Ula Shawn Long

Posted by | August 3, 2015 9:47 am

Ula Shawn Long died Friday, July 30, 2015. Born in 1958, she was a daughter of Ula Doris Hornikel of Summerton and the late Stephen Frederick Hornikel. She was a boisterous child who became a ballerina, gymnast and lifeguard at Shenandoah pool by the age of 12, and was also an accomplished horseback rider. She truly lived. Her humor was unmatchable. Ula found no greater joy than with her children John Aubrey Long and Dawn Victoria Long, both of Miami, Florida. She was extremely proud of them. Survivors besides her children and mother of Summerton include two sisters, Todd Tamara… Read the rest

Nic@Nite starts tonight

Posted by | August 3, 2015 8:36 am

Nic@Nite, the most exciting kids’ event of the summer, will be back for its 10th year today through Wednesday, with registration nightly from 6-6:30 p.m. The fun will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. All activities are free and will be held at Manning High School. Grades K5 through fifth are welcome. Prepare to get wet! For more information, call Seacoast Church – Manning Campus Pastor Jim Fleming at (803) 505-3208.

Say hello to Robert Logan Hammond

Posted by | August 3, 2015 4:08 am

Robert Logan Hammond and his twin brother, Brandon, have done everything together since they were born in Belmont, North Carolina. The two both studied biology at Erskine College and both are students at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. They are also studying this year in clinical rotations at Clarendon Memorial Hospital due to a partnership between the hospital and VCOM. Hammond said he has wanted to be a doctor “for the most part since about ninth grade.” “I had two tumors, but both were benign,” he said. “But going through that process piqued my interest.” Hammond said he chose… Read the rest

Susie Mae Hodge Pearson

Posted by | August 3, 2015 3:20 am

SUMTER – Susie Mae Hodge Pearson, 67, wife of J.C. Pearson died Friday, July 31, 2015, at her home in Sumter. Born June 6, 1948, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Carrie Lee Burgess and the late John Hodge Jr. Celebratory services for Susie Mae Hodge Pearson will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 6569 Old Georgetown Road in Manning, with the Rev. Dr. Leon Winn, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Pearson will lie in repose for an hour prior to services. Burial will follow in Pearson Cemetery on Old Manning Road… Read the rest


Today in History …

Posted by | August 3, 2015 12:00 am

1852 – Harvard University wins the first Boat Race between Yale University and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event 1936 – Jesse Owens wins the 100 meter dash, defeating Ralph Metcalfe, at the Berlin Olympics. 1960 – Niger gains independence from France. 2010 – Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US $200 million) in damage.

Robin Elizabeth Thomas Grubb

Posted by | August 2, 2015 11:20 pm

Robin Elizabeth Thomas Grubb, 48, wife of Harry “Victor” Grubb Jr., died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home. Born Aug. 2, 1966, in Athens, Georgia, she was the daughter of Gerald Emory Thomas Sr. and Ella Mae Elkins Thomas. She was a kindergarten teacher at Anderson Primary School in Kingstree and a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church. Survivors besides her husband of Manning and her parents of Spartanburg include a daughter, Sarah Taylor Grubb of Manning; a brother, Gerald E. Thomas Jr. (Marlene) of Roxboro, North Carolina; and a beloved niece and nephew and cousins. A memorial service… Read the rest

Ruby Rosalie Hastings McCarter

Posted by | August 2, 2015 8:09 pm

CLOVER – Ruby Rosalie Hastings McCarter, 90, widow of Scott Johnson McCarter, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at the home of her daughter. Born April 14, 1925, in Quincy, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Virgil and Ruby Pierson Hastings. She was a seamstress, a homemaker and a member of New Life Christian Center in Clover. Survivors include her children, Ruth Ann Helms (Eddie) of Clover, Sara Jane Briggs (Larry) of Hopewell, Virginia, Mary Jo Jones (Carter) of Manning, Norma Jean Nelson (Ronnie) of York, Russell Scott McCarter (Sharon) of Clover, Linda Norris of York and Eric Johnson… Read the rest

Gallery: National Night Out in Summerton

Posted by | August 2, 2015 5:53 pm

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office joined with the Summerton Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies Friday to hold National Night Out at the old Scott’s Branch High School gymnasium in Summerton. Although the event was moved from its planned Saturday date not to conflict with the funeral services for the late Barbara Brock Garrett, the event still saw a great attendance, organizer Deputy Annett Smith said. The next National Night Out will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Manning Junior High School gymnasium, 1101 W.L. Hamilton Road in Manning.

