• The Hampton County Watermelon Festival continued Monday night with the ever-popular Youth Parade. Scores of adorable children of all ages rode on bikes, strollers, wagons, four wheelers and floats to the delight of multitudes of proud parents and grandparents. Be sure to check out the website later as we announce the winners, and grab a souvenir copy of this week’s Guardian for tons of color photos from the kiddie parade.


The Hampton County Church Softball League will host their All-Star games this evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Open Arms Fellowship Church in Hampton.

The women’s All-Star game will begin at 7:30 and the men’s game will follow.

Look for pictures of the games and the award recipients in an upcoming online article.


The South Carolina Army National Guard hosted the watermelon social June 26. The event allowed children to sit inside a Hummer and enjoy some range time with a target range. The target range utilized mock military style weapons fitted with lasers for children to use.

The event, as with a majority of the events of the Hampton County Watermelon festival, featured free watermelon slices for all to enjoy.