Missing dog from Barrineau

Posted by | March 15, 2014 7:37 am

emmaEmma is a year-and-a-half-old bulldog mix from Barrineau who went missing near Gowdy’s Insurance near Lake City on Jan. 18. She is about 50-60 pounds and has a brown brindle coat. She’s like family, and her owner, Amber Herring, misses her. There is a small cash reward. If you find Emma, please call Amber at (843) 359-0932, or Melissa Poston at (843) 373-0261.

Democrats hold party convention

Posted by | March 14, 2014 7:09 pm

DemocratslogoThe Clarendon County Democratic Party Convention will be held 7 p.m. Thursday at Weldon Auditorium. Registration for convention delegates will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Chairman Glenn Ardis at (803) 452-6013.

Breaking news: Juror in Johnson case falls ill

Posted by | March 14, 2014 2:15 pm

justin-jermaine-johnson-2-thumbnailProceedings in the state’s trial against Justin Jermaine Johnson — who is facing many charges in connection with the April 6, 2011, shooting deaths of his 9-month-old son and the boy’s 59-year-old grandmother — have stalled as one of the jurors needed medical attention Friday afternoon.

The juror asked to be excused then fell ill in the hallway. An ambulance was called to the Clarendon County Administration building where the trial is being held.

Third Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Young has called a recess in the trial until 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Pinewood Baptist revival

Posted by | March 14, 2014 12:26 pm

Pinewood Baptist Church, S.C. 261 in Pinewood, will have Spring Revival Services from Sunday through Wednesday, with Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and services Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Rev. Kirk Carlisle will be the guest speaker. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday prior to services. In addition to special music guests nightly, a nursery will be provided for all services. For more information, or to make reservations for dinner, call (803) 452-5373, or visit www.pinewoodbaptist.org.

Sunshine over Clarendon County

Posted by | March 14, 2014 11:45 am

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It started off chilly but it’s warming up.

Temperatures should reach the mid 60s this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. We’ll have winds out of the south at 8 to 13 mph and temps will dip into the mid 40s once the sun goes down.

Tomorrow should be even warmer and sunnier with temps reaching the mid 70s. There is some rain in the forecast so enjoy the outdoors while ye may.


Coker: Suspect ‘backed himself into a corner’

Posted by | March 14, 2014 9:19 am


Justin Jermaine Johnson is facing many charges in connection with the April 6, 2011, shooting deaths of his 9-month-old son, Jayden, and Maxine Caraway, 59.

He backed himself into a corner.

That’s what Maj. Kipp Coker told jurors that Justin Jermaine Johnson did after he “snapped” during an 8-hour interrogation when Johnson hit the table in an uproar during questions about his deceased son.

“It startled me,” Coker testified on Thursday at the Clarendon County Administration building. “He calmed down and sat back down. Obviously I struck a nerve.”

Although jurors watched many hours of Johnson’s … Read the rest

Starflo to invest $1 million, create 12 new jobs

Posted by | March 14, 2014 9:12 am

Starflo Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial valves, will break ground on a new distribution center as part of an expansion in the Clarendon County Industrial Park. The move is a $1 million investment that should generate about 12 new jobs, according to the office of Gov. Nikki Haley. This will double Starflo’s distribution center capacity while bringing online new equipment for the Manning manufacturing shop to increase machining capacity and efficiency.


Interrogation video takes up entire third day of Johnson trial

Posted by | March 13, 2014 11:15 pm


Justin Jermaine Johnson is facing many charges in connection with the April 6, 2011, shooting deaths of his 9-month-old son, Jayden, and Maxine Caraway, 59.

Was it an accident? What really happened?
Those two questions, asked repeatedly to Justin Jermaine Johnson by two sheriff’s office deputies, seemed to finally crack Johnson’s stoic demeanor on April 6, 2011, after several hours of interrogation following Johnson’s arrest.

Authorities charged him with two counts of murder and one count each of kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and first-degree burglary in the shooting deaths of 59-year-old … Read the rest

LMA varsity and JV girls defeat Monarchs

Posted by | March 13, 2014 10:53 pm

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy girls teams were both victorious against Manning High School’s teams on Thursday night. The JV girls team had a final score of 27-2 against the JV Monarchs, bringing their record to 7-0 on the season. Brooke Ward was the winning pitcher, with seven strikeouts. Sara Herbert was 5-6 with three doubles. Sarah Knight Nalley was 3-4 with two doubles. Ellen Dinkins was 2-3. Lundee Olsen was 3-3 with three doubles. They play again Saturday in a Sumter tournament. The Lady Saints beat the Lady Monarchs 23-0, and Dakota Jackson was the winning pitcher.


Jurors watch tearful confession in double murder trial

Posted by | March 13, 2014 7:47 pm


Jurors on Thursday watched the April 6, 2011, videotaped confession of a 24-year-old Summerton man charged with shooting and killing his 9-month old son, Jayden, and the 59-year-old grandmother of his ex-girlfriend.

Prosecutors played for jurors the eight-hour interrogation of Justin Jermaine Johnson, but did so in segments, with the most intense portion coming late in the afternoon.

“Whether intentional or not, I did it,” Johnson told Maj. Kipp Coker of the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and former deputy Mason Moore.

Johnson, sobbing, told the deputies he couldn’t remember all his actions the day authorities say he killed his son … Read the rest

Manning High reopens courts

Posted by | March 13, 2014 5:43 pm

Manning High School rededicated its tennis courts today to Silver native and two-time Wimbledon champion Althea Gibson. The courts were refurbished prior to the opening of this season, and Coach Kay Young said it was a needed improvement.


Essie Dingle Stukes Cantey

Posted by | March 13, 2014 12:02 pm

Essie Dingle Stukes Cantey, widow of Rufus Stukes Sr. and Alvin Cantey, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Windsor Manor Nursing Facility in Silver.

Born July 10, 1923, she was a daughter of the late William Dingle and Victoria Ballard Dingle. Essie was a devoted member of Antioch Baptist Church in Manning.

Survivors include 18 children; two brothers; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Wednesday in the chapel of Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon Dingle Road in Manning. Words of consolation will be … Read the rest

Johnson trial enters third day

Posted by | March 13, 2014 8:45 am


Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III is the lead prosecutor in the state’s case against Justin Jermaine Johnson this week at the Clarendon County Administration Building.

The double-murder trial of Justin Jermaine Johnson will continue this morning at the Clarendon County Administration Building. Public Defender Scott Robinson continued his pointed questions of Kaisha Caraway, the mother of slain 9-month-old Jayden, on Wednesday morning before moving on to Capt. Ricky Richards with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, whom Kaisha told at the scene April 6, 2011, that Johnson shot the boy and her grandmother, Maxine … Read the rest

Martha Ann McDonald White

Posted by | March 13, 2014 7:16 am

Martha WhiteGREELEYVILLE – Martha Ann McDonald White, 75, wife of Julius Carlisle White, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Williamsburg Hospital.

Born Dec. 8, 1938, in Georgetown County, she was a daughter of the late Johnnie Winfield McDonald and Mabel McDonald. She was a member of Greeleyville Baptist Church.

Survivors besides her husband include a daughter, Amy Lou Mouzon (Billy) Carter of Wagener; a son, Charles R. “Randy” (Kimberly) Landreth Jr. of Greeleyville; four grandchildren, Rhett and Nicole, Kris and Marie and Jonathan and Brandon; four great-grandchildren, Campbell, Layton, Daisy and Mary Malcolm; two brothers, Johnny (Gloria) McDonald Jr.; Frankie (Ann) … Read the rest

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