Monthly Archives: May 2015

Thomas Thames

Posted on May 15, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

On Monday, May 11, 2015, Thomas Thames, companion of the late Peggy McBride, departed this life at his residence.

Born on September 27, 1931 in Manning SC, he was a son of the late Riley & Pearl Thames Weeks.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the residence, 114 Richburg St., Manning

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

Outdoors with Chantz

Posted on May 14, 2015 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Spring is here again and, for many of us, that means it is time to get back on the water. For offshore enthusiasts, it means the pelagic species are returning off our coasts and it is time for us to make the long haul to those warm Gulf Stream waters in search of them.
For me, the upcoming months have to be one of my favorite times of the year. I don’t know if it’s because the weather is finally warming up or maybe I’ve just been itching to get out and see that pretty purple … Read the rest

Happy Birthday: Coach Michael Haynes

Posted on May 14, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

We received this message from Tanisha Thames:
“I want to wish my role model, Coach Michael Haynes, the best mentor in the world a very happy Birthday! From my sophomore year of high school as a lost, confused girl, you have helped mold me into the young woman I am today. Although there will never be enough ways thank you for all you have done, I just want you to know I will always appreciate you for guiding me these past 13 years, for never giving up, for praying for me, for always having my back good or bad, for … Read the rest

Ellis looking for Camp Happy Days donations

Posted on May 14, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Local resident Bill Ellis is looking for donations of hats, T-shirts, toothpaste, sunscreen and other items for children for the upcoming Camp Happy Days, which will be held the first week of July at Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton. Cash donations are also accepted. For more information or to make a donation, call Bill Ellis at (803) 460-7666. For more information on Camp Happy Days, visit


Posted on May 14, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Clyde Smith Bryce Jr.

Posted on May 14, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clyde Bryce 001Clyde Smith Bryce Jr., 75, husband of Kathy Yvonne Miller Bryce, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Born Aug. 18, 1939, in Florence, he was a son of the late Clyde Smith Bryce, Sr. and the late Willie Mae Tyner Bryce. He was past president of the Florence Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of Manning United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of Manning; two sons, Clyde Smith Bryce III (Kerry) of Manning and William Russell Carter (Emily) of Florence; two daughters, Meg Bryce Jiunnies (Jay) of Florence … Read the rest

Council talks budget plans

Posted on May 14, 2015 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Council passed its second reading of the county’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget Monday night, hearing at the same time budget plans from all three school districts and the F.E. DuBose Center campus of Central Carolina Technical College.
Clarendon County Controller Lynden Anthony discussed the county’s budget first, saying that general fund expenditures will be roughly $20,291,413, giving a deficit for second reading of $426,541.
“Bringing this into balance between now and final reading will not be easy,” Anthony said. “We are working closely with Administrator David Epperson and department managers, and we have already saved some $76,000 in … Read the rest

Griffin named Adult Ed Director of the Year

Posted on May 14, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Adult Education Director Julie Griffin was named last week as the South Carolina Adult Education Director of the Year.
“I was just so surprised,” Griffin said. She will be presented the award at a ceremony in June.
Director of Adult Ed in Clarendon for nine years, Griffin was aninstructorfor 21 more. She plans to retire in June.

Bethlehem Missionary 3rd annual Prayer Breakfast

Posted on May 14, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive in Summerton, will host its 3rd annual Prayer Breakfast, honoring First Lady Sister Virginia P. Lawson, at 9 a.m. Saturday. Evangelist Jacqueline D. Jackson, associate minister of New Light Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker. Come join this blessed occasion. The church is asking for a $10 donation per person.

Library board to meet Monday

Posted on May 14, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Harvin Clarendon County Library Board will hold its regular meeting 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Clarendon County Administration Building on Sunset Drive in Manning. The public is invited to attend.

Pinewood landfill safe, consultants say

Posted on May 14, 2015 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

By Sammy Fretwell
The State

Consultants say South Carolina could save nearly $2 million a year by managing a closed lakeside hazardous waste dump more efficiently.

But among their recommendations is a plan to cut back on some of the pollution monitoring that was intended to detect leaks from the aging landfill.

A study presented to a skeptical panel of state senators Wednesday outlined changes that could reduce South Carolina’s annual cost for the site it inherited when landfill operator Safety Kleen filed for bankruptcy 15 years ago.

Because money left in the bankruptcy settlement is running out, the state … Read the rest

Today in history …

Posted on May 14, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.

Lady Saints win SCISA state title

Posted on May 13, 2015 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon Hall Lady Saints defeated Colleton Prep Wednesday night in Orangeburg to be named 1A state champions. The final score was 14-12.

Deputy injured during drug arrest

Posted on May 13, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputy was injured Wednesday at Westwood Apartments during what authorities otherwise called a routine drug arrest.
Sgt. Matt Stone is recovering, said Capt. Sean Briley, after being treated at Clarendon Memorial Hospital for a cut to his face.
“He has a laceration to his forehead, but I think the hospital was able to glue it shut,” Briley said.
Briley said he and Stone reported to Westwood Apartments about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday due to a complaint of four men loitering in the parking lot.
“Dispatch alerted us that they weren’t supposed to be there,” Briley said. “Upon … Read the rest

CSD1 to hold Evening with the Superintendent

Posted on May 13, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon School District 1 will host Evening with the Superintendent at 6 p.m. Monday at the Clarendon 1 Community Resource Center, 1154 Fourth St. in Summerton. Dr. Rose Wilder will meet with the community with a topic of “Building Child Centered Community.”

CBHS to meet May 19

Posted on May 13, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon Behavioral Health Services will hold its regular meeting 6:30 p.m. May 19 at 14 N. Church St.

Manning man charged with littering beer cans

Posted on May 13, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Howard Lavern Harrington, 57, of Manning, was charged about 6:36 a.m. May 8 at a business in the 100 block of South Mill Street in Manning and charged with littering.
According to reports, police were checking the back of the property, and Senior Cpl. Creighton Cheek discovered Harrington inside the building sleeping, and found several empty King Cobra beer cans and an empty bottle of Canadian Superior Whiskey.


Robert Ashley Brown Jr.

Posted on May 13, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMTER – Robert Ashley Brown Jr., 82, husband of Ann Aurelia Pritchard Brown, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born May 15, 1932, in Goldsboro, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Ashley Brown Sr. and the late Edith Earl Thompson Brown Perry.
He was a retired communications specialist with the U.S. Air Force and he was of the Episcopal faith.
He is survived by his wife of Sumter; two daughters, Aurelia Ann Berry (Hollis) of Pickens and Perrie Brown of Manning; two sons, Michael Brown and Lawrence Brown, both of Sumter; three grandchildren, Ryan … Read the rest

USDA announces funding for Santee Electric

Posted on May 13, 2015 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Monday that USDA will provide more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states.
The announcement means $54.8 million for Santee Electric Cooperative Inc., which will use the money to build or improve 605 miles of line for residential and business customers. The loan also includes $3 million for storm damage restoration.
“We commend rural electric cooperative utilities nationwide as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Rural Electrification Administration,” … Read the rest

Federal program aims to help local landowners

Posted on May 13, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Every year, the Clarendon Soil and Water Conservation District staff works in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to obligate federal dollars to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of 10 years in length.
These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a … Read the rest


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