Driver dies from injuries received in wreck that killed 7-year-old girl

Posted by | June 8, 2014 12:25 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe 20-year-old driver of a truck that hit a tree on Thursday on Interstate 95, killing a 7-year-old girl riding in the vehicle, died from her injuries early Sunday morning, according to Clarendon Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock.

Nicole Parsons had been recovering in a Charleston hospital in critical condition, Mock said. She died about 2 a.m. Sunday from her injuries.

Parsons was driving a Ford F-250 truck about 12:45 p.m. Thursday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 when she ran off the road and struck a tree near the 112 mile-marker, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Mettie McCuen … Read the rest

Rocky Allen Dickson

Posted by | June 8, 2014 7:14 am

Rocky Allen Dickson

Rocky Allen Dickson

EFFINGHAM – Rocky Allen Dickson, 64, husband of Jannie Brand Dickson, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

Born Jan. 6, 1950, in Olanta, he was a son of the late Melvin Dickson and Agnes Nero Dickson. He attended Florence County public schools. He joined New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in his youth, and later, Effingham Baptist Church. He was employed for more of his working years as a truck driver and mechanic. In 2012, he retired from Tidewater Trucking Co.

Survivors besides his loving and devoted wife of the home include … Read the rest

Ester Mae Brailsford James

Posted by | June 7, 2014 8:35 pm

Ester Mae Brailsford James, 79, widow of Allen James Sr., died Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Friday, Sept. 21, 1934, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Rufus and Cornetta McBride Brailsford. She attended Clarendon County public schools. Ester was a member of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church in Summerton.

Survivors include six sons, Allen (Arletha) James Jr., Lindell (Jatene) James, Rufus (Jeanette) James, Joeshan (Rosa) James, Michael (Sarah) James and Timothy (Lavonne) James; three daughters, Dereather Dawson, Rena (William) McBride and Barbara (Kenneth) Ragin; two grandchildren, who were … Read the rest

Citadel names 2014 Spring Dean’s List

Posted by | June 7, 2014 4:42 pm

CHARLESTON – The Citadel announced two Clarendon County cadets as honorees of its Spring 2014 Dean’s List. Recognition is earned by those registered for 12 or more semester hours whose GPA is 3.2 or higher, with no grade below a C for the previous semester’s work.

Those named included Cadet Lewis Warr of Alcolu and Cadet Douglas McFaddin of Manning.

The Citadel has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years as the top public college in the south for institutions granting up to a master’s degree.


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Mettie McCuen Livingston

Posted by | June 7, 2014 3:26 pm

MANNING – Mettie McCuen Livingston, 7, daughter of Leslie “Bubba” Paul Livingston and McCuen Bennett Livingston, died Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Services are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, (803)435-2179.

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Barbara Ann Georgia Moorer

Posted by | June 7, 2014 3:11 pm

BARBARA MOORERBarbara Ann Georgia Moorer, 57, widow of Levon “Butterball” Burgess and wife of Tonnie Moorer, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at her home, 1088 Georgia Lane in Manning.

Born March 2, 1957, in Summerton, she was a daughter of Norma Cantey Georgia and the late Clifton Georgia. She was a 1977 graduate of Manning High School and received a bachelor of arts degree from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She was employed at the Clarendon County Tax Assessor’s Office for 26 years, until her health failed. She was a member of Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, serving faithfully on … Read the rest

Moye Graham receives James B. Edwards Award

Posted by | June 7, 2014 2:58 pm



Clarendon County GOP Chairman Moye Graham – also the 6th Congressional District GOP Chairman – received the James B. Edwards Award on Friday night in Columbia during the GOP’s Silver Elephant Banquet at the Columbia Hilton. The award, which was presented by state GOP Chairman Matt Moore, is named after the first Republican governor elected since Reconstruction. Edwards was elected to office in 1981 during a special statewide election.

Progress: Manning Feed Mill and Supply

Posted by | June 7, 2014 1:52 pm

Warren Comstock had never worked in the livestock feed business before he and his wife purchased Manning Feed Mill and Supply in November 2007.

The couple’s son, Brandon, worked for the previous owner, and wanted to take over the business when he decided to sell.

“The man who had been the previous owner’s right- and left-hand man had a stroke, so Julian decided to sell,” Comstock said. “We’ve always had animals, and have been interested in livestock, so we decided to get in the business.”

Comstock said Manning Feed has been operational “in some capacity” since about 1903. Back then, … Read the rest

Progress: Daisija’s

Posted by | June 7, 2014 11:50 am

Sondra Busby opened the doors of Daisija’s on Oct. 26, 2013.

A native of the Silver community, graduate of Scott’s Branch High School, and graduate of Central Carolina Technical College, Busby wanted to provide Clarendon County residents with women’s clothing and accessories, such as Sunday hats, designer handbags, fragrances and custom made handkerchiefs.

