American flag etiquette

Posted by | July 1, 2017 4:11 am

The American flag symbolizes many things to many people. While the American flag is proudly displayed in millions of buildings and homes across the United States year-round, it tends to draw special attention each summer, when Americans celebrate their independence on July 4. The Flag Code formalizes and unifies the standards of respect that must be given to the flag, even containing specific instructions regarding how the flag should not be used. The following are some of the rules that govern how to display the American flag. RAISING AND LOWERING THE FLAG According to, the American flag should be… Read the rest

Parkinson’s Support Group to meet July 11

Posted by | July 1, 2017 2:24 am

A Parkinson’s Support Group will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. July 11 at 121 E. Cedar St. in Florence. Craig Goss of Comfort Keepers will speak about resources for non-medical, in-home care. Meetings are open to people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, family and friends. For more information, call (843) 673-0854, or email

Today in History: Saturday, July 1

Posted by | July 1, 2017 12:00 am

AD 69 – Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552 – Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under Narses defeat the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fighting king Totila is mortally wounded. 1097 – Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeat a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431 – The Battle of La Higueruela takes place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista. 1523 – Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes become the first Lutheran martyrs, burned… Read the rest

Details of fatal wreck in Paxville released, victim still unidentified

Posted by | June 30, 2017 11:24 pm

The S.C. Highway Patrol has released more information on a fatal wreck that happened about 5:50 p.m. Friday outside of Paxville, although the Clarendon County Coroner’s Office cannot yet release a name of the deceased individual. Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said there were two vehicles involved, one of which, a 2005 Peterbilt tractor trailer pulling another trailer was disabled on the roadside at the time of the wreck. Southern said the disabled vehicle was partly blocking a portion of the roadway and a man driving a 2011 Chrysler 300 swerved while traveling south on U.S. 15 near McLeod Road to… Read the rest

St. Mark to present comedy play in Sumter

Posted by | June 30, 2017 2:35 pm

St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Silver will present “Love Never Fails,” a spiritual comedy, at 6 p.m. July 8 at Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St. in Summerton. For more information or tickets, call Azalee Williams-Kinard at (803) 236-6451. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Local law enforcement, residents donate bikes to men in need

Posted by | June 30, 2017 1:01 pm

Jeffrey Puckett stands with a new bicycle given to him through donations to the Manning Police Department from law enforcement officers and like-minded residents. Puckett's own bicycle, which he uses to get back and forth to two separate jobs, was stolen early Friday morning. He received the donation of a new bicycle Friday morning, but felt that he had a friend who needed it more than he did.
Jeffrey Puckett woke up Friday morning to find his bicycle missing. The one thing he depended on to get to and from work at both Porter Jack’s and cutting grass for the Disabilities and Special Needs Board had been stolen. “Elizabeth (Briley) put a message out on Facebook looking for help for Puckett,” said Cpl. Sean Briley with the Manning Police Department. Someone came through rather quickly and donated a bicycle to the young man. But he decided to pay it forward. “I knew another person who needed it more than I did,” said Puckett. “He’s a a lot older… Read the rest

Remember fireworks safety this holiday

Posted by | June 30, 2017 5:10 am

Outdoor celebrations dominate social schedules each summer. Several of these celebrations coordinate with national holidays or days of national pride and are accompanied by barbecues, parades, picnics, and often fireworks. Fireworks can add character and excitement to group events. When done well, they can be the focal point of festivities and often mark the culmination of a day of fun. The earliest record of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, believed to be the home of fireworks. Fireworks have long been a part of Chinese culture and were used to accompany many festivities. Soon the use of fireworks spread… Read the rest

Summerton daycare expands gardening program

Posted by | June 30, 2017 3:06 am

Cag Brunson, owner of Oak Three Farms, visits Summerton's Emmanuel Childcare Center to educate the children about farming. Brunson spent the day planting vegetables and herbs with the children at the daycare.
Emanuel Childcare Center in Summerton is encouraging positive attitudes toward healthy food. The center is focusing on a hands-on project throughout the summer to familiarize the children with aspects of gardening science. The childcare center is Summerton’s only such facility and has been in operation for three years. Director Vivian Morrow wanted to expand their gardening program and start a summer session. The center built a major garden for the students earlier this year. Miniature planters were built in a reserved area in the playground so that students were able to plant in planters instead tilling the ground. Morrow said… Read the rest

Medicine and the old movie channel

Posted by | June 30, 2017 1:04 am

Lately, I’ve been watching the old movie channel on TV. Sometimes they have a marathon of old TV shows. If you liked an old TV show you can get hooked on watching all the shows played back-to-back. They really have this figured out. Now they air these shows in an hour and a half. When the show first came out, it was an hour show. Now the show is played over 90 minutes. This gives a lot more time for advertisements. These TV shows are 35 years old. Geezers like me are watching them. There are a lot of advertisements… Read the rest

Today in History: Friday, June 30

Posted by | June 30, 2017 12:00 am

350 – Roman usurper Nepotianus, of the Constantinian dynasty, is defeated and killed in Rome by troops of the usurper Magnentius. 763 – The Byzantine army of emperor Constantine V defeats the Bulgarian forces in the Battle of Anchialus. 1422 – Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons. 1520 – Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés fight their way out of Tenochtitlan. 1521 – Spanish forces defeat a combined French and Navarrese army at the Battle of Noáin during the Spanish conquest of Iberian Navarre. 1559 – King Henry II of France is mortally wounded… Read the rest

Miss Clarendon takes 2nd runner-up in Miss SC Teen

Posted by | June 29, 2017 10:06 pm

Miss Clarendon Teen Julia Herrin had made the Top 10 in 2016 at the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant while representing Lexington. So, it was no surprise when she hit that milestone again Friday night while representing Clarendon County at the Township Auditorium in Columbia in the 2017 Miss South Carolina Teen competition. Ultimately, Herrin placed 2nd runner-up to Ally McCaslin. Herrin had won two preliminaries throughout the week, coming up first in the evening gown and on-stage question portion on Tuesday and in talent on Wednesday during the week-long event. “The Miss Clarendon Committee is very proud of Miss… Read the rest

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