Coroner: A ‘good while’ before results on skeletal remains come back

Posted by | June 13, 2014 11:07 am

Skeletal remains found in a wooded area off Tearcoat Road in Alcolu last Sunday have been sent to a forensic anthropology lab at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, according to Clarendon County Coroner Hayes F. Samuels.

“They’ve given us no time frame,” Samuels said. “It will take a good while before anything comes back.”

Samuels said researchers at the Texas lab will be matching bone fragments to records from known missing persons cases in in the midlands.

“That will take some time to match-up or rule out anyone whose records they have,” Samuels said.

Maj. Kipp Coker … Read the rest

Fellowship Baptist Missionary Conference

Posted by | June 13, 2014 10:17 am

Fellowship Baptist Church, 705 W. Huggins St. in Manning, will hold a Missionary Conference at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Lucretia Pugh speaking; and 10 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Rosa Fulton and Prophetess Cheryl Graham speaking.

Progress: Manning IGA

Posted by | June 13, 2014 6:34 am

Fannie Dukes shops at IGA for one simple reason.

“The prices,” said the Manning resident, laughing. “Definitely the prices.”

And as a longtime customer, she feels right at home.

“They’re very friendly,” she said. “I know most everyone.”

That’s what store manager Ron Jennings likes to hear, because he’s gotten to know many of his customers over the last few years.

“I like the small town atmosphere of Manning because you get to know a lot of people on a personal level,” he said. “We’re very involved in the community and help out whenever we can with civic groups and … Read the rest

Progress: Mariachi’s

Posted by | June 12, 2014 8:32 pm

Tom Johnson had never been in the restaurant business when he opened his first Mariachi’s restaurant in Sumter more than 18 years ago.

But the venture was successful, leading to his second opening in Manning in 2001.

“I had owned a safety company in Columbia for 20 years,” said Johnson, a Florence native who visits the local Mariachi’s three days each week to check on things. “When I retired, the Sumter location was already running. I’d started looking at other locations in the late 1990s, and this one (on A.M. Nash Road in Manning) was the old lodge building.”

Three … Read the rest

Tindal praises charter school students’ efforts during graduation

Posted by | June 12, 2014 7:37 pm


Ann Herlong

Phoenix High School Class of 2014 Valedictorian Christian Ann Herlong said she won’t miss getting up so early in the morning during the school year.
“But I will miss all my senior friends, all my underclassmen friends and all of my teachers,” Herlong said. “I thank all of the teachers for everything they’ve done for me, for us. They’ve taught us so much, and with what they taught me, I know I’ll go far in life.”
Phoenix High School administration, faculty and staff came together June 5 at Weldon Auditorium to celebrate 14 of its students in the … Read the rest

Gloria Jeanette “Jean” Herrin Thompson

Posted by | June 12, 2014 6:50 pm

Gloria Jeanette "Jean" Herrin Thompson

Gloria Jeanette “Jean” Herrin Thompson

Gloria Jeanette “Jean” Herrin Thompson, 82, widow of Edgar “Ed” Birdell Thompson, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born February 5, 1932, in Blackshear, GA, she was the daughter of the late Hezzie R. and Bessie Brown Herrin. She was a retired registered nurse, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Manning First Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, John W. Keitt III (Lisa) of Liberty; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Ed Wildes of Jacksonville, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by … Read the rest

Manning High grads encouraged to thank those who got them here

Posted by | June 12, 2014 4:21 pm

Valedictorian John Tricoche

Valedictorian John Tricoche

Manning High School Class of 2014 Valedictorian John L. Tricoche ended his speech at Friday’s commencement ceremony by taking a selfie of himself and his fellow graduates.
His speech during the ceremony, however, focused on what the members of the Class of 2014 should be grateful for in moving forward in their lives.
“How many times have we heard the words, or said the words, ‘Man, I’m so ready to graduate,’ or ‘I’m so ready to leave Manning High,’ or even ‘I’m so ready to leave Manning,’” Tricoche said. “We’re now at the point of beginning the … Read the rest

Patel: Graduation bittersweet for Clarendon Hall grads

Posted by | June 12, 2014 2:07 pm

Rushabh Ashish Patel

Rushabh Ashish Patel

Students graduating from high school are used to having family come from far away to come see them on their special night. Friends, family and others come from out-of-state, or even fly cross-country to see the graduates in their families.
But Rushabh Ashish Patel’s family flew halfway around the world to see his.
“Every special occasion has a guest of honor, and while I do not expect you to agree on this, (these people) for me are my grandparents,” said Patel, who was the Clarendon Hall Class of 2014 valedictorian, while addressing 13 fellow graduates on May … Read the rest

Robert Arthur “Bob” Kinsey Jr.

