Upcoming Democratic Party meeting

Posted by | February 6, 2019 9:59 pm

Important Democratic Party “February 2019” Monthly Meeting Reminder:

Just a reminder that our Clarendon County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting for February will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:00pm at Bassard Pond House, 4162 Rev. J.W. Carter Road, Summerton, SC.

Rev. Darrell James, CEO and Founder of Clarendon County Neighborhood Network, a Community base non-profit media organization will be our guest speaker to give us much needed information on Media relations issues and provide insight into types of opportunities his services provides.

Please plan to attend. Together we can make a difference.

Thank you,
Patricia Pringle
Clarendon Democratic

The cure for mid-winter blues

Posted by | February 6, 2019 8:30 pm

By Jim Wieszczyk

So, here it is, the end of January, and you’re feeling guilty about those unfulfilled New Year’s resolutions, right? Like the one to stop sitting home and getting out more? Or to be more supportive of local good causes? Or maybe the one about doing something nice for your spouse?

Well, A Second Chance Animal Shelter (ASCAS) has the cure for your guilty conscience. Mark your calendar for 6 p.m. on March 2, and start getting your appetite and high spirits ready for their 7th Annual Lasagna Dinner & Silent Auction. It’s not just dinner, but a … Read the rest

Pizza microwave

Posted by | February 6, 2019 6:00 pm

Who doesn’t like pizza? It’s a great food. It looks like the food triangle. It tastes great. You can put all sorts of extras on it. You can eat it any time of the day. Pizza even tastes good when it is cold. It is almost a perfect food.

What to do about that cold pizza though? I had a friend who claimed he stayed in upscale hotels when he traveled. If his room didn’t have a microwave in it, there was a hair dryer he could use to heat up the pizza the next morning.

One of his friends … Read the rest


Posted by | February 6, 2019 4:04 pm

Thursday  February 14, 2019
Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church
2116 Greeleyville Highway (US Hwy. 521 & State Hwy. 261 East)
Manning, SC 29102
6:00pm Doors Open
6:30pm Supper, furnished by the ladies of the church. No fee,
           donations  accepted.
7:00pm Program
Come join us for a night of good food at a reasonable price,
door prizes and fellowship. Best deal in Clarendon County for
you and your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Everyone is always
For additional information/directions please contact:
June Brailsford, Secretary/Treasurer
Moye Graham, Chairman

Winners of the Mr. ComingHome competition declared

Posted by | February 6, 2019 3:00 pm

ComingHome Princes Chris Livingston and Aaron Smith stand with Mr. ComingHome Antonio Pearson.

By Evelyn McDonald

Mr. ComingHome is a fundraiser set up by the Manning High School Student Council to help students make trips to events such as the South Carolina Association of Student Councils (SCASC) State Convention and the SCASC Summer Leadership Camp. Student Council Advisor Elizabeth McDonald revived the Mr. ComingHome event last year.

To enter the contest, a student must have a passing grade in all classes and to have notes from their teachers. During the competition, the students do not campaign. Instead, they accept donations from friends and family, as well as from other students.

The student with … Read the rest

Manning resident offers heart advice to women

Posted by | February 6, 2019 11:00 am

By Carrie Anna Strange

Shirley Simon of Manning knew something was wrong that morning. Simon was experiencing intense chest pain and shortness of breath as she arrived at the nursing home where she serves as the administrator.

During past chest pain episodes, Simon would rest for a few minutes until the pain subsided, but this time was different.

“The trip down the hall to my office felt like it was getting further away as opposed to me getting closer to it,” said Simon. “I dropped everything on the floor and immediately called 911.”

Simon was able to get the attention … Read the rest

Road blocked for downed and sagging lines

Posted by | February 6, 2019 10:55 am

An 18-wheeler pulled down cable and phone lines and caused the power lines to drop in the intersection of Keitt Street and S Mill Street a little after 9 a.m. According to Manning Fire Chief Mitch McElveen, the power lines are low enough, another 18-wheeler could snag them again, severing the remaining lines.

Keitt Street has been blocked off has been blocked off from behind the fire station to the post office, according to McElveen, while repairs can be made. The power company is present at this time, working on the sagging power lines.

Please watch for work trucks and … Read the rest

Manning receives copy of award during January meeting of the City Council

Posted by | February 6, 2019 7:30 am

Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments Executive Director Chris McKinney presents Mayor Julia Nelson with a copy of an award they received from the National Association of Development Organizations.

City of Manning Finance Director Mary Prince offered a financial report to start the Manning City Council Meeting in January. At 50 percent through the fiscal year, all numbers are on schedule to meet expected annual budgets.

Following her report, Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments (RCOG) Executive Director Chris McKinney informed the Council the RCOG had received an award from the National Association of Development Organizations with regard to Manning and how the City moved forward with their comprehensive plan.

