Matt Popovich

High tides and wide-eyes, Charleston fishing at its finest

While recently visiting my parents at a relative’s residence on Seabrook Island, SC., I was informed by my wonderful mother that it had been nine months since I had last seen my loving parents.

According to mother, this was far too long of a period of time to not see her only child. I felt the same way for my beloved Bohickett Marina and, of course, my lovely parents.

SCA displays renovation of Lee Ave. building

The SouthernCarolina Alliance spared no expenses while showcasing their beautifully remodeled new office space located at 201 Lee Avenue in downtown Hampton, South Carolina, Nov. 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The building, which was constructed as the Guardian newspaper’s original office space in 1911, will serve as the SCA’s regional office and host meetings and clients seeking to possibly locate their businesses to Hampton County.

Maxwell shatters football milestone

Although Wade Hampton High School football standout Pernell Maxwell III is deserving of credit and admiration for his hard work and dedication to the his team, Maxwell says he could not have achieved his tremendous 2,300 yards plus rushing total this season if not for his fellow teammates and coaching staff.

Ranked amongst the top three high school football athletes in rushing yards in State of South Carolina this season, Maxwell credits the outstanding on-field accomplishment to his team, coaches, family and friends for their unwavering support on and off the field.

Coroner speaks of county's wastefullness

During a Nov. 7 Hampton County Council meeting, Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington, Sr., spoke to council as requested by council members due to his department’s budget overage of $13,136. According Washington, the overages could have easily been avoided if Hampton County Council would allow him to utilize a county-owned coroner transport van.

According to Washington, the county is withholding his use of a county corner van because of an ongoing legal matter between his office and the county over placement of a county seal upon his county-purchased Dodge Durango.

Bullying briefly discussed during District One meeting

The Hampton District One School Board, along with Superintendent Ronald Wilcox, met Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss district matters. At the end of the meeting, Wilcox briefly discussed the topic of bullying in schools, which has become a hot button topic locally after the recent self-inflicted death of an 11-year-old Hampton Elementary School student.

Red Devils win in first round

Despite a weak turnout by Wade Hampton High School football fans, the team still prevailed over their powerhouse opponent from Manning by a final score of 23-18 during the team’s first round playoff matchup Friday night.

The Red Devils began the game by receiving the ball and a Manning penalty two downs later gave the Devils a great opening opportunity to control the momentum of the game early on. A Devil fumble several plays later offered Manning an opportunity to steal that momentum right back, but it was a missed opportunity for Manning.

PHA prevails over King

On Nov. 3, the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots took on WW King in the first round of their playoffs. After a weak defensive night, both teams reached double digits before King kneeled to the Pats 60-48. Entering the halftime break, King and PHA were deadlocked at 36-36.

Red Devils conquer May River, photos from EHS senior night

Although Wade Hampton High School Head Coach Jerry Brown felt his team got lucky and came away with a sloppy win last Friday, he is proud of his team and their outstanding season. This season marks the first time in 13 years the Red Devils have won their regional championship.

The Devils finished their championship regular season with a win Oct. 27 over May River by a final score of 41-34, putting WHHS’s season record at 6-4 (4-0 region).

Eat wild game, stop human trafficking

A large turnout of several hundred hungry outdoorsmen exited their deer blinds and made their way to Varnville’s Jubilee Market at 7 p.m. for the fourteenth annual Men’s Wild Game Banquet on Oct. 26. The former door factory venue was filled to nearly capacity with hungry hunters for a tasty meal.

Fried alligator tail, venison, wild hog, frog legs, shrimp, and several other outdoor delicacies were offered to patrons. Plates flew and the waistlines grew as six lanes of buffet style wild game were quickly devoured.

Red Devils win Region against Ridgeland-Hardeeville Oct. 20

The Wade Hampton Red Devils varsity football team, under the first-year leadership of veteran Head Coach Jerry Brown, won their region with an Oct. 20 win against Ridgeland-Hardeeville by a final score of 41-18.

The Devils controlled the game for a majority of regulation, until three consecutive successful onside kicks in the fourth quarter by the Jags allowed for the Devils’ opponents an opportunity to put 12 points on the board.

Hamptonian goes all out for Halloween

For Tina Moore, of Hampton, the long hours of tiresome work decorating her Shaw Drive front yard are well worth the smiles her spooky decorations put on the faces of area youth.

Moore has been decorating her yard for Halloween for the past six years, but says she has been decorating her yard for different holidays for many years. It may be evident by her yard, but Moore’s favorite holiday to decorate for is, without doubt, Halloween.  

Lady Pats volleyball wins region title

Patrick Henry Academy parents and athletes jumped for joy as the final point was scored in favor of the Lady Patriots Oct. 17 in Estill. The Lady Pats beat the Raiders of Holly Hill to clench the SCISA Region III A Championship.

“I think our serving was the strong point. I think our serves got us right over the edge at critical points tonight,” said PHA Head Volleyball Coach Belinda McCoy.

Lady Devils volleyball beats Bamberg-Ehrhardt

The Wade Hampton Lady Red Devil varsity volleyball team won an Oct. 12 home non-conference match against Bamberg-Ehrhardt by a final score of 3-0. The win put the team's season record at 16-14-1 (2-6 league).

Adding to the excitement of a terrific home win, the ladies also relished in giving their school a win during the team’s Senior Night. The team was spurred to victory from encouragement provided by the school’s marching band and varsity cheerleaders, who both provided plenty of school spirit.  


AirMethods clarifies contract for county council

Hampton County Council’s chamber was filled to capacity Monday night as council heard from several individuals and business representatives during a lengthy meeting.

Council obtained some clarity during regular session about a recent contractual partnership with medical aviation service provider, AirMethods.

AirMethods confusion 

WHHS beats Bluffton; Gators fall to Blackville-Hilda

The Red Devils of Wade Hampton traveled to Bluffton Friday to swim with the 5-3 (2-1) Dolphins of Bluffton and remained ahead on the scoreboard the entire game.  The Red Devils traveled home with a 35-25 victory, putting their season record at an even 4-4 (2-0 region).

Although Head Coach Jerry Brown was not thrilled with the performance of his defense, the team’s offense did see moments of great potential during the game. The Devils’ rookie quarterback connected with receiver Desario Williams for an 89-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

Annual IAN Buddy Walk a success

The fourth annual Intelligent Ambitious No-Limits Down Syndrome Buddy Walk took place the morning of Oct. 14. An enthusiastic group of Wade Hampton High School JROTC cadets flew flags alongside families and friends marching in support of those living with Down Syndrome.

Organizers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful group of volunteers who made the event a success, especially the “Buddies” in attendance; Mekhi Johnson, Sara Ohl, Ian Lawton, Vionna Mays, Brandon Koon and Benjamin E Gant.

District one gets $999,993 grant

Hampton District One Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox recently outlined a $999,993 facilities grant courtesy of a lawsuit by multiple South Carolina rural school districts known as the Abbeville Lawsuit, of which the district was a participant.

The money gained by the district has already been accounted for and appropriated to fund the completion of several projects.


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