Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lady Swampcats fall to OP

Posted on January 20, 2016 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats lost Tuesday 58-49 to Orangeburg Prep. Courtney Beatson had 20 points for the team, while Taylor Lea had 12. Brooke Benett had eight, Kaela Johnson had six and Cora Lee Downer had three.


Today in History: Jan. 20

Posted on January 20, 2016 12:12 am by Submitted via Email

250 – Emperor Decius begins a widespread persecution of Christians in Rome. Pope Fabian is martyred.
649 – King Chindasuinth, at the urging of bishop Braulio of Zaragoza, crowns his son Recceswinth as co-ruler of the Visigothic Kingdom.
1265 – The first English parliament to include not only Lords but also representatives of the major towns holds its first meeting in the Palace of Westminster, now commonly known as the “Houses of Parliament”.
1320 – Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes king of Poland.
1356 – Edward Balliol surrenders his claim to the Scottish throne to Edward III in exchange for an … Read the rest


Deputy Coroner: Wreck killed woman found in Lake Marion, not drowning

Posted on January 19, 2016 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said Tuesday evening that a 38-year-old Florence woman whose body was found Monday afternoon after she went over the Lake Marion Bridge during a Sunday night wreck died from multiple blunt-force trauma, not drowning or hypothermia.
“Basically, she did not drown, nor did she suffer in the water,” Mock said. “We believe from the preliminary report that she was dead before she hit the water.”
Michelle Hickson, who was reportedly a coach at South Florence High School in Florence, was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. Monday when her body was found in Lake Marion … Read the rest


Providence Christian Church to burn mortgage Sunday

Posted on January 19, 2016 1:01 pm by Submitted by Reader

Providence Christian Church, 1100 Dozier Mallett road in Manning, will celebrate the burning of the church’s mortgage at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the following theme: “Acknowledge the Past, Recognize the Present and Claim the Future.” Dr. Bobby G. Hankerson, pastor of Hammond Grove Word Power Ministry of North Augusta, will be the guest speaker, and will bring members of his church as guests. The Providence Christian Church family is excited and looking foward to having a hallelujah good time in the Lord. God has been extraordinarily good and has shown much favor to the church family. We are extending a … Read the rest


Leslie Davis Hardy

Posted on January 19, 2016 12:12 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

Leslie Davis “Rookie” Hardy, 62, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born May 4, 1953, in Kingstree, he was a son of the late Lowell Patrick Hardy and the late Grace Evelyn McCants Hardy. He was a retired maintenance electrician for Apex and he was of the Methodist faith.
He is survived by a fiancee, Betty Morlan of Manning; a brother, Rubin Hardy (Jan) of Manning; four sisters, Debra Anne Hardy White (Milton) and Linda Gayle Hardy, both of Manning, Janet Kay Hardy Lee (Terry) of Alcolu and Grace Elizabeth “Libby” Hardy Jennings (Bob) of Hopkins; and … Read the rest


MFD responding to fire alarm at Courthouse

Posted on January 19, 2016 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Manning Fire Department is currently responding to a report of a fire alarm at the Clarendon County Courthouse. Officials say that someone is working on the roof and that the call was a false alarm.


AARP, IRS offering free tax assistance

Posted on January 19, 2016 11:11 am by Submitted by Reader

The AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service are offering free 2015 tax return preparation at First Baptist church, 49 W. Boyce St. in Manning. Appointments may be made for any time between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 3 through April 13. To make an appointment, place call the Clarendon County Council on Aging at (803) 435-8593. Walk-ins will be accepted as time permits, with preference given to seniors. In order for a tax aide to prepare your return, you must bring a Social Security card for taxpayer and dependents; a picture ID; last year’s tax … Read the rest


Wreck on South Mill Street

Posted on January 19, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Authorities are responding to a wreck on South Mill Street in the area of D&H and China Buffet. The road is currently closed to thru-traffic.


Clarendon Behavioral Health Services board to meet today

Posted on January 19, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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


USC Sumter students complete internship programs

Posted on January 19, 2016 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMTER – Three students from Clarendon County completed internship programs for the Fall 2015 semester at the University of South Carolina Sumter, including Patrick Anderson and Hali Gleason, both of Manning, and James Ardis of Pinewood.
Students are asked to participate in internship programs by local businesses in a variety of occupations and fields.
USC Sumter students help local businesses fill gaps in their work force while training students at the same time. Students volunteer in areas ranging from real estate to industry.
For more information on the internship program, call (803)-775-8727.


