Library to close for Presidents Day

Posted by | February 19, 2017 10:27 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close Feb. 20 for Presidents Day, and will reopen from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. The library’s book-drop will be available for the return of unrestricted materials. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Today in History: Sunday, Feb. 19

Posted by | February 19, 2017 12:00 am

197 – Emperor Septimius Severus defeats usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies. 356 – Emperor Constantius II issues a decree closing all pagan temples in the Roman Empire. 1594 – Having already inherited the throne of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagiellon of Poland in 1587, Sigismund III of the House of Vasa is crowned King of Sweden, having succeeded his father John III of Sweden in 1592. 1600 – The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America. 1649 – The… Read the rest

Auditors lash SC land conservation fund for poor management

Posted by | February 18, 2017 9:01 pm

A fund that buys land to protect it from development is South Carolina was given a poor review in an audit released as lawmakers debate whether to continue its work. The report from the Legislative Audit Council found the South Carolina Conservation Bank does not require sufficient proof that the land it buys or obtains a conservation easement for is in danger of development and fails to assure public access to the land it purchases with public money. The audit also found the bank isn’t careful enough in determining if the land is worth the price. The bank has conserved… Read the rest

Evening Weather: Saturday, Feb. 18

Posted by | February 18, 2017 4:16 pm

A chance of showers, mainly before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Sargento recalls select cheese products

Posted by | February 18, 2017 12:16 pm

Sargento Foods Inc. has recalled a specialty cheese due to potential contamination of listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have yet been reported. The company reported Friday that its supplier, Deutsch Kase Hause LLC of Middlebury, Indiana, notified it that a Longhorn Colby cheese supplied to the national chain could be contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria, which is responsible for an estimated 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the United States each year. The affected retail products include 6.84-ounce packages of Sargento ultra thin sliced Longhorn Colby cheese with “sell by” dates of April 12, 2017, and May 10, 2017; and eight-ounce… Read the rest

Library to close for Presidents Day

Posted by | February 18, 2017 10:27 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close Feb. 20 for Presidents Day, and will reopen from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. The library’s book-drop will be available for the return of unrestricted materials. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

At Boeing, Trump stresses need for jobs in US

Posted by | February 18, 2017 10:21 am

President Donald Trump has used a stop at Boeing’s South Carolina production facilities to stress his goal of returning jobs to the U.S. Trump told thousands gathered in a huge hangar at the aviation giant’s North Charleston campus that his mantra is “Buy American, and hire American.” Trump and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg entered the cavernous room as a massive door slowly slid open to reveal the first 787-10 Dreamliner, Boeing’s latest showpiece aircraft, to roll off assembly lines here. Before his speech, Trump toured Boeing’s plant with his daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, adviser Jared Kushner. In his opening… Read the rest

Irish travelers to enter pleas in racketeering case

Posted by | February 18, 2017 5:01 am

Twenty-two people connected with a so-called Irish traveler community in western South Carolina have agreed to plea agreements after they were accused of being part of an organized crime ring. News outlets report that each defendant is pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering in exchange for the dropping of other federal charges. The plea agreements were filed in Columbia federal court on Thursday. An August indictment says the defendants are residents of the Murphy Village community near North Augusta. It says travelers are itinerant laborers and salesmen who go door to door and speak a dialect… Read the rest

Red Cross volunteers deploy to California to help compromised spillway

Posted by | February 18, 2017 3:16 am

The American Red Cross continues to feed and shelter people in California where authorities have lifted the mandatory evacuation order for almost 200,000 people near the Oroville Dam spillway. Three Red Cross volunteers from South Carolina are deploying to California to assist as even though the risk has been reduced, the region is expected to see several inches of rain in the next few days. Red Cross workers will remain in place in the event that anyone has to evacuate their homes again. The Red Cross volunteers deploying from South Carolina will be providing families a safe, dry place to… Read the rest

