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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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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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Xi Omega Omega makes donation to Safe Haven and recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

On Saturday, Oct. 21, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Omega Omega Chapter, collected non-perishable food items as it focused on one of its national initiatives: decreasing childhood hunger. National Childhood Hunger Day was recognized nationwide on Oct. 16. The items collected were taken to Safe Haven homeless shelter. Safe Haven provides temporary shelter for up to 30 days for homeless women, children and families. Safe Haven is a program through Lowcountry Community Action Agency, Inc., which serves Colleton and Hampton counties.

On this day, Xi Omega Omega Chapter also dressed in pink and held deep discussions on the importance of early detection through self-examinations and mammograms as it recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a service organization that aids people on local, state, national and international levels through Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact. The Xi Omega Omega Chapter was chartered in Walterboro in 1983. Since its chartering, the chapter has assisted in serving local needs in their members’ communities, which include the city of St. George, Colleton County and Hampton County.



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Weekly Reads

Tue, 2017-11-21 18:16
Dinner at the movies By: Scott D. StrawnDirector of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library.Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:16pm

Dinner at the Movies

by Scott D. Strawn


It’s that time of the year when most of us are planning to have people over for dinner.  Family, friends, food...what could go wrong?  Hopefully nothing.  There’s always a chance, however, that the “perfect” dinner will turn into one that will be remembered for better or worse.  Need some examples?  Check these films out.


Dinner at the Ritz, 1937, 20th Century Fox



Well, of course the evening is going to have class if you invite the likes of David Niven.  Mr. Niven’s character, Paul de Brack, comes to the aid of Annabella, a jewelry seller whose father has been murdered.  The two track the killer across Europe.  Since we are told almost from the beginning who the murderer is, the real mystery is whether or not the murderer will be caught.  The real feast here is the locales and in the style the story is told.

Dinner at Eight, 1933, MGM



Millicent and Oliver invite friends over for dinner.  Of course they’re looking for dinner talk and do they get it!  The characters let out with a load of problems that can’t possibly be resolved by dessert, but make for one bang-up evening.  The cast includes Lionel and John Barrymore, Jean Harlow and Billie Burke, all of who take a work that could have easily sunk into soap opera and bring it up to the level of classic comedy/drama.


The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1942, Warner Brothers


Sheridan Whiteside, a radio personality, trips outside the residence of Daisy and Ernest Stanley.  The Stanley’s take him in thinking he’ll be an ideal house guest and will leave when he’s healed.  Instead he shows himself to be a heel who takes over the premises and causes major discontent.  When it’s discovered that Whiteside has actually recovered from his injury sometime back, and is faking his pain, the Stanley’s plot to oust the intruder from the premises. 

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1967, Columbia Pictures


Who’s coming to dinner?  Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Poitier, that’s who.  Though it might look a bit dated in 2017, forty years ago this film managed to cause some stir.  Joanna Drayton brings her fiance home to meet Mom and Dad.  Issue is (or “was” in 1967), her fiance is black.  Joanna’s parents who have believed themselves to be open-minded (and tried to raise their daughter to be so) struggle to live up to the standards they have set for themselves. 

Dinner Rush, 2000, Warner Brothers


“Dinner” is served at Louis Cropa’s Italian restaurant.  With a menu of gangsters, gambler’s and various other rogues, dinner is going to get spicy.  A helping of food critics and police add to the flavor.  Add in intrigue and manipulation, and the environment is going to be hotter than the food.  Before the evening is over, dessert might just include murder.

All films listed can be obtained through your local library.  For more information about films, 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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Coroner speaks of county's wastefullness

Tue, 2017-11-21 18:13
Hampton County Coroner discusses expense overages during Hampton County Council meeting.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:13pm

During a Nov. 7 Hampton County Council meeting, Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington, Sr., spoke to council as requested by council members due to his department’s budget overage of $13,136. According Washington, the overages could have easily been avoided if Hampton County Council would allow him to utilize a county-owned coroner transport van.

According to Washington, the county is withholding his use of a county corner van because of an ongoing legal matter between his office and the county over placement of a county seal upon his county-purchased Dodge Durango.

