Moving truck passenger dies in I-95 wreck

Posted by | October 23, 2016 12:38 pm

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said one person was killed Saturday afternoon in a wreck on Interstate 95. Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the one-vehicle wreck happened about 5:15 p.m. near the 137 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of I-95, near the Clarendon-Sumter line. Southern said a 30-foot moving truck was traveling in those lanes when it ran off the right side of the road. The driver over-corrected and the vehicle overturned. The truck skidded off the left side of the road and overturned several more times. Southern said the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from… Read the rest

At 4.9 percent, South Carolina unemployment keeps falling

Posted by | October 23, 2016 10:33 am

South Carolina’s jobless rate has fallen below 5 percent for the first time in more than 15 years. The Department of Employment and Workforce said Friday that South Carolina’s unemployment was 4.9 percent in September. That marked the first time the state rate has fallen below 5 percent since April 2001 and was the state’s fifth straight monthly drop. National unemployment was 5 percent in September. The agency says the number of South Carolinians working in September rose to an all-time high, at more than 2.1 million. The professional and business services sector gained 3,300 jobs last month. Education and… Read the rest

Haley: State workers ordered to miss work will be paid

Posted by | October 23, 2016 8:34 am

State employees in 26 counties whose offices were closed because of Hurricane Matthew will be paid for those days. Gov. Nikki Haley issued an executive order Friday granting leave with pay for employees who work in the state offices she ordered closed from Oct. 5 through Oct. 7. As the hurricane headed to South Carolina, Haley ordered all public schools and government offices in 26 counties to close amid her coastal evacuation orders. She said that would ease traffic for the hundreds of thousands of people leaving the coast, while some schools served as shelters. Her latest order does not… Read the rest

As 1 part of SC recovers from flood, another is in a drought

Posted by | October 23, 2016 6:00 am

As one part of South Carolina continues to recover from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew, another area is suffering a drought. The Greenville News reports Upstate residents are being asked to conserve by limiting nonessential use of water, such as irrigating lawns and washing cars. Lake Hartwell is 7 feet below normal; Lake Jocassee is 10 feet below full level and Keowee, 4 feet. And the National Climate Prediction Center forecasts a warmer and drier than normal winter in the South. A Greenville Water System spokeswoman says voluntary conservation measures could become mandatory if drought conditions deteriorate and require limits… Read the rest

Legislators: Pay raise for SC state employees unlikely

Posted by | October 23, 2016 1:58 am

Key legislators say South Carolina is unlikely to be able to afford a pay raises for state employees next year, but workers’ advocates say the state can’t afford not to raise salaries. The State newspaper in Columbia reports that lawmakers say they’ll need to budget money to pay for damage caused by Hurricane Matthew and shore up the state’s ailing pension system, among other needs. House budget-writing chairman Brian White, R-Anderson says he doesn’t believe money will be available for a pay raise. But a pay study last year showed that South Carolina’s low pay makes it difficult to recruit… Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted by | October 23, 2016 12:00 am

42 BC – Liberators’ civil war: Second Battle of Philippi – Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Brutus’s army. Brutus commits suicide. 425 – Valentinian III is elevated as Roman emperor at the age of six. 501 – The Synodus Palmaris, called by Gothic king Theoderic the Great, discharges Pope Symmachus of all charges, thus ending the schism of Antipope Laurentius. 1086 – At the Battle of Sagrajas, the army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeats the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI. 1157 – The Battle of Grathe Heath ends the civil war in Denmark. King Sweyn III is killed… Read the rest

Manning High alum to serve as region VP for National FFA

Posted by | October 22, 2016 5:37 pm

Manning High School alumnus DeShawn Blanding made history on Saturday as he was elected one of six college students to head the 2016-17 National FFA Officer team. Blanding, the first from Clarendon County to receive such a distinction, will serve as the southern region vice-president. He is a biological and natural resources engineering major at North Carolina A&T State University. He was selected as one of six out of 42 students nationwide to run for office. He joins students from Delaware, Florida, Minesota, New York and Texas in his new role. Each year at the National FFA Convention and Expo,… Read the rest

