Monthly Archives: July 2014

Church event chips away at racial division, political differences

Posted on July 20, 2014 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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left to right: Elmore Spann, Mark Hammond, Leon Winn and Moye Graham all enjoyed Rock Hill Baptist Church’s Faith, Fellowship and Biker Sunday event.

Black biker clubs worshipped alongside white Republicans Sunday morning at Rock Hill Baptist Church then sat down together afterward and enjoyed a meal of fried catfish and hot dogs.

“These are the decent, decent good people,” Pastor Leon Winn told the congregation, as he introduced S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond and S.C. GOP Chairman Matt Moore to the audience. “Give them a hand. They’re really trying to bring the state together in a positive way.”… Read the rest

Three more ice cream socials planned

Posted on July 20, 2014 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

ICE-CREAMThe City of Manning is hosting three more ice cream socials. Catch one at your local park this week.

Coastal Carolina presents Chat n’ Chew owners with flag, history book

Posted on July 20, 2014 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

chat-n-chew-1Some administrators with Coastal Carolina University celebrated the school’s 50th anniversary recently with a meal at Chat n’ Chew. Before they checked out, the group presented restaurant owners Bernard and Willodene Blackmon with the university’s flag and a book detailing the history of the school, which began at the 62-year-old restaurant. See the July 24 edition of The Manning Times for more.



Cypress Center blood drive

Posted on July 20, 2014 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

blood driveThe American Red Cross will hold several blood drives throughout the year from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cypress Center on the following dates: Tuesday; Oct. 18 and Dec. 30.

Wyboo Dollar General should open by August

Posted on July 20, 2014 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

dollar generalA new Dollar General store will be open at Wyboo on July 30.

The 7,300 square foot facility will have between six and 10 employees. The store will be on S.C. 260 near First Water. Its grand opening will be held 8 a.m. Aug. 16. The first 50 customers will receive a $10 gift card.


Summerton Job Fair

Posted on July 20, 2014 6:06 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.

Muscular Dystrophy foundation accepts vehicle contributions

Posted on July 19, 2014 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

MuscularDystrophyFamilyFoundationSmallThe Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization, accepts vehicle contributions. To complete a vehicle donation, call 1 (800) 544-1213 to make arrangements. Donors may also visit and click on the automobile icon to complete an online vehicle donation application.


Summer Giveaway Winner: Henrietta Blackwell

Posted on July 19, 2014 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

Anderson Pharmacy pharmacist Elizabeth DuRant stands with Henrietta Blackwell of Alcolu, who won a Lilly Pulitzer gift basket in The Manning Times first Summer Giveaway.


Driggers family uses tragedy to raise awareness of rare, deadly amoeba found in Lake Marion

Posted on July 19, 2014 10:10 am by Staff Reports

Blake Driggers

Blake Driggers

Two years ago, during the week of Fourth of July, Preston Blake Driggers was enjoying time with his parents and two older sisters on Lake Marion.

They were swimming, tubing and jumping from piers in the Clarendon County part of the lake.
A week later, 8-year-old Blake was in the hospital. Two days after being admitted he was on life support.
He died July 17, 2012, after an infection with naegleria fowleri, a rare amoeba found in freshwater lakes and non-chlorinated swimming pools. His parents, Gingi and Walt, now campaign to make others aware of the risks involved
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Scurry named EMS director

Posted on July 19, 2014 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

steven-scurryThirty-five year old Steven Scurry has had a busy spring and summer.

Not long after he was named the new director of Clarendon County EMS, he and his wife, Teresa, welcomed a little girl.

Mary Lee Scurry is now about nine weeks old, and her father has been heading up the county’s paramedic service since the end of April.

“It’s been a busy time,” Scurry said.

Scurry took the reins from former director Buck Turbeville. He had first joined EMS in the late 1990s, and left after about six years of service.

“I went to Lee County and was EMS … Read the rest

Posted on July 19, 2014 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker


MPD: June armed robbery suspect in custody

Posted on July 19, 2014 5:05 am by Staff Reports

Keith Oneal Conyers

Keith Oneal Conyers

A Manning man sought since June 24 for the alleged armed robbery of a 31-year-old man on Nelson Circle was finally apprehended more than two weeks after the incident.

Keith Oneal Conyers, 36, of 216 Packard Lane in Manning, has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. He is being held at the Clarendon County Detention Center after bond was denied July 14 when warrants for the alleged offenses were served by the Manning Police Department.

