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Wed, 2017-12-06 14:06
History of the Jolly Old ElfBy: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:06pm

Week of Dec. 11, 2017


History of the Jolly Old Elf

by Scott D. Strawn


Okay, you know he wears a red suit, has a slight weight problem, has elves for employees, travels the globe once a year and is ever so jolly.  But who is Santa really?  How did he get to be in charge of North Pole Operations?  And what’s up with his mode of transportation?  Reindeer?  Really?  Maybe some of these titles will shed light on the matter.


When Santa Fell to Earth, by Cornelia Funke



Do you know that at one time Santa faced a hostile takeover?  When Gerold Geronimus Goblynch was leader of Yule Land’s Great Christmas Council, he outlawed the old magical ways.  Talk about putting a crimp in Santa’s style.  A snowmobile instead of reindeer?  Say it ain’t so.  But being Santa, the Jolly Ole Elf found a way out of it.  Cornelia Funke (author of the Inkheart series) spins a rollicking holiday tale.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum, with illustrations by Charles Santore




When we see the name L. Frank Baum, a girl from Kansas and a yellow brick road comes to mind, but Baum created other worlds.  Baum also reported on the history of the Jolly Ole Elf.  From Santa’s childhood, spent with the Immortals in the Forest of Burzee, to the struggle with the Awgwas, Baum relates the story of the world’s most famous gift-giver and the customs that surround him.  Avid Oz fans will recognize aspects of Santa’s world, which later turned up in the Oz series. 


Kringle, by Tony Abbott




As a child, Santa (then known as “Kringle”) was under the care of an elderly woman named Merwen.  The woods where they lived were filled with goblins who, to say the least, were not children-friendly.  When the goblins child-kidnapping schemes ensnared Merwen, Kringle came to her rescue.  As Abbot relates it, this is the event that would ultimately make Santa who he is today.


Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, by William Joyce and Laura Geringer




In his “Guardians of Childhood” books, William Joyce has related the tales of many mythical figures known to children, from the Sandman to the Easter Bunny, and from the Tooth Fairy to Jack Frost.  Here he zeroes in on the most famous of all, Santa.  Can you believe that in his youth Santa was a bandit?  Yep, Santa himself was on the Naughty List, but with the help of a Ombric Shalazar, wizard and survivor of Atlantis, he reformed.  Joyce’s book relates how they faced down Pitch, the Nightmare King.


The Legend of Holly Claus, by Brittney Ryan, with illustrations by Laurel Long


The Claus line doesn’t stop with Santa, known in this book as “Nicholas Clause.”  (How many names does this guy have?)  Ryan expounds on the experiences of one Holly Claus, daughter of the legendary toy maker.  Cursed by the warlock, Herrikhan, she is restricted to the North Pole lest she have a meltdown (literarily).  Here are the events of her defeat of the wizard.


All books listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about holiday books, or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library, or go to  Mr. Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.


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DSS seeks community's help providing gifts

Wed, 2017-12-06 14:04
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 2:04pm

The Hampton County Department of Social Services is seeking your help with the 2017 “Fill the Stocking Campaign” for the Christmas holiday season. Your past contributions enabled many families and children to have a joyful Christmas holiday season. DSS is seeking your help once again to be a part of making a child’s Christmas a memorable one.

Please purchase your items on or before Dec. 4 and deliver them to the Hampton County Department of Social Services, 102 Ginn Altman Ave., Hampton, between Dec.  4 and Dec. 15. If for any reason you are unable to deliver the items, you may contact Mrs. Katherine W. Rivers or Mrs. Evon Williams at (803) 943-3641 and arrangements will be made to secure the items.

Hampton County DSS is excited about this year’s campaign and looking forward to the public joining in its support.


Thanking you in advance,


Evon Williams, Senior Child Welfare Specialist, and Katherine W. Rivers, Human Service Coordinator I.




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Wed, 2017-12-06 13:59
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:59pm

Bertie Mae Ruth

Mother Bertie Mae Ruth, 84, of 300 Chocolate City Road, Nixville, SC was born in Hampton County, SC, October 17, 1933 to the late William Newton and Patience Duncan.  She was an active member of Efferson Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her demise.

Mother Bertie Mae was full of love, and laughter. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, vegetable garden, fishing, shopping, riding her bicycle, and walking up and down Chocolate City Road. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and attending church.

Mother Bertie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Franklin Ruth Sr., this union was blessed with nine children, one son preceded them in death.
As she enters the pearly gates, she is greeted by her parents, husband, one son, Willie James Ruth, siblings, Julia Mae O'Banner, Ella Bell Moore, Lena Bryson, Rose Ella Green, Grena Evans, Arthur Lee, Herman O'Banner and Eddie Jiles along with three grandchildren.
On Monday, October 30, 2017, Mother Bertie Mae gained her Golden Crown from earth to eternity in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family as she took flight to be with the Lord.
Cherishing her love and fond memories are: Six sons, Johnny (Patricia) Ruth, Franklin Ruth Jr., Deacon Carl Ruth, all of Nixville, SC, Leroy (Tara) Ruth, Walterboro, SC, Michael (Sophia) Ruth, Hilton Head, SC, Clarence (Shay) Ruth,Ocala, Florida, Two daughters; Mary (Leon) Driessen, Hilton Head, SC, Pastor Marshell (Leanthony) Smith, Hampton, SC; Three step-daughters, Francina Hopkins, Lexington, SC, Penny (Ben) Holmes, Patricia Comier, both of Hampton, SC; Four sisters, Patricia Chamber, Ethel Bell Doctor, both of Greenville, SC, Margaret Newton, Washington, DC, Lizer Thompson, Cummings, SC; Two brothers, Ricky, and Billy Ferguson both of Greenville, SC, one brother in law, Jack Ruth, Varnville, SC. (48) grandchildren, (73) great grandchildren, (5) great-great grandchildren, Six aunts, Mary Ann Johnson, Evelyn Johnson both of Luray, SC, Cora Lee Jones, Rebecca Johnson both of Savannah, Georgia, Cora Swinton, Walterboro, SC and Julius (Nathaniel) Overstreet, New York, one uncle, Starr Johnson, Savannah, Georgia. Two special friends, Connie Wooten, Nixville, SC, Claudie Mae Greene, Cummings, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.

Home Going Service was held 1 P.M. Friday, November 3, 2017 at Efferson Missionary Baptist Church, 5146 Browning Gate Road, Estill, SC, Reverend Dr. Hallie Capers, Pastor and Eulogy, Elder Patricia Brantley, Presiding. Interment was in the Cypress Creek Cemetery, Pineland, SC.

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home, 1214 Hampton Ave., Fairfax, SC 29827 was in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Holmes Green

ESTILL - Gladys Holmes Green 62, of Estill, SC, wife of Minister Christopher Green, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Wake services will be held 6 to 7 PM, Thursday, Dec. 7,  2017 at New Abundant Life Church of God in Christ, Foster Road, Varnville,, SC

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Burton New Church of Christ in Burton, SC.  Burial will follow in Sixteen Gates Cemetery, Beaufort. 

Marshel’s Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals of Beaufort is in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the guest book at


Kenneth Wayne Eckler

EARLY BRANCH - Mr. Kenneth Wayne Eckler, 56, of Gilkerson Lane near Early Branch, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 in Beaufort County.

