Monthly Archives: May 2015

MHS student arrested after incident with knife

Posted on May 20, 2015 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A 19-year-old Manning High School student is in custody Wednesday evening after an incident at the school involving a knife.
Maj. Kipp Coker of the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office said Desmond Raquan Lawson will be charged with second-degree assault and possession of a weapon on school grounds.
“About 11:39 a.m. Wednesday, students alerted the school resource officers that there was an individual with a knife they were running from,” Coker said.
School Resource Officers David Wells and Casey Barrineau approached the suspect, who was then chasing a 17-year-old student, and advised him to drop the knife.
“TASERs were deployed, and … Read the rest

Fire Department called to false alarm

Posted on May 20, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Fire Department sent at least two engines and two other emergency response vehicles just now to a location near Greeleyville Highway in Manning for a fire alarm at a commercial business. Chief Frances Richbourg has told dispatch the call was a false alarm, but authorities are staying on scene just in case.

City preparing for 2nd Red, White and Blue Celebration

Posted on May 20, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and City Administrator Scott Tanner didn’t know what to expect when the city held its first Red, White and Blue Celebration last July.
But after seeing a large crowd come out to enjoy the live music, good food and a spectacular fireworks show, they were sure they’d do it again.
The 2nd annual Red, White and Blue Celebration will be held 7 p.m. July 3 at the city’s Red Barn near the Farmer’s Market area, Nelson announced Monday night during Manning City Council.

Koozie Kontest entry: Tammy Erwin

Posted on May 20, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Tammy Erwin provided the first entry for the 2015 Manning Times Koozie Kontest, spotting Uncle Sam showing his Bank of Greeleyville and Manning Times pride in New York City.
Stop by The Manning Times or any of the locations of the Bank of Greeleyville to pick up your free Koozie. Then, take an interesting and creative picture of yourself with the Koozie and email it to We will post entries in a gallery on The Manning Times’ Facebook page. We will have two winners this year, judged on the most LIKES on the photos posted to OUR gallery. … Read the rest

Expungement workshop today

Posted on May 20, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon School District 1 Community Resource Center, 1154 Fourth St. in Summerton, will host Part 3 of its S.C. Legal Services Expungement Workshop at 10 a.m. today. Those looking to expunge records may start the process at this time, or continue from the previous time. This is for the purpose of clearing your record so you can be eligible for various career opportunities. Stipulations apply. For more information, call Kathleen L. Gibson at (803) 485-2043 or (803) 225-0832. The workshop is free.

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Pinewood man gets 5 years for CSC

Posted on May 20, 2015 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A Pinewood man charged July 4, 2014, with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between the ages of 11 and 14 has received five years for the charge.
Third Circuit Judge George C. James sentenced Victor Raynor of 1107 McDuffie Road in Pinewood on May 7 after Raynor pleaded guilty in Clarendon County general sessions court.
According to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, Raynor was charged after a 13-year-old girl who ran away from home between May 27 and May 30, 2014, was found at his home.
A 34-year-old woman in the home told the girl’s mother where she … Read the rest

Dems to meet June 4

Posted on May 20, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. June 4 at Bassard’s Pond House, 4162 Rev. J.W. Carter Road in Summerton. For more information, call Chairman Glenn R. Ardis at (803) 452-6013.

Today in History …

Posted on May 20, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1775 – Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence is signed in Charlotte, North Carolina
1861 – The state of Kentucky proclaims its neutrality, which will last until Sept. 3, when Confederate forces enter the state. Meanwhile, North Carolina secedes from the Union.
1862 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law.
1891 – The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope.
1920 – Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America.

Hammond: ‘Sham’ cancer charities charged nationwide, statewide with scam

Posted on May 20, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

State Secretary of State Mark Hammond announced Tuesday that South Carolina has joined the 49 other states and Washington, D.C., along with the federal government, in charging four cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187 million from consumers as part of a nationwide scam.
The Federal Trade Commission alleges that the defendants falsely claimed donations would help pay for pain medication, hospice care and other services, but spent donations on cars, vacations, sports tickets and professional fundraisers instead.
Hammond said the multi-state action represents one of the largest such cases in charity enforcement history. The case was … Read the rest

Steven Christopher Moody

Posted on May 19, 2015 10:10 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMMERTON – Steven Christopher Moody, 60, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Summerton.
Born Sept. 19, 1954, in Manning, Steve was a son of Marian Bradham Moody and the late Fred Talmadge Moody Sr. He was the retired owner and operator of Mega Trades in North Myrtle Beach and was of the Baptist faith. He was known as the dog whisperer by his family and friends.
Survivors besides his mother of Summerton include a brother, David Robert Moody of Summerville; two nephews, Jonathan and Gabriel Moody; and a niece, Emily Moody.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred … Read the rest

Elijah McElveen Jr.

