Deputies release sketch of armed robbery suspect

Posted on July 22, 2017 7:07 am by Staff (Office)


The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has released a sketch of a man deputies believe robbed a woman near the 102 north mile-marker on Interstate 95 in Summerton on June 25. “The subject is a white male, 20 to 25 years of age, about 5-feet-10 to 6-feet-tall with tatoos all the way down his right arm,” according to a social media post by the Sheriff’s Office. “He also has blue eyes and had on a black ball cap during the time of the incident. He was last sen driving a red, newer-model Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and he was armed with… Read the rest

Wilder leaves Clarendon School District 1

Posted on July 21, 2017 2:02 pm 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 district in October 2004 to replace Dr. Clarence E. Willie. She had previously served as superintendent with Clarendon School District 2. “It is with a great sense of loss that the Board of Trustees of Clarendon School District 1 announces the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Rose… Read the rest

More than 700 homes without power

Posted on July 19, 2017 5:05 pm by Staff Reports

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Duke Energy is reporting about 777 homes without power in Clarendon County, particularly in the Rimini, Pinewood, Paxville and Silver areas. Estimated time of restoration has been given as 9:45 p.m.

McLeod names new Clarendon hospital administrator

Posted on July 12, 2017 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


A woman who has worked her way through the ranks of the McLeod Health System throughout the past 14 years will now take the reins of the hospital system in Clarendon County. Rachel Turner Gainey was named Wednesday as the incoming administrator and vice-president of McLeod Health Clarendon. She will start Aug. 7. “Rachel has a strong skill set in developing and executing plans and has proven success in project management,” said McLeod Health Senior Vice-president and Regional Administrator Debbie Locklair, who has served as interim administrator for the Clarendon hospital since its affiliation with McLeod began one year ago… Read the rest

Flood Advisory issued for Clarendon County

Posted on July 8, 2017 9:09 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a flood advisory for southwestern Clarendon County through 10:45 p.m. Saturday. At 8:46 p.m., Doppler radar indicated that 1 to 2 inches of rain had fallen with locally higher amounts due to slow moving thunderstorms. This will result in flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas in the advisory area. Significant ponding of water on some roadways is also expected.

Sumter woman identified as victim of fatal Paxville wreck

Posted on July 1, 2017 7:07 pm by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a woman killed Friday evening in a wreck outside of Paxville. Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said that Sumter woman Daisy Taylor, 71, died at the scene of the wreck, which happened about 5:50 p.m. Friday on Bethel Highway near McLeod Road when a vehicle in which she was a passenger hit a disabled Peterbilt tractor trailer truck. Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said the 2005 Peterbilt was partly blocking a portion of the roadway and that a man driving a 2011 Chrysler 300 swerved while traveling south on U.S. 15 –… Read the rest

Fatal wreck at Bethel Highway, McLeod Road

Posted on June 30, 2017 6:06 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

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The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a fatal wreck at Bethel Highway and McLeod Road in the Paxville area. will have more information when it is available.

Former Commissioner of Agriculture Les Tindal has died

Posted on June 27, 2017 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


Former South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Les Tindal died Monday, June 26, 2017. Tindal, a resident of Clarendon County, served as the elected commissioner of agriculture from 1982 until his retirement in 2002. He was a member of the Black River Electric cooperative Board of Trustees for 55 years, and served as its chairman from 1982-86. UPDATE: Friends, colleagues remember ‘friend of all farmers’

Herrin takes 2nd runner-up at Miss SC Teen Pageant

Posted on June 23, 2017 9:09 pm by Staff Reports

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Miss Clarendon Teen 2017 Julia Herrin took 2nd runner-up at the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant on Friday night in Columbia. She is the fifth young woman to hold the Miss Clarendon title and the highest placement at state thus far. will have comments from Herrin and Miss Clarendon Scholarship Pageant co-local Executive Director Carrie Trebil shortly.

Miss Clarendon Teen makes Top 5

Posted on June 23, 2017 8:08 pm by Submitted via Facebook

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Miss Clarendon Teen 2017 Julia Herrin made the Top 5 of the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant on Friday night. The pageant is still ongoing, and will have an update when it is available.

Man who received life sentences for Clarendon slayings pleads in Charleston shooting death

Posted on June 22, 2017 2:02 pm by Staff Reports


A man who received two life sentences last year after pleading guilty in the shooting deaths of two Clarendon County woman has pleaded guilty in a similar shooting death in Charleston County. Jeffrey Eady, 34, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to murder in Charleston County General Sessions Court, a move The Post and Courier of Charleston reported will send him to prison for a lifetime but allow him to avoid the death penalty prosecutors there had considered pursuing. Eady, formerly of 1054 527 Subdivision Road in New Zion, pleaded guilty in September 2016 to two counts of murder and… Read the rest

Bozard inducted into state Firefighters’ Hall of Fame

Posted on June 22, 2017 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association inducted Dr. Henry P. “Mutt” Bozard into its South Carolina Firefighters’ Hall of Fame at its 112th annual Conference held June 15 in Myrtle Beach. “This honor is given each year to individuals who are of the highest quality and clearly worthy of recognition at the state level,” according to a release. “Paramount to the selection for this award are the nominee’s contributions to the fire service beyond the local level. The individual must have clearly left their mark on South Carolina’s Fire Service. Additionally, the award recipient must be recognizable by his or… Read the rest

