Posted by | February 3, 2014 7:03 am


grief_for_web_2Bernard S. Tobiassen, husband of Patricia Sullivan Cavanagh, of Plummer Circle and a longtime former resident of Saugerties, N.Y., died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Covenant Place in Sumter.


Born Aug. 17, 1935, in New York City, he was a son of the late Severin B. and Virginia Cook Tobiassen. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1958 to 1960 and again from 1961 to 1962. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.


For many years he trained bird dogs and competed with them in field trials, winning many trophies and championships. He … Read the rest


Posted by | February 2, 2014 7:43 pm

joe_perryVeteran journalist Joe Perry has joined The Manning Times’ staff, and will focus on cops, business and general features stories. Perry has worked as a senior staff writer with The Item in Sumter and as a general assignment reporter with The Berkeley Independent in Moncks Corner.

See Thursday’s Manning Times for more.





Posted by | February 2, 2014 4:45 pm

DemocratslogoThe Clarendon County Democratic Party will meet 7 p.m. Thursday at Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St. in Manning. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Chairman Glenn Ardis at (803) 452-6013.


Posted by | February 2, 2014 3:14 pm

George-StinneyThird Circuit Solicitor Ernest “Chip” Finney III has filed new paperwork in the George Stinney Jr. case, alleging that the 15-year-old boy’s murder conviction and execution is not affected by an old point of English common law the boy’s attorneys attempted to use nearly two weeks ago in a Sumter courtroom.

Fourteenth Circuit Court Judge Carmen T. Mullen gave Finney and his team 10 days to file a brief on the writ of coram nobis, an old remedy used to “correct errors of fact when no other remedy exists,” according to attorney Miller Shealy. Finney filed paperwork on Friday with … Read the rest

SNOW DAYS: Allen Johnson

Posted by | February 2, 2014 1:25 pm

AllenJohnson.jpgAllen Johnson, the son of Michael and Parker Wall Johnson, swings in the snow last week.

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Posted by | February 2, 2014 11:04 am

IMG_3562aaThe Azalea Ball presented two debutantes on Jan. 4 at the Cypress Center in Manning. Elizabeth Nell Black, sitting left, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Todd Black, was presented by her father, not pictured, and escorted by Cadet William Michael Phemister Jr. and her brother, John Landon Black. Sydney Taylor Cumbee, sitting right, was presented by her uncle. Carl Matthews Evans Jr., and was escorted by Carl Matthew Evans III and Thomas Alexander Beasley Jr.


Posted by | February 2, 2014 10:23 am

crandall-lybrandMr. and Mrs. William C. Crandall announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Ashley Crandall, to James Robert “Rob” Lybrand Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Lybrand Sr., all of Sumter.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Crandall of Manchester, Tenn., and Mrs. Janet H. Brunson and the late John Dreyfus Brunson Sr. She graduated from Laurence Manning Academy and the University of South Carolina. She is a registered nurse with Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

 The bridegroom-elect is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson Lybrand of Manning, and Mrs. Read the rest


Posted by | February 2, 2014 6:57 am

st mary'sSt. Mary’s Catholic Church in Summerton will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with holy mass at 11 a.m. today. A historic marker will be unveiled at noon in front of the church, and will be followed by lunch in  the St. Matthias Parish Hall.


Posted by | February 1, 2014 11:46 pm

READY_DUCK_HUNTERS_JAN_2014[1]Andrew Stewart, Will Price and Sims Holliday recently enjoyed a cold-morning duck hunt at Hickory Top Greentree Reservoir.

See Dan Geddings’ column on Page 2 of the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times for more.

Locals graduate from Clemson

Posted by | February 1, 2014 7:21 pm

college-graduationClemson University has shared a link of December commencement ceremonies with The Manning Times, with two locals receiving degrees. Continue reading for the link.

JCMC – HAVEN OF REST to hold meeting

Posted by | February 1, 2014 2:55 pm

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its monthly public meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church’s fellowship hall. Parking is available in the area nearest the entrance to the fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 309-8085.


Posted by | February 1, 2014 10:23 am

Carrie Sinkler-Parker will once again host a discussion on the Affordable Care Act at 6 p.m. Monday at the Harvin Clarendon County Library in Manning.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Boat donations keep Christian charity going

Posted by | January 31, 2014 6:15 pm

boat angel logoThe Boat Angel Outreach Center, a Christian charity based in Arizona and funded entirely by the processing and sale of donated boats throughout the United States, is looking for unused and unwanted boats to help fund its outreach initiatives.


Posted by | January 31, 2014 5:52 pm


Bobby Lee Elmore, widower of Mary Anderson Elmore, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Lake Marion Nursing Facility in Summerton.

Born March 14, 1935, in North Wilkesboro, N.C., he was a son of Minnie Wiles Elmore and the late Jason “Jack” Elmore, and always held a special place in his heart for his hometown. The values he learned from them shaped him into a hard-working but gentle man who loved to build and create with his hands. Bobby was a wonderful big brother to Linda McNeil of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Savannah Williams of Kentucky and the late Mary Hayes and Read the rest


Posted by | January 31, 2014 5:44 pm

grief_for_web_1Rubin W. Watford, 90, widower of Joann DuBose Watford, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at National Healthcare in Sumter.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late William Watford and Irene Sims Watford. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, retired from Campbell Soup Company and was a member of Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Rubin Watford,Jr. of Turbeville; a sister, Agnes Welch of Turbeville; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by a daughter, Bohnii W. Moore.

Funeral services will be held 3 Read the rest


Posted by | January 31, 2014 5:42 pm


Adrian-McLaughlin-001MANNING – Adrian Spencer “Mac” McLaughlin, 65, husband of Deborah Sue Keys McLaughlin, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Columbia.


Born Aug. 26, 1948, in Paris, Maine, he was a son of the late Merlyn Densmore and Elsie Dean McLaughlin. He was a retired master carpenter, a U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, the Flying Tigers, a Civil War re-enactor, and a member of Manning First Baptist Church and the P.T. Bradham Sunday School class.


Survivors besides his wife of Manning include two sons, Brian McLaughlin (Jodi) and … Read the rest

‘Waffle House shooter’ gets 30 days for simple assault

Posted by | January 31, 2014 3:26 pm

shaun_kent_1Attorney Shaun Kent defends his client, Yakeisha Ward of Manning, on Thursday in Clarendon County Magistrate’s Court. A jury found Ward guilty of simple assault on Friday afternoon after three hours of deliberations for her part in a shooting at a Manning Waffle House in 2009. Ward had been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill in May 2009, after a 27-year-old woman sustained a gunshot at the restaurant during a fight in which Ward had been touted as the primary aggressor by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. Third Circuit Judge R. Ferrell Cothran sentenced Ward to 30 … Read the rest

Clarendon NCNW to hold monthly meeting

Posted by | January 31, 2014 2:52 pm

The Clarendon Section of the National Council of Negro Women will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Clarendon County Council on Aging, 206 S. Church St. in Manning. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Yvonne Parson at (803) 473-3977.


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