Monthly Archives: February 2017

PetSmart issues voluntary recall of Grreat Choice dog food

Posted on February 17, 2017 10:10 pm by Staff

PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food sold on its website,, along with, and nationwide in PetSmart retail stores.
“This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets,” said a company spokesman in a release. “This recall was initiated after receiving notification from the manufacturer of consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints at this time.”
The recalled products include Grreat Choice dog food sold between Oct. 10, 2016 … Read the rest

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Posted on February 17, 2017 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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

SAFE names new Human Resources VP

Posted on February 17, 2017 1:01 pm by Submitted via Email

SAFE Federal Credit Union this week named Jim Rasmus its new vice-president of human resources.
“He is an accomplished human resources executive with experience at major companies across several industries,” said Vice-President of Marketing Toby Hayes. “He is a visionary human resources executive, and we are delighted to welcome him to the SAFE team. His strengths in areas as talent management and enhancing a positive corporate culture will serve us well.”
Rasmus comes to SAFE from Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia, where he served for eight years as chief human resources officer. Before that, he served in executive human … Read the rest

Late rally helps Manning knock off No. 1 Swansea

Posted on February 17, 2017 11:11 am by Lou Bezjak

Manning coach Darren Mazyck didn’t panic when he watched his team’s lead slip away in the fourth quarter against Swansea, and neither did his players.
Led by Keyshaunna Walker and Mahogany Green, the Lady Monarchs erased a seven-point deficit over the final five minutes to knock off the top-ranked Tigers 58-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Manning (21-5) will travel Monday to Ridgeland-Hardeeville, which was a 68-38 winner over Loris, in the Lower State semifinals.
Swansea’s season ends at 21-1.
“I always teach them in big games, teams are going to make runs, but … Read the rest

Lady Wolverines win 2nd round of Lower State playoffs

Posted on February 17, 2017 10:10 am by Submitted via Facebook

The East Clarendon High School Lady Wolverines defeated the Scott’s Branch High School Lady Eagles 72-47 on Thursday night in the second round of the Lower State playoffs at home. The team plays 7 p.m. Monday in the third round of the playoffs.

Nissan Maxima, Ford F-250 or F-350 involved in lawn mower theft

Posted on February 17, 2017 3:03 am by Staff Reports

Surveillance photos released Thursday from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and allegedly connected to the theft of a trailer and lawn mower from a Manning hotel parking lot show the makes and models of the vehicles involved.
Investigators say someone in a black Nissan Maxima met with someone in a two-toned, red-over-tan Ford F-250 or F-350 behind a restaurant near the Hampton Inn on Paxville Highway in Manning in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, proceeding to the hotel where they allegedly stole a trailer and a lawn mower.
The lawn mower was then unloaded next to Corner Diner … Read the rest

Today in History: Friday, Feb. 17

Posted on February 17, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

364 – Roman Emperor Jovian dies after a reign of eight months. He is found dead in his tent at Tyana (Asia Minor) en route back to Constantinople in suspicious circumstances.
1370 – Northern Crusades: Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Teutonic Knights meet in the Battle of Rudau.
1411 – Following the successful campaigns during the Ottoman Interregnum, Musa Çelebi, one of the sons of Bayezid I, becomes Sultan with the support of Mircea I of Wallachia.
1500 – Duke Friedrich and Duke Johann attempt to subdue the peasantry of Dithmarschen, Denmark, in the Battle of Hemmingstedt.
1600 – … Read the rest

Four face charges from alleged Summerton robbery

Posted on February 16, 2017 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Four suspects currently are facing serious charges stemming from their alleged involvement in a Feb. 1 armed robbery at a Summerton store.
Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said that 20-year-old Malik Juwan Gadist, 20-year-old Paul Anthony Walker, 27-year-old D’angelo Antonio Coakley and 26-year-old Julius Hamilton Washington face charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
“The armed robbery committed by these individuals in Clarendon County occurred Feb. 1 at the Dollar General Store at 30 S. Church St. in Summerton,” Baxley said in a release. “The Summerton incident is similar to … Read the rest

Lexington Sheriff’s Office seeks man who attempted to cash stolen lotto tickets in Clarendon

Posted on February 16, 2017 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

The Lexington County Sheriff Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect who allegedly stole a bunch of lottery tickets from a store there and then attempted to cash them in Clarendon County.
Deputies say the suspect went into the Lexington store and took an entire rack of tickets. Surveillance video shows the suspect load the tickets into a black pickup truck.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1 (888) CRIME-SC.

