Fatality at Bloomvile, Brewer roads

Posted by | May 17, 2014 12:45 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is responding to a reported hit and run with a fatality near the 3200 block of Bloomville Road near Brewer Road. Traffic may be slower during this time. The incident was reported about 12:23 p.m. Saturday. Manninglive.com will update with new information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Body found on Bloomville Road

EDITOR’S NOTE: The S.C. Highway Patrol has confirmed that while it was initially called out for what appeared to be a hit-and-run, there was no hit-and-run.







Bishop Dr. John H. Griffin

Posted by | May 17, 2014 10:41 am

Bishop Dr. John H. Griffin, 86, of  6524 Five Chop Road in Santee, husband of Leona Griffin, died Thursday, May 15, 2014. at the Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Simmons Funeral Home of Santee.

The family will receive friends at the home, or Simmons Funeral Home of Santee.

Condolences may be sent to www.simmonsfuneralhome.com.

Simmons Funeral Home of Santee is in charge of arrangements.


Clare Spring 2014 is coming

Posted by | May 17, 2014 7:11 am

The Manning Times staffers are working hard on our Clare Spring 2014 edition, our third overall. Here is an outtake from a fashion show at Susie’s Boutique.


Luther Carl “L.C. Tyson

Posted by | May 17, 2014 6:37 am

CLINTON, N.C. – Luther Carl “L.C.” Tyson, 77, husband of Mary Ellen Tyson, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

Born in 1936 in Robeson County, he was a son of the late James Russell and Alice Pegram Tyson. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a division manager with Coble Dairy Company.

Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Anthony Carl Tyson of Victoria, Texas and Luther Bryan Tyson and wife Debbie of Clinton, N.C.; two sisters, Margaret Williams of Fayetteville, N.C., and Millicent Tyson Nealy of Lumberton, N.C.; a brother, Sam Tyson … Read the rest

Gallery: Laurence Manning Academy Commencement Ceremonies

Posted by | May 17, 2014 12:04 am

Laurence Manning Academy graduated 79 students Friday night at Weldon for the Class of 2014. Will Wannamaker was valedictorian, while Emily McElveen was salutatorian. Enjoy these photos from Friday’s graduation. For more, see The Manning Times’ Graduation Edition, which will publish June 12 and feature all Clarendon County graduates.

MECC performs ‘Snow White’

Posted by | May 16, 2014 8:42 pm

More than 60 students at Manning Early Childhood Center participated Thursday at Weldon Auditorium in Manning in “Snow White,” a play presented with the help of the Bailley Players. The players are a theater troupe that travels the southeast in hopes of teaching students a love of theater, reading and learning. Enjoy these pictures and videos from Thursday night’s performance.




Katiuska Isabel Soffera receives citizenship pin, GED

Posted by | May 16, 2014 6:09 pm


Katiuska Isabel Soffera

Katiuska Isabel Soffera, known by her fellow Clarendon County Adult Education students as “Kathy,” was one of the program’s 41 graduates recognized during a ceremony held Thursday night at the F.E. DuBose Center in Manning. A native of the Dominican Republic, Soffera also earned her U.S. citizenship recently, and was pinned by Beverly Felder during Thursday’s ceremony.


Beverly Felder presented Katiuska Isabel Soffera, a native of the Dominican Republic, with a citizenship pin Thursday during the Clarendon County Adult Education graduation ceremony held at the F.E. DuBose Center in Manning.

She said … Read the rest

Manning senior receives call under continuing ‘Grandparents Scam’

Posted by | May 16, 2014 3:54 pm

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has reported another county resident as the victim of what law enforcement in surrounding areas and states have been calling the “Grandparents Scam,” in which senior citizens get calls from “grandchildren” in desperate need of money.

PHONEA 77-year-old man living on Plummer Circle in Manning told deputies 10:30 a.m. Monday that he received a call from his “grandson,” who said he was in the Dominican Republic and that he needed $3,000 for a personal recognizance bond. A man claiming to be Capt. James Neal from the U.S. Army then told the older man that the … Read the rest

William Monroe “Bill” Smith

Posted by | May 16, 2014 3:39 pm

William Monroe “Bill” Smith, 85, died Thursday, May 5, 2014.

William Monroe "Bill" Smith

William Monroe “Bill” Smith

Born April 7, 1929, in Lenoir, N.C., he was the third son of the late Robert Marvin Smith Sr. and Mamie LeFevre Smith. He graduated in 1951 from Duke University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, rising to the rank of sergeant first class. In 1954, he accepted a position with Freeman Millwork Co. in Manning. By the time of his retirement in 1988, he was executive vice-president.


