Clarendon sets up debris disposal sites

Posted by | February 14, 2014 3:14 pm


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Tom Vose uses his new chainsaw on Friday afternoon to clear away debris from an ice storm responsible for downing many limbs, branches and entire trees.

For residents wondering what to do with storm debris, Clarendon Administrator David Epperson said six sites will be open for the “disposal of all vegetative debris associated with the recent weather event.”

“The following sites will be available for Clarendon County residents to dispose of vegetative debris using private trucks and vehicles without charge,” Epperson said.

The sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to … Read the rest

Briggs Chapel Black History Program

Posted by | February 14, 2014 2:45 pm

Briggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 7135 Wash Davis Road in Summerton, will hold a Black History Month program at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 during regular morning worship services.

Crappie Masters canceled

Posted by | February 14, 2014 2:43 pm

2014LakeMarionThe Crappie Masters tournament scheduled for this weekend has been canceled due to this week’s inclement winter weather.

Please call the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce at (803) 435-4405 for more information.

Summerton shooting suspect denied bond

Posted by | February 14, 2014 12:45 pm

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A 23-year-old man arrested Tuesday for his part in the shooting death of an 18-year-old North Carolina man will remain at the Clarendon County Detention Center pending a bond hearing before a Circuit Court judge.

Anthony Thomas James, 23, of 11 K.W. Hodge Road in Manning, was denied bond on Wednesday on a charge of murder in relation to the Feb. 6 home invasion with another unidentified suspect that led to the death of Johnte Shaheed Holliday, who was shot twice in the chest during the incident.

Reports indicate Holliday let the two men into the home … Read the rest

Clarendon County NAACP meeting

Posted by | February 14, 2014 12:33 pm

The Clarendon County branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at Santee AME Church, 1045 Dingle Pond Road in the North Santee community of Clarendon County. The Rev. Willie Starks will be the speaker, and the meeting is open to the public. For more information, call President Robert A. McFadden Sr. at (803) 225-4085, or email

Manning gets covered in ice

Posted by | February 14, 2014 12:25 pm

Grace Surette shared these pictures from her ride through downtown Manning on Wednesday afternoon.


Power restored for most today

Posted by | February 14, 2014 10:12 am

The majority of Clarendon County residents should see their power restored today.

As of 10:30 a.m., about 9,000 people were still without power, said Anthony Mack, the county’s Emergency Management Director.

Because of the greatly improved weather, it’s expected utility crews will make significant progress today, he said.

Black River Electric Co-Op CEO Herb Leaird said Friday morning he has “high hopes” that most everybody will get their power back today, or early this evening.

“We have the resources in place,” he said. “Some will be missed, no question, but we made great progress yesterday in Clarendon County. And today … Read the rest

Plantation Singers delight Weldon audience

Posted by | February 14, 2014 8:58 am

The Plantation Singers from Charleston delighted a Weldon Auditorium audience gathered to hear spirituals and other old-time favorites on Saturday.

When are the lights coming back on?

Posted by | February 14, 2014 5:30 am

If you are a Duke Energy customer your power is expected to be back on Sunday around 11:45am.
Santee Electric is still reporting over 7,000 customers in Clarendon County without power and currently does not have an expected time for the power to be restored to their customers. Please continue to check for your weather condition and electricity updates.

Office delays for Friday

Posted by | February 13, 2014 7:52 pm

weather-delaysThe City of Manning will operate on a normal schedule Friday, but Clarendon County offices will open at 10 a.m. The Harvin Clarendon County Library will also open at noon.

Family displaced by Thursday morning fire

Posted by | February 13, 2014 1:18 pm

A Thursday morning structure fire destroyed a Walker Street home, said Clarendon County Fire Department Chief Frances Richbourg, but no one was injured.

About 10 a.m., units responded to 1 Walker St., she said, finding a single wide mobile home almost fully involved with fire.

Firefighters worked for close to an hour to extinguish the blaze and protect surrounding buildings, which escaped damage.

