Johnson’s former roommate testifies

Posted by | March 19, 2014 12:58 pm

korianda_walker_for_webKorianda Walker, the former roommate of Justin Jermaine Johnson, testified on Wednesday morning that Johnson came to their home looking for his gun on April 6, 2011, the day that authorities believe Johnson killed his 9-month-old son Jayden and the boy’s great-grandmother, 59-year-old Maxine Caraway, at Caraway’s home off Carissa Lane in Manning.

Johnson’s double-murder trial entered its sixth day of continuous testimony on Wednesday. Court was halted Friday afternoon and Monday due to an illness for the jury’s foreman.

Walker told jurors that Johnson came to her bedroom door about 7:15 or 7:30 a.m. that day and asked for … Read the rest

Kevin Wayne Herring

Posted by | March 19, 2014 7:01 am

Kevin Wayne Herring, 38, died Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born in Sumter, he was a son of Dallas F. Sr. and Linda Carrigg Herring. Mr. Herring was of the Pentecostal faith. He was a carpenter at Hunter Builders.

Survivors besides his mother and father of Turbeville include his fiancé, Beth Moore of Sumter; two brothers, Dallas Herring Jr. of Sumter and Ricky Herring of Turbeville; two nieces; and a nephew.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Dr. Edward Fleming and the Rev. Bobby … Read the rest

Therapist plans mission trip

Posted by | March 18, 2014 9:36 pm

Clarendon Memorial Hospital physical therapist Casey Amato is undertaking a medical mission trip to Nicaragua from May 10-18, and is asking the community to donate tennis shoes, walkers, canes, crutches, braces, slings and eyeglasses for the trip. To help, you can drop off items at The Zone or at Clarendon Rehabilitation Services, both in the Cypress Center. For more information, call (540) 746-1115.

Finney announces plans to seek re-election

Posted by | March 18, 2014 7:34 pm



Third Circuit Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III of Sumter announced Monday that he will seek re-election to his office, which prosecutes criminal cases in General Sessions courts in Clarendon, Sumter, Lee and Williamsburg counties. Finney, 57, has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Association since 1981, and practiced law in the midlands for three decades before his election to public office in 2010.

He said he has worked hard to organize highly skilled lawyers and support staff throughout the circuit.

“I am proud of our new program development in the areas of Worthless Checks, Juvenile Arbitration and … Read the rest

UPDATE: Walmart shoplifters’ names released

Posted by | March 18, 2014 4:27 pm



A 31-year-old Pinewood woman and a 50-year-old Manning man whom Manning Walmart employees told police took multiple items valued at $1,300 on Sunday afternoon without paying for them have been charged with shoplifting.

Sarah Louise Singleton of 9854 Old River Road in Pinewood and Ronald Jerome Blackwell of 109 Richburg St. in Manning have been charged by the Manning Police Department with shoplifting of goods value of $2,000 or less in relation to the incident. A store associate told police about 2 p.m. Sunday that the pair took miscellaneous items from throughout the store. Eyewitnesses told … Read the rest

Abraham “Rev” Miller

Posted by | March 18, 2014 11:58 am

abraham-millerAbraham “Rev” Miller, 68, of Columbia, husband of Ruth Agnes Miller, died Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Born May 21, 1945, in Manning, he was a son of the late Temple Miller Sr. and Corine Dingle Miller. He attended Clarendon County public schools. At an early time in his life, he accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while attending Mt. Zion AME Church. He later joined Progressive Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where he was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

He moved to Columbia in the late 1960s, where he worked as a … Read the rest

Fred “Freddie” Hilton

Posted by | March 18, 2014 7:58 am

Fred-HiltonFred “Freddie” Hilton, 91, widower of Hattie Rogers Hilton and former husband of Annie Streeter Hilton, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Lake Marion Nursing Home in Summerton.

Born Nov. 26, 1922, in the Jordan section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Johnny and Evelyn Dukes Hilton. He attended Jordan Parochial School in Clarendon County. He was a devoted Christian and faithful servant of God. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country with dignity and honor. He was employed with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. for more than 40 years.

Survivors include three sons, … Read the rest

Coach Thames retiring

Posted by | March 18, 2014 7:52 am



He is known as the “winningest girls basketball coach in South Carolina history.”