Mr. Eckler was born in North Carolina, March 23, 1961, a son of the late Norman and Catherine Burnt Eckler.  He was a Diesel Mechanic and worked with Certified Fleet Services in Beaufort County.

Surviving are:  One daughter:  Patrisha Gonzalez of Islandton; Sister:  Anita Humphries of Burton;  and two grandchildren:  Jadyn and Adryanna Gonzalez of Islandton. 

Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Benjamin Martin Heape

BRUNSON - Mr. Benjamin Martin Heape, 74, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2017 at his residence near Brunson.

Mr. Heape was born in Cummings, June 28, 1943, a son of the late Charlie Wilson and Luelle Cook Heape.  He retired from Westinghouse Corporation in Hampton as a Press Operator after 43 years of service.  He was a member of the Evergreen Masonic Lodge and the Jahab Shrine Club.  He was married to the late Jan Valentine Heape.

Surviving are:  One daughter:  Sonja Heape of Brunson; Sister:  Margie Woods of Gillisonville; Grandchildren:  Josh Moseley and Tristan Shinholser; and one great-grandchild:  Joshua Dylan Moseley, Jr.  Mr. Heape was predeceased by two brothers:  Jack and Charlie O’Neal Heape.

Funeral services were held 4 P.M. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Wallace Gilbert Harriott

PINELAND - Mr. Wallace Gilbert Harriott, 70, of Gillison Branch Road in Pineland, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Harriott was born in Hampton, February 28, 1947, a son of the late Frank and Effie DeWitt Harriott.  He was a retired truck driver, having worked with both Luray Grain Company and J.F. Wyman Grain Company.  He had attended the St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church and was a former member of the Stafford Masonic Lodge # 216.

Surviving are:  His wife:  Mrs. Idell Prince Harriott of Pineland;  Sons:  Danny Brunson and wife Gail of Scotia, and Michael Harriott of Varnville;  Daughter:  Judy Rivers and husband Don of Nixville;  Brother:  John Albert Harriott, Sr. and wife Shelby of Burgaw, N.C.; Sister:  Marselle Staton and husband Jim of Middletown, Ohio; Grandchildren:  Bonnie Lee and husband Randy, Alan Brunson and wife Cassie, Kurt Rivers and wife Odessa, Mandy Harriott “Noel”, and Dusty Harriott and wife Gabi.  There are 10 great-grandchildren.  Mr. Harriott was predeceased by brothers and a sister:  Charles, Eric, Nathan, Quillie Joe Harriott and Edith Hodges.

Graveside services were held at 1 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 in the Lebanon Cemetery near Scotia conducted by Rev. John Harriott, Jr.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.


Vernelle Crapse Gibson

HAMPTON - Mrs. Vernelle Crapse Gibson, 87, of Luray Highway near Hampton, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at her residence.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Varnville, November 30, 1930, a daughter of the late Brooks and Iona Murdaugh Crapse.  She had worked at the Allendale Garment Company and the Gemco Manufacturing Company in Varnville where she retired as a Supervisor.  She was an active member of the Jahab Honeys at the Jahab Shrine Club and was a member of the Hampton First Christian Church.  She was the widow of Marion Peeples and Lloyd J. Gibson, Jr.

Surviving are:  Sons:  Billy Peeples and wife Sandy of Greensboro, North Carolina, Russell Gibson of Hampton, and Dana Gibson and wife Dawn of Hampton;  Daughters:  Wanda Atkinson and husband Don of Hampton, and Jodi Gambill Dennie and husband Steve of Dallas, Texas;  Sister:  Martha “Sissy” Forrester of Summerville; Sister-in-law:  Dorothy Crapse of Beaufort;  Grandchildren:  Roe, Shaun, Jaret and Will Gibson, Nicole Grossie, Brooke Shaffer Price, Tara Peeples, Chris Atkinson and Tammy Foster;  and 12 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Gibson was predeceased by:  Brothers:  Murdaugh Crapse and Marvin Crapse; and Sisters:  Lillian McGraw, Mazie Long and Clara Mae Mason.

Funeral services were held 3 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017  in the Hampton First Christian Church conducted by Rev. Larry Smith and Rev. Thom Jackson with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton was in charge of the arrangments.



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Threatened Edisto River Gains New Advocate Through the Edisto Riverkeeper

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:58
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:58pm

December 4, 2017 - Aiken, SC - Local conservationists have established a new organization, Edisto Riverkeeper, to serve as the primary full-time advocate for the Edisto River Basin. Working to ensure fair and equal access to clean water in the communities that it serves, the organization’s mission is to encourage balanced usage of the basin’s water resources for residents, industry, and municipalities to utilize and enjoy. The non-profit organization will be headquartered in Aiken, carrying out activities throughout the 11-county Edisto River basin, and will be funded by individual donations and foundations that share a dedication to ensuring equal access to clean water.


Guided by the principles of advocacy, engagement, and restoration, Edisto Riverkeeper seeks to encourage local and state agencies, private industries, and landowners to participate in working to establish more sustainable water conservation and management plans.


The need for a full-time advocate for the Edisto River and its surrounding aquifers was shown through calls for assistance from citizens affected by threats of water depletion and contamination. “Until recently, most of the grassroots efforts on the Edisto have been in the ACE Basin area. However, with the expansion of industrial agriculture and other large-scale operations along the South Fork of the Edisto, and increasing number of landowners and residents are seeking assistance in protecting their land and wildlife habitats,” said Executive Director and Riverkeeper Meg Morgan Adams. Frustrated by their efforts being disregarded, members of communities throughout the river basin have expressed their support for the new river advocate, backed by the international water advocacy organization, the Waterkeeper Alliance.


The Edisto Riverkeeper is currently working with agencies and other partners to address growing concerns over the future of South Carolina’s water resources. Adams says she is excited to utilize her legal background in advocating for conservation of the Edisto and has been actively engaging elected officials and residents in doing the same. “The need to address the threats facing groundwater and surface water in the Edisto River basin have become dire. Far too many people are unaware of what is actually going on with their water and the ones that are remain frustrated by the lack of legislative action taken to protect their water,” said Adams.


Part of the Riverkeeper’s efforts will involve education and awareness in the basin, as well as water quality monitoring. “A common question I ask is ‘Do you know where your drinking water comes from?’,” said Adams, “And the alarming answer is that most people do not.” The organization hopes that making that connection will inspire conservation.


