Gallery 4: MPS Spring Fling

Posted by | May 7, 2017 6:01 pm

Manning Primary School held its annual Spring Fling on Saturday. This is the fourth of four galleries showing children having fun at the fling.

Larry Edward Nelson

Posted by | May 7, 2017 4:47 pm

Larry Edward Nelson, 56, died Friday, May 5, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born Feb. 20, 1961 in the Harmony section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Sammie McFadden and Lillie Mae Nelson Kingwood. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St. in Manning. Burial will follow in Harmony Presbyterian Church cemetery in Alcolu. The family will receive friends at the family home, 1483 Tennessee Road in Alcolu. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

James Taylor

Posted by | May 7, 2017 4:44 pm

James Taylor, 84, widower of Julia Mae Holmes Taylor, died Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Blue Ridge of Sumter Continuity of Care, 1761 Pinewood Road in Sumter. Born Oct. 10, 1932, in Alcolu, he was a son of the late Henry Taylor and Bertha Lee Fronebager Taylor. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Maranatha Seventh Day Adventist, 314 West Huggins St. in Manning, with Pastor Marquis Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Francis Cemetery in Alcolu. The family will receive friends at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Cindy Taylor, 1148… Read the rest

Pinckney Montgomery

Posted by | May 7, 2017 4:41 pm

GREENVILLE – Pinckney Montgomery, 71, died Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Regency Hospital in Greenville. Born Oct. 1, 1945, in Paxville, he was a son of the late James “Fine” Montgomery and Mary Dinkins Montgomery. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Kimbrea and Michael Walker, 2137 Avalon Drive in Sumter, and at his home, 900 Fulton St. in Sumter. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

CCTC students place in state Welding competition

Posted by | May 7, 2017 4:32 pm

Six of CCTC’s welding students competed in the South Carolina Technical College 35th Annual Welding Skills Competition held at Spartanburg Community College on April 20-21. The students who attended the competition are Thomas Shotwell, Christian Frey, Clayton Possert, Myles Rumbold, Robert Harllee and Daquan McCray. Thomas Shotwell placed third in Category 1: Aluminum Tee joint welded with Gas Tungsten Arc Welding in the vertical position, Carbon Steel Tee Joint welded with Gas Tungsten Arc Welding in the vertical position and Carbon Steel V-groove welded with Gas Metal Arc Welding in the vertical position. Daquan McCray placed second in Category 6:… Read the rest

Why Martha Stukes Relays

Posted by | May 7, 2017 2:41 pm

Martha Stukes has attended Clarendon County Relay for Life since the mid-1990s. That was around the time she had her own surgery to stave off breast cancer. “I was diagnosed right around Thanksgiving 1995 and had surgery right before Christmas,” she said. “I felt probably how most people feel. Why me? Why now? I asked all those questions. I had my children. You have all these thoughts that go through your mind about wanting to be there for them. You worry about dying.” These days, Stukes said she “feels good.” “I’ve not had anymore problems in that area anyway,” she… Read the rest

Why Francine Smiling Relays

Posted by | May 7, 2017 12:19 pm

Francine Smiling has battled melanoma not once, not twice, but five times. First diagnosed in 2004, her most recent experience with one of the most dreaded types of cancer was in 2008. “The first time, we found it in my toe,” she said. “I was diagnosed with lupus in the early 1990s, and so I watch my health a lot. A mole popped up on my toe, and it started hurting.” Smiling went to several doctors and traveled all the way to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and eventually was told after a biopsy that she had… Read the rest

Gallery 3: MPS Spring Fling

Posted by | May 7, 2017 10:01 am

Manning Primary School held its annual Spring Fling on Saturday. This is the third of four galleries showing children having fun at the fling.

Why Barbara Way Relays

Posted by | May 7, 2017 7:41 am

Barbara Way was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. After chemotherapy and a double mastectomy, she has been cancer free now for nearly 14 years. “I figured just get them cut off and I don’t have to worry about it coming back,” said Way of her surgery. “I’d had my children. I wasn’t going to breast feed anymore. I just figured it was the best way to deal with it.” Way was one of dozens of survivors who attended Clarendon County Relay for Life Friday at Manning High School’s Ramsey Stadium. She said she had attended Relay for Life before… Read the rest

Gallery 3: Relay for Life Luminary Bags

Posted by | May 7, 2017 5:49 am

Cancer survivors and those who lost their battles to the various forms of the dreadful disease were honored Friday night with luminary bags decorated with their names, which were read starting 9:30 p.m. at Clarendon County Relay for Life in a solemn ceremony. This is the third of three galleries featuring selected images of these bags before the ceremony.

