Progress: Lyle’s Package Store

Posted by | June 1, 2014 2:57 pm

progressHe’s worked on a riverboat. He’s been a truck driver and gas hauler.

And he motorcycled across the country with a group of friends.

Don Lyles has some good stories.

As the owner and proprietor of Lyles Package Store, the Sumter native left home after high school to work as a deckhand on a riverboat out of Cairo, Illinois. Lyles then worked long hours driving trucks and hauling gas for Young’s Food Stores, but decided that wasn’t for him, either.

“I quit on Thursday and started working at the store on Friday,” he said, drawing a laugh from Aaron Poston, Read the rest

Progress: S&S Beaded

Posted by | June 1, 2014 1:33 pm

S&S beaded jewelry and more 1The four women who started S&S Beaded Jewelry and More earlier this year were simply piggy-backing off the success of S&S Beaded Jewelry, which mother-daughter team Stephanie and Savannah Williams opened in 2011.

“Angelia Wicker, Shirley Mitchell, Savannah and I started S&S Beaded Jewelry and More,” Stephanie Williams said. “Manning needed a place that sold affordable jewelry sets and accessories.”

A Brooklyn, New York native, Williams finished high school at Alfred E. Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia, in 1996, after which she joined the military.

“Then I joined the U.S. Navy,” Williams said. “(That’s where) I met my husband. … Read the rest

Progress: Sumter Beauty College

Posted by | June 1, 2014 12:20 pm

faye-smithFaye H. Smith attended Sumter Beauty College several years before she became its new owner and head instructor.

She graduated from SBC in 1969 while Jo Ann Huggins was still the owner, and eventually attended Clemson University to gain her instructor’s license. But she wasn’t done with her training, the Timmonsville native said.

In fact, she went on to Roy Peters Color Academy, becoming a color specialist, before she ultimately purchased the college in 1975.

“We hold State Board-approved classes for license renewal for registered cosmetologists, along with the classes where students work toward their licenses,” Smith said. “We also … Read the rest

Helen Lawson

Posted by | June 1, 2014 11:12 am

helen-lawsonSUMMERTON – Helen Lawson, 52, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home, 1300 Mac Road in Summerton.

Born Sept. 1, 1961, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Joe Louis Lawson Sr. and Robertha Thames Lawson. She attended Clarendon County public schools, graduating in the Class of 1985 from Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton.

She was a member of Santee AME Church and sang on its Adult Choir.

Survivors include two sisters, Joann (Julius) Davis of Manning and Tewanda Shanta Lawson of Summerton; three brothers, James A. Lawson, Preston (Fannie Mae) Lawson and Joe L. Lawson … Read the rest

Progress: Lake Vue Landing

Posted by | June 1, 2014 10:01 am

Lee and Betty Caudill purchased Lake Vue Landing in May 1994.

Her late husband was raised in Kentucky, she said, with a military background. She grew up in Ohio.

“We were retiring from our main jobs and wanted to move to a warmer climate,” Betty Caudill explained, “but still wanted to be in a climate where the seasons changed. South Carolina was our choice.”

After putting their ice cream and sandwich shop on the market, they started researching other businesses, and during that time, visited relatives in Manning.

They saw Lake Vue Landing was for sale – the scenic beach Read the rest

Progress: Manning Restaurant

Posted by | June 1, 2014 6:58 am

Manning Restaurant was originally a gas station back in the 1950s.

Nowadays folks fill up in a different way.

“It’s just good ‘ol downhome cooking,” said Brandi Wheeler, who took over the Clarendon County fixture in 2009 with her husband Mike. “People love the daily lunch buffet and people love the chicken.”

A native of Maggie Valley, N.C., Wheeler’s father Kenneth Morris moved the family to Alcolu when she was three because of his job with Georgia Pacific.

As a small child, she can remember playing and riding her bike around the restaurant, and always felt drawn to it.

