse Media is a division of New Media Investment Group, a publicly traded company (NEWM) on the New York Stock Exchange. It is one of the largest newspaper companies in the country, owning more than 130 daily newspapers and more than 500 non-daily publications across the United States.

New Media is very excited to welcome the Morris publications and their employees into our company,” said Michael E. Reed, New Media president and chief executive officer. “For more than 80 years, the Morris family has built and operated an incredible collection of local media assets. We are honored that the family has chosen us to uphold the rich tradition of journalism and innovation they have established. This transaction will expand our footprint into new states and add some very attractive markets to our local media portfolio. We see strong synergies between our two companies and look forward to the value creation opportunity that will exist as we combine the portfolios.”

“Every newspaper company in America is battling trends and redirected advertising dollars, so it is necessary for newspapers to be part of a large newspaper group to build and maintain the necessary

resources to compete, “said Morris. We are deeply grateful for the many friendships and business relationships we have enjoyed for these many years and look forward to the impact the next generation will make.”

William S. (Will) Morris IV, president and CEO of Morris Communications, said, “Although the decision to leave the newspaper business was a tough one for our family, we are enthusiastic about our plans to diversify our business holdings with print and digital communications and real estate development. We have a solid team in place to take the business in a prosperous new direction.”

Daily papers included in the sale, in addition to the three Georgia-based newspapers, are The St. Augustine (Fla.) Record, The Florida Times-Union, the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News and Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal, The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, Conway (Ark.) Log Cabin Democrat, and the Juneau Empire and Kenai Peninsula Clarion in Alaska.

The Morris family will retain ownership of Buzz on Biz and Augusta magazine, Georgia Trend magazine, and several city and specialty magazines in the other communities. These will be operated by Morris Media Network, a global magazine company with titles in travel, enthusiast and lifestyle categories. A commercial printing operation in Savannah and all Augusta real estate holdings will also be retained.

Derek May, currently president of Morris Publishing Group, will take a new leadership role as chief operating officer of Morris Communications.

“I’ve considered it a blessing to be around such talented individuals who work for our company,” said May. “These are great people, passionate about what they do, and committed to their communities.”

The Morris family is active in agribusiness, broadband communications, real estate, and hospitality, including the Augusta Marriott hotel and a new hotel to be built on the site of the old jail at Ninth and Reynolds Streets.

“We are enthusiastic about our current and future business ventures,” Will Morris said. “With this sale, we will pursue a range of new possibilities. We intend to keep making a difference in the world, as we have for more than 80 years.”

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Sat, 2017-08-05 13:13
Posted: Sat, 08/05/2017 - 1:13pm

Franklin Ruth, Sr.

NIXVILLE - Franklin Ruth Sr., 82, of 300 Chocolate City Road, Nixville, South Carolina passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville, South Carolina.

 Mr. Franklin Ruth Sr., affectionately known to his beloved wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends as "Pete", was born in Hampton County, South Carolina, June 30, 1935, to the late Homer Ruth and Eva Gordon Ruth. He was adopted and raised by his late aunt and uncle Joe and Lucinder Ruth Garvin in Nixville, South Carolina. At an early age, he attended Second Thankful Baptist Church.

He attended the public schools of Hampton County.

 Pete was always known by his professional carpentry on houses, churches, and commercial industry. He also was a farmer for many years with many other trades, to include perpetual gardening, landscaping, fishing, and hunting.

Franklin was united in Holy Matrimony to Birdie Mae Newton of Cummings, South Carolina. This union was blessed with nine children, one son preceded him in death.

In the unfolding of his life, he gained several nick names: Pete, Slab, Big Daddy, and Granddaddy, because of his love for his family and friends.

Those who will be waiting to greet him on the other side include: his parents, one son, Willie James Ruth, his siblings, Jaqueline Dunn, Evelyn Odoms, Rebecca Moore, Alice Hart, Sandra Brown, Irene Cobhan, Agnes Hayles, Sabrina Hill, Gerlding Washington, Irvin Sanders, Arthur Sanders, Tweedie Garvin Sr., Bernice Griffin along with three grandchildren.