Edisto Riverkeeper encourages the public to contact them with questions or to report pollution incidents.  Volunteers are also needed to help in monitoring water quality, fundraising events, and recreational events like paddle outings. The organization’s first fundraiser event, “Christmas with the Keepers,” a holiday dinner, will be held in conjunction with Savannah Riverkeeper on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30pm at Woodside Plantation Country Club. For tickets, visit




Our mission is to encourage a balanced usage of the natural resources within the Edisto River basin, so that residents, industry, and municipalities may utilize and enjoy this precious natural resource. Edisto Riverkeeper serves as the primary, full-time advocate for the Edisto River Basin, working to ensure fair and equal access to clean water in the communities that it serves, because everybody needs water. For more information, visit

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WHHS honor roll

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:55
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:55pm


9th Grade Honor Roll


Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s


Gemari Anderson                                            Shiv Patel

Anna-Lee Cooke                                              Elleson Anne Rainsford

Kelvin Cooler                                                     Fatimah Rivers

Whitney Crosby                                                                Katherine Ryan

Alexis Deloach                                                   Angela Segars

Christian Green                                                                Sommer Smoak

Alana Harvey                                                     Brock Taylor

Antony Holmes                                                 Ryan Vincent

                                                                                Alyssa Wilson


                                                                                                A Honor Roll


                                                Wesley Alls                                                         Nathan Jones

                                                Justin Bowers                                                    Karlie Kinard

                                                Erica Bryant                                                        Carter Laffitte

                                                Asianae Capers                                                 Devyn Mock      

                                                Allison Crosby                                                    Caroline Murdaugh

                                                De’Nasia Deloach                                             Taniaya Murray

                                                Oliviah Gourdine                                              Emily Sanders

                                                Marion Harley                                                   Tamiah Sanders

                                                Allison Heape                                                    Tyshawn Shaw

                                                Nathan Heape                                                   Jorya Singletary

                                                Elizabeth Herbert                                             Caron Slater

                                                Rumor Holstein                                                 Zachary Terry

                                                Kayla Hughey                                                     TyTiyana Thompson

                                                Jordan Isham                                                     Jalen White

                                                Latavia Johnson                                                                Yinasia Williams

                                                Randejia Johnson                                           


                                                                                                B Honor Roll


                                                James Ayer                                                         Bradford Johnstone

                                                Alexandria Bennett                                         Sequann Kearse

                                                Brandon Booker                                               Atraveyon Kelly

                                                Christian Bowden                                            Justin Lofton

                                                Emma Clare Brunson                                      Layla Melgar

                                                Kavonte Clemons                                            Aquil Murphy

                                                Ryland Dobson                                                  Di’nasha Reese

                                                Lauryn Doctor                                                    Sharay Reid

                                                Collin Foster                                                       Quame Shaw

                                                John Henry Foy                                                 Trystan Smith

                                                Sierra Frazier                                                      Isabel Stanley

                                                Esperanza Green                                             Madison Stanley

                                                Mi’eisha Hagood                                              Emily Thomas

Blake Ham                                                           Andrew Topper

                                                Justin Heape                                                      David Williams

                                                Jasmine Hutchinson                                        Jayshawn Wright

                                                Tashare Johnson                                              Montrell Young

                                                Versalius Johnson                                                                           

10th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Kontourie Alston                                              Justin Ramirez  

                                                Mackenzie Ferguson                                      Josalyn Sanders

                                                Sydney Freeman                                              Shanayjia Speaks

                                                Jada Hamilton                                                    Emily Stanley

                                                Skyler Holland                                                   Bryson Terry

                                                Taelyn Jamison                                                 AnaBeth Thompson

                                                Trajan Moore                                                    Leah Tuten

                                                Jordan Murdaugh                                            Zachery Wilson

                                                Alasia Powell                                                      Ron Youmans

                                                Kerin Quintero

                                                                                                A Honor Roll

                                                Casandra Altenor                                             Hope Jenness

                                                Tucker Bennett                                                 Shyleeyah Luat

                                                D’Yona Bowers                                                 Skyla Marcum

                                                Aleah Cook                                                         Jasmine McBride

                                                Caroline Cook                                                    Thomas McCutchen

                                                Alex Crosby                                                        Allison Padgett

                                                Jalea DeVore                                                     Jackson Phillips

                                                Dekiyah Doctor                                                 John Rivers

                                                Allison Evans                                                      Ariana Shetters

                                                Carrie Freeman                                                 Olivia Simmons

                                                Khari Graham                                                    Jania Smalls

                                                Deanndria Green                                             Ar’Monio Smith

                                                Robert Gruber                                                  Dylan Soto

                                                Adam Harley                                                      Holly Stanley

                                                Shaniqua Henry                                                                Timothy Sutton

                                                Kerissa Hiers                                                      Quayshon Williams

B Honor Roll

                                                Caroline Altman                                                                Jaymie Long

                                                William Bierer                                                    Michael Lovett

                                                Andrew Bilton                                                   James Martinez

                                                Kelsie Blevins                                                     Aliyza McLeoud

                                                Kalihl Busby                                                        Kiara Mikel

                                                Karaline Cook                                                    Mariah Mixson

                                                Adam Creswell                                                  Shakiya Moore

                                                Catherine Drennon                                         Travis Moore

                                                Jermiyah Erwin                                                 Brianna Murdaugh

                                                Ashtyn Felix                                                       Kelsie Parker

                                                Lane Gray                                                            Tia Portman

                                                Morgan Green                                                  Jalend Rhodes

                                                Aaron Hand                                                        Mary Rhodes

                                                Alim Harrison                                                     Quincy Robinson

                                                Madison Harter                                                                Paige Sauls

                                                William Haulsee                                                Benjamin Seigler

                                                Nicholas Heape                                                 Honesty Smith

                                                Nicholas Jadrnicek                                           Faizon Speed

                                                Emily Jarrell                                                        Briana Spencer

                                                Jalaysea Jones                                                   Michael Williams

                                                Ariana Lance                                                      David Wilson

                                                Jared Long                                                          Jonell Wright



11th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Shayla Alls                                                           Avery Masters

                                                Caleb Ayer                                                          Haley McAlhaney

                                                Virginia Bridges                                                 Cole Meyers

                                                Alexis Brunson                                                  Dylan Mock

                                                Shawneyah Capers                                         Brookes Moore

                                                Sigourney Coker                                               Alison Pittinger

                                                Taylor Cook                                                        Karla Ribas

                                                Keshauna Davis                                                                Sandra Rivers

                                                Ja’Kearah Dunbar                                            Caitlyn Sauls

                                                Anna Gooding                                                   Bianca Simpson

                                                Joseph Gray                                                       Jake Skinner

                                                Da’Von Hamilton                                              Kayla Stanley

                                                Ariana Jenkins                                                   Allie Thomas

                                                Devon Johnson                                                 Chorderro Williams

                                                Teyona Jones                   

A Honor Roll

                                                Noah Alexander                                                               Jailyn LeSane                    

                                                Atrinity Brant                                                     Bryson Moore

                                                Jalayah Brown                                                   Matthew Poston

                                                Joshua Brown                                                    Hailey Riddle

                                                Jacob Cope                                                         Brandon Robinson

                                                De’Asia Deloach                                               Monyetta Scott

                                                Marllie Deloach                                                 Jada Singletary

                                                Casyn Dobson                                                   Gabriella Smith

                                                Indyah Garrick                                                   Lance Smith

                                                Amaya Gordon                                                 Ansley Stanley

                                                Desiree Gunnells                                             Dekelvin Stokes

                                                Jacee Harmon                                                   Colby Sullivan

                                                Jadin Harrison                                                    Joshua Terry

                                                Stephani James                                                                Makeiah Williams

B Honor Roll

                                                Joshua Barger                                                    Jordan Lewis

                                                Vandashia Boles                                               Henry McAlhaney

                                                Nelicia Bracey                                                    Trinitti Moore

                                                Tristan Brunson                                                                Jalen Myers

                                                Taleija Capers                                                    Jylin Pierce

                                                Nathan Davis                                                     Kanajai Purvis

                                                Kaylee Deloach                                                 Timothy Rappoccio

                                                Reshod Denmark                                             Kalesha Reid

                                                Justice Eady                                                        Creyonta’ Riddle

