Monthly Archives: July 2016

In Memory of Betty

Posted on July 27, 2016 4:04 pm by Submitted by Reader

God took the fragrance of a flower,
The majesty of a tree,
The gentleness of morning dew
The calm of a quiet sea,
The beauty of a twilight hour
The soul of a starry night
The laughter of the rippling brook,
The grace of a bird in flight,
Then God fashioned from these things
A creation like no other,
And when his masterpiece was through,
He simply called her Betty.

You are truly missed. We love you.

Love your husband and children, Sonny, Chris, robin and Stanley. No one will ever be able to take your place.

Derald Phillip Sohnemann

Posted on July 27, 2016 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMTER – Derald Phillip “Butch” Sohnemann, 59, husband of Debra Bryant Sohnemann, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at MUSC.

Born Dec. 29, 1956, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Walter John Sohnemann and the late Carolyn Lottie Baker Fiore.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, L.J. Sohnemann and Phillip Sohnemann, both of Sumter; a daughter, Lisa Sohnemann Holliday (Thomas Gales) of Manning; eight grandchildren; a great grandchild; a brother, Johnny-Ray Sohnemann of Scranton; and two sisters, Liz Bellucco (Joe) of Long Island, New York and Beverly Johnson of Dalzell.

A memorial service will be held at … Read the rest

Posted on July 27, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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Ebenezer Rainbow Tea on Saturday

Posted on July 27, 2016 10:10 am by Submitted by Reader

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 105 Dinkins St. in Manning, will hold a Rainbow Tea at 5 p.m. July 31, with a theme of “God’s Love is Like a Rainbow – It’s Neverending.” Presenters will include Kim Johnson of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church; Jabril Wilson of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; Parah Anderson of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church; Belinda Windley McCoy of First Baptist Missionary Church; and Amard Graham and Amber Grooms, both of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. The event is sponsored by the church’s Youth Department. The Rev. Dr. George P. Windley Sr. is the host pastor.

Owners, employees mourn The Compass

Posted on July 27, 2016 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Compass owner Cliff Cantey was resting Tuesday evening after surgery earlier that day on his face and hands for skin cancer.
That’s when he got the worst possible call a business owner could get.
“It was devastating: I’m sitting at home, recovering from surgery, and they call to tell me the restaurant is on fire,” Cantey said Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after the 41-year-old restaurant located on U.S. 378 at Interstate 95 burned to the ground.
“It’s just hard to process right now,” Cantey said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do quite yet.”
Sumter Fire … Read the rest

Sumter man reported missing

Posted on July 27, 2016 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is turning to the public for help to find an 83-year-old man reported missing on Tuesday.
Deputies say family members reported Loomis missing after he didn’t return to his daughter’s home in the 2300 block of Bethel Church Road. He drives a burgundy Mercury Grand Marquis with South Carolina tags 6849W.
Loomis is described as standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 175 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call (803) 436-2700 or (803) 436-2718.

Posted on July 27, 2016 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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District 1 stipend increase first in eight years

Posted on July 27, 2016 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Some Clarendon School District 1 board members are making a little more money each month as of July 1.
The Board of Trustees voted to give members a raise in their monthly stipends during budget meetings in March and April, according to Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder. While individual stipends vary, Wilder said the overall increase would amount to $13,000 for the entire board.
“There have been some reports out there in the community that the raise is $13,000 per board member, and that is not true,” said Wilder, who has been with the district for 12 years. She said in … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Wednesday, July 27

Posted on July 27, 2016 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 1-2 p.m. today at Lane’s Shopping Center.

Shoney’s offering free meals to men and women in blue

Posted on July 27, 2016 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Men and women in blue will be treated Wednesday night to a free meal at Shoney’s of Manning.
“The iconic, All-American restaurant brand that has served as America’s Dinner Table for nearly 70 years will serve those who protect and serve America’s communities every day with open arms and a free meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner,” according to a release from the company.
The gesture, conceived by Shoney’s CEO and Chairman Mr. David Davoudpour, was quickly and unanimously approved system-wide by Shoney’s franchise partners.
“America’s men and women in blue need to hear ‘Thank You’ in a tangible … Read the rest

