Lady Wolverines talk about State Championship win

Posted by | May 27, 2017 5:28 pm

The town of Turbeville will have to expand the sign that greets visitors coming in on U.S. 378 from Sumter County. Already adorned with several state championship wins from East Clarendon High School, a new one will have to be added after the Lady Wolverines won the Class A State Championship in softball May 17, four years to the day that the team won the same title in 2013. “It’s indescribable,” said senior Mikayla Anderson, 18, the team’s first-base player. Anderson was on the team that won the same title in 2013 when she was in eighth grade. “Back in… Read the rest

Willie Smythe

Posted by | May 27, 2017 5:00 pm

Willie Smythe, 42, husband of Tonya Dennis Smythe, died Thursday May 25, 2017, in an automobile wreck in Clarendon County. Born Jan. 26, 1975, in Manning, he was a son of Catherine Loraine Smythe and the late Willie Filmore. The family will receive friends at the home, 9 Second St. in Summerton. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St. in Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

Jennis Nero

Posted by | May 27, 2017 4:36 pm

Jennis Nero, 57, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born Nov. 18, 1959, in Olanta, he was a son of the late Frank “Sonny Boy” Nero and Minnie May McCray Nero. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home of Manning.

Library to hold summer gardening program June 12

Posted by | May 27, 2017 4:15 pm

The Harvin Clarendon County Library will present its second summer gardening program at 6 p.m. June 12. Clemson Extension Services agent Anthony Melton will be the guest speaker. The program will focus on garden pests and insects. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Men charged with harassment of wildlife after pouring beer in baby gator’s mouth

Posted by | May 27, 2017 2:55 pm

Two South Carolina men have been charged with the harassment of wildlife after photos were posted online showing the men pouring beer into a juvenile reptile’s mouth. State Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers investigated the case after the agency received multiple emails and messages from the public starting May 25. The incident took place Wednesday on a public dirt road between Hardeeville and Tillman in Jasper County. Joseph Andrew Floyd Jr., 20, of Ridgeland, and Zachary Lloyd Brown, 21, of Ridgeland, admitted to officers that they picked up the alligator after they saw it crossing the road. They… Read the rest

Memorial Day: Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lemon Jr.

Posted by | May 27, 2017 9:59 am

The Lemon family would like to remember U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Lemon Jr. this Memorial Day weekend. “A loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. You will forever be in our hearts. Our hero that will forever be loved and missed. We will continue to honor your legacy. Joseph, we love and miss you dearly.”

The history of Memorial Day

Posted by | May 27, 2017 5:57 am

Though many people are quick to refer to Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer, the day is much more than that. Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day to remember those military members who died in service of the country. The origins of Memorial Day remain a topic of debate. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, N.Y. as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. However, the roots of Memorial Day likely run much deeper, as researchers at Duke University note that during the Civil War, organized women’s groups in the south had begun to… Read the rest

Clyburn to hold Town Hall meeting June 1 in Sumter

Posted by | May 27, 2017 4:54 am

U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, who represents Clarendon County in the the 6th Congressional District, will have a town hall meeting with the theme “The Fight for American Values: A Must Win,” from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 at Black River Electric Cooperative, 1121 N. Pike West in Sumter. This meeting will focus on accessible, affordable quality health care; reforming the tax code; infrastructure development; energy costs; and what we must do to address these and other challenges facing our country. For more information, call Brianna Simmons at (803) 799-7798 or email

Louis McKenzie

Posted by | May 27, 2017 4:09 am

OLANTA – Louis McKenzie, 79, husband of Essie Graham McKenzie, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017. He was a son of the late Willis McKenzie and Julie Smith McKenzie. He was a long-time employee of Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home= in Lake City and Samuels Funeral Home in Manning. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Greater St. James AME Church, 339 Moore St. in Lake City. The Rev. Richard W. Crummy, pastor, will preside, the Rev. James Louis McKenzie will serve as eulogist, and Dr. Elder Leroy Graham will assist. Burial will follow in McKenzie-Brown… Read the rest

Troopers urge caution during travel on Memorial Day weekend

Posted by | May 26, 2017 10:52 pm

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety urges motorists to be aware of increased vehicle and motorcycle traffic this Memorial Day weekend, which signifies the start of summer travel. AAA Carolinas is predicting that more motorists will be on the roads this weekend than in years past. A total of eight motorists died on South Carolina highways last year during the long weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. tonight and runs through Monday at midnight. Statewide highway fatalities stand at 383 this year compared to 380 at this time last year. SCDPS will be working alongside local officers over the… Read the rest

Times seeking staff writer

Posted by | May 26, 2017 10:07 pm

The Manning Times, one of the oldest weekly newspapers in South Carolina, is looking for a motivated, responsible and driven part-time staff writer to join our staff. Coverage areas include general newspaper stories, special section materials and public meetings. Minimum 12 stories weekly. AP style proficiency required. Graduating journalism students encouraged to apply. Send resumes AND clip files to

Celebrate all military this Memorial Day

Posted by | May 26, 2017 5:58 pm

Memorial Day is celebrated each May to commemorate the people who died in service of the United States of America. Even though barbecues and visions of the upcoming summer weather may command much of the attention come Memorial Day weekend, the holiday really serves as a remembrance for those military members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country, as well as the personnel who continue to protect and serve today. MEMORIAL DAY’S ORIGINS Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day and was borne out of the Civil War. on May 30, 1868, General John Logan, a national commander… Read the rest

Summerton man killed in Alcolu wreck

Posted by | May 26, 2017 5:14 pm

A 42-year-old Summerton man was killed Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle wreck near Alcolu. Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said Willie Smythe of Summerton was pronounced dead at McLeod Health Clarendon shortly after the wreck, which happened about 2:05 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 521, about a mile north of Ridge Drive. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol said that Smythe was driving a 2015 Nissan pickup truck south and went off the roadway and struck a utility pole. He was wearing a seatbelt.

Minister Garry Conyers

Posted by | May 26, 2017 4:10 pm

Minister Garry Conyers, 49, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at McLeod Regional Center in Florence. Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Oliver Conyers and Hannah Bell Pugh Conyers and stepson of Georgia Conyers. Funeral services will be held noon Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Silver, with the Rev. W.J. Chandler, pastor, officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Dyson’s Home for funerals. The casket will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. for viewing until the hour of services. The family will receive… Read the rest

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