• Former Wade Hampton High School stand-out athlete Steve Smith will be hosting a Back to School Food and Fun event on August 1 at the North District Middle School from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

    Smith, a two-time all-region basketball star at WHHS, will be bringing with him a surprise NBA player, several Clemson University basketball players and an academic advisor from the university, as well.

    Smith will also be giving away 150 pairs of tennis shoes and 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to those who attend the event.



The Hampton County Nobodies baseball team beat Latta to win the 2015 Dixie Boy 14 Youth State Championship July 25. After losing to Latta 5-4 in the first game, the team went on a five game winning streak which culminated with a final win over Latta to advance to the Dixie Boy World Series this Saturday in Aiken.

Nobodies Coach Chad Gleaton would like to thank all of the local businesses and residents of Hampton and Estill who have supported the team throughout the season.


“Wouldn’t have traded my sixty-one years for any other occupation.”

The above quote from Betty Appleby was shared just days before her retirement from Palmetto State Bank, June 30, 2015.

In February 1954, 19 year old Betty Solomons Appleby began a lifelong career with The Exchange Bank, Estill, South Carolina as a teller.  She was a recent graduate of Estill High School and a newlywed bride to Bobby Appleby.  Within the year, she would become a mother to their daughter Cathie.