Gabe Ballard Jr.

Posted by | April 1, 2019 10:40 am

Gabe Ballard Jr., 77, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree.
Born Sept. 21, 1941, in the Jordan section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Gabe Ballard Sr. and Gerturde Johnson Ballard.
Funeral services for Mr. Ballard will be held 1 p.m. Sunday March 31, 2019, at Union Cypress AME Church, 8247 S.C. 260 in Manning.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his niece, Sarah Ballard Smith, 1109 Leo Road in Manning.
Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Times seeks sales executive

Posted by | April 1, 2019 8:53 am

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Helen Ward Viola

Posted by | April 1, 2019 7:21 am

Helen Ward Viola, 86, of Florence, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Mrs. Viola was born a daughter of the late Eva Viola Denny Ward and Willard “Dink” Ward. She was a long time member of Willow Creek Baptist Church. She worked at Klearnet, and later worked as a nurse’s aide for home health care. Mrs. Viola was considered “mama” or “grandmama” by many people.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Donald Viola, Sr.; son, Richard D. Viola Jr.; daughters, Teresa Kelly, Donna Viola and Cecilia Viola; … Read the rest

Today in History: April 1

Posted by | April 1, 2019 12:00 am

286 – Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire.
325 – Crown Prince Jin Chengdi, age 4, succeeds his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty.
457 – Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army after defeating 900 Alemanni near Lake Maggiore (Italy).
527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
528 – The daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei was made the “Emperor” as a male … Read the rest

Henry Gibbons

Posted by | March 31, 2019 5:15 pm

LAKE CITY – Henry Gibbons, 54, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.
Born Feb. 19, 1965, in Washington, D.C., he was a son of the late Joe Nathan Graham Sr and Dorothy Mae Nelson Graham..
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Minnie Graham White, 2690 Old St. John Church Road in Lynchburg.
Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Manning Rotary receives podium from CCTC students

Posted by | March 31, 2019 4:37 pm

Central Carolina Technical College carpentry class students presented a beautiful wooden podium to the Manning Rotary Club last week. Class instructor is Mike Griffin. The guest speaker included American Cancer Society Mission Delivery Program Manager Sharon E. Johnson.

Suspect in student’s death declines to show for bond court

Posted by | March 31, 2019 3:28 pm

A 24-year-old New Zion man charged in Columbia in the kidnapping and death of a 21-year old University of South Carolina student will remain in jail for at least 45 days.
Bond was continued for Nathaniel David Rowland after the suspect declined to show for court Sunday afternoon and waived his rights to the hearing. Rowland is charged with one count of murder and one count of kidnapping, accused of taking Samantha Josephson, 21, of New Jersey from the Five Points area of Columbia early Friday morning and later dumping her body about 70 miles southeast in a wooded area … Read the rest

Posted by | March 31, 2019 5:28 am

Today in History: March 31

Posted by | March 31, 2019 12:00 am

307 – After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fausta, daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian.
627 – Battle of the Trench: Muhammad undergoes a 14-day siege at Medina (Saudi Arabia) by Meccan forces under Abu Sufyan.
1146 – Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade. Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade.
1492 – Queen Isabella of Castile issues the Alhambra Decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
1561 – The city of San Cristóbal, Táchira is … Read the rest

Missing student’s body found in New Zion

Posted by | March 30, 2019 7:21 pm

Missing USC student's body found in Clarendon County.

The search for a University of South Carolina student missing since early Friday morning came to an end in Clarendon County.
Authorities said that a group of hunters found the body of Samantha Josephson, 21, a New Jersey political science major with plans to attend law school in the fall.  She was found at 1:30 pm Saturday on Black Bottom Road, a secluded dirt road near the town of New Zion.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha … Read the rest

Swampcats shut out Florence Christian

Posted by | March 30, 2019 4:19 pm

Andrew Boyd threw a shutout to lead LMA Varsity past Florence Christian 10-0 on Friday.
LMA tallied five runs in the sixth inning. LMA batters contributing to the big inning included Boyd, Gabe Harris, and Brewer Brunson, all knocking in runs in the inning.
Boyd was on the hill for LMA. He surrendered zero runs on two hits over seven innings, striking out 16 and walking zero.
Preston Miles toed the rubber for Florence Christian. He surrendered seven runs on six hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out seven. Justin Gibbs and Cole Procik entered the game from the … Read the rest

LMA JV Swampcats defeat Florence Christian

Posted by | March 30, 2019 12:15 pm

An eight-run second inning led the Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity baseball team to an 11-1 victory on Friday. LMA JV ‘s big inning was driven by walks by Cam Branham and Austin Geddings, a single by Jackson Campbell, by Henry Black, and a double by Mickey Jordan.
LMA JV got things started in the first inning. LMA JV scored one run when Keaton Wildes singled.
LMA JV notched eight runs in the second inning. Branham, Geddings, Black, Jordan, and Campbell each had RBIs in the big inning.
Campbell toed the rubber for LMA JV . He allowed two hits … Read the rest

Today in History: March 30

Posted by | March 30, 2019 12:00 am

598 – Balkan Campaign: The Avars lift the siege at the Byzantine stronghold of Tomis. Their leader Bayan I retreats north of the Danube River after the Avaro-Slavic hordes are decimated by the plague.
1282 – The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.
1296 – Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.
1815 – Joachim Murat issues the Rimini Proclamation which would later inspire Italian unification.
1818 – Physicist Augustin Fresnel reads a memoir on optical rotation to the French Academy of Sciences, reporting … Read the rest

Posted by | March 29, 2019 8:00 pm

Jordan promoted to Captain

Posted by | March 29, 2019 4:20 pm


Clarendon County Fire Dept recently promoted Joshua Jordan to the rank of Captain. Jordan began his fire department career with the county fire department Sept. 23, 2008 and was assigned to Station 2 in Turbeville.  December 15, 2008,  Jordan became a career firefighter and went to work fulltime for the county. Jordan is also a volunteer with Manning City Fire Dept.

” Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to be a firefighter.  I can remember riding with my dad when he was a volunteer firefighter for the county” Jordan said.  “I would sit in the truck … Read the rest

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