“It is exciting to be a business owner. There are obvious perks such as setting your own hours, being your own boss and being able to attend my children’s school activities,” she said. “But the best part is being able to mentor, encourage and minister to anyone … Read the rest

Hessie Ann Lemon Martin

Posted by | June 7, 2014 8:55 am

Hessie Ann Lemon Martin

Hessie Ann Lemon Martin

Hessie Ann Lemon Martin, 97, widow of Peter Martin, died Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born May 16, 1917, in Silver, she was a daughter of the late Elliott and Almetter Banister Lemon. She attended Clarendon County public school. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and joined Union Cypress AME Church, where she sang with the community choir, ushered and was a member of the WMCA. She was a member of Spring Hill No. 263 Order of Eastern Star and Herones of Jericho Court No. 12. Hessie was a hard worker

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Manning-Santee victorious over Hartsville

Posted by | June 6, 2014 9:58 pm

The Manning-Santee American Legion baseball team was victorious 11-4 against Hartsville tonight. Russell Martin pitched six scoreless innings, fanning ten batters and giving up two hits. Linc Powell  took command of the mound in the seventh inning and gave up one earned run. J.T. Eppley had a perfect ninth inning to earn the save. Post 68 plays again Monday.

T-ball team wishes 4-year-old teammate well

Posted by | June 6, 2014 7:54 pm

The Recreation Department T-Ball teams Clarendon Phillies and Braves wished 4-year-old John Harper Livingston to “Get Well Soon” on Friday at the county ball fields. Livingston, who was severely injured in a vehicle accident on Interstate 95 that killed his 7-year-old sister, Mettie Livingston, is a player on the Phillies team, which is coached by his mom. The 20-year-old babysitter driving the Ford F-250 in which the children were riding, is said to be recovering in a Charleston hospital, according to Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock. He said John is also in stable condition.

john harper livingston


Scott’s Branch High School celebrates 44 grads tonight

Posted by | June 6, 2014 5:25 pm

Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton will graduate 44 Eagles 7 p.m. tonight as the Class of 2014 has commencement exercises at the school on Alex Harvin Highway. Kevin Gist is valedictorian, while Tiana James is salutatorian.

(Photos courtesy of Sam Levy and Sons Photography)


Valedictorian Kevin Gist

Valedictorian Kevin Gist

Salutatorian Tiana James

Salutatorian Tiana James

Scott's Branch High School Class of 2014

Scott’s Branch High School Class of 2014

Manning High to graduate 150 tonight

Posted by | June 6, 2014 5:23 pm

Manning High School will say goodbye to 150 Monarchs tonight, celebrating its graduates with a ceremony at 6 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium. John Tricoche is the valedictorian, while Robert Henson is the salutatorian.

(Photos courtesy of Sam Levy and Sons Photography)

Valedictorian John Tricoche

Valedictorian John Tricoche

Salutatorian Robert Henson

Salutatorian Robert Hinson


Manning High School Class of 2014

East Clarendon celebrating more than 50 grads tonight

Posted by | June 6, 2014 5:20 pm

East Clarendon High School will celebrate more than 50 graduates 6 p.m. today in the high school’s gymnasium. Kalee Lineberger is the valedictorian, while Jordan Evans is salutatorian. The Manning Times will have coverage in its special Graduation Edition next week.

(Photos courtesy of Sam Levy and Sons Photography)


Valedictorian Kalee Lineberger

Salutatorian Jordan Evans

Salutatorian Jordan Evans

East Clarendon High School Class of 2014

East Clarendon High School Class of 2014

Typical summer weather in the forecast

Posted by | June 6, 2014 2:16 pm

Purple flower

There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.

According to the National Weather Service, a 20 percent chance of precipitation has been forecast, as temperatures currently hover in the mid 80s under partly cloudy skies. Humidity is about 62 percent, with winds out of the North at 5 mph. Tonight’s outlook calls for a low temperature of 71 with light winds coming from the northeast.

Saturday’s forecast is pretty much more of the same, with a high near 90 and a chance of precipitation about 30 percent.



TA Travel Center shuts down gas pumps temporarily

Posted by | June 6, 2014 1:25 pm

TA shut down

The TA Travel Center just off Interstate 95 has shut down its gas pumps for several hours.

General Manager Rich Gerner said about 1 p.m. that he didn’t want to comment on the issue. A clerk identifying herself only as Crystal said about 12:45 p.m. over the phone there was “something wrong with the pump pressure,” but didn’t elaborate.

Gerner said an analysis was currently underway and he expected to have the pumps back on-line from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We don’t really know yet,” what the problem is, he said. “I’ve been here 11 years. It could be mechanical. … Read the rest

Stokes gets high marks in performance review

Posted by | June 6, 2014 10:11 am

Responding to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, Clarendon Health System released for inspection its board’s recent performance evaluation of Chief Executive Officer Richard Stokes.
Stokes, 52, was given a two-year contract extension after the March evaluation, and Clarendon Health System board Chairwoman Elaine Emore said Stokes’ salary is $225,000 a year.
“Mr. Stokes does a phenomenal job,” she said. Stokes is responsible for what Elmore characterized as a “major turnaround” for the hospital in his first year as CEO.
“We’re very pleased,” Elmore said.
Both the CEO and board chairwoman said the entire Board of Trustees conducted … Read the rest


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