Former Manning High footballer wins Grey Cup with Calgary Stampeders

Posted by | December 1, 2014 8:44 pm

Manning native Fred Bennett played cornerback for the Manning High School Monarchs and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. But he won his first championship with the Calgary Stampeders, taking with his team of three years the Grey Cup on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. “I’m a loss for words,” Bennett said. “It’s my first every championship win playing football. It’s special to me.” The Grey Cup is the top championship in the Canadian Football League, similar to the U.S. Super Bowl. Bennett played in the NFL after being picked in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft,… Read the rest

Another lost bet …

Posted by | December 1, 2014 4:47 pm

davidDavid Timmons and Woody Nesbitt bet both their mustaches and attire on the Carolina-Clemson game held Saturday. Timmons lost, but was a good sport.  

Gibbons Street Park getting new equipment

Posted by | December 1, 2014 3:30 pm

Gibbons Street Park is growing. The installation of new playground equipment is currently underway and should be complete by the end of the day, according to Jacob Musser of Charleston-based Wakefield Recreation.

Manning man leads police on chase, gets fourth shoplifting arrest in 2014

Posted by | December 1, 2014 3:09 pm

Crime-ReportsA 37-year-old Manning man received his fourth shoplifting charge of 2014 on Saturday night after leading officers with the Manning Police Department and deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office on a chase through downtown Manning. Otis Ulysses Dow of 206 Dyson St. in Manning was charged with shoplifting, third or subsequent offense; trespassing after notice; failure to stop for a blue light; leaving the scene of an accident; and open container. According to reports, an employee with the Manning Walmart told police about 7:11 p.m. Saturday that Dow had placed two TVs and another electronic item in his shopping… Read the rest

Officials tour Courthouse

Posted by | December 1, 2014 1:44 pm

As he gazed up at scaffolding stretching all the way to the ceiling, Ferrell Cothran offered a judgment based on years of experience. “It’s the prettiest courtroom in the state,” the circuit court judge said. “And I’ve been in all of ’em.” Cothran was one of about 20 folks who toured the Clarendon County Courthouse this morning as Mashburn Construction Site Superintendent John Amick gave an update on the full scale renovation currently underway. Poor maintenance, water damage, termites, years of patchwork repairs and just plain old age took their toll on the courthouse, but Cothran was glad to see… Read the rest

MHS Class of 1971 Christmas gathering

Posted by | December 1, 2014 1:34 pm

monarchsThe Manning High School Class of 1971 will hold its Christmas Gathering at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St. in Manning. For more information, call (803) 236-8049.  

Kathern Hodge Winningham

Posted by | December 1, 2014 12:25 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerKathern Hodge Winningham, 77, of Vance, widow of Willie “Bill” Winningham, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at The Oaks in Orangeburg. Born in Clarendon County, Kathern was a daughter of the late James W. Hodge and Fannie DuBose Hodge. A retired seamstress, she was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church, and she enjoyed her flowers. Surviving are daughters, Sharon Dickson and Tammy Plemmons, both of Vance; a goddaughter, Christy Servin of Vance; sisters, Linda Cutter of Vance, Betty Yourgalavage of Byron, Ga., and Marion Worrel (Melvin) of Manning; brothers, Perry Hodge and Walter Hodge, both of Manning; grandchildren, Aleshia… Read the rest

Travis Tritt tickets go on sale tomorrow

Posted by | December 1, 2014 11:23 am

Tickets for Travis Tritt, who will be performing at Weldon Auditorium at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, will go on sale beginning 11 a.m. Tuesday. Tickets vary depending on seating between $35 and $49. They may be purchased by visiting Weldon’s box office, or by visiting

Langston celebrates 40th year of dentistry in Manning

Posted by | December 1, 2014 10:45 am

langston-and-staffDr. Ray Langston celebrated a special anniversary Monday. It was his 40th anniversary of opening his dental practice in Manning, and his staff celebrated with cake and signs posted in and outside the office. “It’s nice,” Langston said. “I have a very good staff and I have great patients. They’ve always been good to me, so I always try to be good to them.” Langston grew up in Florence and found his way to Manning shortly after graduating from dental school at the Medical University of South Carolina. “The opportunity presented itself from Dr. (Mutt) Bozard, who wanted another dentist… Read the rest

Taw Caw Baptist Christmas Concert

Posted by | December 1, 2014 9:34 am

taw-caw-missionary-baptist-church-3Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church will present An Evening of Reverence: the King Annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 21, with Jeffrey Lampkin, host of the Jeffrey Lampkin Show, as the emcee and featuring the Taw Caw Combined Choir. For more information, call Yvonne Parson at (803) 473-3977.

Warming up again

Posted by | December 1, 2014 8:44 am

IMG_9534_edited-1It’s currently 44 degrees with 99 percent humidity, according to the National Weather Service. It’s expected to reach the low 70s today with calm winds turning southwest and reaching 5 to 7 mph this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low around 46.    

Losing a bet

Posted by | December 1, 2014 7:23 am

imageAmy Bess lost a bet to James Carroll over the Carolina-Clemson game held Saturday in Clemson. Carroll made Bess wear this. The photo was provided by Corey Blackmon.

Elizabeth Spencer Josey

Posted by | November 30, 2014 7:25 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-smallerLYNCHBURG – Elizabeth Spencer Josey, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born in Sumter, Betsy was a daughter of the late Walker Gaither Spencer and Ethel Meacham Spencer. Betsy’s involvement in her community and church impacted all whom were fortunate enough to be a part of her life. Upon graduation from Columbia College, she began her educational career at Mayewood School, followed by 33 years of teaching first grade at Thomas Sumter Academy. She was instrumental in molding the lives of many generations of young children. Betsy was a lifelong member of the Mayesville… Read the rest

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