Sheriff’s Office seeks 1 for kidnapping, home invasion; 3 suspects in custody

Posted on June 21, 2017 2:02 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has charged three and is seeking three others in relation to an alleged kidnapping and home invasion of a Bloomville home earlier this month. The three suspects charged June 12 include Jazzmin Toni Bush-Carter, 19, of 1435 Jeff Drive in Manning, Jamari Asir Canty, 18, of 1242 Goodwill Church Road in Manning, and Hervon Shy Heim Grayson, 18, of 2920 Poole Road in Sumter, all of whom are charged with one count each of first-degree burglary and four counts each of kidnapping. According to reports from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, six suspects entered a… Read the rest

Shirley Bodie Watkins

Posted on June 20, 2017 7:07 am by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home

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Shirley Bodie Watkins, 81, widow of Bernard Watkins, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Sumter Health and Rehab. Born in Berkeley County, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Edith Bryant Bodie. She was a homemaker and a member of Crosswell Baptist Church. Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy B. Able of Minnesota, Patsy B. Skipper of Florence and Edith B. Jernigan of Murrells Inlet; two special nieces, Irene Cooper Johnson (Bill) of Georgetown and Stacey McCray (Bill) of Alcolu; a very special friend, Len McLeod of Pinewood; and a number of other nieces and nephews. Memorial services… Read the rest

MPD warns of realistic, but fake $100 bills

Posted on June 19, 2017 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

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The Manning Police Department is warning residents and business owners to be on the lookout for counterfeit $100 bills that look almost like the real thing. “The bills have ‘For Cinematic Use Only’ at the top and bottom on the front and back,” said Inv. Rick Elms. “These have been spotted in businesses throughout town. One business even used the pen on it and still took it.” The money also has phrases emblazoned throughout that lead one to quickly realize it’s “prop money.” Such utterances include that exact phrase, along with “Cinemas Props Inc.” listed as Secretary of the Treasury… Read the rest

Summerton man denied bond on attempted murder, arson charges

Posted on June 19, 2017 4:04 pm by Staff Reports

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A Summerton man deemed armed and dangerous by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is now at the Clarendon County Detention Center Woodley Demetrius Coard, 32, of 4594 Moses Dingle Road in Summerton, was charged Thursday with attempted murder and arson after reportedly turning himself into deputies. Sheriff Tim Baxley said Monday that Coard has refused to speak with police. Jail officials did not have information regarding Coard’s legal representation. Deputies alleged that Coard attempted to set fire to a care while a man was asleep in it, and then shot at the man when he escaped the vehicle. The incident… Read the rest

Incumbents retain seats on Clarendon 2 school board

Posted on June 15, 2017 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Kim Johnson, Robert Fleming and Matthew Prince will rejoin the Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees, according to Clarendon County School Board Secretary Mitchell Adger. The county board held interviews Wednesday afternoon with Johnson, Fleming and Prince, all incumbents, and former board member Stan Nickell and newcomers Angel Reed and Pam Buddin. “All the incumbents were chosen to retain their seats,” Adger said Thursday afternoon. Johnson will go into her second three-year term on the board. Fleming and Prince have each served multiple terms. The Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees is the only all-appointed school board in… Read the rest

Dalzell man killed in boating fatality at Pack’s Landing

Posted on June 14, 2017 12:12 pm by Staff (Office)

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The Sumter County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a man who died in the waters of Lake Marion off Pack’s Landing late Tuesday night. Marquille Miller of Dalzell was pronounced dead Wednesday shortly after his body was recovered from the water about 10:15 a.m. Dive teams had restarted a search for Miller at daybreak after canceling the search the night before. Capt. Robert McCullough with the state Department of Natural Resources said that Miller was not wearing a life jacket. He said that boaters are required to have life jackets on hand for all people on board a… Read the rest

DNR confirms death at Pack’s Landing

Posted on June 13, 2017 10:10 pm by Staff Reports

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The state Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that divers and law enforcement officers with the agency are currently working on a fatality in the area of Pack’s Landing near Pinewood and Rimini. DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday that all he could confirm is that there is indeed a death on the water at Pack’s Landing. will have more information as it becomes available. This is the second death on Lake Marion in three days. Joseph Cutter, 47, of Sumter died Sunday after allegedly jumping from the U.S. 301 bridge between Clarendon and Orangeburg counties,… Read the rest

Coroner: Man who jumped off bridge died from drowning

Posted on June 13, 2017 4:04 pm by Staff Reports


Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said that an autopsy performed Tuesday in Charleston on the body of Joseph Cutter showed that the 47-year-old died Sunday from drowning. Cutter was allegedly fishing off the U.S. 15 and 301 walking bridge between Clarendon and Orangeburg counties when he told friends he was going to jump into the water about 4 p.m. Friends became concerned when he didn’t resurface, and 911 was alerted shortly thereafter. First responders with the Clarendon County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office, along with EMS and the state Department of Natural Resources recovered Cutter’s body about 5:15 p.m.… Read the rest

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