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 Christmas dinner for past
        plant employees

Posted 11.6.16     
HAMPTON- A Christmas dinner for former employees of Westinghouse and Nevamar will take place on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the old Union Hall.    
     Through generous contributions made by the Huspah Baptist Church, all employees of former Westinghouse, International Paper and Nevamar are invited to take part in a Christmas dinner on Dec. 10, beginning at 1 p.m.
     Jokes, past experiences, speeches and good times will be had by all, say organizers, and children and families are welcome. Those planning on attending are asked to bring meat dishes, vegetable dishes, sides, refreshments and desserts.
    “We have always provided for our own,” said Ronald Winn. Winn went on to say that, without the help of the Huspah Baptist Church, the event would not occur.
     As well as food and laughter, Tim Graves provide music for dancing during the afternoon. For more information or to find out how you can volunteer to help decorate for the event, contact Ronald Winn at 803-943-2344.

 Less than 2 weeks left
 to register with FEMA

Posted 11.5.16     
COLUMBIA, SC – Less than two weeks remain for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 
    The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13. 
    Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. 
     Disaster assistance from FEMA may include grants for homeowners or renters to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources. 
    The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA loans help fund repair or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. 
      The last day to file an SBA disaster loan application for physical damage is Tuesday, Dec. 13. 
      Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the SBA are available to small businesses and private-nonprofits to assist with working capital needs as a direct result of the disaster. 
      The last day to apply for an EIDL loan from the SBA is July 12, 2017. 
     Survivors should register now with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance benefits, but it may be able to help with uninsured or under-insured losses.
      Flood insurance policyholders who have questions about their flood insurance policy and coverage should call the National Flood Insurance Program at 800-621-3362 (Option 2) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding polices and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. 
    After registering for disaster assistance, Hurricane Matthew survivors with questions may call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Callers also may check the status of the application, update their contact information or respond to a letter from FEMA. 
     Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina may qualify for federal assistance if they live in one of these disaster-designated counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg. 
     For more information about the disaster recovery operation, visit fema.gov/disaster/4286 scemd.org/recovery-section/iaor the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at . 
     All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD). 
     FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 http://blog.fema.govand the FEMA Blog at . 
     The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.govwww.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

        Jasper opens new
     spec building

Posted 11.4.16
Jasper County leaders gathered at Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland on November 14 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the 40,000 SF speculative Cypress Ridge Industrial Building to attract new industries to the area.  Located at 4427 Grays Highway on Highway 278, the expandable building is situated 5 minutes from Exit 21 on Interstate 95, 35 minutes from the Port of Savannah, GA, and 80 minutes from the Port of Charleston, SC
     Construction of the building was completed within five months of the groundbreaking last June 14.
   "Jasper County's location, with I-95 and easy access to the Ports of Charleston and Savannah, creates a perfect situation for manufacturing, assembly and distribution," said SCA President and CEO Danny Black.  "However, many companies are looking for existing buildings as a way to shorten their start-up time and to begin operation more quickly. 
     An expandable industrial building like this one, which can be finished to suit the company, is ideal for attracting these companies."
   Expandable to 98,000 square feet, the industrial speculative building will be close to the aerospace hubs surrounding Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina, and Gulfstream in Savannah, Georgia.  The Cypress Ridge Industrial Park, where the building is being constructed, is a S.C. Certified Site, which means all of the due diligence has been completed at the park, including cultural, historic and geotechnical studies.
    The building is being constructed through a partnership among SouthernCarolina Regional Development Alliance, Jasper County, and Santee Cooper.  Key partners include the S.C. Department of Commerce, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc., the Town of Ridgeland, St. Peter's Parish/Jasper County Public Facilities Corp. and Cypress Ridge Business and Industrial Design and Review Committee. The building was designed by Carlisle Associates and constructed by Brunson Construction.
     For more information on the project or to learn more about SouthernCarolina Alliance and Jasper County's economic development efforts, please contact Kay Maxwell at 803.541.0023 or visit the website:  www.SouthernCarolina.org.

       County Christmas
  fun December 9th

Posted 11.28.16
HAMPTON COUNTY- The Holiday Season is upon us and Christmas is just around the corner in Hampton County, and one way to celebrate will be at the Children's Hometown Christmas Parade.
     The event is scheduled for Friday, December 9th on Lee Avenue in Downtown Hampton. Festivities will begin with live entertainment at the Gazebo beginning at 6:00pm with several talented individuals and groups performing. Lee Avenue will be filled with snow for the kids and there will be activities for the kids as well. For the adults there will be all sorts of vendors set up and Santa will be there for those little ones to visit with.
6:00-6:15        Choral Society
6:20-6:30        Wade Hampton Band
6:35-6:45        Josh Varnell
6:45-6:55        Jamie Padgett
7:00-7:30        Parade
7:35-7:45        Leah Stanley
7:50-7:55        Parade winners announcement
8:00-8:10        Alexis Jarrell
8:15-8:30        BHP/BES Girls Chorus
Come see the Gingerbread House on Display at the Guardian Bldg.

     Come one, come all for this once a year event that's for the entire family. Be there Friday, December 9th starting at 6:00pm.. 


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The Estill Fall Festival Committee is always looking for new members to help plan and put on its annual event. If you are interested in helping, please contact Ms. Vikki Woods at the Estill Town Hall at 803-625-3243. The committee meets the second  Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Bull Durham Building.

Would you like to be a part of the “Oldest continuing Festival in South Carolina?” Then come join the Hampton County Watermelon Festival committee. The Watermelon Festival is always looking for volunteers so stop by and see them at one of their meetings. The Festival committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Hampton Methodist Church social hall on Mulberry Street in Hampton at 7:00pm. Come see what it’s all about!



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