Monthly Archives: May 2016

Today in History …

Posted on May 16, 2016 12:12 am by Staff Reports

218 – Julia Maesa, aunt of the assassinated Caracalla, is banished to her home in Syria by the self-proclaimed emperor Macrinus and declares her 14-year-old grandson Elagabalus, emperor of Rome.
1204 – Baldwin IX, Count of Flanders is crowned as the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
1527 – The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence re-establishes itself as a republic.
1532 – Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England.
1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England.
1584 – Santiago de Vera becomes sixth Governor-General of the Spanish colony of the … Read the rest


Council to discuss budget, retirement, insurance benefits at regular monthly meeting

Posted on May 15, 2016 5:05 pm by Staff Reports

Manning City Council is looking to hold second reading on an ordinance that would provide health insurance to council members starting in 2018.
“The state insurance allows city council to have insurance and retirement benefits as they are treated as full-time employees,” said Manning Administrator Scott Tanner. “With that said, we have to modify our orginance to allow the city to offer this to them and paying the employer portion of it.”
Tanner said the ordinance is written to not take effect until after the next election in April 2018.
“With falling under council compensation, they are allowed to vote, … Read the rest


One person keeps you in the dark

Posted on May 15, 2016 12:12 pm by Rep. Bill Taylor

Government belongs to YOU, not politicians. You have every right to know what your elected and appointed officials are up to and how government bureaucracies operate at every level whether they be towns, cities, counties, school boards or state government.
That’s why 40 years ago South Carolina enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It was model legislation for the nation at the time, but sorely needs updating to plug holes that have been created by those who don’t want to be bothered by citizen inquiries and sunshine on government.
For six years I have championed legislation to enhance the … Read the rest


Woman says man grabbed her by her hair, elbowed young boy in face

Posted on May 15, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 32-year-old woman living on Drayton Street in Manning told police about 4:15 p.m. May 4 that a 19-year-old man grabbed her by the neck, choked and pushed her head into the wall of the house before grabbing her by her hair and slinging her around in the yard several times.
The woman said the suspect also slung her to the ground and punched her with his fist, after which her young son jumped on the man’s back to try and stop him. The suspect, swinging his arms, then allegedly elbowed the child under his left eye.
Neither victim had … Read the rest


Alfred Scott

Posted on May 15, 2016 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Alfred Scott, husband of Odessa Anderson Scott, formerly of Alcolu, died Saturday, May 7, 2016, in Rochester.
Born Oct. 1, 1945, in Bainbridge, Georgia, he was a son of the late Samuel and Illear Scott. He was the brother-in-law of John Montgomery and the Rev. Jonathan Anderson, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Manning.
A service of remembrance was held Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Holy Temple Baptist Church in Rochester.
Burial followed in the Scot family plot at the Riverside Cemetery in Rochester.
Memories Funeral Home, 1005 Hudson Ave. in Rochester, is in charge of


Show your Wolverine Pride!

Posted on May 15, 2016 5:05 am by Submitted via Facebook

East Clarendon residents are calling on all Clarendonians to show their Wolverine Pride by decorating with signs, banners, wreaths, bows and balloons to support the Lady Wolverines as they vie for state this week.


Woman charged with shoplifting after allegedly stealing flowers

Posted on May 15, 2016 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 54-year-old Manning woman was charged about 2:10 a.m. May 3 with shoplifting after police spotted her allegedly stealing potted flowers from a store in the 100 block of North Brooks Street in Manning.
According to reports, the woman was found with her car parked on the side of Maxway with the driver’s side front door open. Police approached the vehicle and asked the suspect what she was doing. She answered that she was “looking at flowers.”
Police then spotted two pots of flowers in her passenger’s side floor board with a purse on top of them.
When asked about … Read the rest


Development of SC’s supplier networks critical

Posted on May 15, 2016 3:03 am by Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

It’s no secret that over the last several decades, South Carolina has had tremendous success attracting globally-recognized industry giants to our state. From BMW, Honda and Mercedes-Benz Vans to Boeing and Volvo Cars, some of the world’s leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) now call South Carolina home. More than providing an enormous direct economic impact, however, the investments by these companies have had remarkable ripple effects on the state’s economy. In a way, these big firms are a lot like the grand oak trees that populate South Carolina. As they thrive and expand, many things can develop and grow in … Read the rest


Today in History …

Posted on May 15, 2016 12:12 am by Staff Reports

495 BC – A newly constructed temple in honour of the god Mercury was dedicated in ancient Rome on the Circus Maximus, between the Aventine and Palatine hills. To spite the senate and the consuls, the people awarded the dedication to a senior military officer, Marcus Laetorius.
221 – Liu Bei, Chinese warlord, proclaims himself emperor of Shu Han, the successor of the Han dynasty.
392 – Emperor Valentinian II is assassinated while advancing into Gaul against the Frankish usurper Arbogast. He is found hanging in his residence at Vienne.
589 – King Authari marries Theodelinda, daughter of the Bavarian … Read the rest


Johnnie Lee Thames Sr.

