Manning announces special election for Witherspoon’s seat

Posted by | April 15, 2014 4:18 pm

The Manning Municipal Election Commission has announced a special election for the District 5 seat held by the late Gregory Witherspoon. Gregory-WitherspoonWitherspoon died March 20 after an illness. Filing opens noon May 12 and continues through noon May 23 at City Hall, 29 W. Boyce St. in Manning. The fee is $50.  

Light on the charm, heavy on the vapid

Posted by | April 15, 2014 4:11 pm

I have finally been suckered into watching and thinking about a reality TV show. It’s obviously scripted and not actual real reality, but if you’ve seen “Southern Charm” on the Bravo network, you know it follows the lives of several people in Charleston who have too much money and spend their time drinking, arguing, hooking up, wearing different outfits and drinking. I should note that I’m not a fan of reality TV because I generally dislike things that are stupid. Probably the most dreaded thing I’ve ever heard my wife say was, “Oh, I think The Bachelor’s on tonight.” The… Read the rest

Vernell Ragins

Posted by | April 15, 2014 2:21 pm

Vernell Ragins died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. Born on Nov. 22, 1934, in Sumter County, he was the youngest of 10 children born to the late Eula Lee Harvin Ragins and Elijah Ragins.  Until his failing health, Vernell was a faithful member of Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist church. Survivors include his wife, six children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. today at the chapel of Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church, 7827 S.C. 261… Read the rest

Lillie Irene Gay DuBose

Posted by | April 15, 2014 2:07 pm

Lillie Irene Gay DuBose, 85 of Manning, formerly of Lumpkin, Ga., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. DuBose had been living in her home in Manning. Irene-DuBoseBorn May 11, 1928, in Dodge County, Ga., Lillie Irene Gay DuBose was a daughter of William Arthur Gay and Nina Lorene Ryals. Irene Gay married Jesse Isaiah DuBose, who was a lawyer.  When they moved to Lumpkin, she was hired as the home economist for Stewart County.  Jesse opened a law office in Stewart County. Irene’s professional career began in February 1950. She taught home economics to high school… Read the rest

Wreck with injuries at Silver, Peacock roads

Posted by | April 15, 2014 1:47 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol and other emergency responders are currently working a two-car wreck with injuries in the vicinity of Silver and Peacock roads. Traffic may be slower during this time. The extent of injuries are unknown. There was no entrapment in the vehicles, but back-up has been called for traffic control.

UPDATE: Overturned truck sends driver to hospital

Posted by | April 15, 2014 12:11 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe driver of an 18-wheeler who drove the vehicle off the left side of U.S. 15 North about two miles from the Sumter-Clarendon line was transported by Clarendon EMS to Clarendon Memorial Hospital, according to Fire Chief Frances Richbourg. Richbourg and firefighters responded to the wreck about 7:20 a.m. today due to reports of a fuel leak from the truck, which was hauling food products. “The leak wasn’t much at all,” she said. “Once we got to looking at it, we didn’t see that much leaking out.” Over the scanner firefighters estimated about 10 gallons of fuel trickled out of… Read the rest


Thelma Kathryn “Kathy” Flowers

Posted by | April 15, 2014 7:30 am

ANDALUSIA, Ala. – Thelma Kathryn “Kathy” Flowers, 57, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at her home in Andalusia. Kathy-Flowers-001Born April 16, 1956, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late William Oliver White, Sr. and Thelma White.  She was a member of the Beva Baptist Church of Andalusia. Survivors include two daughters, Jessica Lowder (Bill) of Manning and Dana Walton (Brad) of Florida; one brother, Billy White (Pat) of Manning; a sister, Linda McClendon (Don) of Georgia; and three grandchildren, Bailey & Thomas Lowder and Miles Walton. A visitation will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Stephens Funeral Home.… Read the rest


Anthony: $443K deficit for first reading of County Budget

Posted by | April 14, 2014 10:25 pm

lynden-anthony-budgetClarendon County Controller Lynden Anthony told Clarendon County Council on Monday night that there is currently a $443,194 deficit in the proposed budged for the 2014-15 fiscal year. “We do have a deficit for first reading, but we will come back at second reading hopefully having balanced that,” Anthony said. Anthony estimated the county would spend about $19,460,234 in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. This is about $1.2 million more than the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. He said the county will bring in about $19,017,040 in revenue. See the April 17 edition of The

Lady Swampcats defeat Wilson Hall in Sumter

Posted by | April 14, 2014 8:25 pm

lma_shieldThe Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats won 4-1 in eight innings on Monday against Wilson Hall in Sumter. Courtney Beatson had two hits and was the winning pitcher. Emily McElveen had a hit and Maddie Cantley had two.  

