Mock re-files to run for Coroner

Posted on August 14, 2018 2:02 pm by Laura Stone

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Bucky Mock filed today at 1:04 p.m. for the special election for Clarendon County Coroner. Should he remain unopposed by August 21 when filing closes, there will be no election. Mock will automatically be placed on November’s ballot. As it is a special election, and as there were no Republican candidates for coroner in the June primary, the election is open to candidates of both parties. Anyone may come vote, should there be more than one candidate in either party. “I’m glad we’re making progress,” said Mock, although he is unaware at this time whether there will be others who… Read the rest

Southern Current launching new solar projects in Clarendon County

Posted on August 14, 2018 11:11 am by Submitted via Email

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Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with three new solar facilities in Clarendon County. The company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation. The company is projected to invest approximately $10 million in these new projects. Two of the three projects will be located outside of Summerton and the third outside of Manning. These three facilities combined will generate six megawatts of solar energy. Southern Current Chief Development Officer Paul Fleury states that “Southern Current is thrilled to make these clean energy investments… Read the rest

New veteran resource center set to open at Morris College

Posted on August 14, 2018 8:08 am by Submitted via Email

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Morris College will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its campus Veterans Resource Center at 10 a.m. this Wednesday. The new center will be in Room 103 in the campus’ Student Health and Wellness Center, 100 W. College St. The Resource Center will serve military veterans who are students at the college and also the dependents of veterans. Information on various veteran resources in the community will be available at the center. The Aug. 15 event will be open to the public to attend.

August meeting of the Clarendon County Democratic Party

Posted on August 14, 2018 6:06 am by Laura Stone

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At the August 2 Clarendon County Democratic Meeting, South Carolina District 64 Representative Robert Ridgeway, and South Carolina District 36 Senator Kevin Johnson gave legislative updates. Ridgeway informed the party that base student costs and starting teacher salaries had both been raised. He also stated between $11.9 and $19 Million in unclaimed lottery funds were going toward the purchase of new school busses. $15 Million would be earmarked for school facility upgrades. $2 Million will go toward school resource officers for districts who do not have them already. Ridgeway confirmed that they do not know yet how much of the… Read the rest

Judge rules on motions in Coroner case

Posted on August 13, 2018 5:05 pm by Laura Stone

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Judge Ferrell Cothran ruled Monday on motions heard in court that morning. Cothran has ruled that the Motions to Dismiss, filed by the Democratic Parties, as well as those filed by the Clarendon County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, have been granted on the same grounds and to the same extent that the one was previously granted for LaNette Samuels-Cooper. As a result, all issues of laches and estoppel are moot. However, he upheld the remainder of his ruling. “After careful consideration, all other matters in the order stand,” read the ruling. Cothran ended the ruling with a statement… Read the rest

Press release from the Clarendon County Election Commission

Posted on August 13, 2018 1:01 pm by Laura Stone

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On June 12, 2018, the Clarendon County Democratic Party held a primary to fill the unexpired term of prior coroner Hayes Samuels, Jr. Bucky Mock, as well as LaNette Samuels-Cooper, filed, applied and ran for this position. Samuels-Cooper received the most votes for the office. After the election on June 14, 2018, Bucky Mock filed a lawsuit alleging Samuels-Cooper was not qualified to be coroner. The Election Commission took no position as to the qualification of either candidate. After a multi-day hearing, the Honorable Ferrell Cothran found “it is this Court’s finding that Ms. Samuels-Cooper is currently not qualified for… Read the rest

Motions heard in the Coroner lawsuit

Posted on August 13, 2018 1:01 pm by Laura Stone

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The Honorable Ferrell Cothran heard arguments Monday morning on motions filed in the case of Bucky Mock vs. LaNette Samuels-Cooper, the Clarendon County Democratic Party, the Clarendon County Board of Registration and Elections, the South Carolina Election Commission and the South Carolina Democratic Party. The state and county Democratic parties had filed a motion that Cothran rule on their joint Motion to Dismiss, which was filed previous to Cothran’s ruling and was not addressed in the final ruling. Samuels-Cooper filed a motion which requested Cothran to reassess his decision on their original Motion to Dismiss, stating Cothran had not officially… Read the rest

Harold Lee Huggins

Posted on August 13, 2018 12:12 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

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ST. MATTHEWS – Harold Lee Huggins, 61, husband of Susan Blocker Huggins, died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at his home. Born March 21, 1957, in Manning, he was a son of the late John Huggins and the late Katherine Evans Huggins. He was a retired tree surgeon. He is survived by his wife of St. Matthews; two daughters, Melinda Ramirez of Georgia and Bobbie Record of Oklahoma; a brother, Carl Huggins of Sumter; two granddaughters, Tonia Alvarez of Georgia and Amber Scott of Sumter; seven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he… Read the rest

Wreck on N. Church Street

Posted on August 12, 2018 5:05 pm by Manning Live

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There has been a wreck on N. Church Street with entrapment. There are injuries. Manning Live will update as details become available.