FBI: White supremacist talked of Dylann Roof-type attack

Posted by | February 18, 2017 1:54 am

This police booking photo released Thursday by the Horry County Police Department in Conway shows Benjamin McDowell. McDowell is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to a sworn FBI statement, agents began investigating McDowell after he threatened a synagogue on Facebook and told an undercover agent he wanted to commit an attack in the "spirit of Dylann Roof."
A white supremacist with felony convictions in South Carolina bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, telling the agent he planned an attack in “the spirit of Dylann Roof,” authorities said Thursday. Benjamin McDowell, 29, was arrested in Myrtle Beach shortly after buying the .40-caliber Glock and ammunition for $109 from the agent who picked him up at his mother’s house, then took him to his grandfather’s house to get the money, FBI agent Grant Lowe wrote in an affidavit. McDowell didn’t have a specific target in mind, once telling the undercover agent he might just shoot at a… Read the rest

Trump leaps back into campaign mode, raps media anew

Posted by | February 18, 2017 1:21 am

President Donald Trump hit the road Friday to deliver a pep talk to American workers and the rest of the nation, resurrecting the jobs promises that powered his election victory and pledging in a campaign-style rally to “unleash the power of the American spirit.” But he was only a few hours away from the turmoil he has stirred in Washington when he swerved from that positive message to escalate his complaints about news coverage of his young administration. “The FAKENEWS media … is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he exclaimed on Twitter, singling out… Read the rest

Today in History: Saturday, Feb. 18

Posted by | February 18, 2017 12:00 am

3102 BC – Death of Krishna & the beginning of Kali Yuga. 1229 – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy. 1268 – The Livonian Order is defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere. 1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces. 1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London.… Read the rest

Man charged with taking box of lottery tickets from SC store

Posted by | February 17, 2017 11:17 pm

A South Carolina man recorded on videotape snatching a case of scratch-off lottery tickets from a convenience store is facing burglary charges. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says Frank James Sturkie of Lexington turned himself in after seeing the surveillance video taken inside the store. Jail records on Friday show the 25-year-old is being held until a bond hearing. Multiple media organizations report the theft happened in December as the convenience store was closed. Lexington Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Adam Myrick says lottery tickets can’t be redeemed after they are reported stolen. Deputies believe the man recorded as taking the lottery… Read the rest

PetSmart issues voluntary recall of Grreat Choice dog food

Posted by | February 17, 2017 10:16 pm

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food sold on its website,, along with, and nationwide in PetSmart retail stores. “This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets,” said a company spokesman in a release. “This recall was initiated after receiving notification from the manufacturer of consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints at this time.” The recalled products include Grreat Choice dog food sold between Oct. 10, 2016… Read the rest

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Posted by | February 17, 2017 8:48 pm

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies. Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. “If… Read the rest

Minor earthquakes almost too weak to feel shake Carolinas

Posted by | February 17, 2017 2:54 pm

The Earth is moving underground, but so slightly that most people in the Carolinas likely can’t feel the shaking. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 1.7 magnitude earthquake in South Carolina shook the ground near the Chester County town of Great Falls on Thursday night. Scientists say the quake was centered about two miles underground, but the intensity was so low it could only be felt by very few people. Another earthquake was recorded on Wednesday night in the western North Carolina mountains. That 2.1 magnitude tremor rumbled just north of Bryson City. The geological survey says Nearly 900 earthquakes… Read the rest

SAFE names new Human Resources VP

Posted by | February 17, 2017 1:16 pm

SAFE Federal Credit Union this week named Jim Rasmus its new vice-president of human resources. “He is an accomplished human resources executive with experience at major companies across several industries,” said Vice-President of Marketing Toby Hayes. “He is a visionary human resources executive, and we are delighted to welcome him to the SAFE team. His strengths in areas as talent management and enhancing a positive corporate culture will serve us well.” Rasmus comes to SAFE from Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, where he served for eight years as chief human resources officer. Before that, he served in executive human… Read the rest

Late rally helps Manning knock off No. 1 Swansea

Posted by | February 17, 2017 11:03 am

Manning coach Darren Mazyck didn’t panic when he watched his team’s lead slip away in the fourth quarter against Swansea, and neither did his players. Led by Keyshaunna Walker and Mahogany Green, the Lady Monarchs erased a seven-point deficit over the final five minutes to knock off the top-ranked Tigers 58-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Manning (21-5) will travel Monday to Ridgeland-Hardeeville, which was a 68-38 winner over Loris, in the Lower State semifinals. Swansea’s season ends at 21-1. “I always teach them in big games, teams are going to make runs, but… Read the rest

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