Spring has sprung — sort of

Posted by | March 24, 2014 11:06 am

Berry Pond picBerry Pond pic The warmth of the weekend has been replaced with blustery winds. You’ll probably need a sweater or perhaps a windbreaker as temperatures are only expected to reach the high 50s with winds out of the east at 7 to 11 mph. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 40 percent chance of rain for our area after 1 a.m., as cloud cover increases and temperatures drop to around 40 degrees. At least it’s sunny, though. Enjoy it while ye may.

Altomese Isaac Cooper

Posted by | March 24, 2014 6:42 am

altomese-cooperaltomese-cooperGABLE — Altomese Isaac Cooper, 91, widow of Columbus Cooper Sr., died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. Born May 13, 1922, in Mayesville, she was a daughter of the late Jefferson Isaac Sr. and Estelle Muldrow Isaac. She attended Goodwill Parochial School of Mayesville. She was employed at Gamecock Vending Co. and Sumter School District 2 at R.E. Davis Elementary School. She was a member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church (USA), where she served on the deacon board, the chancel choir, the sanctuary choir, as a member of the adult Sunday school class, a member… Read the rest

Barbara Ann Allen Scott Bodenheimer

Posted by | March 23, 2014 9:58 pm

Barbara-BodenheimerBarbara-BodenheimerALCOLU – Barbara Ann Allen Scott Bodenheimer, 55, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 26, 1959, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late James Preston Allen and Betty Lee Ballentine Bryant. Survivors include a son, Wallace “Britt” Scott of Alcolu; a daughter, Deedra A. “Dee” Hardy of Alcolu; two granddaughters, Jodi Goodwin and Christy Hardy; two brothers, Donald (Deborah)Allen of Sumter and Richard (Marie) Allen of Columbia; a stepsister, Norma Jean (J.M.) McKenzie of Olanta; three nieces; three nephews; and special family, Faye Ray, Andrea Hodges, Rachel Scott, April Scott, Norris Allen and… Read the rest

Helen Tempney Hodge Smith

Posted by | March 23, 2014 7:54 pm

helen-hodge-smithhelen-hodge-smithFORESTON – Helen Tempney Hodge Smith, 81, widow of Roy Arthur Smith Sr., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 21, 1932, in Foreston, she was a daughter of the late John Henry Hodge and the late Naomi Alsbrooks Hodge. She was a member of Manning First Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Roy A. (Brenda) Smith Jr. of Sumter; a granddaughter, Tiffany Logan Smith of Sumter; a brother, Ledford Hodge of Manning; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Smith; and five brothers. Funeral services… Read the rest

Tara Demetria Graham

Posted by | March 23, 2014 4:24 pm

OLANTA — Tara Demetria Graham died Monday, March 17, 2014. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Believer’s Holiness Convention Center, 4301 U.S. 52 in Coward. Burial followed in St. Mark AME Church, Truluck Road in Olanta. The family received friends at the home. These services were entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

DeLeon Holland

Posted by | March 23, 2014 3:33 pm

DeLeon Holland, died Monday, March 10, 2014. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of William Holland Sr. and Eliza Holland. He was a graduate of local public schools and a veteran of 24 years of service in the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, he also had a career in the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, where he sang with the choir and served as an usher. In recent years, he re-established his home in Chicago. Survivors include a daughter, Ericka (Rossi) Holland; two grandsons; two sisters, Jamie Taylor and Shirley… Read the rest

Man charged for fondling 7-year-old girl’s breast area

Posted by | March 23, 2014 1:51 pm

jimmyleesjimmyleesJIMMY LEE SEES Jr. A 49-year-old Summerton man was charged March 14 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a 63-year-old woman told the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office that she believes the man fondled her 7-year-old granddaughter in her chest area between July and December 2013. Jimmy Lee Sees Jr. of 1233 Rugby Ave. in Summerton was granted a $25,000 surety or cash bond by Magistrate June Briggs on the day of his arrest. He remains detained at the Clarendon County Detention Center as of Sunday, according to the Clarendon County Public Court Index. A report sent to The Manning Times… Read the rest

Animal in roadway on Interstate 95

Posted by | March 23, 2014 1:39 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is responding to an animal in the roadway at the 112 mile-marker on the northbound side of Interstate 95. The call was placed about 1:27 p.m. Sunday. Traffic may be slower during this time.

