SC Gov declares State of Emergency ahead of Irma

Posted by | September 6, 2017 1:00 pm

Gov. Henry McMaster today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and, along with the S.C. Emergency Management Division, has urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Irma impacting the state. The executive order enables all state agencies to coordinate resources in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which is currently a category five hurricane. Forecasters believe Irma could affect the east coast of the United States in the coming days. “The state of emergency allows one of the best, most experienced emergency response teams in the entire world to begin organizing response efforts,” said McMaster. “South… Read the rest

Officials: Never too early to prepare for hurricanes

Posted by | September 6, 2017 11:17 am

It could be Thursday afternoon before meteorologists with the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have a clearer picture of where exactly Hurricane Irma will make landfall, but officials are saying South Carolina residents can never be too prepared. Irma was classified as a Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday morning during the NWS’s morning update, with a projected path that took the storm to the southern tip of Florida by Monday afternoon. Some projections show it turning northward, riding the eastern Florida coast and eventually hitting Georgia and South Carolina. Should Clarendon residents be concerned? “The… Read the rest

Job Opportunity: Clarendon Behavioral Health Services

Posted by | September 6, 2017 10:22 am

Part-time receptionist/file clerk for busy outpatient substance abuse facility. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes two evenings a week. Requires high school degree, some computer training and/or experience and good communication skills. Will be required to process urine specimens for drug testing. Dependability a must. Send resumes by September 8th to CBHS, P.O. Box 430, Manning, SC 29102. EEO Employer

DNR officers returning from Texas

Posted by | September 6, 2017 8:23 am

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officers who deployed to Texas for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts on Aug. 31 have demobilized and are returning to South Carolina. The South Carolina game wardens, along with officers from other state fish and wildlife agencies, were requested by Texas Parks and Wildlife for search and rescue and security patrol. The officers worked the floodwaters of Jasper and Newton Counties upon arrival in East Texas, checking homes and transporting people and their pets to safety. Now that water levels are decreasing and residents willing to evacuate have done so, Texas Parks and Wildlife gave… Read the rest

Today in History: Wednesday, Sept. 6

Posted by | September 6, 2017 12:00 am

394 – Battle of the Frigidus: Roman Emperor Theodosius I defeats and kills the usurper Eugenius. His Frankish magister militum Arbogast escapes but commits suicide two days later 1492 – Christopher Columbus sails from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his final port of call before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. 1522 – The Victoria, the only surviving ship of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world. 1620 – The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America. (Old Style date;… Read the rest

Job Opportunity: Church seeking minister of music

Posted by | September 5, 2017 4:23 pm

Green Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Alcolu, South Carolina, is seeking a Holy Spirit-filled and motivated individual to serve as Minister of Music. Duties will include, but are not limited to, providing a comprehensive and effective music ministry program. The Minister of Music will work closely with the Pastor and other ministry leaders in planning, managing, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of the Church’s music ministry. A complete position description may be viewed at our Facebook page. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter of interest, resume, and three (3) references on or before October 13, 2017 to: Attn.: Rev. Delbert… Read the rest

AG joins Texas, other states in dropping DACA lawsuit

Posted by | September 5, 2017 2:44 pm

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson applauded President Donald Trump’s announcement today to “uphold the Constitution and give Congress time to decide how best to handle so-called ‘Dreamers,’ children and teens who were brought into this country illegally by their parents,” he said in a statement. “This is a victory for the rule of law and the Constitution,” Wilson said. “The Constitution gives the power to pass laws to Congress, not the president. Now Congress can consider how best to address this issue.” Trump announced Tuesday that he’s rescinding DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — but is giving… Read the rest

Tropical Storm Jose forms behind Hurricane Irma

Posted by | September 5, 2017 12:31 pm

The National Weather Service announced Tuesday morning the formation of another tropical system behind Hurricane Irma, which itself was classified as a Category 5 hurricane Tuesday morning. Tropical Storm Jose is currently in the deep Atlantic Ocean with winds of 40 mph. Its current forecast calls for it to track into the middle of the Atlantic before forming into a hurricane. The NWS stressed it’s too early to know where the storm will go or if it will make landfall in the United States.

Job Opportunity: Clarendon Behavioral Health Services

Posted by | September 5, 2017 11:07 am

Part-time receptionist/file clerk for busy outpatient substance abuse facility. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes two evenings a week. Requires high school degree, some computer training and/or experience and good communication skills. Will be required to process urine specimens for drug testing. Dependability a must. Send resumes by September 8th to CBHS, P.O. Box 430, Manning, SC 29102. EEO Employer

Keys found on Raccoon Road

Posted by | September 5, 2017 10:23 am

This set of keys were found on a dirt road part of Raccoon Road that comes out of Bonanza Cross Roads. Call Ray if they are yours at (803) 473-0727.

