Steve Smith's Back-to-School Bash

The annual Steve Smith Back-to-School Bash took place at the North District Middle School August 5. Smith, assistant coach of the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball team and Hampton County school district graduate, partnered with Nike to fill book bags with school supplies and shoe boxes with new Jordan’s to be awarded to students from both districts.

Bamberg Youth 4-H Shooter Selected to Team USA

Alexander Ahlin, age 15 of Bamberg, SC was recently selected to the US National Open Men’s Shotgun Team.  Ahlin started in the South Carolina 4-H youth shooting program with the Mid Carolina Gun Club youth shooting team when he was 8 years old. “I remember pulling up to Mid-Carolina gun club during one of their practices and seeing this small kid on the range.


Hilton Head Island, SC -- Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded $162,731 in grants to three local organizations: Arrhythmia Alliance, The Sandbox – An Interactive Children’s Museum and Savannah Children’s Choir.


Arrhythmia Alliance received $52,731 for the purchase and installation of 25 AEDs in public properties throughout Bluffton, in partnership with Bluffton Township Fire Department.


Regional Emergency Medical Center for Bamberg and Barnwell under construction

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) of Orangeburg, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and SouthernCarolina Alliance (SCA) were joined by Congressman Jim Clyburn, Congressman Joe Wilson and leaders from across the state for a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, August 8, to celebrate the construction of an $8.63 million, 20,500 square-foot, freestanding 24/7 emergency medical center to serve Bamberg and Barnwell Counties.

Former HPD officer's wife arrested in connection with drug case

The Hampton Police Department confirmed the recent arrest of Linda Ashley Singleton, 29, of 10 Holly Street East, Hampton, to be in conjunction with the arrest of her husband, former HPD officer Danny Singleton, by SLED agents on July 25.

Singleton was arrested the same day as her husband and booked into the Hampton County Detention Center on two counts of distribute, sell, manufacture or possess with intent to distribute drugs near a school and with manufacture, distribute or possess drugs in schedule I,B, C, LSD and schedule II cocaine.

District One's Manigo to stay

Despite an earlier announcement he would be leaving the Hampton County school system, award-winning Hampton District One Band Director Ervin Manigo confirmed with the Guardian that he will return to the district and teach music to district students during the 2017-18 school year.

“The kids kind of lured me back, saying that they are ready for some more challenges and are ready to execute my instructions. We are hoping to have a wonderful year,” he stated.

Co-op warns members of recent scam attempts

Palmetto Electric Cooperative is reminding the public of how to avoid scams perpetrated either on the telephone or in person.


President and CEO Berl Davis says alert co-op members have reported both types of scamming in recent days. In the telephone scam, the caller poses as a representative of Palmetto Electric. The scam caller states that immediate payment is needed to avoid disconnection of electric service. 


Morris Publishing Sells the Guardian to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA, Ga – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Augusta Chronicle and the Guardian to GateHouse Media.

The sale also includes 10 other daily newspapers, numerous non-daily publications and associated websites and digital assets. The transaction is expected to close on October 2, 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

Health screenings coming to Hampton church

Hampton, South Carolina – Residents living in and around the Hampton, South Carolina can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.  Hampton United Methodist Church will host this community event on 9/1/2017.  The site is located at 204 Elm Street West in Hampton.


Screenings can check for:

4-H offers kids food plot project

Friday, August 4 is the deadline to register your young hunter/farmer to participate in the South Carolina 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project.

Partnering with the Clemson Extension Cooperative, SC 4-H will allow both members and non-members ages 5-18 to participate in the program.

For more information on food plot project, visit or contact your local 4-H agent.

2017 Palmetto Electric Safety Days

The Palmetto Electric Cooperative hosted its annual Safety Days event at the Hampton County Recreation Department July 20. Speakers from various organizations spoke with children about specific safety concerns and ways to avoid dangerous situations.

A wild animal presentation, electric safety seminar, health safety seminar and other informative presentations were provided to children in attendance.  

All of the children who attended the event left with prizes and hugs from Linny the Lineman.

Natives graduate United State Army Sergeant’s Major Academy

La’tevia M. Williams-Green and Christopher Mole recently completed a rigorous program of academic study from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, one of the most premier academic institutions in the Army. Their outstanding academic success resulted in their promotions to the rank of Sergeant Major, the Army's highest enlisted rank that is only achieved by one percent of 1.018 million soldiers across all three components of the Army (Active, Guard and Reserve).

Rotary Club honors exemplary citizens

The Hampton County Rotary Club gathered to celebrate individuals who have graciously offered their services and time for the betterment of their communities and acted as positive examples to those around them.


Johnny Causey

2017 Citizen of the Year

Causey donated his personal Native American artifact collection to the Hampton County Museum, among many other attributes to our area over his lifetime.  


Mary Ann Watson

2017 Rotarian of the Year

Alcohol Enforcement Team hosts luncheon

The 14th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) held its Recognition Luncheon on June 27, 2017.  The 14th Judicial Circuit is comprised of law enforcement agencies and local alcohol and drug abuse commissions within Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Beaufort, and Jasper Counties.  The goal of the 14th Judicial Circuit is to reduce underage alcohol use by implementing several strategies: Public Safety Checkpoints, Alcohol Compliance Checks, and Community Events / Presentations.

Two severe crashes last week in county, one fatal

A fatal car crash occurred at 3:38 p.m. on July 24 at the intersection of Browning Gate and Two Sisters Ferry roads, in the southern part of Hampton County.

Franklin Ruth, 82, of Chocolate City Road, Estill, was pronounced deceased upon arrival to an area hospital, according to Hampton County EMS and the Coroner’s Office. Ruth may have been suffering from health problems prior to the accident, say officials.


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