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Vaughn column: The Hampton County Mudflat

Most Lowcountry folks who spend any time in the outdoors understand the curse of the mudflat. You can be tooling along in your boat, enjoying the scenery and nature, and the next second you are dead in the mud. Mudflats will stop you cold and if you aren’t resourceful and quick, you will spend the next six hours watching the tide roll back in. The thing about mudflats is you really don’t see them until you are stuck on one. In Hampton County, you can spend much longer than six hours on our mudflat. Hampton County’s mudflat is on Jackson Street East and not on the Combahee River. The Hampton County Mudflat is located in a large white building that houses the County Council chambers.
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Wave of Hampton County overdoses sparks major drug sweep

An ongoing wave of drug overdoses has sparked a major public safety response by law enforcement – a successful drug sweep known as Operation Sparta. On Tuesday, May 3, the Hampton Police Department, along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Fugitive Task Force, capitalized on over a year of police work by netting multiple arrests and drug seizures.
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Arnold Fields Community Endowment earns state-level award

On April 21, the Arnold Fields Community Endowment of Hampton County was selected to receive the state level “Preserving Our Places in History” award for a group/organization. The award is sponsored by the WeGOJA Foundation and was presented at the WeGOJA Foundation’s 2022 Annual Cultural and Historic Preservation...
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Photos purport to chronicle Paul Murdaugh’s drinking problem

HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Newly filed documents in a wrongful death case brought by the family of Mallory Beach — who died after a boat allegedly being driven by an intoxicated Paul Murdaugh crashed into a pillar — claim to show the extent of Paul’s drinking problem, seemingly condoned by his parents. The photos […]
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Colleton nonprofits supported secretly for years by a couple who kept their identity hidden – until now

The identity of a couple who anonymously donated millions of dollars to several local counties has been revealed, but only after that couple has died. The Coastal Community Foundation has announced that Alan and Joanne Moses, of Dataw Island, are the longtime anonymous couple who created The Beaufort Fund, which is the largest-ever grant fund. The fund is a part of the Coastal Community Foundation and has given more than $11 million to hundreds of grant recipients in Colleton, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties.
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$1M bond set for Murdaugh associate, former bank CEO

HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (WSAV) — A former bank CEO accused of stealing from clients, as part of a scheme by Alex Murdaugh goes in front of a judge for the first time since his indictment. Russell Laffitte turned himself into authorities in Kershaw County Friday morning, just two days after being indicted on 21 different […]
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Award-winning Shriner, supporter of children's hospitals, dies at 87

An award-winning Hampton County Shriner who raised more than $2 million to aid crippled and burned children around the country passed away last week. John Mike Winn, 87, passed away on Saturday, April 23, at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Spartanburg, under the care of hospice. South Carolina Shriners say...
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Hampton County ambulance involved in rollover crash near Estill

An accident involving a Hampton County ambulance last week serves as a stark reminder of the dangers our emergency responders face each day in the line of duty. The single-unit crash happened at 6:34 p.m. Saturday at 8500 Savannah Highway, Estill, just south of Lester's Barbecue, said Hampton County EMS spokesperson Susanne Peeples.
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News About Town

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Parker’s – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that’s currently featured on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America – recently donated $5,000 to the Hampton County School District as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program, which donates a portion of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools in South Carolina and coastal Georgia.
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Sports About Town

While Andrew Jackson Academy calls Ehrhardt, S.C., home, there are a handful of Hampton County athletes on its rosters and enjoying successful seasons. In fact, the AJA Warriors varsity baseball team is currently boasting a 14-5 record, after defeating Wardlaw Academy 14-0 during Andrew Jackson's Senior Night. The Hampton County...
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