Monthly Archives: October 2015

County adds four roads to impassable list, one road removed

Posted on October 10, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The following alphabetized list includes 45 roads compiled by county officials which will remain impassable in the long term. According to Michael Johnson with the Clarendon County Fire Department, who has made a Google map detailing the washed out areas, North Brewington Road is now open off U.S. 301. Evans Road, the dirt portion of Garland Road, Puddin Swamp Road and Gardner Road have been added to the impassable list. S.C. 527 in Sumter County near Willard Farms is now impassable as well.
Please remain safe on county roads. Just because a road is not listed, that does not mean … Read the rest


Gov. Haley: Stay off roads Saturday

Posted on October 10, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

With another one to two inches of rainfall dropping Saturday in the midlands, Gov. Nikki Haley is again asking people to stay off the roads, just six days after South Carolina experienced its worst flooding in state history.
“Stay off the roads today,” Haley said during a media briefing Saturday, concerned about possible dangers of saturated ground under already threatened roadways. She said while no major flooding is expected in the midlands, roadways could still pose a problem.
According to reports, U.S. 527 at Willard Farms in Sumter County has broken as of Saturday morning.
Haley said railroads statewide have … Read the rest


Roger Brailsford

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Roger Brailsford died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 2, 1949, in Clarendon County, he was a son of Richard and Lorena Richardson Brailsford.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 8572 Old River Road in Pinewood.
Funeral plans will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.


George Edward Bonaparte

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

George Edward Bonaparte, 66, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, at Orangeburg Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 3, 1948, in Elloree, he was a son of the late Arthur Bonaparte and Mary Brantley.
Funeral service for George Edward Bonaparte will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at Union AME Church, 390 Old River Road in Elloree. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Stanley Rivers, pastor, will officiate.
The casket will be placed in the church at noon, for viewing until the time of the service.
A viewing will be held from noon to 6 p.m. today … Read the rest


Three additional miles of I-95 closed

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The state Department of Transportation has announced that traffic between the 132 and 135 mile-markers on Interstate 95 is now closed. This means 16 miles of the interstate from Manning (Exit 119) and past Turbeville (135) are now closed to all traffic, including emergency vehicles.
The interstate is open to LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY on the southbound lanes from 119 to I-26 in Orangeburg. It is open to LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY on the northbound lanes from 135 to I-20 in Florence.
Local traffic means folks will likely have to show IDs to get around.


Harmony EPC cancels Homecoming, will hold regular service Sunday

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Harmony Elizabeth Presbyterian Church regrets to inform the community that the church’s annual Homecoming Service scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. However, the church will have regular church services at noon Sunday. The Homecoming Service has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 1. The safety of our community and church members is always our first priority, especially when weather and road conditions are less than ideal. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope that you will see our decision positively and support it.


The Aftermath: RadioShack and Tanisha Thames provide lunch for MPD, MFD

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 pm by Submitted via iPhone

RadioShack of Manning and Tanisha Thames Computer Repair at RadioShack provided lunch Friday for the Manning Police Department and the Manning Fire Department to thank first responders for their hard work.


Mt. Chapel MBC to hold Gospel Choir anniversary Oct. 25

Posted on October 10, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 5918 S.C. 260 in Manning, will celebrate its Gospel Choir’s 36th anniversary at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 25. The Rev. Carnell Witherspoon is the host pastor.


Pizza Rescue Truck set up at Title Max

Posted on October 10, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Pizza Rescue Truck from Hunt Brothers is set up at Title Mac at the old Walmart Parking lot.


County started work on roads Friday

Posted on October 10, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson said the county Public Works staff began working on county-maintained roads Friday, and they will continue to work on them daily going forward.
He said Greenville County sent a public works crew to assist.
“As these roads are repaired, we will be updating the map and list prepared by the county,” said Epperson.


The Aftermath: Children paint, decorate Thank You banners

Posted on October 10, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Presbyterian Church at Manning invited children to come paint and decorate Thank You banners for those who have worked so hard for our recovery in Manning. They also baked cookies and presented the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, the Clarendon County Fire Department, Manning City Hall, the National Guard Armory, the Manning Police Department and FEMA with the banners and cookies. It was organized by Judy Holmes and Kay Prothro.


