Monthly Archives: May 2015

FTC: Service back up for landline, cell phones

Posted on May 27, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Farmers Telephone Cooperative has announced service should be back up for all landline and cell phones in the company’s service area.

Delays on South Church Street

Posted on May 27, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

If you’re traveling down South Chyrch Street today, you should expect traffic delays. The city is working on pipes and sidewalks on the side where DSS and the Council on Aging are. The street has been reduced to one lane in those areas.

Golf tournament to benefit Melissa Brunson

Posted on May 27, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon EMS employees are organizing a golf tournament to raise money for co-worker Melissa Brunson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. The tournament will be held July 31 at Wyboo Golf Course, 2565 Players Course Drive in Manning.
The 18-hole tournament will feature four-man teams, with participation cost at $50 per player or $200 per team. Sponsors are $100 per hole. For more information, call (803) 795-2145 or (803) 464-2852.

Happy Birthday: Dawn Griffith

Posted on May 27, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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Bethlehem Missionary VBS

Posted on May 27, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 4319 Rowe Drive in Summerton, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8 p.m. June 17-19. Classes will be available for all ages. The public is cordially invited to attend. The Rev. David Lawson is host pastor. For more information, call Eva R. Gaters at (803) 485-8155.

Service back for some, still spotty for others

Posted on May 27, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Farmers Telephone Coooperative has reported technical difficulties which have made it difficult for customers to make and receive both wireless and landline phone calls this morning.
According to Public Relations Director Chip Chase, wireless service in most areas in the company’s jurisdiction has been restored.
“Rest assured our technicians are giving the matter their undivided attention,” Chase said. “We ask for your patience as we work to resolve the trouble.”
According to other reports, service for other carriers – including Verizon, Sprint and StraightTalk – is also experiencing difficulty. will have more information when it becomes available.
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Cell service down for all carriers

Posted on May 27, 2015 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Local authorities are reporting cell phone service out for all carriers in the Manning, Turbeville and Sumter area. No reason or estimated repair time is available at this time. Sprint customers, however, have told that they have service in the area.

Clarendon dispatch having trouble

Posted on May 27, 2015 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Local authorities have reported that Clarendon dispatchers are having trouble receiving calls this morning. Folks are asked to remain calm and patient when placin calls to 911. In the meantime, please call local law enforcement offices directly at 803-435-8859 or 803-435-4414.

Woman: Ex-boyfriend shot at her car in nightclub parking lot

Posted on May 27, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 30-year-old woman told the Manning Police Department about 11:24 p.m. May 12 that her 32-year-old ex-boyfriend pointed a gun and shot at her as she drove away from the Browntown Social Club parking lot shortly before the time of her call to 911.
The woman said her ex-boyfriend had called her earlier that night to demand she stay home and not go out with her girlfriends. She said he showed up to the nightclub, and approached her vehicle.
The woman said she rolled her window down just far enough to hear what her ex had to say, and that … Read the rest

Posted on May 26, 2015 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Robert Lyle Bennett

Posted on May 26, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMMERTON – Robert Lyle Bennett, 81, husband of Constance Rybnikar Bennett, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Carolinas Hospital System.
Born Aug. 22, 1933, in West Belmar, N.J., he was the son of the late Ira Lyle Bennett and Louise Gardiner Bennett. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a member of American Legion Post 35, Woodmen of the World and St. Matthias Episcopal Church.
Survivors besides his wife of Summerton include two sons, Robert Lyle Bennett, Jr. (Sheela) of Melbourne, Florida, and Scott Gardiner Bennett (Jill) of Brick, N.J.; two daughters, Ann Louise Southerland of … Read the rest

