Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in budget

Posted by | May 24, 2017 8:31 am

WASHINGTON – President Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts. Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out today. It includes reductions to benefit programs such as Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poorest and many disabled Americans; federal employee pensions; welfare benefits; and farm subsidies. Even before its release, it was widely panned by Republicans and Democrats. All told, according to people familiar with the plan, Trump’s budget includes… Read the rest

Back to the travel agency

Posted by | May 24, 2017 7:44 am

When I first started traveling on my own, I would book my airline tickets by phone. Back then you would call the airline on the phone and try to get a flight to your destination. The airline would give you other suggestions on the different flights that might save you a little money or get you to the destination on a time schedule that was to your liking. This was a fun time because you could stop at the airport and pick up a book with all the flight schedules. If you looked through the books, you could pretend you… Read the rest

Peanut Gang works hard for Camp Happy Days

Posted by | May 24, 2017 5:44 am

The Camp Happy Days Doodlebug Group had a great day last year at Bee City. The program, run by a Charleston-based charity, is featuring the same trip for campers this year.
Bill Ellis is a long-time volunteer and supporter of Camp Happy Days. He is known in Clarendon County as a member of the Peanut Gang, a group of men who set up a stand at Camp Bob Cooper each year to boil peanuts for kids while they attend Camp Happy Days. Based in Charleston, Camp Happy Days is a non-profit organization that has raised 100 percent of its funding throughout its 35 years. In conjunction with Camp Bob Cooper, Camp Happy Days creates a theme yearly for children ages 4 through 16 who are dealing with cancer, or their siblings.… Read the rest

Library to host production of ‘Three Little Pigs’

Posted by | May 24, 2017 5:08 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Library and Porkchop Productions will hold “The Three Little Pigs” at 2 p.m. June 15 at the library, 215 N. Brooks St. in Manning. Join them for the fabulously fractured adaptation of this timeless tale. When Stanley, the cool pig on the block, is encouraged by his mother to invite Ralphie, the new sheep on the block, over for a camp-out, Stanley is less than thrilled. Will a campfire story of “The Three Little Pigs” send Ralphie running into the night, or will Ralphie turn the tables on his high-on-the-hog host? This fast-paced performance highlights lessons… Read the rest

10 things to know for Wednesday

Posted by | May 24, 2017 3:37 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. POLICE ID SUSPECTED MANCHESTER BOMBER Salman Abedi — who authorities say blew himself up in a packed concert hall, killing 22 — was reportedly a British citizen of Libyan descent who made little impression on neighbors in the suburb where he lived. 2. ATTACK PROVIDES NEW REASON TO KEEP KIDS HOME In the aftermath of the deadly bombing at Ariana Grande’s show, some parents are thinking carefully about their children’s summer plans to attend concerts. 3. WHAT TRUMP, POPE HAVE IN COMMON… Read the rest

Smart phone technology being used against sex assaults

Posted by | May 24, 2017 3:29 am

The same technology that keeps kids glued to their smart phones is being used by some schools as protection against sexual assaults. Using apps, victims and bystanders can alert school officials, police or parents to trouble. While the systems can be used by kids pranking each other, app developers and school officials say most claims end up being credible. Reporting happens as events unfold and administrators can respond immediately. The real challenge is money. Not all schools can afford the apps, some of which base their cost on the number of users or size of a student population. However, school… Read the rest

Today in History: Wednesday, May 24

Posted by | May 24, 2017 12:00 am

919 – The nobles of Franconia and Saxony elect Henry the Fowler at the Imperial Diet in Fritzlar as king of the East Frankish Kingdom. 1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 1276 – Magnus Ladulås is crowned King of Sweden in Uppsala Cathedral. 1487 – The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII’s reign. 1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library. 1607 – 100 English settlers disembark in Jamestown, the… Read the rest

Manning First Baptist to hold VBS

Posted by | May 23, 2017 10:48 pm

Manning First Baptist Church will hold Galactic Surveyors for ages 3 to 5 and first- through sixth-grade students from 5:30 to 8 p.m. June 12-16. A light supper will be served nightly.

Times seeking staff writer

Posted by | May 23, 2017 10:10 pm

The Manning Times, one of the oldest weekly newspapers in South Carolina, is looking for a motivated, responsible and driven part-time staff writer to join our staff. Coverage areas include general newspaper stories, special section materials and public meetings. Minimum 12 stories weekly. AP style proficiency required. Graduating journalism students encouraged to apply. Send resumes AND clip files to

MECC partners with community to promote healthy initiatives for local students

Posted by | May 23, 2017 10:03 pm

Manning Early Childhood Center Enterprise Learning Coach Kelli Bellant worked tirelessly this school year with the first-grade students at the school on their very own vegetable gardens, in accordance with the school’s year-round wellness policy. Students took the opportunity last week to harvest their produce, which included radishes, herbs, spices, tomatoes and other items. The students were helped throughout the year by the Clarendon Couty Master Gardeners and Marie Land.
For the children of Manning Early Childhood Center’s first-grade classes, May 17 was the culmination of a year-long exercise. That was the day the students finally got to harvest the vegetables they had planted in their garden behind the school earlier in the year. Enterprise Learning Coach Kelli Bellant said that grants awarded to the school from vendors like Apple, Target, Lowe’s and Farm-to-School totaled more than $15,000 and allowed for the building and cultivation of raised garden beds, utilizing produce for their wellness program. Students grew tomatoes, herbs, radishes, flowers, spices and other items in accordance with the school’s… Read the rest

Library to close Thursday morning

Posted by | May 23, 2017 9:26 pm

The Harvin Clarendon County Library, 215 N. Brooks St. in Manning, will close 9 a.m. to noon Thursday for staff development. The library will reopen to the public at 1 p.m. SC Works will be canceled for the day and will return June 1. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Atkinson graduates from USC

Posted by | May 23, 2017 4:58 pm

Emily Dianne Atkinson graduated May 6 from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. The Summerton native is a graduate of Laurence Manning Academy, and will be teaching at Joseph R. Pye Elementary School in Ladson starting in the fall.

Tornado Watch issued for Clarendon County

Posted by | May 23, 2017 2:58 pm

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a Tornado Watch for Clarendon County and surrounding areas, effective through 11 p.m. Tuesday. A watch means conditions are favorable for a tornado to form.

Church shooter Dylann Roof asks appeals court for mercy

Posted by | May 23, 2017 12:29 pm

A white supremacist sentenced to death for killing nine worshipers in a racist attack at a Charleston church has petitioned an appeals court for mercy. Attorneys for Dylann Roof filed notice Tuesday they were appealing his conviction and sentence to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this month, the federal judge who presided over Roof’s trial rejected his first appeal, ruling the conviction and death sentence for the June 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME church should stand. Roof argued his crime didn’t fit the definition of interstate commerce needed for a federal case. The judge ruled Roof used… Read the rest

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