Hell Hole Swamp opens with ceremony

  • Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Photos Provided The crowd looks on at the opening of the 43rd Annual Hell Hole Swamp Festival.


The 43rd Annual Hell Hole Swamp Festival conducted its opening ceremonies on April 27 at the Steel Shed.

President Tony Madray was the Master of Ceremonies. Mayor Roy Pipkin welcomed everyone and spoke about activities happening in the town.

Tony Madray introduced Carol Guerry, who announced the HHSF Governor for 2014, Mrs. Chris Pipkin, who has worked with the festival for numerous years in many capacities and has helped bring many improvements to the festival, as well as the town.

Next, the Rev. David Phillips provided the invocation and introduced the gospel quartet, The Common Call. Everyone joined in and enjoyed a wonderful performance by The Common Call.

Afterward, Tony Madray announced that the HHSF Book has been dedicated to Mrs. Mabel Shuler. Mrs. Shuler was the first female magistrate in Berkeley County, following her husband, Lawton Shuler, as magistrate. She has been a strong community member, volunteer for the HHSF, as well as employing many local people through her farm. The Rev. Gene Lisenby provided the benediction and blessing of the food.

The ceremony was followed by a covered dish dinner. About 75 people attended.

Relay for Life Update

Timberland High was well represented at Relay for Life on April 25. The students had a ton of fun – walking, face painting and playing games all night! The THS tent won second place in the decorating competition and the students raised a combined total of over $1,900 for cancer. The students were from the HOSA and Beta Club. Sponsors of the clubs are Mrs. Lori Cox, Ms. Laurie Gatchel, and Ms. Taylor Bauer.


Congratulations to Deamonte’ Lingham-Taylor for being Accepted to Clemson University, He is the son of Jamaica Simmons and Myron Lingham. He has two sisters, Kayla and Sequoia and one brother, Marcus.

Happy May Birthday

Jayla Porcha, Amy Hiers Belcher, Kay Lambert Gaskins, Jamaica T. Simmons, Michaela Taylor, Patricia V. Thurman, Jordan Stewart, Jadyn Wigfall, Denean Raysor, William Perry, Willie Mae Wright, Nancy Wilson, John Thompson, Sr., Nikki Bone, Linda Feathers, Legrand Bunch, Titus May, Johnnie Hamlet and Wendell Tucker.

Prayer List

Terrell Wigfall, Sanfanae Reese, Linda Morgan, Tammy Britt, Lorrine Gaskins, Sandy Wilson, Jr., Evelyn Scott-Smalls, Lance Britt, Debra Gaskins, Ray Snider, Wilton Green, Debbie Beauford, Christine Reames, Phillip and Debbie Rowland, Leon Bradshaw, Ausy McConnell, Lorenzo McConnell, Bernice Taylor, Flora Beauford, Cleecy Lewis, Diane Mazyck, Walter Taylor, and Marvin Brunson. Please remember all of our sick community members and our law enforcement, our military, and their families.

Condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Ernest Foster (Margaret Maybank’s brother).

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