Matt Popovich

Gators fall to Devils at home

The Estill boys (5-4 overall, 4-1 region) and the girls (2-2 overall, 1-1 region) basketball teams fought hard against their cross-county opponents, the Wade Hampton Red Devils, last Saturday in Estill. The Devils came away with a boys varsity win, to the disappointment of the Estill fans in attendance. The Wade Hampton boys (10-2 overall, 1-0 region) beat the Fighting Gators by a final score of 56-32.

Dreams of living Hemingway’s life sunk for Guardian writer

I knew the morning may prove nauseating as I listened to the Coast Guard advise boaters a small-craft advisory would be in effect for the duration of my day fishing with friend Brian Finnegan, a charter boat captain out of Bohickett Marina, on Seabrook Island, S.C.  

The night before any fishing trip with Finnegan on his 24-foot center console boat, I lay awake dreaming of landing a glimmering green and blue Mahi-Mahi or a large Spanish mackerel. I imagine myself writing about my epic adventures with creatures from the deep, as if they were my personal “white whale.”

Newly elected Hampton County Council members take oath

Two recently elected Hampton County council members were sworn in during Tuesday’s Hampton County council meeting. Dr. Roy Hollingsworth, current member, and new member Ronald Winn were officially sworn in for their four-year terms on council.

As well as being sworn in for another four years, Hollingsworth was honored by his fellow council members with the opportunity to serve as the Hampton County Council Chair. The chairman’s term will last for a period of two years.

Jones steps away from PHA booth

After numerous years volunteering his time in the Cone Field press box, Patrick Henry’s football announcer and statistician Greg Jones decided this year’s football season would be his last. Jones has become well-known by PHA fans, and rival schools, for his comedic relief and eclectic choice of music during sporting events.

“I’m a ham, I don’t play it to straight up there [press box],” he said. He acknowledges his announcing style has caused him to be sent to the Headmasters office on occasion, however.

Hampton District 2 honors outgoing board members

A joyous celebration of the accomplishments made by Hampton County District 2 School Board Vice-Chair Daisy Orr and board member Elizabeth Haines was held during a Dec. 13 school board meeting in Estill. Both members have chosen not to run for re-election and the meeting was their final one.

The longtime board members were given flowers and a commemorative plaque, as well as kind words from District 2 Superintendent Martin Wright and numerous district employees during the celebration of their time serving the students of the district.

Firefighter leaves legacy in Hampton County

Instrumental in the creation of the Hampton County Fire Department in 1990, Eugene “Gene” Rushing passed away at his home in Estill last week after battling an extended illness. During his time as chief, Rushing became a mentor to many young firefighters who have since taken the torch lit by Rushing and continue to strive to provide state-of-the-art fire safety measures to the residents of Hampton County.

District 1 honors Jenkins and Murdaugh

A joyous and emotional Hampton County School District 1 board meeting was held 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the district’s central office in Varnville. Two long-time board members, Eugene Jenkins and Theodore Murdaugh, will be leaving their seats behind as recently elected members begin their terms.

“I can’t think of any other word to describe these men but the word ‘class’,” said Brunson Elementary and Ben Hazel Primary School principal Greg Ackerman. “I’ve enjoyed working with both of you.”  

Genesis Cafe grand opening

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Genesis Cafe, in Yemassee, November 28. Located at 190 Highway 17A, the former Jenk's seafood location, the cafe will offer patrons breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Down home southern cooking, seafood and desserts will be available. Pastor Anthony Fields and his wife, Min. Marcella Fields, own the cafe which will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday.

Yemassee, Furman to get new fire trucks

Hampton County Administrator Rose Dobson-Elliot announced during Monday’s Hampton County Council meeting that the county has received confirmation that $500,000 will be provided by Community Development Block Grant funding for the purchase of a new fire truck to serve the towns of Yemassee and Furman.  This will be the first new fire truck Hampton County has received in seven years, said Hampton County Fire Chief Greg Cook and Dobson-Elliot.

Hampton to purchase L & L trailer lot, solar farm will lease


The Town of Hampton voted to purchase the L & L Trailer Park lot on Holly Street Extension for $16,925.58 during a town hall meeting Nov. 15. The town will also pay to clear the land before solar company Sothern Solar leases the lot for a period of 10 years.

The town was able to purchase the dilapidated lot through the Forfeited Land Commission. Council member Pete Hagood accepted the motion and the motion passed unanimously to purchase the lot. A motion to lease the land to Sothern Solar also passed with a unanimous vote.

Feathers fly at Webb

GARNETT-The only downside to my first dove hunt was realized upon the drive out of the Webb Wildlife Center last Saturday. My overflowing adrenaline and pride was quickly snuffed as I was forced to dictate for perpetuity my need for a box and a half of shells to harvest a single mourning dove.

Estill and Wade Hampton fall in first round

Wade Hampton

The Red Devils hosted Strom Thurman High School to begin their run at postseason glory. The team fought hard, especially the team’s defense, but lost the game 27-0. According to Head Coach Matt Fligg, the score didn’t represent the game accurately. Strom Thurman scored in the final moments of the game, adding insult to injury.


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