Monthly Archives: March 2014

Pinewood Baptist to host Crestwood High choir

Posted on March 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

pinewoodbaptistchurchPinewood Baptist Church, S.C. 260 in Pinewood, will host the Crestwood High School Chamber Choir at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served after the concert. A nursery will be provided. For more information, please contact the church office at (803) 452-5373 or visit the website at

Georgia seeks third term on council

Posted on March 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

georgia-campaign-cards-1Diane Georgia wants her constituents to stay the course.

Georgia was first elected to City Council in 2006. She ran unopposed after her first term but has a challenger this time around in the April 8 election that will decide who represents District 2.

“I hope to have another four year term,” she said. “I hope to achieve. But it’s not about me, it’s about the people.”

Being a representative on City Council requires teamwork, she said, and she’s proud of the relationships she’s forged with other council members and the mayor.

“We have a great team,” she said.

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Coney challenges for District 2 seat

Posted on March 27, 2014 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Janice Reed Coney has been knocking on doors and asking questions.

Coney is a 53-year-old Manning native seeking to represent District 2 on City Council and will face off against Councilwoman Diane Georgia in the April 8 election.

“It’s not about me anymore,” said Coney, a Manning High School Class of 1978 honor graduate. “It’s time to give back. That’s where I’m at in life right now.”

To understand what’s on the minds of her fellow District 2 citizens, Coney has been knocking on doors and meeting people in hopes of finding out what matters to them.

“I don’t know Read the rest

Name released of woman found in burned home

Posted on March 27, 2014 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

investigationsClarendon County Coroner Hayes Samuels said Thursday morning that Earthy Lee Starks McCray, 83, was found dead on Wednesday morning in her burned-out home at 1098 Goins Place near Summerton. McCray’s body was found Wednesday morning, and has been sent for autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Samuels expects the report back by Friday. He said the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office does not expect foul play in the fire.


Tindal: Ethics fine ‘my mistake’

Posted on March 27, 2014 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker



SUMMERTON – A 30-year-old Summerton councilman running for mayor in next month’s municipal election says a $21,500 fine levied against him by the state Ethics Commission recently was due to an error in judgment on his part.

Terrance G. Tindal, 30, is looking to replace outgoing Mayor Jay Bruner in the April 8 election. The Ethics Commission filed a complaint against the one-term councilman on Oct. 23, 2012, accusing him of failing to file statements of economic interest for 2010, 2011 and 2012. According to commission documents, Tindal did not appear at a hearing March 20, 2013, on the … Read the rest

Akintunde coming to Weldon

Posted on March 27, 2014 6:06 am by Robert Joseph Baker

akintundeChristian Comedian Akintunde is headed to Manning on his Rebirth of Comedy Tour. He will perform at Weldon Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 5 in support of the national release of his latest DVD and TV special, “AKINTUNDE: The Whole Truth,” which was released Feb. 18. Akintunde is considered a leader in the Urban Faith Comedy movement touring regularly and producing television specials and DVDs via his production company, No Joke Entertainment.
Tickets to see Akintunde are $20, $10 and $7 and can be purchased by calling (803) 433-7469 or by visiting




C. Jean Pritchett Cummins

Posted on March 26, 2014 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Carolyn-PJean Pritchett Cummins, 76, wife of William Simpson “Bill” Cummins, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

Born Oct. 1, 1937, in Sturgis, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Harry Gilbert Pritchett and Kathryn Omer Pritchett. She was a member of Manning United Methodist Church.

Survivors besides her husband of Manning include two sons, James Cummins of Charleston and David (Paula) Cummins of Savannah, Ga.; six grandchildren, Melanie (Bert) Davis, Sara Waters and Brad Garbett, all of Savannah, Laurence Cummins of Dallas, Texas and Stephanie Cummins and William Cummins, both of Charleston; and three great-grandchildren, … Read the rest

Turbeville Centennial magazine now available!

Posted on March 26, 2014 3:03 pm by Ted E. Spencer

photoThe Turbeville Centennial Magazine is now available in locations throughout Clarendon County, or from The Manning Times office at 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning.

Vote in Clarendon’s Best!

Posted on March 26, 2014 2:02 pm by Ted E. Spencer

RibbonClarendon County prides itself on local hospitality and customer service. The Manning Times would like to acknowledge our skilled laborers by giving our community the opportunity to vote for these people and businesses in “Clarendon’s Best.”

Grab the newest edition of The Manning Times, fill in each blank and turn them in at The Manning Times office.

