Anna Bench selected to attend Girls State

Posted by | June 8, 2018 1:30 pm

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 68 is pleased to announce Manning High School junior Anna Bench has been selected as a delegate to attend the 72nd Palmetto Girls State session to be held June 10 – 16 at Presbyterian College in Clinton.

Buddy Benches – a family project to benefit local school

Posted by | June 8, 2018 1:03 pm

Seated is Evan Myers, assisting dad is Colin Myers, Nick Myers and Benton Blakely
These are no ordinary park benches. They are benches that have a more important purpose. Coined Buddy Benches, these seats are built with the idea that small acts of kindness can go a long way. “This is a project that is near and dear to our hearts,” stated Clarendon County resident Tiffany Myers, whose children Colin and Evan attend Walker Gamble Elementary. “With the issue of bullying on the forefront of parents’ minds, Buddy Benches could be a solution, or at the very least helpful, at preventing those situations,” said Myers. The plan is to place the benches on school… Read the rest

Azalea garden club celebrates national garden week

Posted by | June 8, 2018 11:35 am

Azalea Garden Club members left to right: Sue Jordan with grandson Bennett, Ann Plowden, Ginny Flynt, Nannette Fry, Betty Johnson, Jane Benton, MaryJo Mahoney Gamble, President Ginny Honea, Edna Ellis, Mary Jo Schoeck, Carolyn Rearick, and on the stairs: Marie Land, Meg Lee, and Judy Langley.
In recognition of National Garden Week, members of the Azalea Garden Club of Manning created forty floral arrangements and delivered them to local businesses.

Clarendon residents named to Troy University Chancellor’s List

Posted by | June 8, 2018 11:28 am

Four Clarendon residents were named to the Troy University Chancellor’s List for the spring semester and Term 4 of the 2017-18 academic year.’ Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a GPA of 4.0 qualify for the Chancellor’s List. Local residents who made the list included Carrie Rickenbaker and Katherine Burns, both of Summerton; Thomas Lee of Alcolu; and Alyssa Gottheiner of Manning. The spring semester includes students at the Troy, Ala., campus. Term 4 includes students at TROY’s campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Ala., along with locations outside of… Read the rest

Meet county council district 3 incumbent Benton Blakely

Posted by | June 8, 2018 11:23 am

District 3 County Councilman Benton Blakely has lived in New Zion his entire life and has attended New Zion Methodist Church since birth. His daughter has recently moved back to the area with her children, because they wish to go to what Blakely calls “the best school in the state,” Walker Gamble Elementary. Blakely graduated from East Clarendon High School in 1964, leaving the day after graduation to go to Gardner-Webb College (now University) in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. After two and a half years there, Blakely intended to transfer to Georgia Southern University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. However,… Read the rest



Letter to the citizens of District 64

Posted by | June 8, 2018 10:04 am

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asked by a number of people why they can’t vote “split ticket” in the primaries. Hopefully this explanation will help. “Split ticket” or voting for the candidate of your choice is only possible in the election that will occur in November. June 12 is the primary election which will determine who will be on the November ticket. The Democratic primary will determine who the Democrat candidate will be in November and the Republican primary will do the same. Actually the primaries are two separate tickets and we can’t vote on both.… Read the rest

Manning’s Farmer’s Market to open tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Posted by | June 8, 2018 9:37 am

With the onset of summer, gardens spring up across Clarendon County. Some grow vegetables, some herbs and some flowers. Those with larger spaces may choose to participate in the Manning Farmers’ Market, which opens Saturday at 8 a.m. Farmers’ markets have steadily been on the rise in the last few decades. In 1994, fewer than 2,000 farmers’ markets were registered within the USDA Farmers’ Market Directory. That number has risen to over 8,600. According to Valerie Jablow and Bill Horne’s Smithsonian Magazine article “Farmers’ Markets,” in the early twentieth century, most towns with 30,000 residents had farmers’ markets. However, the… Read the rest

Public notice

Posted by | June 8, 2018 9:07 am

Scott’s Branch High School will have its graduation ceremony 7 p.m. June 8, 2018. Once the graduation ceremony starts, the doors will be closed until the completion of the ceremony.

