Monthly Archives: August 2017

Born on This Day: Aug. 5

Posted on August 5, 2017 8:08 am by The Associated Press

79 BC – Tullia, Roman daughter of Cicero (d. 45 BC)
1301 – Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (d. 1330)
1397 – Guillaume Dufay, Belgian-Italian composer and theorist (d. 1474)
1461 – Alexander Jagiellon, Polish king (d. 1506)
1540 – Joseph Justus Scaliger, French philologist and historian (d. 1609)
1607 – Antonio Barberini, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1671)
1623 – Antonio Cesti, Italian organist and composer (d. 1669)
1626 – Richard Ottley, English politician (d. 1670)
1641 – John Hathorne, American merchant and jurist (d. 1717)
1662 – James Anderson, … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Saturday, Aug. 5

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

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Turbeville IGA.
For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Today in History: Saturday, Aug. 5

Posted on August 5, 2017 12:12 am by Staff Reports

AD 25 – Guangwu claims the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.
135 – Roman armies enter Betar, brutally slaughtering thousands and effectively ending the bar Kokhba revolt.
642 – Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
910 – The last major Danish army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians.
939 – The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of … Read the rest

Clarendon Hall grad receives multiple scholarships

Posted on August 4, 2017 11:11 pm by Submitted via Email

Clarendon Hall Class of 2017 graduate Ethan Jenkinson has received multiple scholarships, including the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship, the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association for Automotive Excellence Scholarship, the Summerton Rotary Club Scholarship, the Woodmen of the World Life Charles D. Anderson Grant and the SAFE Federal Credit Union Scholarship.
Jenkinson credits Clarendon Hall Headmaster Phil Rizzo for much of his success. Rizzo presented the seniors with scholarship opportunity information throughout their senior year. Vocational Instructor Blake Driggers also gave Jenkinson the automotive scholarship information and direction.
Jenkinson is attending Greenville Technical College in the fall to pursue a … Read the rest

591 without power in Clarendon, surrounding area

Posted on August 4, 2017 9:09 pm by Staff Reports

Duke Energy is reporting about 591 homes without power between Paxville in Clarendon County and the Lakewood area in Sumter County on U.S. 15. Estimated time of restoration is 12:45 a.m. Saturday.

Died on This Day: Aug. 4

Posted on August 4, 2017 9:09 pm by Submitted via iPhone

221 – Lady Zhen, Chinese empress (b. 183)
966 – Berengar II of Italy (b. 900)
1060 – Henry I of France (b. 1008)
1113 – Gertrude of Saxony (b. 1030)
1265 – Peter de Montfort, English politician (b. 1215)
1265 – Henry de Montfort (b. 1238)
1265 – Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, French-English soldier and politician, Lord High Steward (b. 1208)
1265 – Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, English politician (b. 1223)
1266 – Eudes of Burgundy, Count of Nevers (b. 1230)
1306 – Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (b. 1289)
1338 – Thomas of … Read the rest

Thunderstorms possible within next 30 minutes

Posted on August 4, 2017 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a special weather statement about strong thunderstorms through 8:15 p.m. A line of strong thunderstorms will affect southwestern Clarendon County. At 7:12 p.m., radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Savannah River Site to near Reevesville. Movement was northeast at 25 mph. Wind gusts of up to 25-45 mph are possible with these storms and may occur prior to rainfall.

Donate for Judge James Dingle to Dancing with the Stars!

Posted on August 4, 2017 7:07 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

To donate to Judge James Dingle for Clarendon County Dancing with the Stars, please visit this link. Dingle has done so much for everyone in this community, let’s see that he wins Dancing with the Stars! It’s $10 per vote!

Locals gear up for Dancing with the Stars

Posted on August 4, 2017 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Corey Blackmon said he’s “never danced in (his) life.”
So, Saturday, he’s definitely doing a first: Partnering with Hanna Yarborough in Dancing with the Clarendon County Stars.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bean Market in Lake City.
“We’ve been practicing about two times a week,” said Blackmon, who said his professional partner, Yarborough, asked him to keep their dance and song secret until show time.
“We’ve just been busy practicing,” said Blackmon, who works for Sumter Utilities teaching an apprenticeship program where he shows students how to build and repair power lines.
He said he … Read the rest

Don’t fall victim to fake eclipse glasses

Posted on August 4, 2017 11:11 am by Submitted via Email

The American Astronomical Society is warning consumers that scammers have been taking advantage of the total eclipse craze.
Clarendon County will experience a full total eclipse Aug. 21. To view the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, folks will need specialized eyewear. But phony glasses have been flooding the marketplace, and even websites like Amazon have fallen victim to fakes, the AAS reports.
The consequences for picking the wrong pair could be devastating, causing solar retinopathy and blindness.
“Unfortunately, the damage to the nerves and the tissue which is the retina tends to be permanent,” said Dr. Omar Punjabi, a Charlotte board-certified ophthalmologist.
NBC … Read the rest