Manning City Council met to discuss legal matters

Posted on August 10, 2018 5:05 pm by Laura Stone

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The Manning City Council met this afternoon and, after an opening prayer, moved directly into executive session to discuss an issue “Pursuant to Section 30-4-70(a)(2) Contractual, Real Estate and Legal Matters” and to receive legal advice relating to a potential claim. After 30 minutes of deliberation, the Council returned to chambers. Mayor Pro-Tem Sherry Welle made a motion in regards to what was discussed in executive session. “I move that the Council waive the attorney-client privilege between the Council and Boykin & Davis for the limited purpose of permitting the attorneys, in a response to a request from an outside… Read the rest

Samuels-Cooper files motion with Court to remain on November’s ballot

Posted on August 10, 2018 3:03 pm by Laura Stone

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Defendant LaNette Samuels-Cooper, through her attorney Ronnie Sabb, has filed a motion in the recent court case between Coroner Bucky Mock and Samuels-Cooper, Clarendon County Board of Voter Registration & Elections, Clarendon County Democratic Party, South Carolina Democratic Party and South Carolina Election Commission. The motion requests Judge Ferrell Cothran to reconsider, alter or amend the Court’s order filed on August 3 for the following reasons. First, the motion asserts the Court did not rule on Samuels-Cooper’s motion to amend her original motion to attach laches and estoppel. However, in the ruling, Cothran stated that “Defendant South Carolina Election Commission… Read the rest

Christina Darby is Summerton Rotary’s newest member

Posted on August 10, 2018 2:02 pm by Manning Live

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Christina Darby was formally inducted into the Summerton Rotary Club on August 9. She is flanked, left to right, by President-Nominee Rock Ouzts and President William Johnson. The Summerton Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 7:15 a.m. at St. Matthias Church located at 9 N. Duke Street in Summerton. Service projects supported by Summerton Rotary members include: Rotary Foundation (polio, malaria, clean water, scholarships, children’s health, local needs/opportunities), Boys & Girls State, Coats & Shoes Project, Duckfest and Birdfest, Camp Happy Days, Breast Cancer Awareness, Dictionary Project, Striped Bass Festival, School Supplies, CART Fund, Literacy Night, Adopt-a-Highway, and Disaster Response.… Read the rest

SC Constitutional Ballot Commission approves amendment wording for November

Posted on August 10, 2018 1:01 pm by Submitted via Email

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South Carolina’s Constitutional Ballot Commission gave its unanimous approval Thursday to the wording of a constitutional amendment that will be on November’s ballot. The commission is made up of Attorney General Alan Wilson, Director of the State Election Commission Marci Andino, and Ashley Harwell-Beach, representing the Director of Legislative Council. If the amendment passes, it would change the way South Carolina’s superintendent of education is chosen starting in January 2023. Now, voters elect the superintendent. The amendment asks voters if they want to change that so future governors would choose a superintendent, with the consent of the state Senate. The… Read the rest

Accident update from the coroner’s office

Posted on August 10, 2018 11:11 am by Cindy Risher

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UPDATE: On August 7,  71- year-old William Franks of Hemmingway was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 527. The driver of a Nissan involved in this accident on Monday on Black River Road near the Clarendon-Williamsburg County line has died. “Linda Smith, 73, of Sumter died at McLeod Health Florence on Thursday morning from injuries she sustained in the motor vehicle crash that occurred on Aug. 6,” said Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.


McLeod Hospice Offers Training for Volunteers

Posted on August 9, 2018 3:03 pm by Submitted via Email

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McLeod Hospice is offering a new “Hospice Volunteering 101” class for persons interested in helping Hospice patients and/or assisting the Hospice support staff in Clarendon and Sumter Counties. Volunteers play a vital role in McLeod Hospice. They may make deliveries to patients’ homes or provide companionship by visiting patients in their homes.Volunteers may also read a book, sing, or provide additional support for the patient’s caregiver(s). A life-limiting illness can be devastating and have far-reaching effects. Patients and their families need a solid support system during this time of crisis. McLeod Hospice provides that support. The caring spirit and helping… Read the rest

F.E. Dubose students excel at national leadership conference

Posted on August 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Submitted via Email

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This summer, under the leadership of adviser Jean Shaw, three Culinary Arts students from F. E. Dubose Career Center placed second in national competitions during the 2018 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference. The conference was held at the Georgia World Congress Center from June 28- July 2. Scott’s Branch High School Juniors, Faith Lawson, Tonia Lawson and Letia Davis won silver medals for their presentation in entrepreneurship. The three were judged on their ability to implement a business plan for a restaurant covering a range of topics including finance, marketing, laws, regulations and codes.… Read the rest

Benefit for Ben Brewer at Porter Jack’s in Manning

Posted on August 9, 2018 2:02 pm by Submitted by Reader

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Porter Jack’s in Manning, SC will be having a fundraising Benefit for Ben Brewer on the following dates on Thursday nights: August 23rd, August 30th, and September 6th from 5pm to 9pm. Ben Brewer has served our community in Manning repairing jewelry at Brewer Jewelry Repair for the past 35+ years and currently serves our community at My Eye Dr. A percentage of all meals will be given to help Ben Brewer in his unfortunate circumstances with cancer, where he is at MUSC receiving stem cell treatments for Multiple Myeloma cancer. A donation box and card box to send him… Read the rest

The Honorable Governor Henry McMaster Signs Act 214 Revising the State Litter Laws

Posted on August 9, 2018 1:01 pm by Submitted via Email

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The Honorable Governor McMaster signed Act 214 of 2018, amending Section 16-11-700 of the South Carolina Code of Laws which regulates the state’s litter laws. Revising the litter laws was needed to give officers and the courts greater flexibility in the prosecution of litter cases. The new law also makes it easier to achieve court-ordered community service/litter pick up by removing the requirement for supervision. Littering in South Carolina has been a popular topic in recent years as social media has given a voice to the many concerned citizens who are frustrated with the amount of trash thrown out on… Read the rest

Library closing notice

Posted on August 9, 2018 12:12 pm by Submitted via Email

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The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 16 to co-sponsor the “Secret Agent 23 Skidoo” concert being held at the Weldon Auditorium from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (803) 435-8633.

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