                                                Demetrius Frazier                                            Yez’menda Rivers

                                                Ny’Asia Grant                                                    Ty’Brea Shaw

                                                Tyshon Grant                                                     Tristan Shipes

                                                Brianna Green                                                   Taylor Simmons

                                                Parker Harrison                                                 Devante Jamison

                                                Retaija Jenkins                                                  Agiana Smalls

                                                Mackenzie Johnson                                        Mihiro Toyokawa

                                                Kayla Jones                                                         Bailey Tuten

                                                Kaylea Jones                                                      Joshua Walker

                                                Aatourie Kelly                                                    Jenna Wilcox

                                                Tyler Keyes                                                         Amiya Williams

                                                William Keyes                                                    Diamond Wright

                                                Jaheim Khalid                                   


12th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s

                                                Tatyana Bovain                                                     Madison Long

                                                Prince Brown                                                        Megan Long                                         

                                                Alyia Bryant                                                           Bradley McAlhaney

                                                Shemar Bryant                                                      Ashley Moore

                                                Brianna Burton                                                     Abigail Morrison

                                                Biance Busby                                                        Terriana Mullen

                                                Iceland Campbell                                                 Mary Elizabeth Murdaugh

                                                Shayla Capers                                                       Destiny Nix

                                                Ziare Coker                                                           Tyeasha O’Banner

                                                James Cook                                                           Matthew Padgett

                                                Maegin Deloach                                                   Andrew Purdy

                                                Rebecca Deloach                                                 Jatavian Reese

                                                Savannah Deloach                                               Reeves Rhodes

                                                Shikeem Duncan                                                  Kara Rhody

                                                Ansley Ellis                                                            Kennedy Roper

                                                Keiajah Erwin                                                        Grace Schaffer

                                                Kelly Farmer                                                         Morgan Shaffer

                                                Morgan Fields                                                       Jordan Simmons

                                                Emily Firster                                                          Jessica Simpson

                                                Deasia Frazier                                                       Aniya Solomon

                                                Ansleigh Godbee                                                 Felix Speaks

                                                Hannah Godley                                                     Emma Stanley

                                                Randa Godley                                                       David Steinmeyer

                                                Keahja Grant                                                         Shelby Terry

                                                Sigourney Harris                                                  Trenton Terry

                                                Bradley Harter                                                      Tristan Thompson

                                                Christopher Harvey                                             Sydney Tuten

                                                Sarah Heape                                                         Brooklynn Williams

                                                Brennan Holmes                                                  Scott Wilson

                                                Erica Jennings                                                       Trevor Wilson

                                                Lainey Johnson                                                     Madison Woody

                                                Andrew Kearse                                                    Wen Ting Yao

                                                Carlil Law                                                               Joshua Youmans

A Honor Roll

                                                Davine Collins                                                       John Mixon                          

                                                Grace Cook                                                           Myles Murdaugh

                                                Tanna Cook                                                           Chris Orr

                                                Demetrius Deloach                                              Ivy Pennington

                                                Taylor Donehue                                                   Jada Raymond

                                                Abigail Fennell                                                      Antonesha Scott

                                                Melissa Ginn                                                         Brandon Segars

                                                Jadan Glover                                                         Brendan Smith

                                                Amaya Grant                                                         Nathan Still

                                                Marquelle Griffin                                                 Deondre Terry

                                                Ayana Johnson                                                    

B Honor Roll

                                                James Boyd                                                           Tyra Mack-Phillips

                                                Dynasty Busby                                                      Datrevian Phoenix

                                                Michael Conner                                                   Siyonna Rivers

                                                James Crosby                                                        Kayonna Robinson

                                                Lindsey Delair                                                       Tavona Russell

                                                India Frazier                                                          Raymond Sauls

                                                Ashton Freeman                                                  Joshua Scott

                                                Amber Garvin                                                       Scott Smith

                                                Jacob Ginn                                                           Alexandria Stanley

                                                Triniti Griffin                                                          Faith Thompson

                                                Jordan Gunter                                                      Nathan Tuten

                                                Lauren Harvey                                                      Ignacio Vera-Garcia

                                                Lakaylah Johnson                                                 Destiny Wade

                                                Aquanza Kirkland                                                 Blakely Wing                                        

                   Ryan Lawson                                                        Breahna Young

                                                Amber Lightsey                                                   



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Ben Hazel honor roll

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:42
Posted: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 1:42pm

Ben Hazel Honor Roll

1st  Nine Weeks

First Grade



Stevie Clackum

MaryKaylen Delgado

Landon Eichelberger

Mason Gibson

Kinsley Hanna

Florence Haynes

Terrick Moore

Caroline Peltier

Hayden Robinson

Jose Simental

Lexi Smith

Sophie D.Smith

Bo Vaughn



A/B Honor Roll

Logan Brown

Samya Bryant

Emanuel Capers

Kendall Cole

Sophia Connor

Khale Deloach

Sa’Miya Grant

Olivia Lee

Rich Long

Kaden Mills

Shavon Morris


Javarian Padgett

Kailie Sauls

Alexis Simmons

Cooper Terry

Devin Thompson


Second grade



Aaryona Anderson

Law Bennett

Tripp Brown

Trinity Cohen

Kinley Cook

Ariel Houston

Braydon Middleton

Owen Shaffer



A/B Honor Roll

Elijah Ashley

Landon Bostick

Mason Carroll

Aiden Cruz

Dan Davis

Chandler Gordon

Madyson Johnson

Cleavon Maxwell

Jayla McQuire

Cooper Mixson

A’London Owens

Carter Parnell


Third Grade



James Bostick

Leslie Hutto

Reese Poston



A/B Honor Roll

Zienne Brown

Jacob Chavis

Gavin Clackum

Raelynn Clackum

Jaidyn Heyward

Ranya James

Raj Padigela

Miller Rainwater

Wylder Vaughn

Ryan Veach




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

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:44
Annual pilgrimage to Seabrook Island to visit with parents begins with a splash of red. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:44pm
  • Writer Matt Popovich "caught" this medium sized red drum.
  • Staci Lyttle with a nice red drum.
  • Finnegan and Staci Lyttle pose with a small spotted sea trout.
  • Finnegan pilots his 24ft. Tidewater center console boat on the hunt for fish during a recent charter trip.
  • Kiawah Island, SC is pictured in the background.
  • Matt and his mom and dad pose under the Angel Oak tree, located near Seabrook Island, SC.
  • A WWII era landing craft which was converted to help construct wooden docks for homes located on the islands.
  • The Angel Oak tree

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.

It had also been far too since I had last seen my friend Brian Finnegan, and I was excited to head out on the water for a day of red-fishing fun aboard his new 24-ft. Tidewater center console boat, made right here in good old SC.

Marking the trip as a special first, my girlfriend ventured out on the water with Finnegan and I. She finally realized her hunk of a manly fisherman boyfriend (me if you have met me and are wondering whom I am speaking of) had not been showing her the full potential of Lowcountry inshore fishing. To my surprise, and the frustration of my girlfriend, several simple techniques allowed us to finally meet the fish that have long viewed me as an easy meal.  

Apparently, fishing the bottom with box-store pre-rigged drop shot and fishing the top with un-weighted traditional bobbers with frozen shrimp incorrectly placed on a massive hook (obviously there big fish in the ocean; made sense to me) was not the best option if we wanted to fill our boat and Instagram pages with fish.

