Graduation application date looms for CCTC students

Posted by | April 1, 2017 3:09 am

Graduation applications for May and August graduates are due by April 3. The application can be submitted online through myCCTC or a paper copy can be downloaded from the Forms Library on and turned in to the Student Records Office. Detailed graduation information will be mailed to upcoming graduates in April. For more information, contact Carmen Davis at (803) 778-7871.

Today in History: Saturday, April 1

Posted by | April 1, 2017 12:00 am

286 – Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire. 325 – Crown Prince Jin Chengdi, age 4, succeeds his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty. 457 – Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army. 527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne. 528 – The daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei was made the “Emperor” as a male heir of the late emperor by Empress Dowager… Read the rest

Watch the Final 4 with the Clarendon Cover Girls!

Posted by | March 31, 2017 5:22 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: Friday, March 31

Posted by | March 31, 2017 3:58 pm

Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Samuel Eugene DuRant Sr.

Posted by | March 31, 2017 2:47 pm

GABLE – Samuel Eugene “Sammie” DuRant Sr., 90, widower of Jane Bailey DuRant, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home. Born Aug. 11, 1926, in Alcolu, he was a son of the late Henry Eugene DuRant and Gertrude Oliver DuRant. Sammie finished Gable High School in May 1943 and began his education at Clemson University, where it was interrupted when he entered the Army in World War II in November 1944. After basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida, he was sent overseas to serve in Patton’s 3rd Army. “Sammie,” as he was known, served in the occupational forces with… Read the rest

6 students named to Fall 2016 USC Upstate Dean’s List

Posted by | March 31, 2017 2:36 pm

Six Clarendon County area students were named to the University of South Carolina Upstate Fal 2016 Dean’s List. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, freshmen students must earn a 3.25 GPA or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours and upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours. Students included on the list include Manning residents Sabrina Dingle, Robert Shearer, Tyleak Clark and Tyler Thompson; Alcolu resident Aaliyah Johnson; and Pinewood resident Da’Masha Ragin.

County NAACP to host annual Freedom Banquet on Saturday

Posted by | March 31, 2017 12:56 pm

The Clarendon County Branch NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at Central Carolina Technical College’s F.E. DuBose campus, 3351 Sumter Highway in Manning. Former South Carolina Sen. Maggie Wallace Glover will speak. Tickets are $30 each. For more information, call Mary Cooper at (843) 372-4117 or Julius Adger at (803) 983-0302.

Lewis Brice to perform at Puddin’ Swamp Festival

Posted by | March 31, 2017 10:53 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.

Samuel Eugene DuRant Sr.

Posted by | March 31, 2017 10:51 am

GABLE – Samuel Eugene DuRant Sr., 90, husband of the late Jane Bailey DuRant, died Friday, March 31, 2017, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by the funeral home. Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

‘Old Joe of Newberry’

Posted by | March 31, 2017 10:22 am

Probably one of the most famous fire horses in our state’s history was Old Joe of Newberry. In 1902, a freight train with livestock rolled into the town of Newberry, and in the car was a large Kentucky bay gelding standing “16 hands high and weighed 1,300 lbs.” Eventually, the town of Newberry purchased this 9-year-old horse to be used by the fire department to pull its heavy steamer. This untrained horse was assigned to a fireman named Malcolm Lassane who had skill at training horses. After a brief period of time, fireman Lassane realized this horse was unusually intelligent… Read the rest

New Zion man charged with attempted murder, robbery in Orangeburg

Posted by | March 31, 2017 9:24 am

A New Zion man will appear before an Orangeburg County magistrate judge Friday for a bond hearing on attempted murder and robbery charges. Reports state that Lance Michael Miller, 46, of 4373 Newman Branch Road in New Zion, allegedly fired three to four shots at the victim March 20 in the 1300 block of Pear Drive in Orangeburg, one of which grazed the man’s head. The victim told deputies that Miller and another man came to the home to allegedly buy narcotics, and that they attempted to rob him about 12:30 a.m. March 20. Miller and the other man left,… Read the rest

Sumter deputies searching for vehicle theft suspects

Posted by | March 31, 2017 9:00 am

Sumter County Sheriff’s deputies are currently seeking the public’s help in locating two individuals who allegedly stole a black 2014 Kia Optima from a home on Ridgeway Street in Sumter. The suspects were caught on surveillance video. Anyone with information regarding these individuals is asked to call Inv. Thomas at (803) 436-2007 or (803) 983-7030, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-3718. Those with information may remain anonymous and could collect a cash reward.

Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt

Posted by | March 31, 2017 7:05 am

You have heard the old saying, “Been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt.” That is a saying you use to show that you have experience and that you have seen everything, you are filled with skill and can do most anything. You even have the t-shirt to prove you were at the festival, ball game, or some bizarre gathering – you are in charge. Who doesn’t love a T-shirt that proves you have attended some great event? If you have a shirt that says you were at a Michael Jordan basketball camp, wouldn’t that prove you are a better… Read the rest

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