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News Briefs for 1-18-18

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:29
Posted: Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:29am

Sen. Clyburn visits Hampton

To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (6th District) was the keynote speaker at a Town Hall Teach-In entitled “Winners and Losers in the New Tax Law” held Monday, Jan. 15, at the Huspah Education Center (formerly Parker Union Hall) in Hampton. A large number of participants, nearly 300 citizens as well as numerous elected officials, school officials, clergy, law enforcement and folks from surrounding counties, came out to hear Sen. Clyburn. After being introduced by sponsor and moderator of the event, H.C. County Councilman Shedron Williams, the floor was then opened to Sen.  Clyburn, who shared some valuable information about the new tax laws.

Yemassee Special Election set for Feb. 13

The Town of Yemassee will hold a Town Council Special Election on February 13, 2018.  The deadline to register to vote is approaching and registering to vote has never been easier:

-Register in person by January 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m., at the Voter Registration and Elections Office.

-Register online by January 14, 2018.  Register at  Online registration requires a S.C. Driver’s License or DMV ID. 

-Download a voter registration form from  Complete form and return it to the Voter Registration and Elections Office by fax or email attachment by January 14, 2018 or by mail, postmarked by January 16, 2018.

If you are already registered, please make sure your voter registration information is current.  If you have moved within the county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you and your neighbors by updating your information prior to election day.

If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by the deadline to be eligible to vote.

For more information, please contact the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections located in the B.T. Deloach Building, 201 Jackson Avenue West, Hampton, S.C.   Telephone:  (803) 914-2080.

Voter registration underway for some 17-year olds 

17-year-olds who will turn 18 on or before Nov. 6, 2018, may now begin to register to vote for the June Primaries and the General Election.

According to S.C. Code of Laws section 7-5-180, those individuals who are not yet 18-years-old but will turn 18 before the next ensuing General Election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register beginning 120 days prior to the closing of the books of a preceding primary. 

For more information, contact your local County Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office. 


American Red Cross assisting family in Early Branch after home fire


Early Branch, S.C., January 13, 2018 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on Frazier Lane in Early Branch, was damaged by a fire. The Cummings Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three adults by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.

 We are now entering the coldest months of the season, which means the threat of home fire deaths is still very real. When heating your home, please remember that space heaters need just that: space. Be sure they are three feet away from anything that can burn: furniture, bedding carpets, rugs, and curtains.  Children and pets should be kept away so they do not get burned. Make sure the space heater is off and unplugged before leaving a room or falling asleep. It is important to plug the space heater directly into an outlet and not an extension cord. Before you plug it in,inspect the power cord before each use. If the cord  is worn, broken or loose have the appliance professionally repaired or replace it.  

HOW TO HELP Help people affected by disasters and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.  People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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Detergent is for your clothes, not your mouth

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:24
By: Shellie MurdaughPosted: Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:24am

You know I am sure all of those who read this column have heard at least one person in your lifetime say watch your mouth or it will be washed out with soap.

Well, I never actually have seen this happen, but it was a familiar line used by mothers and probably grandmothers around the world at one time in history.

I doubt soap would taste good and apparently it could also harm you. I don’t know anyone personally who grew up and faced this punishment but thank goodness it is not used anymore.

It looks as though what might have seemed harmless back in the 1960’s could have caused some harm if some of the soap had been swallowed.

There could probably be some testing done to prove that point valid or not, but unfortunately this same kind of thing has turned harmful and sometimes fatal today.

Instead of using soap these days, teens have decided it would be a good idea to attempt to eat the pods used as laundry detergent. What in the world are these kids thinking? I guess they probably said that about our generation at one time or another as well, but this kind of stunt can really kill someone.

Apparently, some teens decided to try and eat a pod that’s meant to clean your clothes and not your mouth. These pods, while somewhat colorful, have been designed to clean deep down stains and don’t belong anywhere near a person’s mouth.

A pod usually consists of chemicals such as ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers, substances meant to only be placed in the washer and not for consumption at any time.

Some of the teens apparently have said they knew better but popped a pod in their mouths anyway to see what would happen. That’s not just crazy, but could cost you your life. If they knew better, then why do it? Why would you want to do something that could have deadly results?

Once again, I am hearing the peanut gallery and they are saying you did things when you were younger and then you said later you knew better. Okay, I agree one hundred thousand percent with that statement. Sometimes, you do or say things and you know better, but hopefully they are not things that could be as deadly as this stunt.

Not only teens have been affected by this unfortunate incident,but also toddlers. The main difference here is that toddlers cannot read the warnings. It is unfortunate that a few toddlers have reportedly died from ingesting the detergent in the pods, but at least the companies continue to do all they can to stop it from happening.

While they cannot necessarily stop teens from being teens, they can offer all the warnings possible to stop this from possibly happening again. Apparently, this all started out at a joke on the internet that has ended in tragedy for some folks. While these kids think that they are bulletproof, one time ingesting the poisons could actually lead to death.

We all have asked ourselves at one time or another how did we make it through our own childhoods without something happening to us.  Well, that’s a tough one to answer, but it is always important to be as safe as possible.

While it might have been okay at one time in the world to wash your mouth out with soap, don’t ever put detergents in your mouth. Detergents are for washing clothes and are not for your mouth.



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Chris Orr named All-American

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:09
By: Erin LongWHHS staffPosted: Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:09am

Wade Hampton High School senior Chris Orr was recently chosen and participated in the National Underclassmen All-American Game. The National Underclassmen All-American has a football game for each grade level in high school football.  Players are chosen among applicants from all over the U.S.  After being accepted, players are broken into two teams, North and South. Orr participated in training from Dec. 27-29 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and was selected as a captain for the South team along with other seniors. On Dec. 30 he started on defense, kickoff, kick return and the punt team. The South team won 41-38.  Orr plans to attend college in the fall and is currently trying to decide where he will attend.

Orr is the son of Tyra Orr and Chris Orr, of Hampton. 

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Obituaries for 1-18-18

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:01
Posted: Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:01am

HAMPTON, S.C. - Mrs. Jackie Ann Kinard Bridges of Ellis Street in Hampton died Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2018, morning at the home of her mother in Hampton.

Mrs. Bridges was born in Hampton County Jan. 4, 1954, a daughter of Addie “Melda” Freeman Kinard and the late William Jackson “Jack” Kinard.  She was an Administrative Assistant with the New Life Center and also operated Ann’s Town and Country Beauty Salon.  Ann was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church and was active in the Ladies Club and the Companion in Christ Bible Study Group.  She was a member of the Lillie Chapter # 27, Order of the Eastern Star.  Ann was the widow of Robert Anthony “Andy” Bridges.

Surviving besides her mother of Hampton are two daughters: Nicole B. Smith and husband Bryan of Grays and Kim Bridges of Charleston. There are two grandchildren, Cade and Levi Smith.

Visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in the Hampton United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Ross Chellis and Rev. Scott Wachter with burial following in the Rivers Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


HAMPTON, S.C. - Mrs. Lillian Teresa Phillips Johnson of Ginn Altman Avenue in Hampton died early Friday morning, Jan. 12, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Johnson was born in the Nixville Community, Aug. 6, 1934, a daughter of the late Monroe and Maggie DeLoach Phillips. She had worked at the Bi-Rite Grocery Store in Estill and also worked as cashier at the Estill Pharmacy for 18 years. Mrs. Johnson also worked as a caregiver for many families in Hampton County, and was an outstanding wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Nixville Church of God for 59 years and had taught Sunday School for 43 years.

Surviving are: daughter, Diane Johnson of Hampton; sons: Lee Johnson and wife Debbie of Brunson, Michael Johnson and wife Loraine of Nixville and Steve Johnson and wife Beverly of Varnville; brothers: Donnie Phillips of Jesup, G.A. and Jack Phillips of Lena. There are 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by: her husband, Leroy Franklin Johnson; brother, Frank Phillips; sister, Beverly Wilson; grandchildren: Christopher Johnson and Colt Mixson; and one great-grandson, Trey Mixson.

