Monthly Archives: May 2015

Legion honors fallen comrades at Courthouse

Posted on May 25, 2015 8:08 pm by Morgan DeCosta

Members of the American Legion Post No. 68 gathered at the 11th hour Monday to celebrate their fellow comrades who gave their all in the fight for freedom.
Commander George Barnett received a plaque for 60 years of outstanding service in the legion.
“Today, I remember why I am here, and what was done for me to be here,” Barnett said. “Without these men and women, I wouldn’t be where I am today. A lot of people lost their lives, or suffered great injuries.”
Barnett said he was proud and thankful he came back.
“We should never forget today, because … Read the rest

Blanche Kennedy Brown

Posted on May 25, 2015 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Blanche Kennedy Brown, 82, widow of Peter Brown, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 21, 1932 in Gable, she was a daughter of the late Milton Kennedy and Sadie Cousar Kennedy.
The family will receive friends at her home, 106 Richard St. in Manning.

Warren McFadden

Posted on May 25, 2015 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

EFFINGHAM – Warren McFadden, 68, died Sunday, May 24, 2015, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
Born Feb. 10, 1947, in Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of the late Harden McFadden and Annie McFadden McFadden.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Phyllis McCollough, 3831 Cherry Johnson Road in Effingham.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

2 helicopters called out for boat wreck on lake

Posted on May 25, 2015 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County dispatchers have reported Monday afternoon a boat wreck in the Taw Caw area of Lake Marion. According to a report, two helicopters were called to the area. Capt. Robert McCullough with the state Department of Natural Resources says there is someone with a broken leg from the incident. will have more information when it becomes available.

Adult Ed celebrates graduates

Posted on May 25, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Adult Education recognized more than 20 graduates of the Class of 2015 during commencement ceremonies held May 14 at the F.E. DuBose Center in Manning.
Those announced included Harrell Landon Altman, Christopher Charles Korn, Breanna Marie Brabham, Angela Annette Martin, Chelsy Lashea Davis, Quantez Tirell McFadden, Lakeia Shantel Davis, Jonathan Michael Mellerson, Matthew Gary Dimitriadis, Anthony Corneal Montgomery, Deondre Montel Dow, Kyle Walker Newman, Keith Alexander Evans, Jake Cameron Oliver, Christopher Allen Fuller, Jarvis Darnell Pompey, John Daniel Guzman, Meghan Ashley Robinson, Jo Suvon Hamilton-Weaver, Shaneen Renee Sargeant, Raven Pauline Hensley, Jenna Danielle Smith, Donna Lanet Hilton, Jalmarcus … Read the rest

Happy Birthday: Sheriff Randy Garrett

Posted on May 25, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Emma Walker Graham

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

FLORENCE — Emma Walker Graham, 61, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence. She was born May 10, 1954, in St. Stephens. She’s the daughter of the late J.K. Walker and Eva Brayboy Walker.
The family will be receiving friends at the home of her sister, Minnie Ruth Walker Johnson, 2105 Wilford Drive in Florence.
These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Honoring our Heroes: Ricky Godwin

Posted on May 25, 2015 6:06 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Beth Godwin sent this message:
“This is my husband, my military hero, John Richard “Ricky” Godwin. He is retired from the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. He is from Barrineau. I salute him. Love you, Ricky! Thank you for your service to our country.”

Memorial Day services

Posted on May 25, 2015 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County residents have the opportunity to participate in three separate Memorial Day services, all of them at 11 a.m. Monday.
The American Legion Post No. 68 will hold its ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday on the Clarendon County Courthouse grounds. The Douglas and Black River American Legion will host theirs at the same time at Dogwood Park in Summerton. The Turbeville Ruritan Club will host theirs the same time at the Veteran’s Monument in Turbeville.

