Matt Popovich

Pictures from Hampton County Rec. League Basketball

Each Saturday, area youth participate in multiple age brackets in a basketball league hosted by the Hampton County Recreation Department. The co-ed league allows young basketball players to remain proficient at their basketball skills while basketball season is not in season, as well as being a fun pastime for kids on a Saturday morning.


A Turkey Call Started It All

It was the faint chirp of a turkey call which drew the curiosity of a Union soldier to poke his head from behind a tree, allowing a Confederate marksman to snipe the unsuspecting Yankee before his companions crossed a covered bridge upon the Broxton Plantation property, in Ehrhardt.

Ruth’s Wardrobe celebrates 45th

Hettie Dobson, owner of Ruth’s Wardrobe of downtown Hampton, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their 45th anniversary of operation.

A group of around 20 individuals attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. Hampton Mayor Pro-Tem Pete Hagood, Ruth’s Wardrobe owner Hettie Dobson, original owner Rev. Aiken R. Ruth and Dobson’s daughter, Alexis Dobson, cut the ribbon at noon last Friday, March 3.

After the ribbon cutting, refreshments were provided by Janet Housey.

County voter board sides with Gifford council member

An official citizen’s petition containing the signatures of 53 Gifford residents was recently presented to the Hampton County Board of Voter Regulations and Elections office. The petition called for an investigation regarding the legality of the residency of Gifford Council Member Horny Mitchell, who is currently on the ballot for the position of Mayor of Gifford.

Pocotaligo National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet Mar. 25

The Pocotaligo Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their annual Hunting Heritage Banquet March 25 at the County Line Building, 9340 Bamberg Highway (Hwy 601 N.), about nine miles outside of Hampton. The function will be a fun filled way to benefit and promote wild game management while filling you belly with delectable food and adult beverages.

Broxton Bridge re-enactment depicts Civil War battle

Last weekend, cannons sounded and Civil War re-enactors charged onto the Broxton Bridge Plantation historic battle site. The 16th annual re-enactment continues to grow each year and is a wonderful way for local school children to experience what life was like for individuals living during the Civil War era.

Look for a full article about the battle re-enactment, as well as numerous color photographs from the battle, in next Thursday's edition of The Guardian.

County speaks of secondary roads

The newest member of the Hampton County Council, Ronald Winn, questioned County Public Works Director Blake Hodge about county roads during a Feb. 21 Hampton County Council meeting. Hodge spoke during the first of two meetings held that night to explain to Winn the determining factors as to when and why secondary (dirt and gravel) roads are graded or repaired.

WHHS Robotics Team wins major award, District 1 meets

Hampton District 1 Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox gave high praises to the members and teachers involved with the Wade Hampton High School Robotics Team during a Feb. 27 school board meeting for their recent accomplishment of winning a regional robotics building competition.

The “Devilbots” won the Vex Robotics regional qualifier, allowing them the opportunity to advance to compete for a State Championship. The team will travel to Columbia, S.C. on March 11 to test their skills and attempt to bring home the championship trophy.

WHHS performs Shakespeare, gym stage utilized

Members of the Wade Hampton High School drama club performed an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 22 on the school’s gymnasium stage, which recently received a brand new pair of curtains and backing. The student actors enjoyed performing for fellow students during the school day and for parents during a 6 pm performance later that Wednesday.

All boys basketball done, Lady Gators continue run at state title

The Estill High School Lady Gators varsity basketball team won their third round South Carolina High School League tournament matchup against Denmark-Olar 46-39 Monday night on the road.  

According to coaches, the Lady Gators are seeking the support of the community as they travel to Greenville, SC on Saturday to battle Lamar High School at 11 a.m. for the right to play for the State Championship title.  

County agrees to lengthy tax incentives to five solar farms

A final public hearing regarding the county’s acceptance of a 40-year, Fee-in-Lieu of Ad Valorem tax agreement with solar provider Southern Current was accepted in a 3-2 vote by the Hampton County Council Tuesday. Council members Charles “Buddy” Phillips, Isaac Smith and Chairman Dr. Roy Hollingsworth voted in favor of the tax incentive; Shedron Williams and Ronald Winn voted against the tax breaks due to the 40-year length of the incentive agreement.

Annual Inspection for WHHS JROTC

Cadets with the WHHS Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps were dressed to impress during the 23rd annual Pass-in-Review.

The event was held in the high school gymnasium and the large number of parents and the loved ones of the cadets took the opportunity to capture their well-disciplined cadets standing in formation or performing drill marches. 

Mayor fired up over plan for state takeover of business licenses

Although the Feb. 7 meeting lasted less than a half-hour, it was ample time for Mayor John Rhoden to vent his frustration surrounding what he views as an overreach by state officials who are currently taking strides towards passing a bill (Business License Bill) which will create a uniform statewide process of business license procurement.


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