State Senate votes 36-3 to move flag to museum

Posted by | July 7, 2015 2:11 pm

The South Carolina Senate voted 36-3 Tuesday for a bill that would remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina State House. The bill calls for the flag to be placed in the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, a subsidiary of the S.C. State Museum on Gervais Street in Columbia. “I sincerely feel that the Senate did the right thing, and I think the vote outcome verifies that,” said Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning. “I think moving the flag from the State House grounds to the Confederate Relic Room moves South Carolina forward and it allows all… Read the rest

Civilian, F-16 planes collide over Berkeley County

Posted by | July 7, 2015 1:21 pm

One pilot was ejected and another is missing after a reported crash between an F-16 and a Cessna over Berkeley County. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the F-16 and a small personal aircraft collided near Moncks Corner, according to The Island Packet of Hilton Head. Spokesman Jim Peters said the wreck took place about 11 a.m. Tuesday, 11 miles north of Charleston, near Lewisfield Plantation. A witness called WCBD-2, a TV station in Charleston, to report a ball of fire in the air as the aircraft collided. The Berkeley County Fire Department reported that the F-16 pilot… Read the rest

James Cody Sanders

Posted by | July 7, 2015 12:20 pm

James Cody Sanders, 18, of Alcolu, died Friday, June 26, 2015, from injuries received in a motor vehicle wreck. Survivors include his grandmother, Marilyn “Ma” Ferguson of Manning; his father, James “Skeeter” Sanders of Hartsville; a brother, Zackery “Chunk” Sanders of Manning; his mother, Chastity Kelley Sanders of McBee; his grandparents, Lynn McClain of McBee and James E. Kelley of Myrtle Beach; a special aunt, “Maw Maw Margaret” Reynolds of Patrick; Lois Clark of Patrick; Aunt Betty and Uncle Eddie Freeman of Manning; his longtime girlfriend, Anna Mariee Bunting of Manning; and a number of cousins and close friends who… Read the rest

JCMC – Haven of Rest gearing up for Domestic Violence Awareness Walk

Posted by | July 7, 2015 12:01 pm

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest is gearing up for its 4th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3, starting at the Clarendon County Gazebo on Keitt Street in Manning. The group is looking now for walkers to pre-register to guarantee shirts sizes are available for the day of the walk. The group will be at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1 and again at the same time Aug. 29. The pre-registration fee is $20, and will be $25 at the walk itself, with no… Read the rest

Stolen chicken salad lands man in jail

Posted by | July 7, 2015 11:41 am

The Manning Police Department arrested a 30-year-old Summerton man June 20 at a store in the first bloc of Sunset Drive in Manning after he allegedly admitted to stealing a plastic container of Ruth’s chicken salad valued at $2.99. According to reports, the man, who had no prior shoplifting arrests, placed the package in his front right pants pocket, and the store manager allegedly spotted the theft. The manager asked the suspect about the container, and the suspect allegedly said he didn’t realize his card had no money on it. Police reported that the suspect already had a ticket earlier… Read the rest

James Smith

Posted by | July 7, 2015 11:30 am

James Smith died Sunday, July 5, 2015, at his home in Florence. He was born on April 8, 1928, in Gable. The family will receive friends at the home, 1238 June Lane, Apt. B, in Florence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.

Casimer Paul Ratay Sr.

Posted by | July 7, 2015 10:56 am

SUMMERTON – Casimer Paul Ratay Sr., 89, husband of the late Florence Delores Schulz Ratay, passed away Sunday, July 5, 2015, at his residence. Born Sept. 7, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of the late Frank John Ratay and the late Bernice Ratay. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Addison, Illinois. Survivors include a daughter, Frances Delores Scwejcer (Stefan) of Summerton; two sons, Casimer Paul Ratay Jr. (Debra) of St. Charles, Illinois, and Frank J. Ratay (April) of Lombard, Illinois; four grandchildren, Casey J. Ratay (Justyna), Ashley M. Ratay, Kimberly Ambroggio (Christopher) and… Read the rest

Letter: Pray for our nation in light of same-sex marriage decision

Posted by | July 7, 2015 5:34 am

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, by a 5-4 vote, approved same-sex marriage in all 50 states. President Obama praised the decision and said we are making great progress. In 2008, when he was running for president, he said he believed a marriage should be between one man and one woman. He seems to change by what is politically correct. On TV, we saw shouting on the streets and the singing of the National Anthem. For me, as a Bible-believing Christian, I saw something entirely different. I see us as a nation which… Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted by | July 7, 2015 12:29 am

1947 – The Roswell incident, the (supposed) crash of an alien spaceship near Roswell in New Mexico. 1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan appoints Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. 1983 – Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov. 2005 – A series of four explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people including four suicide bombers and injuring over 700 others.

