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Thu, 2017-11-16 16:16
Informative books about diabetes. By: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:16pm

The “Disease”

by Scott D. Strawn


November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  According to the American Diabetes Association, another person is diagnosed with diabetes every 21 seconds.  Over 30 million Americans presently battle diabetes.  Chances are that you know someone who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes.  It may actually be you, yourself.  Here are some titles to help you or your friend understand what diabetes is and what it means to be a diabetic.  It must be noted that though these books can help supplement your knowledge of the situation, neither these books, or any others, can take the place of your doctor’s or nutritionist’s advice. 

Bright Spots and Landmines, by Adam Brown


This title is inspiration based on experience.  Diagnosed with diabetes in 2001, Brown is senior editor of and writes a column, “Adam’s Corner” on the site.  This book tells his own experience in handling diabetes, what worked for him and how he made it work for him.  This book is less authoritative dictation and more friendly advice.  Most important lesson imparted by this book?  Keep a positive attitude.




The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes, by Gretchen Becker




It has been said that the best advice to newly diagnosed diabetics is:  “You can let diabetes control you or you can control your diabetes.”  Becker’s story is testimony to that.  Diagnosed in 1996, she researched diabetes, talking to other diabetics, doctors, nutritionists and other experts.  This book, published in 2015, is the result of those 19 years of research.  From diet to blood sugar levels, from insulin to exercise, this title covers it all.



Diabetes for Dummies, by Alan L. Rubin, MD


Be careful when recommending this book.  The last thing one needs, after a diagnoses of diabetes, is to be referred to as a “dummy.”  Despite the title, this book is packed with information for the reader who wants to be smart about diabetes.  It addresses the causes of diabetes, its effects, the handling of diabetes and other basics.  It helps the reader to understand not only how to control diabetes but one’s overall health.

The Essential Diabetes Book, by the Diabetes Experts at Mayo Clinic


The subtitle of this book is “How to Prevent, Control, and Live Well with Diabetes.”  The “well” in that subtitle says what the main goal of this book is; the authorship by the diabetes experts at the Mayo Clinic says that they know how to get one to the goal of “well.”  With details on every stage of the process, the book truly covers the life process of controlling diabetes.


What Do I Eat Now?: A Step-by-Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes by Patti B. Geil R.D. and Tami A. Ross R.D.




Being diagnoses with diabetes means a massive change in diet.  It does not mean that the diabetic is facing a life of eating cardboard and drinking distilled water.  It does mean watching portions at meals and knowing how to read nutrition labels and what they mean.  It means watching what one eats when one is away from home and is limited to chain restaurants.  Geil and Ross help the reader navigate through tough situations, make the right choices and find the right way to eat to live with diabetes.   


All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about books concerning diabetes, 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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Thu, 2017-11-16 16:13
First event of the new Fall Festival is a big success.By: Heather BruemmerPosted: Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:13pm

ESTILL, SC, October 29, 2017 – A bevy of beautiful young ladies from Estill and surrounding communities gathered to compete in the Miss Estill Fall Festival pageant held on October 29, 2017 in Estill’s historic Bull Durham building. Thanks to the efforts of a committed team of volunteers, and lead decorator Georgiana Nedelcu, the venue was transformed into a glamorous autumn wonderland for the event. Mrs. Christine Jennings Johnson of Beaufort directed the pageant and noted that the venue was "one of the most beautiful settings for a local pageant" that she had seen in recent memory.

Two crowns were offered in each age group: Miss Fall Festival for the highest score overall, and the new title, Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart, for the highest scoring girl living within the town of Estill. This was done to ensure that, while the pageant made efforts to recruit girls from outside the town, Estill would have local queens to call upon to represent the town at other events.

All queens and runners up are invited to ride on the Miss Fall Festival Parade Float during the Estill Fall Festival Parade of Churches and Cultures, to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The parade will travel down 3rd St. to the Festival Center behind the Estill Fire Station. The winners of last Sunday’s Pageant were as follows:

Miss Estill Fall Festival – Miss Arianna Myers, of Port Wentworth, GA.

Teen Miss Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Sophie Docalavich

Pre-Teen Miss Estill Fall Festival – Miss Jadyn Muldrow, of Varnville, SC.

Pre-Teen Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Norah Lynn Kehrli

Petite Miss Estill Fall Festival – (Tied) Miss Jaiden Pollen of Ridgeland, and Miss Gabriella Gutierrez of Hardeeville

1st Runner up – Miss Destiny Priester of Varnville

Petite Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Madeleine Bruemmer

1st Runner up – Miss Joslynn Garvin Page | 2

Little Miss Estill Fall Festival – Miss Charitee Heyward of Garnett

Little Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Vivienne Bruemmer

Tiny Miss Estill Fall Festival – Miss Lilly Anna Cochran of Hampton

Tiny Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Makenna Beckett

Toddler Miss Estill Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Paisley Bolden

Infant Miss Hometown Sweetheart – Miss Amoni Gathers

All Queens have been asked to be on hand for the full slate of Fall Festival events, running November 8-11, 2017. The next event on the Fall Festival schedule is the art exhibition "The Unique Art of Floyd Gordon," scheduled for November 8 at 6pm inside the Bull Durham building. Timed to coincide with the popular "Taste of the Town" the art exhibit will showcase the brilliant work of Mr. Floyd Gordon of Orangeburg. Mr. Gordon is an inductee of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, and the recipient of numerous national awards, including being named Penn Center's 2016 Featured Artist. He will also be judging the student art contest during this time. For more information, entry forms, or a complete schedule of Festival events, please visit  


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Hampton District Two recieves $1 million grant

Thu, 2017-11-16 15:55
Posted: Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:55pm

Estill District Two Superintendent Martin Wright, along with members of the District Two School Board, recently announced to an audience of more than 50 individuals the district’s recent acquisition of a $1,000,000 facilities improvement grant which stems from a longstanding legal deliberation known as the Abbeville case.

