Monthly Archives: May 2016

SBHS Eagles finish second in state championship track meet

Posted on May 20, 2016 1:01 am by Submitted via Email

The Scott’s Branch High School boys’ track team finished second overall in the Class A State Championship Meet held May 14 at Spring Valley High School in Columbia. Overall, the boys had a team score of 61 points. Chauncey Aiken finished fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the long jump. Keondre Tappin finished third in the 800-meter run. King Ford finished sixth in the 800-meter run. Vaquan Wilder finished fifth in the pole vault. Joshua Pringle finished third in discus. Malique Coard finished first in shot up. Marquis Thomas finished fifth in shot put. The boys’ 4-by-400-meter relay … Read the rest


Today in History …

Posted on May 20, 2016 12:12 am by Staff Reports

325 – The First Council of Nicea is formally opened, starting the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church.
491 – Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery.
526 – An earthquake kills about 250,000 people in what is now Syria and Antiochia.
685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.
794 – King Æthelberht II of East Anglia visits the royal … Read the rest


Lady Swampcats take state title

Posted on May 19, 2016 10:10 pm by Submitted via Facebook

The Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats took the AAA State Title on Thursday night at Lakewood High School in Sumter, defeating Thomas Sumter Academy 6-1.


Gallery: Lady Wolverines finish season in second game of state

Posted on May 19, 2016 6:06 pm by Submitted via Facebook

The East Clarendon High School Lady Wolverines ended their season on Wednesday night with a loss to Dixie in the second game of the state championships series. These pictures were provided by Michelle Johnson.


LMA boys’ game canceled

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

The Laurence Manning Academy Swampcats will not play tonight at Francis Marion University in the final game of the state championships due to inclement weather in Florence. We will post a new time, date and location when we have it.


Posted on May 19, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Lady Swampcats postponed til 6

Posted on May 19, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Lady Swampcats’ final state game against Thomas Sumter has been postponed until 6 p.m. today due to inclement weather while officials get the field at Lakewood High School ready.


Gallery: Lady ‘Cats defeat Thomas Sumter

Posted on May 19, 2016 1:01 pm by Breanna Bradham


Gallery: Swampcats defeat Wilson Hall

Posted on May 19, 2016 8:08 am by Breanna Bradham


Johnnie Lee Thames Sr.

Posted on May 19, 2016 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Johnnie Lee Thames Sr., husband of Josie Bell Ratchford Thames, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born April 10, 1944, in Manning, he was a son of the late Hughie and Lucille Mallette Thames.
A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church, 7827 Paxville Highway, S.C. 261, in Manning, where the Rev. Dr. Lucious Dixon will bring words of comfort. A service of interment will follow in the Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home, 10 Logan … Read the rest


New Covenant plans VBS

Posted on May 19, 2016 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2833 Alex Harvin Highway in Manning, will hold Vacation Bible School from 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 13-16 for grades K4 through six. Seek out the Lord of the University with Genesis 1: Space Probe.


Resident seeks help for Camp Happy Days

Posted on May 19, 2016 7:07 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Charleston-based charity Camp Happy Days has been providing kids with cancer and their siblings a unique experience at Camp Bob Cooper for more than three decades.
And Bill Ellis and his former coworkers have been helping out in their communities for more than two-thirds of that time, seeking donations for the kids who attend Happy Days each year.
Ellis has kicked off his local campaign to seek donations for the camp, which will be held July 2-9.
Ellis started helping about 1993, he said.
“There was a guy I worked with who has been helping since back in 1989 or … Read the rest


Annual car show wows Summerton

Posted on May 19, 2016 6:06 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Saturday was a busy day for Summerton and reminded native Dwight Stewart of the days decades ago when Main Street would be flooded with cars.
On this occasion, the cars were there for the 7th annual Community Angels Fund Spring Fling Car Show, which coincided with the annual Briggs v. Elliott Festival.
Funds raised through the show – which also featured prize drawings, vendors and a Chinese auction – are used to help Clarendon County families through the Community Angels Fund.
Angela said in a file story that the fund is “a nonprofit group for the greater good of Manning … Read the rest


Gallery: Briggs v. Elliott Festival Parade 2

Posted on May 19, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker


Mobile Library Schedule: Thursday, May 19

Posted on May 19, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Summerton Piggly Wiggly. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.


DPS kicks off Memorial Day enforcement campaign

Posted on May 19, 2016 5:05 am by Staff Reports

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) kicked off its Buckle Up, South Carolina! safety belt campaign Wednesday as law enforcement prepares for the busy summer travel season. The department, along with local law enforcement agencies and first responders, held news conferences in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville today to alert the public about the upcoming enforcement effort.
From now through June 3, SCDPS and local law enforcement agencies will conduct a unified enforcement effort focusing on South Carolina’s primary safety belt law as part of the Buckle Up, South Carolina! It’s the law and it’s enforced (BUSC) mobilization.
SCDPS … Read the rest


Gallery: Briggs v. Elliott Festival Parade 1

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


Little time left for appeal in jet ski case

Posted on May 19, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The chief prosecutor for the 3rd Circuit Court said that his office has three more days to decide whether to appeal a judge’s decision handed down May 12 that dismissed the state’s case against a 27-year-old Florence man charged with reckless homicide by watercraft in 2014.
This will give 3rd Circuit solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III until May 22 to decide whether to appeal Judge W. Jeffrey Young’s decision, which provided a directed verdict in response to a motion from defense counsel Ceth Land.
Justin Reed Walters was charged in fall 2014 with reckless homicide by watercraft, about five months … Read the rest


Parade, festival honor Briggs v. Elliott case

Posted on May 19, 2016 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Summerton native Beatrice Brown Rivers was the perfect grand marshall for the annual Briggs v. Elliott Festival parade, which was held Saturday in her hometown.
After all, she lived the landmark case that was ultimately pulled with four others to make Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, and the end of nationwide school segregation.
“I was one of the children who signed the petition,” Rivers said in February while speaking to students at Manning Primary School. “The parents would make the decision to sign, and then the children would sign. It took all the courage you had. But … Read the rest


Clarendon sending two to national conventions

Posted on May 19, 2016 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County will have not one but two representatives at national political conventions this summer.
Clarendon County GOP Chairman Moye Graham will attend the Republican National Convention from July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio, while Manning Mayor Julia Nelson will attend the Democratic National Convention from July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
This will be the third national convention for both Graham and Nelson with the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively.
Graham was chosen as a delegate from the 6th District on April 23 during the district’s convention at Manning High School. During the meeting, Graham declined to run for chairman of the … Read the rest


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