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2014 Birdfest Bluegrass Music Festival

Posted by | May 16, 2014 3:09 pm


Submitted Photo.

The 2014 Birdfest Bluegrass Music Festival will be held starting noon Saturday at Pineland Farm, 2377 Gaymon Road in Pinewood, and will benefit the Cypress Foundation of Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Tickets are $10 per person, and the event will be held rain or shine. Musical performances start at noon, and concessions will be provided by Clarendon Hall from noon to 4 p.m., Lamar’s Country Corner from 4-8 p.m., Lavie Pastries and Tropical Paradise. Kids activities wil feature face-painting, inflatables and games. For more information, call (803) 435-5282, or visit www.birdfestbluegrass.com.

Lorenzo Felder

Posted by | May 16, 2014 1:11 pm

lorenzo felder

Lorenzo Felder

Lorenzo Felder, 67, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born April 18, 1947, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Fredrick Felder and Elizabeth Clark Felder. He attended the Philadelphia Public School System, graduating from Thomas Edison High School in 1965.

After graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam until 1969. During this time, he received the Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle). He was honorably … Read the rest

Lois Pack Hodge

Posted by | May 16, 2014 11:39 am


Lois Pack Hodge

PAXVILLE – Lois Pack Hodge, 94, widow of Jack Dempsey Hodge Sr., died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Summerville Medical Center.

Born April 22, 1920 in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late William Claudius Pack and Annie Bagnal Pack.  She was a member of Paxville Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Jack D. Hodge Jr. (Irene) of Sumter, Bill Hodge (Jean) of Camden and Tom Hodge of Bellingham, WA; one daughter, Jane Poplin (Glenn) of Summerville; one sister, Josephine McCarthy of Paxville; fourteen grandchildren; thirty great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.

She was preceded … Read the rest

LMA sporting clays team takes State Title

Posted by | May 16, 2014 8:16 am

The Laurence Manning Academy sporting clays team took the Intermediate First Year Division State Title in Richburg over the weekend. The tournament was sponsored by the state Department of Natural Resources. This was the fourth first-place title in a row for the Swampcats’ three-man squad this season. Trevor Turcotte, Reid Norris and J.D. Burroughs are a first-year squad for the team.

turcotteTrevor Turcotte took the High Overall (HOA) award for the division, scoring 90 overall.

“You don’t see very many 14 year olds, let alone adults, who can hit 90 out of 100 targets,” said Head Coach Billy Downer. “That … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted by | May 16, 2014 8:11 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop 3-4:30 p.m. today at Paxville Community Center. Book drop-offs will also be picked up from Windsor Manor Nursing Facility in Silver and Lake Marion Nursing Facility in Summerton. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.


Forty-one graduate from Clarendon County Adult Education

Posted by | May 16, 2014 6:17 am

Clarendon County Adult Education celebrated 41 graduates on Thursday night at the F.E. DuBose Center in Manning. Director Julie Griffin said students had an average age of 22 and ranged in ages from 17 through 58.


Two wrecks in Clarendon County

Posted by | May 15, 2014 6:52 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is currently responding to two vehicle wrecks in the county. The first happened 6:21 p.m. Thursday at the 108 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. The second happened about 6:32 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Wash Davis and Oliver James roads. According to real-time traffic information from the Highway Patrol, neither incident involved injuries. Traffic may be slower in these areas for a little while.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Clarendon County

Posted by | May 15, 2014 6:00 pm

severe-thunderstorm-warningA severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in Clarendon and Sumter counties through 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Movement was charted north-northeast at 30 MPH. Reporting damaging winds or flooding to emergency services. Gusts may be as high as 60 mph.


Relay raises $77K before, through night of annual event

Posted by | May 15, 2014 5:59 pm

Clarendon County Relay for Life raised $76,950.29 for the American Cancer Society through various fundraisers and other events, including Relay for Life held Friday night at Manning High School’s Ramsey Stadium. Though the county’s goal is $120,000 for 2014, teams still have through Aug. 31 to raise that money. American Cancer Society Relay for Life Specialist Debbie Alexander said that Clarendon County “always comes through on its fundraising goals.”


“RFL of Clarendon is the hardest working bunch of volunteers I have ever met,” Alexander said in an email sent to committee members earlier this week. “You just do what … Read the rest

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