Bethune sentenced to a year in prison on Medicaid fraud charges

Posted by | April 11, 2014 9:46 am

willie-bethuneA Gable man running for the House District 64 seat currently held by Dr. Robert “Bobby” Ridgeway was sentenced to one year in prison in a Columbia courtroom this week after a conviction on 10 counts of Medicaid fraud.

Willie Bethune was accused in 2010 of forging parents’ signatures while working as a social worker in order to sign-up students for programs those parents would neither need nor want. He worked for Youth Options, which had an agreement to provide counseling services to students in Clarendon School District 1. No services were ever provided, according to J. Mark Powell, a … Read the rest

Deacon Gussie Thames

Posted by | April 11, 2014 6:30 am

ALCOLU – Deacon Gussie Thames Sr., 78, husband of Evangelist Dorothy Gray Stukes Thames, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at his home.

Born May 1, 1935, in Manning, he was a son of the late Daniel K. “D.K.” Thames and Ruth Pearson Thames.

The family will receive friends at the home, 6636 Sumter Highway in Alcolu.

Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning will announce arrangements.



Jessie Mae Mitchell

Posted by | April 11, 2014 12:01 am

Jessie Mae Mitchell, 82, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at High Point Regional Hospital in High Point, N.C.

Born Dec. 25, 1931, in Cumberland, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Malachi and Susan Johnson Hampton and stepdaughter of the late Lou Hampton.

The family will receive friends at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Gwendolyn Mitchell, 6552 Silver Road in Manning.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC.

Golf fans rejoice as The Masters is finally here

Posted by | April 10, 2014 11:32 pm


The best, and most important sporting event in all of recorded human history got underway today when a trio of legendary golfers hit a single golf shot apiece.

In the early morning chill on the first tee of Augusta National Golf Club, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus hit drives in their role as honorary starters, officially kicking off The Masters, an enduring legacy since 1934.

In the field are 97 golfers representing 21 countries — six are amateurs, 24 are making their first appearance and 19 are Masters champions.

Who will win this year’s green jacket?

Defending champion … Read the rest

Ronnie Markice June Jr.

Posted by | April 10, 2014 7:26 pm

SUMTER – Ronnie Markice June Jr. died April 7, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 18, 2014, he was a son of Ronnie Markice June Sr. and Erica Bell.

Survivors besides his parents include a sister, MiKiyha Chatman; two brothers, MiKel Chatman and Lsaiha June, both of Sumter; maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; maternal great-grandparents; maternal great-great-grandmother; three aunts; and four uncles.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Congruity Presbyterian Church, 3750 Congruity Road in Gable, with Dr. Gloria Willliams officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home, 3-B Somerset Drive in Sumter.

These … Read the rest

Charles George Klein

Posted by | April 10, 2014 5:19 pm

Charles George Klein, 70, husband of Amy Joan Cogar Klein, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia.

Services will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, (803) 435-2179.

Family and Friends Day at Newlight Baptist Church

Posted by | April 10, 2014 4:09 pm

Newlight Baptist Church, 4390 Moses Dingle Road in Davis Station, will hold Family and Friends Day at 3:30 p.m. April 20, with the Rev. David Lawson, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church as guest speaker. The Rev. Johnnie Lawson is host pastor.


Brush fire gets out of control, destroys home and trailer

Posted by | April 10, 2014 1:50 pm

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A controlled brush fire got out of control.

Shortly before noon Thursday, Samuel Moorer called 911 when a fire he and his father Samuel Jackson set got whipped up by the winds into the pine trees.

“It got out of control and I got scared,” Moorer, 39, said.

The fire quickly spread from the trees and into a small house and single-wide mobile home that belonged to his grandmother Mariah Jackson, who passed away in 1991. Both of the structures just off Tobias Road were rotten, Moorer said, and it didn’t take long to burn to the ground.

Moorer said … Read the rest

DNR investigating drowning on U.S. 521

Posted by | April 10, 2014 10:58 am

DNR4cThe state Department of Natural Resources is investigating a suspected drowning that happened at a home in the 6800 block of Sumter Highway outside of Alcolu on Wednesday night.

Gussie Thames, 78, was last seen by his wife at the edge of the pond behind the couple’s home, according to Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock.