Coach John Thames has won more than 800 games – 74 percent overall. And after nearly five decades of teaching and coaching at Manning High School, he’s decided it’s time to go. Sports writer Storm Bennett will have a full story in the March 20 edition of The Manning Times.


LMA B-Team girls win Pre-Season Tournament

Posted by | March 17, 2014 9:33 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy B-Team girls won the SCISA v. SCHSL Challenge Pre-Season Tournament on Saturday at Palmetto Park in Sumter for the second year in a row.


Front row, left to right, are Chellsie Hodge, Caroline Robinson, Emily Walker, Carley Tsukalas, Ann Bethea Barwick and Trinity Harrington; second row, left to right, are Marley Rogers, Aubrey Pack and Olivia Coker; back row, left to right, are Maggie Josey, Alexis McCoy, Keeley Hulse, Anne Williamson, Abbie Patrick, Ashlyn Moore, Liz Hussey, Lanie Powell and Breanna Hodge. The coaches are Dan Harrington and Rob Hussey. Jordan Gardner is not

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Looks like rain

Posted by | March 17, 2014 2:37 pm

Cold rain and some more cold rain.IMG_7927 (3)

Clarendon County residents have seen plenty of rain today and unfortunately that trend will likely continue into Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service, the chance of rain for the rest of the day is 80 percent. Temperatures will dip into the high 30s and low 40s tonight; most of the rain tomorrow should probably fall before lunch.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain and the wind will continue blowing from the north at 10 to 14 mph.

Trial postponed until 9 a.m. Tuesday

Posted by | March 17, 2014 2:08 pm

justin-jermaine-johnson-2-thumbnailThe double-murder trial of Justin Jermaine Johnson will continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The Manning Times was told on Monday morning that testimony had been delayed due to the jury foreman visiting the doctor. The foreman became sick shortly after lunchtime on Friday, and the trial was halted until this morning. No other information was available this afternoon.

ArborOne offering Aim-At-Ag Scholarship

Posted by | March 17, 2014 1:36 pm

arboroneFLORENCE – ArborOne Farm Credit has two scholarships for high school seniors interested in pursuing a career path in agriculture. Eligible applicants are high school seniors who plan to continue their education at a two- or four-year college on a full-time basis. The student must live within ArborOne’s 12-county territory, which includes Clarendon, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter and Williamsburg counties. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications can be found at, or by calling 1 (800) 741-7332.

ArborOne Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member-borrowers and serving … Read the rest

Charles C. Couilliette

Posted by | March 17, 2014 1:26 pm

PINEWOOD – Charles C. Coulliette, 90, husband of 53 years to Faye Elliott Coulliette, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 21, 1923, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late George H. Coulliette and Ethel Richburg Coulliette. Rather than play football at Clemson College, he joined the U.S. Navy after high school. “Cannonball” proudly served his country in the Pacific during World War II. He returned to his family farm to grow high-quality cotton, corn and soybeans.

The same determination Charles put into his crops made him a great sportsman known as “Reb.” Dove, … Read the rest

Johnson trial on hold until 1 p.m.

Posted by | March 17, 2014 9:43 am

The double murder trial of Justin Jermaine Johnson, 24, won’t start today until after lunch.

On Friday, a juror fell ill about 2 p.m. and an ambulance responded. That juror reportedly is visiting the doctor today.justin-jermaine-johnson-2

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted by | March 17, 2014 7:27 am

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin's Church, Ireland.

Saint Patrick depicted in a stained glass window at Saint Benin’s Church, Ireland.

Beer-drinking, wearing green and having a good time are far removed from the feast day originally started centuries ago to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. He is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, though he described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshiped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.” The Shamrock became the national flower of … Read the rest

Beatson named MVP, Lady Swampcats win tournament

Posted by | March 16, 2014 9:02 pm



Courtney Beatson was named the MVP for the SCISA Pre-season Tournament in Sumter on Saturday. The Lady Swampcats won the tournament, with a score of 15-0 in the first game; 4-2 in the second; 5-2 in the third; 5-1 in the fourth; and 12-4 in the fifth against Wilson Hall for the championship.

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