In the Abbeville vs. The State of South Carolina court case, the plaintiff districts claimed that South Carolina’s education system was underfunded, resulting in a violation of the state’s constitution education clause and that to the extent the defendant distributed funds without regard for school district wealth under the Education Improvement Act. Furthermore, the suit claimed the system violated the state and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection.

Subcommittees were formed in response to the ruling by the South Carolina Supreme court to include a group on Transportation and Facilities Infrastructure. Upon the recommendation of the Transportation and Facilities Infrastructure group, the state funded a study by the South Carolina Department of Education on school facilities in each of the plaintiff districts to analyze the needs, costs, and funding options to construct or renovate schools in the plaintiff districts to provide adequate and safe space, and modernized equipment providing students with excellent academic and vocational learning opportunities.

 In addition, the South Carolina General Assembly initiated provisos 1A.50 and 1A.82 of the fiscal year 2017-2018 Appropriations Act and had made available $55.8 million dollars to fund school facility upgrades for any school district that is a plaintiff in the Abbeville lawsuit or districts with a poverty index of 80 percent or higher. A total of 48 school districts are eligible for funding.

“As superintendent of education of Hampton County School District 2, I am elated to announce that we submitted our application to the State Board of Education and as of Oct. 10 we were awarded a million dollars for facilities upgrade to our most needed school facility- Estill Elementary School,” Wright said. “Our priority project will deal with upgrades to health and safety. More specifically, we will tackle air quality, roofing and seal basement access.

“While we have a variety of facility needs and upgrades at the elementary school that the awarded one million dollars alone cannot resolve, it will help us to provide a better learning environment for our elementary students, faculty, and staff.

“In closing, this has been a long-standing priority for the leadership team of Hampton County School District 2, as well as our world-class Board of Education. Together, we will be crafting a five-year facility plan for the district to include the construction of a new elementary STEM-focused instructional facility.”

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Thu, 2017-11-16 15:44
Posted: Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:44pm

Mr. John Franklin Ramsey, Sr. of John Penn Road near Pineland died Monday evening, Oct. 30, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Ramsey was born in Ridgeland, S.C. April 1, 1944, a son of the late John William Ramsey and Madie Buckner Ramsey. He had retired as a Bread Salesman with the Merita and Sunbeam Bread Companies in the Charleston and Goose Creek areas. He was a member and Deacon of the Lawtonville Baptist Church and a member of the Furman Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are: his wife, Dorothy Fulton Ramsey of Pineland; son, John Ramsey, Jr. “Frankie” and wife, Monica of Myrtle Beach; daughter, Lisa R. Suesser and husband John of Summerville; and grandchildren: Brook Defibaugh and husband Dillon of Summerville; Brittany Ramsey of Myrtle Beach; Kyle Suesser and Kallie Suesser, both of Summerville.

Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel in Hampton located at 300 Mulberry Street West.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in the Lawtonville Baptist Church in Estill, with burial in the Lawtonville Cemetery with Masonic Rites, directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


Jack Morris, 91, husband of the late Eunice Fail Morris for over 60 years, died Thursday, Nov., 2, 2017.

Mr. Morris was born in Barnwell, SC and a son of the late Roy and Bertie Hadwin Morris and was the father of the late Linda F. Morris. He was a truck driver for Thomas and Howard Wholesale Co, worked at Ulmer Chevrolet Co, was co-owner of Jack and Free's Service Center and retired from Jack's Welding.

He was a member of Kline Baptist Church for over fifty years where he served as a deacon and treasurer. Jack was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Kline Baptist Church with Reverend Finley Limehouse officiating. Interment will follow in Kline Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Eugene Morris (Dosha); one daughter, Katherine M. Metzger (Rob); four grandchildren, James Freeman, Jodi Kearse (Andy), Lindsey Johnson (J.R.) and Christian Grafing; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Jimmy Morris (Ann) and one sister, Mell M. Furman.

The family will receive friends Monday, November 6, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, SC (803) 584-2492.

The family would like to acknowledge special friends, Tim Creech, Becky Gooding and Martha Brodus for their support and love.


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PHA prevails over Andrew Jackson Oct. 27

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:18
By: Mike McCoyPHA football head coach Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:18pm

Patrick Henry traveled to region rival, Andrew Jackson, on Oct 27. The Patriots lost to the Confederates of AJA by a score of 38-34.

"We knew we were going up the road to play a tough opponent, as well as a region rival. I felt like going into the game we were ready, and at the same time I knew the caliber of team our opponent was," stated PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy.

Andrew Jackson scored the first touchdown and then the Patriots answered it with a Batten Bostick run, but the Confederates held the Patriots for the rest of the half with the Patriots going in at halftime trailing 32-6.

"I really was thinking at that point let’s just get out of this game healthy and survive to play another day since the playoffs are next week and we had already earned a home game," said McCoy.

Coming out after halftime, the Patriots put a drive together with quarterback Jackson Wiggins scrambling and then running a 30-yard touchdown. Bostick converted on the two-point conversion. The Pats held out the Confederates on their next drive and then Patrick Henry put together another drive ending with a one-yard Kyle Jarrell run.

Again, the Patriots would add their third unanswered touchdown of the third quarter with a Bostick 68 yard breakaway touchdown run and Jackson Wiggins adding the conversion with a pass to Daniel Hauptmann. Andrew Jackson led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Going into the fourth, the Confederates added another touchdown after a lengthy, time-consuming drive, and the Patriots quickly answered it with a Hunter Spielman nine-yard touchdown reception from Wiggins. The Patriots made an attempt for an onside kick but it failed and AJA let the clock expire for the win.

Offensively, the Patriots were led in rushing by Bostick with 176 yards and two touchdowns, and Wiggins rushing for 35 yards with a rushing and a passing touchdown. Jarrell also rushed for a touchdown, as well. Spielman had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. Hauptmann had two catches for 20 yards, with one of them being a two-point conversion.