Posted on May 19, 2015 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

LYNCHBURG – Elijah McElveen Jr., husband of Jo Ann Bradley McElveen, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at his home.
Born Dec. 22, 1932, in Olanta, he was a son of the late Elijah McElveen Sr. and Artmore Nero McElveen.
The family will receive friends at the home, 4789 Narrow Paved Road in Lynchburg.
Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Brigg’s MBC Pastor’s Anniversary

Posted on May 19, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Brigg’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 7135 Wash Davis Road in Summerton, will celebrate its pastor’s 20th anniversary at 7 p.m. June 1-4 and 3 p.m. June 7.

Golf cart stolen from Cypress Pointe home

Posted on May 19, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that an EZ-Go golf cart valued at $5,000 was allegedly stolen from a home in the 2200 block of Cypress Pointe in Manning between 3 and 11:15 p.m. May 16. The 83-year-old owner reported the cart is red with red and white seats, and that it has four fishing pole holders mounted.

Third Quarter Honor Roll: Walker Gamble Elementary School

Posted on May 19, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

EDITOR’S NOTE: Walker Gamble Elementary School has published its 3rd Quarter Honor Roll. Names are spelled as presented by Clarendon School District 3.


Rivers Baird; Sanae Bennett; Jamal Prince; and Ayden Ransom.

Braylon Brown; Camden Coker; Bradyn Driggers; MiYae Garland; Payton Hanniford; Caylen McKenzie; Ke’Shaun Porter; Braelyn Sims; Ashleigh Smith; and Crosby Timmons.

First Grade
Ian Barrineau; Anton Bennett; Destiny Brand; Megan Brown; Allyson Coker; Carolina Craft; Gracen-Lil Crooks; Bethany Culick; Addison Fleming; Catherine Fleming; Nikolas Goldman; Alicia McElveen; Abby Miles; Autumn Nettles;
Wes Springs; and Jalia Starks.

Second Grade
Dawson Beard; Taylor Coker; London Davis; … Read the rest

JCMC – Haven of Rest to meet June 3

Posted on May 19, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its regularly public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. June 3 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall. Parking is available in the parking area nearest the entrance to the fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 460-5572.

Coroner’s Office: Dental records needed to identify wreck victim

Posted on May 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office says that dental records are needed to identify the victim killed in an early Monday morning fiery wreck on Interstate 95.
“We have sent for the dental records for whom we think the victim might be,” said Coroner Hayes Samuels.
The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the wreck about 12:30 a.m. at the 123 mile-marker on Interstate 95. Cpl. Sonny Collins said the driver of a Chevrolet Impala ran off the left side of the road while traveling southbound, hitting a tree. The vehicle then burst into flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.… Read the rest

Nicole Denise Johnson

Posted on May 19, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Nicole Denise Johnson, 34, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia.
Born Aug. 12, 1980, in Bronx, New York, she was a daughter of Jerry and Pearly Rose Dyson Johnson.
The family will receive friends at the home of her mother, Pearly Rose Johnson, 1190 Rapid Edge Trail in Summerton.
Professional services are entrusted to Dyson’s Home for Funerals, 237 Main St. in Summerton.

Man granted $30K bond for allegedly assaulting deputy; suspect still in custody

Posted on May 19, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 20-year-old Manning man charged with assaulting a sheriff’s deputy during an attempted arrest has been granted a $30,000 surety bond on two separate charges.
Michael Neshell Prince is still at the Clarendon County Detention Center, according to the Clarendon Public Court Index, online records maintained by the Clarendon County Clerk of Court’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies.
Prince was arrested about 2:30 p.m. May 13 at Westwood Apartments on Paxville Highway after authorities were alerted to four men allegedly loitering in the complex’s parking lot.
“Dispatch alerted us that they weren’t supposed to be there,” said Capt. … Read the rest

CSD1 to hold budget hearing

Posted on May 19, 2015 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon School District 1 Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting 6 p.m. June 1 to approve its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2015-16. The meeting will be held at the District Administrative Office, 12 S. Church St. in Summerton.
The district’s proposed budget is $6,603,081, about 1.84 percent higher for revenue and expenses than the 2014-15 budget, which was $6,727,406.
A millage increase to 127.8 is being proposed, up two from 2014-15.

Sumter and Manning women arrested for fight

Posted on May 19, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 42-year-old Sumter woman and a 53-year-old Manning woman were arrested about 6:39 p.m. May 12 at a home in the first block of West Huggins St. in Manning and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
The Manning Police Department reported Monday that police were called to the location in reference to a fight-in-progress, and officers allegedly saw the women standing in the roadway arguing and that both had visible scratches and fresh blood on them.
Tracey E. Giles, 53, of 43 W. Huggins St. in Manning, said Shona Moenek Fooks, 42, of 1199 N. Lafayette Drive in … Read the rest


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