Matt Popovich

Estill Spring Fling kickball event fun for all

Organized by Ashley Buckner and newly elected Mayor Corrin Bowers, Estill’s annual Spring Fling held an extra-special event this year: kickball. Participants, fans and supporters from Hampton County, as well as neighboring counties, attended the event at noon on April 15 to display their schoolyard skills in a rousing game of kickball. More than 100 individuals attended the event to either participate or cheer for their favorite player. The Furman F-mob, Gifford Cougarettes,  Estill All-Stars, Scotia Warriors and the Newtown Finneness participated in the event, as well as others.

Hampton may limit livestock

Town of Hampton Mayor and Council members were shocked to hear word of a resident of Middle Street, Hampton, that has accumulated more than 20 chickens in his yard, over half of which are reportedly roosters that allegedly squawk at all hours of the night and disturb neighbors.

“You’re talking about an odor and waking them up at night. That is a shame, I’ll tell you,” said Mayor John Rhoden. “They can’t sit outside anymore, and I think we just need to pass an ordinance, after we get it looked into…if they are going to have it we need to limit the amount.”

Multiple shootings within same week in county

Three shooting incidents have occurred in Hampton County within a week, with two occurring on the same day. On Wednesday, April 19, a fatal shooting occurred in Varnville; on Saturday, April 15, just after midnight, a shooting incident occurred in the Sand Ridge area of the county; and later that same morning, officers with the Estill Police Department responded to a home which allegedly had a bullet fired into it.


Stanley Loop fatal shooting

Children hunt for Easter eggs in Hampton

The Hampton First Baptist Church held an Easter “Eggstravaganza” egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Hampton to celebrate the Easter holiday and provide a wonderful time for children and their families.

A large gathering of children, their parents and beaming-with-joy grandparents attended the event, which offered children through sixth grade a chance at finding eggs, two being special golden eggs that brought with them extra-special gifts from a certain furry, hopping friend.


PHA varsity baseball vs. Wardlaw

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots varsity baseball team hosted Wardlaw Academy recently and beat their opponent by a final score of 7-2 during a non-conference game. The Patriots will play at home again on Tuesday, April 25 during a conference game against St. John's Christian Academy.

Photos by Matt Popovich, The Hampton County Guardian.

Fatal shooting Weds. morning in Varnville

According to Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls, deputies from his office responded to a call of a male found lying in the front yard of a 1105 Stanley Loop Road, Varnville, residence around 7:30 am Wednesday.

The victim was found shot multiple times in the front yard of the residence and rushed to a regional hospital for treatment of life-threatening wounds. His current condition is unknown at this time.

Photographs from Patrick Henry Prom

Patrick Henry Academy's prom was an evening to remember for students who attended the formal dance April 7. Students arrived at 8 pm after attending an annual formal dinner held off campus.

A wonderfully decorated school gymnasium and contemporary music played by a professional DJ were enjoyed by students and chaperones. Students danced with their friends late into the evening.

Photo's by Matt Popovich, Guardian Staff Writer.

Photos from annual Jamie Mixson Classic soccer tournament

The annual Jamie Mixson soccer tournament took place March 25. Several local soccer clubs/teams took part in the event, including children who play youth soccer all the way up to high school varsity athletes. The Wade Hampton High School hosted Barnwell High School during the event.

All four Red Devil teams came out ahead of their Barnwell competitors. The J.V girls won their matchup by a final score of 3-0, the J.V. boys won their game 4-0, the Varsity girls won their game 3-0 and the Varsity boys beat their Barnwell opponents by a final score of 3-0.

Paying it forward

The idea of paying for someone’s meal doesn’t typically cross my mind while waiting in a drive through line for what typically seems like eons. A recent experience at a Hilton Head Island event changed my perspective of the practice of paying it forward.

New WHHS baseball, JV soccer coaches happy to be home

Varsity Baseball

In his first time role as head coach for the school, Wade Hampton High School varsity baseball coach Joel Vaughn is feeling at home again on the Red Devil diamond.

Vaughn, whose father, Randy Vaughn, once coached baseball for the school, is finally back in a Red Devil uniform after coaching for several nearby high schools. Vaughn has coached at Barnwell and Greenwood in previous seasons, but stated there’s nothing better than heading onto the field in a Red Devils uniform.

County talks budget, hurricane

Hampton County Council members met Monday night and discussed budget concerns, a large majority of which being incurred as Hurricane Matthew left its physical, and financial, mark on the Lowcountry.

Hampton County Finance and Human Resources Director Christine James presented council with the county’s quarterly financial report. County departments accrued large sums of overtime hours during the hurricane. Although necessary to keep the citizens of Hampton County safe during and after the storm, one council member questioned the overtime hours claimed by workers.


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