Monthly Archives: June 2019

Report: High levels of arsenic found in bottled water sold at Walmart, Target, Whole Foods

Posted on June 22, 2019 11:11 am by Johnny Weeks

From News Reports:

(CNN) – Tests conducted by a California nonprofit found high levels of arsenic levels in two water bottle brands sold at Walmart, Target and Whole Foods.

The Center for Environmental Health found that Peñafiel Water and Starkey Water contained higher arsenic levels than tap water, high enough to violate California State guidelines.

Peñafiel is owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and is sold at Target and Walmart, along with vendors.

Starkey Water is owned by and sold at Whole Foods.

The study corroborates Consumer Reports’ findings, which were released earlier this year.

Consumer Reports found that Peñafiel Water

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F3 events available in Turbeville

Posted on June 22, 2019 10:10 am by Nigel Johnson

By Chris Edge

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 33 men from the Manning, Sumter, Florence, and Turbeville areas met to launch a new men’s workout location in Turbeville called F3 Speed Trap.

F3 is a national organization that brings men together for free bootcamp workouts and the opportunity for manly fellowship and leadership growth. Started in Charlotte, NC in 2012 by Dave Redding and Tim Whitmire, this grassroots program has spread from the Queen City all the way to the Emerald City in Seattle, WA and many places in between. F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith and is free Read the rest

June is Men’s Health Month

Posted on June 22, 2019 9:09 am by Nigel Johnson


Men often talk about news, politics and sports with their friends. That’s great, but this month, men across the country are encouraged to talk about something else: their health. The month of June is dedicated to Men’s Health. The reality about men is that we strive to keep a simplistic view of our lives. The old motto “ If it isn’t broke, it doesn’t need fixin’ “ rings true to the male gender as a general rule. If we are in tolerable pain, we usually believe that it will eventually go away. This a learned behavior Read the rest

The Home of the Whopper is now open

Posted on June 22, 2019 8:08 am by Nigel Johnson


After months of waiting, people in Manning and interstate travelers got their first glimpse of the new Burger King at its grand opening Friday morning. The franchise, located at the corner of Paxville Hwy and A.M. Nash Road, was almost instantly full of customers who were ready for breakfast.

Many years ago, another Burger King was open on Paxville Hwy in front of the original Walmart building, but was closed down and sold to another corporation. The very popular fast food restaurant is now open in its new location and very accessible to local residents as Read the rest

Editorial: Just Goodbye…

Posted on June 22, 2019 7:07 am by Johnny Weeks

Little Ole Lady… News & Pews

These past weeks, two of my good friends have died, and I was not there to show my love to their families. Ann Prothro Goldsmith was my first neighbor when I moved to Manning in the late 1950’s. I lived in the corner of the curve on Brooks Street in a home called the Floyd House. It has since been demolished. Ann’s mother came to call and in the course of conversation came the two questions always asked in those days:” What was your maiden name, and where do you go to church. “Read the rest

Manning woman charged with homicide in death of 4 month old

Posted on June 21, 2019 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged a 21-year-old Manning woman Thursday afternoon with homicide by child abuse.
In warrants released Friday, SLED agents allege that Rondasha Steward found her four-month-old son face-down and unresponsive in his crib on June 1 and “did not seek medical attention. Reports further allege that the suspect the 21-year-old suspect left the child at the home alone without notifying anyone. Other family members found the deceased infant about an hour later, reports state.
SLED agents and local law enforcement, including deputies from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, allege that Steward’s failure to seek medical … Read the rest

Manning Live News Headlines for Friday, June 21, 2019

Posted on June 21, 2019 6:06 pm by Manning Live

TEAM Manning welcomes Tennis

Posted on June 21, 2019 4:04 pm by Johnny Weeks

South Carolina Tennis Patron Hall of FamerDomino Boulware assembled a group of tennis enthusiasts to share their love of the game of tennis with an underrepresented population in Manning, South Carolina. The goal was to introduce tennis to African American families and children through the group’s Family Tennis Fellowship event.

The team was composed of a long time Clarendon County resident, Mrs. Paulette King; Coach Calvin Woods of Columbia; and three tennis students of Coach Boulware: Arleatha Toland, Jackie Sheriod Scott, and Irma Brooks. Mrs. Toland, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Brooks also grew up in Manning, but were not Read the rest

Manning earns Tree City USA Award

Posted on June 21, 2019 3:03 pm by Johnny Weeks

At the recent Manning City Council meeting, Mrs. Lois Edwards, Pee Dee Region Urban Forester of the South Carolina Forestry Commission, presented the Tree City USA Award to the city of Manning for continued efforts to plant trees along the streets and parks. Manning has participated for 19 years as a “Tree City”.

Manning City Council holds June meeting

Posted on June 21, 2019 1:01 pm by Johnny Weeks

The Manning City Council held its monthly scheduled meeting Monday night. The minutes from last month’s meeting were voted on and approved by vote of the council. The City of Manning Finance Director, Mary Prince, gave the financial report for the current fiscal year. The General Fund revenues were at $3,725,658.00. The Utility Fund revenues were at $6,062,664.00. Total General Fund expenses were listed as $4,249,670.00, which is 87% of the projected budget. Total Utility Fund expenses totaled $2,794,863.00, at 83% of the budget. General Unrestricted fund had a total of $3,923,485.00, which earned an interest of $3,497.00.

