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.

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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.

Clemson signs deal with EPA

Posted by | February 12, 2014 7:42 pm

clemsonuniversityclawlogoClemson University entered into a deal on Tuesday with the Environmental Protection Agency to “enhance research, teaching, outreach, career development and stewardship in environmental and mathematical sciences,” according to a release from the EPA.


As a part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the university and the agency, the EPA will commit to enhance the university’s environmental policy and science curricula and offer opportunities for students interested in environmental careers.


See the Feb. 20 edition of The Manning Times for more.


Friends and Family Day

Posted by | February 12, 2014 5:12 pm

St. Mark AME Church, 2 First St. in Summerton, will hold its annual Friends and Family Day worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Leslie Lovett, the pastor of Historic Liberty Hill AME Church of Summerton, speaking. Dinner will be held afterward. Host pastor is the Rev. Aretha Johnson.



Posted by | February 12, 2014 5:04 pm

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The Turbeville Arts and Crafts Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church as part of the town’s continuing 100th Anniversary Celebration throughout the yer. For more information, call (843) 659-2781.

Woman dies in I-95 crash

Posted by | February 12, 2014 4:34 pm

A woman driving a 2009 Nissan on Interstate 95 early Wednesday morning died after skidding on the highway and slamming into a 2007 Ford pickup truck legally parked on the shoulder.

S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. David Jones said the wreck happened about 8:25 a.m. Wednesday


King Relay Team plans fundraisers for 2014

Posted by | February 12, 2014 3:12 pm

American_Cancer_Society_Relay_For_LifeThe King Team for Clarendon County Relay for Life has planned two fundraisers for the 2014 season. The team is frequently one of the top fundraisers for the county, which raised more than $110,000 altogether last year. This year’s goal is $120,000.

The King Team will first hold its annual Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15, featuring men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; toys; furniture; appliances; knick-knacks; and more. They welcome donated items from Clarendon residents. They will be selling fried fish sandwiches for $4 and lemonade for $1.

The Celebration of Life Gala will be held … Read the rest

Send us your Winter Weather pictures

Posted by | February 12, 2014 12:43 pm


Ice started to blanket the Midlands Wednesday morning as part of a storm system expected to affect a large portion of the Southeast. Visit for Thursday closings.

The Manning Times is looking for your Winter Storm pictures.

Tree down in your area? Send it to us. Icicles dangling from your roof? Send it to us.

Please email high-resolution and full-size photos to


Governor’s Mansion to exhibit African-American art

Posted by | February 12, 2014 9:05 am

COLUMBIA – South Carolina First Gentleman Michael Haley is inviting the public to view what he calls a “one-of-a-kind” exhibit of African-American art at the Governor’s Mansion.

The exhibit features pieces originally owned by the Old Slave Mart Museum and is currently on loan from the Greater Acacia Collection, a foundation that maintains and preserves thousands of artifacts chronicling the African-American journey.

The free exhibit will be on display in the basement of the Lace House, within the Governor’s Mansion complex, for the first three full weeks of February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. The … Read the rest

Crappie Masters coming to Lake Marion

Posted by | February 12, 2014 7:28 am

crappie mastersLake Marion will host a Crappie Masters tournament this weekend, with a Big Fish Challenge on Friday and a one-day national qualifier on Saturday. Seminars for both events will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Manning High School on Paxville Highway. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The tournaments are open to the public, but membership is required for Saturday’s qualifier. See the Feb. 13 edition of The Manning Times for more.




UPDATED: Clarendon County closings

Posted by | February 11, 2014 11:04 pm

CLOSEDThe following offices, schools and churches will be closed Thursday due to inclement weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning effective through noon Thursday.

All Clarendon County offices.

The City of Manning

The Town of Summerton

The Harvin Clarendon County Library

Clarendon school districts 1, 2 and 3.

Clarendon Hall and Laurence Manning Academy.

New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manning will not have services Wednesday. All other activities are canceled at the church.

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Arrest made in Summerton shooting

Posted by | February 11, 2014 7:58 pm

anthony thomas jamesThe Clarendon County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 23-year-old man for his role in a home invasion on Feb. 6 that resulted in the shooting death of an 18-year-old North Carolina Man. Anthony Thomas James, 23, of 1100 K.W. Hodge Road in Manning, was charged Tuesday evening with murder, according to Maj. Kipp Coker.  He is one of two suspects deputies allege invaded a home on Furse Road in Summerton on Feb. 6. Johnte Shaheed Holliday was shot twice in the chest during the incident, which happened at his 29-year-old uncle’s home. Reports indicate Holliday let the two men into … Read the rest


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