Backporch Players back with ‘Borderline Crazies’

Posted on April 24, 2014 7:54 pm by Robert J. Baker

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It has been two years since the Backporch Players last brought their unique mixture of humor and vitality to the stage at Weldon Auditorium.   But from Friday through Sunday, the group will be back with “Borderline Crazies,” a play by Leo W. Sears where two characters put a plan in motion to “pep up one couple’s marriage, but a lot of things go wrong on the way,” according to Jewell Brown.   “This man and woman, Stu and Ellen (played by Stuart Smith and Sharon Ridgeway), are just bogged down in their marriage,” said Brown, president of the Backporch

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Mom, boyfriend charged in alleged child abuse case

Posted on April 24, 2014 7:32 pm by Robert J. Baker

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against a man left alone with a 2-year-old girl on Tuesday who was later treated at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning. Andrew Billups is charged with attempted murder. The girl is still recovering at a Columbia hospital. Courtney Chamberlain, the child’s mother, has been charged with accessory after the fact to attempted murder. Maj. Kipp Coker said Thursday evening that deputies will also seek a warrant for unlawful neglect of a child. Billups, the toddler’s mother’s boyfriend, told Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies that he found the child unresponsive and in a “seizure-like” state about 7:30

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Arrests made in alleged child abuse case

Posted on April 24, 2014 6:36 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has charged Andrew Billups with attempted murder in the case of a 2-year-old girl who is recovering in a Columbia hospital from internal injuries and head trauma. The child’s mother, Courtney Chamberlain, is charged with accessory after the fact. UPDATE: Mom, boyfriend charged in alleged child abuse case


Therapist raising money for mission trip

Posted on April 24, 2014 6:19 pm by Ariel E. Layne

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Clarendon Memorial Hospital physical therapist Casey Amato is undertaking a medical mission trip to Nicaragua from May 10-18, and is asking the community to donate tennis shoes, walkers, canes, crutches, braces, slings and eyeglasses for the trip. To help, you can drop off items at The Zone or at Clarendon Rehabilitation Services, both in the Cypress Center. For more information, call (540) 746-1115.



Lesley Dykes launches asset protection company

Posted on April 24, 2014 1:12 pm by Ariel E. Layne

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Lesley Dykes, former business development director for Clarendon Health System and Clarendon Memorial Hospital, announced Thursday the launch of Stellar Asset Solutions LLC. Dykes said she will offer clients “services to help them make good decisions in regards to a variety of monetary issues, including life insurance, health insurance, fixed annuities and real estate.” She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Business Administration, and currently operates Mr. KleanAir with her husband. She earned her license in 2013 from the state Department of Insurance. She is a licensed Realtor and recently joined The AgentOwned Realty Co.

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Santee-Wateree Students’ Award Banquet

Posted on April 24, 2014 11:49 am by Robert J. Baker

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The Santee-Wateree Students’ Award Banquet will be held 7 p.m. Saturday at the Melina Presbyterian Church Activity Center in Gable, with the Rev. William J. Frierson, pastor of Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist Church, speaking. For ticket information, call Moses Levy Jr. at (803) 478-2718, Dorothea Ford at (843) 659-2677 or Robert Fleming at (803) 435-8994.


Willie James Harrison

Posted on April 24, 2014 11:26 am by Robert J. Baker

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LAKE CITY — Willie James Harrison, 71, died on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence. Born Jan. 3, 1943, in Turbeville, he was a son of the late Sam and Pearl McDowell Harrison. The family will receive friends at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, George and Lillie Harrison, 823 N. Bethel Road in Scranton. Funeral services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.



Dozens file breach of trust complaints against local dealership

Posted on April 24, 2014 9:00 am by Robert J. Baker

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The Manning Police Department confirmed late Wednesday that more than two dozen customers of Craig’s Used Cars have filed breach of trust complaints against the dealership, whose license was revoked on Tuesday by the state Department of Motor Vehicles after a six-month investigation. Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer said the company – owned by Mike Dozier – has been allegedly failing to produce proper tags for cars sold to customers. Police said  the DMV is asking customers to fill out a complaint – using this form – and then fax it or mail it back to the department.    


Toddler still recovering in Columbia hospital

Posted on April 24, 2014 8:57 am by Robert J. Baker

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A 2-year-old Pinewood girl who suffered internal injuries and head trauma from an alleged beating at her home on Tuesday night is still recovering at a Columbia hospital. Andrew Billups, the toddler’s mother’s boyfriend, told Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies that he found the child unresponsive and in a “seizure-like” state about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies responded to Clarendon Memorial Hospital about two hours later, and reported multiple apparent injuries to the child, including bruises and scratched. Doctors confirmed internal injuries. The child was airlifted to Palmetto Richland’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. No arrests have been made in the case. Billups,

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Three stops planned for Mobile Library today

Posted on April 24, 2014 6:29 am by Robert J. Baker

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The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will make the following stops today: 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Turbeville IGA 2:30-3:30 p.m., Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church 4-5 p.m., Lodebar Church





Sheriff’s Office Investigating possible toddler beating

Posted on April 23, 2014 5:31 pm by Robert J. Baker

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A 2-year-old girl is recovering at a Columbia hospital today after injuries caused Tuesday night by a possible beating. Investigators with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office say the toddler’s mother’s boyfriend found the child about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and called the mother to say the child was having a seizure. The woman told investigators that she left the home on Lands End Road in the Pinewood area of Clarendon County about three hours earlier, and that the child seemed in good health. Deputies reported the victim was wearing a neck brace while being treated at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, and that

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DMV, MPD ask Craig’s Used Cars’ customers to file complaints

Posted on April 23, 2014 3:14 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

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The Manning Police Department has been inundated with complaints from customers of Craig’s Used Cars in Manning – and even from the sister store in Florence – after the Department of Motor Vehicles pulled the company’s license to sell on Tuesday. Police said Wednesday afternoon that the DMV is asking customers to fill out a complaint – using this form – and then fax it or mail it back to the department. The address and fax number are on the form.