Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Posted by | March 7, 2017 3:18 am

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies. Blood donor Timothy Sheely knows the need firsthand. His wife required 12 units of blood during emergency surgery following the birth of their son. “If… Read the rest

12-year-old killed, 6 others seriously injured in Summerton wreck

Posted by | March 6, 2017 5:37 pm

A two-vehicle wreck late Sunday night killed a 12-year-old Sumter boy and sent six others to Columbia and Clarendon hospitals with serious injuries. Clarendon County Deputy Coroner Bucky Mock said Rosheed Goodwin, 12, of Sumter, died at the scene of the wreck, which happened about 9:37 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 15 between Summerton and Paxville. S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the wreck happened about two miles outside of Summerton heading toward Paxville. Jones said that 32-year-old Randy Lewis was driving a 1997 Toyota carrying the 12-year-old victim and four other passengers. He said Lewis’ vehicle was struck… Read the rest

Richbourg: Firefighters checking cause of ‘smoky haze’

Posted by | March 6, 2017 5:27 pm

Local fire authorities are searching throughout the area to find the cause of widespread smoke. Clarendon Fire Chief Frances Richbourg said her department has had several reports throughout the day of smoke in various areas, and residents have reported a smoky haze in downtown Manning throughout the day. “We’ve not sure exactly where it’s coming from,” Richbourg said. “We are checking calls as they come in, and there seems to be no source as of yet.” A source with dispatch said that there are two prescribed burns currently ongoing, one of them in the Newman Branch area of Clarendon County… Read the rest

Civil rights group planning rally to ‘find justice’ for burned 6 year old

Posted by | March 6, 2017 3:09 pm

The mother of a 6-year-old Alcolu boy who received second- and third-degree burns in October 2016 after allegedly being set on fire by an older child is still seeking answers regarding the incident. Leslie L. Brown said her son, Emery L. McCray, was playing with other children at the home, and that an 11-year-old child came running to her saying her youngest child was on fire. “I don’t know what happened; I only know what (Emery) has told me,” said Brown, who gathered once again Monday at the Clarendon County Courthouse with leaders from the South Carolina chapter of the… Read the rest

Hoyt Milton Collins Sr.

Posted by | March 6, 2017 1:51 pm

ALCOLU – Hoyt Milton Collins Sr., 76, husband of Judy Britton Collins, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at his home. Born July 12, 1940, in Mullins, he was a son of the late William Hoyt Collins and Elnora Horton Collins. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion Post No. 68, where he served as past-commander and adjutant. He was retired from the S.C. Highway Patrol with 26 years of service. He served as sheriff of Clarendon County from 1992-9, and as the chaplain of the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association in 1995. He was… Read the rest

Former sheriff dead at 76

Posted by | March 6, 2017 1:15 pm

A Mullins native who served as Clarendon County sheriff from 1993 to 1997 has died. Hoyt Milton Collins Sr., 76, husband of Judy Britton Collins, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at his home in Alcolu. Born July 12, 1940, in Mullins, he was a son of the late William Hoyt Collins and Elnora Horton Collins. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion Post No. 68, where he served as a past-commander and adjutant. He was retired from the S.C. Highway Patrol after 26 years of service. Along with his duties as sheriff for… Read the rest

Swampcats defeat Pinewood Prep in second game of season

Posted by | March 6, 2017 12:36 pm

The Swampcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning and turned a bases-loaded double play in the bottom of that inning to secure the win against Pinewood Prep on Saturday, 3-2. Bobby Crisp was the winning pitcher, throwing the sixth and seventh innings for LMA. Buddy Bleasedale went 2-3 and Braydon Osteen went 1-1 at bat.

Rogers signs to play softball with USC Sumter

Posted by | March 6, 2017 11:37 am

Laurence Manning Academy softball Coach Maria Rowland said that Ashton Leigh Rogers has been one of her most important players in her years with the team. The 18-year-old senior began playing when she was six. Her sister, Emily Amerson, played and Rogers “grew up around the ball field,” she said. “She’s five year older and also played for Coach Rowland,” said Rogers of her sister. “I guess that softball is just in the family. It’s something I picked up when I was six and I’ve always loved doing it.” Though Rogers’ time with the Swampcats will be done at the… Read the rest