Posted by | June 12, 2014 1:53 pm

SUMTER – Robert Arthur “Bob” Kinsey Jr., 77, husband of Sandra Griffin Kinsey, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lake Marion Nursing Facility in Summerton.

Born Jan. 14, 1937, in Johnston, Pa., he was a son of the late Robert Arthur Kinsey, Sr. and Martha Ellen Boothby Kinsey. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and the retired owner and operator of Complete Computers.

He is survived by his wife of Sumter.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Goff officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Sumter … Read the rest

Sarah Margaret Walter McBride

Posted by | June 12, 2014 1:23 pm

Sarah Margaret Walter McBride, 78, departed this life on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Pooler, Ga.

She was born on March 16, 1936, in Clarendon County, to the late Peter and Elizabeth Davis Walter. She attended the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she joined Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She was joined in holy matrimony to Joseph McBride. After moving to Sumter, she attended Mulberry Baptist Church and later rededicated her life at Victory Non Denominational Church. She moved to Pooler and worshipped at Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship and was a member of the senior ministry.… Read the rest

Summerton man says neighbor stealing electricity

Posted by | June 12, 2014 1:17 pm

Crime-ReportsA 28-year-old man living in the 1000 block of G Circle in Summerton told deputies about 4:20 a.m. June 11 that a neighbor living in the home behind his own has been “stealing electric current from him,” according to a report from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office.

The complainant told deputies that the neighbor is waiting until “late at night and (plugging) an extension cord in an outlet on his back porch and running it back to his house.” The man said he has told the neighbor several times not to do this.

Deputies reported observing an extension cord running … Read the rest

Dems, Reps will have runoff for State Superintendent

Posted by | June 12, 2014 10:20 am

Molly Spearman

Molly Spearman

Both Democratic and Republican voters will have to decide June 24 who will take each party’s respective nomination for State Superintendent of Education in the November general election.

Republicans Molly Spearman and Sally Atwater were neck-in-neck in Clarendon County and in the state, with Spearman ahead slightly with 64,830 votes. Atwater had 63,462.

Molly Spearman

Molly Spearman


Sheila Gallagher

Sheila Gallagher

Democrat Sheila Gallagher was more than 10,000 votes ahead of Tom Thompson, but did not have enough of a majority to make her the clear winner. Gallagher had 42,010 votes to Thompson’s 30,362.

Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson





I’m good at watching golf

Posted by | June 12, 2014 8:34 am

joe_perryI’d like to talk about golf for this column. Not a reality show.

By which, I mean I’m writing about golf while hearing my voice as I type these words. And envisioning my wife not paying attention because I’m talking about golf.

Golf is pretty much my most favorite thing to watch on TV. And I’ve become fairly skilled at watching golf on TV. I know exactly when to order a pizza and almost exactly how much beer I need to purchase for the major tournaments. And when the time comes to drink a few beers and eat pizza while … Read the rest

Turbeville moves monthly meeting to Monday

Posted by | June 12, 2014 6:59 am

turbevilleTurbeville Town Council, due to lack of a quorum for Tuesday’s planned meeting, will hold a public hearing on its 2014-15 fiscal year budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Turbeville Town Hall. There will be a time for public comments during the hearing, with comments limited to three minutes per person.


Recount to determine McMaster’s opponent in lieutenant governor runoff

Posted by | June 12, 2014 5:48 am


Henry McMaster / Courtesy of

Officials are recounting ballots in several South Carolina counties today to determine who between Pat McKinney or Mike Campbell will face former Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster in a runoff June 24 for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

With 46 counties reporting, McKinney was only slightly ahead of Campbell by 1,250 votes. McKinney had 24.36 percent of the vote to Campbell’s 23.95 percent. Clarendon GOP Chairman Moye Graham said a winner between the two will be declared Friday.

Pat McKinney

Pat McKinney

Mike Campbell

Mike Campbell

City plans Red, White and Blue Celebration

Posted by | June 11, 2014 9:15 pm

RED WHITE AND BLUEThe City of Manning will light up the night from 7-11 p.m. July 5 at the Red Barn on Church Street with its Red, White and Blue Celebration. There will be food, music and fireworks. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

Haley signs Read to Succeed Bill

Posted by | June 11, 2014 6:47 pm

COLUMBIA – Gov. Nikki Haley joined S.C. Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, S.C. Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Pamela Lackey and other educational professionals to celebrate her signing of Senate Bill 516, known as the Read to Succeed Act.

“I’m so proud this was a bi-partisan effort because it shows the people of South Carolina that when it comes to educating our children, we are all on the same team and nothing will stand in the way of doing what is right,” said Haley. “This bill says South Carolina isn’t going to let children that can’t read by the fourth grade … Read the rest

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