Shaffer termination upheld by City Council

Posted by | August 7, 2018 9:43 pm

The Manning City Council met Tuesday evening to deliberate and vote on the Blair Shaffer termination on the heels of the Grievance Committee making its recommendation that he be reinstated. After the approval of the agenda, Mayor Julia Nelson, Mayor Pro-tem Sherry Welle and Councilman Clayton Pack, all members of the Public Safety Committee, recused themselves from the deliberations and voting. The remaining four Councilmembers—Ervin Davis, Diane Georgia, Julius Dukes and Johnny Gordon—entered executive session, where they remained for an hour and a half. Upon returning to open session, Georgia was voted in as chairperson for the remaining four Councilmembers,… Read the rest

Female Terrier mix looking for her forever home

Posted by | August 7, 2018 3:55 pm

“Prissy” is a 7-month-old black and tan, female Terrier mix. She currently weighs around 15 pounds. Prissy has had her age appropriate shots, been spayed, and is heartworm negative. Prissy is a friendly and outgoing dog! She gets along well with other dogs If you are interested in a sweet lap dog, you can get pre-approved by going to our website,, and filling out an adoption application. 

Tammie Irvine Cameron

Posted by | August 7, 2018 2:59 pm

SUMMERTON – Tammie Irvine Cameron, 53, wife of Todd Newell, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born September 29, 1964, in Charleston, she was a daughter of Mary Altman Momeier and the late Thomas Lynn Irvine. She was a director of nursing at McLeod Health Clarendon. She is survived by her husband of Summerton; her mother and father, Robert C. Momeier, of Cross; a son, DeWitt Cameron of Florence; a brother, Dustin Irvine; a nephew, Dusty Irvine, both of Rocks Pond; a stepsister, Karen M. Deaton (Bob) of Liberty Hill; a stepbrother, Bob Momeier (Angie); a… Read the rest

Meet Bashful

Posted by | August 7, 2018 1:01 pm

“Bashful” is a 5-month-old black Female Domestic Short Hair Kitten. Bashful is full of energy and loves to run around! She is coming out of her shell and is very loving! Bashful gets along well with other cats. Bashful currently weights around 4.7 pounds, is current on all of her age appropriate shots, and has been spayed. Please stop by the shelter to see this beautiful girl! We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am to 3:30 pm. We currently have a $50 adoption special for all of our cats!

Accident victim identified

Posted by | August 7, 2018 11:46 am

A 71-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 527 yesterday afternoon. “William Franks of Hemingway, a passenger in one of the vehicles, died at the scene around 4:28 p.m.,” Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock said Tuesday morning. “Franks’ cause of death was blunt force trauma.” Details on the wreck can be obtained from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Jean Claire Jayroe Ridgill

Posted by | August 7, 2018 11:07 am

Jean Claire Jayroe Ridgill, 88, widow of James Lee Ridgill, Jr., died Monday, August 06, 2018, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born March 29, 1930, in Pulaski, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Eugene Edmond Jayroe and the late Ruth Elizabeth Ridgill Jayroe. She was a member of Manning First Baptist Church. She is survived by a sister, Patsy Jayroe Tedder (Henry) of Summerton; a niece, Deborah Hinkle of North Carolina; a great niece; three great nephews; one great-great nephew; two great-great nieces; and three stepsons, Steve Ridgill of North Carolina, Jerry Ridgill and Jimmy Ridgill, both of Maryland.… Read the rest

Anonymous officer speaks out about Shaffer

Posted by | August 7, 2018 9:56 am

A Manning Police Officer, who prefers to remain unnamed, spoke to the Manning Times about Blair Shaffer on Sunday and Monday. “Shaffer is a good man in some ways, but he has a lot going on that the public doesn’t know about,” said the officer, who then shared concerns regarding the possible reinstatement of Shaffer. “If the city manager, Council or Mayor knew what was going on, Shaffer would have been demoted or fired some time ago.” The officer then spoke of instances of vehicle misuse, which include using the Tahoe provided by the city for out-of-state vacations, sometimes pulling… Read the rest

