Downtown Hampton displays themed benches

You may have spotted some interesting looking benches around the Town of Hampton. The watermelon-themed park benches were constructed by students from Wade Hampton High School’s shop class under the direction of Steve Crosby. The Town of Hampton purchased two benches; the benches were placed at the Lightsey Park by the town and were painted by local artist Joanne Phillips, who also painted the Lee Ave. Exchange Park mural. A bench was also purchased by Hampton resident Betty Ruth Crews and given to Lee Ave. business The Frock Shop as a gift.

Watermelon Festival Committee seeks 75-year-old residents

    To: Our local Congregations

From: The Hampton County Watermelon Festival Committee

    Re: Festival Parade


This year is a very special year for the Hampton County Watermelon Festival.  We will be celebrating 75 years of this grand event on June 17-25.

This letter serves as an invitation to the members of our local congregations that have reached the “Ripe and Sweet” age of 75 to participate in the Hampton County Watermelon Festival Parade.

Varnville church hosts human trafficking speaker

Dr. Carol Stephens, a retired nurse who resides in Bluffton, S.C., spoke May 22 to a small group at the Varnville Christian Church about the perils of human trafficking and sex trafficking. As well as giving the group statistical information about human trafficking, Stephens provided information  to help spot the signs of possible human/sex trafficking.

Stephens, who holds a doctorate degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, is a passionate advocate against violence to women. She is an active member of the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT).

Photos from PHA graduation

The Patrick Henry Academy proudly graduated its' Class of 2017 on Thursday, May 25. A large gathering of family and friends attended the ceremony held in the school’s gymnasium. The 2017 Valedictorian was Julianna Beverly Corbin, who will attend Clemson University.  Salutatorian James Gillilan Griner will also attend Clemson University.


2017 delegates for Palmetto Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary Hampton Unit # 108 is pleased to announce the selection of the 2017 delegates for Palmetto Girls State from Wade Hampton High School and Patrick Henry Academy. Palmetto Girls State is a one-week leadership and citizenship training program, created to educate outstanding high school students about state and local government and citizenship. Girls attending Palmetto Girls State experience governmental procedure by simulating political campaigns, elections, and the political process.

South Carolina Forestry personnel receive appreciation recognition

Those who put their lives on the line to extinguish forest fires and make sure they protect life and property within Hampton and the surrounding counties were recognized recently for their efforts.

The South Carolina Forestry Commission held an employee appreciation luncheon for employees within the Edisto Unit on May 24 at the Niederhof Seed Orchard in Tillman. Some of this unit includes Hampton, Jasper, Allendale and Beaufort counties. Other units from around the entire state are also participating in their areas with other similar events in recognition of their service.

District Two names Teacher of the Year; students showcase projects

Hampton County School District 2 strives to acknowledge and praise the greatness in their teaching staff.  This year’s 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year are: Marilyn Ling (Estill Elementary), Michael Green (Estill Middle), and Shaini Poovadan (Estill High).  The District Teacher of the Year is Marilyn Ling.


TCL honors 44 health sciences graduates

The Technical College of the Lowcountry honored 34 Associate Degree in Nursing graduates and 10 Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree graduates at its May 11 pinning ceremony.

“We are so proud of these graduates for their perseverance and commitment to excellence,” health sciences dean Dr. Glenn Levicki said. “TCL’s health sciences programs are rigorous but produce extremely qualified and successful graduates, giving them the confidence they need to walk proudly into the field.”

Bosom Buddies' Walker is a survivor

Lillie May Walker knew she would survive breast cancer and later serve the Lord in any capacity He felt suitable after a chance encounter with a young woman whom she had never met during a shopping trip in Charleston, S.C. with a friend. The meeting would drastically change the way the retired 22-year veteran Hampton District One bus driver views life, leading her to later obtain a doctorate degree and to perform untold numbers of hours of volunteer work within Hampton County.

Local Cub Scouts receive awards

On April 29, Cub Scout Pack 664 held their final awards to recognize the hard work of all the Cubs.  We had a total of 17 present. We were assisted by Hampton Boy Scout Troop 664 led by Scoutmaster Richard Smith and Assistant Scoutmaster Angela Evans.  The boys present to assist were Michael Evans, Dalton Smith, Ian Lawton and Jaliel Miller.  

Sorority holds sixteenth Biennial Cotillion

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Xi Omega Omega Chapter held its 16th Biennial Cotillion in Walterboro, SC.  The cotillion is the sorority’s opportunity to present to the community young ladies who are demonstrating leadership traits through academic achievement, community service, and good citizenship.  The Sorority’s goal is to continue to nurture these traits as they complete their high school careers and continue their studies at a college or university of their choosing.

Little Buddies event snags kids' interest

It was a perfect day to be outside with a fishing rod in your hand Saturday at Lake Warren State Park, and a sizable turnout descended upon the banks and boat ramps of the lake to take part in the 2017 Little Buddies Fishing Tournament.

Lines hit the water promptly at sunrise and weigh-in was at noon. Although only one bass was caught all day, a good number of pan fish were hooked by youthful participants. Trophies were awarded for three separate categories of fish: bass, catfish and pan fish.

Brunson Lions fry fish

Organizers expected to sell around 900 plates per food this year, in a town with a population of far less than that. Fresh fried hush puppies and ‘slaw accompanied the fish that is a hit with Hampton County residents, who line up to purchase take out plates or eat-in meals.

While eating-in, patrons were greeted with smiling Wade Hampton JROTC cadets and old, familiar faces. Fellowship and laughter went down as smoothly as the sweet tea. The cost of each plate was $8 and all proceeds benefit the Lion’s Club’s sight conservation programs.    


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.


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