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Arrest made in Taco Bell Shooting

Posted on June 21, 2019 12:12 pm by Johnny Weeks

A 15 year old male has been arrested and charged with Attempted Murder and Possession of a Weapon in a Violent Crime. His name has not been released due to the fact that he is a minor. He is in custody at Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

According to reports, two juveniles exchanged gun-fire with Timothy Muckenfuss, 20, of Santee in the parking lot of Taco Bell in Manning Friday evening at 9:40 pm. Muckenfuss was struck in the chest and attempted to leave the scene and seek medical attention at McLeod Health Clarendon Hospital. At the traffic light … Read the rest

Editorial: Mamils of London

Posted on June 21, 2019 12:12 pm by Johnny Weeks

The Mt. Hope Scrolls

by Bobby Jonte

I bet you’ve heard of the Werewolves of London. The movie or the song has come across your mind. Well, there is something else that is in London. It’s the mamils. MAMIL stands for Middle Aged Men In Lycra. The mamils are the bike riders that seem to be everywhere.

I was just in London for vacation and it was a wild ride. London is a city of nine million. As you can imagine the traffic is horrendous. I’m not just talking about the fact that they are driving on the wrong side Read the rest

Nelson Inducted into Honor Fraternity

Posted on June 21, 2019 11:11 am by Nigel Johnson

CONWAY, SC– Coastal Carolina University had 25 students join the Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity during the Spring 2019 semester. Among the inductees was, Alexandria Nelson, a psychology major from Manning, SC.

Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity is a gender-inclusive organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, inspiring members to lead, and cultivating lasting fraternal bonds, while always living with honor. Members have the goal of improving humanity through the principles of scholarship, leadership and fellowship.

In order to join Phi Sigma Pi, students must have completed a minimum of one semester or one quarter of collegiate work and … Read the rest

Retraction on 4th of July Fireworks are allowed in Manning

Posted on June 21, 2019 10:10 am by Johnny Weeks

Yesterday’s post about fireworks policy in Manning was an error due to misinformation given one of our staff.

Fireworks are allowed in the city limits, but please use caution as always.

Town of Turbeville to receive grant funding

Posted on June 21, 2019 10:10 am by Johnny Weeks

In a letter dated June 7, 2019 to The Honorable Dwayne Howell, Mayor of Turbeville, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced that the town of Turbeville would receive a total of $693,700 in the near future. The funds are awarded through Community Development Block Grant funding from the Community Infrastructure Program. The funds have been designated specifically to upgrade a section of the wastewater treatment plant transmission line used for wastewater removal in and around the town of Turbeville.

“I was very pleased to receive notice from the Governor’s office that the Town of Turbeville will be receiving almost $700,000.00 … Read the rest

Suspicious object found behind Post Office

Posted on June 21, 2019 9:09 am by Johnny Weeks

Postal workers at the Manning Post Office noticed a suspicious object lying near the loading dock at the back of the building Saturday morning at 10 am. The supervisor called 9-1-1 and reported their findings to the emergency services dispatcher. A Manning City police officer arrived to evaluate the situation. The object was determined to be a piece of PVC pipe, with both ends capped off. Following department protocols implemented to ensure the safety of everyone, the officer notified Manning City Police Chief Keith Grice.

With the assistance of Chief Mitch McElveen and members of the Manning Fire Department, a Read the rest

Rivers of Life: Mississippi to air July 3 on ETV/PBS

Posted on June 21, 2019 7:07 am by Johnny Weeks

PBS will soon release a three part series documentary showcasing wildlife around different main waterways of the planet. The documentary is called Rivers of Life. The episodes were filmed along the Nile River in Africa, the Amazon River in South America and the Mississippi River in the U.S. Each of the rivers are showcased in separate episodes, which will be aired in June and July. 

Manning resident Doug Gardner was one of the lead wildlife cinematographers for the duration of filming for the third episode called Rivers of Life: Mississippi. Starting in the state of Minnesota in Nov. Read the rest

Summerton without electricity

Posted on June 20, 2019 6:06 pm by Johnny Weeks

According to reports, the town of Summerton is without electricity. Please use caution when driving there due to traffic lights not working too.

Franklin Eugene Gaughf

Posted on June 20, 2019 6:06 pm by Nigel Johnson

SUMTER – Franklin Eugene Gaughf, husband of Clara Chapell Gaughf, died Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Prisma Health Baptist in Columbia.

Born February 20, 1937, in Shingler, Georgia, he was a son of the late Charles David Gaughf and the late Verlin Mae Youngblood Champion. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and he was a retired superintendent with Sumter Utilities with 41 years of service. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife of Sumter; three sons, Franklin Eugene Gaughf, Jr. and Charles Orvis Gaughf (Mary), both of Georgia, … Read the rest

Traffic lights out!

Posted on June 20, 2019 5:05 pm by Johnny Weeks

Traffic lights are out on Paxville Hwy in front of Walmart and surrounding areas. Please treat these intersections as Four-way stops. Approach with caution.


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