Early morning fire damages two classrooms at New Covenant

Posted by | May 2, 2014 8:58 am

The pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning is praising God today after a small fire broke out about 3 a.m. in one of the church’s Sunday school rooms.

“We are thankful for God and his providence, and that the fire wasn’t much worse than it was,” said Pastor Marcus Van Vlake.

Ultimately, the fire destroyed the inside of one classroom, and an adjacent room and bathroom were damaged heavily by smoke and water. Van Vlake said Clarendon Fire Chief Frances Richbourg said the fire was quite close to getting into the building’s roof.

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Large crowd prays on Courthouse grounds

Posted by | May 1, 2014 10:28 pm

A large crowed gathered on the Clarendon County Courthouse grounds on Thursday night to pray for our leaders, military, families, schools, first responders, pastors and even salvation. The National Day of Prayer observance was organized by three local pastors, the Revs. Mike Murdoch, James Dilinger and David Carlson.

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David Lee Samuel Williams

Posted by | May 1, 2014 4:54 pm

Minister David Lee Samuel Williams died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Carolina Medical Center University in Charlotte, N.C.

Born Dec. 25, 1928, in Washington, N.C., he was a son of the late Jack Williams and Mary Hopkins. He was an assistant pastor and faithful member of True Word Missionary Baptist Church in Paxville. His memory will be cherished by a number of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Friday at True Word Missionary Baptist Church, 10750 Scott Ave. in Paxville, with the Rev. Robert E. Gibson, senior pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the family plot

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Historic Mt. Zion AME Church annual prayer breakfast

Posted by | May 1, 2014 4:14 pm

Historic Mt. Zion AME Church near Davis Station will hold its annual Prayer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, with Eartha Carter, pastor of Prayer House Mission, as guest speaker. Everyone is invited to attend.

Wreck with unknown injuries on Interstate 95 southbound

Posted by | May 1, 2014 3:43 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe S.C. Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel are currently responding to a wreck with reported injuries between the 121 and 122 mile-markers in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Manning. The wreck happened about 3:34 p.m. Wednesday. Scanner traffic confirmed that everyone is out of the vehicle, which ran off the highway. Traffic may be slower during this time.

Floyd Chapel PHC supper and auction

Posted by | May 1, 2014 12:13 pm

Floyd Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1840 New Zion Road in Lake City, will hold a Supper and Auction on Friday, with supper at 5 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go toward a mission trip to Costa Rica.

LMA JV finishes season first in conference

Posted by | May 1, 2014 10:06 am

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity Lady Swampcats finished their season on Tuesday with a win against Pee Dee Academy in Marion, 6-5. Lundee Olsen was the winning pitcher, with eight strikeouts. Taylor Lea was 3-4; and Brooke Ward was 1-1 with an RBI. Ellen Dinkins, Ashton Rogers and Lundee Olsen each had an RBI. The team finished the season with an overall record of 18-2, and was first in the conference with 5-0.


National Day of Prayer service today

Posted by | May 1, 2014 7:34 am

national-day-of-prayerA worship service for the National Day of Prayer – to give honor and to seek the will of the Lord Jesus Christ – will be held 7 p.m. today on the Clarendon County Courthouse lawn. Come and be blessed with spiritual encouragement for your soul!

Mobile Library to make one stop today

Posted by | May 1, 2014 6:34 am

harvin_clarendon_county_library_mobileThe Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will make the following stop today in Clarendon County: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Summerton Piggly Wiggly. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.



Monarchs win Region VI-3A Track Championship

Posted by | April 30, 2014 9:42 pm

monarchsThe Manning High School Monarchs girls and boys teams won the Region VI-3A Track Championship on Wednesday. The girls’ team scored 213, while Darlington was the next-closest with 135. Hartsville scored 50; Lakewood scored 45; and Marlboro and Crestwood scored 20. The boys scored 168 to win, while Darlington scored 123; Crestwood, 106; Lakewood, 78; and Hartsville and Marlboro, 14 each.


Alleged moonshine suspect posts bond

Posted by | April 30, 2014 4:19 pm

A 33-year-old Manning man charged April 14 for his alleged role in a moonshine distillery in Jordan has posted a $1,000 personal recognizance bond to be released.

harold-anthony-jamesHarold Anthony James of 2155 Alex Harvin Highway in Manning posted bond shortly after his arrest, but the information did not become available on the Clarendon County Public Court Index until recently.

James was charged with unlawful manufacture, transfer or possession of a distillery, first offense, a few days after Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies seized materials typically associated with the manufacture of illegal alcohol.

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Clarendon District 1 child find screenings

Posted by | April 30, 2014 1:46 pm

seccClarendon School District 1 will conduct free vision, hearing, speech and developmental screenings as a part of a child find effort to identify students with special needs. The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 8 at Summerton Early Childhood Center. For more information, call Glenda Coard or Audrey Walters at (803) 485-2325, ext. 221.

Morgan Bacon crowned Miss Teen South Carolina International

Posted by | April 30, 2014 12:02 pm

Morgan Bacon, 17, of West Columbia, was crowned April 20 as Miss Teen South Carolina International 2014 at Charleston Music Hall. She is the granddaughter of Carolyn Melton of Manning and Billy Melton of Kershaw. She will represent South Carolina from Aug. 1-2 at the International Pageant in Jacksonville, Fla., against other young women from the U.S. and other countries around the world. See the May 8 edition of The Manning Times for more.


LETTER: Rep. Ridgeway thanks Shoney’s, waitress for prompt action during choking incident

Posted by | April 30, 2014 11:31 am


EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was written by Rep. Robert Ridgeway to Andy Stout, owner of Shoney’s in Manning.

On April 19, 2014, my wife and I were dining at Shoney’s Restaurant of Manning.  During our meal, a disturbance occurred across the dining room.  A man was choking and his wife was yelling for help.  As a physician, paramedic and firefighter, I responded immediately, and upon my arrival, one of your waitresses had already accessed the situation and was taking action.  (She was just one or two tables away).

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Oh the dreadful wind and rain

Posted by | April 30, 2014 11:12 am


Looks like some rain is on the way.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 60 percent chance of rain today, with showers and thunderstorms most likely between noon and 2 p.m. Winds will gust from the south at 18 to 36 mph. Tonight’s forecast will most likely see more of the same, with the wind and rain hitting us between 8 and 11 p.m. as temps drop to the mid 60s.




District 2 to hold AVID meeting today

Posted by | April 30, 2014 8:00 am

avidClarendon School District 2 will hold a parent information meeting at 6 p.m. today at Manning High School for the parents of students heading into seventh, eighth and ninth grades and interested in apply for the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program for the 2014-15 school year.
The AVID College Readiness System (ARCS) accelerates student learning, and uses research-based methods of effective instruction while providing meaningful and motivational professional learning. For more information, call the Guidance Office at Manning High School at (803) 435-4417.


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