Monarchs win 11-1

Posted by | March 20, 2014 1:04 pm

The Manning High baseball team beat Cross 11-1 yesterday in a five-inning game.

The Monarchs put Donnie Baker on the bump to start the game. Baker didn’t allow an earned run and struck out eight batters in five-innings of work.

The Monarchs will play tomorrow 6:30 p.m. at Hartsville.

Jurors hear closing arguments; deliberations underway

Posted by | March 20, 2014 12:29 pm

Jurors on Friday morning heard closing arguments in the double murder trial of Justin Jermaine Johnson, a 24-year-old Summerton man accused of shooting and killing Maxine Caraway, 59, and Johnson’s 9-month-old son, Jayden.
Deliberations began shortly before noon at the Clarendon County Administration building after Third Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Young explained to jurors the charges Johnson is facing, which also include attempted murder, first degree burglary, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.
Assistant Solicitor Chris Durant spoke to jurors first, thanking them for 10 days of service. Durant said Johnson’s malice aforethought … Read the rest

Farmer’s Market vendor meeting

Posted by | March 20, 2014 10:31 am

FarmersMarketThere will be a Manning Farmer’s Market vendor meeting on 10 a.m. April 23 at Manning City Hall.  If you are interested in participating in the 2014 Farmer’s Market, call (803) 435-8477.


Former Scott’s Branch High School teacher testifies on Johnson’s behalf

Posted by | March 20, 2014 7:40 am

moses_levyMoses Levy said he taught Justin Jermaine Johnson, 24, when the young man was in ninth through 12th grades at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton. He told jurors on Wednesday afternoon that the Johnson he knew from 2004-08 is not the same one now facing a jury for two counts of murder and a count each of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Johnson is accused of killing 59-year-old Maxine Caraway and his 9-month-old son, Jayden, on April 6, 2011.

“I worked with him through student government and in other extracurricular activities … … Read the rest

Sam Abraham Martin

Posted by | March 20, 2014 7:05 am

Sam Abraham Martin, widower of Annie Gaymon Martin, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at his home.

Born Feb. 7, 1917, in the Saint Paul community of Summerton, he was a son of the late Jack and Viola Merchant Martin.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Historic Liberty Hill AME Church in the St. Paul community of Summerton. Words of comfort were delivered by Dr. Leslie Lovett, pastor. Interment followed in Historic Liberty Hill AME Church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to

Fleming DeLaine Funeral Home & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Taste of New Covenant delights guests

Posted by | March 19, 2014 11:37 pm

Parishioners and their guests enjoyed the Taste of New Covenant held Saturday at the church on Alex Harvin Highway. More than 20 tables were set up with food ranging from blueberry pie to barbecue to gumbo to red chicken stew.

Manning High FFA presented Key to the City

Posted by | March 19, 2014 6:58 pm

Manning Mayor Julia Nelson presented the Manning High School FFA with the Key to the City of Manning on Monday during City Council’s regular monthly meeting. In doing so, Nelson recognized the contribution the school club has made throughout the Clarendon community.


Johnson will not testify

Posted by | March 19, 2014 5:04 pm

justin-jermaine-johnson-2A 24-year-old Summerton man charged with the shooting deaths of his 9-month-old son and the boy’s 59-year-old grandmother nearly three years ago told 3rd Circuit Judge W. Jeffrey Young on Wednesday that he will not testify in his own defense.

The state rested its case against Justin Jermaine Johnson shortly after lunch on Wednesday, after calling about 20 witnesses during six days of testimony that began March 11. Johnson is charged with two counts of murder, kidnapping, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Attorneys said the jury will likely retire to make a decision tomorrow

Lady Monarchs victorious against Crestwood

Posted by | March 19, 2014 3:29 pm

monarchsThe Manning High School Lady Monarchs defeated the Crestwood High School Lady Knights on Tuesday, 10-5. Kristin Shaffer was the winning pitcher for the team, with nine strikeouts. Caroline Hill was 2-2 and had two stolen bases; Keri Shaffer was 3-4 with two RBI and three stolen bases. Ahvey Coker was 2-3, and Kristin Shaffer was 2-4 with one RBI.



Blood drive at the Cypress Center

Posted by | March 19, 2014 2:26 pm

blood driveThe American Red Cross will hold several blood drives throughout the year from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cypress Center on the following dates: March 27; May 22; July 24; Oct. 18; and Dec. 30.

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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