Manning man charged with being a habitual traffic offender

Posted on May 26, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A 38-year-old Manning man was arrested about 12:10 p.m. May 19 and charged with driving under suspension, third or subsequent offense, and being a habitual traffic offender.
According to a report from Manning Police Department Cpl. W.B. Secrist II, he stopped Cleoza Gibbs Jr., 38, of 1384 Tuttle Drive in Manning, after noticing the suspect was driving without wearing a seatbelt. A check through dispatch showed Gibbs’ license was suspended and that he is labeled as a habitual offender by the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

Raybits scores hole-in-one at Wyboo

Posted on May 26, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SANTEE – Pat Raybits of Manning scored a hole-in-one May 5 on Hole No. 2 at the Wyboo Golf Club in Manning.
Raybits entered his feat in the Santee Cooper Country Hole-in-One Award Program and will receive a parchment signed and sealed by Gov. Nikki R. Haley.
For more information on the Hole-in-One Award Program, contact Santee Cooper Country, P.O. Drawer 40, Santee, SC, 29142, or call (803) 854-2131 or 1 (800) 227-8510.

Pine straw fire under train at Georgia Pacific

Posted on May 26, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Fire Department is currently responding to a report of pine straw on fire underneath a train at the Georgia Pacific plant. According to reports, the train itself is not on fire, just the pine straw.

MHS announces parking plans for graduation

Posted on May 26, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Administrators at Manning High School have announced the school’s parking plan for 2015 commencement ceremonies, which will be held 9 a.m. June 6 in the school’s Ramsey Stadium.
“There will be designated parking spaces for graduates and guests,” said Coach Franklin D. Ladson. “Graduates only will be allowed to park in the back of the school behind the gymnasium.”
Ladson said each graduate will have one parking pass and must present that pass to park behind the gym.
“Parents, friends and guests of graduates will park in the student parking lot next to the tennis courts,” Ladson noted. “Overflow parking … Read the rest

Lillian G. Kirby

Posted on May 26, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

LAKE CITY – Lillian G. Kirby, 86, beloved widow of Mack Oneal Kirby, died peacefully at McLeod Regional Medical Center, after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 18, 1928, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late George and Annie Gibbons. She was a faithful member of Hebron Independent Methodist Church. She loved the outdoors, planting flowers and working in the yard.
She spent hours of her time communicating with her Savior through reading the scriptures.
She was a great cook and wil be missed by her family and friends.
Survivos include a daughter, Elizabeth Kirby Pizzola (James D.) … Read the rest

$500 worth of jewelry stolen from Mallett Road home

Posted on May 26, 2015 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Miscellaneous costume jewelry valued at $500 was reportedly stolen fro a home in the 2800 block of Mallett Road in Manning between 7 a.m. May 15 and 11 a.m. May 17. The 54-year-old owner of the home told the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office about 11 a.m. May 17 that she came home to find her front door open and damaged. She said her master bedroom door was also halfway broken, and that a jewelry box had been opened, with one of the small drawers and its contents missing.

Taw Caw Missionary Family and Friends Day

Posted on May 26, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Historical Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, 1130 Granby Lane in Summerton, wil hold its annual Family and Friends Day May 31, with church school at 9:30 a.m., children’s church and devotional service at 10:45 a.m. and morning worship services at 11 a.m.

Vehicle v. Deer on North Brewing Road, U.S. 301

Posted on May 25, 2015 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a vehicle wreck with a deer at North Brewington Road and U.S. 301. Traffic may be slower during this time.

Sumter men injured in Taw Caw boat wreck

Posted on May 25, 2015 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Capt. Robert McCullough with the state Department of Natural Resources said three Sumter men were injured, two severely, when their 15-foot bass boat ran aground in the Taw Caw area of Lake Marion.
“We are still investigating the cause of the wreck and what caused the men to run aground,” McCullough said.
Two were airlifted to Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia by helicopter.
“One had head and leg injuries, while the other had rib and chest injuries,” McCullough said. “They were in stable, but serious condition.”
The third male was treated by Clarendon EMS and Clarendon Memorial Hospital for minor … Read the rest


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