Bank of Clarendon Santee manager to head Summerton office

Posted by | June 21, 2017 10:07 am

The Bank of Clarendon announced that Carla Corbett, Santee office manager, will assume day-to-day managerial responsibilities for the Summerton office after former Summerton branch manager Jay Gardner has been moved to the Manning office. Corbett has been with the bank for 18 years. During the course of her career, she has worked in the bank’s Manning, Summerton and Santee offices, primarily in the deposit operations area. “Jay and Carla are valued and trusted members of our team, said Chief Operating Officer and Bank President Barry Ham. “Carla has done an outstanding job managing our Santee Banking Office and has proven… Read the rest

Bank of Clarendon relocates Summerton branch manager to Manning office

Posted by | June 21, 2017 10:00 am

The Bank of Clarendon has announced that James F. “Jay” Gardner, who has been the Summerton branch manager for about 25 years, will expand his commercial loan presence to include the Manning market. During his time with the Summerton branch, he predominantly served the bank’s valued customers in the Summerton and Santee communities. “Relocating Jay to our Manning office will allow our entire customer base to benefit from his knowledge and experience,” said Chief Executive Officer Will Buyck. “Jay will continue to manage our long-standing customer relationships in Santee and Summerton, but will also take on new business relationships in… Read the rest

EC valedictorian: ‘Shoot for the stars’

Posted by | June 21, 2017 7:40 am

East Clarendon High School valedictorian Jessica Daisy Altman encouraged her fellow graduates June 2 to take the time to thank someone who helped them along their life’s journey. “Many graduating today have been together since kindergarten,” she said. “Together, they faced their first math problems and reading selections. Many made their first best friend and stuck by them til now. They’ve had fun at recess and field day. There has been no shortage of trips. Together, they’ve visited Dixie Stampede, Charleston and Washington, D.C.” “After fifth grade promotion, it was time to move to middle school, where we were no… Read the rest

Pet of the Day: Tonka

Posted by | June 21, 2017 7:30 am

Tonka is a 16-week-old male, domestic, short-hair, gray tabby cat currently looking for his forever home at A Second Chance Animal Shetler of Clarendon County, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway in Manning. He is neutered, current on all vaccinations and has tested negative for feline leukemia. He is affectionate and loves to play. Visit the shelter from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and help these animals find a home. To drop off an animal, call (803) 473-7075 for an appointment. If you’ve lost a pet, visit and

3 ways to become a summer blood donor

Posted by | June 21, 2017 5:21 am

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives. SCHEDULE Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1 (800) RED CROSS to make an appointment. PREPARE Get a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious meal and drink extra fluids. GIVE The donation process start to finish takes about an hour. The actual donation only takes about 10 minutes. Only about 3 percent of the U.S. population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat… Read the rest

Don’t answer the phone!

Posted by | June 21, 2017 4:09 am

I bet you have been on a party line before. You remember picking up the telephone and heard other people talking. Sometimes you had a blabbermouth on your exchange. They talked all the time. It was fun to but in and tell them you had to make an emergency telephone call. Sometimes it was just fun to pick up the phone and listen to their conversations. It was the greatest thing ever if you had an illicit affair going on and the culprits talked on the telephone. My mother always new when the telephone rang and it was a wrong… Read the rest

Today in History: Wednesday, June 21

Posted by | June 21, 2017 12:00 am

533 – A Byzantine expeditionary fleet under Belisarius sails from Constantinople to attack the Vandals in Africa, via Greece and Sicily. 1307 – Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan. 1529 – French forces are driven out of northern Italy by Spain at the Battle of Landriano during the War of the League of Cognac. 1582 – Sengoku period: Oda Nobunaga, the most powerful of the Japanese daimyōs, was forced to commit suicide by his own general Akechi Mitsuhide. 1621 – Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague… Read the rest

John Benjamin Raffield

Posted by | June 20, 2017 5:16 pm

John Benjamin Raffield III, husband of Dr. Kay R. Raffield, died Monday, June 19, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter. Born Nov. 18, 1938, he was the son of the late Christine Lybrand Raffield and John Benjamin Raffield Jr. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Patsy Bullock Raffield. Survivors besides his wife include his two sons, John Benjamin Raffield IV (Johnny) and his wife, Jodie, and Christopher Bullock Raffield; a sister, Joan Raffield; a step-daughter, Dr. Kathleen D. DuRant and her husband, Joe; a step-son, Charles Joseph Davis Jr. and his wife, Emily;… Read the rest

4-H hosting summer sewing camp

Posted by | June 20, 2017 5:07 pm

Children participating in Session 1 of the 4-H Summer Sewing Camp made these creative pillow cases last week. Those interested in this camp can join from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday by calling (803) 435-8429.

New Zion man charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor younger than 11

Posted by | June 20, 2017 3:21 pm

A 23-year-old New Zion man was granted a $30,000 surety bond June 8 after his arrest a day earlier for first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 11 years of age. According to warrants filed by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, Damon Demetric McClinton of 1040 Linden St., Lot 8, in New Zion, allegedly “committed the offense with a minor … in sexual battery with a female minor child by touching her inner thigh area above her clothes and then touching her private spot under her clothes.” Sheriff Tim Baxley said the incident, which happened in the New… Read the rest

Hit and run at US 521, I-95

Posted by | June 20, 2017 12:07 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol is responding to a hit and run with no injury at the intersection of the 122 southbound exit of Interstate 95 and U.S 521 in Alcolu.

Clarendon Hall grads encouraged to ‘go forward, make a difference’

Posted by | June 20, 2017 10:16 am

For Clarendon Hall salutatorian Gabby Hill, there was just one question on her mind when she and her classmates walked to receive their diplomas May 25 at the school. “Where did the time go?” she said. “Are you sure it wasn’t yesterday that we were in first grade, sitting around while reading Junie B. Jones? Or when we were ‘knighted’ in third grade? Or that one time in Washington, D.C., when our former classmate, Danny Riffe, asked some random girls from Maine what their raccoon population was because he was dared to?” Hill said that “everyone told us the time… Read the rest

Man likely to be deported after being charged with forcing girl to have sex with him

Posted by | June 20, 2017 10:12 am

A 46-year-old man charged earlier this month with criminal sexual conduct will be deported after he is turned over to immigration officials at the Clarendon County Detention Center. Isidro Beltran of 1058 Sunshine Acres in Turbeville was charged June 9 with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor where the victim was younger than 11 years of age and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor by the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Tim Baxley said that the victim alleged that Beltran held her down by her arms and initiated sexual intercourse with her initially in summer 2012, and then,… Read the rest

Shirley Bodie Watkins

Posted by | June 20, 2017 7:53 am

Shirley Bodie Watkins, 81, widow of Bernard Watkins, died Friday, June 16, 2017, at Sumter Health and Rehab. Born in Berkeley County, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Edith Bryant Bodie. She was a homemaker and a member of Crosswell Baptist Church. Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy B. Able of Minnesota, Patsy B. Skipper of Florence and Edith B. Jernigan of Murrells Inlet; two special nieces, Irene Cooper Johnson (Bill) of Georgetown and Stacey McCray (Bill) of Alcolu; a very special friend, Len McLeod of Pinewood; and a number of other nieces and nephews. Memorial services… Read the rest

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