Tammy Reneé Fleming

Posted by | July 6, 2015 8:24 pm

Tammy Reneé Fleming, 52, died Saturday, July 4, 2015, in North Carolina. Born Oct. 2, 1962, in Manning, she was a daughter of Earl Fleming Jr. and Faye Sylvia Osborne and the stepdaughter of Leatha Fleming. She worked as an assembler in the manufacturing industry. Survivors besides her mother, father and stepmother include a daughter, Amber Monday (Rickey); three sisters, Darle Blakley, Jamie White (Corey) and Jessica Nunnery, all of Manning; seven grandchildren, Quinn Hipp, Stormi Monday and Colton Monday, all of Manning, Dakota Hipp, Summer Hipp, Donald Fleming Hipp Jr. and Gracie Parker, all of Cleveland, Tennessee. She was… Read the rest

Letter: VVA Chapter 960 gearing up for annual Poker Run

Posted by | July 6, 2015 7:10 pm

When the Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975, the American public ended its collective interest in the problem. In seeking to forget the war, they forgot the veterans as well. We are the Vietnam Veterans of America. The VVA’s founding principle is, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” VVA membership is open to the U.S. Armed Forces veterans who served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between Aug. 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975. Our family and friends may be members… Read the rest

St. Matthews MBC Pastor’s 1st anniversary

Posted by | July 6, 2015 5:59 pm

St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, 1126 St. Matthews Lane in Jordan, will hold Pastor Rodney R. Conyers’ 1st Anniversary at 3 p.m. July 19. The Rev. Dr. W.T. Johnson, pastor of Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church in Summerton, will serve as guest speaker.

Store owner: Documents, $16K taken by former employee

Posted by | July 6, 2015 3:47 pm

The owner of a store in the first block of Sunset Drive told the Manning Police Department about 12:55 p.m. June 19 that a fired employee took deposit records, bank statements, invoices, lottery reports, cash register reports, sales tax reports, daily report sheets, DHEC documents, employee payment sheets, the DRV video system, the copy machine, a number of items from the store shelves and about $16,000. The owner said he’d contacted the employee several times, but that the items had not been returned.

Wreck with injuries at Kenwood, Shaw roads

Posted by | July 6, 2015 2:44 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with injuries in the area of Kenwood and Shaw roads in Manning. No other information is available at this time. will have an update if injuries are life-threatening or fatal.

Wedding announcement: Alsbrook-Huff

Posted by | July 6, 2015 11:55 am

Caitlan Elizabeth Alsbrook of Summerton and Bryan Adam Huff of Summerton were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Summerton United Methodist Church. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Alton Alsbrook Jr. and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Alton Venning, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Alton Alsbrook Sr. She graduated from Clarendon Hall and received an associate’s degree in nursing from Central Carolina Technical College. She is employed as a registered nurse with Clarendon Memorial Hospital. The groom is the son of Ms. Sharon Norvell Carter and Mr.… Read the rest

Lawmakers return for Confederate flag debate

Posted by | July 6, 2015 10:20 am

By JEFFREY COLLINS The Associated Press COLUMBIA (AP) — While it appears there is broad support in the South Carolina Legislature to bring down the Confederate flag, the depth of that support will get its first test this week as lawmakers return to Columbia to come up with a specific plan. The General Assembly returns Monday to discuss Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget vetoes and what to do with the rebel flag that has flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years. Several bills have been filed, but details like when to bring down the flag that… Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted by | July 6, 2015 12:00 am

1944 – Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of a bus, leading to a court martial. 1944 – The Hartford circus fire, one of America’s worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut. 1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union. 1957 – Althea Gibson wins the Wimbledon championships, becoming the first black athlete to do so. 1999 – U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted on him in his sleep the previous day by a fellow soldier, Calvin Glover, for his relationship with transgender showgirl

Jerry Lee Dennis

Posted by | July 5, 2015 9:27 pm

Jerry Lee Dennis, 61, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. Born July 19, 1953, in Clarendon County, he was a son of Mary Johnson Dennis and the late Eddie T. Dennis. Funeral services for Jerry Lee Dennis will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 6 2015, at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church in Summerton, with the Rev. Dr. William T. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Minister Ernestine D. Oliver will serve as eulogist. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Mary Johnson Dennis, 1023 Washington St. in Summerton. Professional… Read the rest

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