Defensively, the Patriots were led in tackling by Clayton Richards with 11, while Bostick, Hauptmann and Harley Beach all had 10 tackles each. Jarrell, Garrett Griner, and Spielman all had five tackles and Wiggins added four.

"When you look at the stats it appeared we had a good game with high stats on offense and four players on defense with at least 10 tackles, and we did play a good game, it was just the opponent that we played is the two-time defending state champions and hasn't lost a game in a couple of years. I felt like we had a good game," McCoy said.

"You have to give it to them; they are a very good, well balanced football team and we did have a few chances late in the game to come out with a win but we fell short," he added.

Next week, the Patriots will host W.W. King Academy. The Patriots played W.W. King for their second game this season and came out with a 36-14 victory.

"King is the team that beat us in the 2nd round of the playoffs last year and went on to play Andrew Jackson in the state championship," said McCoy.

"This is a different King team than we played in week two, they had just come into the game losing a good number to injury and were just trying to put some type of game plan together. Now they have some of those back, and have adapted  to a game plan with the personnel,” said the head coach.


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District says staph infection contained at NDMS

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:13
The North District Middle School Wolverines football team was forced to cancel the final game of their season due to concerns of staph infection. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:13pm
  • Custodians spray sports lockers at NDMS with chemicals designed to kill the staph virus. The district now owns the high-tech sprayer and will utilize the device to combat future influenza outbreaks within the district, as well.

Hampton District One Superintendent Ronald Wilcox confirmed Tuesday that North District Middle School canceled their final football game of the season due to an outbreak of staph infection amongst football players.

Eight students have contracted the infection, said Wilcox, who went on to describe the steps in which the district took to stem any additional infections spreading amongst students. The district recently received a $5,000 grant to purchase a high-tech cleaning system which allows disinfectants and cleaning agents to adhere to objects electrostatically. The boy’s locker room was treated by district custodians with special chemicals to kill the staph virus.

“We met with the parents of the football team that could attend, and we shared information with them. We told them we cleaned the locker rooms and informed parents all uniforms were washed with soapy water and to have their child checked if they display any symptoms,” said the superintendent.

Officials believe the outbreak is contained to the eight boys on the football team. Wilcox went on to say that HD1 contacted a school district which dealt with the same situation in the past, and officials there confirmed that District One’s plan of attack is the right approach.

The district now owns the electrostatic cleaning device, which is mobile and will be used to combat future illness outbreaks, such as influenza, within all schools.

Photograph provided by Hampton District One's Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox.


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Eat wild game, stop human trafficking

Mon, 2017-11-13 14:05
A men's wild game supper was held at Jubilee Market, Varnville, Oct. 26. By: Matt PopovichStaff WriterMIke Posted: Mon, 11/13/2017 - 2:05pm
  • Liz Glover poses with some of the items distributed by Jubilee Market.

A large turnout of several hundred hungry outdoorsmen exited their deer blinds and made their way to Varnville’s Jubilee Market at 7 p.m. for the fourteenth annual Men’s Wild Game Banquet on Oct. 26. The former door factory venue was filled to nearly capacity with hungry hunters for a tasty meal.

Fried alligator tail, venison, wild hog, frog legs, shrimp, and several other outdoor delicacies were offered to patrons. Plates flew and the waistlines grew as six lanes of buffet style wild game were quickly devoured.

After eating until their stomachs were full, the men then filled their hearts with fellowship and the harrowing tales of retired Lt. General William G. “Jerry” Boykin. Boykin, a North Carolina native who has spent much time in the Lowcountry, spoke to the audience and detailed several harrowing tales and how Boykin’s relationship with God allowed himself and others to persevere through the toughest of trials and tribulations.

Officials with the event announced Jubilee Market will now be the permanent home of the Men’s Wild Game Banquet and spoke of the great charitable works that are underway there.


Shedding light on human trafficking

In November of 2015, Jubilee Market, a Christian-based non-profit whose missions include shedding light on the global epidemic of human trafficking and helping ex-offenders find a new life after prison, purchased the former Embler Door Company building in Varnville, S.C. The 12-acre site contained four crumbling buildings that held potential and little else. Contractors estimated that it would cost a half-million dollars alone just to repair the roof on the quarter-mile-long, 126,000-square-foot factory. The electrical system will also have to be replaced, as the abandoned factory had become a regular target of vandals and copper thieves.

The Men’s Wild Game Conference was looking for a permanent home for its annual Hampton County Wild Game Banquet. The faith-based brotherhood of churches and outdoorsmen needed a venue large enough to hold 1,000 men and feed them and minister to them out of the weather, and so a partnership was born. A pork barbecue fundraiser was set for April 8 and around 5 a.m. that day, 260 pounds of Boston Butt pork roasts were set to slow roasting on a gas grill large enough to cook an entire hog.  Some of the brothers cooked pan after pan of rice at the nearby Varnville First Baptist Church. Another brother drove all the way from Beech Island, near Augusta, GA., to bring the hash. From 2 to 6 p.m. that Saturday, $10 plates of pulled pork, hash, rice, string beans and cole slaw were flying out the door and the event was declared the first of what is hoped will be many successful fundraisers.

“I am blown away by this community,” said Liz Glover, who, with her husband Grady, established Jubilee Market in 2008. “We have never been so accepted so quickly anywhere in the country. I think the people of Varnville and Hampton County are amazing people and I am so impressed. I hope there are a lot of events like this, where the barbecue pits are going and there is lots of fellowship.”

The funds will be used to help in the long-term process of repairing the old factory, which will be reborn as “Varnville Central Station.” In addition to becoming a permanent location for the Men’s Wild Game Banquet each October, the Glovers have other ambitious plans for the facility. They hope to create a safe work environment and establish vocational schools and on-the-job training for survivors of human trafficking, ex-inmates and other at-risk individuals. Local churches can also get involved and help provide faith-based mentoring.

“Varnville Central Station will be open to the community and the churches. This will be a place for many churches to accomplish the goal of bringing the community together.”

