Manning High announces new boys, girls basketball coaches

Posted by | June 5, 2014 10:58 am

Clarendon School District 2 Superintendent John Tindal announced Thursday morning two new coaches for the boys and girls basketball teams at Manning High School. Former JV coach Stevie Ward will be taking over the boys’ team, while longtime C.E. Murray High School coach Darren Mazyck will be coaching the girls. will post video from the announcement later today.  

Millicent “Milli” McDonald

Posted by | June 5, 2014 9:45 am

millicent_mcdonaldSUMMERTON – Millicent “Milli” Anne McDonald, 19, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Born Nov. 18, 1994, in Aiken, she was a daughter of Michael Rodney McDonald and Melissa Ann Snipes Grice. She was a member of the New Spring Church, Florence Campus. She is survived by her mother and step father, Ernie and Melissa Ann Grice; two brothers, Michael McDonald (Alexa Simmons) of Galivants Ferry and Mazen Hughes of Port St. Lucie, FL; maternal grandparents, Danny and Cheryl Snipes of Marion; paternal grandparents, Ernest and Cheryl Grice of Marion; and a special friend, Thomas “T” Graham of Summerton. No services… Read the rest

Manning woman arrested in Sumter meth conspiracy

Posted by | June 5, 2014 9:36 am

SUMTER – The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol reported last week that Ashley Meghan Pack, 29, of 20 Sheffield Court in Manning, was arrested May 29 on Ramsey Road in Sumter and charged, along with two Sumter men, with criminal conspiracy and manufacture of methamphetamine. Pack was arrested along with Anthony Dustin Dill, 28, of 1280 Bell Road in Sumter, and Ricky Lee Watford, 42, of 2270 Swallow Drive in Sumter, after a traffic stop. Dill was also charged with DUS; SCSO deputies and troopers found a spoon with methamphetamine residue in Dill’s pocket and the… Read the rest

McLeod hosting National Trails Day Run/Walk

Posted by | June 5, 2014 9:01 am

MCLEODFLORENCE – McLeod Health and Fitness Center will host a 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday in celebration of National Trails Day. Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country for the 22nd annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system. More than 2,000 events will be held simultaneously nationwide, including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more. Early registration is $14, and first responders are $12. Cost to register the day of event is $15. For more information, call Jimmy Tassios at (843) 777-3017,… Read the rest

McConnell to step down as state’s No. 2 today

Posted by | June 5, 2014 6:07 am

For the second time in as many years, the position of lieutenant governor will be vacant after incumbent Glenn F. McConnell, 66, steps down today to prepare for his new role as the 22nd president of the College of Charleston. McConnell will not assume his new position with the College of Charleston until July, though he will start work there next week to transition into the position. McConnell has held the state’s No. 2 position for two years, having assumed the role constitutionally after the resignation of Ken Ard due to ethics violations and criminal charges. But with a special… Read the rest

Clarendon 2 offering free meals for school-aged children

Posted by | June 4, 2014 11:11 pm

Clarendon School District 2 will offer free summer meals for kids ages 2-18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from June 9-26 and July 7-31 at Manning Elementary School and Manning High School. A morning snack will be offered at Manning Elementary from 8-9 a.m. those days as well. For more information, call the District Food Service Office at (803) 435-4082.

Jolly graduates from U.S. Military Academy

Posted by | June 4, 2014 9:29 pm

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Robert Morrison Jolly III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jolly of Gable graduated May 28 from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point. Rob-after-Graduation-ParadeJolly graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill in 2010. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in engineering management. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the Engineers Branch and will report to Fort Riley, Kan. for his first assignment. The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is… Read the rest

Coastal Carolina names two Clarendon students to Dean’s List

Posted by | June 4, 2014 4:56 pm

coastal-carolina-university_200x200CONWAY – Clarendon County has two of more than 1,600 students who made the Spring 2014 Dean’s List for academic achievement at Coastal Carolina University. Brandon C. Shaw of Turbeville is a sophomore majoring in pre-major elementary education, while Annabelle D. Bennett of Summerton is a senior majoring in biology. To qualify for the Dean’s List, freshmen must earn a 3.25 GPA, while upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 GPA. Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach. Learn more at  

Lake area resident charged with contributing to delinquency of minors

Posted by | June 4, 2014 3:51 pm

Winston Demos Busques III, 26, of 12878 S.C. 260 in Manning, was charged about 3:43 a.m. May 24, according to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, with six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to reports, deputies responded to the Clarendon Memorial Hospital emergency room after medical personnel reported a heavily intoxicated 14-year-old girl who was “unresponsive to verbal commands” and covered in vomit. Busques posted a $1,000 surety bond for each count the day after his arrest to gain his release from the Clarendon County Detention Center. He faces up to three years in prison or… Read the rest

Wreck with no injuries on I-95

Posted by | June 4, 2014 2:32 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is responding to a vehicle wreck at the 110 mile-marker in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. The wreck, which happened about 2:09 p.m. Wednesday, had no reported injuries, according to real-time traffic information provided by SCHP. Traffic will likely be slower during the next hour.

