Keith Grice was sworn in as Interim Chief of Police for the City of Manning at 5:45 p.m. Grice has been with the Highway Patrol since 1988, starting out in Beaufort County. He moved to Clarendon County in 1994 and to Orangeburg County as Captain in 2004. Grice retired from law enforcement on June 8.
“We chose him because of his experience,” said Manning Mayor Julia Nelson. “He has a reputation of great integrity.”
Grice’s wife, Ladell, a former law enforcement officer and the Law Enforcement Services Instructor at F.E. Dubose, held the Bible for his swearing in. His daughter,… Read the rest
The City of Manning has terminated the employment of Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer. After evaluating the City’s public safety programs, the Public Safety Committee voted for the termination, effective immediately.
“The safety of our residents, guests, and community is of utmost importance to the City of Manning,” said Manning Mayor Julia Nelson. “While this decision was a difficult one, the Committee believes that it is in the best interests of the City to seek new leadership to fill this important role.”
Neither the Committee nor the Council have any further comments at this time. Updates to the situation will… Read the rest
The Clarendon County Council met July 9,2018. During the meeting, three individuals received service awards.
Bobbi Adams received a certificate and paperweight with the county seal for 15 years of service as office coordinator with the water and sewer department.
Patricia Pringle received a certificate and a paperweight with the county seal for her 15 years of service as county auditor.
Tyler Floyd could not be present, but he will receive a certificate and a five-year pin for five years with the sheriff’s department.
Mike Briggs, President & CEO of Central SC Alliance provided an update. The 501(c) (3) company… Read the rest
1096 – Crusaders under Peter the Hermit reached Sofia, Bulgaria. There they met their Byzantine escort, which brought them safely the rest of the way to Constantinople. by August 1.
1543 – England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
1690 – Protestant forces led by William of Orange defeated the Roman Catholic army of James II.
1691 – William III defeated the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland.
1790 – The French Assembly approved a Civil Constitution providing for the election of priests and bishops.
1806 – The Confederation of… Read the rest
SUMMERTON – Mary Jane Louise Flynn Barnett, 84, wife of George Kenneth Barnett, Sr., died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at her home.
Born August 30, 1933, in Bronx, New York, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Francis Flynn and the late Margaret Walpole Flynn. She was a graduate of Cathedral High School, received her nursing degree from St. Clare’s Nursing School and her PhD from St. John’s College in Brooklyn, New York. She was a former assistant commissioner for disabled children for the state of New York and a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was… Read the rest
Nekeia Nicola Dingle, 36, of Dickson Street in Manning, and Martina Denise Pearson, 31, of Meagen Lane in Manning, were arrested Friday on charges of third degree assault and battery, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office press release.
The women were charged with third degree assault and battery. The women allegedly punched and kicked another woman in the head, face and body during an altercation on June 24 at the 1800 block of U.S. Highway 15 South in Sumter County.
The Sheriff’s Department said the victim suffered injuries and was transported to Palmetto Health Tuomey.
4 MAIN in Summerton has two new exhibits. On the art side of the museum, guests can enjoy Optical Illusion Art, which include vector illusions as well as hidden-image stereograms, and Fractal Art, which is created by mathematical equations. For younger guests, Cedric Liqueur, curator of the museum, has held over a few bears from the Bears of the World exhibit.
Liqueur has several books on the table highlighting Optical Illusion Art, explaining the history and showing examples. There are also laminated sheets explaining how to look at certain pieces of the art, and what should be visible in them.… Read the rest
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Edward Watford of 1105 Edna Road in Manning on charges of Receiving Stolen Goods. The warrant states that on June 28, 2018, at a location in the 4200 block of Broad Street in Sumter County, Watford had in his possession a Monty Utility Dump Trailer valued at $3,000 that belonged to Watson’s Construction Company. Law enforcement obtained a video implicating Watford and a co-defendant.
SUMMERTON – Ramson Curtis Bledsoe, 73, husband of Carolyn Reynolds Bledsoe, died Monday, July 9, 2018, at Lexington Medical Center.
Born October 28, 1944, in Bamberg, he was a son of the late Claude Montague Bledsoe and the late Alma Elizabeth Bledsoe. He was a member of the SC National Guard for six years and he retired from B.C. Moore & Sons in 2006 with 42 years of service. He loved farming, fishing, hunting and being an active member of Summerton Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of Summerton; daughter, Beth Cumming; granddaughter, Landyn Cumming; two sisters, Catherine… Read the rest