Shirley Bryan VanVoorhis

Posted by | April 29, 2014 10:14 am

Shirley Bryan VanVoorhis, age 65, beloved widow Roy VanVoorhis, died on Friday, April 25, 2014, at her home.

shirley vanvoorhisBorn in Lumberton, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Ellis J. and Beulah McLamb Bryan. She formerly worked in security. She was of the Baptist faith. She will always be remembered as a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-inlaw.

Survivors include a son, Randy Milton (Melinda) Odom of Sumter; a daughter, Melinda (Bill) Phillips of Sumter; two brothers, Danny Bryan and Wayne Bryan, both of Lumberton; three sisters, Patricia Meraz, Faye Bryan and Jean Ristuccia; three grandchildren, Taylor Odom, … Read the rest

Bowers speaks to packed crowd at Relay Survivors’ Reception

Posted by | April 29, 2014 7:37 am

billy-bowersFive-year cancer survivor Billy Bowers spoke to a packed crowd at the Clarendon County Relay for Life Survivors’ Reception held Monday night at Manning United Methodist Church. Organizers estimated that about 220 survivors and their caregivers came out to celebrate life and honor those who have succumbed to the many different types of cancer.

“This is the largest crowd I think I’ve ever seen at this event,” said Pat Fenters, co-coordinator of the Relay for Life Survivors Support Group for Clarendon County.


Wayne Albeon Scott Sr.

Posted by | April 28, 2014 11:08 pm

PAXVILLE – Wayne Albeon Scott Sr., 70, husband of the late Judy Ruth Hite Scott, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home.

Wayne ScottBorn Sept. 19, 1943, in Paxville, he was a son of the late Richard Manning and Gladys Kolb Scott. He was a retired mechanic, he was a former mayor of Paxville, a former fire chief for the Paxville area and he was a member of Paxville Baptist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Barkley of Sumter and Lindell Rodgers (Ricky) of Paxville; two sons, Wayne A. Scott, Jr. (Gloria) of Florence and Edward Hite (Eddie) … Read the rest

Samuel Eugene Steele Sr.

Posted by | April 28, 2014 10:31 pm

Samuel Eugene Steele Sr., 78, widower of Joan Davis Steele, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at the home of his son in Alcolu.

Samuel Eugene Steele

Samuel Eugene Steele Sr.

Born Feb. 29, 1936, in Sumter, he was a son of the late George William Steele Sr. and Louise Priest Steele Haley. He was a member of the National Guard, Claremont Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Jamil Shrine and an active member of Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church.

Survivors inclue a son, Samuel E. “Gene” Steele Jr. (Charlene) of Alcolu; a daughter, Tamara “Tammy” Steele Cornwell (Brian) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Katie … Read the rest

Ruby Ridgill Jacobs

Posted by | April 28, 2014 10:19 pm

DARLINGTON – Ruby Ridgill Jacobs, 91, widow of James Jacobs, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at Bethea Baptist Retirement Center in Darlington.

Born Oct. 27, 1922, in High Point, N.C., she was the oldest daughter of the late James Lee Ridgill Sr. and Ruth Ward Ridgill. She was a member of Manning First Baptist Church.

Survivors include twin sisters, Doris Ridgill Tatum (Dr. Ben Tatum) of Laurinburg, N.C. and Dora Ridgill Kinsey (Dr. Frank Kinsey) of Kiawah Island; and 56 nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Stephens Funeral Home in Manning.

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County responds to Black River Road fire

Posted by | April 28, 2014 6:55 pm

The Clarendon County Fire Department responded about 5:15 p.m. Monday to a structure fire in the 2000 block of Black River Road. The fire was initially reported as involving both the structure and threatening another. Ultimately, firefighters contained the fire, although the structure was destroyed. There was no word Monday night on any displacement of family or cost of damages.

black river road fire

Toddler’s mom posts bond; mother’s boyfriend still in custody

Posted by | April 28, 2014 4:58 pm


Courtney Chamberlin

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who is still recovering in a Columbia pediatric intensive care unit from injuries received in an alleged beating has posted bond, according to Clarendon County Detention Center Director Shelton Hughes.