Richbourg estimated the home sustained $15,000 in damage to the structure with $7,500 in damage to the contents. The Red Cross responded to assist the displaced family, she said.

Manning Fire Chief Mitch McElveen said his department … Read the rest

What’s open in town?

Posted by | February 13, 2014 12:30 pm

The roads are still fairly slushy but navigable. And there are plenty of places that are open for business:

D & H Barbecue, Lamar’s Country Corner, Sugar and Spice Fairy, Sonic, McDonald’s, Walmart, Hardee’s, The Corner Diner, Piggly Wiggly Deli are all open.

Weldon Auditorium is providing shelter if needed.

Bettie Ruth Brock Walker

Posted by | February 13, 2014 11:43 am

Bettie Ruth Brock Walker, widow of Albert Walker, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Born Feb. 4, 1948, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Nettie Brock and Gainful Cain Brock.

Survivors include three children, Kenya Brock, Tyron Walker and Shane C. Walker.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Society Hill AME Church, S.C. 260 South in Manning, with the Rev. Mary Rhodes officiating.

The family received friends at the home, 1113 R. Johnson Road in the Davis Station community of Clarendon County.

Online condolences may be sent to flemingdelaine@aol.comRead the rest

Ask the deputy

Posted by | February 13, 2014 11:29 am

ASK_A_DEPUTYIn this week’s “Ask the Deputy,” Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office Victim’s Advocate Inv. Danny Graham discusses the consequences of unreported criminal domestic violence, and also talks about the embarrassment many victims have about reporting CDV.

See today’s edition of The Manning Times for more.



Posted by | February 13, 2014 11:03 am

Clarendon School Districts 1, 2 and 3 schools will be closed Friday.

Laurence Manning Academy will remain closed through Monday.

Clarendon Hall will be closed Friday.


Ethel Plowden Sinkler

Posted by | February 13, 2014 9:03 am

Ethel Plowden Sinkler, widow of James Sinkler Sr., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.

Born Dec. 16, 1945, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Warren Plowden Sr. and Lula Johnson Plowden.

Survivors include a son, James Sinkler Jr. of Manning; a daughter, Kim Sinkler of Sumter; two grandchildren, Tykez and Semaj of Sumter; a brother, Warren (Wilhenenia) Plowden; and two sisters, Martha Bines and Evangelist Cassie (Edward) Gibson, both of Manning.

She was preceded in death by a son; three brothers, Eugene, David and James; and three sisters, Dorothy Lowe, Annie Reddick … Read the rest

Robert “Bobby” Montgomery

Posted by | February 13, 2014 8:26 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Robert “Bobby” Montgomery, husband of Mary Bowman Montgomery, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, in Buffalo.

Born Nov. 9, 1935, in Manning, he was a son of the late Sye Montgomery and Marie White Montgomery. Bobby relocated to Buffalo, and was employed with the Buffalo Metal Casting Company and later Gateway Longview Inc., from where he retired.

Survivors besides his wife of 59 years include six sons, Robert Jr. (Tracy), David (Felicia), Glenn (Patricia), Michael (Stacy), Darrell and Mitchell (Kathy); a brother, James (Edna) Montgomery; a sister, Virginia (Zelma) Montgomery; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Seven siblings preceded … Read the rest

Four seats up in Summerton municipal elections

Posted by | February 13, 2014 7:32 am

Mayor Jay Bruner and three Summerton Town council members have declined to run for re-election in April, meaning four residents will be new to council this year.

Councilman Terrance Tindal has filed for the mayor’s race, and will face Donald Bagnal in that race. Michael Wells, Bryan Rembert and Lionel Stukes have also filed for seats.

See the today’s edition of The Manning Times for more information.

Red Cross helps 612 families in Pee Dee region in January

Posted by | February 12, 2014 10:37 pm

american red crossSUMTER – The Sandhills Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Clarendon County, announced Feb. 5 that it helped with 612 individuals displaced by 185 home fires in the month of January in the Palmetto Region of South Carolina.

See the Feb. 13 edition of The Manning Times for more.

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