The lack of a van has caused Washington to hire an outside contractor to transport remains to MUSC in Charleston and back to Hampton, a $300 round trip. All tallied, the lack of a transport van has cost his department, and the county, $6,050, says Washington. The coroner also detailed an extremely expensive morgue unit he was provided by the county, which goes unused inside a storage unit due to a lack of a building being offered by the county to place the morgue.

The coroner’s 2016-17 budget was set at $19,000. Washington said an increase in murders locally, as well as an increase in MUSC rates and autopsy fees, have also added to the budget overage.


In other Hampton County Council news:

  • SouthernCarolina Alliance’s Kay Maxwell gave council an update of the work of the SCA. So far this year, the SCA has accrued $128 million in private capital investments and 411 jobs created regionally. In the county, 12 active projects are considering Hampton County. The SCA will soon announce two new projects coming to Hampton County, Maxwell added.
  • First reading of the Hampton County Unified Land Development Ordinance passed a council vote.
  • Second reading of the Hampton County Personnel Policy passed by a 3-2 council vote.
  • The third reading of the name change of the county-owned airport passed with a 3-1-1 vote, with Winn voting no and Williams abstaining. The former Hampton/Varnville airport will be renamed the Hampton County Airport.

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Bullying briefly discussed during District One meeting

Tue, 2017-11-21 18:03
Hampton District One School Board met Nov. 6, briefly discussed bullying in schools.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 6:03pm

The Hampton District One School Board, along with Superintendent Ronald Wilcox, met Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. to discuss district matters. At the end of the meeting, Wilcox briefly discussed the topic of bullying in schools, which has become a hot button topic locally after the recent self-inflicted death of an 11-year-old Hampton Elementary School student.

“We are assessing our policies related to bullying. We are assessing our training programs related to bullying and we are going to do everything we can to make sure we are doing the proper things as related to the policy and to the training,” said Wilcox.

And that was the end of the discussion on the topic.

Wilcox’s brief discussion of the matter left several individuals downtrodden after the meeting. Audience members were later heard after the meeting expressing remorse more was not said about the issue and that no dialog between concerned individuals and district officials occurred during the meeting regarding current district policies in place to protect children from bullying.


In other District One news:

  • First reading of grading assessment policy IKA-R passed in a unanimous vote. The policy will round grades up to the nearest third digit.
  • Additional CERA grant funding to train current teachers and to attract teachers from out of the area to the district was announced by the superintendent.  
  • Wilcox announced the board will likely, in the future, vote to return to paper-and-pencil testing for district third grade students.
  • Wilcox discussed several possible facility upgrades which have been brought up by district employees, including the addition of a small bathroom facility for bus drivers at Ben Hazel, and other projects.
  • District test scores have been released; Wilcox stated some scores were pleasing to district officials and other scores in specific subject areas were less than satisfactory and will be addressed in the future. 


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Red Devils win in first round

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:51
The Wade Hampton High School Red Devils varsity football team won their first round playoff game at home Nov. 3 against Manning. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:51pm

Despite a weak turnout by Wade Hampton High School football fans, the team still prevailed over their powerhouse opponent from Manning by a final score of 23-18 during the team’s first round playoff matchup Friday night.

The Red Devils began the game by receiving the ball and a Manning penalty two downs later gave the Devils a great opening opportunity to control the momentum of the game early on. A Devil fumble several plays later offered Manning an opportunity to steal that momentum right back, but it was a missed opportunity for Manning.

“When our quarterback fumbled and they were getting ready to scoop and score and the fullback picked it up and brought it back--that was huge. That was tough on them [Manning}, it stopped all of their momentum and it gave us complete momentum. It was definitely the turning point in the game,” said WHHS Head Coach Jerry Brown.

Tre Phoneix, who has been selected to participate in the North/South All-Star game later this year, came away with several important tackles during the game, including an important third down stop which forced a Manning punt early in the game.

The Devils were the first to put points on the board during the first quarter by way of a safety after a thwarted fourth and goal attempt by Maxwell gave their opponents possession of ball.

Manning came back to score halfway through the second quarter to put the game at 6-2 after an errant snap during the extra-point attempt. The Devils had no problems staying right with their competition and put up another six points by way of a DeSario Williams touchdown run, making it 9-6 in favor of the Red Devils after a successful extra-point kick.

The remainder of the second quarter stayed quiet until Manning threatened a touchdown moments before halftime, but they were stopped in the red zone by Devil defense.

