Kelvin Bernard McKinney

Posted by | September 19, 2017 12:26 am

RIDGEWAY – Kelvin Bernard McKinney, 52, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Born July 26, 1965, in Manning, he was a son of Ada Mae Davis McKinney and the late Benjamin “B.J.” McKinney. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon and Dingle Road in Manning. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 1162 McKinney Road in Manning. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

George W. Hicks Sr.

Posted by | September 19, 2017 12:24 am

Deacon George W. Hicks Sr., 83, widower of Ada Sharpes Hicks, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at his home. Born Feb. 15, 1934, in the Bloomville section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Allen Hicks and Lucille Bradshaw Hicks. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St. in Manning. Wake services will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, with full Masonic rites. The family will receive friends starting Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, from… Read the rest

Clarence Davis III

Posted by | September 19, 2017 12:21 am

FLORENCE – Clarence Davis III, 20, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. Born Dec. 8, 1996, in Sumter, he was a son of Clarence Davis Jr. and Tena Ola Jackson. The family will receive friends at the home, 2245 Pine Forest Drive in Florence. Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

NHS: Maria ‘extremely dangerous,’ path uncertain

Posted by | September 19, 2017 12:02 am

Hurricane Maria made its way last night over Dominica with max winds of 160 mph and moving west-northwest at 9 mph as it intensified, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma destroyed islands in the same area. Maria made landfall about 9:15 p.m. Monday as a Category 5 storm, with tropical-storm force winds extending outward up to 125 miles from the storm’s center. The National Hurricane Center projects the storm to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and Wednesday. The storm is taking a similar track to that of Irma “Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24… Read the rest

Today in History: Sept. 19

Posted by | September 19, 2017 12:00 am

335 – Flavius Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle, emperor Constantine I. 634 – Siege of Damascus: The Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid capture Damascus from the Byzantine Empire. 1356 – Battle of Poitiers: An English army under the command of Edward, the Black Prince defeats a French army and captures the French king, John II. 1676 – Jamestown is burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion. 1692 – Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials. 1777 – American Revolutionary… Read the rest

Paxville teen sentenced to 6 years for string of break-ins, burglaries

Posted by | September 18, 2017 11:19 pm

A 17-year-old Paxville man given 27 charges in mid-July for his role in a string of burglaries, automobile break-ins and larcenies could serve up to six years with the state Department of Corrections. Third Circuit Judge George McFaddin Jr. sentenced Harley Ray Ard on Sept. 6 to concurrent sentences under the Youthful Offender Act not to exceed six years and not to exceed three years after Ard pleaded guilty to multiple offenses. Ard had been held at the Clarendon County Detention Center without bond for first-degree burglary since his arrest July 13, along with Terry Calvin Barno, 26, of 1036… Read the rest

Pregnant woman tells police man hit her in the face, back of the head

Posted by | September 18, 2017 10:51 pm

A 26-year-old woman living in the first block of Branch Street in Manning told the Manning Police Department about 5:20 a.m. Aug. 30 that a 22-year-old man living in the same home hit her several times in the face, mouth and back of the head and arms with an open and closed fist during an argument about 4:15 a.m. that day. According to reports, the woman said she searched through the man’s phone and saw several texts from another woman and the two began to argue. The victim told police that she initially pushed the suspect “out of frustration,” reports… Read the rest

Jerry John Blackmon

Posted by | September 18, 2017 8:53 pm

SUMTER – Jerry John Blackmon, 64, husband of Maria Ann Marks, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born March 29, 1953, in Turbeville, he was a son of the late Herbert Isaac Blackmon and Julia Burrows Driggers. He was the owner and operator of Jerry’s Tree Service and he was a member of Promised Land Ministries in Sumter. Survivors besides his wife of Sumter include four sons, Jerry Blackmon (Kristie) and John David Blackmon, both of Sumter, Jerry Blackmon (Lisa) of Manning and Jerry Herbert Blackmon (Bobbie Jo) of Summerton; three daughters, Buffy Koger of Tennessee, Christy… Read the rest

