Argire Kokinos Hodge

Posted by | April 24, 2017 4:06 pm

SUMTER – Argire “Sandy” Kokinos Hodge, 76, wife of Gordon Hodge, died Sunday, April 23, 2017, at her home. Born in Olean, New York, she was a daughter of the late Nestor Kokinos and Stamaticoula Kokinos. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Columbia. Mrs. Hodge was retired from the New York public school system after 34 years as a middle and high school English teacher. Survivors besides her husband of 41 year include two daughters, Terri Condello, and Susan Anner; four grandchildren; a sister, Bessie Const (Spiro) of Amherst, New York; and a goddaughter, Stephanie… Read the rest

Dale Lesley Anderson

Posted by | April 24, 2017 4:00 pm

SUMTER – Dale Lesley Anderson, 65, wife of Bobby R. Anderson, died Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Born in Manning, she was a daughter of Rebecca O’Dell Lesley and the late Wilton Earl Lesley. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mrs. Anderson was a retired educator. She taught two years in the Greenville County school system and the remainder of her career was spent as a math teacher at Alice Drive Middle School. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a sorority of women educators, and the Manchester… Read the rest

Kinsley Waynick wins Youth Trophy at Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament

Posted by | April 24, 2017 3:49 pm

Dennis Craven of Santee Automotive in Manning presents the Youth Winner trophy to Kinsley Waynick at the Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament, sponsored as part of the 38th annual Striped Bass Festival by Santee Ford Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram on Saturday at the John C. Land III Sports Facility on Lake Marion. More than 200 fishermen participated in the one-day tournament, which was co-directed by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. About $20,000 in prizes was paid out after the tournament. Photo provided by Cleve Dowell.

3 LMA students take 3rd in SCISA State Science Fair

Posted by | April 24, 2017 3:19 pm

Laurence Manning Academy students Madi Lew, McKenzie Truett and Lauren Rembert brought home a third place award in the senior interdisciplinary team division at the 2017 South Carolina Independent School Association State Science Fair. “These students are to be congratulated for their practical applications of the scientific method,” said SCISA Executive Director Larry Watt. “The caliber of the entries indicates the amount of work all of the students put into their projects.” The SCISA State Science Fair had three divisions including the elementary for third through fifth grades; junior for sixth through eighth; and senior for ninth through 12th. Each… Read the rest

Wreck at 122SB

Posted by | April 24, 2017 10:49 am

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck at the 122 southbound mile-marker and exit on Interstate 95. No further information is available at this time.

Parkinson’s Support Group to meet May 9

Posted by | April 24, 2017 10:22 am

The Florence-area Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 9 at 121 E. Cedar St. in Florence. Dr. Amy Delambo of the Medical University of South Carolina’s Movement Disorders Program will be the guest speaker on Parkinson’s and sleep issues. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family and friends. For more information, call (843) 673-0854 or email

No term limits for me

Posted by | April 24, 2017 9:55 am

I want to run for United States Senator. I might even run for congress. All the things that you want I’m for. I’m for balanced budgets, better farm bill, and lower taxes. Don’t think I’m not serious. I have political experience. I was on the Greeleyville Town council twice. I am a father, husband, churchgoer and all the other things that people mention in their campaigns that don’t seem to matter. Abortion, immigration, gun control, regulatory relief, nuclear proliferation, I have heard of all those things. The only thing I’m not for is term limits. Don’t be mad with me.… Read the rest

Library to host production of ‘Three Little Pigs’

Posted by | April 24, 2017 8:08 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Library and Porkchop Productions will hold “The Three Little Pigs” at 2 p.m. June 15 at the library, 215 N. Brooks St. in Manning. Join them for the fabulously fractured adaptation of this timeless tale. When Stanley, the cool pig on the block, is encouraged by his mother to invite Ralphie, the new sheep on the block, over for a camp-out, Stanley is less than thrilled. Will a campfire story of “The Three Little Pigs” send Ralphie running into the night, or will Ralphie turn the tables on his high-on-the-hog host? This fast-paced performance highlights lessons… Read the rest

Wallace Burgess Jr.

Posted by | April 24, 2017 7:10 am

Wallace “Lucky” Burgess Jr., husband of Betty Whitfield Burgess, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon in Manning. Born Feb. 24, 1947, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Wallace Burgess Sr. and Annie Wilson Burgess. Celebratory services were held Monday, April 17, 2017, at Upon This Rock Ministries, 10040 U.S. 521 in Greeleyville with Pastor Harry Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Muldrow Cemetery in Manning. The family received friends at the home, 1901 Flinn Road in Manning. Services were entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Small power outage reported near lake

Posted by | April 24, 2017 5:33 am

Santee Electric Cooperative is reporting about four homes without power as of 5:30 a.m. Monday in the Lake Marion area of Clarendon County. No estimated time of restoration has been provided.

Appeal denied, attorney relieved in Summerton man’s appeal of jewelry theft conviction

Posted by | April 24, 2017 4:04 am

A 39-year-old Summerton man sentenced to five years in prison last year for his role in three separate jewelry store thefts in 2015 has had his appeal dropped at the state level. The state Court of Appeals dropped the appeal last month from Lorenzo Ragin and also relieved his Columbia attorney, LaNelle Cantey DuRant. The decision comported with the U.S. Supreme Court case in which a court-appointed attorney may file a motion to withdraw from the appeal of a criminal case because of his belief that any grounds for appeal are frivolous. Ragin pleaded guilty Feb. 11, 2016, to an… Read the rest

Wreck at 108SB on I-95

Posted by | April 24, 2017 4:00 am

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a vehicle wreck at the 108 southbound mile-marker on Interstate 95. Traffic may be slower during this time. No other information is available.

McLeod Clarendon welcomes new EMS director

Posted by | April 24, 2017 3:43 am

McLeod Health Clarendon’s new Emergency Medical Services director is no stranger to the Palmetto State. Though a Pennsylvania native who has lived most of his life in southwest Virginia, Bradley Clifford Gerfin attended a few years of music school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia before changing course and joining the medical field. He joined McLeod Health Clarendon April 10 as director of Clarendon EMS and Cypress Transport. “I would like to see us start some community outreach events in the area,” Gerfin said of his new role. “A big thing we need in this area is CPR.… Read the rest

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