Visitation was held Sunday, Jan. 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located in Hampton.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in the Nixville Church of God of Prophecy conducted by Rev. Michael Friedrickson, with burial in the Lawtonville Cemetery in Estill.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


VARNVILLE, S.C. - Mr. Carl Thomas “Bud” Freeman of Lowndes Lake Road near Varnville died Sunday night, Jan. 14, 2018, in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Freeman was born in Beaufort, Aug. 22, 1940, a son of the late Thomas Hamilton Freeman and Nellie Ruth Reddick Freeman. He was a skilled master carpenter and enjoyed wood working. Bud worked at Parris Island for many years in several different departments and served in the Hampton National Guard Unit. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 1959 and was a member and Deacon of Deep Branch Baptist Church.

Surviving are: his wife, Trudie DeLoach Freeman of Varnville; son, Vincent Carl Freeman and wife Janice of Denver, North Carolina; daughter, Jill F. Herring and friend James Wing of The Rock, G.A.; sisters: Dot F. Drawdy of Brunson and Evon F. Necaise of Lobeco; mother-in-Law, Dora H. DeLoach of Varnville; brother-in-Law, Richard C. “Dick” DeLoach and wife Jane of Raleigh, North Carolina; and grandchildren: Steven and Ryan Herring and Nicholas Freeman.  There are a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Deep Branch Baptist Church followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Rev. Glen Samples, and burial in the Sand Hill Cemetery, directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial may be sent to Agape Hospice, 113 Washington Street, Walterboro, S.C. 29488, or Deep Branch Baptist Church c/o Joan Bishop, 848 Ficken Road, Early Branch, S.C. 29916.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


COLUMBIA, S.C. - William Tison Bowers, 62, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. Born Dec. 30, 1955, in Varnville, S.C., he was a son of the late Grover Ford Bowers, Jr, and Macie Tison Bowers. Mr. Bowers was a 1978 graduate of the Citadel and was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He will be forever remembered as a loyal friend, always putting others before himself. Mr. Bowers was a devoted disciple and true follower of Christ.

Survivors include his loving wife, Julie Roman Bowers; sons, William Tison Bowers, Jr., and his fiancé, Beverly Hammond Duvall, and Charles Roman Bowers; siblings: Martha Bowers Simons (Paul) and Grover Ford Bowers, III (Derbi); as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at the family home, 4837 Carter Hill Drive, Columbia on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A service was held 10:00 a.m., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas and The Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. A graveside service followed at 3:00 p.m., at Lawtonville Cemetery, Estill, S.C.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201, or to Luray Christian Church, 90 Fitts Street, Luray, S.C. 29932. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

Local Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


EARLY BRANCH, S.C. - Mr. Tanis Carroll Hudson, Sr., formerly of Early Branch, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in the Summerville Medical Center.

Mr. Hudson was born in Ridgeland Aug. 21, 1940, a son of the late James Elliott Hudson and Ruby Trimnal Hudson. He had worked as a Welding Quality Control Inspector.

Surviving are sons: Tanis C. Hudson, Jr. of Fairfax, Christopher and Anthony Hudson of Adamsville, A.L.; daughters: Teresa Hudson Stokes of Summerville and Robin Diane Hudson Boyles Diaz of Marietta, G.A.; and one brother, Donald Hudson of Summerville. There are nine grandchildren. Mr. Hudson was predeceased by: a son, Timothy Hudson; and a brother, Bobby Hudson.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at the Ebenezer Cemetery in Yemassee directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton.  Friends visited with the family immediately following the service.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


BARTON, S.C. - Mary Drayton “Dray” Robertson Meyer age 74, widow of the late Ralph “Jackie” Meyer died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Mrs. Meyer was a born in Ridgeland, S.C. and a daughter of the late William Madison and Flossie Hamilton Robertson. She was a hairdresser having worked at Nor-Lena’s Hair Stylist for many years, was a member of Fairfax Chapter #65 O.E.S. and a member of Brunson Christian Church. Dray was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Graveside Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Hamilton Cemetery, Hampton, S.C. with the Rev. Mike Reed officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside.

Survivors include two sons: Jacky Meyer (Angela) and Bucky Meyer (Kim); three grandchildren: Caroline Meyer, William Meyer and Savannah Meyer; two sisters-in-law: Myrtle W. Meyer and Audrey M. Meredith (Terry); and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, William F. Robertson and two sisters: Caribel R. Sullivan and Elizabeth “Betty” R. Gray Copeland.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hamilton Cemetery Fund, 5970 Old Jacksonboro Rd., Ravenel, S.C. 29470.

Funeral Arrangements By:

 Keith Smith Funeral Service

128 Water Street

Allendale, SC  29810


WALTERBORO, S.C. - Mrs. Barbara Harvey McMillan, 92, of Walterboro, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at her residence. She was the wife of the late James “Jim” Vernon McMillan, Jr. 

Family received friends at the church from 2 o’clock until funeral services at 3 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 17, 2018, at Sandy Run Baptist Church, 2100 Sandy Run Road, Hampton. Interment followed in Sandy Run Cemetery.

Born Sept. 7, 1925, in Miley, she was a daughter of the late Charles Harvey and Agnes Cook Harvey. She was a member of Sandy Run Baptist Church. She was a loving homemaker who always centered her life around her family.

Surviving are: her children: James Vernon “Jim” McMillan, III of Pike Road, Alabama, Steve McMillan, Sr. of Ruffin, Nancy M. Stackhouse and her husband Bill of Dillon and Jan M. Bowen and her husband Greg of Walterboro; grandchildren: Dani Youmans (Erick), Karmyn Harrison (Steven), Gunner Bowen (Kennedy), Dorie Altman, Bill Stackhouse, IV, Keri Stackhouse, Steve McMillan, Jr. (Vicky), and Melissa McMillan; 14 great grandchildren; and sisters: Betty Thomas of Hampton, Jeanne Bishop (Jon Earl) of Hampton, and Jackie Livingston of Florida. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Cayla Bowen Vickery; daughter-in-law, Jane McMillan; 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Funeral Arrangements By: The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway Varnville, S.C. 29944


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Obituaries for January 11, 2018

Wed, 2018-01-10 17:29
Posted: Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:29pm

ASHTON COMMUNITY – Mr. Patrick Clark Avant, 56, of the Ashton Community, entered into rest Thursday afternoon, January 4, 2018, at the Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

Funeral services were conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2018, in Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church, located on Highway 601 near Hampton, Elder Robert Dobson officiating.  Interment followed in Cross Swamp Cemetery, Lively Stone Road, Islandton.

Born Jul. 24, 1961, in Walterboro, he was a son of the late John Clark Avant and the late Maxine Bowers Avant. He was a machinist with South Carolina Electric and Gas in Tillman. He was HeHe was a lifelong member of Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. Pat, as he was known by most, will always be remembered as a true Christian man who dearly loved his family. He centered his life around his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved farming as well as fishing, horses, and tractors. 

Surviving are: his wife of thirty-two years, Mrs. Donna Grantham Avant; three children: Lauren Avant Murdaugh and her husband Myles of Ashton; John Patrick Avant and his wife, Ashleigh of Ashton; and Horace Matthew Avant and his fiancé Amanda of Givhans; and three sisters, Linda Avant Hiott and her husband Foche of Ruffin, Minerva Avant McDaniel and her husband Ricky of Fork, and Carol Avant Priester and her husband Randy of Ashton. There are five grandchildren: Cole Murdaugh, Gage Murdaugh, Jaxson Crowley, Levi Avant, and Knox Murdaugh; his mother-in-law, Emily Schurr Grantham; and an extended hose of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

The family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to:  Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church, care of: Mr. Lynwood Tuten

3602 Cat Branch Road

Early Branch, S.C. 29916.  

Funeral Arrangements by: The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Ehrhardt-Bamberg Chapel

2515 Lowcountry Highway, Ehrhardt, S.C. 29081


ISLANDTON, S.C.  – Mrs. Anne Elkovich Murdaugh, age 94, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2018, at her home in Islandton.

Funeral services were conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Jan. 6, 2018, from Rice Patch Christian Church, 15246 Sniders Highway, Islandton with the Reverend Dr. Larry Smith officiating.  Interment followed in the Peniel Baptist Churchyard, 37 Forks Road, Islandton.

