CCFD responds to grass/woods fire

Posted by | August 29, 2014 6:55 pm

IMG_0016The Clarendon County Fire Department responded about 4 p.m. today to a grass and woods fire that ultimately got out of control.

According to reports, a man on Cassie Lane Drive off Raccoon Road in Manning was burning trash. The first got out of control and burned a fence. No one was hurt in the incident.


JV Saints fall in opening home game

Posted by | August 29, 2014 4:24 pm

fleur-de-lis-red-mdThe Clarendon Hall Junior Varsity football team lost its opening home game Thursday night, falling 20-12 to Patrick Henry Academy, bringing the record to 1-1 on the season.

The Patriots were able to score early with two first-quarter touchdowns, including a 63-yard interception for a touchdown.

The Saints offense sputtered early in the second quarter with a fumble on the Patriot 8-yard line and also drove to the Patriot 25-yard line, but ran out of time as the first half ended. The Saints were able to close the gap, controlling almost the entire third quarter, to score as the fourth … Read the rest

DNR to step-up lake patrols for Labor Day weekend

Posted by | August 29, 2014 3:50 pm

DNR4cCapt. Robert McCullough said boaters on Lake Marion can expect to see more enforcement this weekend from the law enforcement division of the state Department of Natural Resources.

“Lake Marion has been hit hard this year by a lot of deaths and accidents,” McCullough said. “Our goal this weekend is to have everyone enjoy the lake safely and then get home safely.”

McCullough said Lake Marion has had seven deaths this summer – six of those on the Clarendon County side. He said officers will be patrolling to check for safety equipment, including life jackets and fire extinguishers. They will … Read the rest

Four file for three CSD1 seats

Posted by | August 29, 2014 3:16 pm

YourVoteCountsThe Rev. Mitchell Adger, chairman of the Clarendon County School Board, said four candidates filed for three open seats on the Clarendon School District 1 board.

He said incumbents James Jones and John Bonaparte did not file by the deadline, which was noon today. He said incumbent Tony Junious had refiled for his seat on the board. Joining him in the race – which will be decided during the Nov. 4 general election – is James Parson, Cynthia Risher and Keith Bowman.

Arlena Wilson Spann

Posted by | August 29, 2014 3:08 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-8-smallerArlena Wilson Spann, devoted wife of 62 years to Willie Lee Spann Jr., died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 30, 19326, in Bordeau, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Rev. James Maylon and Willie Mae Tucker Wilson.

Survivors include a number of family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the home, 200 Collins St. in Manning.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today in the chapel of Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home.

A service of remembrance for Arlena Wilson Spann will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at … Read the rest

Man stabbed in face during assault adds kidnapping, CSC and assault charges

Posted by | August 29, 2014 1:23 pm

Eric Keith Stephens

Eric Keith Stephens

A 40-year-old Manning man stabbed in the face last week after allegedly attacking a 44-year-old man now faces new charges stemming from a separate incident.

Eric Keith Stephens – whose address has been given as 2426 Home Branch Road and 4191 N. Brewington Road – already faced charges of second-degree assault and battery and unlawful neglect of a child related to an incident that happened Aug. 21 where he allegedly attacked a man early that morning while the man was trying to get to work.

Now, he faces one count each of kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct … Read the rest

Sumter woman and her two adult children charged with shoplifting

Posted by | August 29, 2014 11:39 am

crime-reportA 37-year-old Sumter woman and her 19-year-old son and daughter were arrested Aug. 19 for shoplifting at a store in the 2000 block of Paxville Highway.

Arkell Shaneen Eaglin of 4575 U.S. 15 South in Sumter was charged with shoplifting, according to a report from the Manning Police Department, as were her children, Adrian Jimell Eaglin of 2925 Lens Heavins Road in Sumter, and Adrianna Jidaja Eaglin of 42 Edwards St. in Sumter.

A loss prevention specialist with the store told police about 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19 that Adrian Eaglin took a Survivor iPhone case valued at $35, put it … Read the rest

Wreck with no injuries at 119 Exit in Manning

Posted by | August 29, 2014 11:20 am

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is currently responding to a wreck with no injuries at the 119 exit on Interstate 95 in Manning. The wreck happened about 11:03 a.m. Friday. Traffic could be slower through that intersection during this time.

LMA JV volleyball team 1-2 against Williamsburg

Posted by | August 29, 2014 10:52 am

lma_shieldThe Laurence Manning Academy Junior Varsity volleyball team picked up one win and suffered two losses against Williamsburg Academy at home on Thursday.

The scores were 25-22, 17-15 and 26-16.

Haleigh Lewis and Sarah Collen both had eight serve points. The team plays against Williamsburg Academy in Kingstree next week.