Gallery: Fire means ‘total loss’ for Compass

Posted on July 27, 2016 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Sumter Fire Department Public Information Officer Joey Duggan said it’s too early to tell what caused a popular restaurant on U.S. 378 to burn to the ground.
The Compass, which sits about three miles outside of Turbeville close to the 135 exit for Interstate 95, caught fire about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday during one of its off days. Passersby familiar with the restaurant said it is typically open Thursday through Sunday.
Duggan said the Sumter Fire Department got the call about 10:45 p.m., and firefighters were on scene by 11 p.m.
“It was fully involved when we arrived,” said Duggan.
By … Read the rest

Compass destroyed

Posted on July 27, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Virtually nothing will be left of a popular restaurant outside of Turbeville after firefighters with both the Sumter and Clarendon County fire departments put out the blaze that started there about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters said early Wednesday while the fire still raged and traffic was blocked in both directions of U.S. 378 that the fire had engulfed the restaurant long before they got there.

Today in History …

Posted on July 27, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1054 – Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland and defeats Macbeth, King of Scotland somewhere north of the Firth of Forth.
1189 – Friedrich Barbarossa arrives at Niš, the capital of Serbian King Stefan Nemanja, during the Third Crusade.
1202 – Georgian–Seljuk wars: At the Battle of Basian the Kingdom of Georgia defeats the Sultanate of Rum.
1214 – Battle of Bouvines: Philip II of France decisively defeats Imperial, English and Flemish armies, effectively ending John of England’s Angevin Empire.
1299 – According to Edward Gibbon, Osman I invades the territory of Nicomedia for the first time, usually considered to … Read the rest

Compass fire fully involved

Posted on July 26, 2016 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Sumter and Clarendon firefighters have responded to a fire at The Compass. The building is fully engulfed. A cause is not yet known. Injuries are unknown. The restaurant is closed Tuesdays, according to customers standing outside.


Posted on July 26, 2016 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Firefighters fighting blaze at The Compass

Posted on July 26, 2016 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Local firefighters are currently battling a blaze at The Compass, a popular restaurant outside of Turbeville. We are told the fire is fully involved, but have no more details at this time. will have more information when it becomes available. A reader provided this photo taken by phone.

Manning man charged after woman falls from vehicle in Sumter

Posted on July 26, 2016 8:08 pm by Staff Reports

A 41-year-old Manning man was charged recently by the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office with reckless driving after a woman was allegedly injured after falling from a vehicle the suspect was driving.
Shannon Allen Pack, 41, of 1334 Laurens Ave. in Manning, was arrested July 22 shortly after the woman fell from the vehicle. She was treated at a Columbia hospital and treated three days later.
Reports indicated that the woman suffered a broken eye socket and severe road rash.

MPD: Vehicle break-in suspects have easy access with unlocked vehicles

Posted on July 26, 2016 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Manning Police Department is encouraging residents to lock and secure their vehicles at night after a rash of break-ins where suspects had little trouble gaining access.
“We’ve had this string of break-ins the past few days,” said Capt. Sonia Daniels. “Residents aren’t locking their vehicles, and some unknown person or persons are going through vehicles throughout the night.”
Daniels said the area south of Sunset Drive has been the most heavily affected. She said the suspects have been taking wallets, loose change and money left in the unlocked vehicles overnight.
“Someone had $50 taken out of their car,” Daniels … Read the rest

Lower Santee River striped bass battling tough summer conditions

Posted on July 26, 2016 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Striped bass and other fish living in the Lower Santee River are struggling to survive high water temperatures and overcrowding. The extended Santee Dam flood gate opening associated with last fall’s flooding spilled an excessive number of lake fish into the river, and anglers have reported seeing unusual numbers of striped bass carcasses in the river for several weeks.
After anticipating crowding problems this past spring, S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries personnel moved 360 large striped bass from below the Santee Dam to Lake Marion before water temperatures became stressful. But despite the transfer, crowding and heat stress … Read the rest

Carl Frank Jackson

Posted on July 26, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Carl Frank Jackson, 81, husband of 61 years of Margaret DuRant Jackson, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Born June 29, 1935, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Moultrie Reid Jackson and the late Anna Charlotte Singleton Jackson. He was a farmer and a member of the Presbyterian Church at Manning.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Carl F. Jackson, Jr.; a daughter, Peggi Jackson Sorrell (Mike); two grandsons, William Jackson Sorrell and Robert DuRant Sorrell, all of Manning; and a brother, Ralph S. Jackson of Gable.

He was preceded in death … Read the rest


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