Lake Marion walking bridge to close permanently

Posted on August 4, 2017 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The U.S. 301 bridge won’t be open for the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.
But it won’t be open afterward, either, according to state Department of Transportation District 7 Engineering Administrator Kevin Gant.
“The last few inspections we’ve had on the bridge have brought into question the structural integrity of the bridge,” Gant said Friday. “We were concerned with the eclipse, because a lot of people are going to look for an area to observe. A large amount of people on that bridge at one time, we knew that would be unsafe.”
Gant said that his office took a further … Read the rest

Born on This Day: Aug. 4

Posted on August 4, 2017 8:08 am by Submitted via iPhone

1222 – Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester, English soldier (d. 1262)
1290 – Leopold I, Duke of Austria (d. 1326)
1463 – Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici, Florentine patron of the arts (d. 1503)
1469 – Margaret of Saxony, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1528)
1470 – Bernardo Dovizi, Italian cardinal (d. 1520)
1470 – Lucrezia de’ Medici, Italian noblewoman (d. 1553)
1521 – Pope Urban VII (d. 1590)
1522 – Udai Singh II, King of Mewar (d. 1572)
1604 – François Hédelin, abbé d’Aubignac, French cleric and author (d. 1676)
1611 – Jan van den Hoecke, Flemish painter … Read the rest

Hospital looks at affiliation one year later

Posted on August 4, 2017 8:08 am by Staff Reports

McLeod Health Clarendon celebrated last month one year of affiliation with McLeod Regional Medical Center out of Florence.
“In the last 12 months, there have been many highlights here at the hospital,” said Debbie Locklair, who served as interim administrator for the past year. “The huge story for this county is the investment McLeod made in Clarendon Memorial Hospital, paying off $34 million in debt that this hospital had.”
Locklair said that, for taxpayers, that debt payment is a big deal.
“We helped pay off the bond that helped build the new emergency department, the operating room and the new … Read the rest

District 3: Valedictorian lawsuit without merit

Posted on August 4, 2017 6:06 am by Staff Reports

Clarendon School District 3 officials sued in Clarendon County common pleas court last month over an issue with the Class of 2016’s rightful valedictorian have denied any wrongdoing in the incident.
In an answer filed July 21, Clarendon School District 3 attorneys White and Story of Columbia deny all claims by plaintiff Flury Wilson that she was denied her rightful place as sole valedictorian for the Class of 2016 at East Clarendon High School.
Wilson, who graduated June 3, 2016, filed the suit in June against the school board, Superintendent Connie Dennis and East Clarendon High School Principal Jason Cook … Read the rest

Adult Education to begin fall classes Aug. 22

Posted on August 4, 2017 6:06 am by Submitted by Reader

Clarendon County Adult Education will begin day program offerings for the 2017-18 school year on Aug. 22. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at the F.E. DuBose Career Center at Central Carolina Technical College in Manning. Student orientation will be held 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23. Both sessions are required of all students. Each session lasts about three hours. For more information, call (803) 473-2531.

CCTC pins 4 new pharmacy techs

Posted on August 4, 2017 6:06 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Central Carolina Technical College pinned four new pharmacy technicians on Wednesday during a ceremony held at the Iris Room of the college’s Health Sciences Division building in downtown Sumter.
Pharmacy technicians are allied health professionals who assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing pharmaceutical services directly and indirectly to patients.
Those honored included Myrna N. James of Richland County; and Briana R. Lucas, Lakimbria K. Porcher and Crystal M. Wallace, all of Sumter County.

Success for 63 cents per day

Posted on August 4, 2017 5:05 am by Bobby Jonté

Have you seen the commercials about the animal shelters and ASPCA?
The commercial shows pictures of cats and dogs in all sorts of horrible conditions. Sad music is played and you look at pictures of animals that have been mistreated. It is a touching scene with animals in cages or chained in nasty environs.
People are coming to the rescue and saving the animals. The fundraising part of the ad shows the animals being rescued. The animals are washed, medically cared for, given love and affection. Another picture shows clean, healthy and well-groomed animals. Animals like this need your help.… Read the rest

Senator looking for service academy applicants

Posted on August 4, 2017 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is currently accepting applications for service academy nominations through 5 p.m. Oct. 13. High school student interested in attending one of four service academies may submit applications and other necessary documents.
Those service academies include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Students interested in being considered for a nomination by Scott must submit an application, SAT/ACT scores, two essays, high school transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
For more information about the Service Academy nomination process, visit the Senator’s FAQ page or call … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Friday, Aug. 4

Posted on August 4, 2017 5:05 am by Submitted via Email

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will have book drop-offs from 3-4:30 p.m. at Lake Marion and Windsor Manor nursing facilities, along with the Paxville Community Center.
For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Senator, mayor thank Wilder for service

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

Clarendon School District 1 has said goodbye to longtime Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder, who presided over her final board meeting Thursday night.
Board Chairman Tony Junious said Friday morning that Wilder retired from the district, effectively immediately and that Barbara Ragin will serve as interim for the coming school year.
Wilder was hired by the district in October 2004 to replace Dr. Clarence E. Willie. She had previously served as superintendent with Clarendon School District 2 for seven years until leaving that district in 2001.
She served as the superintendent of the Fairfield County School District from July 1, 2001, … Read the rest


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