Monthly Archives: July 2014

Eloise Graham Gamble

Posted on July 12, 2014 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Eloise Graham Gamble

Eloise Graham Gamble

NEW ZION — Elouise Graham Gamble, 82, widow of Woodrow “Bubba” Gamble, died Monday, July 7, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.

Born Jan. 3, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Isom and Charlotte Graham. She attended Glendale Public School in Lake City, and was a retired seamstress. In her youth she joined the Old West Church in Lake City that was started by her family. She accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and savior at that time. Later, she joined St. Mark Holiness Church in Lake City. After her marriage, she joined … Read the rest

Posted on July 12, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Summer Giveaway Winner: Laurie Watts

Posted on July 12, 2014 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

laurie-watts-summer-giveawayHigh Caliber owner David Bradham stands with the winner of a $30 gift card and T-shirt, Laurie Watts of Manning, in The Manning Times first Summer Giveaway. We will be posting pictures of more winners throughout the weekend.

City receives two awards at Municipal Association annual meeting

Posted on July 12, 2014 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

MANNING AWARDS 2Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and Tourism Director Carrie Trebil said Saturday that the city received two awards during the 2014 South Carolina Municipal Association annual meeting. The first recognized work on the Gibbons Street Park project, which was a partnership between public and private organizations, including the city and the Junior Chamber of Clarendon County. The second recognized Janet Meleney, a member of the Main Street Manning Design Committee, who was given the Downtown Service Award for her work on getting Manning recognized as a Commercial Historic District with the National Register of Historic Places.

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(Photos provided by Mayor Julia … Read the rest

James Elbert Walker

Posted on July 12, 2014 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

James Elbert Walker, companion of Betty Mathis, heard his Master’s call on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Tuomey Healthcare System.

Born Dec. 8, 1956, in Manning, he was a son of the late Elvin Walker and Pauline Dingle Walker.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence of his sons, Deryl and James Walker of 1039 Acorn Lane in Manning.

Funeral services are incomplete and shall be announced by the Fleming & Delaine Funeral Home & Chapel.

‘Clap for the Preacher’ tonight at MJHS

Posted on July 12, 2014 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

church news“Clap for the Preacher,” a live play written and directed by the Rev. Jeanette M. Collins of Sumter, will be presented in Manning at 6 p.m. today at Manning Junior High School, 1101 W.L. Hamilton Road in Manning. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Radio Shack of Manning and the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. Be prepared to laugh, cry and shout. For more information, call (803) 460-4202.

Koozie Kontest: Dawn Harrelson

Posted on July 11, 2014 6:06 pm by Staff

DAWN-HARRELSONDawn Harrelson of Manning sent in this picture for the Manning Times Koozie Kontest. The koozies, which feature the Manning Times on one side and Subway of Manning on the other, are available at the Manning Times office, 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning, for $1 each. Purchase one, take a unique picture with it, and sent to, and we will post it on our website. We will then share it to Facebook. The picture that gets the most SHARES on Facebook will be our winner. The prize is a YETI Cooler.

Anderson contests District 5 election; hearing to be held Tuesday

Posted on July 11, 2014 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Sharmane Anderson

The write-in candidate for the special election for the District 5 seat of Manning City Council held this week in three city precincts has filed a notice with the local Election Commission contesting the results.

Sharmane Anderson came in third in the election, which was to find the replacement for the late Gregory Witherspoon, who died in March.

Anderson garnered 28 votes, while Julius Dukes Jr. came out on top with 40 to Gloria Frierson’s 31 and W. Louis Griffith’s 27. Dukes and Frierson are scheduled to be in a runoff on July 22.

“I contested the results

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Birthday in Heaven: Cleveland Walker * July 11, 1928 – Feb. 13, 2014

Posted on July 11, 2014 5:05 pm by Submitted by Reader

Cleveland Walker

Cleveland Walker

It’s been five months since you left your earthly home and entered heaven’s gate. Now you can walk around heaven all day.

Happy birthday from your loving wife of 64 years, Phillis, and your children and grandchildren.


Wetlands Reserve Program protects land along county line

Posted on July 11, 2014 4:04 pm by Staff Reports

A large chunk of land along the Sumter-Clarendon County line has been placed into a conservation easement under the auspice of the Wetlands Reserve Program.

Records show Rollingdale LLC of Sumter was paid $301,144 by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to protect 173.57 acres just north and west of where Interstate 95 intersects S.C. 527.

