Betty Loretta Wilson Cross

Posted by | March 2, 2017 4:15 pm

SUMTER – Betty Loretta Wilson Cross, 87, widow of Harry Cuthbert Cross, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Palmetto Health Tuomey in SUmter. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late George Leon Wilson, Annie Lorena Ardis Griffin and Arthur G. Griffin. Mrs. Cross was a member of Santee Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and served as the secretary-treasurer for many years. She retired from Farmers Telephone Cooperative after more than 35 years of service and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include two children, Cindy Cross Keisling (Scott) and Cliff… Read the rest

Rembert shooting suspect arrested in Clarendon

Posted by | March 2, 2017 12:09 pm

A 24-year-old Rembert man wanted in Sumter on murder charges was arrested Wednesday night in Clarendon County. Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ken Bell said Clarendon deputies worked with Sumter law enforcement to arrest Assad Jamal McNeil about 6 p.m. Wednesday at a Clarendon County home. Bell said that McNeil “surrendered without resisting,” and said a tip led to the man’s arrest. According to The Sumter Citizen, McNeil was wanted to a shooting incident that occurred Sept. 8, 2016, at a home in the 200 block of Apollo Street in Wedgefield. Deputies reported at the time that… Read the rest


South Carolina Law Review elects first black woman editor in chief

Posted by | March 2, 2017 9:06 am

For the first time in its 69-year history the South Carolina Law Review has elected an African American to serve as its editor in chief. Chelsea Evans, a second-year law student from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was elected by peers to lead the esteemed University of South Carolina School of Law publication. “I’m proud to belong to and lead such a talented, motivated and accomplished team. Serving as editor in chief will be challenging and will require a great deal of hard work and diligence, but we have a great board of editors, and I am confident that we… Read the rest

LMA girls B-team falls to First Baptist

Posted by | March 2, 2017 5:34 am

The Laurence Manning Academy softball B-team fell Wednesday to First Baptist. Malorie Spiegel had two hits with an inside the park homerun and two RBI. Bailey Moore had two hits and one RBI. Laura Betts Brogdon had three hits and two RBI. Gracen Nalley had two hits and two RBI. Malorie Spiegel was on the mound for LMA. The team is now 0-2 and the Swampcats play Tuesday at Colleton Prep.

JV Lady Saints defeat Colleton Prep, win first game of season

Posted by | March 2, 2017 4:08 am

The Clarendon Hall junior varsity Lady Saints defeated Colleton Prep Tuesday at home by a score of 12-9. Amberly WAy led the Saints with a 3-3- day at the plate and 3 RBI. Way also picked up the win on the mound with 18 strike outs. Bailey Corbett went 2-3 with one RBI and McKenley Wells went 2-3. The Saints are 1-0 on the season and will play 4 p.m. Friday at home against Patrick Henry.

Today in History: Thursday, March 2

Posted by | March 2, 2017 12:00 am

537 – Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoth army under king Vitiges begins the siege of the capital. Belisarius conducts a delaying action outside the Flaminian Gate; he and a detachment of his bucellarii are almost cut off. 986 – Louis V becomes King of the Franks. 1127 – Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders. 1444 – Skanderbeg organizes a group of Albanian nobles to form the League of Lezhë. 1458 – George of Poděbrady is chosen as the king of Bohemia. 1476 – Burgundian Wars: The Old Swiss Confederacy hands Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, a major… Read the rest

Special Weather Statement warns of severe thunderstorms

Posted by | March 1, 2017 11:29 pm

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a Special Weather Statement for Clarendon County and surrounding areas through 3 a.m. Thursday. A line of strong thunderstorms will affect the area. At 10:37 p.m., radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Bishopville west to the Columbia metro area. Movement was southeast at 25 mph. Winds in excess of 40 mph are possible with these storms.

Sen. Scott makes statement on HBCU Executive Order

Posted by | March 1, 2017 4:32 pm

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement regarding the HBCU Executive Order signed by the President yesterday: “HBCUs are not only special institutions that are deeply rooted in our country’s history, but today, they continue to serve nearly 300,000 students a year. Many of our aspiring professionals continue to look at our HBCUs as their education institution of choice. According to the Department of Education, nearly eighty percent of black Americans who received degrees in medicine and dentistry were trained at HBCUs. Their graduates also make up nearly seventy percent of our black officers who serve in the… Read the rest



Residents receive degrees from WGU

Posted by | March 1, 2017 11:31 am

Several local residents received degrees from Western Governors University recently at the 32nd semi-annual commencement ceremonies held Feb. 11 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. The 11,000 graduates included Manning residents Crystal Higbe, bachelor of science in nursing; Shirley Simon, bachelor of science in and Katherine Huggins, master of science in management and leadership. Graduates also included Summerton resident Roxanne Still, bachelor of science in nursing.



Overturned vehicle blocking Old Manning Road on Sumter side

Posted by | March 1, 2017 8:11 am

For those traveling to Sumter via Old Georgetown and Old Manning roads, the roadway is blocked at Lakewood High School on the Sumter side due to an overturned vehicle. The S.C. Highway Patrol is reporting serious injuries. No other information is available at this time.

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood in March

Posted by | March 1, 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

Today in History: Wednesday, March 1

Posted by | March 1, 2017 12:00 am

509 BC – Publius Valerius Publicola celebrates the first triumph of the Roman Republic after his victory over the deposed king Lucius Tarquinius Superbus at the Battle of Silva Arsia. 86 BC – Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army, enters Athens, removing the tyrant Aristion who was supported by troops of Mithridates VI of Pontus ending the Siege of Athens and Piraeus. 293 – Emperor Diocletian and Maximian appoint Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as Caesars. This is considered the beginning of the Tetrarchy, known as the Quattuor Principes Mundi (“Four Rulers of the World”). 317… Read the rest

JCMC-Haven of Rest to meet Wednesday

Posted by | February 28, 2017 8:42 pm

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest will hold its public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. March 1 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Parking is available in the lot nearest the entrance to the fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 460-5572.

$40K bond granted for Compass owner, arson suspect

Posted by | February 28, 2017 3:08 pm

A Sumter County Magistrate judge gave the man the Sumter County’s Sheriff’s Office believes is responsible for the blaze that destroyed the Compass Restaurant last year a $40,000 surety bond on Tuesday, according to spokesman Ken Bell. Clifton Cantey was charged Monday with second-degree arson and other offenses for his alleged role in starting the fire that gutted his restaurant in July 2016. Cantey is being represented by Shaun Kent of the Kent Law Firm in Manning and Florence attorney Hank Anderson.


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