“This Read the rest

Progress: Town of Turbeville

Posted by | May 31, 2014 8:18 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: The late Cindy Thigpen wrote this history shortly before her death in 2013, and presented it to The Manning Times for use in this publication. It is reprinted here, edited only for style and grammar.


turbevilleLocated at the intersection of U.S. 301 and 378, the town of Turbeville lies in the northeast corner of Clarendon County. Clarendon County was named after the first Earl of Clarendon, Earl Hyde. He was one of the eight Lord Proprietors of the Province of Carolina, and a cousin to King Charles III.

Clarendon County was established in 1855, formed out of the Read the rest

Progress: Dwight Stewart and Associates

Posted by | May 31, 2014 5:55 pm

MUGSHOT_Dwight_Stewart_JrThough he grew up in Florence, Dwight Stewart has adopted Summerton as his home.

He chose Manning for his business, Dwight L. Stewart Jr. and Associates LLC, a forest management firm that handles properties for income, hunting or almost any objective one can think of, Stewart said.

“With trees being South Carolina’s No. 1 valued agricultural crop, it is important that landowners manage their timber properly in order to realize the full potential of their investment,” Stewart said. “Whether you own five acres or 50,000, we can help you.”

Stewart founded the business on his own after working as a Read the rest

Progress: Clarendon Memorial Hospital

Posted by | May 31, 2014 2:29 pm

Clarendon Memorial Hospital

Clarendon Memorial Hospital

Clarendon Memorial Hospital has a bright future, according to the chief executive officer of the company that owns it.

“Not only do I see Clarendon Memorial as having a bright future, but I see Clarendon as a leading community healthcare provider in South Carolina,” said Clarendon Health System CEO Richard Stokes. “When I look at our future, I think we’re going to shift our focus to more out-patient rather than in-patient procedures.”

“Clarendon Memorial today won’t be the same Clarendon Memorial in 10 years, as far as how we provide services,” Stokes said. “Services are swiftly moving … Read the rest

Progress: The Lemons

Posted by | May 31, 2014 12:46 pm

LEMONS1Husbands and wives frequently work side-by-side in their day jobs.

Many own businesses together. But few are quite like Wilbert and Ethel Lemon.

The couple has operated their separate businesses side-by-side for a little more than 50 years. Wilbert is the owner of Lemon’s TV Repair and Ethel is the owner of Ethel’s Beauty-a-rama.

“We opened in 1964, somewhere around April,” Wilbert said. “I went to an area trade school in Denmark, and my wife studied (cosmetology). We came back home and set up our businesses right next to each other.”

Today, Wilbert works primarily on TVs, but he also … Read the rest

Progress: Terry’s Exxon

Posted by | May 31, 2014 10:50 am

1985 was a good year for Terry Richburg.

He had opened a convenience store three years earlier, but was approached by Burgess Sprott when the Haleys decided they could no longer run the Exxon station due to health reasons.

“Things just seemed to fall into place and have pretty much been the same since then,” the Clarendon County native said.

Born and raised in Manning, Richburg holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Carolina and finds it rewarding to see happy customers while acknowledging today’s business climate provides many challenges.

“Basically the toughest aspect (of running Read the rest

Progress: T&W Metals

Posted by | May 31, 2014 9:18 am

Jerry and Linda Strickland have owned T&W Metals at 224 Memorial St. in Manning for about seven years.

T&WmetalsBut Jerry was always into the scrap metal business.

“I’ve been in it all my life,” he said. “I started when I was probably 15 years old. And until we did this as a business, I would just work a job and do scrap metal on the side.”

Jerry said he and his wife buy all types of scrap metal, although the couple does not deal with hazardous materials.

“We don’t buy TVs or food cans or propane tanks,” Jerry said. “I … Read the rest

Johnson could face more charges

Posted by | May 31, 2014 8:00 am

MARCO-JAVON-JOHNSONOfficials at the Clarendon County Detention Center say a 26-year-old Summerton man currently facing two charges of attempted murder for a Davis Station shooting on Wednesday night could face even more charges this weekend.