Accepting God's will and cherishing Franklin's memories are: his loving and devoted wife, Birdie Mae (Newton) Ruth of the home; Eleven children: (6) sons; Johnny (Patricia) Ruth, Franklin Ruth Jr., Deacon Carl Ruth, Leroy (Tara) Ruth all of Nixville, SC, Micheal (Sophia) Ruth, Hilton Head, SC, and Clarence (Shay) Ruth, Ocala, Fla., (5) daughters; Mary (Leon) Driessen, Hilton Head, SC, Pastor Marshell (LeAnthony) Smith, Hampton, SC, Francina Hopkins, Lexington, SC, Penny (Ben) Holmes, and Patricia Comier both of Hampton, SC., one brother, Jack Ruth, Varnville, SC., (48) grandchildren (71) great grandchildren (5) great-great grandchildren, a special nephew Joe (Edna) Moore, Estill, SC, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m.  Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Second Thankful Baptist Church, Pineland, South Carolina, Reverend Guy Hodge, Pastor: Pastor Marshell Ruth Smith, Officiating. Burial followed in Cypress Creek Cemetery, Pineland, South Carolina.
M.F. RILEY FUNERAL HOME, 1214 S. Hampton Ave., Fairfax, SC, 803-632-3422, was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. William Howard Brown, Sr. of Lento Road near Varnville, died early Thursday morning, Jul. 27, 2017, in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Brown was born in Hampton County near Varnville, Dec. 21, 1930, a son of the late Angus Murrell Brown and Lena Elizabeth Mayson Brown.  A 1948 graduate of Furman High School, Howard married Annette Smith of Grays, S.C. in 1953. He farmed the Home Place for many years and retired from Westinghouse Corporation in Hampton. He was a member of the Nixville Baptist Church where he was a Choir member, a member of the Stafford Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the Lillie Chapter # 27, Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid fisherman, spending many hours with Annette in the Pocotaligo and Broad Rivers, fishing, crabbing and shrimping.

Surviving besides his wife of Varnville are sons: William “Billy” Brown and wife Maree of Varnville and Wallace Edward Brown and wife Christle of Walterboro; daughter; daughter, Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Breland and husband Rodney of Ruffin; and grandchildren: Kevin, Michael, Eddie, Kim, Destiny, Roman, Roger, Chrissy, Hope, Dianne, John and Joseph. There are 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Mr. Brown was predeceased by a daughter, Roberta Diane Cook.

Visitation was Saturday, Jul. 29 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Mr. Brown’s residence located at 3412 Lento Road and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. prior to services in the Church.

Funeral services were at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Jul. 30, 2017, in the Nixville Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tim Minchey and Rev. Allan Kircher, with burial in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Gideons, Hampton Camp, P.O. Box 22, Hampton, SC 29924.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


Lucille Connelly Davis, 85, of Beaufort, passed away on Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017, at her home.
Lucille was born in Early Branch, SC to Hurley DeLoach and Sudie Woods DeLoach on Sept. 10, 1931.  She was active in selling Avon for many years and repeatedly earned the annual President’s Club recognition. She owned and worked at Nearly New Thrift Store.
Lucille is preceded in death by husbands Harold Connelly and Virgil “Bill” Davis.
Lucille is survived by her three sons: Wayne Connelly (MaeDean), William Connelly (Peggy) and Randy Connelly (Debbie); ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her GiGi.
Visitation was at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Jul. 28, 2017, at  Anderson Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held following visitation at 11:00 am on Friday, Jul. 28, 2017 at Anderson Funeral Home. Burial followed at Beaufort Memorial Gardens located beside  Copeland Funeral Service.
A reception was held following the burial at Grays Hill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grays Hill Baptist Church.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Anderson Funeral Home

611 Robert Smalls Parkway

Beaufort, S.C. 29906-9070


Mrs. Dorothy DeLoach McAlhaney, 91, of Varnville, passed away Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017, at Hampton Regional Medical Center. She was the widow of the late Quillie McAlhaney.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, Jul. 28, 2017, at Hopewell Baptist Church, 6404 Hopewell Road, Hampton. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Born Jan. 14, 1926, in Varnville, she was a daughter of the late Devie DeLoach and Nettie Crosby DeLoach. Mrs. McAlhaney was a retired seamstress having worked in many dress plants for over forty years. She loved sewing and continued making things long after her retirement. She was a volunteer for many years at Hampton Regional Medical Center, loved working in her yard and with her flowers, and enjoyed being a part of her senior citizen groups. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Surviving are: her children: Perry McAlhaney of Varnville, Hiram McAlhaney of Early Branch, and Marsha Stanley of Varnville; grandchildren: Timothy Stanley, Jeramie Stanley, Greg McAlhaney, Sandy Thompson, Courtney Lasota, Jacob McAlhaney, and Ethan McAlhaney; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Irene Dewitt, Alene Peeples, and Edna DeLoach.

Memorials may be made to: Hopewell Baptist Church, 6404 Hopewell Road, Hampton, SC 29924.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, S.C. 29944


Donald Robert Tuten, 74 of Furman, S.C. passed away on Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017, at Hampton County Regional Hospital, Hampton, S.C. after a brief illness.

