Matt Popovich

Estill, WHHS football from Sept. 22

Wade Hampton upsets Lakewood

The now 2-4 Wade Hampton High School Red Devils came away with a much-needed 32-13 victory Sept. 22 against larger 4A Lakewood High School, of Sumter.

According to WHHS Head Coach Jerry Brown, this was the first game of the season in which the Red Devils did not fumble the football or lose an athlete to injury. Although numerous athletes have sustained injuries in previous games, Brown believes his team is far from out of commission.

District 1 School Board approves properties, senior cruise

Hampton District 1 School Board members met at the Fennell Elementary School and were treated to a presentation by young students and Principal Willie F. Coker.

According to Coker, the school is now a Magnet School featuring a fully 1:1 computer/student ratio. He also explained to the board and the numerous parents in attendance the schools numerous updates, including a state-of-the-art computer lab. Board members congratulated the principal for his hard work and unwavering dedication to students.


WHHS Senior Cruise

Local Promotes awareness of Sickle Cell

2010 WHHS graduate, Alexsis Mulligan, 25, of Hampton, is far too young to know the pain of a double hip replacement surgery and its lingering side effects. Although she has felt tremendous anguish caused by Sickle Cell Anemia throughout her life, the courageous young woman attempts to face the challenges of each day with optimism and a sense of humor.

Million Dad March a success

Hampton Elementary School hosted the "Million Father March" event on Sept. 21.The event had fathers walking hand-in-hand with their child as the group marched to the five-points intersection, in Hampton, and back.

The event allowed school officials and Principal Cassandra Williams an opportunity to provide important information to parents, as well.

Photos by Matt Popovich, the Hampton County Guardian.

PHA football wins in 500th game

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots football team faced off against the Saints of Clarendon Hall Sept.  15, in Estill. In the first region game of the season for the Pats, the team played hard and added a 30-28 victory to their season total, now at 3-1.  Last season, Clarendon Hall fell to the Pats by a final score of 38-14.

In Friday night’s game, the Patriots were forced to substitute some players due to illness and one player in particular, Jackson Wiggins, did an excellent job filling in. 

Guardian writer runs for the NC hills

Fading red Coca-Cola graphics emblazoned upon a slowly deteriorating white barn, country stores advertising local artesian wares with brightly colored hand-painted signs, grand estates with beautiful iron gates and children happily playing a pickup games of football in sleepy little towns are a few of the rewards provided to travelers along highways and byways on the way to North Carolina from Hampton County.

PHA volleyball vs Colleton Prep

The Patrick Henry Academy volleyball team has taken to the court and is quickly nearing the midway point of their regular season. Head Coach Belinda McCoy holds an optimistic outlook of the remainder her team’s season and the possibility of a successful postseason run.  

So far this season, the Lady Pats have accrued a season record of 3-3-1 in SCISA A Region III volleyball.  

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.



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