Hospital board approves USDA Rural Development loan

Posted by | July 29, 2014 1:35 pm

Clarendon Memorial HospitalThe Clarendon Health System board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon during a special meeting on a loan agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development that would provide $2.99 million to help the hospital refinance existing debt.

Board attorney Margaret Pope said a $7.25 million Wells Fargo loan from 2011, with just less than $5.8 million outstanding, has “very, very onerous covenants,” terms she has been advising the board ned to be renegotiated. The hospital will issue $3 million in revenue bonds to cover the rest of the loan, and will take out a mortgage per the agreement with … Read the rest

One of seven suspects turns himself in

Posted by | July 29, 2014 12:07 pm

Jerome Felder

Jerome Felder

One of seven suspects wanted by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office on various drug charges has turned himself in.

Capt. Ricky Richards said Tuesday that Jerome Felder of 1139 Furse Road in Summerton turned himself into authorities Friday. He was charged with one count each of distribution of crack cocaine, first offense; distribution of crack cocaine within proximity of a school; and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Court records indicate he posted a $1,000 surety bond on each charge the day of his arrest.

Six suspects are still being sought in the case.

Say hello to Zaith Bauer

Posted by | July 29, 2014 10:58 am

Zaith Bauer

Zaith Bauer

Wilmington, N.C., native Zaith Bauer is the only one of 10 medical students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine with a wife and child that traveled with him to Manning. A biology major from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he said he and his wife, Delilah, enjoy the “nice, safe, quiet atmosphere” Manning provides for them and their 7-month-old daughter, Nola.

Raymond Hodge

Posted by | July 29, 2014 10:51 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-2-smallerRaymond Hodge, 90, widower of Mary Theresa Ann Hodge, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Wade Hampton Hodge and Annie Dell Bryant Hodge. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Mr. Hodge was a World War II veteran and a member of the 83rd Army Infantry Division that invaded Normandy. He retired from Sumter Laundry and Cleaners after 63 years of service.

Survivors include four children, LaNell Roberts, Jo Ann (Jack) Logan, Ray (Gail) Hodge and Cheryl (Les) Weatherly, all of Sumter; … Read the rest

Margaret Theresa Epperson Mooneyhan

Posted by | July 29, 2014 10:45 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerPINEWOOD – Margaret Theresa Epperson Mooneyhan, 82, wife of Vernard Ashton Mooneyhan, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Wilmington, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Robert F. Epperson and Theresa Weeks Epperson.

Survivors besides her husband of Pinewood include hree sons, Michael Bryant Mooneyhan and Robert David Mooneyhan, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Vernard Ashton (Buck) Mooneyhan Jr. of Lexington; and two grandchildren, Emily Madigan Mooneyhan and Savannah Marie Mooneyhan.

Graveside services for Margaret Theresa Epperson Mooneyhan will be held at noon today at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. George Gain officiating.… Read the rest

Man says son threatened to kill him over $5

Posted by | July 29, 2014 10:01 am

Crime-ReportsA 55-year-old man living in the 300 block of Hartwell Street in Manning told the Manning Police Department about 11:11 p.m. July 19 that his 24-year-old son became “irate and boisterous” after the older man refused to give his son $5 for cigarettes. He said his son then told him that “he needed to walk outside with him because he was going to hurt and kill him,” according to reports. The man told police his son grabbed a screwdriver and threatened to use it against him. The son was later charged with disorderly conduct and posted a $257 personal recognizance

City Council discusses grant opportunities

Posted by | July 29, 2014 8:44 am

MANNING-SEALManning City Council held a workshop Monday to discuss several Community Development Block Grant opportunities with a representative from the Santee Lynches Regional Council of Governments.

Mayor Julia Nelson, Councilman Clayton Pack and Councilwomen Diane Georgia and Sherry Welle indicated they’d like to look at a grant that would allow the city to demolish several condemned homes in the Fleming neighborhood.

See Thursday’s Manning Times for more.

Coroner: Mother, son killed in I-95 wreck

Posted by | July 28, 2014 5:56 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolA 27-year-old North Carolina woman and her 11-year-old son were killed in a wreck at the 117 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 on Monday afternoon.

