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Palmetto Electric hosts chamber event

The Palmetto Electric Cooperative honored the Hampton County Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner held July 12 at the TG and Allie Stanley Performing Arts Center. Frankie Denmark (Wild Hog BBQ) provided dinner. During the event, the Chamber recognized several outstanding young students, including Wade Hampton High School graduate Michael DeWitt III, who received this year’s Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, and Palmetto Boys State attendees Zachery Mathis and Grayson Ferguson.

USC Salk Spring 2022 President’s and Dean’s Lists Announced

USC Salkehatchie is proud to recognize 69 of its exceptional students for achieving honors on the Spring 2022 President’s List or Dean’s List. To qualify for the President’s List, students must achieve a 4.0 GPA in all attempted coursework. To qualify for the Dean’s list, a student must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA in all attempted coursework.

“This achievement requires hard work, dedication and sacrifice. Recipients of this award should be proud of their achievement,” said Dean April Cone. “The pursuit of excellence not only helps students maximize the benefits of their education, but also helps them achieve their career goals. The future of our community workforce is bright!”

List of the President

Hoyt Bailey, Robert Rushton Bowles, Candace Broach, Bobbi Michelle Crosby, Thomas Dantzler, Susan Fisk, Elijah Friend, Cameron Michael Godbee, Johnny Hedges, Kaitlyn Mae Hodges, Vigneswaran Madappan Chinnasami, Lucas Augusto Montandon, Charles Routh, Shayna Jean Troutman, Zachery Wilson.

Dean’s list

James Myles Allen, Amber Shae Avant, Destinee Barney, Hunter Beltz, Joseph Reese Benson, Edward Benton, Abriana Berry, Valerii Burlacenco, William Cody Crawford, Traci Lynne DeLancey, Charity Dennis, Craig Parker Ferguson, Kenya Figueroa, Sydney Garrett, Gracelynn Jane Gleaton, Eric Green, Tshawniah A Griffin, Emma Hodge, Jacob Horn, Zhane P Irving, Mary E James, Safari Kashindi, Kelsey A Kinard, Wesley Knapp, Brantlea Makenzi Kuglar, Cindy Veronica Lopez, Michael Love, Aubrey Martin , Fabian Antonio Martinez, William McGuire, Franklin McKinney, Savannah Meyer, Devyn Jade Mock, Gracie Mock, Nathan Moody, Deshawn Nesmith, Danayzjha Shanell Newton, Benjamin Clark O’Brien, Gavin Phillips, Sara Polly, Kristen Ray, Jessica Reece, Ashley Ellen Reid, Jackson Thomas Rice, Mackenzie Ritter, Natieh Seyah, Caleb Thomas Shealy, Alasia Smart, Cassidy Smith, Denzel Stephens, Ahmad Tyriq Tucker, Dequan Jamel Vice, Hunter C. Young, Scarlett Brook Zorn.

A Back to School Bash is planned for July 23rd.

The Culinary Institute of the South at TCL hosts the Enrollment Expo

The Culinary Institute of the South at the Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting an Enrollment Expo on Monday, July 25 from 9am to 12pm.

Scholarship and financial aid information and application assistance will be provided at the fair, and faculty and staff are available to answer any questions interested in attending the school.

Students can choose from one of three program areas—Baking & Pastry, Culinary, and Hospitality—and may choose to pursue an associate degree or certificate in those areas.

Guided tours of the facility, which will open in autumn 2021, will be offered as well as information on the cooking school’s new personal enrichment courses.

The Culinary Institute is located at 1 Venture Drive at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Visit for more details or to RSVP.

About TCL’s Culinary Institute of the South

The Culinary Institute of the South is a 30,000 square foot training facility with six academic classrooms, two teaching kitchens, a show kitchen, a baking lab, an auditorium, a teaching restaurant and a coffee shop. A FOODseum, an interactive museum telling the history of Southern cuisine, is scheduled to open on campus in 2023. Visit for more information.

About TCL

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is the region’s premier provider of higher education and staff training. The public, two-year, multi-campus community college serves approximately 5,000 students annually. TCL has locations in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton and serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Visit for more information.

The official logo of Second Helpings

Second Helpings appeals to the community to fill the food gap

Second Helpings, a nonprofit food rescue organization operating in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties, reports that the need for food rose in 2022 as the highest rate of inflation in 40 years hit low-income families significantly. At the same time, supply chain challenges have reduced the amount of food available for rescue. This creates a “food gap” that Second Helpings is raising funds to fill.

“Many of our agencies are helping more people in need,” said Marcus Tanner, Executive Director of Second Helpings. “Some are seeing an increase of 10% or even more.”

The pantries, soup kitchens and programs that Second Helpings serves help households expand their budgets to meet increased fuel, utility and housing costs.

Through their annual Share the Bounty fundraiser, Second Helpings works to provide healthier food.

“For $30, we can buy 20 pounds of fresh produce and protein to supplement the rescued food we provide to our agencies,” Tanner explained. The organization aims to buy 60,000 pounds of healthy food.

Tanner, a retired Marine Corps officer who has led Second Helpings since late 2021, was impressed by the generosity of the local community. “We are fortunate to have so many individuals and organizations donating their time and money to help us feed our neighbors who need it,” he said.

To help Second Helpings reach their goal of 60,000 pounds of food, donate online at Donors may also mail a check to Second Helpings, PO Box 23621, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925. Learn more about Second Helpings at

About Lookup:

Second Helpings is a nonprofit food rescue organization dedicated to eradicating hunger in lowland South Carolina. We collect and distribute food that would otherwise have ended up in landfills. About 325 volunteers deliver 3.2 million pounds of food annually to 54 agencies in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. The organization celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022. Second Helpings is a United Way Agency. Visit for more information. or find us on Facebook or call 843-689-3689.

South Carolina digital ETV series Our Town explores small towns throughout South Carolina

Season 2 with 13 new cities starts on July 14th

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced the premiere of a new season of its digital series Our Town. Each episode explores a unique small town in South Carolina. The first of 13 episodes will premiere Thursday, July 14 at 1 p.m. on Facebook Watch, YouTube, the SCETV app and the SCETV website. After that, new episodes will be released every Thursday.

This season of Our Town aims to take viewers to 13 new small towns in South Carolina, highlighting their history, culture and the people who live there. Cities this season include Greer, Manning and Ridgeland, with more to be announced later in the season.

In Season 1, Our Town visited Bishopville, Bluffton, Cheraw, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lake City, Lancaster, Latta, Monck’s Corner, Ridgeway, Travelers Rest and Walhalla, SC. These episodes can be viewed on the SCETV website.

Viewers who wish to connect with SCETV and the creators of this digital series are encouraged to use the hashtags #OurTown and #SCETVDigital on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Our Town and all episodes released after their premiere, visit the SCETV website.

Yemassee Shrimp Festival Pageant will be held on September 10th

The Yemassee Shrimp Festival Beauty Pageant will be held on September 10th at The Palmetto Theater, 108 Lee Avenue, Hampton. Entry fee is $60 and all applications, fees and signature funds must be submitted by August 27th. There are age groups for boys up to nine years and for girls up to 20 years and older.

For more details or to apply, contact Melissa Goliver at (803) 300-8299 or Jeanette Knight (803) 671-3570.

Applications are also online at:

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