Additionally, I can also no longer blame every nibble and missed fish on a pesky blue crab, although I will still try.

Once my pride was put in check and my girlfriend stopped staring at me with a look of shame and dissatisfaction, we saw the proverbial light and began catching numerous fish while onboard Finnegan’s dry-riding and stable center console boat. Although a wonderful and safe boat, my girlfriend’s first journey into sizable rollers on a windy day made a wonderful trip even better for me. Her eyes opened to the size of that of a tile fish; my smile was as awkward and uninhibited as that of a sheephead. Although funny for a short time, I was disheartened to realize I was no longer capable of operating my reel as my hand had suffered short-term paralysis due to an unrelenting death grip she enthralled me in.

After we found a nice rake to anchor off, and the tides began to work in our favor, we started to really pull them in. Years of experience and proper gear/technique allowed our boat to catch over 20 fish in a short period of time. The boat (my girlfriend and Brian) reeled in the inshore slam (trout, red drum, flounder) and I dropped a sizable amount of money into the water and caught several trout; a terrific day for me. I also found myself with a reel in my hand and a fighter on the other end of the line. I will count the sizable red drum Brian deceived into biting as mine, although spinning the reel is the easy part.

The following day, even more fond memories were made as I convinced by parents to accompany me to the Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island, SC. Although they had visited the tea producer on several occasions, they indulged their only child with a visit to the beautiful plantation. Although we did not take the full tour, I was able to convince my mother to pose with me in a wooden cutout board for what I am willing to wager will be this year’s Christmas card.

On the way home, with mother not convinced of my idea for our upcoming Christmas card, we stopped by the Angel Oak Tree for a more traditional backdrop. Graceful sweeping limbs branch out from the massive trunk of the Angel Oak, making the destination a popular spot for tourists visiting Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

In all, my short trip to visit with family and friends was exceptional and brings back into focus the important things in life; proper hook choice and a dry-riding boat. And my parents. And generally my girlfriend, assuming I operate the boat properly (not putting it in gear while she is unassumingly tossing her cast night on the bow) and find her a fish.

If you are looking for a fun time on the water near the Charleston area, and chance hook a fish of a lifetime, contact Brian Finnegan at



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Wade Hampton band wraps of season

Mon, 2017-12-04 16:19
By: E.L. ManigoWHHS Band Director Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 4:19pm

Our award winning Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen finished their Marching Band Season with a trip to the SC Band Directors' Association State Championships. They  The band and parents would like to thank our many supporters of this season: Donna and the Piggly Wiggly Deli Staff, Food Lion, Hampton County Sheriff's office, Hampton Regional Medical Center, Varnville Police Dept., Hampton Police Dept. Food Lion, BI-LO, and a host of Others.


Members of the Wade Hampton Red Guardsmen:

Director: E. L. Manigo

Staff: Herbert Laurie, Shauann Barnes, Matthew Heath and Randall Williams



Drum Major Jatavian Reese, Band Captain, Terianna Mullen, Brass Captains Ahmaade Griffin & Doug Cook,III, Woodwind Captains Brennan Holmes & Katherine Ryan, Percussion Captains Timothy Sutton & Chorderro Williams, and Color Guard Captain Alyssa Wilson

Piccolo: Kayla Hughey

Flutes: Whitney Crosby, Karla Ribas, Angel Wells, and Autumn Brown

Clarinets: Brennan Holmes, Terianna Mullen, Kayla orr, Charmane Orr, Oliviah Gourdine, and Hunter Seabrooks

Saxophones: Katherine Ryan, Ricky Harley, Jamia White, Giselle Wrice, Evan Mitchell, and Rianna Holmes

Trumpets: Gemari Anderson, Kalesha Reid, Kavonte Clemmons, Jalen White, Kyri Williams, Gabriela Orr, Arjay Farmer

Mellophones: Ahmaade Griffin, Samaurah Smalls, and Steven Aultman

Baritones: Breahna Young, Creyonta Riddle, and Xabier White

Tubas: Doug Cook,III and Dalton Smith

Percussion-battery line: Chorderro Williams, Timothy Sutton, Antony Holmes, Jaylen Priester, Aniya Butler, and Javonte Murray Percussion-front ensemble: Malachi Smalls, Benjamin Seigler, Essie Green, Barry Taylor, Alijah Gordon, Curtis Redd, and Joel Orr Color Guard: Alyssa Wilson and Audrey Gourdine


September 16 – BLUE MACHINE INVITATIONAL @ EDISTO HIGH SCHOOL, CORDOVA, SC Best Drum Major in 3A Best Horn Line in 3A Best Drum Line in 3A 1st Place Overall in 3A Division 3A/ 4A Champion September 23– MUSTANG CLASSIC @ MIDLAND VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, GRANITEVILLE, SC

3rd Place in Class 2A      Excellent Rating


1st Place in 2A  Division   Excellent Rating

October 14  – GARDEN CITY CLASSIC @ ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON HIGH SCHOOL, ORANGEBURG, SC Best Drum Major in 2A Best Horn Line in 2A Best Drum Line in 2A 1st Place Overall in 2A Division Champion October 21  – LOWER STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ WHITE KNOLL HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, SC 7th Place 2A – Advancing to State Championships October 28 - STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, SC Excellent Rating



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Inmate receives GED

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:50
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:50pm

The Hampton County Detention Center would like to proudly announce the recent success of the Hampton County Adult Education Program. The H.C. Detention Center had its first inmate in history receive his GED at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center, in Charleston, on July 28, 2017. The HCDC is proud to honor David Cleland for his success and for finding the good in a bad situation. 

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Bratcher kills first deer

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:46
Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:46pm

Kaylee Bratcher, 13, killed her first deer of the season, a seven-point buck, around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 1 while hunting with her Dad at “Hand B Hunting Club” in Canadys, S.C. She is the daughter of Bobby Bratcher and Nancy Jarrell, of Varnville, S.C.


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Hampton County Coalition meets to bring postive changes

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:42
A newly formed community organization, the Hampton County Coalition, recently met at the Hampton County Library to begin addressing problems which impact our community.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:42pm

A group of more than a dozen citizens and community leaders attended a recent Hampton County Coalition meeting at the Hampton County Library. Recently organized, the group energetically discussed topics of concern which directly impact the county, both negatively and positively.

Composed of residents from all walks of life and professional backgrounds, the meeting was sponsored by the New Life Center. After filling up on provided refreshments, attendees began discussions in an attempt to formulate a needs assessment plan for Hampton County. A strategic assessment plan will help to implement positive change at a community level, organizers believe.  

Monthly meetings will seek to facilitate ways of focusing attention on particular needs within the county, especially youth needs. New Life Center organizers hope to involve additional members of the public, schools, county officials, town officials, Department of Social Services members and youth leaders from the community.

Some of the issues discussed during the meeting were the county’s increasing dropout rate of high school students, lack of activities for youth, drug addiction, crime, an increased focus on education, teen pregnancy reduction, sex trafficking prevention, child care needs and the implementation of vocational training within the county, as well as other needs.

Also discussed was the fact that, several months ago, the New Life Center, along with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, sponsored a prescription pill take-back program, which allowed the general public an opportunity to safely dispose of household medicines in a responsible manner. It is not recommended to flush expired or unneeded prescription pills down a faucet/toilet due to the possibility of drinking water contamination. For this reason, the New Life Center approached the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office seeking permission to place a prescription drop-off box at the HCSO. The pill drop off box will remain in the HCSO indefinitely, says Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls.