Law enforcement honors fallen brother on 15th anniversary of deputy’s death

Posted by | March 6, 2017 10:45 am

Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Walter K. “Walt” Floyd had just signed off duty in the early evening hours of March 1, 2002. He was on his way to pick up his daughter and his wife for a Friday night dinner. But fate had other plans. Floyd was driving on June Burn Road in the Cypress Fork area of the county when another driver “ran a stop sign or ignored it altogether,” according to longtime friend and former colleague Pete Surette. “He was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene,” Surette said. Surette joined Sheriff’s Office Inv. Eric… Read the rest

Elms signs to play softball with Florence-Darlington Tech

Posted by | March 6, 2017 9:42 am

Baylee Elms has been playing softball since she was nine years old. The 18-year-old Laurence Manning Academy senior signed Monday to play the sport starting in 2018 at Florence-Darlington Technical College. “Catcher is my main position, but I do play others, like shortstop and some outfield,” she said. “The opportunity came to play softball at Florence-Darlington, and it seemed like a good opportunity. It’s not too far from home.” Elms also spent some time with the school’s team. “I went and practiced with them and enjoyed it,” she said. Laurence Manning Academy varsity softball Coach Maria Rowland has had Elms… Read the rest

Swampcats fall to Pinewood Prep

Posted by | March 6, 2017 8:45 am

The Swampcats dropped their first game as Pinewood Prep scored the only run on Friday after an error in the sixth inning allowed the unrecovered play. Braydon Osteen was the losing pitcher, but threw six innings of four-hit ball, striking out six batters Trent Frye had the only Swampcat hit.

Red Cross provides disaster training in Summerton

Posted by | March 6, 2017 6:31 am

Steve Shumake, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, teaches Summerton residents how they can help their friends and neighbors during a disaster.
The United States has had its fair share of extreme weather behavior, with devastating effects on the lives of Clarendon County residents in the past few years. The American Red Cross responds to disasters such as these by providing food and shelter to those who have lost everything. More than 30 residents of Summerton were trained recently by their local Red Cross to quickly to take action to help their neighbors should a disaster strike. During a one-day Disaster Responder Boot Camp held Jan. 23 at the Clarendon School District 1 Community Resource Center in Summerton, volunteers learned the essentials… Read the rest

Red Flag Alert still in effect

Posted by | March 6, 2017 5:31 am

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert. The alert, which went into effect at noon Friday, is designed to discourage people from doing any outdoor burning when weather conditions present an elevated risk of wildfire. Weather forecasts over the next three days call for strong wind gusts and very low relative humidity, both of which can combine with dry conditions on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly. A Red Flag Fire Alert does not prohibit outdoor burning, provided that all other state and local regulations are… Read the rest

Graham says he doesn’t know what GOP health care plan is yet

Posted by | March 6, 2017 2:28 am

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham told a rowdy town hall in South Carolina that health care is going to change in the United States. Just don’t ask him for details. “Can I let you in on a little secret? I don’t know what the GOP plan is,” the Republican Graham told the roughly 1,000 people who packed a theatre at Clemson University on Saturday. He is still vehemently against a single-payer, government-run health care program — saying it costs too much and doesn’t provide choices. Instead he would like states to be able to choose whether to keep President Barack Obama’s… Read the rest

Today in History: Monday, March 6

Posted by | March 6, 2017 12:00 am

12 BC – The Roman Emperor Augustus is named Pontifex Maximus, incorporating the position into that of the Emperor. 632 – The Farewell Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada’) of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. 845 – Execution of the 42 Martyrs of Amorium at Samarra 961 – Byzantine conquest of Chandax by Nikephoros Phokas, end of the Emirate of Crete 1204 – The Siege of Château Gaillard ends in a French victory over King John of England, who loses control of Normandy to King Philip II Augustus. 1454 – Thirteen Years’ War: Delegates of the Prussian Confederation pledge allegiance to King Casimir… Read the rest

Wreck at 115NB on I-95

Posted by | March 5, 2017 10:15 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting a wreck with no injuries at the 115 northbound exit on Interstate 95.

LMA seniors take annual class trip

Posted by | March 5, 2017 9:27 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy senior class recently returned from its senior class trip to Washington, D.C., and New York City. The trip was from Feb. 26 through March 2. While in New York, the students attended a variety of events, including Broadway play “Aladdin,” a New York Knicks’ game and a visit to The Today Show. Students also toured the Wall Street financial District, the nation’s first Capitol, Times Square, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity Church. They received lectures on the geology and history of Manhattan, walked through Central Park, shopped along 5th Avenue and visited the Metropolitan Museum of… Read the rest

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