Monthly Archives: June 2014

Citizens Bank’s Gibbons named SCBA chairman

Posted on June 27, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

H. Blake Gibbons

H. Blake Gibbons

COLUMBIA – The Citizens Bank President and Chief Operating Officer H. Blake Gibbons Jr. starts Tuesday a one-year term as chairman of the S.C. Bankers Association.

Gibbons was elected to the position at the association’s annual meeting last week, according to a release. He has been with Citizens, based in Olanta, since 1979, and was named its president and COO in 1991. During his tenure, the Citizens Bank has grown from a two-branch, $15 million operation to a 15-branch, $390 million one.

“I’m honored to be chosen for this position,” Gibbons said in a release. “I believe … Read the rest

Mary Canty Brock

Posted on June 27, 2014 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Mary Canty Brock

Mary Canty Brock

Deaconess Mary Canty Brock, 63, wife of Deacon Joe Edward Brock, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at her home, 117 Curtiswood Drive in Sumter.

Born Aug. 2, 1950, in Williamsburg County, she was a daughter of the late Boosie and Turner Lee Bradshaw Canty. In her youth, she joined Pine Grove AME Church in Greeleyville, where she served on the junior usher board. After marriage, she moved to Boston, Mass., where she joined New Hope Baptist Church. She later moved to New York City and joined Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and served on the deaconess board.

After … Read the rest

Forecast calling for possibility of heavy showers and thunderstorms

Posted on June 27, 2014 2:02 pm by Staff Reports

Cloudy skies







According to the National Weather Service, a hazardous weather outlook is in effect.

Right now we’re experiencing temperatures in the upper 80s with a high near 93. Winds out of the southwest are reaching 6 mph.

The hazardous weather outlook covers the Midlands of South Carolina and the central Savannah River (CSRA) area of Georgia and calls for heavy rainfall that may occur late this afternoon and evening.

Low lying areas and streams might get flooded.

Saturday’s forecast calls for likely showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 p.m. with a high near 91. Temperatures … Read the rest

Still accepting donations for Camp Happy Days

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

We are still looking for wish list items for Camp Happy Days, along with any monetary donations that will help The Manning Times and Bill Ellis purchase the materials on the list. Drop donations off at 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning before 5 p.m., please.


Science lessons at the library

Posted on June 27, 2014 12:12 pm by Staff Reports

Eye doctor









Dr. Steve Wearden of Clarendon Eye Center brought some science knowledge to a group of children this morning at Harvin Clarendon County Library.

Keeping your eyes healthy with a diet of dark, leafy green vegetables, getting regular check-ups and various aspects of how the eye works were among the topics covered.

Wearden also had children wear specialized glasses to mimic blindness as well as a pair that mimicked the pupils being open wide to allow in a lot of light.

Parsons family thanks supporters

Posted on June 27, 2014 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

PARSONSWe would like to thank all of our family, friends, and everyone from Sumter, Clarendon and Florence counties for all the many visits, calls, texts, food, prayers and, most of all, the love everyone has shown our family during our time of grief. We would also like to thank everyone who donated on behalf of the TTTS (Twin-to-twin Transfusion Syndrome) Foundation and anyone who sent a monetary donation during this time, we have applied them to the foundation! Your generosity during this time has meant the world to all of us! Thanks so much!

– The family of Courtney Nicole … Read the rest

Last day to register for Summer Giveaway

Posted on June 27, 2014 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Today is the last day to register for the Summer Giveaway. Names will be drawn about 4:30 p.m. at the participating businesses, and winners will be notified afterward.SUMMER-GIVEAWAY-LARGE

US declares wood storks no longer endangered

Posted on June 27, 2014 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

wood-stork-11TOWNSEND, Ga. (AP) — The American wood stork, a bird scientists once feared would be extinct by the year 2000, has made such an impressive comeback that it’s getting an official status upgrade 30 years after first being listed as an endangered species, the Obama administration said Thursday.
The tall, bald wading birds that nest in swamps and coastal marshes from Florida to the Carolinas are now a “threatened” species, a step up that indicates the wood stork is no longer considered at risk of extinction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced during a visit to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, … Read the rest

Donations still coming in for Camp Happy Days

Posted on June 26, 2014 10:10 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

CAMP-HAPPY-DAYS-WISH-LISTWe’ve gotten great donations of cash and materials to help us complete the Camp Happy Days Wish List, but we still need a lot more.

Drop items off from the list by The Manning Times office by 5 p.m. Friday. We’re at 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning (near Corner Diner).

These supplies were brought by Holly Garneau, while those in the second picture were provided by the H.L. Benbow Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (with Dr. Steve Tollison dropping them off).









