Matt Popovich

Hampton County dodges major Irma impact

Hampton County residents held their breath in nervous anticipation as a potentially devastating hurricane bore down on the area early Monday, Sept. 11.

Hampton County was inundated with rain, wind and Floridian drivers fleeing Hurricane Irma, but luckily avoided the brunt of the natural disaster. As of Wednesday, the death toll in the United States associated with Irma had reached 27, after five elderly patients living in a Florida nursing home perished following Irma’s fury. The Post and Courier reported Tuesday four fatalities related to Irma had occurred in South Carolina.

Pregnant teen shot, killed in Estill

A pregnant 16-year-old Estill resident in the final term of her pregnancy was shot and killed around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31 on 5th Street East in Estill. Alydia Ling, of 861 5th St., Estill, was pronounced dead at the scene by Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington. 

The young girl succumbed to injuries sustained by a single gunshot wound, say officials.

The Black Star Project hosts nationwide event bringing fathers and children together.

Created by the Black Star Project and organized by volunteers and staff at the Hampton Elementary School, the 2017 Million Father March will take place at HES on Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

According to Hampton Elementary School Career Specialist/Boys Club Advisor Michael DeVore, the event will have area fathers waking around the HES Horseshoe and inside the school gymnasium for a good cause. After the march, refreshments and speakers will be offered to those in attendance.



Two weeks ago, the Guardian reported that Hampton Mayor John Rhoden would not run for re-election in September:  To clarify, Rhoden will not seek re-election in December during municipal elections held at that time. The mayor will not declare his candidacy during the filing period in September, and will not run during January municipal elections.


Hampton County gov't offices, District 1 closed Tuesday

Hampton County Government Offices and state offices in Hampton County will be closed tomorrow. This is due to power outages within in the county.

As well as county and state offices, Hampton District One schools have announced the cancellation of classes for September 12.

For additional updates regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, log on to the Guardian's Facebook page.

Wheelchair bound Individual survives train strike

Hampton County EMS officials report that a wheelchair-bound pedestrian was struck by a train Sunday in Luray and miraculously survived.

The man, Henry Bryant, 66, was reportedly completely “run over” by a train at approximately 11:52 a.m. on Aug. 27. Currently, it is unclear to officials how Bryant ended up lying in between the rails, out of his wheelchair. The man was spotted by train conductors travelling at 55 miles per hour with an 81-car load as he popped his head up for a brief moment with the fast-moving train quickly barreling down on him.

PHA and WHHS football action from Aug. 31


Wade Hampton

The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils came away from Friday’s matchup against rival Allendale-Fairfax with a 41-24 win. Head coach Jerry Brown stated his team has much to work on moving forward this season, however.

Racking up 200 yards on 16 carries, fullback Pernell Maxwell led the team on offense with four rushing touchdowns. Maxwell did not participate on defense during the first half of the game and was fresh when he was asked to take snaps, allowing him to gain extra yardage.

Volunteers donate school supplies in Hampton

Over 80 children received school supplies during a back-to-school giveaway held at the Hampton Old Colored School House August 11. Sponsored by Rising Star Chapter OES #359 and the Mount Olive Lodge #466, the event provided students with pencils, paper, pens, folders and other required supplies. The event was made possible with the help of hardworking volunteers.

Estill takes first vote to abolish municipal court, public works

Town of Estill Council members passed the first reading of an ordinance abolishing the town’s municipal court and public works department Aug. 16 after a nearly three-hour-long executive session during a special called meeting.

Estill Town Hall was filled with long-time public works, municipal court and other town employees who attended the meeting in hopes of receiving word they would keep their jobs. A second and final reading of the ordinance to eliminate the departments will occur at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Bull Durham Center during a special called council meeting.

County votes to create commission, rename airport

Hampton County Council voted unanimously to move forward with the formation of a county controlled Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission during an Aug. 21 regularly called meeting.

Council has debated the idea of forming a parks and recreation commission in the past after announcing the next large Penny Sales Tax project would be a state-of-the-art county recreation complex. The complex is anticipated to provide convenient recreation opportunities to citizens in all parts of the county. 

“It has been the consensus of council to do this,” said Chairman Roy Hollingsworth.

Friday night lights turned back on

It was a busy night for athletes, fans and sports photographers in Hampton County August 18 as each of the county’s three high school football teams took to their home fields to begin their 2017-18 seasons.  All three teams took to the gridiron 30-mintues later than scheduled due to a heat advisory; games began at 8 pm.

Hampton District One Teachers, Support Persons of Year

Following a district training exercise at the North District Middle School on Aug. 14, district officials announced the 2017-18 Support Persons and Teachers of the Year for each school, as well the 2018-19 District One Teacher of the Year.

The full-day training exercise allowed district teachers an opportunity to listen to several speakers and break into smaller groups to work on more specific material in preparation of the first day of school Thursday.


District Teacher of the Year

Steve Smith's Back-to-School Bash

The annual Steve Smith Back-to-School Bash took place at the North District Middle School August 5. Smith, assistant coach of the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team and Hampton County school district graduate, partnered with Nike to fill book bags with school supplies and shoe boxes with new Jordan’s to be awarded to students from both districts.

Estill Police Department gives back to community

The Estill Police Department diligently saved its pennies and gave back to the community by way of two barbeque cookouts. As well as tasty food, numerous activities were offered as a “thank you” from the department to the citizens of Estill.

On July 28, the department set up a large grill and tents and invited children to cool down under the refreshing gentle mist of  a Hampton County Fire Department hose operated by two department members who blistered in the summer sun to offer youth a wonderful time frolicking in the water.

Former HPD officer's wife arrested in connection with drug case

The Hampton Police Department confirmed the recent arrest of Linda Ashley Singleton, 29, of 10 Holly Street East, Hampton, to be in conjunction with the arrest of her husband, former HPD officer Danny Singleton, by SLED agents on July 25.

Singleton was arrested the same day as her husband and booked into the Hampton County Detention Center on two counts of distribute, sell, manufacture or possess with intent to distribute drugs near a school and with manufacture, distribute or possess drugs in schedule I,B, C, LSD and schedule II cocaine.

District One's Manigo to stay

Despite an earlier announcement he would be leaving the Hampton County school system, award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo confirmed with the Guardian that he will return to the district and teach music to district students during the 2017-18 school year.

“The kids kind of lured me back, saying that they are ready for some more challenges and are ready to execute my instructions. We are hoping to have a wonderful year,” he stated.

2017 Palmetto Electric Safety Days

The Palmetto Electric Cooperative hosted its annual Safety Days event at the Hampton County Recreation Department July 20. Speakers from various organizations spoke with children about specific safety concerns and ways to avoid dangerous situations.

A wild animal presentation, electric safety seminar, health safety seminar and other informative presentations were provided to children in attendance.  

All of the children who attended the event left with prizes and hugs from Linny the Lineman.


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