Man reports stolen chickens

Posted by | June 4, 2014 12:51 pm

Crime-ReportsA 72-year-old man living in the 3400 block of Wash Davis Road in Summerton told deputies about 9:30 a.m. May 28 that an unknown person entered his yard between 10 p.m. May 27 and the time of his report and took three chickens. The man told deputies that he believes the same person took nine more of his chickens in the previous week. He said someone had also killed two chickens and had possibly injured one of his ducks. Estimated damages were $300.

Missionaries to Africa speaking in Stateburg tonight

Posted by | June 4, 2014 12:50 pm

Grant&WendySTATEBURG – Missionaries Grant and Wendy LeMarquand will speak 6 p.m. today at Church of the Holy Cross, S.C. 261 in Stateburg, seeking to create awareness of their ministry to Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea. Holy Comforter and Church of the Holy Cross are pleased to jointly sponsor these special guests. Come learn the challenges facing the rapidly growing Anglican church in Ethiopia in the midst of a flood of refugees from the troubled Southern Sudan. For more information, call the Rev. Michael Ridgill at (803) 494-8101 or (803) 305-8087, or email; or call Meg Shinall at (803)… Read the rest

Ruiz Foods coming to Florence County

Posted by | June 4, 2014 11:39 am

RUIZFLORENCE – Gov. Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that Ruiz Foods will create more than 500 jobs as it begins operations in a new manufacturing facility there during the next few years. The company, which is based in Dinuba, Calif., and produces frozen Mexican food and snack products, is investing $55 million in the venture, which will be its first facility on the East Coast. Renovation of the facility’s existing building – the former Heinz facility located in the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park – will begin immediately, and the company plans to begin manufacturing a variety of its… Read the rest

Progress: Sugar Hill BBQ

Posted by | June 4, 2014 10:35 am

sugarhill5-bestoneAlonzo “Al Conyers” Witherspoon’s neighbors on Oak Grove Church Road know when he’s working: They can smell the barbecue for miles around. Witherspoon is the third generation of his grandfather’s family to run Sugar Hill BBQ, a business Moise Conyers founded in 1910. His father took over in 1940, and Witherspoon is already training his nephew. “We opened at this location – 3006 Oak Grove Church Road – on Labor Day weekend in 2011,” Witherspoon said. “Our old location, Sugar Hill, which is where we get our name, it burned down, so we decided to put up a new shed… Read the rest

Fizz, Boom, Read!

Posted by | June 4, 2014 9:43 am

Library week 2Harvin Clarendon County Library is offering four exciting reading clubs, titled “Fizz Boom Read!” for the summer, which range from early childhood through adulthood. The Early Literacy Club is for children 3 and younger. The Reader’s Club is for children ages 4-12, who will keep track of how many hours they spend reading to earn prize packages, a free book and the South Carolina reading medal. The Teen Club is for kids ages 12-18, who can earn prizes by keeping track of how many books are read or listened to. The Adult Club is for ages 18 and older who… Read the rest

Progress: Anderson Pharmacy, Summerton Drugs

Posted by | June 4, 2014 9:33 am

Both Anderson Pharmacy and Summerton Drugs have been serving the Clarendon County community for more than three decades. The businesses are owned through a business partnership between Gene Phillips; his son, Trey; and Michael A. “Rock” Ouzts. All serve as pharmacists, with Ouzts working at Anderson in his role as co-owner there. “Being a pharmacist is a great job where you can help people and feel like you’re making a difference,” Ouzts said. “I enjoy being able to help people with their healthcare needs.” An Edgefield native, Ouzts came to Manning in June 1995. He attended the College of Charleston… Read the rest

Cameron Smith named to BJU Dean’s List

Posted by | June 4, 2014 8:21 am

Turbeville native Cameron Smith was one of about 1,400 students at Bob Jones University named to the school’s Spring 2014 Dean’s List. A junior journalism and mass communications major, Smith had to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to qualify for the Dean’s List. Located in Greenville, BJU is a biblically faithful, Christian liberal arts university focused on  educating the whole person to reflect and serve Christ.  BJU offers a unique blend of rigorous academic programs, discipleship, and character and leadership development.

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