I-95 wreck victim identified

Posted by | December 9, 2017 1:07 pm

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a Rhode Island woman killed early Friday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95. Ivette Figuroa, 32, died from multiple blunt force trauma injuries received in the wreck, which happened about 3 a.m. Friday. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol said that the victim was driving a 2013 Honda SUV northbound near the 113 mile-marker on I-95 when the vehicle left the roadway, struck and tree and overturned. Six passengers in the vehicle were taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center for various, non-life threatening injuries. Figuroa… Read the rest

Turbeville resident inducted into Newberry College Who’s Who

Posted by | December 9, 2017 6:26 am

Turbeville’s Emily McElveen has been inducted into the Newberry College Who’s Who. A physical education major, McElveen has been on the Dean’s List every semester during her time at Newberry College. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Newberry Education Society, along with serving as a student success mentor. She is the head volleyball coach and assistant girls’ basketball coach at Mid-Carolina Middle School. After graduation, McElveen plans to teach physical education and coach, along with pursing a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of South Carolina.


Harvest Community School students pack 108 boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Posted by | December 9, 2017 4:05 am

Harvest Community School set a goal last month to pack 100 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This worked out to two boxes per student, and the teachers worked with their classes in choosing what to put in the boxes. Students in the middle-school class came up with the idea to write verses on the inside of the boxes. They realized that the children receiving the boxes might not speak English, and they decided to focus on the two most common languages besides English – Spanish and Chinese. To make the boxes more personalized, they chose to hand write the… Read the rest

Man brought meth to court while being tried for possession of meth

Posted by | December 9, 2017 2:06 am

Authorities say a man on trial in South Carolina for possessing methamphetamine came to the courthouse with more of the drug in his pocket. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said deputies found the drugs in 31-year-old Franklin Hayes’ pocket Wednesday after ordering him to stay in jail after the first day of his trial. Foster says Hayes’ trial continued and the jury was not told of his arrest. Jurors found him guilty Thursday and he was sentenced to nine years in prison. The sheriff said in a statement that Hayes has been charged again with possession of methamphetamine after the… Read the rest

Aiken County man charged with exploitation of a minor

Posted by | December 9, 2017 2:04 am

South Carolina Attorney Gen. Alan Wilson announced Friday the arrest of Sean Lewis Zustak, 20, of North Augusta, on twenty-two charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), both also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation and arrest. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Zustak. Investigators allege that Zustak distributed files of child pornography.… Read the rest

LMA art class visits Charleston museum

Posted by | December 9, 2017 1:22 am

The art appreciation class from Laurence Manning Academy braved the weather Friday to enjoy the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.l The trip helped the class put a semester’s worth of study into practice as they observed the many styles of art created by South Carolina artists.

GOP to hold Christmas Party on Dec. 14

Posted by | December 9, 2017 1:16 am

The Clarendon County Republican Party will hold its annual Christmas Party at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway in Manning, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Dinner, prepared by ladies of the church, will be provided at 6:30 p.m. Donations are welcome. Mary Alice Hoyt will be the special guest for the evening, providing musical selections on her harp. There will also be door prizes.


Today in History: Saturday, Dec. 9

Posted by | December 9, 2017 12:00 am

480 – Odoacer, first King of Italy, occupies Dalmatia. He later establishes his political power with the co-operation of the Roman Senate. 536 – Gothic War: The Byzantine general Belisarius enters Rome unopposed; the Gothic garrison flee the capital. 730 – Battle of Marj Ardabil: The Khazars annihilate an Umayyad army and kill its commander, Al-Jarrah Ibn Abdallah Al-Hakami. 1425 – The Catholic University of Leuven is founded. 1531 – The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City. 1688 – Glorious Revolution: Williamite forces defeat Jacobites at Battle of Reading, forcing flight of James II… Read the rest

Franks resigns, aide says congressman offered her $5M to carry his child

Posted by | December 8, 2017 10:59 pm

A former aide to Arizona Republican Trent Franks has told the Associated Press the congressman repeatedly pressed her to carry his child, at one point offering her $5 million to act as a surrogate. The former staffer said the congressman asked at least four times if she’d be willing to act as a surrogate in exchange for money. Franks, in his statement announcing his resignation, said he and his wife have struggled with infertility. The Associated Press verified the identity of the staffer, who asked that her name be withheld out of concern for her privacy, and confirmed that she… Read the rest