LMA Lady Swampcats go 3-2 against Williamsburg

Posted by | August 29, 2014 10:49 am

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats volleyball team picked up three wins and two losses at home against Williamsburg Academy on Thursday.

The scores were 25-16, 25-22, 25-11, 26-24 and 15-7. Courtney Beatson had 13 kills, while Sara Herbert had 11 kills and 14 serve points. Megan Grams had 12 serve points, and Maia Grams had 10 serve points.


Closed on Labor Day? Tell

Posted by | August 29, 2014 10:13 am

LABOR DAYWe will be posting a list of local businesses that are closed for Labor Day at 6 a.m. Monday.

We know about the banks, the schools and the government offices. And the library. This is for other local entities that want their customers to know they will be closed.

Please send the name of your business to by noon Saturday.


Christian singer spins tragedy into trust in God

Posted by | August 29, 2014 9:26 am

DAWN-SMITH-JORDAN-2“And he said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: For my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

– 2 Corinthians 12:9

It’s a verse that Dawn Smith Jordan remembers discussing frequently with her mother, Hilda, at the Smith family home in Lexington.

And it’s a verse that took on a deeper meaning when Jordan’s 17-year-old sister, Shari Faye, was kidnapped and later found strangled about 20 miles from home in Saluda County.

“Never in a million years did I … Read the rest

Annie Bell Horne Matthews

Posted by | August 29, 2014 9:03 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-3-smallerAnnie Bell Horne Matthews, 98, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, after an illness.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Funeral Home Chapel in Scranton.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to services at the funeral home.

Born April 15, 1916, she was a daughter of the late William “Billy” Hicks and Eva Carnell Hicks. She was a homemaker and a member of Hicks Chapel in Coward. She was a very loving and devoted mother and enjoyed her flower garden. She was first married to the late … Read the rest

Another hot one

Posted by | August 29, 2014 8:48 am

Swimming hole







It’s going to get warm today.

It’s currently about 73 degrees with humidity levels reaching 90 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s high is 95; we should see calm winds out of the southeast at 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight’s low is 69. Tomorrow’s forecast is pretty much the same as today.



Mary Pearl Graham

Posted by | August 29, 2014 5:57 am

Mary Pearl Graham

Mary Pearl Graham

ST. GEORGE – Mary Pearl Graham, 85, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at St. George Health in St. George.

Born June 19, 1929, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Heywrd Graham and Marie Brand Graham.

Celebratory services for Mary Pearl Graham will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at St. John AME Church in the Workman community of Williamsburg County with the Rev. Frederick Johnson, pastor, officiating. The Rev. Larry Collins will assist. Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery.

Mary will lie in repose one hour prior to services.

The … Read the rest

Patricia Young Schuyler Hobbs

Posted by | August 28, 2014 6:34 pm

Patricia Young Schuyler Hobbs

Patricia Young Schuyler Hobbs

SUMMERTON – Patricia Young Schuyler Hobbs, 75, wife of Oscar Talmadge “Rusty” Hobbs Jr., died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 10, 1938, in Florence, Patsy was a daughter of the late Haynes Clinton Schuyler and Nancy Flowers Schuyler. She was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church and a founding member of A Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Survivors besides her husband of Summerton include two daughters, Peggy Hobbs (Michael) Poston of Summerton and Tina Hobbs (Paul) DiBello of Chesterfield, Va.; a sister, Shirley Rodrigue of Atlanta, Ga.; and five grandchildren, … Read the rest

Manning woman charged with food stamp fraud

Posted by | August 28, 2014 4:28 pm

Crime-ReportsA Manning woman was charged Aug. 6 by the state Department of Social Services with fraudulent acquisition or use of food stamps of an amount of $5,000 or more.

Allisia Robinson, 39, of 1094 W.E. Road in Manning, was granted a $2,500 surety bond the day of her arrest at the Clarendon County Detention Center.

A warrant obtained from the Clarendon County Clerk of Court’s Office alleges that Robinson “failed to report, as requested, child support payments” from three separate men, all of whom were verified by Family Court.

The warrant alleges Robinson received a total of $13,861 in Supplemental … Read the rest

James George Pearson

Posted by | August 28, 2014 4:07 pm

James George Pearson

James George Pearson

LAKE CITY – James George Pearson, husband of Patsy Ruth McFadden Pearson, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Born Feb. 28, 1957, in the Davis Station section of Clarendon County, he was a son of James “Jim” Jones and the late Rebecca Pearson and stepson of Evonne Jones. He attended Clarendon County public schools and was a 1975 graduate of Scott’s Branch High School. He was a member of Newlight Missionary Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.

James George Pearson was employed as a truck driver for many years with … Read the rest

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