Marie Green

Posted by | March 28, 2014 5:02 pm

Marie Green, 87, died March 26, 2014, at her residence in Pinewood.

Born Aug. 26, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Mary Thompson.

The family will receive friends at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Jeffrey and Delphine Green, 2964 Chewing Road in Pinewood.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC, (803) 485-3755.

Wilder headed to nation’s capital to discuss healthy school foods

Posted by | March 28, 2014 3:19 pm

SUMMERTON – Clarendon School District 1 Superintendent Dr. Rose Wilder is headed to Washington, D.C.

rose-wilderShe will take part in a national gathering in the nation’s capital in support of efforts to improve school nutrition on March 30 and April 1, she said. She will meet with Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Rep. Joe Wilson and others to “share examples of how the Clarendon 1 and other school districts in South Carolina are at the forefront of a national school health movement by serving and selling healthier meals, snacks and drinks to students,” Wilder said.

Wilder said Clarendon … Read the rest

Troopers assisting motorists on Interstate

Posted by | March 28, 2014 2:54 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol is currently assisting motorists in two separate locations in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Clarendon County. The first incident was called in at 1:46 p.m. at the 129 mile-marker between Paxville and Turbeville; the second was called in about 2:19 p.m. at the 118-119 mile-marker near Manning. Traffic may be slower during this time.

Heavy clouds but no rain … yet

Posted by | March 28, 2014 2:27 pm


Is it going to rain today?

According to the National Weather Service, there’s an 80 percent chance of rain this afternoon, with temperatures expected to reach the mid 60s.  Showers are likely for Saturday, with temperatures reaching the mid to upper 70s, with light winds continuing out of the southeast.


Monday means life or death for Alcolu man

Posted by | March 28, 2014 12:57 pm

There are only two possible outcomes to the sentence that John Moses Ragin will be handed on Monday after a Virginia jury convicted him Thursday of the summer 2011 slayings of his wife and three stepchildren.

He will either spend the rest of his life in prison, or be put to death by lethal injection.

john-moses-ragin-extraditionThe 39-year-old Alcolu native was charged in August 2011 in the stabbing deaths of his wife, Crystal Ragin, and her three children, Sierra, 15; LaKwan, 11; and Rasheed, 6. He was found guilty Thursday in Hampton Roads, Va., of three counts of capital murder for … Read the rest

Poster Contest winner announced

Posted by | March 28, 2014 9:31 am

LMA_FRANCIS-MARIONTaylor Lyles, a sixth-grade student at Laurence Manning Academy was named the winner of this year’s annual SAR Poster Contest, which had a theme of Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion. She was encouraged by Linda Broadway. Manning Elementary School students also participated, according to George and Carole Summers of the Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society.

“We saw swamps, cypress snakes and alligator eyes and much more about Marion’s men not having uniforms and how he evaded the British,” Carole and George wrote in an email to “We’re so proud of these students.”


Vietnam vets to meet

Posted by | March 28, 2014 5:27 am

vvalgThe Vietnam Veterans of America Manning Chapter 960 will meet at 7 p.m. April 3 at the American Legion building on Sunset Drive in Manning. Bring a spouse and join them for a potluck supper and the meeting. Spouses may be associate members. For more information, call Doug Bryant at (803) 473-3646 or Ron Cunningham at (412) 855-9193.

Ellen Gibson Brown

Posted by | March 27, 2014 7:56 pm

Ellen Gibson Brown, 62, of Lodge and Summerton, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at her home in Lodge.

Born Jan. 28, 1952, in Birmingham, Ala., she was a daughter of Ben. F. Gibson and the late Burnadette Montgomery Gibson.

Survivors besides her father of Birmingham include her loving husband, Jimmy Brown; three daughters, Patricia Boutwell (Jim) Kearse of Charleston, Angela Boutwell (Bill) Muschek of Ladson and Traci Brown (Jamie) Coward of Florence; a sister, Catherine Gibson Brown Rogers of Birmingham; five grandchildren, Ashton Lynn Muschek, Connor Joseph Muschek, William Maxwell Kearse III, Caroline Ann Coward and Courtney Elise Coward; a … Read the rest

Haskell Paul Spigner III

Posted by | March 27, 2014 6:36 pm

Haskell Paul Spigner III, 53, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at McLeod Hospital in Florence.

