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.


For 32 years, I have taught students music and about Life.  “Be the best you can be” and “You never fail until you stop trying.”   “If you want to be successful, do one thing at a time and do it right.”  “There’s no use in settling for second best.”

Curtis, 13, gets first deer

Cameron Curtis, 13, killed his first deer, a three-point buck, around 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 while hunting on his grandparents’ (Lee and Charlotte Harvey) land in Cummings. Curtis killed the buck with his new gun in a new deer stand built by another grandfather, Danny Curtis. He is the son of Jamie Curtis and Sheila Eichelberger.  




Science and Mathematics Governor’s School welcomes two county students

Hartsville, SC – Collen Mims and Jenny Schaffer, from Hampton County, have been accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville. They join students from across South Carolina to form the Class of 2019. 
GSSM students moved onto campus in mid-August and classes started Aug. 14. This year, the school celebrates 276 students representing 128 high schools and 35 counties. 

Charleston Southern announces Dean's List

Charleston Southern University has named the following students to the Dean’s List for the spring 2017 semester.

- Mauldin Luann Sauls, of Early Branch. Sauls is a junior majoring in Biology: Preprofessional Emphasis.

- Bethany Anne Winn, of Estill. Winn is a sophomore majoring in Organizational Management.

- Mildred Elizabeth Rowell, of Fairfax. Rowell is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice.

- Brianna Lynne Tyler, of Walterboro. Tyler is a senior majoring in Graphic Design.

Charleston Southern names students to the Dean’s List who have earned a

Varnville Chiropractic patients provide student supplies

Dr. Antony Rea’s Varnville Chiropractic patients have done it again! They raised more than $1,300 in school supplies for Fennell Elementary in their "Fill the Bus" campaign this year. Each year, Varnville Chiropractic chooses a local school to be the recipient of its patients' generosity. Through the Fill The Bus campaign, Dr. Rea donates his services to his current patients and they donate school supplies in return. For new patients, Dr. Rea also donates his services for a consultation, exam, x-rays (if needed), and a report of findings in exchange for a donation to Fill the Bus.

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.

Let’s see Hampton County Rocks continue to travel

What some may see as an object that has no value, it has become one that is priceless to many.

  You can find them out in parking lots or around a lake or many other places. They don’t get much attention due to their ability to just blend in to their environment.

  A simple object that most had simply overlooked until recently.

  Many people around the county, state and nation have decided they wanted to join in and paint, hide and hunt those little greyish or brown objects. They find ones that are new and turn them into their own individual works of art.

Confederate history, battlefield tour offered Oct. 14 at Rivers Bridge

Rivers Bridge State Historic Site will host Dr. Eric Poplin of Brockington and Associates on Saturday October 14, Dr. Poplin will describe his company’s archaeological investigations at the Civil War earthworks at Congaree Creek near Columbia.  His presentation will be preceded by a ranger led tour of the Civil War battlefield here at Rivers Bridge.    

$5.00 per adult.. FREE for children 16 and under.


Rivers Bridge State Historic Site

325 State Park Road, Ehrhardt, S.C.29081

PEARLS Girls camp a big splash

Hampton, SC -- The first annual PEARLS’ Girls Camp was held July 10 -14 at Connexions (the old skating rink) in Hampton. The girls were exposed to a number of character building, self-esteem enhancing, and talent-showcasing activities.

The young ladies were given small group swimming lessons by James Black and his certified lifeguards and volunteers. Some of the girls went from being afraid of the water to being able to swim across the entire pool in record time. Water safety was also incorporated into the week’s lessons.

Estill Officer shot speaks to Barnwell students

“In the name of Jesus, you will live and not die.”

Those are the words Estill police officer Quincy Smith heard after being shot while on duty on January 1, 2016. The prayer was said by a cousin, who rushed to the scene after hearing about the shooting on her police scanner.

Smith recounted that day for students at the Barnwell County Career Center on Thursday, August 24.

He woke up, prayed and headed to the police department before starting his shift. He learned there were no major incidents the night before.

Yemmassee PD greet Fennell students on first day

Students returned to school for a new school year at Fennell Elementary School in Yemassee and officers were on hand to personally greet the students and parents dropping of children. Students were surprised by an assembly showcasing new police K9 "Zeka". Zeka demonstrated her ability to sniff out drugs among her many other talents!

Hampton District One Teachers, Support Persons of Year

Following a district training exercise at the North District Middle School on Aug. 14, district officials announced the 2017-18 Support Persons and Teachers of the Year for each school, as well the 2018-19 District One Teacher of the Year.

The full-day training exercise allowed district teachers an opportunity to listen to several speakers and break into smaller groups to work on more specific material in preparation of the first day of school Thursday.


District Teacher of the Year

WHHS graduate receives $443,000 NSF Research Grant

Dr. Scott, a DSU assistant professor of biological sciences and co-principal investigator of the research grant, has joined scientific forces with the principal investigator Dr. Sarah Harcum of Clemson University and fellow co-investigators Dr. Kelvin Lee of University of Delaware and Dr. Anne Robinson of Tulane University.

This team’s research aims to improve the understanding of the relationship in organisms between genetic material, or genotype, and physical characteristics due to gene expression and environmental influences, or phenotype.


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