During recent Christian mission trips to India, the Glovers helped establish vocational centers to provide income for disenfranchised women and former victims of human trafficking in that country, and Jubilee Market now imports into the United States hand-made raw quilts and other Indian fabrics. Liz, a drapery designer by trade, then transforms those fabrics into unique fashions and home goods, which were recently featured on the Steve Harvey Show. Sales from these endeavors also go to benefit the non-profit’s faith-based and community endeavors. (For more information, go to and


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Mon, 2017-11-13 13:02

Dr. Tracy R. Powell, author of Practical Leadership: Lessons
Learned from Mickey, as well as the owner of Synergetic
Solutions, LLC, her successful consulting firm, this week
officially announced her second resourceful book, aimed at
aspiring authors, is officially available for purchase.

Called Journey to Authorship: A Pocket Guide for Writers,
Dr. Powell reflects on her experiences and lessons learned
while pursuing the publishing of her first successful book.
Dr. Powell shares with readers her own personal perspective,
and includes worksheets throughout the book for practical
application of the newly read information.

“This new book isn’t intended to be an all-inclusive
resource. It’s equal parts memoir and advice column,” said
Dr. Powell. “I ask that all readers keep that in mind when
they sit down to learn more about how they, too, can be a
formidable author in today’s writing landscape.”

Journey to Authorship has received raving reviews from Dr.
Tarsha M. Cavanaugh and Dr. Keshia D. Keith, among others.
The two agree that this new book is a must-have resource for
all aspiring authors, capturing reader’s attention through
thought-provoking questions while sharing successful and
proven strategies along the way.

Journey to Authorship is the only book that serves as a
how-to guide for writing a book today. It also includes
social media tips.

“This book is comprehensive in nature, and checks off every
integral component for writing and successfully publishing a
book of any genre or purpose,” said Dr. Powell. “I recommend
all aspiring authors consider utilizing it during their
publishing pursuit.”

Dr. Powell is additionally a motivational speaker, executive
coach, and management consultant with years of experience
working to enhance of the outcomes of individuals and

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Candlelight vigil held for Toni Rivers

Sat, 2017-11-11 12:15
Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:15pm

A large group of concerned individuals attended a candlelight vigil held at the Wade Hampton High football field Nov. 5 in memory of 11-year-old Hampton Elementary student Toni Rivers who reportedly took her own life recently after allegedly being bullied by a fellow classmate. In light of the tragic loss of life, community members have rallied together to combat bullying in area schools. Pictured are residents and members of the Beaufort, S.C. chapter of an anti-bullying motorcycle club known as Bikers Against Bullying, who came out to support the family and the anti-bullying cause. As well as promoting anti-bullying campaigns and education, family members of Rivers say they will meet with state lawmakers soon in hopes of drafting new, more stringent anti-bullying laws in memory of the young girl; the family hopes to call any new legislation “Toni’s Law.” 

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November 11 is day to honor veterans like Maudie A. Miller

Sat, 2017-11-11 12:08
As the controversy simmers over standing or kneeling for the national anthem, this column, first published several years ago, is being reprinted as a tribute to all veterans.By: Phil HudginsPosted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:08pm

Pvt. Maudie A. Miller wrote a lot of letters from his part of the war, the First World War. His father, Eli Miller, counted 45 in all, plus one postcard. The card announced only that he had arrived safely overseas.

            “Our regiment is lucky so far,” he wrote in a letter dated Sunday, Oct. 13, 1918. “We have lost but very few men. ...”

Maudie was writing from somewhere in France, where he was assigned to Battery C, 320th Field Artillery of the United States Army. He was updating his family on what he had seen: “The Allies sure have been doing some good work the last few weeks,” he wrote. “Guess you have seen in the paper what they have done, and still have the Germans on the run. …”

But he longed to be home in Lula, Georgia, helping his family at harvest time: “Guess you all are busy gathering your crops. Would like to be there to help you all. Hope you will make a good crop.”

Maudie’s time in the Army began April 17, 1918, when he reported to Camp Gordon, Georgia. He stayed there 13 days and then transferred to Camp Mills, New York. A few days later, he shipped overseas to prepare for what became known as The Great War, because no one could imagine a war being greater.

The private received training on a machine gun and reported for duty near the front lines in France.

 Maudie assured his family time and again that he was just fine. “Tell Momma not to worry about me,” he wrote in the Oct. 13 letter. “I will not hurt myself unless I do accidentally. I am not in very much danger. I am so far back of the front lines.”

He also assured everyone he had kept the faith.

“I have read my Testament through twice since I have been over here,” he said. “I haven’t been very uneasy, yet I feel like the Lord will protect me if it is his will.”

On Nov. 11, 1918 – at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – hostilities on the Western Front ceased.

But Maudie Miller never got the news. He was severely wounded and died 22 days before Armistice Day, the day the war ended. Saturday, Nov, 11, is Veterans Day, a day to honor and remember America’s men and women of the armed forces. People like Maudie.

About two years and nine months after he died, the remains of Maudie Miller, my late father-in-law’s oldest brother, arrived home for burial.

His New Testament was among his belongings.

Maudie had marked one verse in the little book. It was the 13th verse of the 15th chapter of St. John. It was the same verse the Rev. P.M. Webb read at Maudie’s funeral on July 29, 1921:

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”



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Sat, 2017-11-11 12:04
Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:04pm

BEAUFORT, SC – The Pat Conroy Literary Center opened its doors to the public in October 2016 during the first annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Following a year of robust educational programming in and beyond the Center’s home in Beaufort, SC, the American Library Association (ALA) has honored the literary center with a national recognition. At an October 20th reception held during the second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, executive director Jonathan Haupt announced that the literary center was newly designated as an ALA United for Libraries Literary Landmark, only the second in the state of South Carolina.


