Evelyn Nix Pugh

Posted by | June 23, 2017 5:44 pm

SANTEE – Evelyn Nix Pugh, 88, beloved wife of Leslie L. Pugh Jr., died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Magnolias of Santee. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Elloree United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Barry A. Allen presiding. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall. Born Dec. 18, 1928, at home in Daytona Beach, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Nathan Thomas Nix and Ruby Yarborough Nix. She was a member of the Elloree United Methodist Church and a… Read the rest

LMA graduates celebrate family, togetherness

Posted by | June 23, 2017 2:42 pm

Shortly before Laurence Manning Academy presented diplomas to more than 75 graduates on May 18 at Weldon Auditorium, salutatorian Cora Lee Downer encouraged her fellow students to “let your love for God change the world, but never let the world change your love for God.” “Character is defined by what you do when no one else is looking, as Dr. (Spencer) Jordan has always told us,” said Downer. “We will be faced with difficult decisions after high school and in our lives, but it’s best to remember that, if it would make Dr. Jordan’s hair stand up, you probably shouldn’t… Read the rest

St. Mark to present comedy play in Sumter

Posted by | June 23, 2017 2:41 pm

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Silver will present “Love Never Fails,” a spiritual comedy, at 6 p.m. July 8 at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. in Summerton. For more information or tickets, call Azalee Williams-Kinard at (803) 236-6451. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Lake City man charged with 3rd degree burglary, forgery after allegedly breaking into business, cashing stolen check

Posted by | June 23, 2017 2:09 pm

A 29-year-old Lake City man was arrested about 3 p.m. June 17 and charged with third-degree burglary, first offense, and forgery of a value less than $10,000. According to reports from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, Gary Elbert Welch of 1589 Floyd Drive in Lake City, allegedly entered a store in the county and cashed a check for $80 written on an account of an undisclosed victim. The clerk working in the store told deputies that she knows the victim and that he was out of town for the weekend. She said she called the victim, who said the subject… Read the rest

Runners seek to bridge the gap between veterans, civilians

Posted by | June 23, 2017 2:00 pm

David Dinerman just finished Ranger school and Micah Petersen was just commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant. Both serve in the military as infantry officers. The two are just beginning their careers in the service and want to form a stronger relationship between veterans and civilians. Petersen had an idea four years ago that he took to his friend, Dinerman. They searched for a cause for the idea and found an article in TIME saying that Houston Texas, was rated the No. 1 place for military veterans to retire. At the time, Dinerman and Petersen were both ROTC cadets at the… Read the rest

Collar named principal of Scott’s Branch

Posted by | June 23, 2017 1:18 pm

Robert Collar has been named the principal of Scott’s Branch Middle High School for the 2017-18 school year, according to a release from Clarendon School District t1. He currently serves as principal of the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice High School in Turbeville. “He has varied experiences in special services and regular education settings,” reads the release from the district. “Collar is thankful for having the opportunity to witness the operations of charter schools in Chicago. He attributes the experience in influencing his career as an educator. Collar stated that his varied experiences will serve him and the students well… Read the rest

Brown named principal of St. Paul Elementary School

Posted by | June 23, 2017 12:46 pm

Scott’s Branch High School graduate Joaquin Brown has been named the principal of St. Paul Elementary School, according to a release from Clarendon School District 1. Brown previously served as assistant principal in the Fairfield County School District. He has experience at the elementary and secondary levels, and “has implemented several successful programs and initiatives throughout his administrative tenure that proved to be beneficial to students,” the release states. Brown assured Clarendon School District 1 board members that he is ready for the challenge, asking them where they’d like to see the school in the next two to three years.… Read the rest

The vacation blues

Posted by | June 23, 2017 10:54 am

Last week, at 4:31 p.m. Monday, I was sitting in a beach chair with my feet mashed ever so gently in the sand as the sun baked my face, and I sipped on a cold Natural Light. It’s a far contrast from this Monday, as at 4:32 p.m., I sat in my office in my sundress and snacked on bubble gum that I took from Bobby’s desk, as I so often do. Truth be told, I am happy in either place. I once read a saying, “Create a life that you do not need a vacation from,” and I believe… Read the rest

East Clarendon graduate sues District 3 board, superintendent, principal

Posted by | June 23, 2017 9:04 am

Flury Wilson, left, filed a lawsuit earlier this month in Clarendon County common pleas court, alleging that various officials in Clarendon School District 3 deliberately altered grades or behaved in some other manner to keep her from being the Class of 2016 valedictorian outright.
Clarendon School District 3’s school board, superintendent and high school principal and guidance counselor have found themselves in the midst of a legal action pertaining to an issue with the graduating Class of 2016. The family of co-valedictorian Flury Wilson, who graduated June 3, 2016, has filed suit against the board, Superintendent Connie Dennis and East Clarendon High School Principal Jason Cook and Guidance Counselor Sharon DuRant, accusing the defendants of wrongfully labeling Wilson as the co-valedictorian of her graduating class and marking her placement as No. 2 in the class on her permanent records. Paperwork filed June 5 in… Read the rest

Local author writes poems that changed lives

Posted by | June 23, 2017 7:51 am

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the Grave, where you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10 LeRoy Ives had always felt an urge to search for something else in his life but couldn’t put his finger on what it was to be. After trying his hand at various professions, Ives experienced a hardship that turned his life around. It was a time that caused him to step back and personally redirect his life. “Sometimes we tend to judge each other and be opinionated,” he… Read the rest

Yusuf James

Posted by | June 23, 2017 6:48 am

SALTERS – Yusuf James, 50, husband of Peggy James, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Born April 8, 1967, in New York City, he was a son of the late Frank Hicks and Edith Tisdale, and the adopted son of Lillian McClary. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Jerusalem United Methodist Church, 277 Blakley Road in Salters, with the Rev. James Williams, pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of his aunt, Alma (Ervin) Pompey, 85 St. Phillip Road in Salters. Services have been entrusted

Charles Lemon

Posted by | June 23, 2017 4:49 am

BALTIMORE, Maryland – Charles Lemon, 59, husband of Daisy McFadden Lemon, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at his home, 3715 W. Mulberry St. in Baltimore. Born Aug. 1, 1957, in Manning, he was a son of Helen Byas and the late Earl Lemon, and the stepson of Joanne Lemon. Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Manning toddler wins Miss America Royalty USA pageant

Posted by | June 23, 2017 3:48 am

Gabrielle Cousar competed earlier this year in the Miss Striped Bass Festival Pageant, her first. She was crowned in the toddler division of the Miss America Royalty USA 2017 earlier this month.
Gabrielle Cousar was crowned this month at Miss America Royalty USA 2017. The 1-year-old Manning native won the toddler division in the competition. She first competed this year in the Striped Bass Festival Pageant, also gaining her first win. Gabrielle’s mother, 36 year-old Roxie Borch, and father, 35 year-old Natod Cousar, thought it would be a fun experience for the toddler. Gabrielle is the only girl out of two other siblings. “Gabrielle didn’t want to get off the stage when she competed in the Striped Bass Festival,” said her mother. “I thought maybe this is what she was meant to… Read the rest

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