Trial in SC Episcopal schism may be delayed

Posted on June 26, 2014 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

gavel31CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A state lawsuit to settle issues in the Episcopal schism in eastern South Carolina, including ownership of a half billion dollars in church property, may be delayed because of an appeal to the state Court of Appeals.
Parishes in the conservative Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina separated from the more liberal national church almost two years ago amid differences over a variety of theological issues, including the authority of Scripture and the ordination of gays.
The churches that left sued in state court to protect the use of the diocesan name and ownership of the property … Read the rest

Donald Hodge

Posted on June 26, 2014 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMTER – Donald Hodge, 62, husband of Angela “Angie” Hodge, died Monday, June 23, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter

Born June 6, 1952, in Charleston, Donnie was a son of Henry B. and Sena Hodge and the late Bobby Jean Bowen Hodge. He worked at GRR, and also served in the U.S. Navy. He loved spending time with his family and going fishing in hiss spare time. He attended Pinegrove Baptist Church in Sumter.

Survivors besides his wife of Sumter and his father and stepmother of Walterboro include three daughters, Amanda (Loren) Hodge of Virginia and Amber … Read the rest

VOTE: Deadline for People’s Choice voting 11 p.m. today!

Posted on June 26, 2014 3:03 pm by Staff

haley and hannahThe Miss South Carolina Pageant gives you a chance to pick one contestant to make the finals, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be Miss Clarendon Hannah Henshaw for Miss South Carolina and Miss Clarendon Teen Haley Erickson for Miss South Carolina Teen. The deadline for voting is 11 p.m. Thursday.

Vote for Hannah Henshaw here.

Vote for Haley Erickson here.

Each vote is $1.

Cam Welsh to graduate HP training

Posted on June 26, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

James-Cameron-WelshEast Clarendon High School graduate and former Manning Police Department Patrolman 1st Class James Cameron “Cam” Welsh will graduate 2 p.m. Friday at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia from basic training with the S.C. Highway Patrol. Welsh, 25, will then patrol in Clarendon and Sumter counties, according to Sgt. Bob Beres. will have an update with more about Welsh tomorrow with a photo from the S.C. Highway Patrol.


VIDEO: Dawn Smith Jordan at Summerton Baptist Church

Posted on June 26, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Dawn Smith Jordan performed several classic hymns as well as a few of her own on Sunday evening at Summerton Baptist Church. Here are a few snippets from that evening.




CCFD responding to grass-woods fire, non-threatening

Posted on June 26, 2014 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Fire Department is responding to a grass-woods fire that is not threatening any structures in the 4000 block of North Brewington Road.

Wreck with minor injuries on Interstate 95

Posted on June 26, 2014 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The S.C. Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel are currently responding to a wreck with minor injuries at the 113 mile-marker in the 2:17 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. Lance Cpl. David G. Jones said about 3:20 p.m. that the roadway is open, and that one of the vehicle’s occupants had been taken to Clarendon Memorial Hospital. He said no injuries were life-threatening.

Wreck with no injuries on Golf Villa Way

Posted on June 26, 2014 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is responding to a wreck in the 1000 block of Golf Villa Way in Summerton near Wash Davis Road. There are no reported injuries. Traffic will likely be slower during this time.


Forest management in practice

Posted on June 26, 2014 2:02 pm by Dr. Beryl Bachus-Keith

water-conservation-districtHeading south on Governor Richardson Road out of the small town of Summerton, you wil pass a large cutover timber stand on both sides.

The property might look rough and raggedy to an unaware passerby, but it is a wildlife and forestry Mecca.

Just two years ago, Blue Streak Farms President Lionel Stukes replanted 109 acres with longleaf pine. The site had 20- to 25-year-old loblolly pine growing on it, and had finally reached the peak to be clear cut and sold for raw timber.

The land was prepared for replanting by chemically treating the vegetation in the late summer … Read the rest

District 5 Candidate Forum

Posted on June 26, 2014 12:12 pm by Staff

candidate forumThe Manning Branch of the NAACP will host a Manning City Council District 5 Candidate Forum from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Manning High School lecture hall. Each of four candidates – Louis Griffith, Julius Stukes, Gloria Frierson and Sharmane Anderson – has been invited to attend. Each one will have a chance to address the audience and then field questions from a panel of Manning residents and business people.

A special election will be held July 8 for the District 5 seat, previously held by the late Gregory Witherspoon.

Manning to host Red, White and Blue celebration

Posted on June 26, 2014 12:12 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

Red-White-BlueThe City of Manning will light up the night from 7-11 p.m. July 5 at the Red Barn on Church Street with its Red, White and Blue Celebration. There will be food, music and fireworks. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Bring a chair!


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