Teen charged with sexual assault at high school to remain at DJJ

Posted by | September 18, 2017 7:18 pm

A 15-year-old Manning High School student accused last week of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a fellow student, along with various property crimes unrelated to that event, will remain in the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice for at least 60 days. Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer said a judge held a hearing on Monday on the boy’s charges, which include second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, kidnapping and two counts of burglary. According to reports, the boy is accused of allegedly grabbing a classmate by the arm, dragging her into a restroom at Manning High… Read the rest

Wilson asks Equifax to waive fees in light of security breach

Posted by | September 18, 2017 4:52 pm

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson joined a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 33 other states and the District of Columbia in urging credit reporting firm Equifax to stop pushing its own fee-based credit monitoring service after the massive data breach affecting 143 million people. In a letter to the company, they’re asking Equifax to disable links for enrollment in its fee-based monitoring. They’re also asking Equifax to reimburse consumers who incur fees to freeze their credit. The states launched an investigation as soon as Equifax publicly disclosed the breach Sept. 7. “We believe continuing to offer consumers a… Read the rest

State representative exploring Gubernatorial run

Posted by | September 18, 2017 4:47 pm

South Carolina Rep. James Smith announced Monday the establishment of a website to gather support and input from South Carolinians as he considers a gubernatorial run. The attorney, father of four and former soldier will announce his full intentions in October, according to a release. “The website provides an opportunity to learn more about my service to our state and nation and to allow feedback on the direction of our state,” Smith said in a statement. “I am humbled by the support I have received from South Carolinians across our beautiful state to consider higher office. As I travel the… Read the rest




Wreck at 114NB on I-95

Posted by | September 18, 2017 1:42 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with no further information at the 114 northbound mile-marker on Interstate 95.

Elizabeth “Jackie” Beasley

Posted by | September 18, 2017 12:59 pm

WEST COLUMBIA – Elizabeth Hodge “Jackie” Beasley, 73, of West Columbia, wife of Charles Ray Beasley, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Born April 6, 1944 in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Elizabeth Lois Huffman. She retired after 25 years of service with BellSouth. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Debra Gallup (Brian); two grandchildren, Raegan and Caroline Gallup; a sister, Karen Freeman and her family, Colby, Amber (Jason) and Braxton; two brothers, Johnny Huffman and his family, Brian, Joey (Nicole) Kennedy and Madison, and Charlie Huffman and his family, Nicole, Cory (Tia)… Read the rest

Letter: Herring, Clearview almost impassable

Posted by | September 18, 2017 12:44 pm

I don’t live in the Herring-Clearview neighborhood, but I have to travel these roads to help relatives experiencing health issues. These roads are almost impassable as the ruts and holes can cause steering damage and possible accident. Of particular concern are school buses, which I am sure jostle children about daily. A petition supported by the residents to pave these roads was ignored by the county, who refused to hear it. If the road is not going to be paved, it should at least be maintained. It has been over two months since the road condition was addressed and with… Read the rest


Found Dog

Posted by | September 18, 2017 11:56 am

This dog was found by Ricky Barnes and is now in the custody of A Second Chance Animal Shelter. Call (803) 473-7075 for more information.

Loftis: More than $503M of unclaimed property in his office

Posted by | September 18, 2017 11:32 am

South Carolina state Treasurer Curtis Loftis said the state has more than $503 million of unclaimed money sitting in an “unclaimed property” account at his office. He said the funds come from old bank accounts, stocks, security deposits and inheritances. “The largest amount of money I’ve arranged to give back so far is $750,000,” Loftis said in a release. “That was a person from Chesnee; the father had been collecting Duke stock. He worked for Duke and just got paid partly in stock, and over time it amounted to $750,000. He had no idea. The father had been dead for… Read the rest

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