The monthly meetings are open to the general public who, along with local officials, are greatly encouraged to attend meetings. The next Hampton County Coalition meeting will be held on Nov. 28 at the Hampton County Library’s conference room. Meeting will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

The group still needs a co-chair, secretary and members to draft a vision and mission statement for the group. Contact the New Life Center for additional information regarding the monthly meetings.



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SCA displays renovation of Lee Ave. building

Mon, 2017-12-04 15:35
The SouthernCarolina Alliance held a grand opening celebration Nov. 28 on Lee Ave. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 3:35pm

The SouthernCarolina Alliance spared no expenses while showcasing their beautifully remodeled new office space located at 201 Lee Avenue in downtown Hampton, South Carolina, Nov. 28 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The building, which was constructed as the Guardian newspaper’s original office space in 1911, will serve as the SCA’s regional office and host meetings and clients seeking to possibly locate their businesses to Hampton County.

Described by Hampton County council member and SCA board member Buddy Phillips as “Hampton’s first skyscraper”, the building was completely redone inside and out by Brunson Construction. The building’s original 1911 wood flooring was kept, however, and after being professionally refinished is a beautiful additional to the state-of-the-art building. The historic Lee Ave. building now offers features the original constructors could only imagine in their wildest dreams, however, including elevators and large high-definition flat screen televisions equipped with video tele-conferencing features.

During a speech to the nearly 100 attendees to the open house event, Phillips thanked designers, constructors and Town of Hampton officials for their hard work and dedication to the project, which all involved will bring a needed revitalization to the downtown area of Hampton. Phillips also thanked his fellow county council members and County Administrator Rose Dobson-Elliot for their dedication and tireless work to see the project come to fruition.


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CSX closes Alpine Road crossing Nov. 28-30

Tue, 2017-11-28 13:50
Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:50pm

CSX Railroad has scheduled a closing of the crossing at Alpine Road, Yemassee, between Nov. 28-30. The crossing is being closed for needed repairs and will be re-opened at 7 a.m. on Nov. 30. Dates are subject to change due to weather and/or other conditions.

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Rhodes represents Seed and Weed Club at Camp Wildwood

Mon, 2017-11-27 14:42
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:42pm
  • Ann Womble and Gracie Rhodes, 2017 Camp Wildwood representative, at Seed and Weed Garden Club

Gracie Rhodes, a sophomore at Wade Hampton High School, represented the Seed and Weed Garden Club at Camp Wildwood, located in Kings Mountain State Park this past summer.  Gracie is the daughter of Ed and Paula Rhodes; she is also the granddaughter of Ellen Ayer, a long time member of the Seed and Weed Garden Club.

Each year, individual clubs belonging to the Garden Clubs of South Carolina are invited to find conservation-minded students to attend Camp Wildwood. This Leadership and Environmental Camp offers an opportunity to rising high school sophomores to study wildlife and practice many outdoor skills. The camp is sponsored by the South Carolina Garden Club of S.C. Inc., the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, South Carolina State Parks, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Gracie said, “ I met a lot of new people who have become close friends that I can count on, and I learned many new things about nature itself and even life lessons like how to look at this earth more openly.”   While at the camp she did things like fish, swim, shoot skeet, practice archery, and many other fun things without the interruptions of modern day life such as the Internet or cell phones.  Gracie enthusiastically said, “When you attend Camp Wildwood, you find a whole different side of yourself, and you never want to let go of it.”



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Mon, 2017-11-27 14:34
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:34pm
  • November 16, 2017 was the Great American Smokeout! The SC Tobacco Free Collaborative, Hampton County’s Eat Smart Move More and HYPE sponsored a Smokeout on the grill instead of Smokeout with tobacco products in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot! Students from USC Salkehatchie volunteered to help challenge people to stop tobacco use for at least one day.

Calling all Hampton County Youth! Please join Hampton County’s Eat Smart Move More (ESMM), Healthy Young People Empowerment (HYPE), and the SC Tobacco Free Collaborative (SCTFC) for the “Great American SmokeOut” day on November 16, 2017! 


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2. Be creative (appropriate music, filters, etc.) and/or the inclusion of the person participating in the challenge to quit tobacco usage.

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Maxwell shatters football milestone

Mon, 2017-11-27 14:32
Wade Hampton High School standout shatters 2,000 yard rushing milestone, credits team and family for success. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:32pm
  • Pernell Maxwell III

Although Wade Hampton High School football standout Pernell Maxwell III is deserving of credit and admiration for his hard work and dedication to the his team, Maxwell says he could not have achieved his tremendous 2,300 yards plus rushing total this season if not for his fellow teammates and coaching staff.

Ranked amongst the top three high school football athletes in rushing yards in State of South Carolina this season, Maxwell credits the outstanding on-field accomplishment to his team, coaches, family and friends for their unwavering support on and off the field.

“I say my lineman did it for me. Without my lineman I couldn’t really do much,” he said. “To be a good leader, you have to be a good follower. I appreciate my team for everything.”

The powerhouse running back, who excels on both sides of the line, stated although he is proud of his personal accomplishment, he is equally proud of his team’s region championship title; the first regional championship the school has seen in 13 years.

“I am a very dedicated person,” said Maxwell. “I make goals in my head. I told myself ‘I have to get a thousand yards this season no matter what’. Making goals for yourself, that makes you run a little bit harder.”

Maxwell began his sports career as a basketball fan, with no desire to play football. It was his aunt [Lori Joyner] who urged him to play football, a sport which she felt he would excel at. After his first time charging upfield with a football tucked tightly under his arm he was hooked.

During his time playing middle school and early stages of high school football, Maxwell says coaches predominantly utilized his brute strength to knock the helmets off opponents and place them squarely on their backs. It was not until recent seasons that his coaches utilized the potential he possesses to power through the line of scrimmage as an unstoppable offensive threat to be reckoned with.

Although a stellar season for WHHS, one game in particular stands out in Maxwell’s mind as his most memorable experience. The team’s major win over powerhouse Bluffton is a game the young athlete will not soon forget. He stated he fully realized his abilities to be a team leader during the matchup against Bluffton and enjoyed motivating his fellow teammates to find the will to overcome adversity on the field.

“I like being a leader on the field,” said Maxwell. “I know the game of football and I love it. I am focused on playing in the NFL. I don’t have a second choice. My first choice is playing in the NFL, I’m sticking with it. I’m going to do it. I want my team and coaches to know when I step onto the field I am going to give it 130 percent, every time.”

When not using his free time to hone his abilities on the football field and build his body in the weight room in anticipation for upcoming sports seasons, Maxwell enjoys quiet days spent at home playing PlayStation 4 with friends. He says he would much rather be at home playing football video games than engaging in mischievous activities, as common amongst many teenage boys.

After graduation, Maxwell aspires to attend a division one football program; either South Carolina or Georgia. As well as a football career, Maxwell has interest in automobile mechanics and hopes to continue to learn new mechanical abilities after he hangs up his jersey after a career in football.

“I want to be able to provide my mother a better life. She has a good life now, don’t get me wrong, but everything can always be better and I want to give my mother [Tina Maxwell] the world,” he said with smile.

Next year, Maxwell stated his team will begin the season with every intention of going all the way and winning the state championship game.