Sen. Scott now accepting applications for internships

Posted by | October 22, 2016 2:36 pm

Sen. Tim Scott is now accepting applications for his congressional internship in his Washington, D.C., North Charleston, Columbia and Greenville offices for spring 2017. The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students practical experience in constituent services, the legislative process, government policy and press. The internship provides students with the ability to work with and learn from public service professionals. All internships are unpaid, but students will learn invaluable work experience and skills throughout their internship that will help them gain a better understanding of how their government functions. In Washington, interns have the unique chance to research legislation, attend… Read the rest

Red Ribbon Week initiative scheduled for Oct. 23-31

Posted by | October 22, 2016 12:36 pm

In response to the requests from many schools for red ribbons the S.C. Elks, comprised of approximately 8,000 members, provided 65,000 satin red ribbons free of charge to be distributed to each 5th grade student in the South Carolina public school system during Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31, 2016). The distribution of the red ribbons was coordinated through the 86 school districts in SC as provided by the SC Association of Superintendents. Hurricane Matthew may have impacted the distribution of some of the ribbons, but we want to thank all the school districts for their cooperation in making the initiative… Read the rest

Old Georgetown, King roads not to open until after Thanksgiving

Posted by | October 22, 2016 12:28 pm

Two roads maintained by the state Department of Transportation which saw washouts from Hurricane Matthew will not likely be reopening before Thanksgiving, according to a release from the agency. King Road, which is closed for a 3.46-mile stretch from S.C. 260, and Old Georgetown Road, which is closed for a 3.17-mile stretch from Crossroads Church Road to Bradham Road, are not projected to reopen until after that holiday, in fact. Both roads suffered washouts due to Hurricane Matthew, which hit Clarendon County Oct. 8, nearly a year to the day after the October 2015 flood.

Patricia Marie Truluck Flowers

Posted by | October 22, 2016 12:17 pm

Patricia Marie Truluck Flowers, 67, died Friday, October 21, 2016, at McLeod Hospice House. Born March 31, 1949, in Lynchburg, she was a daughter of Mary Wilson Truluck Barwick and the late Joseph Zinnamon Truluck. She was a graduate of Winthrop College and received her Master’s Degree from Alabama A&M. She was a National Board Certified Teacher and was nominated as Teacher of the Year by the Manning Early Childhood Center in 2003 – 2004. A dedicated educator, she was a member of the SC National Reading Association and was a certified Teacher Mentor. As a member of Clarendon Baptist… Read the rest

Drug stronger than heroin responsible for deaths, legal in 46 states

Posted by | October 22, 2016 10:15 am

A drug twice as powerful as heroin that has caused at least 80 deaths in the U.S. is legal in all but four states and can be bought cheaply on the internet. “If you touch it, you could go into cardiac arrest,” said Wade Carpenter, the police chief in Park City, Utah, where two 13-year-old boys apparently died from an overdose of the drug that they bought on the internet, NBC News reported. The super-potent synthetic opioid is commonly known as “pink”, “U-4” and“U-4700.” Pink is about 7 1/2 times as strong as morphine and about twice as powerful as… Read the rest

Lady Eagles defeat C.E. Murray

Posted by | October 22, 2016 8:52 am

The Scott’s Branch High School Lady Eagles volleyball team defeated C.E. Murray on Thursday night, with Marlaine Cruz scoring 10 points and Tonia Lawson scoring 11 points.

DNR continues hunting bans in Marion, Horry and Georgetown counties

Posted by | October 22, 2016 6:58 am

The state Department of Natural Resources is continuing to monitor the lingering effects of Hurricane Mathew. Specifically, DNR is tracking the ongoing flooding occurring on the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers. The agency is responsible for the management of fish and wildlife resources and has temporarily closed the deer hunting season in the Waccamaw and Pee Dee River drainage systems, where high floodwaters are causing an adverse impact on wildlife. The temporary closure of the Waccamaw River area is set to expire at midnight Oct. 25, and the temporary closure of the Little and Great Pee Dee Rivers areas is… Read the rest

Gallery: Wolverines celebrate Homecoming

Posted by | October 22, 2016 5:19 am

East Clarendon High School celebrated Homecoming on Friday night with a Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness, along with other festivities. Unfortunately, the team fell 24-0 to Hannah-Pamplico. Photos provided by Susan Powell Anderson.

Mobile Library Schedule: Saturday, Oct. 22

Posted by | October 22, 2016 5:15 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Clarendon School District 1 Community Center, formerly the Old Scott’s Branch High School. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

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