Earthy Lee Starks McCray

Posted by | April 3, 2014 5:07 am

SUMMERTON — Earthy Lee Starks McCray, 83, of 1098 Goins Place in Summerton and widow of Abraham “Son” McCray, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at her home. earthy lee starks mccrayearthy lee starks mccrayBorn Sept. 26, 1930, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Pinkney Joe and Mamie Jones Starks. She was a member of and worshiped Jehovah at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Paxville. Earthy Lee Starks McCray attended the Briggs Chapel School and Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton. Survivors include her children,  Colbert McCray, Zephaniah (Ruther) McCray, Wanda M. Billups, Jacqueline R. McCray, Miriam M. Whitely and Jeffery McCray,… Read the rest

Dorothy Godley Roberts

Posted by | April 3, 2014 1:55 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dorothy Godley Roberts, 93, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Born Dec. 2, 1920, in Miley, she was a daughter of the late Peter Charles Godley and Eugenia Barnes Godley. She graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, and from there began her career as a school teacher and girls basketball coach in South Carolina. She taught in schools in Ruffin, Bluffton, Olanta, Bells, Summerton and Manning. Dorothy Godley Roberts moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to be closed to her family after she retired in 1991. She enjoyed activities with her family, playing bridge and attending Christ’s Church. Survivors… Read the rest

Spencer McGarrett Washington

Posted by | April 2, 2014 10:14 pm

MARQUE, Texas — Spencer McGarrett Washington, 40, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Born Sunday, Dec. 16, 1973, in Holly Hill, he was a son of David and Bertha Adams Washington. The family will receive friends at the home of his uncle, Nathaniel Washington, 774 Hessman St. in Holly Hill. These services have been entrusted to the professional care of King-Fields Mortuary in Summerton.

Two vie for Summerton mayor

Posted by | April 2, 2014 9:30 pm

Two things are certain about Tuesday’s mayoral race in Summerton. First, Summerton will have a new mayor for the first time in eight years. And second, both Donald “Mac“ Bagnal and Terrance G. Tindal want to be that person. An event planner by day, Tindal has served on Summerton Town Council since 2010, and says he wants to continue the work begun by outgoing Mayor Jay Bruner. He said he has three targets for the community should he be victorious in Tuesday’s race. “One is to partner with the county for infrastructure for the town,“ Tindal said. “The other is… Read the rest

Ragin gets life after jury puts decision in judge’s hands

Posted by | April 2, 2014 6:04 pm

A 39-year-old Alcolu man will spend the rest of his natural life in a Virginia prison, with no possibility of parole. john moses raginjohn moses raginJohn Moses Ragin was sentenced Wednesday afternoon by a Virginia judge after a jury deciding between the death penalty and a life sentence could not reach a decision after about eight hours of deliberation that began late Tuesday afternoon, according to Peter Dujardin of the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va. The same jury convicted Ragin on Thursday to three counts of capital murder and one count of second-degree murder for the 2011 stabbing deaths of his wife Crystal… Read the rest

Sun is shining, weather is sweet

Posted by | April 2, 2014 12:40 pm

IMG_8520IMG_8520 It’s definitely springtime. Temperatures might reach the high 80s today, according to the National Weather Service, with winds out of the southwest at 10 to 14 mph. Tonight temps will drop to the mid 50s with southwest winds lessening a bit. Thursday should be like today: Nice.

Pilot Club to hold Card Benefit

Posted by | April 2, 2014 11:42 am

pilotclubpilotclubThe Clarendon Pilot Club will sponsor a Card Benefit from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. April 8 at Manning United Methodist Church. There will be refreshments and door prizes, as well as a high prize for each table. The cost is $15 per person, with a minimum of four people per table. Score pads will be furnished, but participants are asked to bring their own cards. For more information, or to register, call Norma Andrews at (803) 435-5402 or Sandra Brewer at (803) 473-3186.  


LMA B-Team defeats Edisto 19-3

Posted by | April 2, 2014 2:35 am

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy B-Team let the bats do the talking Tuesday afternoon, defeating Edisto 19-3.  Taylor Lee was the winning pitcher.  LMA will travel to Thomas Sumter Academy in Sumter on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. start.  The B-Team Swampcats are now 12-0 on the season.

Jury deliberating Ragin’s fate

Posted by | April 2, 2014 2:10 am

A Virginia jury began deliberations late Tuesday afternoon to decide whether a 39-year-old Alcolu native will spend the rest of his life in prison or be put to death by lethal injection for three counts of capital murder and one count of second-degree murder. john moses raginjohn moses raginJohn Moses Ragin was convicted Thursday by a jury in Newport News, Va., of the 2011 stabbing deaths of his wife, Crystal Ragin, and her three children, Sierra, 15; La’Kwan, 11; and Rasheed, 6. He was accused of stabbing the four victims more than 70 times altogether and then setting fire to the family’s home before… Read the rest