Happy Anniversary: Sharon Thames-Simms and Ric Simms

Posted on May 25, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker


Honor Roll: Laurence Manning Academy

Posted on May 24, 2015 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

2014-15 Laurence Manning Academy
Yearly Honor Roll and Headmaster’s Lists

Second Grade
Mrs. Terri Floyd
Honor Roll- Grady Aders, Nikolas Ambroggio, Ellana Cosson, Mark Deppa, Emily Dunlap, Anna Grace Fowler, Sydney Haas, Bryce Pack, Rudra Patel, Brynn Strickland
Headmaster- Daniel Eldridge, Jessica Griffith, Megan Phan, Bailey Wallman

Mrs. Anna Lynn Gamble
Honor Roll- Carol Ann Briggs, Bryce Connor, Celia Elliott, Caroline Hudson, Bryce Jordan, Anna Charles Lester, Liza Thomas, Jenny Tran, Blane Walton
Headmaster- Gavin Ard, Lainey Baggette, Emma Barwick, Gavin Brown, Mary Catherine Buyck, Rory Carter, Maddie Clark, Ava Cribb, Cole Hawthorne, Lee Lowery, Lila Kate Mathis, Campbell McInnis, … Read the rest

SECC students participate in math program

Posted on May 24, 2015 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Seventy-one students in the 21st Century Afterschool Program at Summerton Early Childhood Center participated in IXL Math Online Learning Community from mid-February through May 11. Students were able to practice activities that reinforce Common Core standards that were taught during the instructional day. Several students completed 105,000 math problems and logged 400 hours under the direction of Ann Blackman.
All of the students in the Math Club did well, but there were nine Rockstars that rocked the math problems. Each of the high-performing Rockstars was presented with a certificate at the end-of-year celebration on May 7 … Read the rest

Hit and Run on Kingstree Highway

Posted on May 24, 2015 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a hit and run with unknown injuries in the area of Kingstree Highway and Auburn Drive in Manning.

Graham retains seat on Area 6 for Advisory Council

Posted on May 24, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Moye Graham wears many hats in the Clarendon community and in the state at-large.
He is on his third term as the Clarendon County GOP chairman, and also serves as chairman for the 6th District for the state GOP.
Graham was reappointed recently to the South Carolina Advisory Council on Aging, and will once again represent Area 6.
“That’s the Santee Lynches Region, which consists of Clarendon, Sumter, Lee and Kershaw counties,” Graham said. “I want to build a relationship with all or at least some of the programs that help the senior citizens in my area.”
Graham said the … Read the rest

Group honors late member, celebrates anniversary

Posted on May 24, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

American Legion Post 68 Ladies Auxiliary President Tracy Ann Woodbury said a few weeks ago that Betty Smith “was a name that became synonymous” with both the group and its charitable contributions to the community.
The group came together April 7 at the Manning American Legion Hut on Sunset Drive to name its Palmetto Girls State Fund in her honor.
“She was instrumental in Palmetto Girls State here in Manning, and we’ve gathered here to acknowledge her hard work and accomplishments,” Woodbury said during a ceremony where the auxiliary celebrated Smith and celebrated its own founding 75 years ago.
Smith … Read the rest

Annie Lou Matthews

Posted on May 24, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

OLANTA — Annie Lou Matthews, 93, widow of Wade Olee Matthews, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 22, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home.
The family will greeted friends for an hour prior to services.
Born in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late Boyd Elijah Broad and Daisy Mims Broad. She retired from Florence County School District 3, where she was the cafeteria manager, and was a lifetime member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
She … Read the rest

Honor Your Hero on Memorial Day

Posted on May 24, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker wants to post your messages to your loved one serving in the military on Memorial Day. Please send a picture with a FULL NAME, service branch and location where they are serving (even if locally in National Guard) to by midnight Sunday. We also need the FULL NAME and location of those sending the message.
We will begin posting messages 7 a.m. Monday, and will post throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis. No cost, no hassle. Just a nice gesture for your hard-working family member who serves our country and protects our freedoms day-in and day-out.… Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted on May 24, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1689 – The English Parliament passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded.
1738 – John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.
1856 – John Brown and his men kill five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.
1994 – Four men convicted of bombing the World Trade Center in New York in 1993 are each sentenced to 240 years in prison.

Happy Birthday: Susan Drose

Posted on May 23, 2015 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Resident seeks donations for Camp Happy Days

Posted on May 23, 2015 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Charleston-based charity Camp Happy Days has been providing kids with cancer and their siblings a unique experience at Camp Bob Cooper for more than three decades.
And Bill Ellis and his former coworkers have been helping out in their communities for more than two-thirds of that time, seeking donations for the kids who attend Happy Days each year.
Ellis has kicked off his local campaign to seek donations for the camp, which will be held June 28-July 4.
Ellis started helping about 1993, he said.
“There was a guy I worked with who has been helping since back in 1989 … Read the rest


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