John Henry Horton IV

Posted by | October 6, 2014 8:46 pm

John Henry Horton IV

John Henry Horton IV

John Henry Horton IV, 18, died Saturday, October 4, 2014, in Anderson.

Born May 10, 1996, in Manning, he was the son of John Henry Horton III and DeeDee Sexton Horton. He was a senior at Laurence Manning Academy, a member of the Swampcat Varsity Baseball Team, he attended F.E. DuBose Vocational Center and he was a member of Clarendon Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents; a sister, Tolley Adele Horton; a brother, Kyle Gregory Horton;

paternal grandparents, Jack and Judy Horton; maternal grandparents, Ken and Janet Sexton; maternal great grandparents, Jack and Mabel … Read the rest

Paxville native asking for shoe donations

Posted by | October 6, 2014 7:11 pm

Tiffany Johnson poses with a child who received shoes through Soles4Souls.

Tiffany Johnson poses with a child who received shoes through Soles4Souls.

Paxville native Tiffany Johnson is partnering with friends in her home community to get donations of shoes during October for Soles4Souls. We posted this piece for her Sept. 22. Collection will run through Oct. 31, and the goal is 30,000 pairs. They take all kinds of shoes, including high heels, sandals, boots and athletic shoes. New and used. Shoes can be dropped off in Clarendon County at Manning Early Childhood Center on Raccoon Road. To donate money, visit

District 2 screening students for Gifted and Talented

Posted by | October 6, 2014 4:50 pm

gifted and talentedClarendon School District 2 has started screening students for possible placement in the district’s Gifted and Talented Academic PRIDE Program.

The district conducts census testing of all second graders each fall on the Cognitive Abilities aptitude test and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills achievement test to identify students for the PRIDE program, which begins in third grade.

Students in third through eighth grades who are new to the district, or those who have not been identified through census testing, may be referred for screening by administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, parents, peers or themselves.

Oct. 15 is the deadline for … Read the rest

Pets of the Day: Christa

Posted by | October 6, 2014 4:32 pm

ChristaChrista is an 11-month-old female Jack Russell mix. She is up-to-date on her shots and has been spayed. She is good with other dogs, cats and children. She is food-aggressive. Stop by and meet her in person at A Second Chance Animal Shelter on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning. Call (803) 473-7505 for more information, or visit

Clarendon 1 to provide free screenings

Posted by | October 6, 2014 2:18 pm

CHILD FINDClarendon School District 1 will conduct free vision, hearing, speech and developmental screenings as part of a child find effort to identify students with special needs. The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Thursday of each month at Summerton Early Childhood Center. Those dates are Oct. 9; Nov. 13; Dec. 11; Jan. 8, 2015; Feb. 12, 2015; March 12, 2015; April 9, 2015; May 14, 2015. For more information, call Sadie Williams or Audrey Walters at (803) 485-2325, ext. 221.

John Ervin Dowe

Posted by | October 6, 2014 2:11 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-8-smallerSUMMERTON – John Ervin Dowe died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Summerton, with burial following in Ivory Cemetery in Davis Station, directed by People’s Funeral Home of Pamplico.

A public viewing will be held from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at King-Field Mortuary Chapel of Summerton.

The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Sharon Barno, 4100 Broad St., Lot 114 in Sumter.

Memorial and condolence messages may be left for the family at

EC Booster Club holding Golf Ball Drop to raise funds for athletic programs

Posted by | October 6, 2014 12:40 pm

ball-dropThe East Clarendon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor a Golf Ball Drop on Oct. 17 during halftime at the East Carolina v. Hannah-Pamplico football game, which will also be Senior Night.

The balls will be dropped via helicopter onto the practice3 football field, and the closest ball to the flag will win at least $1,000.

“We are doing this to raise money for our athletic teams,” said Freddie “Crash” Huth.

Golf balls are $10 each, and may be purchased from athletes, students or club members. For more information, call Huth at (843) 495-0741.

Paxville Baptist Church fall revival

Posted by | October 6, 2014 12:25 pm

church-news-pink-purple-featuredPaxville Baptist Church will continue its Fall Revival  7 p.m. today through Wednesday, with Chris Wells as guest speaker. Everyone is welcome to come and worship with the congregation.


Marie Sweat

Posted by | October 6, 2014 12:20 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerMarie Sweat, 50, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at her home, 1315 Bentley Court in Columbia.

Born May 25, 1964, in Manning, she was a daughter of Jeanette Scott Sweat and the late Ike Sweat.

The family will receive friends at the home of her mother, 1226 Travis Lane in Manning.

These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.


