Motions heard in the Coroner lawsuit

Posted by | August 13, 2018 1:46 pm

Ronnie Sabb states arguments on behalf of LaNette Samuels-Cooper

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 by | August 13, 2018 12:17 pm

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 by | August 12, 2018 5:02 pm

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 by | August 10, 2018 5:11 pm

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 by | August 10, 2018 3:36 pm

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 by | August 10, 2018 2:46 pm

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 by | August 10, 2018 1:23 pm

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 by | August 10, 2018 11:41 am

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 by | August 9, 2018 3:13 pm

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 … Read the rest


F.E. Dubose students excel at national leadership conference

Posted by | August 9, 2018 2:54 pm

Scott’s Branch High School Juniors, Letia Davis, Tonia Lawson and Faith Lawson won silver medals for their presentation in entrepreneurship.

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 by | August 9, 2018 2:08 pm

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 by | August 9, 2018 1:24 pm

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 by | August 9, 2018 12:30 pm

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.




On the ballot or not: is Samuels-Cooper a candidate?

Posted by | August 8, 2018 10:06 pm

This evening, the Clarendon County Democratic Party and the South Carolina Democratic Party filed a Motion to Reconsider and/or Amend Order with the Common Court of Pleas in the Third Judicial Court.

Prior to making a finalized decision regarding whether LaNette Samuels-Cooper will be placed on the November ballot, the two Democratic Party defendants in the recent court case with Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock are seeking a clarified judgement regarding their joint Motion to Dismiss pursuant to South Carolina Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, which was filed on July 24.

This rule states that “Every defense, … Read the rest



Shaffer termination upheld by City Council

Posted by | August 7, 2018 9:43 pm

The Manning City Council met Tuesday evening to deliberate and vote on the Blair Shaffer termination on the heels of the Grievance Committee making its recommendation that he be reinstated. After the approval of the agenda, Mayor Julia Nelson, Mayor Pro-tem Sherry Welle and Councilman Clayton Pack, all members of the Public Safety Committee, recused themselves from the deliberations and voting.

The remaining four Councilmembers—Ervin Davis, Diane Georgia, Julius Dukes and Johnny Gordon—entered executive session, where they remained for an hour and a half.

Upon returning to open session, Georgia was voted in as chairperson for the remaining four Councilmembers, … Read the rest



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