Community aims to help Harvey victims

Posted by | September 5, 2017 10:20 am

A Hurricane Harvey relief supply drive held Sunday at the Turbeville IGA collected various badly needed items, along with $115 in funds to buy more items. Jenna Reynolds Windham said that donations of items like bottled water, toiletries, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, insect repellents, pillows, blankets, box fans, socks, underwear and pet carriers will be accepted throughout the week at Community Pharmacy in Turbeville.
Several local businesses have joined other public entities throughout Clarendon County to help provide relief to areas in Texas hit hard last week by Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States since Wilma in 2005. Areas of eastern and central Texas received more than 40 inches of rain in a four-day period as Harvey suspended itself over the state and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. Some areas received as much as 51.88 inches of water. The storm has caused at least 61 confirmed deaths, with 60 of those in the United States and… Read the rest

Scott’s Branch alumni, student share experience of studying abroad through Clyburn scholarship

Posted by | September 5, 2017 8:54 am

Sky and Skylar Harvin and Devin Brown, center front, pose with Rep. James Clyburn, members of the Clarendon School District 1 Board of Trustees, Scott’s Branch High School Principal Robert N. Collar and representatives from the Council on International Educational Exchange on Aug. 29 at Scott’s Branch High School. The three students and Adrianna Dingle, who was unable to attend last week’s ceremony, shared their experiences of studying abroad during the summer, supported by scholarships from the CIEE in honor of Clyburn.
Three Scott’s Branch High School graduates and one rising senior got the chance of a lifetime this summer thanks to a scholarship presented to them in honor of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District Representative. The Council on International Educational Exchange announced in May that the students are recipients of the 2017 Clyburn Scholar Award, which honors longtime Rep. James E. Clyburn. The scholarships allowed the students to study abroad, and three of them came back to Scott’s Branch last week to share their experiences with the council and Clyburn during a special ceremony. “These exceptional students – who were selected… Read the rest

Manning native retires from Marine Corps

Posted by | September 5, 2017 7:57 am

Col. James C. “Jimmy” Failmezger recently retired from the United States Marine Corps. Born in Manning, he is the son of Kewpie Sprott of Manning and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Failmezger of Summerton. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1983. In October 1985, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and graduated from boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island in May 1986. Upon completion of raining at the Subsistence Supply Clerk Course at Camp Johnson, North Carolina, he reported to Marine Barracks 8th and I in Washington, D.C., in September 186. In April 1987… Read the rest

Woman says man came at her with box cutter

Posted by | September 5, 2017 7:30 am

A 65-year-old woman living in the area around Barfield and East Keitt streets in Manning told the Manning Police Department about 6:54 p.m. Aug. 15 that a 26-year-old Manning man came running at her with a box cutter after she inadvertantly hit his dog after it came out in the road earlier that evening. The woman told police that she tried to talk to the owner after hitting the dog, but advised that she noticed he was approaching her vehicle with an “aggressive manner.” The woman said he began following her and that she then drove around the neighborhood to… Read the rest

Rezoning decision brings solar farm one step closer to reality

Posted by | September 5, 2017 4:13 am

Council members passed first reading of an ordinance last month that could see the county get its first solar farm. The ordinance rezones a property on U.S. 15 South near Paxville from Agriculture 1 to Agriculture 2. “Basically, this is two tracts totaling 429.7 acres, north of Paxville in Clarendon County,” said Epperson. “The purpose of this rezoning is to allow for the placement of solar farm activity on the parcel. In passing first reading, County Council went against the recommendation of the Clarendon County Planning Commission, which rejected the rezoning request after hearing from neighboring residents. “After they reviewed… Read the rest

Summerton resident enrolls at Brenau University

Posted by | September 5, 2017 2:20 am

Summerton resident Alaina Belser is enrolled at Brenau University for the fall 2017 semester. Belser is currently majoring in occupational therapy. Founded in 1878, Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit nationally prominent comprehensive institution of higher education that enrolls students in graduate and undergraduate studies on campuses and online. Gainesville, Georgia-based Brenau includes the residential Women’s College, which represents the academic and philosophical underpinnings of the liberal arts university. Brenau also provides coeducational opportunities through the doctoral level, including on-ground programs in Gainesville and other Georgia locales: Augusta, Kings Bay, Norcross and Fairburn, as well as Jacksonville, Florida. Brenau University… Read the rest

Today in History: Tuesday, Aug. 5

Posted by | September 5, 2017 12:00 am

917 – Liu Yan declares himself emperor, establishing the Southern Han state in southern China, at his capital of Panyu. 1590 – Alexander Farnese’s army forces Henry IV of France to lift the siege of Paris. 1661 – Fall of Nicolas Fouquet: Louis XIV Superintendent of Finances is arrested in Nantes by D’Artagnan, captain of the king’s musketeers. 1666 – Great Fire of London ends: Ten thousand buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral are destroyed, but only six people are known to have died. 1697 – War of the Grand Alliance : A French warship commanded by Captain Pierre Le Moyne… Read the rest

Company recalls peroxide bottles due to fire, burn hazards

Posted by | September 4, 2017 11:13 pm

Nutrilife has issued a voluntary recall of select bottles of hydrogen peroxide due to possible fire and burn hazards. The one-gallon (four-liter) bottles of the 29 percent hydrogen peroxide mixture have bottle caps that do not vent properly, which can allow pressure to build up in the bottle and cause it to expand and rupture, posing fire and burn problems, the company states in a release. The recall was issued last week for the product, which is used as a source of oxygen for water, a preservative for fresh cut flowers, and to keep unwanted nutrient residuals clear in reservoirs,… Read the rest

Visitor tells deputies someone hit rental vehicle

Posted by | September 4, 2017 8:30 pm

A 55-year-old man staying at a motel in Manning told deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office that an unknown person hit his rental vehicle between Aug. 13 and 9:09 a.m. Aug. 14, causing about $3,200 in damages. The vehicle was described as a Ford Expedition.

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