High tides and wide-eyes, Charleston fishing at its finest

While recently visiting my parents at a relative’s residence on Seabrook Island, SC., I was informed by my wonderful mother that it had been nine months since I had last seen my loving parents.

According to mother, this was far too long of a period of time to not see her only child. I felt the same way for my beloved Bohickett Marina and, of course, my lovely parents.

4-H has Poultry Show at Orangeburg County Fair

October 7, 2017 will stand out in the minds of several youth for a long time.  It is the day that a few 4-H members were recognized for their hard work raising flocks of chickens.  Youth were recognized for best Pullet Flock, Showmanship, Record Book completion, and participated in an interview as part of the Orangeburg Fair. 

Connor Murdaugh of Hampton County won first place for his pullets, followed by Alayna and Lawson Weilnau of Beaufort County in second place.  Byron Johnstone, also from Hampton County, took home the third place ribbon for his flock. 



ESTILL, SC, October 29, 2017 – A bevy of beautiful young ladies from Estill and surrounding communities gathered to compete in the Miss Estill Fall Festival pageant held on October 29, 2017 in Estill’s historic Bull Durham building. Thanks to the efforts of a committed team of volunteers, and lead decorator Georgiana Nedelcu, the venue was transformed into a glamorous autumn wonderland for the event. Mrs. Christine Jennings Johnson of Beaufort directed the pageant and noted that the venue was "one of the most beautiful settings for a local pageant" that she had seen in recent memory.

Eat wild game, stop human trafficking

A large turnout of several hundred hungry outdoorsmen exited their deer blinds and made their way to Varnville’s Jubilee Market at 7 p.m. for the fourteenth annual Men’s Wild Game Banquet on Oct. 26. The former door factory venue was filled to nearly capacity with hungry hunters for a tasty meal.

Fried alligator tail, venison, wild hog, frog legs, shrimp, and several other outdoor delicacies were offered to patrons. Plates flew and the waistlines grew as six lanes of buffet style wild game were quickly devoured.

Candlelight vigil held for Toni Rivers

A large group of concerned individuals attended a candlelight vigil held at the Wade Hampton High football field Nov. 5 in memory of 11-year-old Hampton Elementary student Toni Rivers who reportedly took her own life recently after allegedly being bullied by a fellow classmate. In light of the tragic loss of life, community members have rallied together to combat bullying in area schools. Pictured are residents and members of the Beaufort, S.C. chapter of an anti-bullying motorcycle club known as Bikers Against Bullying, who came out to support the family and the anti-bullying cause.

Palmetto Electric funds local classroom projects

Palmetto Electric Trust and Palmetto Electric Cooperative awarded $44,650 to winning teachers and their team members through the fourteenth annual Bright Ideas grant program. The prize team visited classrooms and presented grants Oct. 23, 24 and 25.

Earlier this year, teachers from southern Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties submitted proposals for innovative classroom projects.  A total of 98 grant applications, totaling over $86,484, were received.

Red Guardsmen band receives high honors

Congratulations to The Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen Band for advancing to the South Carolina Marching Band State Finals, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, S.C., this Saturday, Oct. 28.  

The Red Guardsmen Band placed 7th at the Lower-State Marching Band Championships this past Saturday at White Knoll High School in Columbia. The band received an Excellent Rating.
The band leaders include:

Drug Major: Jatavian Reese

Estill Fall Festival schedule of events

ESTILL, SC, October 11, 2017 – Driven by a desire to plan an enriching and fiscally responsible town event, a hardworking committee of citizens has reimagined Estill’s annual Fall Festival. Led by Councilwoman Dwanda Bolden and Councilman Charles Sorvino, the committee made several changes to the festival programming which led to the receipt of a $5200 grant from SC Humanities. 

Fire Prevention Week sparks interest in safety

The Fire Prevention Kickoff Day hosted by Hampton County Fire Departments and EMS took place Oct. 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the Varnville Town Hall. 

The event offered multiple activities, such as a fire prevention trailer, truck tours, bunker gear and air pack demonstrations. Children also received an opportunity to squirt water with a real fire hose.  Attendees also learned from fire extinguisher demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations and EMS demonstrations. 

CARE Team to host Bingo event

The Hampton County C.A.R.E. Team, in conjunction with the Hampton County Coroner’s Office,  was organized and approved by the Secretary of State for South Carolina as a 501(c)3 Non Profit Corporation. The mission of the C.A.R.E. Tem is to assist the Hampton County Coroner in the areas of: Community Involvement; Awareness in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths as it pertains to health and safety issues; Response to catastrophes and Educating our community on issues related to health, safety and career development.


Fortunately, it’s pumpkin time again.

And whether you think of a pumpkin as a fruit or vegetable, it has many wonderful uses in food preparation -- pies, breads, and desserts to name only a few.

As a member of the squash family, pumpkins can be substituted for winter squash or sweet potatoes in many recipes.

Pumpkins and many other squash are surprisingly low in calories–that is, if added fat and sugar are kept to a minimum.  A ½ cup serving of cooked pumpkin or winter squash contains only 40 calories.

Annual IAN Buddy Walk a success

The fourth annual Intelligent Ambitious No-Limits Down Syndrome Buddy Walk took place the morning of Oct. 14. An enthusiastic group of Wade Hampton High School JROTC cadets flew flags alongside families and friends marching in support of those living with Down Syndrome.

Organizers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful group of volunteers who made the event a success, especially the “Buddies” in attendance; Mekhi Johnson, Sara Ohl, Ian Lawton, Vionna Mays, Brandon Koon and Benjamin E Gant.

Dancing Sensations hosts first showcase

The Dancing Sensations held their first showcase on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Hampton County Recreation Center and organizers say it was the talk of the town. Founder and instructor, Letshia Brown, and her assistant, Cynquetta Luat, really put in a lot of time and effort to make this showcase a success and it was amazing, they add. The girls really did show up and show out in their awesome uniforms.

Dancing Sensations will be having tryouts at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the Hampton County Recreation Center.  Girls ages 10  to 18 are invited to come join this sisterhood.


Miss Wade Hampton recipients named

The Wade Hampton High School recently announced the recipients of the Miss Wade Hampton title. Four young ladies received recognition during the ceremony.

The 2017 Miss WHHS royal court includes (from left): Morgan Green - Miss Wade Hampton, Ziare Coker - Miss Red Devil, Haley McAlhaney - Miss Big Red and Kelly Farmer - Miss Red & White.

Million Dad March a success

Hampton Elementary School hosted the "Million Father March" event on Sept. 21.The event had fathers walking hand-in-hand with their child as the group marched to the five-points intersection, in Hampton, and back.

The event allowed school officials and Principal Cassandra Williams an opportunity to provide important information to parents, as well.

Photos by Matt Popovich, the Hampton County Guardian.


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