Cornerstone Fellowship Homecoming on Sunday

Posted on March 26, 2014 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

cornerstone_homecomingCornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church on Greeleyville Highway in Manning will celebrate Homecoming during normal worship service times on Sunday. Redemption Crossing will perform.

Pringle helps with Democratic Convention

Posted on March 26, 2014 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

PATRICIA-PRINGLE-featuredClarendon County Auditor Patricia Pringle helped check in delegates at the Clarendon County Democratic Convention on Thursday at Weldon Auditorium.

Sun is shining and it’s kind of cold

Posted on March 26, 2014 11:11 am by Staff Reports

March trees

It’s sunny and clear, but a bit nippy.

Temperatures will only reach the mid 50s today, according to the National Weather Service, with winds out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph. It will be about 20 degrees colder tonight, with a low of 31. Expect some patchy frost in the early morning hours tomorrow.

It should warm up some tomorrow.

Ridgeway files for re-election; two others file for House 64

Posted on March 26, 2014 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker


Rep. Robert “Bobby” Ridgeway, D-Manning, has filed for re-election to the House District 64 seat he first won in 2012.

Dr. Robert “Bobby” Ridgeway has filed for re-election in the June 10 Democratic Primary to the House District 64 seat he first won in 2012. Ridgeway will face Gable resident Willie Bethune, who ran unsuccessfully as a petition candidate in 2012, in the primary. Clarendon NAACP Chairman Robert A. McFadden has filed to run in the Republican Primary for the House seat.

Filing for state and county offices opened March 16 and ends noon Sunday.

Main Street Manning holding Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on March 26, 2014 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

MSM-StackedMain Street Manning will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 6 p.m. April 17 at Gibbons Street Park. Eggs will have surprises, and three age groups may participate: 3 and younger, 4-6 and 7-11. Main Street Manning is a department of the City of Manning. For more information, call Carrie Trebil at Manning City Hall at (803) 435-8477.

Thursday is deadline to enter Striped Bass Festival Pageant

Posted on March 26, 2014 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The deadline for all girls to enter the 35th annual Striped Bass Festival Pageant is Thursday.

t-shirtThe pageant, sponsored by NBSC, will be held April 3 at Weldon Auditorium, with 5 p.m. for ages 6 and younger, and 8 p.m. for ages 7 and older. Rehearsal will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Weldon Auditorium. Each group will rehearse for 15 minutes. While rehearsal is not mandatory, it is recommended.

Winners and runners-up will be featured April 5 in the  35th annual Striped Bass Festival Parade.

Pageant applications may be picked up at the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, or … Read the rest

Services for Councilman Gregory Witherspoon today

Posted on March 26, 2014 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Gregory-WitherspoonFuneral services for the late Gregory A. Witherspoon, 53, will be held 2 p.m. today at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist church, 105 Dinkins St. in Manning, with the Rev. George P. Windley Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Manning Cemetery. Mr. Witherspoon will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral time.

Witherspoon died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Agape Hospice House, 14 W. South St. in Columbia. He had served on Manning City Council since 1995.


LMA varsity softball team defeats Florence Christian

Posted on March 25, 2014 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy Varsity softball team defeated Florence Christian 8-4 at home on Tuesday. Emily McElveen had four hits, while Courtney Beatson had two and was the winning pitcher.


LMA JV girls continue winning streak

Posted on March 25, 2014 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy JV girls’ team continued its winning streak at home on Tuesday, with a 16-0 victory against Florence Christian School. The three-inning game saw Lundee Olsen make six strikeouts to become the winning pitcher. Ashton Rogers was 3-3 with a double, while Baylee Elms had 4 RBI. Brooke Ward was 2-2. The team’s next game is Friday against Wilson Hall at Patriot Park in Sumter. The record is now 13-0 overall and 2-0 in conference.


Afternoon showers give way to clear, cold night

Posted on March 25, 2014 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

rainAfternoon showers on Tuesday will lead to temperatures that may be below freezing tonight. reports temps as low as 31 degrees for Tuesday night, with winds 18 mph at times. Wednesday is expected to be clear and sunny, with a high of 53.

Liberty Church Road bridge needs repairs; will close April 14

Posted on March 25, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A bridge on Liberty Church Road near the Bloomville community of Clarendon County will be closed starting April 14 as structural repairs are made.

liberty-church-roadThe section of road is expected to be closed for about three months. Pending any delays due to weather, equipment or otherwise, the bridge is expected to reopen about June 18. A seven-mile detour will be set up to circumvent the bridge and construction.


A seven-mile detour will be set up by the state Department of Transportation to circumvent the bridge on Liberty Church Road as the structure undergoes repairs beginning April 14.



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