JV Saints fall to 0-4 on season at Orangeburg Christian

Posted on December 18, 2014 10:55 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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The Clarendon Hall junior varsity boys basketball team fell to 0-4 on the season at Orangeburg Christian School in Orangeburg by a score of 33-21 on Monday night. Kameron Earles led the Saints with 10 points, and Dylan Way led the defensive end with 12 rebounds. The Saints will be back in action Friday in Summerton against Williamsburg Academy.  


Saints pick up first win

Posted on December 18, 2014 10:49 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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The Clarendon Hall varsity boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season Monday night in Orangeburg against Orangeburg Christian with a score of 61-13. The Saints were led by Dustin Way, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Raj Patel added 13 points, while Matthew Corbett added 12 and eight rebounds. Del Megaw led Orangeburg Christian with six points. The Saints’ record is now 1-3 on the season.  


Manning man charged with possession of marijuana

Posted on December 18, 2014 4:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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A 25-year-old Manning man was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Dec 10 and charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop. According to reports, Quinton Lauaran Dukes of 221 Packard Lane was stopped in the area of West Huggins Street and Alfred Henry Drive for driving with no headlights on. Cpl. William B. Secrist II reportedly smelled marijuana, and asked Dukes several times if he had any marijuana. Dukes said no, and a search of the vehicle produced no marijuana. However, during a search of Dukes’ person, a clear plastic bag of suspected marijuana fell out of Dukes’ pants leg,

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Man threatens woman using Facebook

Posted on December 18, 2014 3:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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A 29-year-old Manning woman told the Manning Police Department about 11:05 p.m. Dec. 10 that her 21-year-old ex-boyfriend has been sending her threatening messages using one of his family member’s Facebook accounts. According to reports, the suspect sent her one message, saying, “I’m going to kill you, b—-.” The victim told police that this is an “ongoing situation” with the ex-boyfriend, and that he will not leave her alone.


Stinney attorneys happy with decision

Posted on December 18, 2014 12:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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The four attorneys who represented George Julius Stinney Jr. and his family for several years as the family attempted to get the boy’s conviction overturned said Wednesday they are elated with a judge’s decision finally doing so. Ray Chandler, Matt Burgess and Steve McKenzie joined with Charleston School of Law professor Miller Shealy last year in filing for a writ of coram nobis, a rare legal doctrine that allows a court to overturn a conviction when no other legal remedy exists. Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen granted that remedy Wednesday, vacating a 70-year-old conviction that led South Carolina to

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Binnicker family friend believes Stinney guilty, despite judge’s ruling

Posted on December 17, 2014 11:21 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Ruth Hill-Turner wasn’t home the day 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker came looking for her sister at their home in Alcolu. “She came looking for my sister, Violet Freeman, and Violet wasn’t at home. My mother talked to (Betty June),” Hill-Turner said Wednesday. “She told my mother they were going to pick flowers. Momma understood they were picking flowers to give to the teacher. It was a Friday afternoon, so I’m not sure if they were for the teacher. Either way, they were going to pick flowers and she wanted my sister to go with her.” Betty June was found later

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Wreck on Paxville Highway at I-95

Posted on December 17, 2014 10:35 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with injuries on Paxville Highway at the I-95 overpass. The extent of injuries is unknown at present.


Slain girl’s niece: Judge took ‘easy way out’ in Stinney decision

Posted on December 17, 2014 10:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The niece of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker said Wednesday evening that a Circuit Court judge who decided to vacate the girl’s alleged killer’s conviction took “the easy way out.” In an order signed Tuesday and recorded Wednesday with the Clarendon County Clerk of Court, Judge Carmen T. Mullen said the murder conviction and subsequent death sentence handed down in 1944 to George Julius Stinney Jr. violated his right to due process and other Constitutional rights. Attorney Matt Burgess says the decision essentially exonerates the boy, who was 14 when he was executed just 88 days after his arrest. “I think

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Stinney sister: Decision ‘long overdue’