Maria Susenna-Ocompos of Monroe, N.C., was driving northbound in the right lane of I-95 when a right tire blew out on her vehicle, forcing her into the left lane where she made contact with another vehicle. According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, she then left the highway and made broadside contact with a tree.

Clarendon Coroner Hayes Samuels said both the woman and her son, Onesimo Jimenez, were declared dead at the … Read the rest

Event chips away at racial divisions, political differences

Posted by | July 28, 2014 5:31 pm

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Leon Winn was having fun.

The 59-year-old pastor of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church had run into a little rain Sunday morning, so he was late. And when he strode to the pulpit, he was still wearing his leather vest. A bandana was tied on his head.

He’s a biker. And a man of faith. He recently lost in the Republican primary to face off against longtime 6th District U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., but he’s … Read the rest

Ruth Jeanette Cannon Smith

Posted by | July 28, 2014 5:20 pm

Ruth Jeanette Cannon Smith

Ruth Jeanette Cannon Smith

Ruth Jeanette Cannon Smith, 80, widow of Sam David Smith Jr., died Friday, July 25, 2014, at her daughter’s home after an illness.

Born Feb. 23, 1934, in Williamsburg County, she was a daughter of the late William A. and Josephine Medlin Cannon. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and retired from Southern Bell as a telephone operator. Mrs. Smith was a member of Bloomingvale Baptist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda S. (Mackie) Driggers of Moncks Corner, Iris E. Smith-McGowan of Holly Hill, and Monica S. (Bob) Bradley of Pineville; two sisters, Lois … Read the rest

Manning Times seeking sales executive

Posted by | July 28, 2014 4:56 pm

MT-STICKERThe Manning Times, a weekly newspaper in Clarendon County and one of the oldest in the Santee Cooper region, is seeking a motivated, personable sales executive for full-time work. The ideal candidate must have reliable transportation, good communication skills and be good with the public. Please send resumes, with references, to, or drop off at 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Say hello to Ryan Moss

Posted by | July 28, 2014 3:28 pm


Ryan Moss

Inman native Ryan Moss, 28, is one of the oldest students from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine who will be working at Clarendon Memorial Hospital for the next two years. The USC Upstate graduate has a degree in biology with a pre-med emphasis and said he’d heard lots of “really good things about Clarendon County, so I ranked this hospital high when I was selecting places to do my residency.” He is one of 10 students studying at the hospital in the program. will feature eight of the 10 students throughout the week.

Two people dead in I-95 wreck

Posted by | July 28, 2014 3:17 pm

wreck-on-95Two people have died from injuries received in a wreck at the 117 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Manning. The wreck happened about 1:39 p.m. Monday.

Harold Parks Pritchard

Posted by | July 28, 2014 2:59 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-smallerTAMPA, Fla. – Harold Parks Pritchard, 64, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Florida.

Born Feb. 14, 1950, in Mobile, Ala., he was a son of the late Harry McLemore Pritchard Jr. and Louise Neal Pritchard.

Survivors include three brothers, Carlos Pritchard and Buck Pritchard, both of Manning, and Gary (Tissa) Pritchard of Rutherfordton, N.C.; three sisters, Debbie Shantie of Seattle, Wash., Dorothy Pritchard of Melbourn, Fla., and Tina (Joey) Hansen of Sumter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry M. “Mack” Pritchard III.

Services will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home & … Read the rest

Coroner’s Office called to wreck on I-95

Posted by | July 28, 2014 2:55 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolDispatch has called the Coroner’s Office to a wreck with injuries on Interstate 95. According to reports, the wreck happened near the 117 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. will have an update when it is available.

Wreck with injuries on I-95

Posted by | July 28, 2014 2:04 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol and other emergency responders are currently working a wreck with injuries near the 117 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 between Manning and Summerton. Reports indicate that responders have called for a helicopter.

Relief from the dog days of summer?

Posted by | July 28, 2014 1:57 pm

Dog days

Janie likes air conditioning.

According to the National Weather Service, heat index values could reach 104 today. However, a hazardous weather outlook has been issued for east central Georgia and central South Carolina, as the potential exists for some strong to possibly severe thunderstorms this afternoon ahead of an advancing cold front. Damaging winds are seen as the main threat, along with the possibility of hail.

Winds are currently out of the west at 16 to 18 mph. Temperatures tonight could drop to the high 60s with winds out of the west at 6 to 9 mph.



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