Black bears spotted in Industrial Park, other Clarendon areas

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:59 pm

Residents have once again reported seeing black bears in the Clarendon County area, with one posting a Facebook video of one at the Clarendon County Industrial Park. Jacquelyn Bennett posted the video Wednesday. She said on her page that the bear was spotted just before noon, and that no one was scared by the sighting. Commenters talked about other sightings, with one resident reporting having seen one in the Pine Knoll subdivision. Last year, former deputy Brad Wilkes posted a picture to Facebook of a bear in the eastern area of Clarendon County. This one was dead on the side… Read the rest


Fred Clark Tucker

Posted by | June 22, 2017 6:34 pm

Fred Clark Tucker, 74, husband of Sandra Fike Tucker, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his home. Born Dec. 14, 1942, in Dayton, Tennessee, he was a son of the late Clark Mose Tucker and Mary Allon Tucker. He graduated from Stivers High School in Dayton, Ohio, and received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Miami of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio. Fred volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1964, and he served as first lieutenant in charge of an Armored Calvary Unit in the highlands of Vietnam in 1968, arriving in-country at the start of the Tet Offensive.… Read the rest

Middleton named SECC principal for 2017-18 school year

Posted by | June 22, 2017 4:06 pm

Patricia Middleton has been named the principal for Summerton Early Childhood Center for the 2016-17 school year, according to an announcement from Clarendon School District 1. Middleton began her teaching career in Clarendon School District 1, previously serving as a principal with the district. She left in July 2010 to work with Edison Learning as director of achievement. Most recently, she served as a principal in the Charleston County School District. She is excited about returning to Clarendon 1 and is looking forward “to imparting her skills as an instructional leader in Clarendon 1,” she said.

Man who received life sentences for Clarendon slayings pleads in Charleston shooting death

Posted by | June 22, 2017 2:20 pm

A man who received two life sentences last year after pleading guilty in the shooting deaths of two Clarendon County woman has pleaded guilty in a similar shooting death in Charleston County. Jeffrey Eady, 34, pleaded guilty but mentally ill Thursday to murder in Charleston County General Sessions Court, a move The Post and Courier of Charleston reported will send him to prison for a lifetime but allow him to avoid the death penalty prosecutors there had considered pursuing. Eady, formerly of 1054 527 Subdivision Road in New Zion, pleaded guilty in September 2016 to two counts of murder and… Read the rest

O’Donnell McKenzie

Posted by | June 22, 2017 1:56 pm

NEW ZION – O’Donnell McKenzie, 102, widower of Virginia Kennedy McKenzie, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his home. Born March 5, 1915, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Robert Brown and Candass Burgess McKenzie. The family will receive friends at his home, 8387 Salem Road in New Zion. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.


Bozard inducted into state Firefighters’ Hall of Fame

Posted by | June 22, 2017 10:09 am

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association inducted Dr. Henry P. “Mutt” Bozard into its South Carolina Firefighters’ Hall of Fame at its 112th annual Conference held June 15 in Myrtle Beach. “This honor is given each year to individuals who are of the highest quality and clearly worthy of recognition at the state level,” according to a release. “Paramount to the selection for this award are the nominee’s contributions to the fire service beyond the local level. The individual must have clearly left their mark on South Carolina’s Fire Service. Additionally, the award recipient must be recognizable by his or… Read the rest



Elreeda Martin Blanding

Posted by | June 22, 2017 3:55 am

Elreeda Martin Blanding, widow of Alfred Blanding Sr., died Friday, June 16, 2017, at her home. Born May 1, 1926, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Sr. and Maggie Cain Martin. Services of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church, 7827 S.C. 261 in Manning, where the Rev. Terry R. Johnson, pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church. will deliver words of comfort. The service of committal will follow at the Blanding family plot located in Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive family and… Read the rest


Today in History: Thursday, June 22

Posted by | June 22, 2017 12:00 am

217 BC – Battle of Raphia: Ptolemy IV Philopator of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom. 168 BC – Battle of Pydna: Romans under Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeat Macedonian King Perseus who surrenders after the battle, ending the Third Macedonian War. 813 – Battle of Versinikia: The Bulgars led by Krum defeat the Byzantine army near Edirne. Emperor Michael I is forced to abdicate in favor of Leo V the Armenian. 910 – The Hungarians defeat the East Frankish army near the Rednitz River, killing its leader Gebhard, Duke of Lotharingia (Lorraine). 1527 – Fatahillah expels… Read the rest




Patricia Ann Livingston Vose

Posted by | June 21, 2017 3:07 pm

Patricia Ann Livingston “Pat” Vose, 72, wife of Thomas Christy “Tom” Vose, died Friday, May 26, 2017, at Roper Hospital. Born April 13, 1945, in Enid, Oklahoma, she was a daughter of the late William Cody Livingston and the late Mary Alice Patterson Livingston. She was a retired school teacher from Manning Primary School with 32 years of service. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Manning. She is survived by her husband of Manning; a daughter, Kelly Hendrix of Anderson; a son, Michael Hendrix (Caroline) of Charleston; three granddaughters, Ashley Springer of Manning, Elizabeth and Adelyn Hendrix,… Read the rest

Sheriff’s Office seeks 1 for kidnapping, home invasion; 3 suspects in custody

Posted by | June 21, 2017 2:19 pm

Lorenzo Trujillo Mederos, top left, is wanted by the Clarendon County Sheriff's Office on 10 outstanding warrants, including for kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm during an alleged home invasion June 1. Three other suspects, pictured, were arrested June 12.
The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has charged three and are seeking three others in relation to an alleged kidnapping and home invasion of a Bloomville home earlier this month. The three suspects charged June 12 include Jazzmin Toni Bush-Carter, 19, of 1435 Jeff Drive in Manning, Jamari Asir Canty, 18, of 1242 Goodwill Church Road in Manning, and Hervon Shy Heim Grayson, 18, of 2920 Poole Road in Sumter, all of whom are charged with one count each of first-degree burglary and four counts each of kidnapping. According to reports from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, six suspects entered a… Read the rest

Hardee’s to reopen Monday morning

Posted by | June 21, 2017 11:31 am

Hardee’s on Sunset Drive will reopen its doors for business Monday, operating at the same location it has for decades. The restaurant’s former structure was demolished earlier this year to make way for the construction of its replacement, which will feature the same menu as before. Mike Boddie, president of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, which owns the franchise, said the new restaurant will seat 69 guests and has a contemporary look in line with the latest “retro” Hardee’s design. A new digital menu board will sit in the counter area. The business will also feature free Wi-Fi for customers to enjoy. Boddie… Read the rest


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