US Business Administration launching Accelerator Growth Fund competition

Posted by | May 6, 2016 1:41 pm

WASHINGTON – For the third year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $3.95 million. The application period is from May 2-June 3 and information about the application process can be found at or “As we celebrate National Small Business Week this week, it is only fitting that we launch our third annual Accelerator Growth Fund competition to empower more of America’s small businesses,” said Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation.… Read the rest

Dealing with black bears: Sensible guidelines offered by DNR

Posted by | May 6, 2016 12:05 pm

Biologists with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources are reporting increased black bear activity throughout the state, and they urge people to use common sense when encountering these fascinating animals. The warm weather has black bears on the move, and with few berries yet ripe, they are hungry and looking for food. While people may be excited about seeing a bear, biologists urge them to remember that bears are wild animals and should be respected. Black bears are usually shy, evasive and non-aggressive toward people. Neither a human fatality nor even an attack have been attributed to a black bear… Read the rest

Massive frozen vegetable recall linked to listeria

Posted by | May 6, 2016 10:41 am

A Pasco, Washington, company has expanded its recall of frozen vegetables linked to a listeria outbreak that has sickened eight people. One person from Maryland and one from Washington have died but health officials do not consider listeria to be the cause of death for either person. The Centers for Disease Control says the recall by CRF Frozen Foods began in April and was expanded on Monday. The recall now includes all organic and traditional frozen vegetable and fruit products processed in the company’s Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. About 358 products sold under 42 separate brands were recalled,… Read the rest

Feral swine interfere with prescribed burning

Posted by | May 6, 2016 7:05 am

Feral swine are causing yet another problem for South Carolina’s natural resources, this time by interfering with prescribed burning. According to Johnny Stowe, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist, forester and prescribed fire manager, “Feral pigs are invasive, non-native vermin that disturb vegetation on the ground as they wallow and root for food, resulting in patches of bare soil that disrupt our ability to get fire to carry continuously across areas being burned.” Prescribed fire managers tend to light fires in continuous lines, or else to ignite “spot” fires, and then rely on these fires to carry over… Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Friday, May 6

Posted by | May 6, 2016 3:18 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 3-4:30 p.m. today at the Paxville Community Center. Book-drop offs will be picked-up from Lake Marion and Windsor Manor nursing facilities. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Group to celebrate 50th anniversary of King’s speech in Kingstree

Posted by | May 6, 2016 2:32 am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Kingstree 50 years ago on Mother’s Day. A celebration of this historic event will take place on the original site, the Tomlinson High School football field, Tomlinson Street in Kingstree, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Congressman James Clyburn will be the guest speaker, and King’s speech will be played on a big screen. Channel 5’s Ann McGill will be the emcee, while Bakari Sellers, an attorney and CNN analysis and former S.C. lawmaker, will be the special guest. An historic marker will be unveiled.

Clarendon Health closes J. Dalton DuBose Medical Center

Posted by | May 5, 2016 9:38 pm

Clarendon Health System has voluntarily terminated its rural health contract status for the J. Dalton DuBose Medical Center at 1056 Felton St. in Summerton. This was effective as of Wednesday. Dr. Akkineni has relocated her practice to 20 E. Hospital St., Suite 2, in Manning. She will be adjacent to Clarendon Surgical Specialists. Akkineni’s new practice will be Clarendon Senior Health Care, and will treat patients 55 and older. Her office telephone will be (803) 433-3052. For patients younger than 55, Clarendon Medical Associates has two physician practices accepting new patients, including Palmetto Primary Care, 22 Bozard St. in Manning,… Read the rest

Koozie Kontest: Ericka, Jennie and Carrie

Posted by | May 5, 2016 12:14 pm

Ericka Sexton Floyd, Jennie Lee and Carrie Trebil entered this picture in the 3rd annual Koozie Kontest, sponsored by Land, Parker and Welch. The koozies feature the law offices of Land, Parker and Welch, and can be obtained at The Manning Times, 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning. We are also dropping them off at various Clarendon County businessess. Get yours, take a unique picture with it, and send it to, and we will post it on our website. We will then share it to Facebook. The picture that gets the most SHARES (NOT LIKES or VIEWS) on Facebook… Read the rest

Dems to hold Meet the Candidate Program

Posted by | May 5, 2016 12:00 pm

Clarendon County Democratic Party will host a “Meet the Candidate Program” 7 p.m. today during the party’s scheduled monthly meeting at the Bassard Pond House, 4162 Rev. J.W. Carter Road in Manning. Each candidate will have an opening statement to introduce himself or herself to the party, followed by a facilitated discussion involving a moderator. For more information, call Chairwoman Patricia Pringle at (803) 473-8393.

Dophus Johnson

Posted by | May 5, 2016 11:41 am

Dolphus “Fish” Johnson entered his final rest Saturday April 30, 2016, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Born Aug. 8, 1945, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Isaac “Bunchie” and the late Doran Stinnie Johnson. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016, at Prayer House Mission, 1076 Bald Eagle Road in Summerton, where the Apostle Eartha B. Carter serves as pastor. Elder Kenneth Shuler will officiate, and Elder Willie Starks will preside. Interment will follow in the Clark and House Cemetery. A viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at… Read the rest

Library to host Free Comic Book Day on Saturday

Posted by | May 5, 2016 10:40 am

Harvin Clarendon County Library will host Free Comic Book Day during regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Free Comic Book Day is a “national event taking place the first Saturday in May each year, and this is the 15th year that the event has been held,” said library Executive Director Charlotte Johnston. “It is also the fifth year that the library will be participating,” she said. “We will be giving away free comics all day long on Saturday. We will have comics for all ages, as well as some special 2016 Free Comic Book Day edition comics… Read the rest

LEO Hall of Fame inducts eight SC officers killed in line of duty

Posted by | May 5, 2016 8:25 am

COLUMBIA – The Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame held induction ceremonies Wednesday for eight South Carolina law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Three of those officers died in 2015. The HOF also inducted five officers from years past. These officers were found to be line-of-duty deaths through research in the past year. The Hall of Fame is part of the state Department of Public Safety and was established by a legislative act in 1974. By that act, its purpose was defined “as a memorial to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and in… Read the rest

LMA sixth-graders visit State House

Posted by | May 5, 2016 6:00 am

The sixth grade at Laurence Manning Academy went to the State House recently for a tour. Dr. Spencer Jordan led the students around the grounds, giving the history of the monuments that are there. The trip was held to supplement the sixth grade study of South Carolina history.

Robert Lee Pendergrass

Posted by | May 5, 2016 4:34 am

Robert Lee Pendergrass, 70, widower of Mattie Roundtree Pendergrass, died on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Greenhill Baptist Church in Alcolu. The family is receiving friends at the home, 1118 Ocean Road in Alcolu. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Scott’s Branch gym dedicated to late board member

Posted by | May 5, 2016 4:05 am

Clarendon School District 1 Superintendent Rose Wilder first met late board member James Jones when she moved to Clarendon County in 1987. “I’ve always known him to be a fair and decent man,” she said. “Whenever he told you he would do something, he did it. He was a man of his word. I’m honored to consider myself as one of his friends.” Clarendon County Board of Education Chairman George Wilson agreed. “He always told you what he was going to do, and then he did it,” Wilson said. District 1 officials, faculty, staff and students came together in April… Read the rest

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