“We spent a lot of time working on short yardage defense…working on that short yardage situation, and that goal line defense at either end paid off for us. That’s really what got us started well,” said Brown.

The excitement level of the Red Devil fans was quickly reduced after Manning ran the opening kickoff after halftime back 81-yards for a touchdown to make the score 12-9 in Manning’s favor with 8:44 left in the third. The two-point conversion attempt was no good. After several more plays, including a beautiful pass deflection by Chris Orr, the Devils again entered the end zone on a Maxwell run to make the game 16-12 after a successful extra-point kick.

Another Maxwell touchdown run in the third placed the Devils in the lead 23-12 after a successful extra-point kick. Manning again answered back with a passing drive which ended in a touchdown pass completion to put the score at 23-18 with 2:19 seconds left in regulation.

An onside kick by Manning was recovered by Manning, but the WHHS defense held strong and walked off the field with a first round playoff win.

Brown expects another high-energy, drama-filled Friday night at Devil Hill for the second round of playoff action. As well as high-energy football, Maxwell will attempt to break the 2,000-yard mark for the season on Nov. 10 during the team’s second round matchup against Brooklyn-Cayce  at Devil Hill.

“They are a very excellent team offensively. They give different looks; they can pack the box with eleven people or they can spread it out and no backs and go empty. They do a lot well,” said Brown,

“I don’t what people are doing on Friday nights, but the most exciting thing in the whole county is going on right here,” said the head coach of his desire to see packed bleachers Friday. “Nothing on TV, the movies or anything else could be more exciting or have more drama involved. It was a great drama Friday night. That’s the thing about high school football, there is so much drama. And the kids would really appreciate their support.”


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2017 Fairfax Fall Festival Pageant

Tue, 2017-11-21 17:33
Posted: Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:33pm

The 2017 Fairfax Fall Festival Pageant was held recently. Crowned were: Little Miss Fairfax-Makailee White, Little Miss Fall Festival-Za'Niyah DeAngel Taylor, Miss Fairfax-Chyna Elmore and Miss Fall Festival- La'Shaye Gardner. Photo and information provided by Benjamin Gadson, student-reporter for the Guardian.



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EPD's Smith returns after being shot

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:57
Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith was thrown a surprise party by his department Nov. 6 in celebration of his return to patrol.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:57pm

Estill Police Officer Quincy Smith, who was reported shot while on duty by Malcolm Antwann Orr on New Year’s Day, 2016, was shocked when the television cameras were turned on him again on Nov. 6 at the department’s headquarters during what Smith believed was a community outreach event.

The EPD officer recently made national news after he was shot multiple times while attempting to detain an armed robbery suspect who had allegedly attempted to rob several patrons of a gas station located in downtown Estill. Smith survived being shot in the neck and arm, and vowed from his hospital bed he would return to serve his community as soon as he was physically able.

“I got through it really well from the department and people from all across the world reaching out to me and giving me support and well-wishes,” said EPD Officer Quincy. “It’s been great.”

Although he survived a nearly fatal attack, Smith stated he has no fear of returning to patrol.

“I was ready to come back for almost a year now, so no jitters that I can tell you of right now. I’m just ready to get out there on the road,” Smith stated with a smile.

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Fairfax recieves $100,000

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:53
Posted: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:53pm

The Town of Fairfax would like to thank Rep. Lonnie Hosey for his efforts in helping secure a grant for $100,000.00.

Rep. Hosey presented the check to Mayor Dorothy S. Riley and Council at the town council meeting October 16, 2017.


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PHA prevails over King

Fri, 2017-11-17 17:49
The Patriots of PHA won their first round playoff matchup against W.W. King Nov. 3 during a high scoring game. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:49pm

On Nov. 3, the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots took on WW King in the first round of their playoffs. After a weak defensive night, both teams reached double digits before King kneeled to the Pats 60-48. Entering the halftime break, King and PHA were deadlocked at 36-36.

"I knew this was going to be tough because we played a very different WW King team the second week of the season, they were nursing a few injuries and it was still early in the year", said PHA Head Coach McCoy. "I knew that they would play hard as they always do especially in the playoffs, and I know our team felt like we truly earned that win Friday.”

