Monthly Archives: July 2016

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Clarendon County

Posted on July 7, 2016 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm watch through 11 p.m. for Clarendon County and surrounding communities. This means that conditions are favorable for a severe thunderstorm to develop in the area.

Posted on July 7, 2016 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Posted on July 7, 2016 12:12 pm by Submitted by Reader

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Birth Announcement: Richard Lawson Schafer

Posted on July 7, 2016 10:10 am by Submitted via Email

Proud parents Brandon and Audrey Schafer announce the birth of their son, Richard Lawson, who was born May 25, 2016.
Lawson was born at McLeod Regional Medical Center Women’s Pavilion in Florence, weighing seven pounds, two ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. He is the couple’s first child. Thrilled grandparents include Richard and Gail Schafter, Eddie Jenkinson and A.J. Jenkinson. Great-grandparents include Johnny and Teenie Jenkinson and Barbara Faircloth, and the late Harrison and Helen VanBibber.
First-time aunts and uncles include Abigail Jenkinson, J.J. Jenkinson, Ethan Jenkinson and Brian and Casi Crowley.

Honey Brooks Evans to represent Clarendon in Miss Heart of the USA state pageant

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

Honey Brooke Evans, 5, a first-grade student at Walker-Gamble Elementary School in New Zion, currently holds the title of Little Miss Sweetheart of the Carolinas, which she won in Gaffney in December. She will now compete in the Miss Heart of the USA state pageant from Aug. 4-5 in Columbia. The pageant system teaches girls to give back to the community, and they hope one day to stamp out world hunger. Honey is currently looking for pageant sponsors, and you can sponsor her by visiting Should she win state, she will go to the national pageant in Florida.… Read the rest

SCDOT creates online ‘Performance Dashboard’

Posted on July 7, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has developed an online “Performance Dashboard” to provide the public with a current measure of how the agency is addressing four key goals.
The Performance Dashboard can be accessed at the SCDOT’s home page,
“This new Performance Dashboard is another opportunity to increase SCDOT’s transparency and accountability for the citizens of this great state,” said Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall. “We are excited about this new measurement tool and invite the public to see how SCDOT is doing in terms of safety, preserving the state’s infrastructure, optimizing mobility and strengthening our … Read the rest

Clinton playing by different set of rules

Posted on July 7, 2016 5:05 am by Sen. Tim Scott

While U.S. Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch announced that no charges will be brought against Hillary Clinton, the FBI’s findings made it painfully obvious that Secretary Clinton put our national security and classified information at risk, and even that her email was probably hacked by foreign operatives.
We have seen other examples of people who have, maliciously or not, put classified information at risk, and they did not receive the same treatment. This shows if your last name is Clinton, you are clearly playing by a different set of rules. This is not what America stands for, period.
I look forward … Read the rest

Pet of the Day: Scooter

Posted on July 7, 2016 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

Scooter is a 14-week-old male brown tabby domestic medium haired bob-tailed kitten. He is current on his shots, has been neutered and has tested negative for feline leukemia. He is such a pretty boy. Stop by and see these kittens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at A Second Chance Animal Shelter on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning. Call (803) 473-7075 for more information.

Pinewood woman arrested on drug charges during Sumter County sting

Posted on July 7, 2016 4:04 am by Staff Reports

A 54-year-old Pinewood woman was one of four suspects arrested recently during a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office sting that targeted illegal drug activity in that county.
Annette Regina Dupree-Lucki of 8853 Governor Richardson Road in Pinewood was charged with six counts of distribution of heroin and one count of possession of heroin during the sting, which also involved the serving of 14 arrest warrants, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Bell said.
Bell noted that the entire operation led to the seizure of heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, cocaine, methamphetamine and $6,100 in counterfeit goods that included sneakers and shirts.
Also … Read the rest

Tractor Supply to host local growers, makers Saturday

Posted on July 7, 2016 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

Manning’s Tractor Supply Company store is inviting the community to come out Saturday for its Market Day event, which will feature local artisans, crafters, collectors and farmers selling their wares and produce.
Shoppers can expect to find many goods for sale including local produce, arts and crafts and eggs.
Participating vendors will have tables set up at the tented space by the storefront where they will showcase their goods from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
“We are very excited to give members of our local community a chance to showcase their products and produce at our Market Day event,” … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Thursday, July 7

Posted on July 7, 2016 3:03 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.