Say hello to Daniel Alan Hobbs

Posted on January 19, 2016 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Zachary Alan Hobbs of Summerton and Maggie Danielle Baird of New Zion announce the birth of their son, Daniel Alan Hobbs. The baby boy was born 11:37 a.m. Jan. 11 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
He weighed 6.7 pounds and was 20.25 inches long. He is the paternal grandson of Rodney Alan Hobbs and Kimberly R. Hobbs of Summerton and the maternal grandson of Sandy Ham Baird and Dannie Ruffin Baird of New Zion.


SPD makes contact with ‘missing mother’

Posted on January 19, 2016 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Sumter Police Department said Monday that officers have made contact with a 27-year-old mother-of-two who was reported missing Friday.
According to reports, Shardae Davis, told a detective that she is OK, but was reluctant to come forward because of an outstanding shoplifting warrant in Horry County. Police still consider Davis mising until they are able to make contact with her in person. Further efforts to reach her have been unsuccessful, said Public Information Officer Tonyia McGirt.
McGirt also said police have not made contact with Herbert LInwood Butler, 34, of 114 Willow Drive in Sumter, who is wanted for … Read the rest


Mobile Library Schedule: Tuesday, Jan. 19

Posted on January 19, 2016 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 2-4 p.m. today at Turbeville IGA. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.


Posted on January 19, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1661 – Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London.
1764 – John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.
1861 – Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs: The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict.
1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising.
1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds.
1977 … Read the rest


Today in History: Jan. 19

Posted on January 19, 2016 12:12 am by Submitted via Email

379 – Emperor Gratian elevates Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gives him power over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire.
639 – Clovis II, king of Neustria and Burgundy, is crowned.
649 – Conquest of Kucha: The forces of Kucha surrender after a forty-day siege led by Tang dynasty general Ashina She’er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang.
1419 – Hundred Years’ War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England, completing his reconquest of Normandy.
1511 – Mirandola surrenders to the French.
1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, … Read the rest


George Gardner Wilkes Jr.

Posted on January 18, 2016 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

George Gardner Wilkes Jr., husband of Royetta “Roy” Brown Wilkes, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at West Georgia Hospice in LaGrange, Georgia.
Born Dec. 5, 1927, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he was a son of the late George Gardner Wilkes Sr. and Irene Sowar Wilkes. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a graduate of Louisiana State University and was a professional landscape architect in private practice, licensed in Louisiana, Georgia and Virginia.
He also worked for the Veterans Administration in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C.
He was a member of the American … Read the rest


Body found in lake after bridge wreck identified

Posted on January 18, 2016 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has identified a woman whose body was found Monday morning in the waters of Lake Marion under the Interstate 95 overpass.
Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said an autopsy will be performed Tuesday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital for Michelle Hickson, 38, of Florence. Her body was found about 3 p.m. Monday in Lake Marion after divers searched all day due to a Sunday night wreck that shut down the bridge connecting Clarendon and Orangeburg counties for nearly three hours.


DC murder suspect found in Manning

Posted on January 18, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A 20-year-old man wanted for an alleged murder in Washington, D.C., has been apprehended in Clarendon County.
Deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Lee Lewis IV about 5 p.m. Monday at Forest Villa Apartment Complex off Fleming Circle in Manning.
“We got a phone call about 3 p.m. (Monday,” said Sheriff Randy Garrett. “This caller was telling me that the suspect was in our county and he was wanted for a murder he committed Nov. 3, 2015.”
The Metropolitan Police Department reported to the Washington Post in November that Lewis was wanted in connection to a murder … Read the rest


Wreck with injuries at Kingstree Highway, S.C. 261

Posted on January 18, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with injuries in the 1900 block of Kingstree Highway and S.C. 261. Traffic may be slower during this time.


Body found in Lake Marion after Sunday night bridge wreck

Posted on January 18, 2016 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

State Department of Natural Resources divers found the body of a motorist who went off the Lake Marion Bridge late Sunday evening during a vehicle wreck.
Capt. Robert McCullough said divers found the body about 3 p.m. Monday after searching all day.
According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the wreck happened about 8:40 p.m. Sunday when a vehicle ran into the guardrail on the Interstate 95 bridge about mile-marker 101 in the northbound lanes. The vehicle was then hit by another vehicle, and the first vehicle’s driver was reported missing after the wreck.
Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins reported Monday that … Read the rest





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