“WE are aiming to get a ring. What I am going to do on my part; I am going to get bigger and I am going to get faster and I am going to get stronger. We are going to do whatever we have to do to win. And me being the leader, I am going to get my team right,” he said. “We struggle with heart and you know, there isn’t much you can do about heart, but I have to lead by example. All I know is that next year we going to be much stronger and much faster. We are going to understand the plays…we know how to attack now and we know the plays...during training camp Coach Brown brought us together and we are like brothers now.”

Look for additional awards and accolades to be bestowed upon Maxwell in the near future, as well as fellow teammate Tre Phoenix. Look for additional stories on the two standout athletes in future editions of the Guardian.


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Local girl performs in Thanksgiving Day parade

Mon, 2017-11-27 14:25
Local cheerleader/dancer to perform in Thanksgiving Day parade at the Walt Disney World ResortPosted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 2:25pm
  • Kaylee Bratcher

Memphis, TN – Kaylee Bratcher, a student at Patrick Henry Academy in Estill, is one of more than 500 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent Varsity Spirit in the 2017 Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, F.L.

The individuals invited to perform in the parade are part of a select group of cheerleaders and dancers chosen as All-Americans during Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country. All-Americans are selected via tryout based on either superior cheerleading or dance skills at camps operated by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), or National Dance Alliance (NDA)> Only the top 10% of the cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps earn the chance to march in a holiday parade of this caliber.

Kaylee Bratcher will perform with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a one-of-a-kind pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park on Thanksgiving Day. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, All-Americans will have the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World® Resort parks.

 “I feel honored and proud that I was chosen as an All American Cheerleader to represent the Varsity Spirit in the 2017 Thanksgiving tour at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, F.L.,” Bratcher stated in a release.  “I am looking forward to performing in the Disney Parade through the Disney Magic Kingdom  with other cheerleaders. I am thankful for the wonderful meal that will be prepared for us on Thanksgiving Day. This will be a Thanksgiving I will always remember sharing at the Walt Disney World with my family and new friends.”

“I am grateful to my Mom for her love, support and the encouragement she has given me. I hope to share many memories on this trip with Mom, my family, and other cheerleaders during this magical holiday season at Walt Disney World.”


About Varsity Spirit

Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions impacting nearly a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit’s 5,000 employees have been helping raise cheerleading’s influence and profile since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit or





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Mon, 2017-11-27 13:36
Posted: Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:36pm

Estill, S.C. - Pastor Julia Mae Robinson, 64. Death summoned our loved one late in the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2017, at her residence in Estill, S.C.

Pastor Julie Mae Robinson, daughter of the late Willie Robinson and Idella Robinson was born, Sept. 9, 1953, in Allendale County, S.C. She began her Christian Journey early in life by attending Ebenezer Holy Church along with her late mother and family.
Pastor Robinson attended Estill High School and was a graduate of the class of 1971. She furthered her education at Beaufort School of Nursing, Beaufort, S.C., receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing. After becoming a faithful nurse, later she was appointed Pastor serving with her mother at New Sweet Rock Refuge Center, Estill, S.C.
She will be greeted at the Gates of Heaven by her parents Mr. Willie Robinson and Mrs. Idella Robinson, and her loving sister, Hattie Williams.
Thanking God for his affectionate grace and mercy during this hour of sadness are her devoted sisters: Dorothy Meyes, Geneva James, Viola Hankerson, Della C. Mincey, and Delorice Robinson; one brother; Eugene Robinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and sympathizing friends.
We rejoice and thank God for the life Pastor Robinson lived among us, and for taking her to the land of Glory, as he has promised all the faithful.

Services for Pastor Julie Mae Robinson were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Sweet Rock Refuge Center, Estill, S.C., with Evangelist Janie Mae Youmans, Eulogist, and Bishop John Bowers, presiding.

Funeral Arrangements By:

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home

1214 Hampton Ave. S.

Fairfax, S.C. 29827


Brooklyn, N.Y. - Mr. Howard Dixson, 79, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Gifford, S.C., was called home to be with our Lord Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. He passed away in New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Our loved one has been taken, but God has gained another angel. Peace comes to us knowing that he is not suffering with pain, and hopelessness.
Mr. Howard Dixson greeted life on August 15, 1938 in Fairfax, S.C., to the late William Dixson and Dollie Mae Williams. At an early age, he joined Long Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Gifford, S.C. where he served faithfully until moving to New York, where he continued his worship and service with Bright Light Baptist Church, Brooklyn, New York. "He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears off all faces."

Mr. Howard enjoyed watching TV during his spare time. He was an advocate of sports and the biggest of biggest Jets Fan. He retired from Long Island Carpet, Inc. after 30 years of service.
Mr. Howard was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life Hattie Dixson, of 47 years. To this union two children were born. One son preceded him in death, Derrick Lamont Dixson, in 1995.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Jeanette Wesley.
Mourning his loss, yet rejoicing in his purposeful life are his survivors: His Loving Wife of 47 years, Mrs. Hattie Dixson; one son, William Dixson III; one granddaughter, Willow Dixson, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; One godson, Reverend Jermaine Henderson, Fairfax, S.C.; One sister, Willie Mae Dixson, Fairfax, S.C., one brother, Henry Dixson, Kansas City, M.O.; Three sisters-in-law: Edith Wright, Gifford, S.C., Sallie Dixson, Kansas City, M.O., and Lillie Thompson, Gifford, S.C.; Two brothers-in-law: James Wesley, N.J. and Sylvester Thompson, Gifford, S.C.; Seven nieces: Mary Hankerson, Brooklyn, N.Y., Theresa Porter, Lexington, S.C., Monica Wright, East Orange, N.J., Sherry Orr (Kelvin), Hampton, S.C., Chantay Myers, Fairfax, S.C., Cynthia Dixson, and Karen (James) Perkins, Kansas, M.O.; Three nephews: Kenny Myers, Fairfax, S.C., Jasper Hankerson, Monroe, N.C. and Michael Dixson, Kansas City, M.O.; along with a host of devoted cousins and friends.

Services were held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at St. Peter A.M.E. Church, Gifford, S.C.

Funeral Arrangements By:

