Official: Power fully restored in Clarendon County

Posted by | February 22, 2014 12:27 pm

On Saturday about lunchtime, Clarendon County Emergency Management Director Anthony Mack said all county residents have had their power restored. At one point, about 347,000 residents in South Carolina were without power; in Clarendon, that number peaked at 12,000, according to Mack. The vicious winter storm dubbed “Pax” that blanketed the Midlands with ice and snow was responsible for many downed trees and power lines. Crews from Santee Electric, Duke Energy and Black River Electric Co-op swarmed the area to repair the grids only to face difficult and dangerous conditions that slowed progress. Weather prognosticators are unfortunately calling for another… Read the rest


LMA Lady Swampcats win first round of SCISA “AAA” Championships

Posted by | February 22, 2014 9:55 am

perrinjacksonThe Lady Swampcats made a strong effort on Friday night in their first win on the way to the South Carolina Independent School Association AAA Championships at the Sumter Exhibition Center. They defeated Cardinal Newman 48-23. Emily McElveen was the top-scorer for the team, with 20 points. The Lady Swampcats play next at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against Hilton Head Christian.

Iris Merle Soles Fletcher

Posted by | February 21, 2014 10:52 pm

Iris Fletcher 001Iris Merle Soles Fletcher, 74, wife of James Crowder Fletcher, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at her home. Born July 10, 1939, in Newport News, Va., she was a daughter of the late Vernon Coles Soles and Della Merle Green Soles Bendall. She was a member of New Harmony Presbyterian Church. Survivors besides her husband of Alcolu include a son, Mike Fletcher of Columbia; a daughter, Kim (Mike) Carson of Sumter; three grandchildren, Brianna Fletcher of Mt. Pleasant, Keith Carson of Columbia and Brooke Carson of Sumter; a stepsister, Juanita Lewis of Florida. A funeral service will be held at… Read the rest

Clarendon Hall’s Lady Saints win in first round SCISA action

Posted by | February 21, 2014 8:14 pm

Clarendon Hall’s Lady Saints beat Summerville’s Faith Christian Lady Knights early Friday evening at the Sumter Civic Center, 48-42. Head Coach Rick Atkinson said he was proud of his team’s effort in their first round of S.C. Independent School Association (SCISA) playoffs. While he acknowledged the need to improve shooting, Atkinson said he was impressed with their overall play, their ability to force turnovers and grab offensive rebounds. “A win’s a win,” he said, noting how both teams were pretty evenly matched. “I’m real proud of their effort.” His team has four sophomores, he said, who are providing solid leadership.… Read the rest



The Rev. Julia Fordham Brunson

Posted by | February 21, 2014 4:40 pm

juliabrunsonThe Rev. Julia Fordham Brunson, 94, widow of John “Son” Brunson, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning. Born April 3, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Briggs Fordham. She attended Clarendon County public schools. She was a lifelong member of Mount Calvary Fire Baptized Holiness Church,, where she served as the assistant pastor, Sunday school superintendent, deaconess,  missionary warrior, chairman of the finance board, pastor aid board, treasurer of the sick committee, trustee board member and church mother. Survivors include six grandchildren, Carolyn (Curtis) Sherod and Wandalyn Stokes of Anderson;… Read the rest

CCSO warns residents about possible scam

Posted by | February 21, 2014 4:07 pm

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be wary of young salespeople coming to their door. While they cannot guarantee these young people are perpetrating a scam, officials advise that one should always be cautious when making purchases from such salespeople. The city restricts door-to-door sales by making solicitors register; the county has no such restrictions. According to reports, residents in the Taw Caw area near Summerton began getting knocks on their door after 7 p.m. Thursday from young people selling magazines. According to residents, the stories did not match up. One young woman told homeowners that she… Read the rest