Posted on May 14, 2016 10:10 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

On Friday, May 13, 2016, Johnnie Lee Thames Sr., husband of Josie Bell Ratchford Thames, exchanged his rugged cross for his precious crown at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born April 10, 1944 in Manning, he was a son of the late Hughie and Lucille Mallette Thames.
The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 10 Logan St. in Manning.
Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by the Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel of Manning.


Charles Murray Floyd

Posted on May 14, 2016 5:05 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

TURBEVILLE – Charles Murray Floyd, 68, husband of Sharon Green Floyd, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.
Born September 11, 1947, in Olanta, he was a son of the late Charlie King Floyd and the late Cordie Porter Floyd. He was a retired welder with Nucor Steel, an avid fox hunter, a member of the SC Fox Hunter’s Association and a lifetime member of the Ogeechie River Fox Hunter’s Association.
He is survived by his wife of Turbeville; a son, Doug Floyd (Joy) of New Zion; a daughter, Lynn Tisdale of Turbeville; two brothers, J.C. Floyd (Sandra) … Read the rest


Lady Swampcats defeat Northwoods in second playoffs game

Posted on May 14, 2016 5:05 pm by Ted E. Spencer

The Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats defeated Northwoods Academy 4-0 on Saturday to win the team’s second game of the playoffs.


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Law enforcement looking for leads on fatal hit and run

Posted on May 14, 2016 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

Local law enforcement and the S.C. Highway Patrol are seeking the public’s help in identifying the possible suspects who may have hit and killed a Myrtle Beach man late Wednesday night on a stretch of New Zion highway.
The body of Carey Randolph McCracken Jr., 47, was found shortly after midnight Thursday in the middle of U.S. 301 “right at Salem Road in New Zion,” said Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson.
“He had a flat tire on the passenger’s side of the vehicle,” Jackson said.
Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said the State Law Enforcement Division investigation team was … Read the rest


Posted on May 14, 2016 1:01 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

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Lady Swampcats defeat Wilson Hall in first playoff game

Posted on May 14, 2016 10:10 am by Submitted via iPhone

The Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats defeated Wilson Hall 3-2 in the first round of the softball playoffs on Friday. They are playing 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Patriot Park in Sumter, either against Northwoods or Orangeburg Prep. The team was down by one point in the bottom of the seventh inning, with one on base and two outs. The fastest runner was on first and stole to second.
Sara Knight batted her in to tie the game. Wilson Hall’s pitcher then walked Bailey Elms, and Brooke Ward hit a monster to left field for the team to win.


LMA fifth-graders learn about Revolutionary War heroes

Posted on May 14, 2016 6:06 am by Submitted via Email

Laurence Manning Academy fifth-graders spent the day learning about and honoring American Revolutionary War generals, Thomas Sumter and Francis Marion. Dr. Spencer Jordan took the fifth-graders to visit several historical sites within our community. Not only did they learn about the history, but the students also learned about the importance of passing down our heritage.


Lady Wolverines take softball Lower State title

Posted on May 14, 2016 4:04 am by Staff Reports

The East Clarendon High School Lady Wolverines defeated defending Lower State champion Latta in two games on Friday night to come away with the Lower State title.
Scott Chancey of The Florence Morning News reported that Gracen Watts hit a three-run homer in the first game and a two-run blast in the second to help the Lady Wolverines sweep the doubleheader and win the Class A Lower State Championship.
Coach Lisa Ard’s Wolverines won Friday’s first game 5-0 and the second by the score of 5-1. East Clarendon will play in Monday’s 6 p.m. first-round game of the state championship … Read the rest


Smith family, Palmetto Patriots honor fallen deputy at Police Week

Posted on May 14, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker


Tonia Mallett-Smith, widow of Clarendon County Inv. Holmes Smith, is currently in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week, a time when law enforcement agencies from throughout the country come to honor their fallen brothers. Mallett-Smith’s husband died Nov. 5, 2014, in the line of duty after a vehicle wreck while driving back from Sumter County. In this video, she explains how he was nominated for inclusion in the Memorial Wall in D.C., where his name was placed at last year’s police week.
The Palmetto Patriots, a group of law enforcement officers from the Clarendon, Sumter and Florence sheriff’s offices, the … Read the rest


Tree falls during storm, almost hits home

Posted on May 14, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Fire Department responded to a home at 2006 Greeleyville Highway on Friday after a brief thunderstorm toppled a tree, causing it to fall on a powerline and nearly clip the home.
The storm, which happened about 2:30 p.m. Friday, featured a heavy downpour and wind gusts of up to 35 mph.
No one was hurt in the incident.


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