Born Oct. 4, 1960, in Manning, he was a son of Ruby Lee Tennant Spigner and the late Haskell Paul Spigner, Jr. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors besides his mother of Manning include a daughter, Christian Spigner of Manning; a son, Brandon Tucker of Manning; a granddaughter, Alaina Spigner; and a sister, Pamela Sue (Glenn) John of Cross.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Morris Smith officiating. Burial will follow in … Read the rest

John Moses Ragin found guilty in Virginia of wife’s, stepchildren’s deaths

Posted by | March 27, 2014 5:55 pm

john moses raginAn Alcolu man accused of killing his wife and three stepchildren in Newport News, Va., in 2011, was found guilty of those crimes on Thursday.

A jury convicted John Moses Ragin on three counts of capital murder in the children’s deaths and second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Crystal Ragin, according to the Virginian-Pilot of Virginia. He was also found guilty of arson and unlawful stabbing.

Ragin was arrested in Clarendon County in August 2011 after a three-state manhunt, and was charged with fatally stabbing his wife and her children, who were 6, 11 and 15. Their bodies … Read the rest

Mayor: Annexation only up for discussion

Posted by | March 27, 2014 4:43 pm

pine-knoll_george_husseyManning City Council’s regular meeting on Monday night began with Country Club Estates residents Charles James and Ned McIntosh presenting council members with a petition with 129 names on it.

The men and the other signatories are opposed, James said, to their subdivision being annexed into Manning city limits.

City Council held a workshop Feb. 20 to discuss the “pros and cons,” Mayor Julia Nelson said, of the annexation of two county properties just outside city limits.

“But Country Club Estates was never part of that discussion,” Nelson said. “(Neighboring property) Shannon Greens was the property discussed, and then only … Read the rest

Georgia seeks third term on council

Posted by | March 27, 2014 1:13 pm

georgia-campaign-cards-1Diane Georgia wants her constituents to stay the course.

Georgia was first elected to City Council in 2006. She ran unopposed after her first term but has a challenger this time around in the April 8 election that will decide who represents District 2.

“I hope to have another four year term,” she said. “I hope to achieve. But it’s not about me, it’s about the people.”

Being a representative on City Council requires teamwork, she said, and she’s proud of the relationships she’s forged with other council members and the mayor.

“We have a great team,” she said.

Georgia, Read the rest

Coney challenges for District 2 seat

Posted by | March 27, 2014 1:12 pm


Janice Reed Coney has been knocking on doors and asking questions.

Coney is a 53-year-old Manning native seeking to represent District 2 on City Council and will face off against Councilwoman Diane Georgia in the April 8 election.

“It’s not about me anymore,” said Coney, a Manning High School Class of 1978 honor graduate. “It’s time to give back. That’s where I’m at in life right now.”

To understand what’s on the minds of her fellow District 2 citizens, Coney has been knocking on doors and meeting people in hopes of finding out what matters to them.

“I don’t know Read the rest

Name released of woman found in burned home

Posted by | March 27, 2014 12:08 pm

investigationsClarendon County Coroner Hayes Samuels said Thursday morning that Earthy Lee Starks McCray, 83, was found dead on Wednesday morning in her burned-out home at 1098 Goins Place near Summerton. McCray’s body was found Wednesday morning, and has been sent for autopsy at the Medical University of South Carolina. Samuels expects the report back by Friday. He said the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office does not expect foul play in the fire.


Tindal: Ethics fine ‘my mistake’

Posted by | March 27, 2014 11:29 am



SUMMERTON – A 30-year-old Summerton councilman running for mayor in next month’s municipal election says a $21,500 fine levied against him by the state Ethics Commission recently was due to an error in judgment on his part.

Terrance G. Tindal, 30, is looking to replace outgoing Mayor Jay Bruner in the April 8 election. The Ethics Commission filed a complaint against the one-term councilman on Oct. 23, 2012, accusing him of failing to file statements of economic interest for 2010, 2011 and 2012. According to commission documents, Tindal did not appear at a hearing March 20, 2013, on the … Read the rest

Akintunde coming to Weldon

Posted by | March 27, 2014 6:49 am

akintundeChristian Comedian Akintunde is headed to Manning on his Rebirth of Comedy Tour. He will perform at Weldon Auditorium at 7 p.m. April 5 in support of the national release of his latest DVD and TV special, “AKINTUNDE: The Whole Truth,” which was released Feb. 18. Akintunde is considered a leader in the Urban Faith Comedy movement touring regularly and producing television specials and DVDs via his production company, No Joke Entertainment.
Tickets to see Akintunde are $20, $10 and $7 and can be purchased by calling (803) 433-7469 or by visiting




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