Born Oct. 12, 1923, in Helvetia Township, P.A., she was the last surviving child of the late Stephen and Anna Troyan Elkovich. She was born in a small mining town in Pennsylvania where her father worked in the coal mines and her mother was a housekeeper and stay at home mom. The family moved to Ohio when she was thirteen. She attended Lorain Schools and worked at Arvay Potato Chip Company for six years.  She came to South Carolina and married Heyward Murdaugh, who she met when he was in the Army. They were married for fifty-eight years at the time of his death in 2004. Together, she and Heyward raised and provided college education for four children. She worked at the Islandton Post Office, Youngwear Products, and Westinghouse Corporation, where she retired after more than twenty years of service. She enjoyed volunteering with the Kindergarten children at Bells Elementary. She was a member of the FCL Club for twenty-five years and the H2U Group and took part in the Holiday House as well as other functions of the group.   She dearly loved to bake and donated many of her cakes and pies to different causes. She was raised as a Catholic, and after moving to Islandton, joined Rice Patch Christian Church, where she was a faithful, longtime member and had been active in various aspects of the church. She loved her church and her Lord. She loved her cat, Goldie, who was a good and faithful companion. Her children were her pride and joy and she enjoyed seeing them grow up. She liked reading religious and health materials and writing letters. 

Surviving are:  four children, Treva Baker (Gary) of Blairsville, G.A., Myra Merrill (Skip) of Summerville, Tony Murdaugh of Islandton and Barry Murdaugh of Islandton, her best friend, Sharia Mae of Islandton; five step grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren; as well as a host of loving nieces and nephews. 

For those that wish, the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed in her memory to: Rice Patch Christian Church, 15246 Sniders Highway, Islandton, S.C. 29929.

Arrangements by:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Walterboro Chapel, 1193 Bells Hwy., Walterboro, S.C. 29488


VARNVILLE, S.C. – Mrs. Sally Sweeney entered into rest eternal Wednesday morning, Jan. 3, 2018, at her home in Varnville.   She was the wife of the late Mr. Dan Sweeney for 25 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2018, from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Hampton, Fr. Norbert Mendonca officiating. The Final Commendation and Farewell followed in Hampton Cemetery, Holly Street, Hampton.

She was born in 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA, to James and Leora Donavan Shannon. Sally was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, studied at Duke University and received a Master’s degree from The University of South Carolina.  She taught and was the librarian at Hampton Elementary School and Ben Hazel Elementary School for many years.  She loved books and passed her love of reading to many students. 

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Marshall (Jim); sons: Jim Sweeney (Maricela), Jack Sweeney (Denise) and Dan Sweeney (Lisa); grandchildren: Christy Sweeney Bacon, Dan Sweeney, John Sweeney, Will Marshall, Jennifer Sweeney Syno, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Sweeney, Erin Marshall, Jack Sweeney, Tom Sweeney and Liam Sweeney; and great grandchildren: Connor, Bryson, and Ashyn Bacon, Braedon Syno, Nathan Rutlen, Natalie Sweeney, and RJ Sweeney.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Hampton, or the SC Alzheimer’s Association 2090 Executive Hall Rd, Suite 130, Charleston SC, 29407.

Funeral Arrangements By: The

Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway, Varnville, S.C. 29944


FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. Roy Milson Gibson, Jr. of Saluda Avenue in Fairfax died early Wednesday morning at his residence.

Mr. Gibson was born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Jul. 17, 1961, a son of Virginia Ray Gibson Kinard of Fairfax and the late Roy Gibson, Sr. He was a construction worker and welder.

Surviving besides his mother are: his fiancée, Louise Faulkenberry of Fairfax; sisters: Patricia Reid and husband Johnnie of Blackville, Norma Pittinger and husband Duane of Bluffton; brother, Douglas J. Kinard, Jr. and wife Meredith of Allendale. There are two grandsons: Kenneth Harley Youmans, Jr. of Aiken and Donald (Buckshot) Youmans of Columbia; one granddaughter: Charlotte Youmans of Columbia; six nephews and one niece. Mr. Gibson was predeceased by his step-father, Douglas J. Kinard, Sr.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 5, at the Chapel in Hampton located at 300 Mulberry Street West from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton with burial in the Fairfax Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


PORT WENTWORTH, G.A. - Ashley “Carson” Taylor Bush passed away on the morning of January 5, 2018.  Carson was born in Estill, SC on Oct., 18, 1974. He was the son of Ashley and Dianne Bush.

Carson was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, received his Master of Divinity from University of St. Mary of Lake (Mundelein Seminary), and an MBA from Clemson University.  He worked for the Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia and was about to return to Orlando working for Walt Disney World.

In addition to his parents, surviving are: his partner, JJ Sheets; three sisters, Lauren Ivans (Richard), Jennifer Madsen (Rob), Stephanie TeBake (Joe); and one brother Jeb (David).  He also had three nephews and two nieces. In addition to his human family, he had two dogs and five cats.

The family received friends on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the home of his parents (975 Grass Hill Road, Estill, S.C.) A graveside service was held on the Bush family farm at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, with Rev. Robbie Robinson officiating.

As he was a lover of our country’s national parks, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Park Foundation at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 in his memory.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


HAMPTON, S.C. - Mr. John Albert Harrington of Ann Street in Hampton died Saturday night, Jan. 6, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Harrington was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Bristol, Tennessee, a son of the late William Edward Harrington and Kathern Billups Harrington. He and his wife, Betty Jean Hendrix Harrington moved to Hampton in 1958 to work for the Westinghouse Corporation as a Chemical Engineer and retired as Plant Manager after 38 years. He continued to stay in touch with the company and staff giving advice and working when needed. He also had been a Boy Scout Leader in the Hampton Community and was a Navy Veteran.

Surviving besides his wife, of Hampton, are: daughter, Sherre Harrington of Rome, Georgia; and a granddaughter, Sarah Dryden O’Brien of Minneapolis. Mr. Harrington was predeceased by a son:  John Kelly Harrington; and a brother, William Earl Harrington.

A visitation was held Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located in Hampton.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924



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There's "snow way" Southerners can drive in the snow

Wed, 2018-01-10 17:26
By: Shellie MurdaughPosted: Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:26pm

When someone warns you that the stove is hot, the last thing you want to do is go over to it and touch it, knowing the outcome won’t be good.

You wouldn’t try and pick up a snake when you already know it could bite you.

The last thing you want to do is run down a hallway when there’s a bright yellow sign stating the floors are wet and asks that you proceed with caution.

If there’s a wet paint sign posted on a bench, I doubt you are going to sit on it.

I think you see my point here, when someone or a group of folks continuously stresses the importance of not doing something, they are doing this for your own good as well as the good of others.

A prime example of the importance of heeding warnings and cautions from authorities came this past week when we all found out that there’s just snow way we all can drive in the snow.

Southerners are just now getting accustomed to dealing with the winter weather considering we all don’t see a true winter very often at all. We might see a few ice pellets pounding the ground maybe twice during the winter, but nothing like what we all recently encountered.

Over the past few years, we have only really been faced with a couple of passing ice storms, that might have slowed us down for a half day, but no one ever thought we would actually come face to face with old man winter when he decided it was time for us to face his ultimate storm.

The ultimate storm came in the form of snow that saw some areas of the county and surrounding counties dealing with between two to six inches of snow.

The snow itself was beautiful, but not when you have to travel in it. Traveling in snow and the south just don’t go together. Just ask the truck drivers and other travelers who were stranded along the interstate once icy conditions began to occur.

Snow is always nice to get, but one thing all of us must do is heed the warnings from our emergency officials when they stress with all of their might to inform the public that it is not safe to travel. While I do understand there were those that had to travel for a variety of reasons, those of us who did not, should not have gotten on the roads.

You might say, well I did and nothing happened to me. Well, that was your lucky day I guess because these officials know their information and all they are doing is making every single effort they can to protect you and others from harm.

It always needs to be stressed that even a small patch of ice can cause a disaster, especially in the south. Well, mix the small amount of ice with three days of freezing temperatures with slushy and unsafe roads and you are writing your own recipe for disaster.

One thing I want to say is that I am glad we have folks who work so hard to make sure they keep the motoring public as safe and informed as possible. The officials who are out there doing all they can to clear the roads of the mess as well as all of the emergency personnel who risk their lives to save yours should also be thanked.

Maybe this snowstorm will open some eyes as to why is it so important to listen to our emergency officials when they caution you to stay off of the roads. They are not talking just to hear themselves talk, they do care about you and want you to stay safe.