The ALA’s United for Libraries Literary Landmarks registry was founded in 1986 to honor and promote sites of literary significance nationwide. Other Literary Landmark sites include the William Faulkner House in Oxford, MS; the Alex Haley Museum in Henning, TN; Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace in Oak Park, IL; the Margaret Mitchell Home and Museum in Atlanta, GA; the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA; the Eudora Welty Library in Jackson, MS; the Tennessee Williams House in New Orleans, LA; the Idlewild Public Library in Idlewild, MI, which was central to the writing lives of Charles Chestnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and W. E. B. DuBois; and SC’s first Literary Landmark, the James Dickey Library site at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, which honors one of Pat Conroy’s teachers.


The Conroy Center’s Literary Landmark was coordinated in partnership with the South Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The landmark plaque was sponsored by two statewide organizations, the South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and by the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County.  


“South Carolina authors have made numerous contributions to the larger literary landscape. The South Carolina State Library is thrilled that South Carolina’s newest Literary Landmark designation recognizes and honors the many contributions of one of the Palmetto State’s favorite son, Pat Conroy, and of the Literary Center established in his honor” said Leesa Aiken, South Carolina State Library director. “Conroy’s style continues to shape, influence, and encourage both seasoned and blossoming writers, and will for years to come. We all share in South Carolina’s sense of pride and connection to Pat, felt most deeply in his beloved Beaufort, and the Conroy Literary Landmark, like the Conroy Center itself, is a testament to Pat’s continued importance to readers and writers nationally as well as regionally.”


“Through the Center and our annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, in our first year we’ve now welcomed hundreds of literary pilgrims from around the country and around the globe to Beaufort to experience Pat’s legacy,” said Jonathan Haupt, executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center. “To have our efforts recognized by the American Library Association as a Literary Landmark is s a tremendous honor, and one we share with our many partners, supporters, volunteers, and patrons. The Literary Landmark designation is also another recognition of the vibrant arts and cultural life fostered by so many here in Beaufort, a place that Pat made his hometown and, in the words of The Prince of Tides protagonist Tom Wingo, his anchorage, his port of call.”


The Literary Landmark plaque text reads as follows:


United for Libraries

Literary Landmarks Register


Pat Conroy Literary Center

Donald Patrick Conroy (1945–2016)


Writer and educator Pat Conroy was the eldest son of a Marine fighter pilot father and a mother who instilled in Conroy a deep love of the literary arts. Conroy was the author of eleven novels and memoirs published in his lifetime, including four adapted for film: The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides. The setting for much of his writing life, Beaufort, South Carolina, was Conroy’s artistic muse as well as his adopted hometown. The Pat Conroy Literary Center was established in Beaufort in 2016 to continue Conroy’s legacy as a teacher and mentor to readers and writers.


Public Library Foundation of Beaufort South Carolina

South Carolina Academy of Authors

South Carolina State Library


October 20, 2017



The Pat Conroy Literary Center has previously been recognized as SC’s first affiliate member of the American Writers Museum. The Conroy Center is located at 308 Charles Street in Beaufort, and open to the public Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 843-379-7025.


For a directory of other sites designated by the ALA as Literary Landmarks, visit


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Sat, 2017-11-11 11:58
Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:58am

George Robert "Bobby" Parker Jr., 72 of St Augustine FL passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. He was a native of Hampton S.C. and resided in St. Augustine, FL since 1992. Mr. Parker was the owner and operator of Parker Pools Inc. and a graduate of The Citadel. 

He is survived by: his wife, Anne-Marie Parker; his son, George Robert Parker III; stepson, Nicholas Henderson Phillips; daughter in-law, Trudy Kay Crouch; grand-children: George Robert Parker IV., Susan Elizabeth Parker, Gavin Michael Parker, Madeline Elizabeth Phillips and his dog Kobe. He is predeceased by son, John Michael Parker; parents: George Robert “Bob” Parker, Sr. and Dorothy Rhodes Parker; and brother, Benjamin “Benny” Parker. 

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Craig Funeral Home, 1475 Old Dixie Highway, St. Augustine, FL 32084, with Dr. Lee Weaver officiating.  

All are invited to the Shriners Club, 250 Brainard Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32086 from 1-4 p.m. to share their wonderful stories and memories of Bobby.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Gavin Parker (Bobby's Grandson) College Fund. 

Make checks payable to: Gavin Parker, Care of Anne-Marie Parker and send to 4001 Barbara Terrace St Augustine, FL 32086.

You may also donate at any Wells Fargo, and reference the Gavin Parker Donation account; or at, re: Bobby Parker/Gavin College.


Toni Lynn Rivers of Melvin Circle in Hampton died Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at the Medical University in Charleston.

Toni was born in Savannah, January 10, 2006, a daughter of Robert and Amy Rivers Thomas.  She was a sixth grade student at Hampton Elementary School and loved being a country girl at her home, involving anything outdoors.

Surviving besides her parents of Hampton are: sister, Kaylea Ferguson; step-sister, Emily Thomas; step-brothers: Dakota Thomas and Triston Muirhead; maternal grandmothers: Deborah Copeland and Janice Walz; paternal grandparents: Patricia and Dannie Thomas and Roslyn Westover; and several aunts: Brandy Rivers Dixon, Pamela Simmons, Maria Petersen, Shannon Rivers Odom and Cathy Dandridge. Toni was predeceased by: her grandfather, George Rivers, Jr. and her uncle, George Rivers, III.

Visitation was Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home with burial at the Johnson-St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in memory of Toni to the GoFundMe Account set up for her at Palmetto State Bank in Hampton.

A candlelight vigil will be held for Toni on November 5th at 6:30 PM at Wade Hampton High School.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924



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Palmetto Electric funds local classroom projects

Sat, 2017-11-11 11:56
Palmetto Electric’s 14th annual Bright Ideas grant program provided teachers more than $40K to fund classroom projects. Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:56am

Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $44,650 to winning teachers and their team members through the fourteenth annual Bright Ideas grant program. The prize team visited classrooms and presented grants Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

Earlier this year, teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties submitted proposals for innovative classroom projects.  A total of 98 grant applications, totaling over $86,484, were received.

