Monthly Archives: April 2016

Today in History …

Posted on April 22, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1836 – A day after the Battle of San Jacinto, forces under Texas Gen. Sam Houston identify Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna among the captives of the battle when one of his fellow captives mistakenly gives away his identity.
1915 – The use of poison gas in World War I escalates when chlorine gas is released as a chemical weapon in the Second Battle of Ypres.
1945 – Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolt. Five hundred twenty are killed and 80 escape.
1977 – Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic.


Two adults, juvenile charged with 2nd degree burglary

Posted on April 21, 2016 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Two adults and one juvenile were charged April 4 with second-degree burglary after deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office reported to an alleged burglary-in-progress at Travis Lane.
Deputies arrived on the scene and found a mobile home with a window busted out, and three subjects fleeing the scene on foot. Deputies captured the three subjects and, during the investigation, found that they were the ones who allegedly broke into the mobile home.
Sheriff Randy Garrett said those charged included Willie Urricho Singleton and Cornell Daveon. The identity of the juvenile suspect, also charged, was not released.


Clarendon deputies take part in chase of kidnapping suspect on Interstate 95

Posted on April 21, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies were involved Thursday in a chase on Interstate 95 that both began and ended in Orangeburg County, just over the Lake Marion Bridge.
Sheriff Randy Garrett said Thursday afternoon that 34-year-old Daniel Brooks Ward was initially reported to be driving up Interstate 95, having allegedly kidnapped a Summerville woman and leading Berkeley County deputies on an Interstate chase.
“He made it to the 113 northbound lane in Clarendon County, cut across the grass median and then headed back southbound,” Garrett said. “He got to the 98 mile-marker in Santee, and there was already a wreck there … Read the rest


Walmart Relay Team raises funds at front door

Posted on April 21, 2016 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Walmart of Manning employee Sylvia Christian stood in the doorway recently of the store and collected funds for Clarendon County Relay for Life, which will be held 6 p.m. to midnight May 6 at Manning High School’s Ramsey Stadium.


Adult Ed to hold graduation May 12

Posted on April 21, 2016 12:12 pm by Submitted via Email

Clarendon County Adult Education will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. May 12 in the F.E. DuBoce Center auditorium at Central Carolina Technical College in Manning. Manning High School alumnus Dr. John Lesaine will deliver the keynote address. For more information, call (803) 473-2531.


SC bats emerging from hibernation need your help

Posted on April 21, 2016 11:11 am by Staff Reports

April marks the end of hibernation for many of South Carolina’s bats, a process which began between three to seven months ago, depending on the species.
Seven of South Carolina’s 14 bat species are commonly known to hibernate in mines, caves, or tunnels in the state, according to Jennifer Kindel, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The hibernating South Carolina bat species include the big brown bat, Eastern small-footed bat, little brown bat, Northern Long-eared bat (a federally threatened species), Rafinesque’s big-eared bat, Southeastern bat and tricolored bat. Other species in the state hibernate in trees, … Read the rest


Rogers signs with Georgia Military

Posted on April 21, 2016 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Laurence Manning Academy senior Chase Rogers signed Wednesday morning to play football for the Georgia Military Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker for the Swampcats was a three-year varsity started. In 2015, he had 96 tackles, with 14 for loss and three caused fumbles.
He also rushed for 248 yards on 36 carries and had five touchdowns rushing and receiving. He was 3A All-State in 2015 as well, along with being named the overall SCISA Defensive Player of the Year.


Rochell Wallace Felder

Posted on April 21, 2016 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

On Monday, April 11, 2016, Rochell Wallace Felder, wife of Willie Edward Felder, exchanged her rugged cross for her precious crown at her home in Troy, New York.
Born on September 15, 1950, in Manning, South Carolina she was a daughter of the late Smith & Robertha Hilton Wallace
Services of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 14362 Raccoon Road in Manning, where the Rev. Jonathan Mouzon, senior pastor, will bring words of consolation.
Interment will follow at the Society Hill AME Church cemetery in Jordan.
The family is receiving relatives and … Read the rest


Tractor Supply holding Clover Campaign through Sunday for 4-H

Posted on April 21, 2016 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Tractor Supply customers will have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 each through Sunday during checkout, with funds raised supporting local 4-H youth development programs where stores are located.
The 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign began April 13, in partnership with the National 4-H Council.
“We were so thrilled by the results of last year’s Paper Clover Campaign, and with the help of our dedicated customers we hope to meet and exceed that goal this year,” said Senior Vice-president of Marketing Christi Korzekwa. “Partnering with 4-H gives us the opportunity to enhance our stores’ communities and provide support … Read the rest


Stewart featured speaker for tonight’s Relay Survivor Reception

Posted on April 21, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Drew Stewart is no stranger to Clarendon County, nor is he averse to sharing his long journey and battle with brain cancer.
A Summerton native, Stewart will be the featured speaker Thursday at the annual Clarendon County Relay for Life Survivors’ Reception, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Clarendon Community Center behind Weldon Auditorium.
Stewart was working as a reporter with WIS-TV in Columbia in the mid 2000s when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He underwent surgery, with his former station documenting his recovery through a blog. He later went on to work for WACH-FOX … Read the rest


