Former Police Chief arrested on Federal charges

Posted by | January 11, 2019 8:30 am

Former Manning City Police Chief Blair Shaffer was arrested by FBI agents on Monday morning and was taken to Charleston for booking.

Shaffer first stepped into the publicly negative spotlight when he was fired by the City of Manning six months ago in what was, at the time, a questionable manner. Shaffer disputed his termination, going before a Grievance Board and eventually before the Manning City Council for review. The Council ultimately upheld his termination, and no further actions were taken against Shaffer by the City, nor did Shaffer pursue further action against the City.

It seems, however, the City … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 11

Posted by | January 11, 2019 12:00 am

532 – Nika riots in Constantinople: A quarrel between supporters of different chariot teams—the Blues and the Greens—in the Hippodrome escalates into violence.
947 – Emperor Tai Zong of the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty invades the Later Jin, resulting in the destruction of the Later Jin.
1055 – Theodora is crowned empress of the Byzantine Empire.
1158 – Vladislaus II, Duke of Bohemia becomes king of Bohemia.
1569 – First recorded lottery in England.
1571 – Austrian nobility is granted freedom of religion.
1693 – A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
1759 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the first … Read the rest

Clarendon County natives graduate from Clemson

Posted by | January 10, 2019 8:00 pm

The following Clarendon County natives graduated from Clemson in December.

Dakota N. Jackson of Alcolu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.

Anne E. Barrett of Manning graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jacob Perry Corbett of Manning graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.

Adam J. Forbes of Manning graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management.

Blanding G. Johnson of Manning graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Sciences.

William Capers Wannamaker IV of Manning graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of … Read the rest

Clarendon Hall honor rolls

Posted by | January 10, 2019 6:00 pm

The following Clarendon Hall students have made the honor rolls for the second quarter.

Headmaster: 2nd Quarter

12th Grade: Michael Boylston, Nicole Clark, Hannah Corbett, Kasey Hinman, Addison Mosier, Kelly Venning

11th Grade: McKenzie Bagnal, Joey Carlisle, Kade Elliott, Cortland McIntosh

10th Grade: Gabriel Collier, Logan Hinman, Henik Matarwala, Niti Patel

9th Grade: Wells James, Hannah Johndrow, Dawson McIntosh, Ella Yount

7th Grade: Abigail Hinman, Colleen McIntosh

6th Grade: Mandy Wells

5th Grade: Dhara Patel, Toby Ridgeway

4th Grade: Malachi Woodard

3rd Grade: Anderson Cooper, Thomas Hamilton, Devam Patel, Cali … Read the rest

Posted by | January 10, 2019 4:00 pm

The Lord Clarendon Cotillion presented four debutantes at their annual ball, which was held on Friday, December 21, 2018, at The Matrix Center in Manning, S.C.

Porter Katherine Johnson was escorted by Talmadge Alsey Johnson and James Russell Early.

Hannah Griffith Graham was escorted David Morris Wilder and William Thomas Geddings, III.

Laura Elizabeth Drose was escorted by Nicholas Charles Sersun and Richard Francis Drose, III.

Eliza Hudson Lay was escorted by Robert Partridge Bethea, III and Michael Wallace Borden, Jr.

Son of members presented was William Dickey Williamson (not pictured), son of Mr. and Mrs. Dickey Brown Williamson.


Posted by | January 10, 2019 2:20 pm

Clarendon County  School District One newly elected officers for 2019 were sworn in by Judge Percy Harvin at the board meeting  Monday evening.

Front row: Cindy Risher (Vice Chair), Ethel Marshall (Legislative Liaison), Tony Junious (Chairman)

Back Row: Vastine Johnson, Wanda Smith, Johnnie Lawson, Keith Bowman (Parliamentarian), Harold Morrow

MHS athlete signs with Limestone College

Posted by | January 10, 2019 10:41 am

Chandler Evans signed today to play baseball for Limestone College, a private, non-denominational liberal arts college in Gaffney. His parents were there to support him. See the full story in the January 17 edition of The Manning Times.

