Habitat looking for Cover Girls

Posted by | March 30, 2017 8:11 pm

Clarendon County Habitat for Humanity is holding a fundraiser with a twist, and it’s not your typical beauty pageant. The contestants are not as they seem, and the qualification for entry is just one thing: They must be able to grow facial hair, and the more they have, the better. The Clarendon County Cover Girls pageant will begin 6 p.m. April 1 as the organization’s newest fundraiser for the charity that has built 23 homes for those less fortunate in Clarendon County. Proceeds from the pageant will go toward the 24th. Habitat Director Jennie Lee said the pageant has all… Read the rest

Lomon Wilder

Posted by | March 30, 2017 6:23 pm

MIAMI BEACH, Florida – Lomon Wilder died Wednesday, March 23, 2017, at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Born Sept. 2, 1934, in the Davis Crossroads section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Frank and Bertha Dingle Wilder. Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Wilder family plot in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery in Sumter. The Rev. Dr. W.T. Johnson, pastor of Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.flemingdelaine.com or emailed to flemingdelaine@aol.com. Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home and… Read the rest

Watch the Final 4 at Clarendon Cover Girls!

Posted by | March 30, 2017 5:24 pm

With the Gamecocks playing Saturday night, the Clarendon Cover Girls womanless beauty pageant will be showing the game on a big screen before the “beauties” take the stage. The game will begin at 6 p.m., so come have a beer and watch the Gamecocks make history, and the pageant will start at 7:30 p.m., or when the game is finished, whichever is first. Tickets for the pageant are $50 per couple or $30 per single person.

Evening Weather: Thursday, March 30

Posted by | March 30, 2017 4:58 pm

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., then showers and thunderstorms likely after 2 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Hazardous Weather Outlook calls for isolated storms, wind gusts

Posted by | March 30, 2017 2:53 pm

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Clarendon County and other areas in the midlands for today and tonight. Forecasts are calling for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon as a warm front lifts north into the region. The main threat will be damaging wind gusts and possible large hail.

Friend of racist church shooter appeals sentence

Posted by | March 30, 2017 2:35 pm

A friend of Dylann Roof’s is appealing the prison sentence of two years and three months he received for encouraging friends not to call the FBI and identify Roof after he fatally shot nine black parishioners at a church in South Carolina. Joey Meek’s lawyer filed a one-page notice of appeal on Tuesday. It gave no details. Prosecutors say Roof told Meek he was going to kill black people at a Charleston church during a nighttime Bible study. Meek told authorities he didn’t call police and told a friend not to either because he was scared following the June 2015… Read the rest

Lewis Brice to perform at Puddin’ Swamp Festival

Posted by | March 30, 2017 10:58 am

Nashville recording artist Lewis Brice, a Sumter native, will be the featured entertainment for the second night of the Puddin’ Swamp Festival, performing at 8 p.m. April 7 on the main stage on Village Square. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and dancing shoes.

Nearly $500M bond bill for state repairs sent to House floor

Posted by | March 30, 2017 10:49 am

A bill borrowing $498 million for a backlog of repairs at South Carolina’s public colleges and other state-owned facilities is heading to the House floor. The Ways and Means Committee voted 21-0 on a bond package Tuesday that whittled down more than $2 billion worth of maintenance requests. About half of the money would go to colleges, while the agency for K-12 schools would get $30 million for school buses. The move comes two years after then-Gov. Nikki Haley killed a similar effort. Chairman Brian White says the package won’t increase interest payments, since old debt is being paid off.… Read the rest

Scott’s Branch Coach inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame

Posted by | March 30, 2017 8:37 am

Scott’s Branch High School track Coach Wayne Farmer was inducted Saturday into the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. A native of Florence, Farmer has twice been named Coach of the Year at Scott’s Branch High School, taking the honor in 2015 and 2016. A graduate of West Florence High School and South Carolina State University, Farmer began his coaching career at West Florence High School, and has coached track at Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Elloree, Denmark-Olar, Allendale-Fairfax and Scott’s Branch high schools. Farmer has hosted and won 11 Region Championships. During his 29-year coaching career, Farmer has… Read the rest

Gaines named Manning High Teacher of the Year

Posted by | March 30, 2017 7:07 am

Barnwell native Jeffery Gaines has been the band and choral director at Manning High School for three years. Last week, he was recognized by his peers as the school’s Teacher of the Year. “I was speechless and humbled that my colleagues elected me to serve in the capacity of Teacher of the Year,” Gaines said. “I am honored that I can represent our school.” A graduate of Barnwell High School, Gaines received a bachelor of music education, instrumental, from Newberry College in 2008, graduating cum laude. He received a master of education, classroom leadership, from Southern Wesleyan University in 2010… Read the rest

Ask the Deputy: Differences between courtesy summons, restraining orders and orders of protection

Posted by | March 30, 2017 5:30 am

I want to discuss with you three situations that are commonly seen in law enforcement. They are courtesy summons, restraining orders and orders of protection. There is a lot of confusion about how and when these procedures should be used, so I hope that after you read this you will have a better understanding of these procedures. One method I will cover is used to help resolve issues. The other two are used to protect individuals who require assistance from unwanted and potentially violent situations. The first procedure is a courtesy summons. It is a document that can be issued… Read the rest

Morning Weather: Thursday, March 30

Posted by | March 30, 2017 4:58 am

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. East wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Clerk of Court Beulah Roberts recognized for service to Clarendon Behavioral Health

Posted by | March 30, 2017 4:45 am

Clarendon County Clerk of Court Beulah Roberts was recognized March 21 by the Clarendon Behavioral Health Services for 30 years of services on its Board of Directors. Chairman Tommy Benton praised Roberts for her service and her commitment to the agency. He said that Roberts “rarely misses a meeting and is always willing to serve in whatever way needed.” Agency CEO Ann Kirven said that Roberts’ “experience as Clarendon County clerk of court has helped us meet the unique needs of those referred to us from the court system. She has been an invaluable member of our team.”

‘Battle of Tearcoat’ newest Swamp Fox mural

Posted by | March 30, 2017 4:36 am

The Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society has a new mural in Turbeville. Terry Smith began work on “The Battle of Tearcoat” earlier this month, and his progress is shown in the gallery below. The mural itself is on the west side of the Turbeville Dollar General, and replaces the original Tearcoat mural. The Battle of Tearcoat, which took place Oct. 25, 1780, was unique for the Revolutionary War in that it happened in the middle of the night.

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