Mikota: Reducing tax burden on military retirees a good move for SC

Posted on July 7, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A bill signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley in June that reduces the tax burden on military retiree pensions “will encourage working-age veterans to stay in South Carolina or move to South Carolina after they retire from the military,” according to Santee-Lynches Council of Governments Director Dr. Michael Mikota.
Haley signed the bill June 9.
“The legislation signed by Gov. Haley will benefit the Santee-Lynches region for years to come,” said Mikota. “With Shaw Air Force Base located in the region, and with Fort Jackson and McEntire Joint National Guard base nearby, Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee and Sumter counties are … Read the rest

Thank You from Mr. and Mrs. Billie White Sr.

Posted on July 7, 2016 3:03 am by Submitted by Reader

I pause to say Thank you to everyone of you who reach out and touched me for the outpouring of love and kindness toward my family in our celebration of the life of Billie L. White Sr. Your prayers, cards, flowers and other acts of kindness have been an inspiration tome and my family Your gestures have brought comfort to our hearts in a loving and kind way.
At the end of the day, you have to remember, no matter how hard it is or how bad it seems, when you stay strong and prayed-up, you’re going to bounce back … Read the rest

CCTC to host Open House at Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center

Posted on July 7, 2016 1:01 am by Submitted via Email

Central Carolina Technical College will host an Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 23 at the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Training Center, 853 Broad St. in Sumter. Those attending will be able to see demonstrations on 3D modeling, fourth-axis machining and robotics. This will be an opportunity to check out this state-of-the-art manufacturing training facility. For more information, call (803) 778-6670.

Posted on July 7, 2016 12:12 am by Submitted by Reader

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Today in History …

Posted on July 7, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1124 – Tyre falls to the Crusaders.
1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
1520 – Spanish conquistadores defeat a larger Aztec army at the Battle of Otumba.
1534 – European colonization of the Americas: First known exchange between Europeans and natives of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in New Brunswick.
1543 – French troops invade Luxembourg.
1575 – Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland.
1585 – The Treaty of Nemours abolishes tolerance to Protestants in France.
1770 – The Battle of Larga between the … Read the rest

Duke Energy asking state to allow 15 percent rate increase

Posted on July 6, 2016 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

FLORENCE (AP) — Duke Energy Progress is asking officials in South Carolina to allow the utility to raise electric rates by nearly 15 percent for its 168,000 customers in the state.
The utility said in a press release it is the first time in nearly 30 years it has requested a raise in the base cost of its electric rates.
Duke Energy says it needs the increase to pay for investments the utility has made in cleaner energy sources, like four solar energy sites in South Carolina and North Carolina.
The utility says a new natural gas generation plant has … Read the rest

Thomas Purvis

Posted on July 6, 2016 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

LAKE CITY – Thomas “Tommy” Purvis, 58, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Lake City Community Hospital, after an illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Great Commission Ministries, with burial in McClam Cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta.
Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Fred Thomas Purvis Sr. and Barbara Ann Floyd Purvis. He was a member of Great Commission Ministries and served as a board member for the church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Denise Purvis.… Read the rest

About 30 homes without power in Summerton

Posted on July 6, 2016 7:07 pm by Staff Reports

Duke Energy is reporting about 30 homes in the Summerton area without power Wednesday evening due to damage to the company’s equipment in the area. An estimated time of restoration has not been provided on the Duke outage map.

Wreck with no injuries at 122SB on I-95

Posted on July 6, 2016 5:05 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with no injuries at the 122 southbound mile-marker on Interstate 95.

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