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home

1214 Hampton Ave. S.

Fairfax, S.C. 29827


Nixville, S.C. - Mother Bertie Mae Newton, 84, of 300 Chocolate City Road, Nixville, S.C., on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, gained her Golden Crown from earth to eternity in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family as she took flight to be with the Lord. The future is not ours to know, and it may never be, so let us live and give our best, never anticipating or doubting the power of our Savior; asking nothing of tomorrow except-THY WILL BE DONE."
Mother Bertie Mae Newton was born in Hampton County, S.C., Oct. 17, 1933, to the late William Newton and Patience Duncan. She was an active member of Efferson Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her demise.
Mother Bertie Mae was full of love, and laughter. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, vegetable garden, fishing, shopping, riding her bicycle, and walking up and down Chocolate City Road. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and attending church.
Mother Bertie Mae was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Franklin Ruth Sr. This union was blessed with nine children. One son preceded them in death.
As she enters the pearly gates, she is greeted by: her parents, husband, one son, Willie James Ruth, siblings, Julia Mae O'Banner, Ella Bell Moore, Lena Bryson, Rose Ella Green, Grena Evans, Arthur Lee, Herman O'Banner and Eddie Jiles, along with three grandchildren.
Cherishing her love and fond memories are: six sons: Johnny (Patricia) Ruth, Franklin Ruth Jr., Deacon Carl Ruth, all of Nixville, S.C., Leroy (Tara) Ruth, Walterboro, S.C., Michael (Sophia) Ruth, Hilton Head, S.C., Clarence (Shay) Ruth, Ocala, F.L.; Two daughters: Mary (Leon) Driessen, Hilton Head, S.C., Pastor Marshell (Leanthony) Smith, Hampton, S.C.; Three step-daughters: Francina Hopkins, Lexington, S.C., Penny (Ben) Holmes, Patricia Comier, both of Hampton, S.C.; Four sisters: Patricia Chamber, Ethel Bell Doctor, both of Greenville, S.C., Margaret Newton, Washington, DC, Lizer Thompson, Cummings, S.C.; Two brothers: Ricky and Billy Ferguson both of Greenville, S.C.; one brother in law, Jack Ruth, Varnville, S.C. (48) grandchildren, (73) great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, six aunts: Mary Ann Johnson, Evelyn Johnson both of Luray, S.C., Cora Lee Jones, Rebecca Johnson both of Savannah, G.A., Cora Swinton, Walterboro, S.C. and Julius (Nathaniel) Overstreet, N.Y.; one uncle, Starr Johnson, Savannah, G.A.; two special friends: Connie Wooten, Nixville, S.C., and Claudie Mae Greene, Cummings, S.C., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends.

The Home Going Service was held 1:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Efferson Missionary Baptist Church, 5146 Browning Gate Road, Estill, S.C., Reverend Dr. Hallie Capers, Pastor and Eulogist and Elder Patricia Brantley presiding.

Interment will take place in the Cypress Creek Cemetery, Pineland, S.C.

Funeral Arrangements By:

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home

1214 Hampton Ave. S.

Fairfax, S.C. 29827


Charleston, S.C. - Jenny Lynn McKenzie Thomas, 76, of Charleston, SC, passed away on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Born on Sept. 7, 1941 in Bamberg, S.C., she was a daughter to the late James and Inez Priester McKenzie. Jenny was a Life Member of the American Legion Post 147, the VFW Post 445 and was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Ehrhardt, S.C. Jenny was a graduate of Ehrhardt High School and Columbia Cosmetology School. She retired after many years of service with the S.C. Commission for the Blind. Jenny will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include: her husband, Curtis Leslie Thomas of Charleston, S.C. and her daughter, Lynn Jamison of Walterboro, S.C.; her grandson, Christopher, and son-in-law, Todd; a brother, J.M. McKenzie of Lexington, S.C.; her sisters, Jackie Hiers and Barbra Ann Hiers, both of Ehrhardt, S.C. and Montye Jean DuBose of Charleston, S.C. and Louise Caldwell of Columbia, S.C.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at Noon on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, James Island Chapel. The family received friends prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, James Island Chapel.

Burial followed at Adnah United Methodist Church, Islandton, S.C.
Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the S.C. Commission For the Blind or American Legion Post 147.

Funeral Arrangements By:

McAlister-Smith Funeral Home

James Island Chapel

347 Folly Road

Charleston, S.C.


Estill, S.C. - Mr. James Coleman “Sonny” Jarrell of Furman Nixville Parkway near Estill, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Jarrell was born July 24, 1934, in Hampton County, son of John Thomas Jarrell, Sr. and Lillian Woods Jarrell. He was the former owner and operator of the Nixville Country Store for many years and was also a mechanic and operated a used car dealership. He was an Army Veteran and loved to hunt, fish and gardening. He was a member of the Nixville Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving are: Daughter, Charlene J. Ashworth of Estill; Brothers: Bobby Dean Jarrell, Sr. and Tommy Jarrell, both of Estill; Sisters: Virgie Plummer of Estill, Sadie Moran of Jacksonville, F.L., Katie Jarrell and Betty Mae Howard, both of Savannah; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Jarrell was predeceased by: Brothers: Edward Jarrell, Lee Jarrell, Sr. and John Thomas Jarrell, Jr.; and Sister, Lillie Rose Jarrell.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in the Nixville Church of God of Prophecy, conducted by Rev. Michael Frederickson and Rev. Nancy Gill with burial in the Church Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry St. W.

Hampton, S.C. 29924







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EHS “Wall of Fame” Induction Ceremony

Tue, 2017-11-21 18:29
Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:29pm

Estill High School held its eighth annual Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 14. Nine former graduates were honored for their positive contributions to their community, successful accomplishments, and enhancing the reputation of Estill High. Organizer Lizzie Young said that more than 125 guests and staff members were in attendance to witness this joyful occasion.

This year’s Wall of Famers:

Judge Loretta Bennett-Beckett, Juanita Williams-Orr, Drusilla Taylor-Orr,  Stephanie Smith, Joseph Housey, Michelle Scott-Gordon, Anglee “Kricket” Ellis-Brown, Erin Tanquia Atkins, Monica Taylor and Estill High School Principal, Mr. Johnnie Miller.





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4-H has Poultry Show at Orangeburg County Fair

Tue, 2017-11-21 18:27
Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:27pm

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. 


The youth also participated in poultry showmanship with the following awards.  Connor Murdaugh: Cloverbud Award for Record Book and interview, Cloverbud Award for showmanship.  Alayna Weilnau: Reserve Grand Champion for Record Book and Interview, and Grand Champion for Showmanship.  Lawson Weilnau: Cloverbud Award for record Book, and Reserve Grand Champion for Showmanship. Byron Johnstone: 3rd place in Showmanship, and Grand Champion for Record Book and Interview.  Dr. Mickey Hall from Clemson University officiated the show.  Connor is the grandson of Marvin Murdaugh of Hampton.  Alayna and Lawson are the children of Craig and Emilee Weilnau of Beaufort.  Byron is a son of Kevin and Allison Johnstone of Estill.


The 4-H Poultry Project and Pullet Chain are among the animal science projects in which youth are able to participate. The Pullet Chain Project requires youth to raise chickens from newly hatched chicks to pre laying hens (pullets). During the project, youth learn how to care for their flock and record their progress in an official record book. During judging, youth are required to answer questions related to poultry and the project. The 4-H Pullet Chain and Poultry Project begin in early spring and conclude in the fall.  This year, 12 youth participated in the Pullet Chain Project.


The origins of the Orangeburg County Fair can be traced as far back as 1911 when a group of citizens joined together to organize a county fair. Originally owned by 1588 shareholders, the fair included a football game which remained as part of the fair until 1961. Being that Agriculture was the livelihood of the economy, each township participated in competitions ranging from household goods and preserved foods to competition in all types of farm animals. Throughout history, the fair has continuously expanded to the current venue.


South Carolina 4-H is the youth-development arm of Clemson University Cooperative Extension. Programs cover animal science, agriculture, science, engineering, natural resources, healthy living, leadership and much more. Participation in South Carolina 4-H has grown more than 20 percent over the past two years. Last year, more than 104,400 young people in kindergarten through 12th grades participated in 4-H programming, and more than 4,000 volunteers committed their time to support 4-H programs and events. To learn more about SC4-H contact Dawn Stuckey, Hampton County 4-H Agent at or call 803-943-3427, ext. 112.


The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to any youth between the ages of 5-19 regardless of race, color, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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