Estill Police Department gives back to community

The Estill Police Department diligently saved its pennies and gave back to the community by way of two barbeque cookouts. As well as tasty food, numerous activities were offered as a “thank you” from the department to the citizens of Estill.

On July 28, the department set up a large grill and tents and invited children to cool down under the refreshing gentle mist of  a Hampton County Fire Department hose operated by two department members who blistered in the summer sun to offer youth a wonderful time frolicking in the water.

Estill Middle/High School 1st Annual GATOR PRIDE Day

Estill Middle/High School Principal Johnnie Miller, Jr. announced this week that he is incredibly proud of the attendance of 40 individuals including alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, community members and other stakeholders at the 1st Annual GATOR PRIDE Day that was held Saturday, July 22.

GATOR PRIDE Day is an event that Miller has established and would like to continue annually. This is an opportunity to involve everyone who has an investment in the lives of the students at Estill Middle/High School.

School Uniform Drive Inspired by One Local Girl Scout

Meet Rebeckah. She is a 10 year old Junior Girl Scout active in Troop 30089 right here in

Hampton County. This year she is moving up to her second year in Juniors. Meeting all

requirements, she decided to dedicate her summer towards earning her Bronze Award, which is

the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. She chose to help needy children in her

community by encouraging others to donate gently used school uniform. She presented this idea

Salk Service 2017 rehabilitates homes, hearts

Each year, dozens of Christian campers converge on Hampton County to perform home rehabilitations for county residents who have obstacles preventing them from performing the home repairs themselves. The week long 2017 Salkehatchie Summer Service program ended last weekend, but the memories made by campers and homeowners will last a lifetime.

Hampton Elementary's Boys Club offers education, exercise

Although many students are sitting at home watching television and trying to stay cool during their summer break, a group of elementary and middle school aged children from multiple counties spend half their weekdays at the Hampton Elementary school learning advanced computer skills, mathematics and participating in athletic activities which improve both cognitive and physical skills.

Bikers visit Hampton County

On Wednesday, June 21, a group of courageous youths along with their team leaders, departed Hunting Island, S.C. (Beaufort County) en-route to California with only the bare necessities for a six-week journey, according to one of the team leaders.  Around 1:30 p.m. on that day, the 14-member group found rest on the lawn and highway in front of the Jerusalem Baptist Church in Cummings.  As they were resting, Theresa H.

Bess Dowling Ware award winners

Christopher Deaunte Woods, a third grader at Varnville Elementary, was the recipient of the annual William S. Ware award, which was presented during the awards day program on May 31 at the Varnville Recreation Department. Woods has attended VES since Prekindergarten.  The award winner is chosen from the third grade students at VES and must exemplify scholarship, leadership, citizenship, honesty, and friendliness. Sandra W. Gooding, and Martha Bouknight, daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. William S. Ware, were present.

Taste of Hampton County a treat during festival

The annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival's Taste of Hampton County drew a throng of individuals to the Wade Hampton High School June 20 seeking a sampling of Hampton County's finest bites to eat. Residents prepared food they were proud of; their names were listed in front of each of their entries.  

The event was a success due to the numerous volunteers, including a large number of Watermelon Festival Belles and Beaus.

Morehouse Men Under Forty

Joshua Moore, formerly of Hampton, SC is a Manager of Business Sector Strategies at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. He joined the Alliance in 2014 as part of the Clinton-Orfalea-Brittingham Fellowship program at the Clinton Foundation. Upon completing his fellowship, he continued with the Alliance in his current capacity. In his role, he contributes to the strategic expansion of the Alliance’s public-private partnership work in the education, healthcare, food and beverage, and technology industries.

Fennell Elementary students grow vegetables for good

The Fennell Elementary School's Garden Club ended the school year by helping others. Sixth grade students, with help from school principal Willie Coker and teacher Corrie Frohnapfel, cultivated the one acre garden behind the school and donated the harvested vegetables to members of the community.

This is the sixteenth year for the FES Garden Club and students continue to enjoy time spent outside the classroom learning about science.  

2017 Watermelon Festival Kiddie Parade photos

The 75th annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival's Kiddie Parade took place June 19 in Varnville.

Organized by Watermelon Festival Committee member Kelly Green, the event was fun for children and allowed parents an opportunity to snap plenty of pictures.

Children competed for trophies in their respective divisions. Divisions included Walkers and Wagons; Strollers; Tricycles and Bicycles; Floats; Power Wheels; and 4-Wheelers and Golf Karts. Look for a complete list and pictures of the winners in next week’s edition of the Guardian. Photos by Matt Popovich, The Guardian.

Empty Pockets Project features local talent on the road to success

Norman Vincent Peale once said empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

One local band, known as the Empty Pockets Project, takes this advice to heart as they continue to pursue their musical dreams with heart and determination.

“We’re just starving artists as they say,” Christopher Mark Harriott, bassist, singer, songwriter, manager and producer for the Empty Pockets Project said. “After bills, there isn’t a lot of funding left to pursue this, so we just put in all that we’ve got and hope for the best.”

Photos from festival Family Fun Day at Lake Warren

The watermelon was cool and sweet as participants gorged themselves during 75th annual Hampton County Watermelon Festival Family Fun Day watermelon eating contest. As well as an eating contest, children were granted the opportunity to take part in several different activities, including face painting, a waterslide and bounce house, fire truck sprinklers to cool down, kayaking, a petting zoo and carriage ride and several other activities for the entire family, including musical entertainment.

Photographs by Matt Popovich, The Hampton County Guardian.



Nixville author publishes new mystery/suspense book

Teresa Tuten, a writer, wife, mom, and small business owner of the Nixville area has recently published her fourth book: Silent Agony-A Novel. It is about a case worker that helps abused women. In the process, Jenna Johnson's life is put in danger as she works with the local DA regarding domestic violence cases. As a series of events begin to unfold, will Jenna figure things out before she or another client is murdered? With each chapter the mystery becomes more intense causing Silent Agony-A Novel  to be a real page turner. Perfect for a great summer read.


Wade Hampton Rotary Track Camp

The Wade Hampton Rotary Track Camp was held Monday, June 5, through Friday, June 9. We had 63 children ages 5-13 participate and 10 Wade Hampton High School track athletes for a total of 73. The week concluded with a track meet at the WHHS Track in which each participant competed in three events.

The WHHS Track Program Would like to thank the sponsors that made it possible.

Hampton County Rotary Club (Title Sponsor)

Hampton County Sheriff's Office

Green Acres Turf Farm

Starr Tracks

ACE/Brunson Building Supply


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