Matt Popovich

Wade Hampton athletes advance to state finals

Four Wade Hampton High School athletes qualified for the 2017 State Track Finals held May 12-13 at Spring Valley High School. These accomplished track and field stars are Trevor Wilson, Ulysee Green, Alanti Prophet and Tyvon Davis.

 

Trevor Wilson

Junior Trevor Wilson, 17, will compete in the 3200-meter race during the state finals.

“It’s exciting, it’s my first time making to state,” said Wilson. “I’ll try my best and hopefully I win it.”  

Bosom Buddies' Walker is a survivor

Lillie May Walker knew she would survive breast cancer and later serve the Lord in any capacity He felt suitable after a chance encounter with a young woman whom she had never met during a shopping trip in Charleston, S.C. with a friend. The meeting would drastically change the way the retired 22-year veteran Hampton District One bus driver views life, leading her to later obtain a doctorate degree and to perform untold numbers of hours of volunteer work within Hampton County.

Furman May Fest parade, Grand Marshal

The Furman May Fest parade took place at 10 am on May 13. The rain began to fall right before start time, but parade participants and those in attendance braved the weather and the parade continued on schedule.

The United States Marine Corps. Band lead the procession of parade entrants through the rain soaked streets of Furman.

Grand Marshal

Rev. Sammie Lee Gordon, Sr., had the honor of representing the Town of Furman as the Grand Marshal in Saturday’s May Festival parade.

Town of Hampton sets limit to livestock

The Town of Hampton council voted to pass a first reading of an ordinance which would limit Hampton residents to legally house 12 hen chickens and one rooster within city limits. The proposed town ordinance stems from complaints from residents regarding noisy roosters waking them from sleep at all hours of the night.

Council voted unanimously to limit the number of rooster chickens a resident living within city limits may possess; one. According to several council members, one rooster is all that is needed on a farm to produce additional chickens.

High school baseball seasons end

Patrick Henry Academy

Coached by Blake Hodge, the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots ended their season after a five-inning blowout loss to Dorchester Academy Monday, May 9 at home, in Estill. The team fought hard all season, but the ineligibility of one of the team’s ace pitchers was the nail in the proverbial coffin for the Pat’s during the Lower State Finals against a strong Dorchester team.

Wade Hampon High School

Hampton Museum offers western art display

The art collection of Lewis Ginn will be on display until the end of May at the Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center, at 15 Elm Street, Downtown Hampton. Ginn's collection of western/equestrian themed artwork spans a lengthy period of time, representing classic and well-known artists and also more modern fare. As well as artwork, several western artifacts Ginn has collected over the years are on display.

The Hampton Museum and Visitors' Center is open Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's from 2 pm until 5 pm. The telephone number to the museum is (803)943-5318.

 

 

Wade Hampton Welcomes new head football coach, Athletic Director

Faculty, staff and students made their way to the Wade Hampton High School gymnasium May 5 at 6 p.m. to welcome the school’s newly hired athletic director and head football coach, Dr. Clinton L. (Jerry) Brown.

Brown comes to WHHS with a lengthy, and successful, coaching career to his credit. He has coached more than 60 individuals who have went on to receive scholarships to play in Division I NCAA athletics, as well as eight former athletes who went on to play football in the National Football League. 

Little Buddies event snags kids' interest

It was a perfect day to be outside with a fishing rod in your hand Saturday at Lake Warren State Park, and a sizable turnout descended upon the banks and boat ramps of the lake to take part in the 2017 Little Buddies Fishing Tournament.

Lines hit the water promptly at sunrise and weigh-in was at noon. Although only one bass was caught all day, a good number of pan fish were hooked by youthful participants. Trophies were awarded for three separate categories of fish: bass, catfish and pan fish.

Estill Prom photographs

The Estill High School prom was held at the school on May 1. Students enjoyed a beautifully decorated gymnasium which featured an impressive raised photo platform where students posed for pictures with their dates. At the end of the night, the kind and queen of the 2017 prom were announced; Prom King Jamez Taylor and Queen Siera Hutchinson received a round of applause from their fellow classmates and faculty as they proudly donned their crowns.

 

19th annual Furman May Fest

The 19th annual Furman May Fest began this week in Hampton County. The festival began with a Senior Day event Wednesday at 10 am. Bingo Night will take place Weds. evening at 6:30 pm and last until 8:30 pm. Entry to the Bingo event will cost $8, with additional cards costing $2 each.

On Thursday, the Taste of Furman will begin at 6:30 pm.

Updated: Varnville Police seek missing girl

Update: The Varnville Police have confirmed Beyonce Octazia Morris, of Varnville, has been located and is currently being evaluated by medical professionals at an area hospital. No word on her current condition was known by authorities or whether she sustained any injuries during her time missing. According to VPD Chief of Police Tyrone Smith, an individual has been arrested today in connection with the incident. Willie James Morris, of Augusta, GA, was arrested and is currently being held at the Hampton County Detention Center.

Brunson Lions fry fish

Organizers expected to sell around 900 plates per food this year, in a town with a population of far less than that. Fresh fried hush puppies and ‘slaw accompanied the fish that is a hit with Hampton County residents, who line up to purchase take out plates or eat-in meals.

While eating-in, patrons were greeted with smiling Wade Hampton JROTC cadets and old, familiar faces. Fellowship and laughter went down as smoothly as the sweet tea. The cost of each plate was $8 and all proceeds benefit the Lion’s Club’s sight conservation programs.    

 

WHHS football players concerned about coach turnover, program’s future

English teacher Heather Skinner is leading the charge to hamper the current uniform policy at the Wade Hampton High School. Skinner, a longtime educator, has been spurred to action by recent writings submitted to her by her students in her English classes.

An outspoken supporter for the abolition of the Wade Hampton High School uniform policy, Skinner spoke to the board during a listening session and explained her reasons for asking the board for a dress code instead of the current uniform requirements at the high school.

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