Smaller alligators may not necessitate a nuisance call

Posted by | May 2, 2019 7:39 am

A juvenile alligator rests at the edge of a small Lowcountry pond, likely waiting for a favored prey such as a fish, frog or aquatic snake to come withing reach.

As the weather warms up, alligators all over the state are coming out of their winter hiding places and basking in the sun, especially in the coastal plain. If you have never seen one of these impressive reptiles before, you might be surprised, or even intimidated, to see such an animal lying on the bank of your neighborhood pond, but there’s probably no reason to panic, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists who manage this iconic species.
Many of the gators that inhabit the ponds of golf courses, resorts, communities and other areas with common … Read the rest

Dense Fog Advisory in effect

Posted by | May 2, 2019 6:37 am

The National Weather Service out of Columbia has issued a Dense Fog Advisory in effect through 10 a.m. Visibilities will be reduced to one-quarter of a mile or less in some locations, creating potentially hazardous driving conditions.

9 fallen officers inducted into SC Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Posted by | May 2, 2019 3:58 am

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony Monday for nine South Carolina law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Six of the officers lost their lives serving in 2018 while three were from decades ago, discovered last year through research.
The Hall of Fame is part of the state Department of Public Safety and was established by a legislative act in 1974. By that act, its purpose was defined “as a memorial to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and in recognition of the selfless dedication of all law … Read the rest

Today in History: May 2

Posted by | May 2, 2019 12:31 am

1194 – King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
1230 – William de Braose is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1335 – Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia.
1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1559 – John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the nascent Scottish Reformation.
1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
1611 – The King James Version of the Bible is published for the first time … Read the rest

Richbourg announces retirement

Posted by | May 1, 2019 6:22 pm

The Clarendon County Fire Department will have a new leader for the first time in more than a decade.
In a letter dated April 26, County Administrator David Epperson announced the retirement of longtime firefighter and Chief Frances Richbourg, one of the few women to hold such a position in South Carolina.
Her retirement is effective today. Deputy Chief Michael Johnson has been named interim chief.
“Throughout her career, she has been a trend-setter, serving as the county’s first female fire chief and one of only a few female fire chiefs in South Carolina,” Epperson wrote. “She was the handler … Read the rest

Public alligator hunting applications now online

Posted by | May 1, 2019 4:16 pm

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) will begin accepting online applications for the 2019 Public Alligator Hunting season at It is estimated that more than 100,000 alligators live from the Midlands to the coast of South Carolina and the population is not threatened by the regulated removal of a relatively small number of alligators. Last year, hunters took 337 alligators during the public alligator hunting season, with the average size being just under nine feet in length.A $10 nonrefundable application fee is required to apply for the Public Lands Hunt. A randomized computer drawing based on
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The Rev. Isom Bennie Turner Jr.

Posted by | May 1, 2019 12:30 pm

The Rev. Isom Bennie Turner Jr., 84, husband of Vivian White Turner, died Monday, April 29, 2019, at McLeod Health Clarendon.
Born July 23, 1934, in Florence, he was a son of the late Isom Bennie Turner and the late Shelley McKay Strickland Turner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and the founding pastor and member of Cornerstone Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church. During his career, he helped build five additional churches and a school. He was a board member of Turbeville Free Will Baptist Children’s Home for ten years and State Free Will Baptist promotional … Read the rest

Four RBI Day For Madison Rainwater Leads Laurence Manning Academy Swampcats Past Orangeburg Prep

Posted by | May 1, 2019 11:03 am

Madison Rainwater was bad news for opposing pitchers on Tuesday, driving in four on three hits to lead Laurence Manning varsity softball past Orangeburg Prep 16-5 on Tuesday. Rainwater drove in runs on a single in the third and a single in the sixth.

The Swampcats got things started in the first inning. Maddison Truitdrove in one when she singled.

The Swampcats scored seven runs in the sixth inning. The big bats were led by Liz Hussey, RandiLynn Holcombe, Rainwater, Brooke Reed, Trinity Harrington, and Truit, who all drove in runs.

Harrington was the winning pitcher for Laurence Manning. She … Read the rest

LMA Varsity Grabs Lead In Sixth Inning For Victory Over Augusta Christian

Posted by | May 1, 2019 10:57 am

LMA Varsity baseball took the lead late in the game in a 10-5 victory over Augusta Christian Tuesday. The game was tied at five with LMA batting in the top of the sixth when Jordan Heath’s wild pitch allowed one run to score for LMA.

Augusta Christian scored three runs in the first inning, but LMA still managed to pull out the victory. The big inning for Augusta Christian came thanks to a single by David Fulcher and a double by Brandon Bowen.

Augusta Christian took an early lead in the first inning when Bowen doubled on the first pitch … Read the rest


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