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.

Manning Gas Prices

Posted by | January 7, 2019 11:01 am

Why are Manning gas prices so much higher than Sumter. 18 miles apart and a .30¢ difference.

Manning: $2.19

Sumter: $1.89

Today in History: Jan. 7

Posted by | January 7, 2019 12:00 am

1131 – Canute Lavard was murdered at Haraldsted, Denmark by his cousin, Magnus I of Sweden.
1325 – Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal.
1558 – French troops, led by Francis, Duke of Guise, take Calais, the last continental possession of England.
1566 – Pope Pius V is elected.
1608 – Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia.
1610 – Galileo Galilei makes his first observation of the four Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa, although he is not able to distinguish the last two until the following day.
1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.… Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 6

Posted by | January 6, 2019 12:00 am

1017 – Cnut the Great is crowned King of England.
1066 – Harold Godwinson (or Harold II) is crowned King of England.
1205 – Philip of Swabia becomes King of the Romans.
1322 – Stephen Uroš III is crowned King of Serbia having defeated his half-brother Stefan Konstantin in battle.
1355 – Charles I of Bohemia is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy as King of Italy in Milan.
1449 – Constantine XI is crowned Byzantine Emperor at Mystras.
1492 – The Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella enter Granada, completing the Reconquista.
1540 – King Henry VIII of England … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 5

Posted by | January 5, 2019 12:00 am

1066 – Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
1477 – Battle of Nancy: Charles the Bold is killed and Burgundy becomes part of France.
1500 – Duke Ludovico Sforza conquers Milan.
1527 – Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zürich, Switzerland, is executed by drowning.
1554 – A great fire occurs in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
1675 – Battle of Colmar: The French army beats Brandenburg.
1757 – Louis XV of France survives an assassination attempt by Robert-François Damiens, the last person to be executed in … Read the rest

Traffic fatality on Highway 260

Posted by | January 4, 2019 11:52 pm

A Friday-morning, single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a 72-year-old Manning man.

“Thomas Finley Coffee died at the scene from head trauma around 6:35 a.m. Friday,” said Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.

According to Lance Cpl Matt Southern of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Coffey, driving a 2002 GMC SUV, was traveling east on South Carolina Highway 260. At around 6:35 a.m., Coffey ran off the left side of the road, struck a driveway culvert and subsequently ran into a tree.

“The driver was not wearing a seat belt and sustained fatal injuries,” said Southern. The accident is still under … Read the rest

Fatality on I-95: Update

Posted by | January 4, 2019 11:45 pm

An accident on Interstate 95 took the lives of two people around 4:50 p.m. on Thursday, January 3. According to Lance Cpl Matt Southern of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a driver and passenger were traveling southbound on I-95 near mile marker 113 in 2005 Hyundai SUV. The driver ran off the road to the left and struck a tree. The vehicle then caught fire.

Mock identified the two men on Friday as Kyle Oakes, 24, and Jason Beene, 21, of Indiana.

“Oaks died at the scene, and Beene died at McLeod Health Clarendon,” said Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.… Read the rest


Posted by | January 4, 2019 11:28 pm

LMA JV boys defeated Hammond Friday night with a final score of 32-20. For LMA, Jaden Sanders led the scoring with 14 points. Others included Denzell Sigler with six points, Coleman Yates with six points, Davis Campbell with two points, Bryce Acord with two points, Mickey Jordan with one point and Kaden Nivens with one point.

For Hammond, Amari Evans led the scoring with 12 points.

LMA improves to 7-1 and will face Trinity-Byrnes on Tuesday at LMA.

OBITUARY: Thomas Finley Coffey Sr.

Posted by | January 4, 2019 11:24 pm

Thomas Finley Coffey, Sr., 72, husband of Carolyn Burriss Coffey, died Friday, January 04, 2019, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born January 9, 1946, in Kingstree, he was a son of the late William Columbus Coffey, Sr. and the late Adela Bozard Coffey. He was a 1968 graduate of The Citadel, a former Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. Fin was the owner of Rigby Oil Company, a member of the Mullet Club, an avid hunter, fisherman, and a loyal member of Manning United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Thomas … Read the rest

Posted by | January 4, 2019 12:00 pm


Your input is wanted on these five agencies.

Aeronautics CommissionDepartment of Corrections; Department of Mental Health; Department of Motor Vehicles; and Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School 

Columbia, SC – The House Legislative Oversight Committee is currently conducting oversight studies on twelve state agencies. The Committee has scheduled two meetings on the dates below for the purpose of receiving comments from the public about five of these agencies.

  • Monday, January 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Room 110, Blatt Building – Opportunity for public input about the Department of Mental Health; Department of Motor
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Manning woman arrested in Sumter County

Posted by | January 4, 2019 12:27 am

Mendy Marie McLaughlin, 32, of Manning, was arrested on December 28 pursuant to warrants issued on December 25 and 28, 2018.

According to the first warrant, issued on December 25, McLaughlin allegedly had several cases of floor tiles and 36 wood spindles, valued at about $600, in her possession in Sumter County on December 22. She allegedly knew the property was stolen or had reason to believe it was, as the items had been previously reported as stolen in Sumter.

The second warrant, issued on December 28, alleges that on December 23, McLaughlin reportedly entered a victim’s residence, located in … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 4

Posted by | January 4, 2019 12:00 am

46 BC – Julius Caesar fights Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
1490 – Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the King of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lèse-majesté.
1642 – King Charles I of England attempts to arrest Five Members of Parliament, commencing England’s slide into civil war.
1649 – English Civil War: The Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial.
1717 – The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign … Read the rest

Posted by | January 3, 2019 11:55 am

The first Clarendon County baby of 2019 has arrived, a daughter of Jermaine Sims and Shacota Fleming. Born at McLeod Health Clarendon, Shanyah Renee Sims came into the world at 7 pounds and 9 ounces, and she is 19 3/4 inches long. Welcome to Clarendon County, baby Shanyah!

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