Royalty Autos Sales holds ribbon cutting

Posted on February 23, 2018 5:05 pm by Reporter

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Royalty Auto Sales opened its doors for business this past Friday. Family and friends, along with community leaders and prospective buyers all showed up to welcome the dealership and its employees to Manning. For longtime car salesman, Carl Beard, it was a dream come true. He said, “I’ve been in the car business for 34 years and God blessed me with the opportunity. Mike and I worked hard to get here. He believed in my vision and my plan and has helped me to see it come to fruition.” Carl Beard and Mike Opburn have been friends for over 9… Read the rest

KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. investing in Cherokee County

Posted on February 23, 2018 3:03 pm by Tommy Wampler

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KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation, a leading North American producer of unbleached kraft paper and packaging products, is investing $6 million in new equipment at its Cherokee County facility. Formed in 2005 and headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., KapStone’s paper mills produce a wide spectrum of kraft and recycled products. The mills’ product portfolio contains several top brands, including Kraftpak®, DuraSorb®, TEA-Kraft® and FibreShield®, as well as extensible kraft paper grades and high-performance, lightweight linerboard. Employing approximately 6,000 workers, KapStone also provides industrial and retail corrugated packaging solutions for a variety of customers. Opened in 1992, KapStone’s Cowpens, S.C. facility includes… Read the rest

Sheriff Tim Baxley warns county residents about phone scam

Posted on February 23, 2018 2:02 pm by Tommy Wampler

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Sheriff Baxley is warning Clarendon County residents about a phone SCAM. Citizens have reported receiving calls from the IRS. The scammers are requesting a call back due to a debt owed to the IRS, advising a warrant will be issued for your arrest, and local Law Enforcement will be serving you a warrant. The IRS will not make contact with you by phone; they will contact you through US Mail. Please hang up and under no circumstance should you give your personal information such as Social Security Number, Bank Accounts, etc. Please share this message!

Optimist Club has big plans to help kids go to Camp Woodie and Leopold

Posted on February 23, 2018 2:02 pm by Reporter

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The Clarendon County Optimist Club met Feb. 22 at Faye’s at the Lake to discuss plans for recognizing the local winner of the essay contest. The Optimist Club supports local children with events and fundraisers. The club is in talks with Ed Paul from the S.C. Waterfowl Association and representative for Camp Woodie and Camp Leopold. These camps are designed to get children outdoors and away from technology so that they can develop a love and respect for the natural world. It teaches children about hunting and fishing but more importantly, about conservation and communication. The Optimist Club is interested… Read the rest

Posted on February 23, 2018 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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Essay entries for Optimist Club due Feb. 23

Posted on February 23, 2018 11:11 am by Reporter

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The essay contest deadline is Feb. 23. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize, a medallion and certificate. Any essays and application forms must be submitted by this date. Please email them to or hand deliver them to Lisa Justice at the F.E. Dubose Career Center.

Nation History Day: LMA encourages historical awareness, hosts competition

Posted on February 23, 2018 10:10 am by Reporter

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by Emily Wachter To bring historical awareness and urge middle school and high school students to become involved in researching historical events, Laurence Manning Academy (LMA) celebrated its annual National History Day (NHD) on Feb. 12. According to its website, the NHD organization seeks to educate students by offering a competitive outlet for creativity, scholarship, critical thinking skills and expression. While individual schools may have certain preferences, the NHD organization allows projects for the competition to take form in several different creative mediums. Students may enter original papers, websites, exhibits, performances or documentaries. Thousands of schools, both public and private,… Read the rest

Today in History: Feb. 23

Posted on February 23, 2018 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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303 – Roman emperor Diocletian orders the destruction of the Christian church in Nicomedia, beginning eight years of Diocletianic Persecution. 532 – Byzantine emperor Justinian I orders the building of a new Orthodox Christian basilica in Constantinople – the Hagia Sophia. 1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type. 1554 – Mapuche forces, under the leadership of Lautaro, score a victory over the Spanish at the Battle of Marihueñu in Chile. 1739 – At York Castle, the outlaw Dick Turpin is identified by his former schoolteacher. Turpin had been… Read the rest

Posted on February 22, 2018 11:11 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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LMA Elementary dance team wins SCISA State Dance Championship

Posted on February 22, 2018 10:10 pm by Tommy Wampler

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The Laurence Manning Elementary dance team had the highest score in the Jazz Dance at the SCISA State Dance Championship. The dance routine rocketed them to the top and guaranteed there place as champions. They were scored as overall winner of the SCISA Dance State Championship.