“This year we are excited to award 57 grants to benefit more than 9,000 students in our three-county service area,” said Palmetto Electric Cooperative president and CEO Berl Davis.

The Cooperative’s Bright Ideas Prize team surprised the winning teachers and presented the money where it will be used, in the classrooms. Representatives from the Cooperative and the Trust greeted teachers with balloons, gift bags and prize checks at each school. Later this month, the coop will host a recognition luncheon at Palmetto Electric’s New River facility Nov. 14 at noon to honor the recipients and their administrators. Hampton District One Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox will be the event’s speaker.


Area teachers who received awards from Palmetto Electric include:

Jody D. Bostick, Ben Hazel; Stephanie Carroll, Ben Hazel; Robbie White, Fennell Elementary; Jordan Murray, Fennell Elementary; Kelyne Buxton, Hampton Elementary; Chinon Conder, Hampton Elementary; Ken Howell, Hampton Elementary; Donna K. Griner, North District Middle School; Lynelle Holmes, North District Middle School; Sharon Robertson, North District Middle School; Belinda McCoy, Patrick Henry Academy; Sarah Padgett, Patrick Henry Academy; Susan H. Rice, Patrick Henry Academy; Judy A. Youmans-Long, Patrick Henry Academy; Vicki Jacobi, Varnville Elementary; Dawn Smith, Varnville Elementary; Robin Taylor, Varnville Elementary; Kaye Brown-Guty, Wade Hampton High School; Jennifer Nelson, Wade Hampton High School; Gangadhar Padigela, Wade Hampton High School.  

The Bright Ideas program was created in 2004 as a way to benefit local school teachers in grades K-12. These grants give teachers the money required to put their innovative classroom projects into action. Since the program’s inception, area teachers have received more than $465,349 in grants.

Palmetto Electric Trust is supported by the funds from Operation Roundup, a program in which the Cooperative’s members round their electric bill up to the nearest whole dollar. The program is a true example of how “small change changes lives.” Additional funding was provided by the Palmetto Electric’s Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout and Wire (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) Chapters.

For more information on the Bright Ideas grant program, contact Palmetto Electric Cooperative at (843)208-5551 or visit

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Red Guardsmen band receives high honors

Sat, 2017-11-11 11:37
Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:37am

Congratulations to The Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen Band for advancing to the South Carolina Marching Band State Finals, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, S.C., this Saturday, Oct. 28.  

The Red Guardsmen Band placed 7th at the Lower-State Marching Band Championships this past Saturday at White Knoll High School in Columbia. The band received an Excellent Rating.
The band leaders include:

Drug Major: Jatavian Reese

Band Captain: Terianna Mullen
Brass Captains: Ahmaade Griffin and Doug Cook, III
Woodwind Captains: Brennan Holmes and Katherine Ryan

Percussion Captains: Timothy Sutton and Chorderro Williams
Flag Captain: Alyssa Wilson
The Red Guardsmen Band is scheduled to perform at Harry Parone Stadium, Spring Valley, 120 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, S.C. at 5:15 p.m.  


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Grant writing workshops in Yemassee Nov. 13-14

Sat, 2017-11-11 11:29
One-day, intensive training workshops funded by new federal grantPosted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:29am


The Center for a Better South will offer two separate one-day grant-writing courses in November to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Lowcountry Promise Zone.

The workshops on Nov. 13 in Yemassee and on Nov. 14 in Denmark are funded in large part through a new $20,000 grant awarded by USDA Rural Development this fall to the Center. Last year, the Center won more than $50,000 in federal funding for Promise Zone projects.

"Thanks to this new grant, we’re going to provide more people with the skills they need to apply – and I hope win – federal and other funding to improve communities throughout the Promise Zone," Better South President Andy Brack said. "Our new grant-writing sessions are designed to help people build capacity so we can accomplish Promise Zone goals."

Since the beginning of the year, the Center has provided training to more than 150 people in seven sessions across the Promise Zone, which includes all or part of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties

NOTE: Space in these classes is extremely limited. If a class is full, we encourage you to sign up to be put on a waiting list because spaces may come available. If you don’t get in the class that you want, we will give you a first chance to sign up for our next series of grant-writing classes.

Nov. 14 training to be in Yemassee: Registration is open

Noted grant-writing professional Patrick Patterson of North Carolina will lead an all-day class at Lowcountry Council of Governments’ board room near Yemassee on Nov. 14, 2017. He will focus on how to write compelling grant applications and find funding opportunities.

  • • Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Please arrive on time.
  • • Location: Board room, Lowcountry Council of Governments, 634 Campground Road, Yemassee, S.C. 29945
  • • Registration is now open at


    The Center for a Better South is a nonpartisan think tank under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. The Center is dedicated to developing pragmatic ideas, policies and information for thinking leaders who want to make a difference in the American South. More:

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Water Well projects for 19 SC counties

Sat, 2017-11-11 11:26
Water Well Trust Expands Water Well Projects to 19 Counties in South Carolina. Posted: Sat, 11/11/2017 - 11:26am


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Water Well Trust, the only national nonprofit helping low income Americans get access to a clean, safe water supply, has announced that it is expanding from sixteen to nineteen the number of South Carolina counties eligible to receive assistance for drilling a new water well or rehabilitate an existing well.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $140,000 matching grant to the Water Well Trust (WWT) for a project to increase potable water availability to households in sixteen rural South Carolina counties, including Darlington, Lee, Marion, Sumter, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Orangeburg, Laurens, Cherokee, Kershaw, Union, Marlboro, Fairfield, Colleton, Jasper, and Spartanburg. The WWT has now expanded eligibility to another three counties: Allendale, Chesterfield, and Hampton. The USDA grant monies will provide long-term, low-interest loans to applicants seeking new or improved water wells in the 19-county area.