2014-15 budget major focus of Clarendon County Council meeting

Posted by | April 14, 2014 3:00 pm

The fiscal year budget for 2014-15 will be a major focus of the regular meeting of Clarendon County Council, which will be held 6 p.m. today at council chambers in the Clarendon County Administration on Sunset Drive. The meetings are open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend.  

Library to hold Teddy Bear Picnic

Posted by | April 14, 2014 2:34 pm

Teddy-Bear-PicnicHarvin Clarendon County Library in Manning will hold a Teddy Bear Picnic during National Library Week at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Join us for stories, songs and activities. Be sure to ring a picnic lunch and your teddy bear! This program is for toddlers, preschoolers and their parent or caregiver. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Historical Society to visit Hartsville

Posted by | April 14, 2014 11:17 am

The Clarendon County Historical Society’s annual Spring Tour will be May 15. This year, the society will be visiting several locations in Hartsville, including Coker College, Kalmia Gardens, First Baptist Church chapel, the Hartsville Museum and much more. They will gather at 7:30 a.m. May 15 in the parking lot of First Baptist Church in Manning, and will leave by 8 a.m. Some walking will be required, so wear comfortable shoes. No high heels, please. Historical Society trips are popular and fill-up quickly, so please respond early. Reservations will be taken in the order in which they are received, with… Read the rest

Cornell Prince

Posted by | April 14, 2014 11:12 am

SUMTER – Cornell Prince, 85, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. Born Sept. 27, 1928, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Robert Prince and Ann Toney Prince. He was a member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church, and retired from Indian River Terminal Inc. of Fort Pierce, Fla. Survivors include two daughters, Queen P. Jackson and Connie Ann Prince, both of Fort Pierce; and a son, George White of Fort Pierce; three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Jasper Prince of Whiteville, N.C.; two sisters, Moszell Johnson and Mildred McBridge; and a special cousin… Read the rest

Celebrate National Library Week

Posted by | April 14, 2014 10:04 am

This week, Harvin Clarendon County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. NATIONAL-LIBRARY-WEEKLibraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues. Librarians work with elected officials, small business… Read the rest

Spencer McGarrett Washington

Posted by | April 14, 2014 9:02 am

Spencer McGarrett WashingtonHOLLY HILL – Spencer McGarrett Washington, 40, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in Galveston, Texas. Born Sunday, Dec. 16, 1973, in Charleston County, he was a son of David Washington of Holly Hill and Bertha Washington of Ladson. At an early age, he joined Greater Unity AME Church. He grew up in Holly Hill, and attended Orangeburg County public schools. He was a 1992 graduate of Holly Hill-Roberts High School. He was most recently employed at Dixie Turbine Service. Survivors besides his parents include his daughter, Charity D. Washington of Vance; three brothers, Chris (Natalie) Washington of Bolton, N.C., Rodney… Read the rest



Crystal Elaine Myers Gousby Singleton

Posted by | April 14, 2014 6:18 am

SUMTER – Crystal Elaine Myers Gousby Singleton, wife of Ryan K. Singleton, died Tuesday, April 5, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. crystal-singletonBorn May 22, 1987, she was a daughter of Dwayne Gousby and Nichelle N. Smith, and stepdaughter of Ulysses Smith. She attended Sumter County public schools and was a 2005 graduate of Lakewood High School. She gave her life to Christ at an early age at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors besides her husband, mother, father and stepfather include a son, Ke’Mauri Singleton; her  mother-in-law, Doreatha Singleton; her father-in-law, Eugene Fullard; three sisters, Deanna Myers (James Woods),… Read the rest

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