• Ever since he was six years old, Willie Murdaugh knew he loved hitting the hardwood.

    Murdaugh, a Hampton native, recalled the first time he realized just how much he wanted to play basketball and hit the court just like the other guys.


The Red Devil boys varsity basketball team held a healthy lead over their Swansea High School competition throughout Tuesday night’s first round post-season battle. Both teams left it all on the court, but in the end the Swansea boys fell to the Devils 55-43.

Look for a full game story, with quotes from Head Coach Romon Gray, in Thursday’s edition of the Hampton County Guardian.


When she is not working with the Jasper County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, you can most likely find Deitre Lawton spending time with family and educating the community about intellectual disabilities.

Lawton, of Varnville, is the daughter of Maggie E. Black Lawton and Thomas Lawton. She has one son, Ian Alexavier Lawton, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. He is now 12 years old.