“We don’t know exactly what happened,” Mock said. “He was on the edge of the pond, and his wife could see him. She looked again and he was gone. She called for responders to go out there, and we found him in the pond.”… Read the rest

Striped Bass Festival Gallery

Posted by | April 10, 2014 10:30 am

Please enjoy these pictures from the 35th annual Striped Bass Festival, which took place last weekend in Manning.

Curtis Venroe Barrineau

Posted by | April 10, 2014 8:30 am

Curtis Venroe Barrineau, 78, husband of Ann McClam Barrineau, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late William James Barrineau and Inez Isabelle Driggers Barrineau. Mr. Venroe was a retired farmer and a member of Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Osborne and Willodean Ross; and five brothers, Hazel Barrineau, Marvin Barrineau, Alvin James Barrineau, William Pet Barrineau and Delbert Barrineau.

Survivors besides his wife of the home include a daughter, Elaine (Neal) Anderson of Timmonsville; a son, Randell … Read the rest

Three stops for Mobile Library today

Posted by | April 10, 2014 6:28 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will make the following stops today:

9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Turbeville IGA

2:30-3:30 p.m., Barrineau Pentecostal Holiness Church

4-5 p.m., Lodebar Church


Small part of lane closed

Posted by | April 9, 2014 4:59 pm

city-workOne lane of West Boyce Street heading toward downtown Manning from Paxville between Golden Chick and Clarendon Smile Center. Traffic may be slower during this time. It appears crews are working on lines in the sidewalk.


Guardians host Candlelight Ceremony for child abuse awareness

Posted by | April 9, 2014 1:41 pm

A Clarendon County Guardian ad Litem Candlelight Awareness Ceremony was held Tuesday night at the Clarendon County Gazebo on Keitt Street in Manning. Speakers included Manning Mayor Julia Nelson and Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart, who issued proclamations from the county.

“We held this event to make the public aware of things that are going on that should not be going on,” said Celestine Cooper , coordinator for the Clarendon County Guardian ad Litem program. According to Robin “Holly” Layton, interim director for the Clarendon County Department of Social Services, her office received 216 referrals of potential child abuse … Read the rest

Main Street Manning offers writing project, art exhibition for Preservation Month

Posted by | April 9, 2014 10:25 am

MSM-StackedThe deadline for participating in an art exhibition or writing project in celebration of National Preservation Month (May) is April 16.

Preservation Month is held each May to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride; promoting heritage tourish; and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.

This year, Main Street Manning – a department of the City – and the Clarendon County Historical Society Museum have partnered to recognize the bigest preservation project in Manning and Clarendon County – the renovation of the Clarendon County Courthouse.

There is a Writing Project for students … Read the rest

Keith Christopher Osborne Sr.

Posted by | April 9, 2014 9:16 am

Keith-OsborneTIFTON, Ga. – Keith Christopher Osborne Sr., 72, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home.

Born June 9, 1941, in New Zion, he was a son of the late Herbert and Eva Evans Osborne. He was a plant superintendent with Georgia Pacific and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Axon.

Survivors besides his loving companion, Lynn Smith Osborne of Tifton, include three sons, Todd S. Osborne of Sarasota, Fla., Keith C. “Buddy” Osborne Jr. of Sumter and Stephen Causey of McRae, Ga.; two daughters, Chris Osborne Feutral of Grovetown, Ga. and Stephanie Causey of Douglas, Ga.; a … Read the rest

Codell Epps

Posted by | April 9, 2014 9:13 am

LYNCHBURG — Codell Epps, husband of Virginia G. Epps, died Monday, March 31, 2014.

Born in Turbeville, he was a son of the late John and Elease Epps. He attended Sumter County public schools and was a farmer. He was a faithful and dedicated member of Gethsemane Apostolic Church.

Survivors besides his wife include six children, Thomas Goodman, Milton (Veronica) Epps, Regina (Fred) McGirth, Elder Roger (Hermayone) Epps, Cynthia (Keith) Johnson and Ameache Epps Grady; eight siblings, Vernice Rufus, Virginia Jordan, Pearline Gamble, Lizzie Harrison, Maryletha Barno, McSwain (Eliza) Epps, Nathaniel (Leander) Epps and William McCray; 15 grandchildren; and 12 … Read the rest

Mobile Library at First Water, Davis Station today

Posted by | April 9, 2014 6:59 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will make the following stop today:

1-2 p.m., Lane’s Shopping Center at First Water

2:30-4:30 p.m., J&E Superette in Davis Station


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