Mr. Tuten was born in Pineland, S.C. on Aug. 15, 1942, to the late Donald Charlie Tuten and Gladys Lucille Long Tuten.

Mr. Tuten was a Truck Driver for Youmans Farms of Furman; life member and Deacon for the Furman Baptist Church; fire fighter and former Chief of the Furman Volunteer Fire Department; loved to fish and loved his grandchildren.

Mr. Tuten is survived by his wife, Grace Bishop Tuten of Furman, S.C.; his son, Donald Charles ‘Chip’ Tuten (Amanda) of Furman, S.C.; his sister, Nancy T. Crews (James) of Scotia, S.C.; grandchildren: Davey Allen Tuten and Alexis Noel Tuten. He was predeceased by his sister, Blanche Rivers and grandchild, Tiffany Amber Tuten.

The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams St., Ridgeland.

Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at the Furman Baptist Church with burial following in Stafford Cemetery, Furman, S.C.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Sauls Funeral Home

90 Simmonsville Road

Bluffton, SC 29910




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On the Write Track

Sat, 2017-08-05 13:12
Staying safe on local roads requires some patienceBy: Shellie MurdaughContributing Writer Posted: Sat, 08/05/2017 - 1:12pm

Imagine you are traveling down Highway 68, minding your own business, when someone decides they want your lane and comes barreling towards you.

Well, unfortunately that happens more often than people realize.

Sometimes, that particular car has at least a little time to duck back into the lane, but then other times they don’t.

Head-on collisions are happening in this area and around the county and surrounding counties and there’s really no reason at all for them.

By practicing a little thing called patience, all of this could be avoided. Keep in mind, emergency situations are not included in this particular column.

Sure, the drivers all have somewhere to go and have to get there within a certain time, but practicing just a little bit of patience is important. It can save not only the impatient driver’s lives but the lives of countless others. It could be just someone trying to get to work in a safe way or someone just driving to the store for a few groceries, you just never know how a little patience could save a life.

There has always, at least since I was a reporter over 15 years ago, been an issue along Highway 68 with terrible wrecks. For some reason, it seems as though more drivers lately have started to try and take chances with passing along that highway since all of the construction began. That’s just a thought of mine, but I have seen those impatient drivers out there quite a bit more lately.

All drivers should remain cautious on not only that highway, but all of our other roads in the county.

I certainly did not want to leave out those who put their lives on the line every day to enforce our traffic laws. They are appreciated and they are doing all they can to make sure our roads are safe. They can only do so much and drivers also need to take some responsibility on the roads.

I have been on Highway 68 and have witnessed cars making passes around other cars that probably shouldn’t have happened. While there was space there, had the driver waited even a second or two more, it could have probably been a terrible ending to that story.

Although there are exceptions to this happening, if a driver wants to pass someone on that highway or others, they should always be cautious before doing so. There’s a time to pass in a safe way and that’s when there’s not traffic traveling in the other lane that’s even remotely close to you.

One thing that should not be happening, although it has in the past, is for drivers in their correct lane having to leave the roadway and hit the rough side of the road in hopes of avoiding a head-on collision. The driver veering into the wrong lane hopefully sees the mistakes and corrects it before it’s too late.

There are times that you might get behind a driver that is going just a little bit slower than they should. If you get behind what has been called in the past ‘Sunday afternoon drivers’ then as long as the path is clear then passing should be okay.

No matter what, it is important to remember all of the traffic laws and follow them at all times you are behind the wheel. Head-on collisions or other terrible automobile accidents might be avoided with a little more patience.

I realize that I pointed out one of many of our roads in the county when trying to make a point about safe driving, but I felt it was necessary. No matter what road you travel on, you must first look out for yourself but also the driving habits of others.

Be safe out there on the roads, allow a little extra time to get to your destination, and remember one key word when you travel. Patience, patience and more patience.      


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Health screenings coming to Hampton church

Sat, 2017-08-05 13:09
By: Joelle ReizesPosted: Sat, 08/05/2017 - 1:09pm

Hampton, South Carolina – Residents living in and around the Hampton, South Carolina can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Hampton United Methodist Church will host this community event on 9/1/2017.  The site is located at 204 Elm Street West in Hampton.


Screenings can check for:

  • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health.
  • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels
  • Diabetes risk
  • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis
  • Kidney and thyroid function, and more


Screenings are affordable, convenient and accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking.  Free parking is also available. 


Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors.  Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at  Pre-registration is required.

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