Most of the land is in Sumter County, said Charles Segars Jr., the vice president of Rollingdale, with a small portion crossing over into Clarendon County.

“We just wanted to protect it the way we found it,” … Read the rest

The Manning Times Koozie Kontest

Posted on July 11, 2014 3:03 pm by Staff

kooziesThe Manning Times now has koozies sponsored by our office and Subway. And we’re selling them for $1 with a contest attached.

Come in, purchase a koozie and then take a picture of you or a friend using it in a creative way. Send the picture to

We will post the pictures, and then share them to Facebook. The picture that gets the most SHARES by Aug. 15 will garner its owner a Yeti cooler.

Mother, daughter donate hair to locks of love

Posted on July 11, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

locks-of-love-1Jessica Summerlin and her 3-year-old daughter, Abby, donated their hair on Friday to Locks of Love, assisted by Dawn Strickland, owner of New Dawn Salon in Manning. Summerlin said they donated the hair in memory of her father-in-law, Pete Summerlin, who died in 2012 from lung cancer when his granddaughter had just begun to crawl. See the July 17 edition of The Manning Times for more.

40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms

Posted on July 11, 2014 12:12 pm by Staff Reports

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After last night’s deluge, temperatures are still cool and hovering in the mid 70s under cloudy skies in Clarendon County.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for east central Georgia and central South Carolina, calling for scattered thunderstorms and the possibility of an isolated storm with damaging winds.

The high today is near 90 with southeast winds around 6 mph.




USC Upstate: 3 Clarendon residents named to Dean’s List

Posted on July 11, 2014 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

USCupstate-logoSPARTANBURG – Three Clarendon residents were named to the 2014 Spring Dean’s List at the University of South Carolina Upstate: Lanitra Bennett of Summerton; Tyleak Clark of Manning; and Deleisha McFadden of Manning.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours.


Coke presents Walmart with $400 check for Children’s Miracle Network

Posted on July 11, 2014 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker



Coca-Cola account developer George Hussey, right, presented Walmart of Manning manager Mike Drexler, left, a $400 check on Friday morning for the Children’s Miracle Network. Hussey said Walmart sold certain Coke products – including health and energy drinks – during a specified period, and based on sales, the company was awarded the money to donate. Drexler said his Walmart was No. 1 in sales increase from the prior year.


Summerton Job Fair

Posted on July 11, 2014 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

job fairClarendon School District 1 and S.C. Works will hold a Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 at the Clarendon School District 1 Community Resource Center, 1154 Fourth St. in Summerton. The job fair will offer tips, including dressing for success; making a lasting impression; and what to include in your resume.

Marjorie Driggers Smith

Posted on July 10, 2014 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Marjorie Driggers Smith, age 90, died on July 10, 2014 at Commander Nursing Center in Florence after an illness.

Born in Clarendon County on August 28, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Siah and Vendell Miles Driggers. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of East Clarendon High School and worked with Avondale Manufacturing for 23 years. She was a faithful member of Salem Free Will Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include a son, Quincy Smith (Alice) of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Jewel Floyd … Read the rest

Way named CCDSNB director

Posted on July 10, 2014 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


ROBERT J. BAKER / TIMES Ryan Way speaks during the 2013 Clarendon Chamber Dinner, where he was named president. Way added another distinction last month when he was named executive director for the Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.

The Clarendon County Disability and Special Needs Board serves in the neighborhood of 260 residents through its services each day, utilizing a staff of about 160.

The 34-year-old Manning man now managing this enterprise has worked at the board since he was a student at Clemson University.

Ryan Way thought he’d be a teacher like his mom, Libby.

“But things … Read the rest

Coroner: No foul play in death of man found on Bloomville Road in May

Posted on July 10, 2014 12:12 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

bodyfoundClarendon County Coroner Hayes Samuels said while the cause of death for a 46-year-old man found in a ditch on Bloomville Road in May is still undetermined, there was no foul play involved.

“The final determination is that it is undetermined, but there was no foul play judged to be involved,” Samuels said Thursday afternoon.

Al Hixson of Manning had been reported missing by his family in Ohio on April 29. He had been living in Manning for an unspecified amount of time, but had not had contact with his family since that date.


Wreck with no injuries on I-95

Posted on July 10, 2014 12:12 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is currently responding to a wreck with no injuries at the 128 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. Traffic may be slower during this time.


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