Johnson trial continues 10 a.m. today at County Admin Building

Posted by | March 12, 2014 7:55 am

Four of 24 planned witnesses in the state’s case against Justin Jermaine Johnson took the stand on Tuesday at the Clarendon County Administration Building. The trial could last into next week, according to attorneys. The state will continue its case today at 10 a.m. Johnson is accused in the April 6, 2011, shooting deaths of his 9-month-old son, Jayden, and the boy’s 59-year-old grandmother, Maxine Caraway. Tuesday would have been the woman’s 62nd birthday, her husband, John, testified.  

Dual Enrollment session

Posted by | March 12, 2014 6:46 am

dual-enrollmentEast Clarendon High School will hold a dual enrollment informational session at 6 p.m. Thursday for juniors, sophomores and their parents.

Dog found in Summerton

Posted by | March 11, 2014 11:45 pm

summerton dogA lost dog was found by a family near Summerton. If you recognize this animal, call our office at (803) 435-8422, and we will get you in touch with the folks who have him/her.

John Hardy wins Clarendon 3 seat

Posted by | March 11, 2014 8:28 pm

John Hardy will join the Clarendon School District 3 Board of Trustees after handily winning a nonpartisan election on Tuesday night. He had 67 votes to James Eugene Coker’s 10. Mark E. Driggers made a strong showing as a write-in candidate, with 32 votes. Hardy will fill Seat 5, currently held by Allen Coker, who decided not to run for re-election. Seat 1 trustee R. Dale McKenzie was unopposed, but had 15 votes nonetheless. Votes will be certified 10 a.m. Wednesday. See the Feb. 13 edition of The Manning Times for more.

Four witnesses testify in first day of Justin Jermaine Johnson’s double-murder trial

Posted by | March 11, 2014 4:45 pm

justin-jermaine-johnson“You made me do this.” Those are the words that Kaisha Caraway says she heard from Justin Jermaine Johnson shortly before he allegedly shot the couple’s 9-month-old in April 2011 at a home on Carissa Lane about seven miles outside of Manning. Johnson is facing a jury this week at the Clarendon County Administration Building for two counts of murder; one count of attempted murder; a count of kidnapping; a count of possession of a weapon during a violent crime; and a count of first-degree burglary. He is also alleged to have killed Caraway’s 59-year-old grandmother, Maxine Caraway, that same… Read the rest

Clarendon Democrats to hold convention

Posted by | March 11, 2014 2:51 pm

DemocratslogoThe Clarendon County Democratic Party Convention will be held 7 p.m. March 20 at Weldon Auditorium. Registration for convention delegates will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Chairman Glenn Ardis at (803) 452-6013.


Rabies clinic at Morris Animal Clinic

Posted by | March 11, 2014 7:35 am

rabies clinicMorris Animal Clinic on Sunset Drive in Manning will hold a rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to noon March 15, with a cost of $8 per animal. State law requires all dogs and cats be vaccinated. For more information, call (803) 435-8001. You may also make an appointment to reduce your waiting time.    

Sam Abraham Martin Sr.

Posted by | March 11, 2014 4:23 am

SUMMERTON – Sam Abraham Martin Sr., widower of Annie Gaymon Martin, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at his home. Born Feb. 7, 1917, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Jack Martin Sr. and Viola Merchant Martin. The family will receive friends at the home, 1053 Veterans Road in Summerton. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel.

Essie Dingle Stukes Cantey

Posted by | March 11, 2014 1:28 am

Essie Dingle Stukes Cantey, widow of Rufus Stukes and Alvin Canty, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Windsor Manor Nursing Facility in Silver. Born July 10, 1923, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late William Dingle and Victoria Ballard Dingle. The family will receive friends at the home, 1528 Joseph Lemon Dingle Road in the Jordan community. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming & DeLaine Funeral Home and Chapel.