LMA soccer team defeats Calhoun Academy

Posted by | March 23, 2014 12:44 pm

soccersoccerThe Laurence Manning Academy soccer team defeated Calhoun Academy on Friday away from home after two tough losses to Porter Gaud and Pinewood Prep. Olin Robinson scored the first goal for the Saints from the right side just inside the 18-yard line. Will Wannamaker scored on an assist from Cooper Jolley. Wannamaker went on a four-goal terror for the next 50 minutes. Three shots slipped through the keeper’s hands, and a four-goal on a clean break away. Calhoun scored on a corner kick just before the game ended. The final score was 6-1. The defensive star was John Nguyen. Andrew… Read the rest

Donald Edward Kerl

Posted by | March 23, 2014 12:07 pm

SUMMERTON — Donald Edward Kerl, 81, of Summerton, husband of Patricia Carr Kerl, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Lexington Medical Center in Lexington after a short illness. He was a son of the late Edward and Amy Kerl. He worked maintenance at Federal Mogul in Summerton until his retirement. He taught many about boating and fishing, as he had a love of the water. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Survivors besides his wife include three sons, Dennis, Tim and Jeremy; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren living in Pennsylvania, Maine and South Carolina. Barr-Price Funeral Homes… Read the rest

Debris disposal sites open one more week

Posted by | March 23, 2014 11:04 am

GRACE SURETTE / TIMESGRACE SURETTE / TIMESGRACE SURETTE / TIMES Three of the county’s debris disposal sites will remain open through March 30. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sites include: The Davis Station Recycling Center, 5442 Moses Dingle Road in Davis Station; the Clarendon County Landfill, 2475 J.W. Rhames Road in Manning; and the Turbeville Recycling Center, 1971 Old Manning Road in Turbeville.  

Julia Blondell James Boyd

Posted by | March 23, 2014 9:19 am

Julia Blondell James Boyd, 78, widow of Marion “EJ” Boyd, died  Tuesday, March 19, 2014, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Born June 26, 1935, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Sam James Jr. and Julia Fairey James. She attended Clarendon County public schools and Allen University in Columbia. She was a member of Antioch AME Church from an early age, and after marriage, joined New Hope AME Church. Survivors include five children, Michael (Evon) Boyd, Marion L. (Mary) Boyd, William C. (Janice) Boyd, Kenneth Boyd and Julia Lenora (Harry) Winkler; three brothers,… Read the rest

George Henry Hunter

Posted by | March 23, 2014 12:09 am

george-huntergeorge-hunterSUMMERTON – George Henry Hunter, 79, husband of Margaret Rotunda Hunter, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Martinsville, Va. Born June 15, 1934, in Washington, Conn., he was a son of the late George and Julia Hunter. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Summerton. Survivors besides his wife of Summerton include a daughter, Laurie Barton of Connecticut; three stepchildren, Cheryl Cresci and Arthur Cresci, both of Danbury, Conn., and Joie Hopkins of Martinsville; two brothers; a sister; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchilren. A funeral mass will be… Read the rest

LMA JV softball team defeats OP

Posted by | March 23, 2014 12:02 am

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldThe LMA JV girls softball team defeated Orangeburg Prep in Orangeburg on Friday night, 17-0 in five innings. Lundee Olsen was the winning pitcher, striking out 14 of 18 batters. Baylee Elms was 3-5 with a triple; Morgan Frye was 2-4 with three RBI; and Christian Hodge was 2-2 with a double. This was the first conference game of the season. The team is now 1-0 in conference and 12-0 for the season. The team next plays Tuesday at home against Williamsburg Academy.  

Clarendon Hall softball teams victorious

Posted by | March 22, 2014 10:30 pm

fleur-de-lis-red-mdfleur-de-lis-red-mdThe Clarendon Hall Varsity and JV softball teams both defeated Jefferson Davis Academy on Friday night in Summerton. The Lady Saints won 8-5, with Gracyn Royce picking up the win and going 2-4. Holly Carlisle was 2-4, as was Brittany Bays, who had a double and three RBI. Shannon Corbett and Emily Brunson were also 2-4, and Corbett had a double. Jordan Carter was 3-4 with a double. The JV Lady Saints won 16-6 in six innings, with Devyn Royce going 4-5 with a triple. Bailey Connors also went 4-5. Madison Kidd was 3-4 with a double, as was Lauren… Read the rest

Monarchs lose soccer game to Darlington

Posted by | March 22, 2014 8:25 pm

The Manning High School Monarchs unfortunately lost their first home conference game of the season on Friday night to Darlington, 2-1. The team’s record on the season is 0-1. (Photos provided by Amanda Williamson) MHSsoccer1MHSsoccer1 mhsSOCCER2mhsSOCCER2 mhsSOCCER3mhsSOCCER3

Gregory A. Witherspoon

Posted by | March 22, 2014 6:45 pm

Gregory-WitherspoonGregory-WitherspoonGregory A. Witherspoon, 53, died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Agape Hospice House in Columbia. Born Sept. 4, 1960, in Manning, he was a son of Rosa Ann Witherspoon Garrett and the late Willie Albert Dixon. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 105 Dinkins St. in Manning, with the Rev. George P. Windley Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Manning Cemetery. The casket will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 9 Harvin St. in Manning.  

LMA B-Team girls defeat Robert E. Lee

Posted by | March 22, 2014 5:02 pm

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldThe LMA B-Team girls defeated Robert E. Lee Academy 14-6 on Thursday in Bishopville. Liz Hussey was the winning pitcher and had 15 strikeouts. Keeley Hulse went 3-4 and Trinity Harrington and Olivia Coker went 2-3. Carlie Tsukalas had two hits with a triple. The girls go on the road to Colleton Prep for a game at 4 p.m. Monday.  

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