Eleanor Gamble Coubarous

Posted by | December 8, 2017 9:53 pm

SUMTER – Eleanor Gamble “Aunt Dinner” Coubarous, widow of Herman Coubarous Sr., died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at NHC Healthcare in Sumter. Born Nov. 26, 1926, in Clarendon County, she was a daughtr of the late Edward and Irene Brown Gamble. A service of remembrance will b held 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home chapel, 222 W. Boyce St. in Manning, where the Rev. George P. Windley Sr. will preside. Words of hope will be brought by Minister Joe Roberts. The service of committal will follow in the Gamble family plot at Manning… Read the rest

DAR chapter celebrates Arbor Day

Posted by | December 8, 2017 1:53 pm

The Elizabeth Peyre Richardson Manning Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter celebrated Arbor Day on Dec. 1. They planted a pink dogwood tree donated by County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart. The tree was planted at one of the adult residential facilities operated by Ryan Way, the director of the Clarendon County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. Those pictured include Margaret Jackson, Harriet Rawlinson, Mary Wilson, Honoray Regent Katherine McClam, Vice Regent Rosemary Herring, Claire Burke, Regent Dianne Coker and Chaplain Peggi Sorrell.

Jordan to step down as LMA’s headmaster in June

Posted by | December 8, 2017 12:29 pm

Dr. Spencer Jordan presides over Laurence Manning Academy Commencement Ceremonies in 2014. After 14 years as headmaster, Jordan will step down at the end of this school year to take a position as executive director for the South Carolina Independent School Association.
Laurence Manning Academy’s long-serving headmaster announced Friday that he will step down at the end of the 2017-18 school year to take a position with the South Carolina Independent School Association. Dr. Spencer Jordan sent out an email Thursday night to parents, faculty and staff acknowledging his decision to take a position as executive director of SCISA and leave LMA in June 2018. Jordan has served as LMA headmaster for 14 years. “This has been a very difficult decision for me, and I have been torn while tring to make a decision about this offer,” said Jordan in an email… Read the rest

1 killed, 6 injured in wreck on I-95

Posted by | December 8, 2017 9:12 am

One motorist is dead and six passengers injured after a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 early Friday morning. Lance Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol said that the victim was driving a 2013 Honda SUV northbound near the 113 mile-marker on I-95 when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. The driver, who died at the scene, was not wearing a seat belt. Jones said that six other passengers were taken to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence for injuries. One passenger reportedly had “serious, non-life threatening injuries,” Jones said. The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office… Read the rest

GOP to hold Christmas Party on Dec. 14

Posted by | December 8, 2017 4:11 am

The Clarendon County Republican Party will hold its annual Christmas Party at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church, 2116 Greeleyville Highway in Manning, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Dinner, prepared by ladies of the church, will be provided at 6:30 p.m. Donations are welcome. Mary Alice Hoyt will be the special guest for the evening, providing musical selections on her harp. There will also be door prizes.

Guest Opinion: State’s judicial screening process worked

Posted by | December 8, 2017 2:02 am

Something remarkable happened in South Carolina legal and political circles on December 5. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission. News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington’s path Personal interviews of lawyers in the Charleston area by the South Carolina Bar revealed dissatisfaction consistent with the anonymous… Read the rest

Scott’s Branch Middle School Eagles defeat Timmonsville

Posted by | December 8, 2017 12:43 am

The Scott’s Branch Middle School Eagles defeated Timmonsville on Wednesday by a final score of 46-12 away from home. Tariq Coard led the team with 13 points, with E’More STephens and Tylr Kind following up with five points each. Jayden Lee, Zakee Rendell and Tydarian Chandler each scored four points. Randy Gipson scored three points, while LaDontae Frazier, Desane Washington, Terrance Pusher and Shaheem Ballard each scored two points.

Franken to resign amid sexual harassment allegations

Posted by | December 8, 2017 12:25 am

Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he’ll resign to end the turmoil over allegations that he groped or tried to forcibly kiss several women after more than half of his Democratic colleagues demanded he step down to make clear that mistreatment of women is unacceptable. Franken, a leader of his party’s liberal wing who was seen as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, is the latest man in a high-profile position to be brought down amid a shift in U.S. culture that increasingly treats sexual misconduct with zero tolerance, Bloomberg reports. “I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be… Read the rest

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