To be eligible to receive a WWT loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence. In addition, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 100% of the median non-metropolitan household income for the state in which the applicant resides. The 2016 Non-Metropolitan median household income for South Carolina is $44,200. The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home.

Prospective applicants can download the application form and instruction letter from the Water Well Trust website at under "Apply" at the top of the home page. If you would like the application mailed to you please contact the Trust’s office at 202-625-4383.

The Water Systems Council established the Water Well Trust in 2010 to provide clean, sanitary drinking water to Americans who lack access to a reliable water supply and to construct and document small community water systems using water wells to demonstrate that these systems are more economical.

For more information, visit

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Red Devils win Region against Ridgeland-Hardeeville Oct. 20

Fri, 2017-11-10 19:35
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:35pm

The Wade Hampton Red Devils varsity football team, under the first-year leadership of veteran Head Coach Jerry Brown, won their region with an Oct. 20 win against Ridgeland-Hardeeville by a final score of 41-18.

The Devils controlled the game for a majority of regulation, until three consecutive successful onside kicks in the fourth quarter by the Jags allowed for the Devils’ opponents an opportunity to put 12 points on the board.

“I’m glad for the team and it’s good for the community,” said Coach Brown. “I wish we were playing a little better, but we are still working on that. We are not where we should be, but it is a great honor to have [the region title] and we will try to represent our region as best we can.”  

Offensively, the Red Devils played well and accrued a sizable lead over the Jags early on in the game, allowing coaches to rotate a large number of their athletes into the game throughout the night. Defensively, the head coach was satisfied with his team’s performance until the fourth quarter.

Adding to an already stellar rushing total, Pernell Maxwell III racked up an additional 150 yards rushing during the defeat of Ridgeland-Hardeeville. Quarterback Adam Creswell, who had 23 yards on two carries, threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Quayshon Williams. The head coach is also pleased with the speed his team currently possesses at the slot back positions.

As well as congratulating his team for their efforts this year, Brown also acknowledged the WHHS football coaching staff, who did an outstanding job of learning  a new offense and defense along with the team. Going forward, Brown hopes to implement athletic fitness classes in the school, as well as see to fruition a fully functional weight lifting program at WHHS.

“We have got to get these kids stronger,” said Brown.

As well as congratulating his team and coaching staff, Brown also congratulated two-way starting senior Tre Phoenix, who has officially been named to play in this year’s North/South all-star game.

“For a small school to have a North/South guy, that’s pretty good,” said Brown.

The Red Devils final regular season game will take place on Oct. 27 against May River (2-1 region) during an away conference game.  So far this season, the Devils have an unblemished regional record of 3-0 and a season record of 5-4. 




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Hamptonian goes all out for Halloween

Fri, 2017-11-10 19:31
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:31pm

For Tina Moore, of Hampton, the long hours of tiresome work decorating her Shaw Drive front yard are well worth the smiles her spooky decorations put on the faces of area youth.

Moore has been decorating her yard for Halloween for the past six years, but says she has been decorating her yard for different holidays for many years. It may be evident by her yard, but Moore’s favorite holiday to decorate for is, without doubt, Halloween.  

“My love for decorating my yard is unreal,” said Moore. “I love to see the joy and excitement that my yard brings to people on Halloween. Every year, I have people from all over the country come to see my yard.”

Moore creates a majority of her displays by herself, showcasing her creative abilities. She greatly enjoys adding more and more handmade ghouls and monsters each year to her display. She purchases items than she cannot craft, but states a majority of her expenses are accrued via the purchase of candy.

Luckily for Moore, a well-known and liked employee of the Hampton Restaurant, generous customers often offer to help purchase candy to fill the 20-gallon drum Moore collects in preparation for the drove of trick-or-treaters who flock to her home. More begins to purchase candy in September to supply an estimated 400 costumed youngsters seeking sugary satisfaction.

“Be sure to come by Shaw Drive on Halloween night, where you will find myself and my children dressed up to give the little ones candy and the big ones a scare,” Moore says.

Moore would like to thank all of the individuals who donated candy which will be handed out to Hampton trick-or-treaters.



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Youth racoon hunts

Fri, 2017-11-10 19:22
Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 - 7:22pm

Youth coon hunts sponsored by the S.C. Coon Hunters Association (SCCHA) and participating clubs and chapters began in October and will continue throughout the fall and winter, culminating with the State Championship Youth Coon Hunt hosted by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The championship hunt is scheduled for March 3, 2017 and will be held at the SCDNR's Webb Wildlife Center in Hampton County.

The club-sponsored hunts are all qualifying events for the state championship and are designed to teach the participants ethics and sportsmanship through participation in low-intensity competitive events. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded at the State Youth Championship for the first place finisher in each age group. Two additional $500 scholarships will be awarded based on participation in the qualifying youth hunts listed above. Proceeds from the sale of SCCHA personalized license plates fund the organization’s scholarship program. For additional information about the scholarships or other programs of the SCCHA, visit the organization’s website:

Competitors are allowed to hunt in as many youth coon hunts as they choose, and all events are free of charge. In accordance with competition hunt rules, no raccoons are killed during the competition and guns are not allowed on the hunt. Interested youth hunters and their parents or guardians should contact the sponsoring clubs for information regarding specific hunts. Each hunter is responsible for bringing a coon dog to the hunts, and need to be able, with minimal assistance from an adult, to acknowledge when his or her dog strikes and trees. Winners are determined based solely upon the dogs’ abilities to strike a trail and tree a raccoon. Points are awarded by judges based upon the order that the contestants interpret their dogs’ barks to identify when the dogs "strike" the raccoons’ trails and when their dogs have "treed" a raccoon.

