Stuff the Van for Clarendon County kids

Posted by | December 15, 2018 6:00 pm

Three Summerton natives are coming together to host the Stuff the Van Holiday Toy Drive, taking donated toys for Clarendon County Children.

Shane Walker, who hosts the Southern Comfort Podcast series in Charleston, held a clothing drive in Charleston in October. Two friends, DJ Money Mook and DJ Gymboi, contacted him about holding a toy drive in Clarendon County. The three men went to high school together, and they once again put their heads together to plan the event. Mook has a van, and the idea grew to stuff the van with toys for local children.

Their goal is to … Read the rest

Posted by | December 15, 2018 12:56 pm

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FINAL: Clarendon Hall varsity boys and girls

Posted by | December 15, 2018 11:09 am

Clarendon Hall varsity boys basketball ran its record to 6-0 in Summerton by defeating Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 84-32.

The Saints were led by Kylic Horton with 25 points and seven rebounds. Zyan Gilmore had 21 points, six rebounds, seven steals and six assists, and Traveon Davis added 20 points. Tyrese Mitchum finished in double figures with 10 points, and Kade Elliott finished with six points and five rebounds. The Saints are now 3-0 in region play.

Clarendon Hall varsity girls were defeated by Patrick Henry Academy by a score of 21-40. The Lady Saints were led … Read the rest

Manning High student competed in Wendy’s Heisman scholarship contest

Posted by | December 15, 2018 11:00 am

Jacob Owens

By Evelyn McDonald

Jacob Owens won the opportunity to compete in the Wendy’s Heisman High School Scholarship contest. The short essay he submitted was chosen as the submission from Manning High School.

The contest scholarship was created in 1994, after Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who had dropped out of high school at age 15 to go to work full time, went back and completed a GED at the age of 61. Since that time, the program has honored more than 600,000 high school students who exemplify the values of giving back to community, treating others with respect, pursuing continuing education … Read the rest

Local student is declared a semi-finalist in national scholarship program

Posted by | December 15, 2018 7:00 am

Faith Lawson

By Sarah Middleton

Scott’s Branch Middle/High School senior Faith Lawson has been announced as one of the top ten semi-finalists from South Carolina in the 2018 United States Senate Youth Scholarship program. Each year, two students are chosen from each state, plus Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense Education Activity, to participate as delegates in Washington, D.C., during a week-long conference in early March.

This scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The program was established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution 324, and the Hearst Foundation promised to financially support the program for as long … Read the rest

Posted by | December 14, 2018 9:30 pm

Due to the possibility of low attendance because of the weather, this event will be postponed.

An honor for Marie Land

Posted by | December 14, 2018 6:00 pm

Marie Land wears her crown as she poses in front of the planted tree with Mrs. Bakers first grade class.

The City of Manning honored Marie Land on Friday when they planted two Chinese Elm trees in her honor. The first was planted at The Manning Early Childhood Center (MECC) and the second at the Marie Land Habitat Village, a small neighborhood of Habitat for Humanity homes named in Marie Land’s honor.

“We are here today for a special occasion. We are going to plant this tree in honor of a very special lady: Mrs. Land,” said MECC Principal Otis Reed. “I know you know her very well. She does a lot for us at MECC. To show our appreciation … Read the rest

65 new jobs coming to Summerton

Posted by | December 14, 2018 12:30 pm

In a news release on Monday, Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) announced expansion plans for its Clarendon County operations. This $5 million investment will bring around 65 new jobs, expanding its workforce by around 50%.

“It’s been exciting to watch the explosive growth that Bicycle Corporation of America has enjoyed over the last several years. I congratulate this innovative company on all their success, and I look forward to seeing the difference these 65 jobs make in Clarendon County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Kent International, Inc., a family-owned bicycle importer and manufacturer based out of Parsippany, NJ, created … Read the rest

Kitten naming contest

Posted by | December 14, 2018 7:00 am

Don’t forget to hop over to our Facebook page at to vote for our kitten’s name, choosing from Oreo, Scoop or M.T. Voting ends Friday night at midnight. If you’d rather email your vote, please email it to

Gifts of Grace

Posted by | December 13, 2018 7:30 pm

21st Century After School Program Director Kiz Everette, Hands of Grace Healthcare Director Carol Tindal and St. Paul's Elementary Principal Joaquin Brown stand in front of the Christmas Tree at St. Paul's holding donated blankets from the Gifts of Grace drive.