Pet of the Day: Charmin

Posted on February 22, 2018 6:06 pm by Submitted via Email

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Charmin is a 5 month old, female domestic long hair kitten. She is such a very loving baby that loves to cuddle and is most definitely a lap cat. She is current on all of her age appropriate shots, has been spayed and has tested negative for Feline Leukemia and AIDS. Please stop by the shelter to see this beautiful girl and the rest of her siblings! Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

LMA students inducted into Beta Club

Posted on February 22, 2018 6:06 pm by Reporter

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The following students were inducted in the Laurence Manning Academy Beta Club. Evan Hunter Ardis, Christian Dennis Bachand, William T. H. Barrineau, Rollin Grace Barwick, Jadyn Rose Bell, Kinsey Leigh Bjork, Breanna Leigh Boykin, Katherine Helen Burns, Katelyn Rebecca Charnock, Laken Rachel Corbett, Ty Dalton Dangerfield, William Anderson Elmore, Bonham Van Gardner, Abigail Grace Glass, Alyssa Aryana Gottheiner, Christopher Michael Griffith, Jr., Isabella Renay Harris, Jordan Seth Hawkins, Christina Meree Henderson, Kyle Gregory Horton, Madisyn Leigh Anne Hudson, Hailey Elizabeth Isgett, Savannah Caroline Johnson, Leah Marian Johnson, Steve Lamar Johnson, IV, Walton Marion Jolly, Kaitlyn Marie Jordan, Ronald Maurice Joye,… Read the rest

Summerton United Methodist Church to host huge yard sale April 14

Posted on February 22, 2018 5:05 pm by Reporter

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Mark your calendars April 14. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Summerton United Methodist Church is hosting a huge yard sale, as well as a plant and bake sale. There will be a trailer load of furniture, a variety of indoor and outdoor plants and a kitchen full of fresh homemade bakes goods, frozen goods, casseroles, soups, etc. There will be a room full of house hold items with a special corner for seasonal holiday items. Bring your friends and family. Came early to shop at Summerton United Methodist Church, located a 2 Briggs Street in Summerton. You will be… Read the rest

Camden announces plans to open African American Cultural Center

Posted on February 22, 2018 4:04 pm by Tommy Wampler

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The City of Camden announces plans to open the African American Cultural Center of​ ​Camden ​on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018​. According to City Manager Mel Pearson, the new tourist attraction will be located in the two-room, turn-of-the century house relocated in 2007 to its current location at 517 York Street​ in Camden​. The new African American Cultural Center will operate under the auspices of the Camden Archives& Museum system, and exhibits and programming will be curated and operated by the City’s archives and museum staff. Camden Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford said the new museum will open as part of a… Read the rest

Pat Conroy at the Citadel Symposium

Posted on February 22, 2018 2:02 pm by Tommy Wampler

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The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a free public event to explore the life and legacy of celebrated American author Pat Conroy, entitled, “Pat Conroy at The Citadel Symposium.” The symposium takes place from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the college’s Holliday Alumni Center. The daylong gathering will feature presentations and panels with guests ranging from literary experts to Conroy’s friends and loved ones. Conroy earned more than a dozen literary awards as the author of 12 books. All of his books, including The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and… Read the rest

Guest Opinion: Getting beyond the ‘perfect life’

Posted on February 22, 2018 1:01 pm by Reporter

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In June 2017, life was pretty much perfect. I graduated from high school, worked for a great local company in town for the summer, and was excited to start college in just a few months with the help of some gracious scholarship organizations. Little did I know, things were about to take a turn. Unexpectedly, we were hit with a sudden and brief illness that would take the life of the most important piece of our Bell family. Every single day for the past three-plus months, I have been constantly asking the good Lord for strength and understanding through this… Read the rest

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