Richard Elbert Brewer

Posted by | February 21, 2014 3:49 pm

Richard-E-BrewerRichard Elbert Brewer, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his home. Born Sept. 1, 1944, in Manning, he was a son of the late James Vanolin Brewer and Janie Louise Tobias Brewer. He was a graduate of Manning High School and Columbia Commercial College. He was the parts manager for Clarendon Auto Parts for 30 years, and he was a member of Jordan United Methodist Church. Survivors include two brothers, Welborn A. Brewer (Carolyn) of Manning and J. Wayne Brewer (Pam) of Columbia; three sisters, Erline B. Gamble and Louise B. Thompson, both of Manning, and Janet B. Johnson… Read the rest

Mt. Chapel Black History Program

Posted by | February 21, 2014 3:13 pm

The Education Department Ministry of Mt. Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 5918 S.C. 260 in the Jordan community of Clarendon County, will hold a Black History Program at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with guest speaker Kim Johnson, daughter of Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning. The Rev. Carnell Witherspoon is the host pastor.  


Meet-n-Greet at Clarendon Baptist Church

Posted by | February 21, 2014 12:48 pm

clarendonbaptistThere will be a Meet-n-Greet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the Rev. and Mrs. Jones, the prospective minister of families at Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu. There will be a combined morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, with no 8:45 a.m. service, where the congregation will have an opportunity to listen to the Rev. Jones speak. A vote will be taken immediately following that service.  

Pilot Club attends Leadership Workshop

Posted by | February 21, 2014 12:23 pm

pilotclubFive members of the Clarendon Pilot Club attended a Leadership Workshop in North Myrtle Beach on Jan. 11. Pictures are Hope Turner, Donna Thames, Peggy Benton, Norma Andrews and President Sandra Brewer.  

County to keep debris removal sites open through March 2

Posted by | February 21, 2014 11:50 am

workClarendon County has extended the opening of debris disposal sites through March 2. The sites are for the disposal of all vegetative debris associated with the effects of Winter Storm Pax.   7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through March 1 Noon to 5 p.m. March 2.   Davis Station Recycling Center, 5442 Moses Dingle Road in Davis Station; Turbeville Recycling Center, 1971 Old Manning Road in Turbeville; The Clarendon County Landfill, 2475 J.W. Rhames Road in Manning; Panola Recycling Center, 4773 Gov. Richardson Road in Summerton; Wash Davis Road Site… Read the rest

Ronald Cecil McCollister

Posted by | February 21, 2014 9:30 am

Ronald Cecil McCollister, 71, husband of Shirley Smith McCollister, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at his home. Born Feb. 28, 1942, in Montgomery, Ala., he was a son of the late Robert Cecil McCollister and Mattie Sue Clark McCollister. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired at Shaw Air Force Base. He was a member of the Sergeants Association; the Veterans of Foreign Wars; the National Rifle Association and the Goat Island Boat Club. Mr. McCollister was best known for his original wood-carvings and paintings. His claim to fame in Clarendon County were his Goat Island Boat Paddles… Read the rest

Red Cross tips to avoid kitchen fires

Posted by | February 21, 2014 8:59 am

american red crossThe Sandhills Chapter of the American Red Cross recommends the following tips to help residents avoid kitchen fires: Check food regularly and remain in the home while cooking. Enforce a “kid-gree zone” in the cooking area, and make children stay at least three feet away from the stove. Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any appliance in the kitchen that generates heat. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to receive proper training on the use… Read the rest


NC Santee Electric lineman injured near Foreston

Posted by | February 20, 2014 8:33 pm

line Authorities are asking residents to be careful driving around the county after an out-of-state lineman for Santee Electric was injured on Sunday after an incident with a speeding car. The North Carolina man has remained on the job. Steve Pendleton, was working on U.S. 521 near Foreston when his crew heard a car heading toward them. The car hit another, spun around, and a fellow lineman pulled Pendleton out of the way. Grazed by the vehicle, Pendleton broke his kneecap. He has remained on the job, however, according to Santee Electric Community Relations Manager Adrel Stone Langley.

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