2-vehicle wreck with no injuries on I-95

Posted by | October 6, 2014 12:00 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a two-vehicle wreck at the 117 mile-marker in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. The wreck, which happened about 11:52 a.m. Monday, did not produce entrapment or injuries. Traffic may be slower during this time.

VA offering free flu shots to veterans

Posted by | October 6, 2014 11:33 am

get-your-flu-shot.shutterstock_41863411-300x239The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, is offering the seasonal flu vaccine at no cost to veterans. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Veterans may visit primary care and outpatient clinics to get the shots by either scheduled appointments or by walk-in.

Walk-ins are also welcome at Dorn’s Mental Health clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Veterans who have not applied for VA health care should visit

Lady Swampcat varsity volleyball vs Wilson Hall photo gallery 2

Posted by | October 6, 2014 11:05 am

Friends in high places

Posted by | October 6, 2014 10:42 am

joe_perryI was recently contacted by an Israeli banker. We’re now good friends. Ms. Yael Ronen explained that her recently deceased client shares the same last name as I and is wondering if I might like to take over his riches?

Here’s the background:

Ok, good.

So I got an e-mail that began better than most e-mails I get:

Dear Mr. Perry –

I hope this finds you well. It is fortuitous that we should meet. Perhaps we can meet for dinner? I will find myself in the city of New York next month, on the 15th. I would like Read the rest

Ann Lumpkin Nelson Brunson

Posted by | October 6, 2014 10:37 am

Ann Lumpkin Nelson Brunson

Ann Lumpkin Nelson Brunson

ALCOLU – Ann Lumpkin Nelson Brunson, 81, widow of Ruthven Plowden Nelson Sr. and James Wesly Brunson, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at Covenant Place in Sumter.

Born March 9, 1933, in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Bryan Hopkins Lumpkin Sr. and Francis Herren Lumpkin. She was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, a retired secretary and a member of New Harmony Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, U.S. Navy Reserves Capt. Ruthven Plowden Nelson Jr. (Eva) of McKinney, Texas; a stepson, Mark Brunson of Alcolu; a stepdaughter, Sandra Edens (Hank) … Read the rest

Cool and clear

Posted by | October 6, 2014 8:50 am

IMG_9653_edited-1It’s about 48 degrees out there with 87 percent humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

We’ll see plenty of sun today with gradual warming and a high in the upper 70s with winds out of the south at 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight’s low is around 53.



Phillips-Poole Wedding Announcement

Posted by | October 6, 2014 8:40 am


Ron Wingard Photography

Kirby Carolyn Phillips and Richard “Ricky” Doyle Poole III were united in marriage Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at Southern Turbeville Methodist Church in Turbeville.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Grey Coker Jr. of Turbeville and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thomas Phillips of Cades; the maternal granddaughter of Cecelia Powell Beasley of Turbeville and the late Bennie Thomas Beasley Jr.; and the paternal granddaughter of Carolyn Kirby McCutchen of Cades, James David “Jimmie” Phillips and the late Ronald Wayne “Dick” McCutchen.

She is a 2005 graduate of East Clarendon High School, and received … Read the rest

Pets of the Day: Gemini

Posted by | October 6, 2014 4:39 am

geminiGemini is a 6-month-old orange and white domestic shorthair male cat.  He is a sweet boy that loves to nuzzle up against you.  Gemini is ready for you to adopt him.

Stop by and meet him in person at A Second Chance Animal Shelter on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning. Call (803) 473-7505 for more information, or visit

Manning man killed in Anderson wreck

Posted by | October 6, 2014 3:26 am

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolAn 18-year-old Laurence Manning Academy student was killed and a 17-year-old Sumter boy was injured Saturday night in a wreck just outside of Anderson.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore told The Greenville News Sunday that John Henry Horton IV of Manning died at the scene of the wreck, which happened at U.S. 76 and Clemson Boulevard.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said Horton was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup about 1.45 miles north of Anderson when he and a 22-year-old man driving a 1995 Buick collided. Horton’s vehicle overturned, and he was partially ejected, Keller said.

The … Read the rest

Mary Elizabeth Thompson Gutstein

Posted by | October 5, 2014 8:47 pm

Mary Elizabeth Thompson Gutstein

Mary Elizabeth Thompson Gutstein

HARTSVILLE – The beautiful and brave Mary Elizabeth Thompson Gutstein, 47, wife of David Scott “Dave Gutstein, died Saturday, October 4, 2014, after an extended battle with brain cancer.

Born December 27, 1966, in Manning, Beth was the daughter of David Hugh “Dickie” Thompson Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Geddings Thompson. Mary Beth grew up in the Home Branch Community and graduated from Manning High School in 1985. She was employed by the United States Probation Office in Florence for 23 years. She was loved by her family Read the rest


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