Red Cross tips to avoid kitchen fires

Posted by | February 21, 2014 8:59 am

american red crossThe Sandhills Chapter of the American Red Cross recommends the following tips to help residents avoid kitchen fires:

Check food regularly and remain in the home while cooking.

Enforce a “kid-gree zone” in the cooking area, and make children stay at least three feet away from the stove.

Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.

Contact the local fire department to receive proper training on the use … Read the rest

NC Santee Electric lineman injured near Foreston

Posted by | February 20, 2014 8:33 pm


Authorities are asking residents to be careful driving around the county after an out-of-state lineman for Santee Electric was injured on Sunday after an incident with a speeding car.

The North Carolina man has remained on the job. Steve Pendleton, was working on U.S. 521 near Foreston when his crew heard a car heading toward them. The car hit another, spun around, and a fellow lineman pulled Pendleton out of the way.

Grazed by the vehicle, Pendleton broke his kneecap. He has remained on the job, however, according to Santee Electric Community Relations Manager Adrel Stone Langley.

Clarendon County grant opportunities for 2014-15

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:37 pm

Clarendon County Council is now accepting applications from local private, non-profit agencies and quasi-government agencies for funding consideration for fiscal year 2014-15. Completed grant applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. March 14. To receive a copy of the policy and guidelines and application package, or for more information about the process, call Vickie Williams or Beth Wilkins at (803) 433-4004, or email or


Robert “Bob” Winburn Doub Sr.

Posted by | February 20, 2014 4:37 pm

robert-doubRobert “Bob” Winburn Doub Sr., husband of Leila Elizabeth “Bettie” Gibbons Doub, died Feb. 15, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, after a period of declining health.

Born March 6, 1930, in Clemmons, N.C., he was a son of the late Lester Wilburn and Jessie Pauline Hutchins Doub. He moved to Columbia at 6 months of age. Mr. Doub was a member of Santee Baptist Church, serving his Lord wherever needed. Although wheelchair bound, he was currently a greeter and got great joy in greeting each person attending morning services. He was a member of the South Carolina National Guard and … Read the rest

JV Saints play hard against Andrew Jackson Academy, come up short in Region Tournament

Posted by | February 20, 2014 4:26 pm

The Clarendon Hall Junior Varsity Saints lost a close game, 36-26, on Tuesday evening at home to Andrew Jackson Academy, ending their hopes for a Region Championship.

“Words can’t express how proud I am of this group of young men,” said Coach Storm Bennett. “Not because of our win-loss record on the season or because we finished as the conference runner-ups in the regular season and tournament, but because the guys gave total effort during games and practices all season.”

“No one can say that the other team won because they outworked us,” he added.

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Morris Smith Sr.

Posted by | February 20, 2014 2:18 pm

READY_Morris_Smith_srNEW ZION – Morris Smith Sr., 77, widower of Vivian Gamble Smith, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Palmetto Baptist Health hospital in Columbia.

Born Oct. 6, 1936, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Ellison and Estelle McFadden Smith. He attended Lodabar Parochial School and Walker-Gamble High School in New Zion. In his early youth, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and became a member of Friendship Presbyterian Church, USA, where he served faithfully as an elder, deacon, sexton, treasurer of Presbyterian Men, and a member of the senior choir.

Survivors include six children, Vanessa … Read the rest

Fire destroys one structure, damages others at lake

Posted by | February 20, 2014 11:34 am

A Wednesday afternoon brush fire spread to five homes off Little John Drive near Lake Marion, destroying one home and damaging the others.

Clarendon County Fire Department officials said no one was injured in the blaze. Firefighters responded to multiple incidents on Wednesday where brush fires spread due to strong winds. Fire Chief Frances Richbourg urges residents to think twice about lighting up in windy, dry conditions.

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Carrie Yvonne Ragin

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am

ELIZABETH, N.J. – Carrie Yvonne Ragin died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth.

Born July 7, 1941, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Edward Elijah and Sarah Woody Watson-Ragin.

Survivors include three devoted sisters, Sarah Lillian (Henry Lee) Ragin-Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., Gardenia Ragin-Scott of Jersey City, N.J., and Deloris Ragin-Jones of Elizabeth, whom she lived with for the past 30 years; a brother-in-law, Leroy Hooks Sr. of South Carolina; a sister-in-law, Mary McCloud-Ragin of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A service of remembrance was … Read the rest

Harry Gene Connor

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am

LUGOFF – Harry Gene Connor, 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at his home.

Born Dec. 8, 1955, in Manning, he was a son of the late Patrick Joseph Connor and Mary Lee DuBose Connor.