Sarah Whack Sweat

Posted on October 10, 2015 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Sarah Whack Sweat, 98, widow of Wheeler Sweat Sr., died Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Sumter Valley Nursing Home in Sumter.
Born April 16, 1917, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late John and Lula Mae Witherspoon Whack.
She was preceded in death by four children, Thelma Billups, Levy Sweat, Jeanette Dwyer and Joyce Busby; two grandsons; eight sisters; and five brothers.
She attended the public schools of Clarendon County. She was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church, where she was mother of the church and served diligently in many areas of the church.
Survivors include two … Read the rest


42 roads now on county’s impassable roads list

Posted on October 10, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The following alphabetized list includes 42 roads compiled by county officials which will remain impassable in the long term. An earlier report stated that 40 were closed, but Danbury Road and Plowden Mill Road past Brogdon Road have been added.
Please remain safe on county roads. Just because a road is not listed, that does not mean it’s not safe. Obey all barricades. The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office will fine, tow and even arrest you. Michael Johnson has compiled this list into a map. It can be accessed by clicking here.
Johnson said this list is subject to change … Read the rest


United Way taking donations, volunteers

Posted on October 10, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties has set up a Flood Relief Fund that will directly benefit the people, families and organizations affected by this crisis. All money will stay within Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties.
A web page with volunteer opportunities, donation sites, distribution sites and needs for the communities has been established at www.uwaysumter.org/flood-relief-information.
For more information, call (8030 773-7935 or anorris@uwaysumter.org.


The Aftermath: Organizers provide 400 totes at First Baptist

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson joined with other Manning officials, Manning First Baptist Church Pastor Dale Roach and Associate Pastor Nick Erickson and DJ Miles of New Spring Church in passing out more than 400 totes full of meals, seven pallets of water and other packages of non-perishable items Friday at First Baptist Church. Miles said that seven 26-foot box trucks were delivered, and more than 100 volunteers from throughout Clarendon County worked on organizing all the items.


Louise Pinckney Singleton

Posted on October 10, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Louise Pinckney Singleton died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Indian Trail, North Carolina, surrounded by the love of her daughters, after an extended illness.
Born Sept. 4, 1937, in Rembert, she was a daughter of the late James and Martha Harris Pinckney. She was a graduate of Manchester High School in Pinewood, attended Allen University in Columbia and one of the many secretarial schools in New York City.
Louise was employed by Exide Battery Company in Sumter for more than 20 years and later in life she became a bookkeeper for Sumter County, until she retired in 2007. A faithful … Read the rest


Robert McClary Jr.

Posted on October 9, 2015 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Robert “Bobby” McClary Jr., 78, husband of Luticia Mobley McClary, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.
Born May 2, 1937, in Williamsburg County, he was a son of the late Robert and Cleo Staggers McClary. He was educated in the Williamsburg County public school system. He was employed by Temco Industries and Crowe Plaza Hotel in New York. After retiring, he relocated to Dalzell.
In addition to his wife, he was survived by three daughters, Deborah McClary, Keisha (Derrick) Ray and Kerra McClary; one son, LeTavious McClary; a host of grandchildren; two sisters, Ollie Mae and Betty Lewis McClary; a brother, … Read the rest


Vehicle fire on L&H Pearson Road

Posted on October 9, 2015 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County dispatchers are reporting a vehicle fire on L&H Pearson Road. According to reports, a Mercury Grand Marquis is about 75 percent fully involved. There are no reported injuries.


Happy Birthday: Sherri Smiling McFadden

Posted on October 9, 2015 10:10 pm by Submitted via iPhone

“This is a message wishin you, Sherri Smiling “Mrs. Sugg” McFadden, a happy birthday. Enjoy your day. Your sister, Deborah.”


No end in sight: 18 small bridges show problems on I-95

Posted on October 9, 2015 10:10 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

South Carolina officials say the foundations under some bridges on Interstate 95 have washed out, and they can’t say when the 13-mile stretch – from Manning to Turbeville – on one of the most important highways on the East Coast will be open.
South Carolina Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said Friday that the problems are on 18 separate small bridges that go over the Black and Pocotaligo rivers and surrounding swampland in Clarendon County.
Hall says a contractor will begin to fix the foundations Saturday and work night and day. But she says she can’t say how long that will … Read the rest


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