Today in History: Jan. 10

Posted by | January 10, 2019 12:00 am

49 BC – Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war.
AD 9 – The Western Han dynasty ends when Wang Mang claims that the divine Mandate of Heaven called for the end of the dynasty and the beginning of his own, the Xin dynasty.
AD 69 – Lucius Calpurnius Piso Licinianus is appointed by Galba as deputy Roman Emperor.
236 – Pope Fabian succeeds Anterus to become the twentieth pope of Rome.
1072 – Robert Guiscard conquers Palermo.
1475 – Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui.
1645 – Archbishop … Read the rest

To resolve or not to resolve

Posted by | January 9, 2019 1:00 pm

We dread it. We hide from it. We spend months trying not to think about it. But we all do it. Resolution lists. Every January, millions upon millions of Americans make a list of all the things they want to accomplish or ways they want to change.

Lists include the most common items such as losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more. Spending more time with the family or getting more rest top many lists. Sometimes lists include life goals, such as writing a novel or performing in a play. Bucket list items also jump onto the lists each year, … Read the rest

Posted by | January 9, 2019 12:56 pm

 The Harvin Clarendon County Library will close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please call the library at (803) 435-8633

What if Santa stopped at the animal shelter?

Posted by | January 9, 2019 7:00 am

We all know Santa Claus doesn’t stop at places like A Second Chance Animal Shelter. But what if he did? What would the dogs and cats living there wish for, and what would St. Nick bring?

Unfortunately, dogs and cats don’t talk. So the shelter staff and board put their collective heads together to give this some thought. Here’s some of the things they came up with.

First, there are always long-term projects and needs at the shelter. Right now, the biggest one is to finish the installation of a permanent covering over the outdoor kennels. That’s needed to protect … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 9

Posted by | January 9, 2019 12:00 am

475 – Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gains control of the empire.
681 – Twelfth Council of Toledo: King Erwig of the Visigoths initiates a council in which he implements diverse measures against the Jews in Spain.
1127 – Jin–Song Wars: Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin dynasty besiege and sack Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong of Song and others, ending the Northern Song dynasty.
1150 – Wanyan Liang and other court officials murder Emperor Xizong of Jin. Wanyan Liang succeeds … Read the rest


Posted by | January 8, 2019 9:56 pm

The LMA JV girls lost on Tuesday night to Trinity Byrnes with a final score of 20-17. Leading the scoring for LMA were Madison Truett with six points, Eaddy Gamble with five and Reagan Barrett with six. The team now has a record of 3-4 on season. The LMA JV girls will host Florence Christian on Friday, January 11.

Faith-based coalition looks to help youth

Posted by | January 8, 2019 1:00 pm

A new organization has sprung up in Summerton with an eye toward helping the children in the community. The Faith-based Community Partnership Coalition has sprung up to address a need to help Summerton’s children both in and out of the classroom.

The organization began in early October and meets every second Tuesday of the month. It is comprised of teachers, parents, pastors, school board members, elected officials and community members at large, all with a desire to see Summerton’s children succeed.

“We have a very diverse group of people with lots of energy who want to support our school district,” … Read the rest

A new option for Christmas trees

Posted by | January 8, 2019 7:00 am

The Christmas tradition of decorating a live tree for the holiday is long-standing. Each year, 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are sold. People take them home to drape with tinsel, adorn with ornaments and wrap with garland.

However, after the holidays, 25 to 30 million households now need to dispose of the tree. Although fewer and fewer trees end up in landfills each year due to awareness and an ever-expanding list of options for recycling the trees, many people are still searching for alternatives to simply tossing out the tree.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 8

Posted by | January 8, 2019 12:00 am

307 – Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin dynasty, is poisoned and succeeded by Jin Huaidi.
387 – Siyaj K’ak’ conquers Waka
871 – Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
1297 – François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.
1454 – The papal bull Romanus Pontifex awards the Kingdom of Portugal exclusive trade and colonization rights to all of Africa south of Cape Bojador.
1499 – Louis XII of France marries … Read the rest

Blair Shaffer indicted on five federal charges

Posted by | January 7, 2019 3:46 pm

Former Manning Police Chief Blair Shaffer was indicted on five federal charges this afternoon in the District Court of the United States for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division.

The Grand Jury charges 1) Theft of Federal Funds, 2) Money Laundering, 3) Structuring (or making multiple small deposits to avoid the legal mandate for bank reporting) and 4 and 5) which were two separate counts of making False Statements with regard to where money came from.

Shaffer pled not guilty and requested a jury trial. He was released on a secured $25,000 bond, using his home as security.

For … Read the rest

Former police chief arrested by federal officers

Posted by | January 7, 2019 11:14 am

Former Manning Police Chief Gary Blair Shaffer was arrested this morning by FBI agents from the Columbia office. His bond hearing will be this afternoon in Charleston at the Federal Courthouse. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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