Summer rains eliminate drought status for 5 counties

Posted by | August 12, 2017 10:29 am

Agricultural officials brought encouraging news to the South Carolina Drought Response Committee on Friday, with several crops reporting the potential for the highest yields in many years. After reviewing the agricultural and forest fire conditions, and the levels in the rivers, lakes and groundwater, the South Carolina Drought Response Committee, meeting via conference call, removed the drought declaration for Aiken, Cherokee, Greenville, Spartanburg and York counties. However, spotty summer rainfall has not been enough to eliminate the drought statewide. Counties in the Upstate and Central Savannah region – Abbeville, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda and Union… Read the rest

Guilty Pleas: Aug. 7-11

Posted by | August 12, 2017 7:03 am

Circuit Court Judge D. Craig Brown heard the following guilty pleas during a term of General Sessions Court held Aug. 7-11 at the Clarendon County Courthouse in Manning. Ty Marquis Bennett of 3197 Arlen Road in Manning pleaded guilty Aug. 9 to larceny or breaking into motor vehicle or tanks, pumps where fuel, lubricants are stored, receiving a sentence of three years in prison, suspended to three days in jail, time-served and two years’ probation. Bennett served two days at the Clarendon County Detention Center after his arrest July 3, according to the Clarendon County Public Court Index. Andrew Billups… Read the rest

Clarendon 3 welcomes new employees at board meeting

Posted by | August 12, 2017 5:30 am

Clarendon School District 3 welcomed new employees on Thursday night during the Board of Trustees’ regular meeting in Turbeville. From left to right are East Clarendon English teacher Charlene McKnight; Walker Gamble Elementary School art teacher Jessie Welch; Clarendon 3 music teacher Angel Mock; Walker Gamble Elementary School second-grade teacher Devyn Gibbons; Walker Gamble Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Amanda Williamson; East Clarendon Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Danielle McElveen; East Clarendon Middle-High School Media Specialist Laura Ward; Walker Gamble Elementary School third-grade teacher Brandon Shaw; Walker Gamble Elementary School K5 teacher Kelsey Hughes; East Clarendon agriculture teacher Chris White;… Read the rest

Pet of the Day: Badger

Posted by | August 12, 2017 5:09 am

Come meet Badger at A Second Chance Animal Shelter! He is a 5-month-old, male, gray tabby cat. He is neutered, up to date on vaccines and has tested negative for feline leukemia. He is quite the character when he’s expressing his wild, playful side, but he is very affectionate and doesn’t seem to mind being held. The current adoption fee for cats is only $50 with an approved application. You can see Badger, Ranger and their friends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the shelter, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway in Manning. We have numerous pets available… Read the rest

Morning Weather: Saturday, Aug. 12

Posted by | August 12, 2017 4:36 am

A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9 a.m. Patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 102. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.



John Mack

Posted by | August 12, 2017 2:55 am

John Mack died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Masonic Rites services for were held Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Samuels Funeral Home, 114 N. Church St. in Manning. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Prayer House Mission, 5076 Bald Eagle Road in Summerton, with the Rev. Eartha Carter, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mark AME Church cemetery in Summerton. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Today in History: Saturday, Aug. 12

Posted by | August 12, 2017 12:00 am

1099 – First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid forces led by Al-Afdal Shahanshah. This is considered the last engagement of the First Crusade. 1121 – Battle of Didgori: The Georgian army under King David IV wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi. 1164 – Battle of Harim: Nur ad-Din Zangi defeats the Crusader armies of the County of Tripoli and the Principality of Antioch. 1323 – Signature of the Treaty of Nöteborg between Sweden and Novgorod Republic, that regulates the border between the two countries for the first… Read the rest

Cleo Mae McKinney

Posted by | August 11, 2017 11:53 pm

Cleo Mae McKinney, 45, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Carolinas Hospital Systems in Florence. Born Sept. 8, 1971, in Charleston, she was a daughter of Bernice Dingle McKinney and the late Moses McKinney Jr. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Manning, with the Rev. Sam Livingston Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cypress AME Church cemetery in Jordan. The family will receive friends at the home of her mother, 211 Dickson St., Cambridge Court Apt. 2-C in Manning. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral




Sheriff’s Office seeking two suspects for property crimes

Posted by | August 11, 2017 6:40 pm

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking two suspects for different alleged property crimes. Kendal Dwyer is wanted for first-degree burglary and grand larceny, while Jamie Williams is wanted for receiving stolen goods of a value greater than $2,000 for an incident that occurred on Ethan Stone Road. Authorities did not provide a time or date for the incident. If you have information as to these suspects’ whereabouts, please call the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414. Callers may remain anonymous.

Sumter man identified as victim of logging truck wreck

Posted by | August 11, 2017 6:37 pm

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle wreck that included a log truck which overturned. Lester Moore, 60, of Sumter, died at the scene of the wreck, which happened about 3:15 p.m. Thursday when Moore turned off East Brewington Road onto U.S. 301 and was struck by a logging truck. Traffic on the road was closed for several hours, according to reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Emma Thames McClure

Posted by | August 11, 2017 5:16 pm

SUMTER – Emma Thames McClure, widow of Donald M. Mathis Sr. and John A. McClure died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter. Born Aug. 28, 1917, in the Alcolu community of Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Wilson Thames and Laura Fann Thames. Mrs. McClure was first employed as a legal secretary in the office of Lee & Moise Attorneys for a number of years before becoming a legal secretary in the office of the Sumter County Solicitor, Third Judicial Circuit Court on Law Range in Sumter, where she was affectionately known… Read the rest


Home health company launches food drive to benefit United Ministries

Posted by | August 11, 2017 2:18 pm

Staff members with Kindred at Home from Clarendon, Sumter and Kershaw counties are blanketing the area in August collection bags to gather donations for United Ministries, one of many benefactors of Kindred’s 12th annual Food Drive. Employees with Kindred at Home and their associates across the Kindred at Home and Kindred Hospice family of home healthcare services are placing the food collection bas at healthcare and other facilities in their respective communities and will collect their harvest during the entire month of August. They re focused on beating the tally from 2016, when the company’s annual food drive yielded more… Read the rest

Lesha Michele Guest Lynch

Posted by | August 11, 2017 12:15 pm

PINEWOOD – Lesha Michele Guest Lynch, 56, wife of Johnny Lynch, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of Marie Doughty Guest and the late John Guest. Survivors besides her husband and mother include seven children, Johnell Berry, La-Leshea (Sha’Ron) Guest Moody, Darnel Guest, Katrina Lynch, Shana Lynch, Dartrell Lynch and Charmaine Guest; three sisters; a brother; six grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church in Summerton, with… Read the rest

Charles William Brunson

Posted by | August 11, 2017 12:04 pm

SUMMERTON – Charles William “Bill” Brunson, 75, husband of Phyllis McCabe Brunson, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at McLeod Hospice House. Born Dec. 5, 1941, in Summerton, he was a son of the late Clifton Charles Brunson and Madeline Clark Brunson. He was a member of Little Star Pentecostal Holiness Church. Survivors besides his wife of Summerton include two daughters, Sonya Seitz (Michael) of Manning and Lisa Reed (Junior) of Pinewood; a brother, Don C. Brunson (Lindy) of Summerton; a sister, Clifford Ann Schmidt of Sumter; five grandchildren, Blake Baxley, Hanna Lewis (Austin), Austin Seitz, Brandon Baxley and Brynne Baxley;… Read the rest

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