Survivors include four brothers; Joseph Lee Connor (Carolyn), John Henry Connor (Brenda) and Charles Ray Connor, all of Manning and Gerald Glynn Connor (Gloria) of Sumter.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Home Branch Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Patrick G. Goodwin officiating.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

John Arthur McGriff Sr.

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am


READY_John-McGriff-Sr.John Arthur McGriff Sr., 82, widower of Bessie Mallett McGriff, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence.


Born April 1, 1931, in Havana, Fla., he was a son of the late Johnnie and Arthur Lee Davis McGriff. He attended Lincoln High School in Sumter and Sumter Area Technical College. He obtained a degree in air conditioning and electrician technology. After completing high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and retired in 1970 as a quarter-master, second class. He was a member of Providence AME Church, where he sang with the choir and was a … Read the rest

Lohman Dale Reiter II

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am


READY_Lohman_ReiterLohman Dale Reiter II, beloved husband of Adele Corbett Reiter, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Covenant Place.


Born in Green Bay, Wis., he was a son of the late Lohman D. Reiter Sr. and Violet Richard Reiter. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1958, following graduation from East High School in Green Bay. He earned his commission in 1969, following graduation from Indiana University with a bachelor of science in business. He later received a master’s degree in management from Troy State University. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps in … Read the rest

Marion Elliott Dantzler

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am

ALCOLU — Marion Elliott Dantzler, 71, husband of Elaine Blackwell Dantzler, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at his home in Alcolu.

Born March 16, 1942, in Lone Star, he was a son of the late James Dantzler and Rutha Mae McFadden Dantzler Davis, and the stepson of Ernest Davis.

He was a member of Harmony Elizabeth Presbyterian Church in Alcolu. He attended Clarendon County public schools and was an employee of Georgia Pacific of Alcolu for many years.

Survivors besides his wife of the home, 1598 Magnolia Corner Road in Alcolu, include five daughters, Teresa Blackwell, Patricia (David) Wigfall, Stephanie … Read the rest

Evelyn York

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am

Evelyn York died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.

Born Feb. 24, 1924, in the Bloomville community of Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Marion Cantey and Eather York.

Survivors include two sons raised as her own, Willie York and Franklin Thompson, both of Manning; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mazie York of Manning.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

A service of remembrance was held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Holly Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1304 Hidden Branch Road in the Bloomville community, with words … Read the rest

Terry “T-Bone” Johnson

Posted by | February 20, 2014 7:07 am

SUMTER – Terry “T-Bone” Johnson, 43, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 31, 1970, in Sumter, he was a son of Betty Johnson and the late Bobby Miller.

Survivors besides his mother include a brother, Larry Johnson; a sister, Shiron Johnson; paternal sisters, Geneva Reed (Tim), Sheron Williams (Mathew), Debra Miller and Keisha Nesbitt; his companion, Lee Ann Stukes; an uncle, Larry Johnson; an aunt, Maggie Johnson; three nephews; three nieces; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Servies were held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Antioch UME Church with the Rev. Damian … Read the rest

Wallace Gibson

Posted by | February 19, 2014 8:18 pm

Wallace Gibson, 85, widower of Lillian Irene Bryant Gibson, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at his home. 

Born May 28, 1928, in Brundidge, Ala., he was a son of the late Robert “Bub” Gibson and Elizabeth Grey Goolsby Gibson. He was raised in Columbus, Ga., and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Georgia Pacific as a shipping and receiving clerk, and was a member of Paxville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sons, David Michael Gibson of Longs and Clifford Douglas (Bonnie) Gibson of Bonneau; three daughters, Patricia Leigh Nunnery, Laura Irene  (David) Guthrie Read the rest

Richard Thomas Brown

Posted by | February 19, 2014 8:12 pm

COLUMBIA – Richard Thomas Brown, 51, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 12, 1962, in Athens, Ga., he was a son of the late William Fredrick Brown and Betty Jean Burke Brown Gaines.

Survivors include  a daughter, Mary Brown of Ft. Worth, Texas; a brother, Robert G. “Bob” Brown of Manning; and two sisters, Amelia Brown Dyer (Dave) of Irmo and Cornelia B. “Connie” Varn (Bill) of Orangeburg.

Services will be held privately.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

Missing Chihuahua seeks owner

Posted by | February 19, 2014 5:03 pm

This little guy was found roaming around the Briarcliff area of Manning earlier today, and is safe at a home on Rudy Road. Please call (803) 435-8422 if you believe this little boy is yours. He appears to be an older Chihuahua and is not fixed.

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