Monthly Archives: February 2017

Today in History: Monday, Feb. 27

Posted on February 27, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

380 – Edict of Thessalonica: Emperor Theodosius I and his co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II, declare their wish that all Roman citizens convert to trinitarian Christianity. 425 – The University of Constantinople is founded by Emperor Theodosius II at the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia. 907 – Abaoji, a Khitan chieftain, is enthroned as Emperor Taizu, establishing the Liao dynasty in northern China. 1560 – The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Lords of the Congregation of Scotland. 1594 – Henry IV is crowned King of France. 1617 –… Read the rest

Missing 12-year-old Alcolu girl found

Posted on February 26, 2017 10:10 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said a 12-year-old Alcolu girl reported missing Sunday afternoon has been found. Makayla Ward was last seen by her family, Baxley said, at 10 a.m. Saturday at her Alcolu home. He said about 10 p.m. Sunday that the girl had been located in the Myrtle Beach area. “We have investigators there along with the Myrtle Beach Police,” said Baxley. “The investigation is continuing. She is OK.” No further information was provided.

JCMC-Haven of Rest to meet Wednesday

Posted on February 26, 2017 8:08 pm by Submitted by Reader

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. March 1 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Parking is available in the lot nearest the entrance to the fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 460-5572.

Alcolu girl, 12, reported missing

Posted on February 26, 2017 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a 12-year-old Alcolu girl who was last seen by family and friends Saturday morning. McKayla Ward left home about 10 a.m. Saturday, according to Sheriff Tim Baxley. Her direction of travel is unknown. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call (803) 435-4414 or 1 (888) CRIME-SC. UPDATE: Missing girl located

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Posted on February 26, 2017 3:03 am by Staff Reports

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies. Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. “If… Read the rest

Relay for Life Kickoff scheduled for Tuesday

Posted on February 26, 2017 2:02 am by Submitted via Email

The Clarendon County Relay for Life Committee will hold its annual Relay for Life Kickoff at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at Manning United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Cure!” The event is open to the public, and survivors are encouraged to attend and register with the American Cancer Society.

Today in History: Sunday, Feb. 26

Posted on February 26, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

747 BC – Epoch (origin) of Ptolemy’s Nabonassar Era. 364 – Valentinian I is proclaimed Roman emperor. 1233 – Mongol–Jin War: The Mongols capture Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin dynasty, after besieging it for months. 1266 – Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by Manfred, King of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples. 1616 – Galileo Galilei is formally banned by the Roman Catholic Church from teaching or defending the view that the… Read the rest

$100M for school construction included in committee’s budget

Posted on February 25, 2017 9:09 pm by Seanna Adcox

South Carolina’s beleaguered pension would get $150 million and the state’s poorest districts would get $100 million for school construction, under a budget proposal advanced Thursday to the House floor. The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved a roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes. The only pay raises would go to officers at the Corrections and Juvenile Justice departments, where turnover rates are high. The pension contribution corresponds with identical bills in the House and Senate aimed at shoring up the system. It fully covers the bills’ required 2017-18 rate hike for state agencies funded primarily by… Read the rest

Wreck with injuries at Bonanza Crossing, Raccoon Road

Posted on February 25, 2017 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with injuries at Bonanza Crossing Drive and Raccoon Roads in Manning.

Lady Wolverines fall to Green Sea in Lower State finals

Posted on February 25, 2017 2:02 pm by Submitted via Facebook

The East Clarendon High School Lady Wolverines fell 71-68 on Saturday in Florence to Green See in the Lower State Finals in basketball.

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Posted on February 25, 2017 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker


Fire Danger Statement issued for Clarendon through 6 p.m.

Posted on February 25, 2017 4:04 am by Staff Reports

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a Fire Danger Statement in effect through 6 p.m. today for Clarendon County and surrounding areas. A cold front will cross the area this afternoon with winds becoming strong and gusty. Sustained winds by midday will be between 15 and 20 mph with gusts over 25 mph through the afternoon hours. Temperatures will climb into the upper 70s to lower 80s. Drier air moving into the region will result in relative humidity values falling between 20 and 25 percent. While fuels will be marginal, the combination of strong winds and low… Read the rest

Today in History: Saturday, Feb. 25

Posted on February 25, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

138 – The Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor. 493 – Odoacer surrenders Ravenna after a 3-year siege and agrees to a mediated peace with Theoderic the Great. 628 – Khosrau II is overthrown by his son Kavadh II. 1336 – Four thousand defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights. 1631 – François de Bassompierre, a French courtier, is arrested on Richelieu’s orders. 1797 – Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000–1500 soldiers surrender after the Last invasion of Britain. 1831 – Battle of Olszynka Grochowska,… Read the rest

Shoney’s owner, wife start GoFundMe for employee who’s 2-year-old died

Posted on February 24, 2017 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A local restaurant owner and his wife are reaching out to the public to help an employee who has had a tragic week. Samantha Vickers lost her 2-year-old son Monday. Javion Williams died from what Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Charles Jackson called a “bacterial infection.” “We’ve been trying to do what we can to help her,” said Andy Stout, owner of the Shoney’s restaurant where Vickers is an employee. Donna Stout, Andy’s wife, set up a GoFundMe account to help Vickers with funeral expenses as well as other expenses – like medical bills – brought on by Javion’s illness. Vickers… Read the rest

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Posted on February 24, 2017 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Janet Marie Rochester

Posted on February 24, 2017 11:11 am by Stephens Funeral Home

SIMPSONVILLE – Janet Marie Rochester, 52, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at her home. Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of June Janelia Mayfield Rochester and the late Rev. William F. Rochester, Jr. Janet was a registered respiratory therapist with Greenville Hospital System at Hillcrest Sleep Lab. She received multiple service awards for her work over the years. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church in Townville. Survivors besides her mother of Williamston include three brothers, Benjamin Rochester of Manning, Joseph W. Rochester and wife Theresa of Honea Path, and Jonathan E. Rochester and wife Cindy of… Read the rest

Brikell Livingston wins SBMHS Spelling Bee

Posted on February 24, 2017 9:09 am by Submitted via Email

Scott’s Branch Middle High School is proud to recognize Brikell Livingston as the school’s spelling bee winner. Brikell represented the school at the Pee Dee Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 6.

JCMC-Haven of Rest to meet March 1

Posted on February 24, 2017 5:05 am by Submitted via Email

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. March 1 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Parking is available in the lot nearest the entrance to the fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 460-5572.

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