Posted on December 17, 2014 6:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Katherine Stinney Robinson was just 10 when her 14-year-old brother George Julius Stinney Jr. was arrested, convicted and ultimately executed for the murder of two Alcolu girls in 1944. Now 80, she said Wednesday that she is grateful God has let her live long enough to see her brother’s name exonerated. “I think it’s long overdue,” she said. “I’m just thrilled because it’s overdue.” Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen vacated Stinney’s conviction Wednesday in an order signed Tuesday granting Stinney family attorneys’ writ of coram nobis, a rare legal doctrine held over from English law that “corrects errors of

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Theresa Lindsay White

Posted on December 17, 2014 5:15 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Theresa Lindsay White, 53, wife of Charles White, of 40 Branch St. in Manning,  died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Born May 2, 1961, in Davis Station section of Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Heyward Sylvester Lindsay and Lorean Thompson Lindsay. Services for Theresa Lindsay White will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.


Clarendon 1 board taking bids on property

Posted on December 17, 2014 4:24 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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SUMMERTON – The Board of Trustees of Clarendon School District 1 is accepting bids on the following properties. Spring Hill School and 9.35 acres of property: Map No. 118-00-02-006, located at 1087 J.R. and F.A. Richburg Road. There is asbestos in two areas of the building. An Asbestos Abatement was prepared in March 2007 by an independent company. The minimum bid accepted for the building and property is $35,000. One acre of property in the Silver community: Parcel is identified as the Friendship School Property: Map No. 081-00-01-001-00, located off Furse Road in the Silver community. This property is landlocked.

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Swampcats best Florence Christian

Posted on December 17, 2014 4:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The Laurence Manning Academy varsity boys basketball team defeated Florence Christian Tuesday night away from home 72-70. “We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m very excited to get our first win,” said Coach Will Epps of the close victory. Rashaad Robinson had 27 points and 14 rebounds.  




Clarendon County Fire Department Rookie of the Year: Caleb Austin

Posted on December 17, 2014 2:49 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Caleb Scott Austin, a first-year volunteer firefighter with the Clarendon County Fire Department, was named Rookie of the Year on Tuesday night at the Clarendon County Emergency Services Complex. Dep. Chief Jones said that Austin had a “lost of milestones in his first year, and spent most of it as a junior firefighter.” “In fact, we gave him his black helmet on his 18th birthday at school,” Jones said. See the Dec. 24 edition of The Manning Times for more information.


Solicitor Finney comments on Stinney decision

Posted on December 17, 2014 1:26 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III said Wednesday that he has yet to read an order signed by a circuit court judge vacating the 1944 murder conviction of George Stinney Jr. that ultimately led to the boy’s execution just days later. “I’m in Columbia with my father at the moment,” Finney said. “He is in the hospital. I haven’t had a chance to read the order, and I wish to review it first before I proceed and take the appropriate steps to see what comes next.” Finney defended the state’s case against Stinney in his role as the circuit’s

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Lady Cats take down FC Lady Eagles

Posted on December 17, 2014 1:25 pm by Joe Perry

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The varsity LMA Lady Swampcats notched a solid win last night at Florence Christian, winning 41-35. Head Coach Kendra Rowland said Kayla Johnson had 12 points; Cora Lee Downer scored 11; Courtney Beatson,  7; Maggie Eppley, 6; Julia Morris, 3; and Kayla Lee and Olivia Wilson, 2 points each. The JV squad lost 20-30. Leading scorer was Olivia Coker. Laurence Manning next plays an away game Friday against Ben Lippen.


Stinney conviction vacated; 14 year old’s name cleared 70 years after execution

Posted on December 17, 2014 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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A circuit court judge Wednesday vacated the murder conviction of a 14-year-old Alcolu boy that led to the boy’s execution in June 1944. Attorney Matt Burgess with the law firm Coffey, Chandler and McKenzie said Wednesday that the decision effectively clears George Stinney Jr.’s name. “There won’t be a new trial,” he said. “This is different from a pardon. A pardon doesn’t clear someone’s name. This clears his name completely.” Stinney was executed 70 years ago for the murder of 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 7-year-old Mary Emma Thames. He had been arrested for the murders a little more than

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