Courtney Chamberlin, 24, of 1584 Lands End Drive in Pinewood, was charged with accessory after the fact to attempted murder and unlawful neglect of a child on Thursday by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. Her boyfriend, Andrew Billups, was charged with attempted murder. Chamberlin posted a $30,000 surety bond on Friday evening, Hughes said, through Anderson Bail and Bond Services


Andrew Billups

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Richard Ray promoted to captain with S.C. Highway Patrol

Posted by | April 28, 2014 4:22 pm

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Highway Patrol announced Monday that Richard Ray of Sumter has been promoted to captain over the Highway Patrol Telecommunications Unit, which provides dispatch communication to troopers and other state Department of Public Safety law enforcement.

Richard-RayThe Sumter native has been with SCHP since 1996. Ray will oversee five Telecommunications Centers statewide. Telecommunications Officers dispatch troopers to collision scenes and other calls for service and provide officers with accurate and timely information necessary for their safety and motorists’ safety.

Relay, Main Street invite everyone to ‘Paint the Town Purple’

Posted by | April 28, 2014 12:41 pm

Main Street Manning and Clarendon County Relay for Life encourages everyone to Paint the Town Purple. Businesses and residents are encouraged to decorate with any purple, from ribbon to flowers to streamers, bows and merchandise. They are asking for displays to be up today through May 9, when Relay will be held from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Manning High School’s Ramsey Stadium. Share your purple displays with Main Street Manning by emailing them to For more information, call Carrie Trebil at Manning City Hall at (803) 435-8477.




Gladys Benton Blakely

Posted by | April 28, 2014 12:25 pm

NEW ZION – Gladys Benton Blakely, 89, widow of L. Dallas Blakely, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at McLeod Hospital.

Gladys Blakely

Gladys Benton Blakely

 Born June 20, 1924, in Kingstree, she was a daughter of the late Garris and Janie Morris Benton. Mrs. Blakely graduated from Salem High School and the Scranton Nursing Assistant Program. She took pride in being a homemaker as well as working outside of the home as a nursing assistant / private sitter. She worked with many families over the years and always spoke highly of all of the patients she assisted. She was well known throughout … Read the rest

Missing child found

Posted by | April 28, 2014 9:14 am

A Summerton child reported missing this morning in the 1200 block of Luke Godwin Road in Summerton is safe and sound, according to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. Maj. Kipp Coker said about 8:30 a.m. that a 4 year old was reportedly missing, but said about 8:50 a.m. that the child had been found. will provide more information as it becomes available.


Summerton Pig hosting Mobile Library today

Posted by | April 28, 2014 6:25 am

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


2-4 p.m., Summerton Piggly Wiggly



Macedonia FBHC Spring Revival

Posted by | April 27, 2014 9:10 pm

Macedonia Fire Baptized Holiness Church, 9788 Silver Road in Manning, will hold its annual Spring Revival at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Wednesday through Friday. The Rev. Eartha Carter of Prayer House Mission in the Davis Station community will serve as guest speaker.

Donald Lee Roy

Posted by | April 27, 2014 12:42 pm

SUMTER – Donald Lee Roy, 83, husband of the late Kimiko K. Roy, died Friday, April 25, 2014.

Donald Lee RoyBorn March 17, 1931, in Cincinnati, OH, he was a son of the late Joseph Raymond Roy and the late Bessie Lorraine Horner Roy.  He was retired from the US Air Force and the United States Postal Service.  He was a Mason and a member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Lorraine Dick (Jimmy) of Albermarle, NC; two sons, Joseph Herman Roy of Charleston and Robert Lawrence Roy (MaryAnn) of Wedgefield; two sisters, Faith McClain of … Read the rest

Gladys Benton Blakely

Posted by | April 27, 2014 12:40 pm

NEW ZION – Gladys Benton Blakely, 89, widow of L. Dallas Blakely, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at McLeod Hospital.
Gladys BlakelyServices will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, (803) 435-2179.

Fellowship Baptist Revival

Posted by | April 27, 2014 12:07 pm

Fellowship Baptist Church, 705 W. Huggins St. in Manning, will hold revival at 7:30 p.m. nightly from Monday through Wednesday.

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