Dates, locations and contact information for the series of regional youth coon hunts  are listed below (bench shows are at 4 p.m. and hunts begin at 6 p.m. for all events):

  • Oct. 21 – Darlington, sponsored by Black Creek Coon Hunters Association. Contact: Harvey Drawdy; (843) 610-4096.
  • November 4 – Edgefield, sponsored by the Red Hill Houndsmen Coon Club. Contact: Wayne Agner Jr.; (803) 215-9911.
  • November 11 – Saluda, Sponsored by the Saluda County CHA. Contact: Will Deloach; (864) 992-8804 or (PKC sanctioned hunt)
  • December 2 – Georgetown, sponsored by the Hell Hole Swamp Coon Hunters Club. Contact: Floyd Lambert; 843-264-8093. (UKC State Youth Championship)
  • December 16 – Lancaster, sponsored by the Lancaster County Coon Hunters Club. Contact: Joel Henson; (803) 283-7815. (PKC sanctioned hunt)
  • January 13 – Bowman, sponsored by the Orangeburg Coon Hunters Association. Contact: Doug Shuler; (803) 682-0418.
  • January 27 – Norway, sponsored by the Norway CHA. Contact: Mark Whetstone; (803) 682-3011. (ACHA State Youth Championship)
  • February 3 – Newberry, sponsored by the Whitmire CHA. Contact: Roger Enlow; (864) 923-5431. (AKC sanctioned event)
  • February 10 – Ridgeville, sponsored by the Summerville CHA. Contact: Ed Kimmons, (843) 619-5265.

March 3 – Garnett, South Carolina State Youth Coon Championship, sponsored by the SCDNR. Contact: (803) 734-3609.


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Estill Fall Festival schedule of events

Fri, 2017-11-10 00:18
An annual event takes a new direction. Posted: Fri, 11/10/2017 - 12:18am ESTILL, SC, October 11, 2017 – Driven by a desire to plan an enriching and fiscally responsible town event, a hardworking committee of citizens has reimagined Estill’s annual Fall Festival. Led by Councilwoman Dwanda Bolden and Councilman Charles Sorvino, the committee made several changes to the festival programming which led to the receipt of a $5200 grant from SC Humanities.  The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. The not-for-profit organization supports lectures, exhibits, festivals, oral history projects, and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. They receive their funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation, and individual donors.   To qualify for the grant, the Festival committee needed to infuse festival events with literature, religion, art, music, and history related content. According to Councilwoman Bolden, the money is badly needed.  “ As a committee, we struggled with the idea that we might not be able to responsibly produce a festival, due to a lack of funds. The grant was awarded just in time, and we are fortunate that our donors in the community are stepping up very generously to provide us with the required matching funds.”  A Fall Festival beauty pageant is being held on October 29, 2017 at the Bull Durham Building. Admission will be charged at the door for spectators and will serve as a fundraiser for the Festival. Applications are available at the Fall Festival Facebook page, . The pageant is open to young ladies from birth to age eighteen, and has a division for little boys from birth to age four. The queens who are crowned will represent the town during the Festival.  The Fall Festival itself will run from November 8-11, 2017. Some of the reimagined events include:  • Taste of the Town: November 8, 2017, 6pm at the Bull Durham Building. Each cook is asked to decorate their own table and dress to impress as they serve their recipe to the public. Prizes will be awarded for most beautiful table display. Entries will be photographed and recipes included in a book to be published at the end of the Festival.  Page | 2   • Senior Day: November 9, 2017, 10am – 2pm at the Bull Durham Building. Senior citizens will be treated to a meal and giveaways at this free event. Volunteers will be on hand to record each senior’s favorite memory from Estill’s past to publish in the Fall Festival book. • Mayor’s Bingo: November 9, 2017, 6pm at the Bull Durham Building. This fun community event will be held the same as in year’s past but in combination with a humanities event. During this time, the committee is also hosting a Student Art Contest. This can be any artwork 8x10 or larger in any medium. The subject should be a scene from Estill or depict something the student loves about their town. The art will be on display at The Bull Durham building during the festival, and prizes will be awarded for different age groups during Mayor’s Bingo. All artwork will be photographed for inclusion in the Festival book. • Imagination Celebration: 6pm on November 10, 2017. This event is focused on childhood literacy. Kids should dress up as their favorite literary character for our 6pm Children's Parade. There will be awards for best costume. The parade will start at the Elementary School and make its way to our Festival Center at the Estill Walking Trail behind the fire station. There are goodie bags with literacy related giveaways for the children. At the park there will be bounce houses, slides, a train ride, games, etc. The Gullah Lady, a Gullah performer from Charleston, will do a fireside presentation of traditional Gullah folktales and spooky stories by the fire. The night will conclude with a Movie Under the Stars. • First Annual Estill Parade of Churches and Cultures: 10am on November 11, 2017. The committee has reached out to local churches to create unique parade entries that reflect the beauty and diversity of our different faith communities. There will be other entries made up of distinct ethnic groups within Estill marching in their traditional dress. The parade will proceed down 3rd St. to the festival center. Lineup information will be provided after registration. • Fall Festival Expo: 11am - 10pm at the Estill Walking Trail. After the parade there will be a full day of events at our Festival Center. Churches are asked to prepare a musical entry for our first ever Battle of the Choirs. There will be history tours of important sites in Estill by trolley that depart from the festival center every hour. Stops will include the War Memorial, the Lawtonville Baptist Church, the Estill Museum, the original Estill blacksmith shop, the original Estill Physician's offices, Estill United Methodist Church, and a discussion of the building of New Town. Also at the festival center will be livestock exhibitions by local 4-H students, a petting zoo, and an antique tractor exhibit. Of course, the festival will still have rides, slides, bounce houses, and vendors as in years past.  • The Fall Festival will conclude with our first ever concert in the park with live music by three local acts. Vocalist Sidney Bailey of Beaufort will open the concert with a performance of her single “Black Butterfly.” Following a few songs by Ms. Bailey, The Smooth N Groove Band of Hardeeville will get the crowd moving with their signature blend of soul and R&B. For the final act of the night, Varnville’s own Obvious Liars will perform their distinctive mix of Rock and Country. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Fall Festival. 

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