Marco Javon Johnson, whose last known address was on Wash Davis Road in Summerton, turned himself in late Thursday afternoon after a daylong manhunt. Two men were shot at Dameon’s, a nightclub in Davis Station, shortly before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. One shot in the face and chest is recovering in a Florence hospital.

Officials were unsure Saturday morning when Johnson might appear before a county magistrate … Read the rest

Harristeen Lemon-Bozier

Posted by | May 31, 2014 6:08 am

harristeen lemon-bozier

Harristeen Lemon-Bozier

BALTIMORE, Md. – Harristeen Lemon-Bozier, widow of Roosevelt “Roosie” Bozier, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home in Baltimore.

Born Aug. 8, 1921, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Charleton and Lurena Jones Lemon. Known by the nickname “Dutin,” she attended Mt. Zion schools and received her high school diploma. She furthered her education and attended Morris College in Sumter. She was a faithful member of Historic Santee AME Church in Summerton and served as Mother of the Church and with the Stewardess Board, the Women’s Missionary Society and as a Sunday school teach

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Progress: Brown’s Furniture

Posted by | May 30, 2014 7:43 pm

Stan and Jason Brown opened the doors of their namesake business, Brown’s Furniture, on Oct. 15, 2003.

brown'sEnsuring customers get a good value for their dollar was one of the primary reasons the Browns ventured into the furniture industry.

“We felt as though by going into business for ourselves, we would be more in control of the quality of our products and being certain our customers receive the first rate service they deserve,” Stan Brown said.

The Sumter natives feel like being part of the local business community is very rewarding.

“But it’s also a lot of responsibility,” he said. Read the rest

Progress: Red’s Place

Posted by | May 30, 2014 4:49 pm

Open since April 17, 2013, Red’s Place is “always looking for ways to improve,” said Erin Oliver.

“We want to always provide a good, clean, fun atmosphere with top-notch food for years to come,” she said. “We have truly been overwhelmed with the following and support we have received in just our first year.”

redsThough open just a year, construction began at 6322 M.W. Rickenbaker Road in Summerton in November 2012. Patrick Oliver opened the establishment with the help of his dad, Tim Oliver. Red’s is definitely a family-run business

“We have always had a passion for cooking good food,” Read the rest

Loretta “Ret” Gamble Rose

Posted by | May 30, 2014 3:48 pm

Loretta "Ret" Gamble Rose

Loretta “Ret” Gamble Rose

TURBEVILLE — Loretta “Ret” Gamble Rose, 65, wife of LeVern Rose, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Born Oct. 2, 1948, in Turbeville, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Lillian Wells Gamble. She attended Clarendon School District 3 schools. She also studied briefly at Voorhees College, receiving an associate’s degree from Sumter Technical College. For more than 30 years, she dedicated her life to working with the children in her district, her neighborhood and her church.

In her youth, she joined Mt. Sinai AME Church. Later, she joined

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Man injured in wreck recovering in Columbia hospital

Posted by | May 30, 2014 3:03 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol reported Friday afternoon that an elderly man injured in a vehicle wreck on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning early Thursday afternoon is recovering in a Columbia hospital.

The man was driving a 2013 Ford Taurus and was hit from behind by a truck of unknown make and model. The truck’s driver was ticketed for “driving too fast for conditions.”

Lance Cpl. David Jones said the elderly man, whose identity was not disclosed, is recovering at Palmetto Health Richland with non-life threatening injuries.


Clarendon GOP to hold special meeting tonight

Posted by | May 30, 2014 2:40 pm

clarendon GOPThe Clarendon County GOP will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. today at Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway in Manning. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner provided by ladies of the church will be served at 6:30 p.m. Donations are accepted to help the ladies with the costs for these meals. Childcare is also provided for young ones.

Speakers will include S.C. Adj. Gen. Bob Livingston; S.C. Comptroller Gen. Richard Eckstrom; Lt. Governor candidates Pat McKinney and Mike Campbell; Superintendent of Education candidates Gary Burgess and Meka Childs; 6th District Congressional candidate Leon Winn; … Read the rest

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