Local artist featured in ArtFields competition

Posted on April 21, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Local artist Thomas Blackmon is one of several artists who will be featured in this year’s Artfields competition, which will be held Friday through April 30 in Lake City.
Blackmon’s piece – Farm Across the Way – showcases a homestead in Clarendon County which includes a tobacco barn and home surrounded by moss-covered oak trees.
“This is an abstract piece of art that is characterized by the volume of tiny pinpoint burns to create depth and dimension as exemplified in the partially cut field of the foreground,” reads the ArtFields website entry on Farm Across the Way.
Blackmon’s specialty is … Read the rest


Fishing report for Santee Cooper Lakes

Posted on April 21, 2016 5:05 am by Submitted via Email

Bass: Good. Steve Harmon reports that a large group of fish are post-spawn, and another big wave should move up to spawn on the April full moon. Pre-spawn fish can be caught around shallow cover on soft plastics while post-spawn fish have pulled out slightly deeper.
Crappie: Good. Captain Steve English reports that crappie can be found in the shallows as well as around mid-depth brush where they will eat minnows.
Catfish: Fair to good. Captain Jim Glenn reports that the best catfish bite is coming in 20-30 feet of water on cut shad.
Striped Bass: Fair to good. Captain … Read the rest


Conyers inducted to SC State Hall of Fame

Posted on April 21, 2016 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Retired Col. Alexander Conyers was inducted into the South Carolina State University Hall of Fame April 8.
The distinctive honor is recognition of outstanding career accomplishments and service to the nation while Conyers served in the U.S. Army. The Manning native recently retired from the Army after 32 years of total service, including four years with the S.C. National Guard’s Manning unit. He is pictured here with SCSU Interim President Dr. W. Franklin Evans.


Author visits MECC students

Posted on April 21, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Debbie Clement, renowned children’s author, songwriter, and entertainer, visited Manning Early Childhood Center on Monday in an effort to get its pre-k through first-grade students excited about reading.
“Debbie understands young children learn best through music, movement, and play,” said Principal Betty Harrington. “Through her very unique way of presenting stories, she combines music, sign language, and art to teach and entertain.”
To prepare for her visit, MECC students studied and responded to several of her books through project-based learning activities and created artwork to display around the school.
The Pre-K students focused on her motivational book about self-esteem, “You’re … Read the rest


SAFE encourages youth to get financially fit

Posted on April 20, 2016 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Financial literacy is a crucial life skill for young people, but it’s one that too few are learning.
That’s why in April, SAFE Federal Credit Union is focusing on helping youth become more financially fit. For the entire month, SAFE Federal Credit Union will be hosting events that will help local youth strengthen their money skills and pump up their savings.
“Youth fitness has become a national priority, with an emphasis on exercise and proper nutrition,” said CEO Beverly Gagne. “But with all the hurdles facing young people in the future, historic levels of student debt, we believe financial fitness … Read the rest


JV Lady Swampcats shut out OP

Posted on April 20, 2016 10:10 pm by Submitted via Email

The Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity Lady Swampcats defeated Orangeburg Prep on Tuesday night, with a final score of 20-0. Olivia Coker, Madison Truett, RandiLynn Holcombe and Madisyn Hudson each scored three points. Kate Johnson, McKenzie Truett and Kaylee Mixon each scored two points. Maggie Josey and Cakhi Fowler each scored one point.


Vote for MECC’s garden

Posted on April 20, 2016 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The students of Manning Early Childhood Center are looking for your votes to help them with a garden at the school.
The students will do “just about everything for this garden at Manning Early Childhood Center,” according to the garden’s entry at Opal Apples. The only thing teachers will do is plan the timelines and facilitate the phases of planting through harvest.
One class has already started to pull weeds to prepare the gardening area. Students will learn to cultivate a positive environment from building, planting and caring for a living, breathing garden. In the end, students will concot … Read the rest


LMA senior class visits NYC

Posted on April 20, 2016 8:08 pm by Submitted via Email

The Laurence Manning Academy senior class recently traveled to New York City, enjoying the many sites the Big Apple has to offer. Activities included taking in a Broadway show, “The Phantom of the Opera.”


Virginia LaVerne Thigpen Morris

Posted on April 20, 2016 8:08 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

Virginia LaVerne “Du” Thigpen Morris, 76, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at McElveen Manor in Sumter.
Born June 22, 1939, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Rufus Franklin Thigpen and the late Marie Virginia Hatfield Thigpen. She was a devoted, generous and loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She had a gift of true hospitality, making everyone feel welcome in her home and comfortable in her presence. Her niece, Crystal, once remarked, “Every family needs an Aunt Vern”. She was a 1957 graduate of Manning High School where she was the valedictorian of her class. She was … Read the rest


Manning golf wins in regional match

Posted on April 20, 2016 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Manning High golf team defeated Marlboro County Tuesday afternoon during a regional match at Marlboro Country Club 163 to 225. Scoring for the Monarchs was Jacob Richburg with 38, Hunter White with 39, McArthur Bennett with 41 and Robert Dykes with 45. The Monarchs will travel to Cheraw State Park Wednesday to face McBee High School.





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