Monthly Archives: March 2019

Hall of Fame band director conducts clinics at MHS

Posted on March 4, 2019 1:01 pm by Laura Stone

South Carolina Band Director Association Hall of Fame Band Director Joni Brown conducted a clinic with the Manning High School Symphonic Band on Thursday, February 28.

Brown is an awarded educator with well over 30 years of experience. Brown served on the founding committee for organization of the Sumter Community Concert Band in 1982 and served as Assistant Conductor for two years before being appointed as Conductor from 1984 to 1988.

Brown was chosen by the Bates Middle School faculty as Teacher of the Year in 1987 and was named the Teacher of the Year for Sumter School District 17 … Read the rest

OBITUARY: Norman William Shirkey

Posted on March 4, 2019 12:12 pm by Laura Stone

Norman William Shirkey, 88, widower of Eleanor Jane Loar Shirkey, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Born June 10, 1930, in Millport, Ohio, he was a son of the late Rev. Noble William Shirkey and the late Glenna Alice O’toole Shirkey. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He loved to minister through song and sang with the Billy Graham Crusade in 1953. He was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Drenda Jane Gibson (Del); two granddaughters, Janey Ray Tyler (JR) … Read the rest

Davis Station man named Ginner of the Year

Posted on March 4, 2019 10:10 am by Submitted

Burt Rickenbaker of Davis Station was named Ginner of the Year by Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association. The award was presented at the annual meeting of Southern- Southeastern at the Westin Resort and Spa in Hilton Head in January.

Rickenbaker is the second generation running Rickenbaker Gin in Davis Station. His father started the company in the 1940s after returning from World War II.

The original gin was steam powered, but by the time Rickenbaker’s bought it, it ran on diesel. A fire that nearly took out the gin in the 1960s gave them the opportunity to convert to electricity. Over … Read the rest

Draft 2019 Aquatic Plant Management Plan available for public review

Posted on March 4, 2019 8:08 am by Laura Stone

The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2019 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and must be received by March 30, 2019.

The plan is available for review online at

The SCDNR, in conjunction with the S.C. Aquatic Plant Management Council, is responsible for the management of nuisance aquatic plants in the state’s public waters. Each year SCDNR staff and the Council prepare an Aquatic Plant Management Plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes … Read the rest

What is writing really?

Posted on March 3, 2019 7:07 am by Staff

By Evelyn McDonald

A couple of months ago, I got several books from our one and only Laura Stone. Before that, I had read Stephen King’s On Writing. All of these books are well and good, they talk about the importance of grammar and character creation.

However, they also talk about an overlaying message, of reaching out and having something important to say. A message for your audience to focus on and say, “This book is about the social structures of blah blah blah.” That’s fine. It’s ideal even. But what is writing really?

It’s every heartthrob of a … Read the rest

LMA shotgun team wins JV division in trap competition

Posted on March 2, 2019 11:11 am by Laura Stone

The Laurence Manning Academy Shotgun Team recently competed in SCDNR’s trap competition in Edgefield. The JV team brought home the win for the JV division.

Broughton Lester won the Highest Overall (HOA) for the JV division, and the team finished as runners up in the overall competition.

Local high school students chosen for SC honor band

Posted on March 2, 2019 10:10 am by Laura Stone

Manning High School band members Joseph Mack, Nastajia Hamilton and Michael Miller were selected to be in the South Carolina Region V Senior Honor Band. Congratulations from The Manning Times. 

AMBUCS comes to Summerton

Posted on March 2, 2019 8:08 am by Laura Stone

Members of the AMBUCS National Board and Amtryke Advisory Board visited Summerton on February 22 to visit the new BCA plant. The visiting body toured the warehousing space, already partially full of BCA bike parts, and stood in the space which will be dedicated to producing Amtrykes, tricycles created for handicapped young children, teens and adults.

Bob Edwards, general manager for the Manning plant, walked everyone through the facility, pointing out features, areas which will need upgrading or cleaning prior to equipment being installed and the manufacturing path the tricycles will take through the coming production line.

“We already have … Read the rest

Turbeville clinic hosts ribbon cutting event

Posted on March 1, 2019 7:07 pm by Laura Stone

Palmetto Health USC Medical Group hosted a ribbon cutting event at Palmetto Health USC Family Medicine in Turbeville on February 21. Although the business opened its doors a few weeks ago, it is officially announcing its presence to Clarendon County, welcoming visitors and new patients alike.

“It’s great to be here. This is an exciting day for Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and for Turbeville,” said Kevin Boggs, COO for Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. “We have an opportunity to deliver great, compassionate care and to continue the legacy that is Dr. Smith. We’re so excited about that.”

Dr. Kate E. Smith, … Read the rest

Pets of the week

Posted on March 1, 2019 7:07 pm by Laura Stone

Rocky is a five-year-old, blond, male Lab mix. He currently weighs around 55 pounds, is current on all of his age-appropriate vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworms and has been neutered. Rocky is a very sweet guy but has lots of energy. He loves to play and walks well on a leash. If you are interested in this sweet and loveable little guy, you can get pre-approved to adopt by submitting your adoption application online at


Leo is a two-year-old, gray and white, male Domestic Medium Hair cat. He is very sweet and loves to be held … Read the rest

Clarendon County School District Two Board of Trustees selects new superintendent

Posted on March 1, 2019 7:07 pm by Laura Stone

In a special-called meeting on February 25, the District Two Board of Trustees deliberated only a short time in executive session before returning to open session and unanimously voting to hire Dr. Shawn Johnson as the new superintendent.

Johnson, who is currently the superintendent for Barnwell School District 19 in Blackville, has a long background with the school systems in South Carolina, starting as a classroom teacher and working up through administration. His accolades include Superintendent of the Year—Region IIIA for 2016-2017, SC High School League Class 2A Conference President 2015, Closing the Achievement Gap Award Winner for 2007, 2009, … Read the rest

“We Are The Champions” Way To Go Lady Eagles!!!

Posted on March 1, 2019 5:05 pm by Blake

Congratulations to the Lady Scott’s Branch High School Girls Basketball! They are the new 1A state champions after playing today at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia at 3:30 p.m against High Point Academy.


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