There’s one thing I have seen over and over again as I worked throughout the storm on various assignments. It might not be every single southerner, but overall there’s snow way southerners need to drive in the snow.


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Sen. Clyburn to host forum in Hampton

Wed, 2018-01-10 17:17
Posted: Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:17pm

HAMPTON -- To commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman James E. Clyburn will host a “Town Hall Teach-In” entitled, “Winners and Losers in the New Tax Law.”  The program will be held on Monday, Jan. 15, at 3:00 pm in the Parker Union Hall in Hampton, S.C.

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HRMC offers inpatient dialysis

Fri, 2018-01-05 14:06
Posted: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:06pm

HRMC offers inpatient dialysis treatment; service eliminates costly travel time for patients receiving medical treatments at HRMC.


Hampton Regional Medical Center, of Varnville, S.C., has begun offering inpatient dialysis treatment to patients who need admission to the hospital. Prior to HRMC offering this new service, patients would have to be transferred to another facility. This resulted in additional expense and burdens to the patient’s family who would have to travel to be with their loved one. 

Since the hospital began providing the service during the first week of December, 2017, several inpatients have been able to stay close to their home and family while receiving the medical treatment they need.

Patients are examined via tele-medicine by Dr. Sanjay Kumar, MD, a Nephrologists operating in Walterboro, SC. After examination, doctors determine the proper treatment of dialysis patients admitted to HRMC and continue to administer treatment until the patient is released from HRMC to continue regularly scheduled treatment at their normal outpatient dialysis center.

According to Jason Crosby, ER and lead dialysis nurse at HRMC who was instrumental in organizing and currently operates the service, the inpatient program has been well-received by patients who have utilized the hospitals cutting-edge technology and expert care.

“Here, they stay in their bed. I take them to their treatment and take them back [to their hospital room]. So it is a lot more comfortable and convenient for the patients, said Crosby. “And we are here seven days a week to provide service to our patients.”

Dialysis patients admitted to the HRMC now have the opportunity to stay at the hospital while receiving treatments for other medical needs and receive dialysis without the hassle of being transported far from home to another facility.

“It’s maintenance dialysis, which means that the patients already have to be on dialysis. So it’s not for new patients suffering acute renal failure,” said Jarrell.

As part of an ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality healthcare, HRMC continues to invest in tele-medicine technology, allowing patients to receive specialized care from doctors practicing away from Hampton County. As well as benefitting dialysis patients, tele-medicine technology allows specialists to remotely examine HRMC patients believed to be suffering from other medical conditions, including neurological complications, stroke and mental health issues.

In the very near future, HRMC will begin a program in conjunction with MUSC Children’s Hospital to provide Pediatric Intensivist services to critically ill children in the Emergency Room.

Make sure to stay informed of new services, doctors and other useful information by liking and following HRMC on Facebook.


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Winter Storm Grayson creates record demand for electricity

Fri, 2018-01-05 13:59
Posted: Fri, 01/05/2018 - 1:59pm

Palmetto Electric Cooperative established a new peak demand for electricity of 469 megawatts between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., Thursday, January 4 according to Berl Davis, president and CEO of the utility.  “This all-time record peak exceeds the previous peak of 467 megawatts set on January 7, 2014,” said Davis.


Davis stated that due to the cold and snowy weather, several outages occurred throughout the system.  “We have had several large outages in southern Beaufort County, as well as a number of scattered smaller outages.  Altogether, approximately 2,000 consumers lost service.  Our system has responded very well under the circumstances; however, the increased load on our system has contributed to a few equipment failures,” said Davis.  Outage information can be viewed online at under the outage/storm-center tab.


With the extreme cold weather, Palmetto Electric is alerting consumers of the effects on energy consumption.  “With the cold temperatures comes increased usage and higher electric bills,” said Davis.


Palmetto Electric recommends a thermostat setting of 68 degrees or less in extreme cold weather.  For every degree above this setting, consumers will add approximately 4-8 percent to their heating cost.


Other energy saving tips include:

  • Set thermostats at 55 degrees in a home that is vacant for a week or longer.
  • Caulk around all doors and window.  Loose or cracked caulking should be removed or replaced.
  • Weather-stripping is a real key to preventing heat loss.  Doors and windows should be sealed to prevent drafts.  Door bottoms are also culprits; install inexpensive “sweeps” on doors to keep out the cold.  Don’t forget to weather-strip your attic access.



  • Central heating systems should be given an annual cleaning and tune-up by a qualified technician.
  • Keep air filters clean.  The air filter of central heating system should be replaced once a month during the heating season if a disposable filter is used.
  • Have your chimney checked by a qualified chimney sweep and check your fireplace damper to be sure it opens and closes properly.


Consumers can view more information on ways to help keep electric bills down during cold weather by visiting Palmetto Electric’s website at

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Harsh winter weather expected in coastal South Carolina

Tue, 2018-01-02 17:57
Posted: Tue, 01/02/2018 - 5:57pm


Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, January 2, 2018) – Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties should monitor local weather conditions and continue winter safety precautions.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain for all coastal counties beginning Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect below freezing temperatures to last for much of the week throughout the entire state.


The S.C. Emergency Management Division works closely with the S.C. Department of Public Safety, the state Dept. of Transportation, the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources, the S.C. National Guard and all NWS offices that serve South Carolina to share the latest information about the storm and its possible impact.


SCEMD Director Kim Stenson is coordinating with all county emergency managers to make sure there are no unmet needs for winter storm response resources.


Residents should continue winter safety precautions, including:


  •        Check on anyone who may need extra help during winter weather.
  •        Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies only.
  •        Remember to keep a full charge on your cell phone and mobile devices so that they can be used during an emergency.
  •        Motorists should be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
  •        Power outages are expected to be minimal but possible with this storm.  If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate, safe means of staying warm. 
  •        Monitor local media for information about warming shelters that have been opened by county emergency managers.
  •        Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.
  •        Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them. 
  •        Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors. 
  •        Never operate a portable generator indoors. 
  •        Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and NOAA tone-alert weather radios. 
  •        Provide some options for outdoor pets and domestic animals to stay warm. 
  •        The official South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide contains checklists and tips on how to prepare for a winter storm. The guide is available for download at
  •        Any closings and/or delayed opening of state government facilities will be posted at and broadcast on SCETV and S.C. Public Radio. 

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Weekly Reads

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:06
History of the Jolly Old ElfBy: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:06pm

Week of Dec. 11, 2017


History of the Jolly Old Elf

by Scott D. Strawn


Okay, you know he wears a red suit, has a slight weight problem, has elves for employees, travels the globe once a year and is ever so jolly.  But who is Santa really?  How did he get to be in charge of North Pole Operations?  And what’s up with his mode of transportation?  Reindeer?  Really?  Maybe some of these titles will shed light on the matter.


When Santa Fell to Earth, by Cornelia Funke



Do you know that at one time Santa faced a hostile takeover?  When Gerold Geronimus Goblynch was leader of Yule Land’s Great Christmas Council, he outlawed the old magical ways.  Talk about putting a crimp in Santa’s style.  A snowmobile instead of reindeer?  Say it ain’t so.  But being Santa, the Jolly Ole Elf found a way out of it.  Cornelia Funke (author of the Inkheart series) spins a rollicking holiday tale.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, with illustrations by Charles Santore




When we see the name L. Frank Baum, a girl from Kansas and a yellow brick road comes to mind, but Baum created other worlds.  Baum also reported on the history of the Jolly Ole Elf.  From Santa’s childhood, spent with the Immortals in the Forest of Burzee, to the struggle with the Awgwas, Baum relates the story of the world’s most famous gift-giver and the customs that surround him.  Avid Oz fans will recognize aspects of Santa’s world, which later turned up in the Oz series. 


Kringle, by Tony Abbott




As a child, Santa (then known as “Kringle”) was under the care of an elderly woman named Merwen.  The woods where they lived were filled with goblins who, to say the least, were not children-friendly.  When the goblins child-kidnapping schemes ensnared Merwen, Kringle came to her rescue.  As Abbot relates it, this is the event that would ultimately make Santa who he is today.


Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, by William Joyce and Laura Geringer




In his “Guardians of Childhood” books, William Joyce has related the tales of many mythical figures known to children, from the Sandman to the Easter Bunny, and from the Tooth Fairy to Jack Frost.  Here he zeroes in on the most famous of all, Santa.  Can you believe that in his youth Santa was a bandit?  Yep, Santa himself was on the Naughty List, but with the help of a Ombric Shalazar, wizard and survivor of Atlantis, he reformed.  Joyce’s book relates how they faced down Pitch, the Nightmare King.


The Legend of Holly Claus, by Brittney Ryan, with illustrations by Laurel Long


The Claus line doesn’t stop with Santa, known in this book as “Nicholas Clause.”  (How many names does this guy have?)  Ryan expounds on the experiences of one Holly Claus, daughter of the legendary toy maker.  Cursed by the warlock, Herrikhan, she is restricted to the North Pole lest she have a meltdown (literarily).  Here are the events of her defeat of the wizard.


All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about holiday books, 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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DSS seeks community's help providing gifts

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:04
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:04pm

The Hampton County Department of Social Services is seeking your help with the 2017 “Fill the Stocking Campaign” for the Christmas holiday season. Your past contributions enabled many families and children to have a joyful Christmas holiday season. DSS is seeking your help once again to be a part of making a child’s Christmas a memorable one.

Please purchase your items on or before Dec. 4 and deliver them to the Hampton County Department of Social Services, 102 Ginn Altman Ave., Hampton, between Dec.  4 and Dec. 15. If for any reason you are unable to deliver the items, you may contact Mrs. Katherine W. Rivers or Mrs. Evon Williams at (803) 943-3641 and arrangements will be made to secure the items.

Hampton County DSS is excited about this year’s campaign and looking forward to the public joining in its support.


Thanking you in advance,


Evon Williams, Senior Child Welfare Specialist, and Katherine W. Rivers, Human Service Coordinator I.




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Wed, 2017-12-06 13:59
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:59pm

Bertie Mae Ruth

Mother Bertie Mae Ruth, 84, of 300 Chocolate City Road, Nixville, SC was born in Hampton County, SC, October 17, 1933 to the late William Newton and Patience Duncan.  She was an active member of Efferson Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her demise.

Mother Bertie Mae was full of love, and laughter. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, vegetable garden, fishing, shopping, riding her bicycle, and walking up and down Chocolate City Road. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and attending church.

Mother Bertie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Franklin Ruth Sr., this union was blessed with nine children, one son preceded them in death.
As she enters the pearly gates, she is greeted by her parents, husband, one son, Willie James Ruth, siblings, Julia Mae O'Banner, Ella Bell Moore, Lena Bryson, Rose Ella Green, Grena Evans, Arthur Lee, Herman O'Banner and Eddie Jiles along with three grandchildren.
On Monday, October 30, 2017, Mother Bertie Mae gained her Golden Crown from earth to eternity in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family as she took flight to be with the Lord.
Cherishing her love and fond memories are: Six sons, Johnny (Patricia) Ruth, Franklin Ruth Jr., Deacon Carl Ruth, all of Nixville, SC, Leroy (Tara) Ruth, Walterboro, SC, Michael (Sophia) Ruth, Hilton Head, SC, Clarence (Shay) Ruth,Ocala, Florida, Two daughters; Mary (Leon) Driessen, Hilton Head, SC, Pastor Marshell (Leanthony) Smith, Hampton, SC; Three step-daughters, Francina Hopkins, Lexington, SC, Penny (Ben) Holmes, Patricia Comier, both of Hampton, SC; Four sisters, Patricia Chamber, Ethel Bell Doctor, both of Greenville, SC, Margaret Newton, Washington, DC, Lizer Thompson, Cummings, SC; Two brothers, Ricky, and Billy Ferguson both of Greenville, SC, one brother in law, Jack Ruth, Varnville, SC. (48) grandchildren, (73) great grandchildren, (5) great-great grandchildren, Six aunts, Mary Ann Johnson, Evelyn Johnson both of Luray, SC, Cora Lee Jones, Rebecca Johnson both of Savannah, Georgia, Cora Swinton, Walterboro, SC and Julius (Nathaniel) Overstreet, New York, one uncle, Starr Johnson, Savannah, Georgia. Two special friends, Connie Wooten, Nixville, SC, Claudie Mae Greene, Cummings, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.

Home Going Service was held 1 P.M. Friday, November 3, 2017 at Efferson Missionary Baptist Church, 5146 Browning Gate Road, Estill, SC, Reverend Dr. Hallie Capers, Pastor and Eulogy, Elder Patricia Brantley, Presiding. Interment was in the Cypress Creek Cemetery, Pineland, SC.

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home, 1214 Hampton Ave., Fairfax, SC 29827 was in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Holmes Green

ESTILL - Gladys Holmes Green 62, of Estill, SC, wife of Minister Christopher Green, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Wake services will be held 6 to 7 PM, Thursday, Dec. 7,  2017 at New Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, Foster Road, Varnville,, SC

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Burton New Church of Christ in Burton, SC.  Burial will follow in Sixteen Gates Cemetery, Beaufort. 

Marshel’s Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals of Beaufort is in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the guest book at


Kenneth Wayne Eckler

EARLY BRANCH - Mr. Kenneth Wayne Eckler, 56, of Gilkerson Lane near Early Branch, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 in Beaufort County.

Mr. Eckler was born in North Carolina, March 23, 1961, a son of the late Norman and Catherine Burnt Eckler.  He was a Diesel Mechanic and worked with Certified Fleet Services in Beaufort County.

Surviving are:  One daughter:  Patrisha Gonzalez of Islandton; Sister:  Anita Humphries of Burton;  and two grandchildren:  Jadyn and Adryanna Gonzalez of Islandton. 

Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Benjamin Martin Heape

BRUNSON - Mr. Benjamin Martin Heape, 74, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2017 at his residence near Brunson.

Mr. Heape was born in Cummings, June 28, 1943, a son of the late Charlie Wilson and Luelle Cook Heape.  He retired from Westinghouse Corporation in Hampton as a Press Operator after 43 years of service.  He was a member of the Evergreen Masonic Lodge and the Jahab Shrine Club.  He was married to the late Jan Valentine Heape.

Surviving are:  One daughter:  Sonja Heape of Brunson; Sister:  Margie Woods of Gillisonville; Grandchildren:  Josh Moseley and Tristan Shinholser; and one great-grandchild:  Joshua Dylan Moseley, Jr.  Mr. Heape was predeceased by two brothers:  Jack and Charlie O’Neal Heape.

Funeral services were held 4 P.M. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Wallace Gilbert Harriott

PINELAND - Mr. Wallace Gilbert Harriott, 70, of Gillison Branch Road in Pineland, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Harriott was born in Hampton, February 28, 1947, a son of the late Frank and Effie DeWitt Harriott.  He was a retired truck driver, having worked with both Luray Grain Company and J.F. Wyman Grain Company.  He had attended the St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church and was a former member of the Stafford Masonic Lodge # 216.

Surviving are:  His wife:  Mrs. Idell Prince Harriott of Pineland;  Sons:  Danny Brunson and wife Gail of Scotia, and Michael Harriott of Varnville;  Daughter:  Judy Rivers and husband Don of Nixville;  Brother:  John Albert Harriott, Sr. and wife Shelby of Burgaw, N.C.; Sister:  Marselle Staton and husband Jim of Middletown, Ohio; Grandchildren:  Bonnie Lee and husband Randy, Alan Brunson and wife Cassie, Kurt Rivers and wife Odessa, Mandy Harriott “Noel”, and Dusty Harriott and wife Gabi.  There are 10 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Harriott was predeceased by brothers and a sister:  Charles, Eric, Nathan, Quillie Joe Harriott and Edith Hodges.

Graveside services were held at 1 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 in the Lebanon Cemetery near Scotia conducted by Rev. John Harriott, Jr.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Vernelle Crapse Gibson

HAMPTON - Mrs. Vernelle Crapse Gibson, 87, of Luray Highway near Hampton, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at her residence.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Varnville, November 30, 1930, a daughter of the late Brooks and Iona Murdaugh Crapse.  She had worked at the Allendale Garment Company and the Gemco Manufacturing Company in Varnville where she retired as a Supervisor.  She was an active member of the Jahab Honeys at the Jahab Shrine Club and was a member of the Hampton First Christian Church.  She was the widow of Marion Peeples and Lloyd J. Gibson, Jr.

