Gallery: Monarchs’ tennis team wins 1st round of state playoffs

Posted by | October 20, 2017 8:14 am

The Manning High School girls’ tennis team defeated Wade Hampton High School on Wednesday in the first round of the South Carolina 3-A State Playoffs. The final score was 5-2. Marie Joyner, Lorena Sanchez and Katie Feagin all won their singles matches with scores of 7-5 and 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 and 6-3 and 6-1, respectively. Grace Lemmon and Kailyn Vicente won their doubles match by scores of 6-1 and 6-2, while Shanyia Gamble and Marie Joyner won theirs by a score of 8-2. The Monarchs will travel next week to the No. 1-seeded Waccamaw for the second round of… Read the rest

District 1 to submit grant application, asks for public participation

Posted by | October 20, 2017 8:08 am

Clarendon School District 1, in partnership with the Reading Roadmap, will submit an application to the South Carolina Department of Education for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. If awarded, the grand funds will be used to establish and support an afterschool and summer program at Summerton Early Childhood Center. The program will provide academic support, enrichment activities and family literacy activities. Members of the community, students and parents are invited to participate in the planning process. For more information, call Interim Superintendent Barbara Ragin at (803) 574-2112. The grant application will be submitted Oct. 27.


Thomas family thanks public for support after death of son

Posted by | October 20, 2017 7:53 am

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sumter County Sheriff’s Deputy Bernard Thomas, a native of Clarendon County, died earlier this month after dealing with an illness. His father, Albert, wrote this to thank the public and family and friends for their support during this difficult time. “My wife, Curtis, Keia, the children and I wanted to say ‘Thank you’ for all the prayers and support that you’ve shown toward us during the time we needed it most. Your prayers have helped heal the unspeakable and unpexplainable pain that our family has been experiencing since the death of our son, Bernard. Our hearts have been… Read the rest

Horry County man arrested on child pornography charges

Posted by | October 20, 2017 7:10 am

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Paul Hajba Jr., of Loris, on eight charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation. Investigators state Hajba distributed child pornography. Hajba was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. The case will be prosecuted by the… Read the rest

Schools use proactive measures, zero tolerance policies to handle bullying

Posted by | October 20, 2017 6:32 am

Imagine a child sitting alone at her school’s table, other children sitting other places throughout the school’s cafeteria. This child always sits alone. Other kids avoid her, not as if she’s invisible, but as if she has some contagious deadly illness. When she sees bullying, Manning Primary School Counselor Elizabeth Briley says that this type of exclusion and avoidance is the most prevalent behavior children use to purposefully hurt other children. Everything from in-school suspension to expulsion are used as remedies for bullying in Clarendon’s three public school districts, its charter schools and its two private schools, whether it involves… Read the rest


Today in History: Oct. 20

Posted by | October 20, 2017 12:00 am

1548 – The city of Nuestra Señora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) is founded by Alonso de Mendoza by appointment of the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. 1568 – Battle of Jodoigne: the Spanish Duke of Alba defeats a Dutch rebel force under William the Silent. 1572 – Relief of Goes: Cristóbal de Mondragón, with 3000 soldiers of the Spanish Tercios, relieves the siege of the city. 1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy. 1740 – Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refuse… Read the rest

Sumter County man arrested on child pornography charges

Posted by | October 19, 2017 10:57 pm

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Anthony Ray Nielson, 48, of Sumter, on 14 charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation and arrest. Investigators state Nielson distributed and possessed files of child pornography. Nielson was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment on… Read the rest

Mary R. Pugh

Posted by | October 19, 2017 9:23 pm

SUMTER – Mary R. Pugh died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter. Born Aug. 17, 1947, in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late Ivory “Buster” Pugh Sr. and the late Viola Spann Pugh. The service of remembrance will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2928 St. John Church Road in Manning, where the Rev. Ranzy McFadden Jr., pastor, will bring words of hope. Burial will be held in the Pugh family plot in St. John Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. A public viewing will be held from… Read the rest


AG’s office charges Greer man allegedly possessing child pornography

Posted by | October 19, 2017 8:27 am

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Joseph Charles Pate III (age 42) of Greer on six charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Pate. Investigators state Pate sent nude images to and solicited nude images from… Read the rest

HopeHealth welcomes new employees

Posted by | October 19, 2017 4:06 am

HopeHealth welcomed several new employees earlier this month. From left to right, back row, are HopeHealth Medical Plaza Multimedia Specialist Grayson Markle; HopeHealth in Orangeburg Staff Nurse Austin Kinard; HopeHealth Medical Plaza Customer Service Specialist Richard Clowney; HopeHealth Medical Plaza Dental Hygienist Merritt Bryant; HopeHealth in Manning Medical Assistant Shanese Carter. From left to right, front row, are HopeHealth in Kingstree Clinical Support Specialist Deondria Wagner; Hope Health Medical Plaza Payroll Clerk Dana Sawyer; Per Diem Staff Nurse Sophie Cook; HopeHealth Medical Plaza Care Coordinator Katherine Fannin.

Today in History: Oct. 19

Posted by | October 19, 2017 12:00 am

202 BC – Second Punic War: At the Battle of Zama, Roman legions under Scipio Africanus defeat Hannibal Barca, leader of the army defending Carthage. 439 – The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage in North Africa. 1216 – King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry. 1386 – The Universität Heidelberg holds its first lecture, making it the oldest German university. 1466 – The Thirteen Years’ War ends with the Second Treaty of Thorn. 1469 – Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way… Read the rest


2 Summerton men, 1 Manning woman charged in Sumter drug bust

Posted by | October 18, 2017 5:44 pm

Two Summerton man and a Manning woman have been arrested and charged along with 24 Sumter County residents as part of a six-month undercover drug operation by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. David Frazier, 20, of 1358 John Holladay Road in Summerton, was charged with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine; Quinton Jackson, 33, of 3361 Moses Dingle Road in Summerton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana; and Jessica Sumner, 33, of 1392 Laurence Ave. in Manning, was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. “Any time we can take… Read the rest




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