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  TCL Health Sciences
   Program to expand

Posted 2.21.17         
BEAUFORT, SC-The Lowcountry needs more skilled healthcare workers than ever before. In fact, the region's fastest growing occupations are in healthcare. In order to serve a growing population - one of the fastest growing in the nation - area hospitals are expanding services and enlarging facilities. In addition, the region can expect to see a 34% increase in senior housing.

The Industry 
•Third highest employment industry in the region following resort and tourism (#1) and retail trade (#2).
•Industry with the region's highest labor market projection with a workforce demand of almost 2,000 new healthcare jobs by 2022.
•Priority occupations include registered nurses, patient care technicians, and medical assistants.

The TCL Solution
    TCL will create 10,000 square feet of new academic space by renovating Moor Hall on the Beaufort Campus and relocating administrative offices. New classroom space allows current health science programs to expand and makes room for new offerings such as pharmacy technology.
    For more information, please contact: Mary Lee Carns Vice President for Advancement and External Relations Technical College of the Lowcountry PO Box 2614 Beaufort SC 29901 843-470-5962 | mcarns@tcl.edu 

 4-H Pullet Program
      to be offered

Posted 2.19.17            
HAMPTON COUNTY- It’s that time of year again, the time to sign up for the 2017 4-H Pullet Project. It may be cold now but Spring will be here before you know it and the days will be getting warmer. With that in mind, you know you want to join the fun of raising chickens, either for the first time or as a veteran chicken grower. Although there are other ways for youth to obtain chicks, by working through 4-H youth have the opportunity to learn valuable lessons in the care and maintaining of the flock in a fun and engaging atmosphere with other youth. 
     Raising baby chicks from day one to egg laying age can be a rewarding experience for our 4-H youth across the Savannah Valley Region of South Carolina. This particular animal project is offered to youth between the ages of five to nineteen that live in the following counties: Colleton, Hampton, Charleston, Dorchester, Beaufort, Jasper, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Orangeburg and Calhoun. With the success of past years, we are excited to once again conduct this project through the Hampton County Clemson Extension Office. 
    This has been one of our most popular projects, and one that does not require too much time, or expense, other than feed and shelter. This year youth can either order multiples of twelve or twenty-five chicks to raise over the summer. Chicks will be placed with the youth around the end of April. The breed of chicks that will be offered this year are Buff Orpingtons. Buffs are hearty, easy to raise, and lay large brown eggs. 
    To participate in this project, youth will need to complete an application form, available through the local Clemson Extension Office, and pay a deposit of $35 for each ten or $60 for each twenty-five chicks ordered. On line registration is available this year and if you contact our office we will gladly supply the link. All applications are due by March 15, 2017. The deposit will be returned to the youth in the fall, after they satisfactorily complete the project, and return five pullets (for those choosing 25) or three pullets (for those raising 12) for the Fall Auction. Proceeds from the Auction will help offset the cost of offering the project and all prizes/awards that are given throughout the year. All remaining pullets are the 4-H members to keep for "free". Youth will also have the opportunity to show their birds at area Showmanship shows. 
    Youth who are not already a member of 4-H for the 2016-2017 year will be required to pay an additional membership fee of $10. With the membership, youth will receive a t-shirt and also have the opportunity to participate in other 4-H projects offered for the year including clubs, projects, and numerous summer camps. The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer. 
    The 4-H Pullet Project, like our other animal projects, is a rewarding experience for young people. They learn responsibility and caring, as well as a vast array of life skills that will help them grow into versatile, well-rounded adults. 4-H animal projects, such as the 4-H Pullet Project, encourage the process of "discovery" of knowledge and solutions, and build competence and confidence. 
    For more information, contact your local Clemson Extension Office or the Hampton Extension Office at 803-943-3427 ext. 112 or contact 4-H Agent, Dawn Stuckey, by email at dstucke@clemson.edu.



Salk Valentine Gala
     February 25th

Posted 2.14.17      
ALLENDALE, SC- Just because Valentine’s Day has officially passed, that doesn’t mean that all the celebration is over as USC Salkehatchie hosts its 7th annual Valentine Gala. The event will be held on Saturday, February 25th from 7:00-11:00pm at the B & G Civic Center located on Hwy 278 just outside of Allendale. 
    This year’s event has an Italian theme and is entitled “That’s Amore” with all proceeds going to benefit the Salkehatchie Arts Center. The evening will include appetizers, entrees and desserts as well as an open bar. Entertainment will include Music, a live auction and a silent auction. 
    Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. Table sponsorships are available. For more information, please call 803-584-6084. Tickets are available at the Salkehatchie Arts Center, or from any Salkehatchie Arts Center Board Member.

New Festival Signs
      Now in Place

Posted 2.8.17
HAMPTON- With the 75th Hampton County Watermelon Festival just around the corner, Festival Committee plans continue to move forward. One of the biggest projects taken on is the replacement of the old Festival signs that you see when entering the county. The old signs have been around for more than a decade and have begun to fall apart and lose their color. New signs have been purchased and are now spread throughout the county in their usual locations. 
    The new Festival signs are part of a “sprucing up” effort by the committee due to the high profile anniversary this year. “These signs have been around for years,” said Festival Chairman Robert Brown. “The replacement of the signs was one of our top priorities for this year. They will look great for all of our county residents and give them something to be proud of, while at the same time impressing all of our out-of-town visitors.”
    Festival signs are located throughout the county. Some locations include Hwy 601S below Furman; in Yemassee near I-95; Hwy 278 coming from Fairfax; Hwy 601N at the county line; Hwy 63 at the county line; Hwy 321 coming out of Fairfax toward Estill. Stop by and check one of them out!


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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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