Surviving are:  Sons:  Billy Peeples and wife Sandy of Greensboro, North Carolina, Russell Gibson of Hampton, and Dana Gibson and wife Dawn of Hampton;  Daughters:  Wanda Atkinson and husband Don of Hampton, and Jodi Gambill Dennie and husband Steve of Dallas, Texas;  Sister:  Martha “Sissy” Forrester of Summerville; Sister-in-law:  Dorothy Crapse of Beaufort;  Grandchildren:  Roe, Shaun, Jaret and Will Gibson, Nicole Grossie, Brooke Shaffer Price, Tara Peeples, Chris Atkinson and Tammy Foster;  and 12 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Gibson was predeceased by:  Brothers:  Murdaugh Crapse and Marvin Crapse; and Sisters:  Lillian McGraw, Mazie Long and Clara Mae Mason.

Funeral services were held 3 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017  in the Hampton First Christian Church conducted by Rev. Larry Smith and Rev. Thom Jackson with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.



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Threatened Edisto River Gains New Advocate Through the Edisto Riverkeeper

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:58
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:58pm

December 4, 2017 - Aiken, SC - Local conservationists have established a new organization, Edisto Riverkeeper, to serve as the primary full-time advocate for the Edisto River Basin. Working to ensure fair and equal access to clean water in the communities that it serves, the organization’s mission is to encourage balanced usage of the basin’s water resources for residents, industry, and municipalities to utilize and enjoy. The non-profit organization will be headquartered in Aiken, carrying out activities throughout the 11-county Edisto River basin, and will be funded by individual donations and foundations that share a dedication to ensuring equal access to clean water.


Guided by the principles of advocacy, engagement, and restoration, Edisto Riverkeeper seeks to encourage local and state agencies, private industries, and landowners to participate in working to establish more sustainable water conservation and management plans.


The need for a full-time advocate for the Edisto River and its surrounding aquifers was shown through calls for assistance from citizens affected by threats of water depletion and contamination. “Until recently, most of the grassroots efforts on the Edisto have been in the ACE Basin area. However, with the expansion of industrial agriculture and other large-scale operations along the South Fork of the Edisto, and increasing number of landowners and residents are seeking assistance in protecting their land and wildlife habitats,” said Executive Director and Riverkeeper Meg Morgan Adams. Frustrated by their efforts being disregarded, members of communities throughout the river basin have expressed their support for the new river advocate, backed by the international water advocacy organization, the Waterkeeper Alliance.


The Edisto Riverkeeper is currently working with agencies and other partners to address growing concerns over the future of South Carolina’s water resources. Adams says she is excited to utilize her legal background in advocating for conservation of the Edisto and has been actively engaging elected officials and residents in doing the same. “The need to address the threats facing groundwater and surface water in the Edisto River basin have become dire. Far too many people are unaware of what is actually going on with their water and the ones that are remain frustrated by the lack of legislative action taken to protect their water,” said Adams.


Part of the Riverkeeper’s efforts will involve education and awareness in the basin, as well as water quality monitoring. “A common question I ask is ‘Do you know where your drinking water comes from?’,” said Adams, “And the alarming answer is that most people do not.” The organization hopes that making that connection will inspire conservation.


Edisto Riverkeeper encourages the public to contact them with questions or to report pollution incidents.  Volunteers are also needed to help in monitoring water quality, fundraising events, and recreational events like paddle outings. The organization’s first fundraiser event, “Christmas with the Keepers,” a holiday dinner, will be held in conjunction with Savannah Riverkeeper on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30pm at Woodside Plantation Country Club. For tickets, visit




Our mission is to encourage a balanced usage of the natural resources within the Edisto River basin, so that residents, industry, and municipalities may utilize and enjoy this precious natural resource. Edisto Riverkeeper serves as the primary, full-time advocate for the Edisto River Basin, working to ensure fair and equal access to clean water in the communities that it serves, because everybody needs water. For more information, visit

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WHHS honor roll

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:55
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:55pm


9th Grade Honor Roll


Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s


Gemari Anderson                                            Shiv Patel

Anna-Lee Cooke                                              Elleson Anne Rainsford

Kelvin Cooler                                                     Fatimah Rivers

Whitney Crosby                                                                Katherine Ryan

Alexis Deloach                                                   Angela Segars

Christian Green                                                                Sommer Smoak

Alana Harvey                                                     Brock Taylor

Antony Holmes                                                 Ryan Vincent

                                                                                Alyssa Wilson


                                                                                                A Honor Roll


                                                Wesley Alls                                                         Nathan Jones

                                                Justin Bowers                                                    Karlie Kinard

                                                Erica Bryant                                                        Carter Laffitte

                                                Asianae Capers                                                 Devyn Mock      

                                                Allison Crosby                                                    Caroline Murdaugh

                                                De’Nasia Deloach                                             Taniaya Murray

                                                Oliviah Gourdine                                              Emily Sanders

                                                Marion Harley                                                   Tamiah Sanders

                                                Allison Heape                                                    Tyshawn Shaw

                                                Nathan Heape                                                   Jorya Singletary

                                                Elizabeth Herbert                                             Caron Slater

                                                Rumor Holstein                                                 Zachary Terry

                                                Kayla Hughey                                                     TyTiyana Thompson

                                                Jordan Isham                                                     Jalen White

                                                Latavia Johnson                                                                Yinasia Williams

                                                Randejia Johnson                                           


                                                                                                B Honor Roll


                                                James Ayer                                                         Bradford Johnstone

                                                Alexandria Bennett                                         Sequann Kearse

                                                Brandon Booker                                               Atraveyon Kelly

                                                Christian Bowden                                            Justin Lofton

                                                Emma Clare Brunson                                      Layla Melgar

                                                Kavonte Clemons                                            Aquil Murphy

                                                Ryland Dobson                                                  Di’nasha Reese

                                                Lauryn Doctor                                                    Sharay Reid

                                                Collin Foster                                                       Quame Shaw

                                                John Henry Foy                                                 Trystan Smith

                                                Sierra Frazier                                                      Isabel Stanley

                                                Esperanza Green                                             Madison Stanley

                                                Mi’eisha Hagood                                              Emily Thomas

Blake Ham                                                           Andrew Topper

                                                Justin Heape                                                      David Williams

                                                Jasmine Hutchinson                                        Jayshawn Wright

                                                Tashare Johnson                                              Montrell Young

                                                Versalius Johnson                                                                           

10th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Kontourie Alston                                              Justin Ramirez  

                                                Mackenzie Ferguson                                      Josalyn Sanders

                                                Sydney Freeman                                              Shanayjia Speaks

                                                Jada Hamilton                                                    Emily Stanley

                                                Skyler Holland                                                   Bryson Terry

                                                Taelyn Jamison                                                 AnaBeth Thompson

                                                Trajan Moore                                                    Leah Tuten

                                                Jordan Murdaugh                                            Zachery Wilson

                                                Alasia Powell                                                      Ron Youmans

                                                Kerin Quintero

                                                                                                A Honor Roll

                                                Casandra Altenor                                             Hope Jenness

                                                Tucker Bennett                                                 Shyleeyah Luat

                                                D’Yona Bowers                                                 Skyla Marcum

                                                Aleah Cook                                                         Jasmine McBride

                                                Caroline Cook                                                    Thomas McCutchen

                                                Alex Crosby                                                        Allison Padgett

                                                Jalea DeVore                                                     Jackson Phillips

                                                Dekiyah Doctor                                                 John Rivers

                                                Allison Evans                                                      Ariana Shetters

                                                Carrie Freeman                                                 Olivia Simmons

                                                Khari Graham                                                    Jania Smalls

                                                Deanndria Green                                             Ar’Monio Smith

                                                Robert Gruber                                                  Dylan Soto

                                                Adam Harley                                                      Holly Stanley

                                                Shaniqua Henry                                                                Timothy Sutton

                                                Kerissa Hiers                                                      Quayshon Williams

B Honor Roll

                                                Caroline Altman                                                                Jaymie Long

                                                William Bierer                                                    Michael Lovett

                                                Andrew Bilton                                                   James Martinez

                                                Kelsie Blevins                                                     Aliyza McLeoud