Ronnie “Sport Row” McArthur Lyles

Posted by | March 10, 2014 11:08 pm

Ronnie “Sport Row” McArthur Lyles, 46, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 11, 1967, in Union, he was a son of the late Bennie M. and Ethel Robinson Lyles. He was a member of Antioch RMUE Church in Rimini and attended the public schools of Sumter County. Survivors include a brother, Sharod Hannah of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four sisters, Diane Lyles, Benita Lyles Webb, Georgie Hardy and Kimberly (David) Jones, all of Columbia; five aunts, Virginia (Henry) Hill, Georgianna Rainwater, Daisy (Edward) Barnett, Rebecca Carson and a special aunt and uncle, Pearline (King) Robinson;… Read the rest

Lady Saints go 1-3 in Warhawk Invitational Tournament

Posted by | March 10, 2014 10:59 pm

fleur-de-lis-red-mdThe Clarendon Hall Lady Saints competed Saturday in the Warhawk Invitational Tournament at Colleton Preparatory School in Walterboro, winning one game and losing three. The team won against Laurence Manning, 4-3, and lost against Colleton Prep, 4-3; Thomas Heyward, 9-2; and then in a second game against Laurence Manning, 6-4. Holly Carlisle was 6-10, with one double and one inside-the-park homerun. Shannon Corbett was 7-12 and had one double. Aubrey Johnson was 4-8 and had one double. Brittany Bays was 4-10, as was Gracyn Royce. Emily Brunson was 4-9, with a double and a triple. Bays also had two doubles.

Jean Griffin Martin Bell

Posted by | March 10, 2014 10:19 pm

Jean BellSUMMERTON – Jean Griffin Martin Bell, 79, widow of Jack Ryan Martin Sr. and Dr. James Edward Bell Jr., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at her home in Summerton. Born Jan. 21, 1935, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Ervin Theodore and Marie Wells Griffin. She was a member of Summerton United Methodist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Jeannie Martin (John) Gasque of Holly Hill; a son, Jack Ryan (Meg) Martin Jr. of Summerton; three sisters, Virginia Ardis and Kenny (Joe) Avin, both of Summerton, and Lynn (Henry) McKinney of Simpsonville; five grandchildren, Allison Gasque (David) Parler… Read the rest

Schumpert’s works on display in Summerton

Posted by | March 10, 2014 9:44 pm

adam schumpertLake Marion Artisans, 108 N. Main St. in Summerton, will host “The Fantastic Paintings of Adam Schumpert” through March 30. His works “depict action, adventure, bravery, heroism, strong men, fiercely beautiful women, villains, monsters and possibly even a bit of romance,” according to a release from the gallery. His works spans genres that include gaming, science fiction, mystery, fantasy and more. A closing reception will be held March 29. For more information, call (803) 485-2487.


LMA’s soccer team improves to 3-0

Posted by | March 10, 2014 6:56 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy Swampcats’ soccer team improved to 3-0 after beating First Baptist School 5-2. Olin Robinson led the Swampcats with two goals. Austin Stout, Toney Cruz and Will Wannamaker scored one goal each. Laurence Manning will be on the road playing First Baptist again on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

MPS needs PASS monitors

Posted by | March 10, 2014 5:46 pm

SHS.ManningPrimary_hbManning Primary School is looking for monitors for the SCPASS Writing Assessment from 7:45-11 a.m. March 18-19, for one or both of those dates. Prospective monitors will be required to take a 10-minute training with guidance counselor Elizabeth Briley. For more information, call (803) 435-2268, or email ebriley@csd2.org.    

Polls open Tuesday for Clarendon 3 board election

Posted by | March 10, 2014 3:41 pm

Three polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for voters to select their choices for seats 1 and 5 on Clarendon School District 3’s Board of Trustees. James Eugene Coker and John Hardy have filed for the latter seat, while incumbent Dale McKenzie has no opposition for the former. The Clarendon County Election Commission will tally votes at its office on West Keitt Street in Manning on Tuesday night.  

County Council meeting in Turbeville tonight

Posted by | March 10, 2014 3:29 pm

county sealClarendon County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Clarendon School District 3 office, 1177 Atkinson St. in Turbeville. A main item on tonight’s agenda is the possible approval of a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes (FILOT) agreement with Kent International, which plans to open a bicycle manufacturing plant on Greeleyville Highway and invest more than $6 million into the county.    

Taste of New Covenant tickets on sale

Posted by | March 10, 2014 3:01 pm

taste_of_new_covenantThe Taste of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2833 Alex Harvin Highway in Manning, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, with tickets for $15 per person. Children 6 and younger are free. For more information, or tickets, call (803) 473-3677.  

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