Animal Shelter to hold 9th annual Golf Classic

Posted by | August 2, 2015 1:03 pm

A Second Chance Animal Shelter of Clarendon County will hold its 9th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 12, with registration at 8 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9 a.m., at Wyboo Golf Club, 2565 Players Course Drive in Manning. The cost is $50 per person and $200 per team. The tournament package includes green fees and cart, a continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Prizes will be based on number of entries. The format is a four-man Captain’s Choice, with a 10-point handicap system. Mulligans will be available. Refreshments will be available. Entry forms may be found at A Second… Read the rest

Appeals Court denies petition from man who pleaded to robbery of Bank of Clarendon in 2013

Posted by | August 2, 2015 12:10 pm

The South Carolina Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal 44-year-old man who pleaded guilty in 2013 to the armed robbery of the Bank of Clarendon earlier that year. In its decision, released Wednesday, the court has also relieved the man’s appellate defender, Robert M. Pachak of Columbia. Andrew Lee Blackmon pleaded guilty to armed robbery, and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge W. Jeffrey Young to 15 years in prison. According to the state Department of Corrections, he is scheduled for release on Oct. 22, 2025. In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeals cited a U.S. Supreme Court… Read the rest

Dems to meet Thursday

Posted by | August 2, 2015 11:44 am

The Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Bassard’s Pond House, 4162 Rev. J.W. Carter Road in the Ram Bay community of Clarendon County off U.S. 301.


Say hello to Brandon Hammond

Posted by | August 2, 2015 7:02 am

Belmont, North Carolina native Brandon Hammond will call the Manning area home for the next year. One of eight students participating in clinical rotations at Clarendon Memorial Hospital as part of that entity’s partnership with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hammond came to Manning with his twin brother, Robert Logan Hammond, who is also a student with VCOM. Hammond studied biology at Erskine College, and said he decided to study medicine as a junior in high school. “We were playing baseball, and I dove and hit the center fielder’s knee, and had a concussion in the outfield,” Hammond said.… Read the rest

Wilbert Briggs honored by Landstar for 1 Million Miles with no wrecks

Posted by | August 2, 2015 4:57 am

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Landstar System Inc. has recognized Manning resident Wilbert Briggs as a 1 Million Mile Safe Driver. The company is a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services. During his career with Landstar, Briggs has driven 1 million consecutive miles without a preventable accident. Briggs is one of 136 men and women who make up the 2014 Class of Landstar 1 Million Mile Safet Drivers. All were recently honored at an awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida, for their outstanding safety records and professionalism behind the wheel. Collectively, the 136 owner-operators have safely… Read the rest

Susie Mae Hodge Pearson

Posted by | August 2, 2015 4:35 am

SUMTER – Susie Mae Hodge Pearson, 67, wife of J.C. Pearson, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at her home. Born June 6, 1948, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Carrie Lee Burgess Hodge and the late John Hodge Jr. The family will receive friends at her home, 3095 Old Manning Road in Sumter. Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Rachel Doughty Montgomery Gaines

Posted by | August 2, 2015 2:37 am

SUMMERTON – Rachel Doughty Montgomery Gaines, died Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Born Dec. 2, 1916, in the Jordan section of Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Hartswell Doughty and Katie Johnson. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Hayes F. and LaNelle J. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel in Manning, with the Rev. Al Smiling officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Joyce Ann Briggs, 411 Holden St. in Manning. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

2 LMA grads receive Tuomey Foundation scholarships

Posted by | August 2, 2015 2:02 am

Two Laurence Manning Academy graduates were among nine students awarded Thursday with scholarships from the Tuomey Foundation’s Employee Scholarship Fund. The students included, from left, LMA graduates Shelby Holliday and Cameron Menser, along with McKenzie Quinn-Barnett, Garrett Conner, AshLee Holloman, Breanna Kimbrell and Hannah Voisin. Not pictured were Christina Lafoon and Mary Peyton Zilch. The students were presented Thursday at a luncheon in Sumter with the scholarships, which were created in 2000 for Tuomey employees, immediate family members of Tuomey employees and active volunteers who have at least 250 hours of service. In 15 years, more than $33,000 has been… Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted by | August 2, 2015 12:00 am

1274 – Edward I of England returns from the Crusades and is crowned King seventeen days later. 1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system. 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding 1973 – A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man. 1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.

Antioch MBC Back-to-School service

Posted by | August 1, 2015 10:54 pm

The Youth Department of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon and Dingle Road in Jordan, will sponsor a Back-to-School Praise and Worship Service at 10 a.m. Aug. 16. The Rev. Sam Livingston Sr. is the host pastor. For more information, call (803) 478-4557.

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