                                                Kalihl Busby                                                        Kiara Mikel

                                                Karaline Cook                                                    Mariah Mixson

                                                Adam Creswell                                                  Shakiya Moore

                                                Catherine Drennon                                         Travis Moore

                                                Jermiyah Erwin                                                 Brianna Murdaugh

                                                Ashtyn Felix                                                       Kelsie Parker

                                                Lane Gray                                                            Tia Portman

                                                Morgan Green                                                  Jalend Rhodes

                                                Aaron Hand                                                        Mary Rhodes

                                                Alim Harrison                                                     Quincy Robinson

                                                Madison Harter                                                                Paige Sauls

                                                William Haulsee                                                Benjamin Seigler

                                                Nicholas Heape                                                 Honesty Smith

                                                Nicholas Jadrnicek                                           Faizon Speed

                                                Emily Jarrell                                                        Briana Spencer

                                                Jalaysea Jones                                                   Michael Williams

                                                Ariana Lance                                                      David Wilson

                                                Jared Long                                                          Jonell Wright



11th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Shayla Alls                                                           Avery Masters

                                                Caleb Ayer                                                          Haley McAlhaney

                                                Virginia Bridges                                                 Cole Meyers

                                                Alexis Brunson                                                  Dylan Mock

                                                Shawneyah Capers                                         Brookes Moore

                                                Sigourney Coker                                               Alison Pittinger

                                                Taylor Cook                                                        Karla Ribas

                                                Keshauna Davis                                                                Sandra Rivers

                                                Ja’Kearah Dunbar                                            Caitlyn Sauls

                                                Anna Gooding                                                   Bianca Simpson

                                                Joseph Gray                                                       Jake Skinner

                                                Da’Von Hamilton                                              Kayla Stanley

                                                Ariana Jenkins                                                   Allie Thomas

                                                Devon Johnson                                                 Chorderro Williams

                                                Teyona Jones                   

A Honor Roll

                                                Noah Alexander                                                               Jailyn LeSane                    

                                                Atrinity Brant                                                     Bryson Moore

                                                Jalayah Brown                                                   Matthew Poston

                                                Joshua Brown                                                    Hailey Riddle

                                                Jacob Cope                                                         Brandon Robinson

                                                De’Asia Deloach                                               Monyetta Scott

                                                Marllie Deloach                                                 Jada Singletary

                                                Casyn Dobson                                                   Gabriella Smith

                                                Indyah Garrick                                                   Lance Smith

                                                Amaya Gordon                                                 Ansley Stanley

                                                Desiree Gunnells                                             Dekelvin Stokes

                                                Jacee Harmon                                                   Colby Sullivan

                                                Jadin Harrison                                                    Joshua Terry

                                                Stephani James                                                                Makeiah Williams

B Honor Roll

                                                Joshua Barger                                                    Jordan Lewis

                                                Vandashia Boles                                               Henry McAlhaney

                                                Nelicia Bracey                                                    Trinitti Moore

                                                Tristan Brunson                                                                Jalen Myers

                                                Taleija Capers                                                    Jylin Pierce

                                                Nathan Davis                                                     Kanajai Purvis

                                                Kaylee Deloach                                                 Timothy Rappoccio

                                                Reshod Denmark                                             Kalesha Reid

                                                Justice Eady                                                        Creyonta’ Riddle

                                                Demetrius Frazier                                            Yez’menda Rivers

                                                Ny’Asia Grant                                                    Ty’Brea Shaw

                                                Tyshon Grant                                                     Tristan Shipes

                                                Brianna Green                                                   Taylor Simmons

                                                Parker Harrison                                                 Devante Jamison

                                                Retaija Jenkins                                                  Agiana Smalls

                                                Mackenzie Johnson                                        Mihiro Toyokawa

                                                Kayla Jones                                                         Bailey Tuten

                                                Kaylea Jones                                                      Joshua Walker

                                                Aatourie Kelly                                                    Jenna Wilcox

                                                Tyler Keyes                                                         Amiya Williams

                                                William Keyes                                                    Diamond Wright

                                                Jaheim Khalid                                   


12th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Tatyana Bovain                                                     Madison Long

                                                Prince Brown                                                        Megan Long                                         

                                                Alyia Bryant                                                           Bradley McAlhaney

                                                Shemar Bryant                                                      Ashley Moore

                                                Brianna Burton                                                     Abigail Morrison

                                                Biance Busby                                                        Terriana Mullen

                                                Iceland Campbell                                                 Mary Elizabeth Murdaugh

                                                Shayla Capers                                                       Destiny Nix

                                                Ziare Coker                                                           Tyeasha O’Banner

                                                James Cook                                                           Matthew Padgett

                                                Maegin Deloach                                                   Andrew Purdy

                                                Rebecca Deloach                                                 Jatavian Reese

                                                Savannah Deloach                                               Reeves Rhodes

                                                Shikeem Duncan                                                  Kara Rhody

                                                Ansley Ellis                                                            Kennedy Roper

                                                Keiajah Erwin                                                        Grace Schaffer

                                                Kelly Farmer                                                         Morgan Shaffer

                                                Morgan Fields                                                       Jordan Simmons

                                                Emily Firster                                                          Jessica Simpson

                                                Deasia Frazier                                                       Aniya Solomon

                                                Ansleigh Godbee                                                 Felix Speaks

                                                Hannah Godley                                                     Emma Stanley

                                                Randa Godley                                                       David Steinmeyer

                                                Keahja Grant                                                         Shelby Terry

                                                Sigourney Harris                                                  Trenton Terry

                                                Bradley Harter                                                      Tristan Thompson

                                                Christopher Harvey                                             Sydney Tuten

                                                Sarah Heape                                                         Brooklynn Williams

                                                Brennan Holmes                                                  Scott Wilson

                                                Erica Jennings                                                       Trevor Wilson

                                                Lainey Johnson                                                     Madison Woody

                                                Andrew Kearse                                                    Wen Ting Yao

                                                Carlil Law                                                               Joshua Youmans

A Honor Roll

                                                Davine Collins                                                       John Mixon                          

                                                Grace Cook                                                           Myles Murdaugh

                                                Tanna Cook                                                           Chris Orr

                                                Demetrius Deloach                                              Ivy Pennington

                                                Taylor Donehue                                                   Jada Raymond

                                                Abigail Fennell                                                      Antonesha Scott

                                                Melissa Ginn                                                         Brandon Segars

                                                Jadan Glover                                                         Brendan Smith

                                                Amaya Grant                                                         Nathan Still

                                                Marquelle Griffin                                                 Deondre Terry

                                                Ayana Johnson                                                    

B Honor Roll

                                                James Boyd                                                           Tyra Mack-Phillips

                                                Dynasty Busby                                                      Datrevian Phoenix

                                                Michael Conner                                                   Siyonna Rivers

                                                James Crosby                                                        Kayonna Robinson

                                                Lindsey Delair                                                       Tavona Russell

                                                India Frazier                                                          Raymond Sauls

                                                Ashton Freeman                                                  Joshua Scott

                                                Amber Garvin                                                       Scott Smith

                                                Jacob Ginn                                                           Alexandria Stanley

                                                Triniti Griffin                                                          Faith Thompson

                                                Jordan Gunter                                                      Nathan Tuten

                                                Lauren Harvey                                                      Ignacio Vera-Garcia

                                                Lakaylah Johnson                                                 Destiny Wade

                                                Aquanza Kirkland                                                 Blakely Wing                                        

                   Ryan Lawson                                                        Breahna Young

                                                Amber Lightsey                                                   



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Ben Hazel honor roll

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:42
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:42pm

Ben Hazel Honor Roll

1st  Nine Weeks

First Grade



Stevie Clackum

MaryKaylen Delgado

Landon Eichelberger

Mason Gibson

Kinsley Hanna

Florence Haynes

Terrick Moore

Caroline Peltier

Hayden Robinson

Jose Simental

Lexi Smith

Sophie D.Smith

Bo Vaughn



A/B Honor Roll

Logan Brown

Samya Bryant

Emanuel Capers

Kendall Cole

Sophia Connor

Khale Deloach

Sa’Miya Grant

Olivia Lee

Rich Long

Kaden Mills

Shavon Morris


Javarian Padgett

Kailie Sauls

Alexis Simmons

Cooper Terry

Devin Thompson


Second grade



Aaryona Anderson

Law Bennett

Tripp Brown

Trinity Cohen

Kinley Cook

Ariel Houston

Braydon Middleton

Owen Shaffer



A/B Honor Roll

Elijah Ashley

Landon Bostick

Mason Carroll

Aiden Cruz

Dan Davis

Chandler Gordon

Madyson Johnson

Cleavon Maxwell

Jayla McQuire

Cooper Mixson

A’London Owens

Carter Parnell


Third Grade



James Bostick

Leslie Hutto

Reese Poston



A/B Honor Roll

Zienne Brown

Jacob Chavis

Gavin Clackum

Raelynn Clackum

Jaidyn Heyward

Ranya James

Raj Padigela

Miller Rainwater

Wylder Vaughn

Ryan Veach




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High tides and wide-eyes, Charleston fishing at its finest