Councilmember Clayton Pack speaks up

Posted by | August 7, 2018 7:46 am

Councilmember Clayton Pack spoke to the Manning Times on Sunday, although he preferred his comments be released after Blair Shaffer’s grievance hearing. He felt it best not to give the impression of trying to sway the Grievance Committee’s recommendation. “I’m just going to try to tell the truth the best way I can tell it,” said Pack. According to Pack, there had been issues with the Police Department for some time. These were not solely with Shaffer. The concern was for the officers and for the city. He stands by his statement that several police officers had come to him… Read the rest

Grievance board recommends Shaffer’s reinstatement

Posted by | August 6, 2018 5:34 pm

The Grievance Committee reconvened today at 4 p.m. to deliberate and offer a recommendation in regards to the termination of Blair Shaffer as Chief of the Manning Police Department. Jason Montgomery, the Committee’s chairperson, offered a brief opening statement. “As I stated in my opening statement last Thursday, the grievance policy of the City of Manning places the requirement that I, as chairman of the Committee, make decisions as to how this matter is conducted subject to the vote of the Committee. During this process, it has come to the Committee’s attention that council for the City of Manning may… Read the rest

Public Notice

Posted by | August 6, 2018 4:58 pm

Manning City Council will hold a special called meeting at 6 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Manning City Hall.

Paul Britton Justice, Jr.

Posted by | August 6, 2018 1:39 pm

LONGS – Paul Britton Justice, Jr., 74, died Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Grand Strand Medical Center. Born March 20, 1944, in Charleston, he was a son of the late Paul Britton Justice, Sr. and the late Janet Lucille Warren Justice. He was a US Army veteran and a member of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association. He is survived by three daughters, Paula Rutledge (John) of N. Myrtle Beach, Britton Johnson (Ric) of Portland, Oregon and Sarah Thomas (Allan) of N. Myrtle Beach; two brothers, James Warren “Choo Choo” Justice (Diane) of Cross and Troy Kidwell of Manning; three sisters,… Read the rest

Locals visit Alaska

Posted by | August 6, 2018 12:12 pm

Billy Coffey, Jimmy Adams, Jerry Robertson and George Jones with Exit Glacier in the background.
Local travelers Billy Coffey, George Jones, Jimmy Adams and Jerry Robertson, spent time recently in Alaska. An area of interest was Barrow, Alaska’s northern most populated village which is located on the Arctic Ocean. Life in Barrow is much different than Manning in all respects. Subsistence hunting and fishing is still a necessity and a common winter is 70 days of total darkness and minus 60-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. It was 28 degrees during their visit. Barrow has approximately 5,500 inhabitants and is accessed by air. The population is predominantly Eskimo. From Barrow, they traveled back to Fairbanks and then to… Read the rest

Shaffer grievance hearing update

Posted by | August 3, 2018 8:49 pm

The Grievance Committee met Thursday at 10 a.m. to hear the grievance of former police chief Blair Shaffer. After being voted in as chairperson of the Grievance Committee, Jason Montgomery offered opening remarks. “As city employees, we endeavor to perform our duties and conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects the high level of professionalism and courteousness. It is incumbent upon us as city employees that we, at all times, serve the best interests of the city. This proceeding is being conducted under the provisions of the City of Manning’s Personnel Policy,” said Montgomery. “As to the proceedings today, we… Read the rest

Samuels-Cooper cannot become coroner

Posted by | August 3, 2018 4:52 pm

Judge Ferrell Cothran of the Third Judicial Circuit handed down a ruling in the Mock-Samuels-Cooper suit at 2:40 p.m. today. In it he ruled that LaNette Samuels-Cooper, who won the popular vote for coroner in the Clarendon County primary elections, does not meet the statutory qualifications to be coroner and will not be able to meet those qualifications within one year of taking office as coroner for Clarendon County. Coroner Bucky Mock filed the lawsuit on June 14, just days after Samuels-Cooper won the Democratic popular vote in the primary election. With no Republican candidate to contest, this would have… Read the rest

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