Parkinson’s Support Group to meet May 9

Posted by | May 7, 2017 4:09 am

The Florence-area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 9 at 121 E. Cedar St. in Florence. Dr. Amy Delambo of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Movement Disorders Program will be the guest speaker on Parkinson’s and sleep issues. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family and friends. For more information, call (843) 673-0854 or email haybrton@gmail.com.

Today in History: May 7

Posted by | May 7, 2017 12:00 am

1274 – In France, the Second Council of Lyon opens to regulate the election of the Pope. 1429 – Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning, wounded, to lead the final charge. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War. 1487 – The Siege of Málaga commences during the Spanish Reconquista. 1664 – Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles. 1685 – Battle of Vrtijeljka between rebels and Ottoman forces. 1697 – Stockholm’s royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed by… Read the rest

Gallery 2: MPS Spring Fling

Posted by | May 6, 2017 11:01 pm

Manning Primary School held its annual Spring Fling on Saturday. This is the second of four galleries showing children having fun at the fling.

St. Mark MBC to hold VBS

Posted by | May 6, 2017 9:34 pm

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in the Silver community of Clarendon County will hold Vacation Bible Study from 7 p.m. May 22 through May 26 in Wasau Park in Summerton. May 26 will be Graduation Day for all students Guests are invited to attend May 24. VBS is open to the public. The Rev. Willie J. Chandler is the host pastor. For more information, call (803) 236-6451 or email azalee@ftc-i.net or azwil@icloud.com.

Gallery 2: Relay for Life Luminary Bags

Posted by | May 6, 2017 8:10 pm

Cancer survivors and those who lost their battles to the various forms of the dreadful disease were honored Friday night with luminary bags decorated with their names, which were read starting 9:30 p.m. at Clarendon County Relay for Life in a solemn ceremony. This is the second of three galleries featuring selected images of these bags before the ceremony.

HP names first female captain

Posted by | May 6, 2017 7:26 pm

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Highway Patrol announced Friday the promotion of Tara Laffin as the new commander of the Highway Patrol’s Training Division and the first female captain to serve in the Highway Patrol division of SCDPS. Laffin, a 22-year Patrol veteran, succeeds Capt. E.J. Talbot, who recently announced his retirement after more than 27 years of service to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “This is an exciting and historical day for the South Carolina Highway Patrol as we not only name the first female captain, but we have an opportunity to promote a strong and forward-thinking leader for… Read the rest

Gallery 1: MPS Spring Fling

Posted by | May 6, 2017 6:30 pm

Manning Primary School held its annual Spring Fling on Saturday. This is the first of four galleries showing children having fun at the fling.

Why Jeannie Geddings Relays

Posted by | May 6, 2017 5:13 pm

Home Branch resident Jeannie Geddings is known to most in Clarendon County as a mail carrier in the Summerton area. But she will also tell anyone who will listen that “God spared (her) life” after she was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago. “I believe there was a reason that I was spared, and it was to raise four more children,” she said Friday night at Clarendon County Relay for Life, which was held at Manning High School’s Ramsey Stadium. “Two have grown and gone. One is here with me tonight and the youngest one lives with his mom after… Read the rest

LeDray Sampson

Posted by | May 6, 2017 4:36 pm

LeDray Sampson, 43, of Summerton, died on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Columbia. Born Feb. 12, 1974, in Clarendon County, he was a son of Leon Richburg and Elouise Olivia Sampson. Survivors include four children, Drevon, Drayvion, Drayana and MyDraya Sampson; two stepchildren, Ma’Kell and Shaniya Pack and his fiancé, MyChel Austin; and a host of other loving family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017, at Historic Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church in Summerton, with Dr. William T. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Sampson will be… Read the rest


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