Council looks at grant that could provide four new deputies, new traffic enforcement unit

Posted on February 16, 2017 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office could get a new traffic unit, according to county Grants Coordinator Vickie Williams.
She told Clarendon County Council members about a grant on Monday night that could provide the Sheriff’s Office with up to four new deputies and four vehicles, all for traffic enforcement, through the Department of Public Safety’s Target Zero Program.
However, Clarendon County Council tabled an acceptance of the grant until it actually comes through, with Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson noting that while the grant has no match requirement, it would only last a year, and isn’t guaranteed beyond that.
“We … Read the rest

Library to close for Presidents Day

Posted on February 16, 2017 10:10 am by Submitted via Email

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close Feb. 20 for Presidents Day, and will reopen from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. The library’s book-drop will be available for the return of unrestricted materials. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Scott meets with U.S. Supreme Court nominee

Posted on February 16, 2017 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Sen. Tim Scott met Wednesday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the nation’s highest court.
If confirmed, Gorsuch would replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in spring 2016.
“This afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting with our Supreme Court justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch,” said Scott in a released statement. “It helped to further reinforce my deep belief and trust that he is more than suited to take on this demanding and important job. Aside from his impressive academic credentials and decades of experience in the legal profession, Judge Gorsuch continued to … Read the rest

MJHS student to attend National Spelling Bee

Posted on February 16, 2017 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Abby Richburg is a busy 13 year old.
Not only is she involved in classes with The Dancer’s Workshop, she also has school work from eighth grade at Manning Junior High School and church activities.
She recently added more to her plate by winning the Regional Spelling Bee held at Francis Marion University, earning her a spot in the National Scripps Spelling Bee, which will be held May 28 in Washington, D.C.
“It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited,” said Abby, who previously was the first runner-up for 2015 and 2016.
“The last two years, I … Read the rest

Say hello to Miss East Clarendon High School

Posted on February 16, 2017 3:03 am by Submitted via Email

Susanna Beard was crowned Miss East Clarendon High School 2017 on Friday night during the school’s annual pageant.

Ham named president of Jack Henry and Associates board

Posted on February 16, 2017 3:03 am by Sharon Hall

Bank of Clarendon assistant Vice-president and Information Technology Manager Todd Ham was recently named president of the Jack Henry and Associates CIF20/20 National Users Board.
Ham was first elected to the board in October 2014, and has served as secretary and vice-president. His current term expires in 2018.
“Bank of Clarendon is delighted that Todd’s peers have recognized his talents and abilities by electing him to this prestigious position,” said Bank of Clarendon Executive President and Chief Financial Officer Louis Griffith in a release. “We are honored that his peers, as we have, recognize his expertise and dedication to independent … Read the rest

CDC report: Half of Matthew dead victims of drowning

Posted on February 16, 2017 2:02 am by Staff Reports

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control revealed Wednesday that more than half of those killed from Hurricane Matthew died due to drownings.
The final report said the hurricane was responsible for 43 deaths in the United States, 23 of which were caused by drowning. Eighteen of those 23 drowning victims were in vehicles, the report states.
Hurricane Matthew blew through Florida, South Carolina, eastern Georgia and North Carolina in early October. Five South Carolinians lost their lives in the storm.
In Clarendon County, residents saw more than $5.6 million in damages, and power was out for some … Read the rest

Today in History: Thursday, Feb. 16

Posted on February 16, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

116 – Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
1249 – Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire.
1270 – Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Livonian Order in the Battle of Karuse.
1630 – Dutch forces led by Hendrick Lonck capture Olinda in what was to become part of Dutch Brazil.
1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon: The last major battle of the first English Civil War.
1699 – First Leopoldine … Read the rest

Education leaders ‘blown away’ by Scott’s Branch students

Posted on February 15, 2017 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Education officials from North Dakota, Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Arkansas and South Carolina visited Scott’ Branch High School Feb. 2 for a 21st Century New Tech experience.
“The students, teachers and administrators were phenomenal, and the team was blown away by them,” said South Carolina Riley Institute and New Tech consultant Kristin Cuilla.
Transform South Carolina Director Dr. Peggy Torrey agreed.
“You all made South Carolina proud last week during the AYPF visit,” said Torrey.
AYPF stands for American Youth Policy Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan professional development organization that provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners and researches working on youth … Read the rest

Shooting suspect denied bond

Posted on February 15, 2017 7:07 pm by Staff Reports

A 19-year-old Sumter man charged Tuesday with the shooting of two teenagers and the assault of another will remain at the Clarendon County Detention Center indefinitely.
Clarendon County Magistrate Court Judge June Briggs denied Wednesday any bond for Rasaun Maliek Hastie, who faces three counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree burglary.
Hastie was arrested Tuesday in Sumter, more than 12 hours after allegedly going to the Quality Inn in Manning and shooting into a hotel room occupied by three young people. Nineteen-year-old Raiquan Diquarius York received a gunshot wound to his lower left leg and right tibia … Read the rest

Gallery: Wolverines win 1st round of state playoffs

Posted on February 15, 2017 5:05 pm by Submitted via Facebook

These photos by Susan Powell Anderson show the East Clarendon High School varsity Wolverines in the first round of the playoffs against Lowcountry Leadership. The team defeated Lowcountry by a score of 55-43. Chris White led the team with 22 points, while Jabari Rose followed with 16 points. Jalen Bryant added eight points Taijay Calvin added six points and Travon Fullard added three points.


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