Chief Blair Shaffer said Conyers was caught July 10 when officers spotted him in … Read the rest

Henry Arthur Gee

Posted on July 18, 2014 9:09 pm by Staff Reports

Henry Arthur Gee

Henry Arthur Gee

LYNCHBURG – Henry Arthur Gee, 65, husband of Ophadell Green Gee, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1948, in Olanta, “Bucky,” as he was affectionately known, was a son of the late Peter Albert Gee and Mildred Williams Gee. He attended Florence County public schools and Carver High School in Lake City.

He joined Emwell Baptist Church in his youth, and later joined Jordan Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged

Survivors besides his wife of the home include four children, Cynthia Allen and Amanda Read the rest

Donald Ray Staton

Posted on July 18, 2014 7:07 pm by Staff Reports

OBITS-BACKGROUND-5-smallerDonald Ray Staton, 70, husband of Faye Ruth Hunt Staton, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home.

Born Jan. 21, 1944, in Logan, W.Va., he was a son of the late James Russell Dillon and Delphine Alberta Duty Dillon. He was a retired assembly line worker for Chrysler/Dodge and a member of United Auto Workers and the Elk’s Club in Ferndale, Mich. He was a U.S. Army of the Vietnam War.

Survivors besides his wife of Manning include two sons, James Ray Staton of Texas and Donald Ray Staton II of Ira Township, Mich.; two daughters, Annita Kay Staton … Read the rest

Library celebrates Peggy Parrish’s birthday

Posted on July 18, 2014 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

Amelia-Bedelia-4The Monday birthday celebration of Peggy Parrish at Harvin Clarendon County Library in Manning wouldn’t have been complete without a few stories about Amelia Bedelia, the literary creation made famous by Parrish, a Manning native who passed away in 1988. Children also enjoyed other works by the famous author, along with games, arts and crafts.

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Posted on July 18, 2014 1:01 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard


USC Sumter releases Spring 2014 President’s List

Posted on July 18, 2014 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

usc sumterSUMTER – The University of South Carolina Sumter congratulates more than 20 students who made the President’s LIst in the Spring 2014 semester. Those from Clarendon County on the list include Meredith Coker and Christopher Lee, both of Manning; and Travis McAdams of Gable.


Catherine Pearson

Posted on July 18, 2014 11:11 am by Leigh Ann Maynard


Catherine Pearson

SUMTER – Catherine Pearson, 91, widow of Willie Pearson, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

Born Aug. 25, 1932, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Madison McBride and Emma Wright McBride. She attended Sumter County public schools. She was a member of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Manning, and later became a member of Pearson Chapel Nondenominational Church.

Survivors include six daughters, Ella Nora Pearson, Bernice Samuel, Evangelist Emma (Adam) Jones, Minnie (Miller) Conyers Jr., Willie Mae (Larry) McKnight and Catherine Richburg; a son, Joe (Ella) Pearson; … Read the rest

DNR hosts family fishing clinics

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

Photo courtesy of State Department of Natural Resources

Photo courtesy of State Department of Natural Resources

The state Department of Natural Resources will hold family fishing clinics throughout the state. These introductory classes teach skills on how to tie a fishing knot, rig a rod and reel and sating. The best part is everyone will get to try their hand at fishing. Family Fishing Clinics are free of charge. Register online or for more information regarding an upcoming Family Fishing Clinic event or to host an event, please contact Lorianne Riggin, or (803) 737-8483.




USC Sumter welcomes Clarendon residents joining Class of 2018

Posted on July 18, 2014 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

usc sumterSUMTER – The University of South Carolina Sumter is excited to welcome the Class of 2018, which will begin classes in the fall.

Students from Clarendon County and surrounding communities matriculating at the school in Fall 2014 include Aaliyah Johnson, Imani Langhorne, Katenell Locklair, Jennifer Richburg, Ross Russell and Bryce Williams, all of Alcolu; Hannah Baker, Elease Billups, Malloree Cothran, Elizabeth Elmore, Tameeya Johnson, Cory Leonard, Alexis Martin, Hailey Patrick, Ryan Phillips, Franklin Skoler and Grace Surette, all of Manning; Kadeisa Green, Matthew Lamb, Phylicia Morris and Ka’osha White, all of Pinewood; and Shaneel Bivek and Conesha Myers, both of … Read the rest


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