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:44
Annual pilgrimage to Seabrook Island to visit with parents begins with a splash of red. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:44pm
  • Writer Matt Popovich "caught" this medium sized red drum.
  • Staci Lyttle with a nice red drum.
  • Finnegan and Staci Lyttle pose with a small spotted sea trout.
  • Finnegan pilots his 24ft. Tidewater center console boat on the hunt for fish during a recent charter trip.
  • Kiawah Island, SC is pictured in the background.
  • Matt and his mom and dad pose under the Angel Oak tree, located near Seabrook Island, SC.
  • A WWII era landing craft which was converted to help construct wooden docks for homes located on the islands.
  • The Angel Oak tree

While recently visiting my parents at a relative’s residence on Seabrook Island, SC., I was informed by my wonderful mother that it had been nine months since I had last seen my loving parents.

According to mother, this was far too long of a period of time to not see her only child. I felt the same way for my beloved Bohickett Marina and, of course, my lovely parents.

It had also been far too since I had last seen my friend Brian Finnegan, and I was excited to head out on the water for a day of red-fishing fun aboard his new 24-ft. Tidewater center console boat, made right here in good old SC.

Marking the trip as a special first, my girlfriend ventured out on the water with Finnegan and I. She finally realized her hunk of a manly fisherman boyfriend (me if you have met me and are wondering whom I am speaking of) had not been showing her the full potential of Lowcountry inshore fishing. To my surprise, and the frustration of my girlfriend, several simple techniques allowed us to finally meet the fish that have long viewed me as an easy meal.  

Apparently, fishing the bottom with box-store pre-rigged drop shot and fishing the top with un-weighted traditional bobbers with frozen shrimp incorrectly placed on a massive hook (obviously there big fish in the ocean; made sense to me) was not the best option if we wanted to fill our boat and Instagram pages with fish.

Additionally, I can also no longer blame every nibble and missed fish on a pesky blue crab, although I will still try.

Once my pride was put in check and my girlfriend stopped staring at me with a look of shame and dissatisfaction, we saw the proverbial light and began catching numerous fish while onboard Finnegan’s dry-riding and stable center console boat. Although a wonderful and safe boat, my girlfriend’s first journey into sizable rollers on a windy day made a wonderful trip even better for me. Her eyes opened to the size of that of a tile fish; my smile was as awkward and uninhibited as that of a sheephead. Although funny for a short time, I was disheartened to realize I was no longer capable of operating my reel as my hand had suffered short-term paralysis due to an unrelenting death grip she enthralled me in.

After we found a nice rake to anchor off, and the tides began to work in our favor, we started to really pull them in. Years of experience and proper gear/technique allowed our boat to catch over 20 fish in a short period of time. The boat (my girlfriend and Brian) reeled in the inshore slam (trout, red drum, flounder) and I dropped a sizable amount of money into the water and caught several trout; a terrific day for me. I also found myself with a reel in my hand and a fighter on the other end of the line. I will count the sizable red drum Brian deceived into biting as mine, although spinning the reel is the easy part.

The following day, even more fond memories were made as I convinced by parents to accompany me to the Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, SC. Although they had visited the tea producer on several occasions, they indulged their only child with a visit to the beautiful plantation. Although we did not take the full tour, I was able to convince my mother to pose with me in a wooden cutout board for what I am willing to wager will be this year’s Christmas card.

On the way home, with mother not convinced of my idea for our upcoming Christmas card, we stopped by the Angel Oak Tree for a more traditional backdrop. Graceful sweeping limbs branch out from the massive trunk of the Angel Oak, making the destination a popular spot for tourists visiting Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

In all, my short trip to visit with family and friends was exceptional and brings back into focus the important things in life; proper hook choice and a dry-riding boat. And my parents. And generally my girlfriend, assuming I operate the boat properly (not putting it in gear while she is unassumingly tossing her cast night on the bow) and find her a fish.

If you are looking for a fun time on the water near the Charleston area, and chance hook a fish of a lifetime, contact Brian Finnegan at



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Wade Hampton band wraps of season

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:19
By: E.L. ManigoWHHS Band Director Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:19pm

Our award winning Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen finished their Marching Band Season with a trip to the SC Band Directors' Association State Championships. They  The band and parents would like to thank our many supporters of this season: Donna and the Piggly Wiggly Deli Staff, Food Lion, Hampton County Sheriff's office, Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville Police Dept., Hampton Police Dept. Food Lion, BI-LO, and a host of Others.


Members of the Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen:

Director: E. L. Manigo

Staff: Herbert Laurie, Shauann Barnes, Matthew Heath and Randall Williams



Drum Major Jatavian Reese, Band Captain, Terianna Mullen, Brass Captains Ahmaade Griffin & Doug Cook,III, Woodwind Captains Brennan Holmes & Katherine Ryan, Percussion Captains Timothy Sutton & Chorderro Williams, and Color Guard Captain Alyssa Wilson

Piccolo: Kayla Hughey

Flutes: Whitney Crosby, Karla Ribas, Angel Wells, and Autumn Brown

Clarinets: Brennan Holmes, Terianna Mullen, Kayla orr, Charmane Orr, Oliviah Gourdine, and Hunter Seabrooks

Saxophones: Katherine Ryan, Ricky Harley, Jamia White, Giselle Wrice, Evan Mitchell, and Rianna Holmes

Trumpets: Gemari Anderson, Kalesha Reid, Kavonte Clemmons, Jalen White, Kyri Williams, Gabriela Orr, Arjay Farmer

Mellophones: Ahmaade Griffin, Samaurah Smalls, and Steven Aultman

Baritones: Breahna Young, Creyonta Riddle, and Xabier White

Tubas: Doug Cook,III and Dalton Smith

Percussion-battery line: Chorderro Williams, Timothy Sutton, Antony Holmes, Jaylen Priester, Aniya Butler, and Javonte Murray Percussion-front ensemble: Malachi Smalls, Benjamin Seigler, Essie Green, Barry Taylor, Alijah Gordon, Curtis Redd, and Joel Orr Color Guard: Alyssa Wilson and Audrey Gourdine


September 16 – BLUE MACHINE INVITATIONAL @ EDISTO HIGH SCHOOL, CORDOVA, SC Best Drum Major in 3A Best Horn Line in 3A Best Drum Line in 3A 1st Place Overall in 3A Division 3A/ 4A Champion September 23– MUSTANG CLASSIC @ MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, GRANITEVILLE, SC

3rd Place in Class 2A      Excellent Rating


1st Place in 2A  Division   Excellent Rating

October 14  – GARDEN CITY CLASSIC @ ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON HIGH SCHOOL, ORANGEBURG, SC Best Drum Major in 2A Best Horn Line in 2A Best Drum Line in 2A 1st Place Overall in 2A Division Champion October 21  – LOWER STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ WHITE KNOLL HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, SC 7th Place 2A – Advancing to State Championships October 28 - STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, SC Excellent Rating



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Inmate receives GED

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:50
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:50pm

The Hampton County Detention Center would like to proudly announce the recent success of the Hampton County Adult Education Program. The H.C. Detention Center had its first inmate in history receive his GED at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, in Charleston, on July 28, 2017. The HCDC is proud to honor David Cleland for his success and for finding the good in a bad situation. 

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Bratcher kills first deer

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:46
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:46pm

Kaylee Bratcher, 13, killed her first deer of the season, a seven-point buck, around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 1 while hunting with her Dad at “Hand B Hunting Club” in Canadys, S.C. She is the daughter of Bobby Bratcher and Nancy Jarrell, of Varnville, S.C.


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