PHA will now advance to week two of playoffs to battle the Raiders of Jefferson Davis Academy, which is coming off of a bye week. A region champion in their division, Jefferson Davis will host PHA which beat them earlier in the season.

According to McCoy, the Raiders of Jefferson Davis are favored to win over the Patriots on all the polls.

"I don't know a whole lot about these polls, but I do know that Jefferson Davis is a very athletic team that is well balanced and is not the same team that we played earlier in the season," said McCoy. "Our team will do all we can to prepare for this game and we are not going up there and lay down for them, I hope we can pick up something that we learned from the effort that WW King brought to our home field.”

On the offensive side of scrimmage, the Pats brought 10 drives against King, with seven of those drives ending in a touchdown. Batten Bostick added to his already stellar rushing total, with a season total now at 1,897 yards. All tallied, PHA carried the ball 48 times for 425 yards for seven touchdowns. Bostick led the way in carries, with 38 and 375 yards and five touchdowns and four two-point conversions. Jackson Wiggins and Daniel Hauptmann put the other two touchdowns on the board.

Defensively, Garrett Griner came off the field with four tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup; Bostick had eight tackles; Hauptmann made 11 tackles; Kyle Jarrell made nine tackles; Hunter Spielman made five tackles and two pass deflections and Clayton Richards came off the field with seven tackles, including several other Pats who made hits, as well. 

Photos by Lynn Manuel, PHA.


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Red Devils conquer May River, photos from EHS senior night

Thu, 2017-11-16 16:30
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Thu, 11/16/2017 - 4:30pm

Although Wade Hampton High School Head Coach Jerry Brown felt his team got lucky and came away with a sloppy win last Friday, he is proud of his team and their outstanding season. This season marks the first time in 13 years the Red Devils have won their regional championship.

The Devils finished their championship regular season with a win Oct. 27 over May River by a final score of 41-34, putting WHHS’s season record at 6-4 (4-0 region).

“I didn’t think that we played with much intensity,” said Brown. “Sometimes you get beat and sometimes you win like that, and we were fortunate to win.”

Offensively, quarterback Quayshawn Williams rushed for more than 70 yards and threw a 50-yard plus pass completion, as well as throwing for a touchdown. Just like last week against Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Pernell Maxwell III had another stellar rushing game and came off the field with 149 additional yards, putting his regular season total at 1,693 yards rushing, with 23 touchdowns.

“The best thing about last week is that it is the first time we didn’t fumble it any,” said the head coach.

Towards the end of the game, WHHS was fortunate to have several big runs and were able to run out the remaining time on the clock.  

“We had to outscore them, that’s all there is to it,” Brown said of his team’s defensive performance last week.

The Red Devils will begin their playoff run at home against Manning Nov. 3. Manning has a regular season record of 7-3 (1-3 region).

“Having to play them again is always tough, but it’s a little easier on our guys because they have got the revenge factor in there. We played three-and-a-half hours before and it didn’t settle a whole lot, but they kicked one more field goal than we did and they beat us on a third overtime,” said Brown. “Hopefully we will get it done this time…hopefully we are a little better prepared.”  

“The school has done well, and they have a lot to be proud of,” said Brown. “There is a lot to be proud of. I just hope the community supports us, because the kids really worked hard. It is the first time in 13 years they have won the conference. We are one of the smallest schools in the conference and have had a lot of injuries and have overcome a lot. The kids are playing really hard for the community, so I hope they will [come out Nov. 3] and support us.”  


Award-winning band to perform

The WHHS Red Guardsmen marching band recently placed high during the S.C. State Marching Band Finals. The team received an “Excellent” rating. The Red Guardsmen were the only team from this part of South Carolina to advance to the State Finals. Look for the Red Guardsmen to perform their winning performance, “Lifescape-Living Life Beyond the Ordinary,” during the halftime ceremony of the Red Devil football game on Nov. 3.


Estill Gators end season in loss

The Estill Gators, still without Head Coach J.C. Threatt, who suffered a severe knee injury during a game several weeks ago, finished their regular season Friday night with a 40-13 loss to Wagener-Salley at home.

The young Gators end their season with a record of 2-8 (2-6 region).

During last Friday’s game halftime, senior EHS athletes and their parents were honored for their achievements and time spent at the school.


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