Today in History: Feb. 16

Posted by | February 16, 2018 12:00 am

116 – Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia. 1249 – Andrew of Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khagan of the Mongol Empire. 1270 – Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeats the Livonian Order in the Battle of Karuse. 1630 – Dutch forces led by Hendrick Lonck capture Olinda in what was to become part of Dutch Brazil. 1646 – Battle of Torrington, Devon: The last major battle of the first English Civil War. 1699 – First Leopoldine… Read the rest


Posted by | February 15, 2018 7:08 pm


Sarah Wilson Rigby

Posted by | February 15, 2018 6:54 pm

ROCK HILL – Sarah Wilson Rigby, 69, wife of Muldrow Brockington “Mul” Rigby Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at the Wayne Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill. Born Oct. 30, 1948, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Thomas Reese Wilson Jr. and the late Margaret McFaddin Wilson. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her family. She truly adored her grandbabies and was their beloved “NeNe.” Her family will never forget her kindness, selflessness and her strength even when faced… Read the rest

Pet of the Day: Jimmy

Posted by | February 15, 2018 5:24 pm

Jimmy is a 6-year-old male, black-and-tan German shepherd mix weighing about 80 pounds. He is current on all of his vaccinations, has been neutered and has tested positive for heart worms. A Second Chance Animal Shelter of Clarendon County staff is currently treating him for the heart worms, but he must continue treatment after being adopted. He is a very sweet laid-back baby. He enjoys being petted and going for walks on his leash. A fenced yard is required, and the adoption fee is $125 with an approved application. You can get pre-approved by submitting an adoption application at www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com


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Maggie “Mae” Lawson Ragin

Posted by | February 15, 2018 2:19 pm

Maggie “Mae” Lawson Ragin, 80, died Tuesday. Funeral Services will be held Sat. 1pm at Historic Liberty Hill A.M.E Church, 2310 Liberty Hill Road, in Summerton, where Rev. Robert L. China Jr., serves as Pastor. Viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m Friday at the Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Summerton Funeral Home, LLC, 23 South Duke Street, Summerton. Phone (803) 485-3755

Man wanted for break-in, assault caught

Posted by | February 15, 2018 2:03 pm

A Manning man previously wanted by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office for his alleged role in the break-in of a home and the assault of its residents has been found and charged. Franklin Dennis Mills, 52, was charged with second-degree assault and battery ad first-degree burglary this week. He is accused of forcing his way into the victim’s door in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 and then assaulting those inside. According to the Clarendon County Public Court Index, Mills posted a $15,000 surety bond on the burglary charge to gain his release Tuesday from the Clarendon County Detention… Read the rest

Lady Monarch, Lady Wolverine selected for All-State Team

Posted by | February 15, 2018 1:55 pm

Two local young women have been selected for the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team for separate regions. Mahogany Green from Manning High School was selected for the 3A squad, while East Clarendon High School’s Talaysia Cooper was selected for the 1A squad. Ultimately, 15 players from throughout the state were chosen to play for each region’s All-State Team. Altogether, there are 15 separate teams.

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Regulating liquor stores: third time’s the charm?

Posted by | February 15, 2018 12:04 pm

In Best and Worst of the General Assembly 2017, we discussed a newly-passed law that reinserted a regulation into state law in direct defiance of a Supreme Court ruling. That provision effectively limits the number of brick-and-mortar liquor stores a person or company can own to three – at least until April 2018. The background of this regulation is quite convoluted. The three-license limit was originally added to state law years ago with the goal (presumably) of protecting small businesses from their larger competitors. Unsurprisingly, one large competitor eventually challenged this law as unconstitutional, and in a March 2017 decision,… Read the rest

Posted by | February 15, 2018 11:53 am


Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup a huge success, removes tons of litter

Posted by | February 15, 2018 10:46 am

The 11th annual Francis Marion National Forest Cleanup was held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, and at the event, 327 volunteers removed more than 10 tons of trash and tires from the forest. The ratio of volunteers to trash picked up indicates once again that routine litter pickup events, even once a year as the case of the FMNF event, reduce litter. The average amount picked up was 64.46 pounds, down from 80.3 from last year and 117 the previous year. This important litter pickup event brings awareness to the effects of litter in our wilderness areas, and it also… Read the rest

Posted by | February 15, 2018 9:59 am


New tax law will spur opportunity in distressed communities

Posted by | February 15, 2018 5:43 am

Poverty has long been one of the most challenging social crises of our time. Despite good-intentioned efforts to generate positive change, currently 52 million Americans continue to face the dire circumstances of a lack of jobs, education, and the confidence that things will get better. I was at the White House on Wednesday with President Trump, administration officials and community leaders to discuss the Investing In Opportunity Act. The IIOA, which was included in last year’s tax reform package, seeks to direct trillions in capital gains to distressed communities in every state. Even with the healthier state of our economy… Read the rest

Today in History: Feb. 15

Posted by | February 15, 2018 12:00 am

590 – Khosrau II is crowned king of Persia. 706 – Byzantine emperor Justinian II has his predecessors Leontios and Tiberios III publicly executed in the Hippodrome of Constantinople. 1113 – Pope Paschal II issues a bill sanctioning the establishment of the Order of Hospitallers. 1214 – During the Anglo-French War (1213–1214), an English invasion force lands at La Rochelle in France. 1493 – While on board the Niña, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter (widely distributed upon his return to Portugal) describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New World. 1637 – Ferdinand III… Read the rest


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