“Working with Mr. Tanner and his staff, we were able to bring creativity to the plate and create a living … Read the rest

Today in History: Feb. 6

Posted by | February 6, 2019 12:00 am

AD 60 – The earliest date for which the day of the week is known. A graffito in Pompeii identifies this day as a dies Solis (Sunday). In modern reckoning, this date would have been a Wednesday. However, according to the system of astrological hours that was originally used to designate the days of the week, a day that was dies Solis according to its sunset hour would have been dies Mercurii (Wednesday) according to its sunrise hour, the convention that finally won out. Accordingly, we know that the currently used cycle of weeks has extended unbroken since at least … Read the rest

Playing in the dirt

Posted by | February 5, 2019 8:30 pm

Many little girls used to make mudpies and play house. Dirt was moistened so it would stay together in the “pie” shape, pretending to cook and serve to real or imaginary friends. However, playing with dirt and water was a bit different for me.

I grew up in a gardening family. No, we didn’t flower garden very much. However, we grew enough vegetables to feed a small army. Corn, okra, tomatoes, yellow crookneck squash, zucchini squash, strawberries, potatoes, carrots, cucumbers, string beans, snow peas, cayenne peppers, bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapenos, onions and garlic.

My mother called it playing in … Read the rest

Immigration: to be or not to be

Posted by | February 5, 2019 6:30 pm

By Rabbi Josef Germaine

Immigration, as a policy and a subject, has been an ongoing debate for some time. Those who are living here “illegally” have to, from day to day, live under the threat of expulsion. Those who clamor at our gates seeking refuge have to suffer the dismal prospect of being forced to return to a life of utter deprivation where basic sustenance is unavailable as well as exposure to life threatening conditions under an oppressive political system.

Would it surprise you that most of the above, if not all, confronted our founding fathers, seeking new horizons, a … Read the rest

Sumter National Enduro

Posted by | February 5, 2019 4:43 pm

Local boy from Turbeville, SC Slate Green (pictured left) was able to claim a sixth place finish in 200B and 282 overall at the First Round of the National Enduro Series.

Laurence Manning Academy beauty contest winners

Posted by | February 5, 2019 2:15 pm

Miss LMA 2019 – Ansley Wright

Miss Senior – Elizabeth McInnis

Miss Junior – Reilly Ray

Miss Sophomore – Kaylene Frias

Miss Freshman – Carleigh Moore

People’s Choice – Laken Corbett

Miss Congeniality – Kelli DuRant


Junior Miss LMA – Kinsey Hatchell

1st Runner Up – Emily Porter

2nd Runner Up – Lakin Reaves

People’s Choice – Mary Catherine Buyck


Young Miss LMA – Ashley Rae Hodge

1st Runner Up – Alyssa Walton

2nd Runner Up – Brynli Brewer

People’s Choice – Mary Madilyn Way


Little Miss LMA – Charleston Hodge

1st Runner Up – Ansli Barnes… Read the rest

Scott’s Branch middle school boys win conference championship           

Posted by | February 5, 2019 12:50 pm

The Scott’s Branch middle school boys basketball team won the Upper Pee Dee Conference championship against Lee Central Middle School in Bishopville on Monday night, with a final score of 52-35. The seven-member team, coached by Reginal Davis, brought home the first Upper Pee Dee championship won by any school in this area in six years.

Leading the scoring for Scott’s Branch was Randy Gibson with 23 points. Torry Ragin added nine points, Tyler Kind added eight, Jordan Kind brought in six points and Jimmy Weeks and Juan Dozier put up three points each. Javier Hill brought down three rebounds.… Read the rest

Optimist Club student essay contest

Posted by | February 5, 2019 12:00 pm

By Lisa Justice

The Optimist Club of Clarendon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on this theme, and will determine the top winners. Winners will receive cash awards from $50-$100, and the winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club … Read the rest

Clarendon County Community Development Corporation interviews for contractors

Posted by | February 5, 2019 12:00 pm

The Clarendon County Community Development Corporation (CCCDC) plans to begin interviewing for contractors from February 11- 25 at their new office located at 625 Spencer Street in Manning. All interested contractors must be licensed, bonded and insured. The CCCDC plans to hire at least three additional contractors to assist with their increasing demands for home repair for needy citizens in Clarendon, Sumter and Lee Counties.

Please contact the Clarendon County CDC office at (803) 435-6639 or email Pamela Clavon-Brunson, Housing Coordinator, at clarendoncountycdc@ftc-i.net to set up an appointment, and please have an updated resume when you report to the interview.

Van dedication

Posted by | February 5, 2019 10:20 am

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 960 in Clarendon County will dedicate their new van at 9 a.m. on February 18 in front of the Clarendon County Courthouse. The group raised $14,500 in seven days.

Manning woman named to Clemson’s Dean’s List

Posted by | February 5, 2019 10:15 am

Christian W. Hussey of Manning, who is majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, has been named to the Clemson University Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5-3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Lander University announces Dean’s List

Posted by | February 5, 2019 8:00 am

Janette Murdoch, of Manning, made the list of names of undergraduate students who are recognized with the honor of making the Lander University Dean’s List during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9 over the course of the semester.


The future is scary but not always bad

Posted by | February 5, 2019 7:30 am

By Leah London

At one point or another, every young adult is faced with a future. In my case, my future screams “go to college”—to the University of South Carolina, to be exact. I’ve been preparing for years, and now that I’ve finally reached the first major goal on my imaginary Life Checklist, I find myself worried and confused.

I think at some point or another, every person goes through this kind of apprehension and fear of the unknown future, regardless of his or her age. This type of anxiety is not exclusive to teenagers who may or may not … Read the rest

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