George Thomas Grubbs

Posted by | April 1, 2014 9:52 pm

George GrubbsGeorge GrubbsGeorge Thomas Grubbs, 78, husband of Patty Grubbs, died Monday, March 31, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Born January 19, 1936, in Columbia, he was a son of the late George Washington Grubbs and the late Iris Virginia Barber Grubbs.  He was a retired fireman for the City of Columbia with 25 years of service and he owned and operated Grubb’s Transmission Service in Manning for many years. He was a Mason and he was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his wife of Manning; four sons, Tommy Grubbs of Pelion, Larry Grubbs of Lexington, Brian Grubbs of… Read the rest

Coach Smith takes position in Chesterfield School District

Posted by | April 1, 2014 5:45 pm

COACH-JACOB-SMITHCOACH-JACOB-SMITHJacob E. Smith Sr., who submitted his resignation to Clarendon School District 2 in February from his position as a teacher at Manning Primary School and as head varsity boys basketball coach at Manning High School, has been named the head boy’s basketball coach of Cheraw High School in Chesterfield School District. Smith will also serve as a math interventionist and coach at Cheraw Primary School. Smith’s last day with Clarendon 2 will be June 6. “Although I have enjoyed working in Clarendon School District 2 over the past two years, I cannot continue my future in education here,” Smith… Read the rest

Vote in Clarendon’s Best

Posted by | April 1, 2014 2:48 pm

RibbonRibbonClarendon County prides itself on local hospitality and customer service. The Manning Times would like to acknowledge our skilled laborers by giving our community the opportunity to vote for these people and businesses in “Clarendon’s Best.” Grab the newest edition of The Manning Times, fill in each blank and turn them in at The Manning Times office. Winners will be announced in a future edition of The Manning Times.

Local farmers aid students, programs with Monsanto grants

Posted by | April 1, 2014 2:10 pm

Two local farms helped both Laurence Manning Academy and the Clarendon County 4-H Livestock Club recently through a Monsanto-funded grant program. 4-h monsanto4-h monsantoSUBMITTED PHOTO.Representatives of the Clarendon County 4-H Livestock Club stand with Monsanto representative Jess Easterling and the $2,500 check awarded to the club recently. Marie and Maynard Door directed a $2,500 donation to the Livestock Club through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, and the donation will help the club offer scholarships for camps and other 4-H projects. The group currently offers the only livestock club in the area, and the Dorrs’ children are among its many members. Tommy Lee and… Read the rest

Harambee Breakfast on Saturday

Posted by | April 1, 2014 12:23 pm

ncnw-logo1ncnw-logo1The Clarendon National Council of Negro Women invites the public to attend its annual Harambee Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Taw Caw Community Outreach Center, 1126 Granby Lane in Summerton. The event will include a great breakfast, enjoyable program and a dynamic motivational speaker in Jeffrey Lampkin. The venerable, historic nonprofit organization donates all fundraising profits to local charities. For more information, call President Elease Fulton at (803) 478-2939 or Loretta Pollard at (803) 485-2071.

LMA soccer team defeats Orangeburg Prep

Posted by | April 1, 2014 9:36 am

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldLMA played Orangeburg Prep Monday at home, 3-2. Orangeburg Prep took a 2-0 lead in the first half. At half time, Andrew Compton gave the team an emotional speech about desire and effort that sparked a big comeback win for LMA. In the second half, Austin Stout scored early with an assist from Tyler Barrett. Next, Stout had a direct kick from just outside the 18-yard line that the goalie couldn’t handle. The third goal came on a foul on Stout inside the 18-yard line that resulted in a P.K. The defense allowed four shots-on-goal, with Tyler Barrett and Will… Read the rest


Thomas Dwight “Tom” Brown

Posted by | April 1, 2014 5:46 am

___ --Thomas Dwight “Tom” Brown, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and friend, died Sunday, March 30, 2014. Thomas-Brown-2Thomas-Brown-2Born July 7, 1935, in Constantine, Mich., he was a son of the late Harry Kenneth Brown and Marjorie Bell Wandell Brown. His family moved to Battle Creek, Mich, the home of the Kellogg Company, which likely contributed to his corn-fed rearing. In 1953, Tom graduated from Battle Creek Central high School, and then married his high school sweetheart – now his loving wife of 60 years, Dianne “Dee” Pearlman Brown – at the age of 18. At the time, his… Read the rest

LMA B-Team, JV win games

Posted by | March 31, 2014 11:52 pm

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy B-Team and JV girls were victorious Monday night against Robert E. Lee Academy and Wilson Hall, respectively. The B-Team defeated Robert E. Lee 10-0 at home, wrapping up another perfect season with a 14-0 record. Emily Walker, Liz Hussey and Trinity Harrington all pitched for the win and had seven strikeouts. Olivia Coker went 3-3 with an in-the-park homerun and three runs scored. Caroline Robinson was 3-3; Trinity Harrington was 2-2 with two RBI while Liz Hussey had a triple and Breanna Hodge had a hit and 2 RBI. The JV girls defeated Wilson Hall in… Read the rest

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