Fatal shooting Weds. morning in Varnville

According to Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls, deputies from his office responded to a call of a male found lying in the front yard of a 1105 Stanley Loop Road, Varnville, residence around 7:30 am Wednesday.

The victim was found shot multiple times in the front yard of the residence and rushed to an regional hospital for treatment of life-threatening wounds. His current condition is unknown at this time.

Photographs from Patrick Henry Prom

Patrick Henry Academy's prom was an evening to remember for students who attended the formal dance April 7. Students arrived at 8 pm after attending an annual formal dinner held off campus.

A wonderfully decorated school gymnasium and contemporary music played by a professional DJ were enjoyed by students and chaperones. Students danced with their friends late into the evening.

Photo's by Matt Popovich, Guardian Staff Writer.

Center to offer one-day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp in Promise Zone

APRIL 6, 2017 | The Center for a Better South will offer a special one-day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp in Walterboro on May 9 to provide training to people interested in starting a small business.

The training, targeted to people who want to start for-profit businesses, also may be helpful to people who want to start nonprofit organizations as it will focus on business basics.

SC could save nearly $90 million through school collaboration, modernization

Columbia, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Education released today Phase 1 of the School District Efficiency Review that was conducted pursuant to Proviso 1.92 of the FY2016-17 General Appropriations Act. Phase 1 of the School District Efficiency Review surveyed the 32 plaintiff school districts in the 1993 Abbeville County School District v. State of South Carolina lawsuit. Phase 2 of the School District Efficiency Review will survey the non-plaintiff districts at a later date.

Allendale County man sentenced to 35 years for 2015 murder


ALLENDALE, SC (April 5, 2017) – An Allendale County man was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 2015 shooting death of a romantic rival.

The jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before convicting Jaycoby Terreak Williams, 30, of murder in the May 26, 2015, slaying of James Spellman, who was 29 at the time of his death. Spellman was struck by a single gunshot while talking to a cousin outside of Allendale’s Pinewood Apartments, where his girlfriend lived.


On Saturday, 4/1/17, HCSO Deputies responded to a Burglary on Mill Pond Road, Varnville. It was discovered that entry was made into the residence through a rear window. Among items stolen were two 32 inch and one 55 inch flat screen TV’s.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Division at (803) 914-2200, HCSO Tip Line at (866) 942-1120 or email at Callers may remain anonymous.

WHHS to celebrate post-secondary pursuing seniors

Wade Hampton High School will host an event on May 25 to recognize high school seniors for their post-secondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for plans upon graduation, such as: enlisting in the military, entering the work force with a current job officer, or attending college upon high school graduation. We are asking for your donations to help make this day a success. Wade Hampton High School is planning both a school wide celebration, as well as a dinner, to recognize these seniors who have worked hard and made a plan for their future!

PEARLS Annual Meeting set for April 30

Change is one thing that is sure to happen...but how do you handle the changes that present themselves to you? "Bounce, Don't Break" author and public speaker Penny Hunt will be the keynote speaker at the PEARLS of Hampton County 2017 Annual Meeting on April 30th.  Other exciting highlights for the evening will include the presentation of the 2017 PEARLS grant awards and the 2017 Betti Crosby grant awards. The program will begin at 4 p.m. at Open Arms Ministries and the community is invited to attend.

Most recent updated weather forecast from county EMS

Updated release:

Behind the sunshine in areas of the county will come very dangerous storms producing tornados, straight line winds, hail and severe weather.

Please stay alert to the forecast.


Hazardous Weather Outlook

National Weather Service Charleston SC

1255 PM EDT Wed Apr 5 2017



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Photos from annual Jamie Mixson Classic soccer tournament

The annual Jamie Mixson soccer tournament took place March 25. Several local soccer clubs/teams took part in the event, including children who play youth soccer all the way up to high school varsity athletes. The Wade Hampton High School hosted Barnwell High School during the event.

All four Red Devil teams came out ahead of their Barnwell competitors. The J.V girls won their matchup by a final score of 3-0, the J.V. boys won their game 4-0, the Varsity girls won their game 3-0 and the Varsity boys beat their Barnwell opponents by a final score of 3-0.

Watermelon Festival Pageant entries needed

The Hampton County Watermelon Festival Pageant application deadline of April 14 is quickly approaching.  Female contestants age 14-17 will compete for the "Teen" title and the winner receives a sash and crown.  Female contestants age 18-21 will compete for the "Miss" title and the winner receives a sash, crown, and $1000 college scholarship.

BBQ to benefit Men's Wild Game Banquet

A pork BBQ fund raiser will be held on Saturday, Apr. 8, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. The cost will be $10 per plate.

The funds raised will be used to repair the old Door Plant now owned by Jubilee Market, which will become the permanent location for the Men’s Wild Game Banquet.

Tickets are available online now at, as well as at The Freeman Agency, ACE Hardware and Hampton Properties.

HVMC Watermelon Festival Contest Deadline April 6

The deadline for entering the 2017 Hampton Museum and Visitors’ Center/Watermelon Festival Literary and Art Contests is Thursday, April 6. The theme is “75 Years of Watermelon Fun.” The deadline is earlier this year to enable us to print the First Place winners in the “75th Watermelon Festival” program books. Entries should be turned in to the Hampton Museum and Visitors’ Center at: 15 First Street East in Hampton, S.C. 29924. For more information, please call the museum at 803-943-5318 during hours of operation (Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 p.m.

PEARLS of Hampton County Announces Grant Theme for 2017

Hampton, SC – PEARLS of Hampton County, a women’s philanthropic fund of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, has announced their grant theme for 2017: Assisting with the Needs of our Hampton County Residents.


Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, along with tax equivalent organizations such as churches, schools and government agencies, are eligible to apply. Applications requesting up to $9,000 for new programs or to enhance existing programs will be accepted.



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