The St. Paul’s Elementary School Beta Club has partnered with the 21st Century After School Program and Hands of Grace Healthcare to bring blankets and gifts to the senior community in Clarendon County.

Hands of Grace Healthcare Director Carol Tindal works with the elderly on a daily basis. Hands of Grace sends CNAs out to take care of the daily needs of Clarendon County seniors. Tindal regularly goes to senior service organizations, such as nursing homes and residential homes, to present healthcare tips and more and to assist with activities.

“This [project] is something we wanted to do for the … Read the rest

Pets of the week

Posted by | December 13, 2018 3:30 pm

Rey is a three-and-a-half-month-old, black and white, female Dachshund/Beagle mix. Rey is a sweet girl who is laid back. She is a little shyer than some of her siblings, but Rey is warming up quickly to people. She loves being held. Rey is current on all of her age appropriate vaccinations, and has been spayed. She is a total sweetheart and is very easygoing. Rey and her siblings are looking for a wonderful home. If you are interested in this adorable puppy or one of her siblings, you can get pre-approved to adopt by submitting your adoption application online at … Read the rest

Library Holiday schedule

Posted by | December 13, 2018 12:23 pm

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close for the Christmas Holiday on December 22-26 and will reopen on Thursday, December 27.

The library will close for New Year’s Day on January 1 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2.

For more information, please call the library at 803-435-8633.

FINAL: LMA JV boys basketball

Posted by | December 13, 2018 12:07 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy JV boys defeated Pinewood on December 11 with a final score of 36-35. Bryce Acord led the scoring with 15 points, Kaden Nivens with six, Jaden Sanders with four, Mickey Jordan with four, Kam Belser with three and Davis Campbell and Coleman Yates with two apiece.

Ben Brown led Pinewood with 14 points and Jay Scott added nine.

The LMA JV boys are now 4-1 on the season.

FINAL: Scott’s Branch varsity boys

Posted by | December 13, 2018 11:58 am

The Boys’ Varsity Basketball team flew over to the Swamp of Lake Marion High School to battle the Gators. The Eagles fell behind early and went in at the half down by 13 points. However, the second half was a different story. The Eagles refuse to take another loss back to the nest and began to mount their comeback.

The Eagles beat the Gators 66-62 in a hard fought game. Leading in scoring was Lavonta Fleming with 14 points, followed by Treyshawn Moore with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Every player contributed in a major way. The Eagles will travel … Read the rest

Posted by | December 13, 2018 11:53 am

On Dec 4, the Lady Cats were defeated by First Baptist 72-44. Lexi Bennett led the Cats with 12 points. Breanna Boykin had eight, Trinity Harrington had six, Rollin Barwick and Katherine Burns each had five. Vivian Bryant and Audrey Bennett each added four.

On December 7 at the Baron Classic, the Lady Cats beat Augusta Christian 46-20. 16 points were scored by Lexi Bennett, followed by Katherine Burns with eight. Rollin Barwick and Breanna Boykin each had six, Audrey Bennett, Elizabeth Hicks, Vivian Bryant Trinity Harrington and Carrie Rockenbaker each had two.

On the second day of the Baron … Read the rest

FINAL: Scott’s Branch girls

Posted by | December 13, 2018 11:43 am

The Scott’s Branch girls basketball team defeated Timmonsville 53-42 on Monday night at Scott’s Branch. Cambria Parker finished with 20 points, four rebounds and five steals. Teja Madison scored 14 points and had three rebounds. Chaniya Monroe scored five points and had eight rebounds and two steals.

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