Manning resident named to CCU President’s List

Posted by | June 8, 2018 8:38 am

Kevin Gist, an exercise and sport science major from Manning, was one of nearly 750 students to be named to the Coastal Carolina University President’s List for the 2018 spring semester. Students named to the President’s List achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the semester.

Manning-Santee defeats Lake City

Posted by | June 8, 2018 6:19 am

The Manning-Santee Senior American Legion Baseball Team bounced back from their loss to Sumter on Wednesday with a 9-6 victory over Lake City on Thursday. Morgan Morris delivered two clutch hits and recorded four RBIs and three stolen bases as Manning-Santee improved to 4-5 on the season. Dalton Page started the game and pitched five-and-one-third innings giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks. Page left with the score 5-2. Jake Jordan pitched the remainder of the game giving up four hits and two walks. Braydon Osteen had two hits and two RBIs. Jake Jordan, Brent Jordan, Taylor… Read the rest

Today’s Weather: Friday, June 8

Posted by | June 8, 2018 4:18 am

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Charleston County man arrested on child pornography charges

Posted by | June 8, 2018 2:17 am

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Larry Martin Sowell Jr., 29, of North Charleston, on nine charges connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, Charleston Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), all also members of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with this investigation and arrest. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Sowell. Investigators state Sowell distributed and possessed… Read the rest

Today in History: Friday, June 8

Posted by | June 8, 2018 12:00 am

913 – Emperor Alexander III dies of exhaustion while playing the game tzykanion (Byzantine name for polo). He is succeeded by his 8-year-old nephew Constantine VII. 1513 – Italian Wars: Battle of Novara. Swiss troops defeat the French under Louis II de la Trémoille, forcing the French to abandon Milan. Duke Massimiliano Sforza is restored. 1523 – Gustav Vasa, the Swedish regent, is elected King of Sweden, marking a symbolic end to the Kalmar Union. This is the Swedish national day. 1586 – Francis Drake’s forces raid St. Augustine in Spanish Florida. 1644 – The Qing dynasty Manchu forces led… Read the rest

New catch limit for red drum to address overfishing

Posted by | June 7, 2018 8:26 pm

Red drum, redfish, spottail, channel bass – South Carolina’s most popular saltwater gamefish goes by many names and plays a key role in the coastal economy and ecosystems. In recent years, state biologists have documented a declining trend in the state’s red drum population, which has been underscored by reports from longtime local anglers. These concerns prompted the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) to take a closer look at the species last year, culminating in an assessment that found South Carolina’s red drum population was experiencing overfishing. The South Carolina General Assembly responded by passing a new law… Read the rest

Murray student to attend special Yale program on scholarship

Posted by | June 7, 2018 3:20 pm

C.E. Murray High School junior Jimmy Wilson has been selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Business Innovation – 6 Days to Startup. The forum is an Envision program hosted at Yale University. According to the Williamsburg County School District, participants of the program receive hands-on experience and valuable insight from accomplished professionals and enhance their academic skills while discovering how to become lifelong leaders. Through the program’s interactive curriculum and simulation exercises, participants can discover their passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, the announcement said. “This is a good opportunity to get the feel of college, to network and… Read the rest

Letter: Political Idiocy

Posted by | June 7, 2018 2:13 pm

Our country is embroiled in many difficult situations, yet our delegates in Washington care more about the collusion of our election from Russia. Of course they interfered, as they do with most of our beliefs and systems, and they always will, until we put a stop to it. People in Washington, the election is over, move on and run the country the way we expect you to, or at least this is why we elected you, and many times I wonder why. These politicians are in it for the money and status only, and of course generous benefits for life.… Read the rest

Meet county council district 3 challenger Charlton Watts

Posted by | June 7, 2018 1:47 pm

Turbeville native Charlton Watts, candidate for County Council District 3, is no stranger to hard work. As a young child, he helped his father on the family farm. He attended East Clarendon High School, where he gained his first exposure to politics. Between his junior and senior year, he attended Boys’ State, although he didn’t develop the desire to go into politics until much later in life. After graduation, his father offered to help him rent farm land of his own to try his hand at the business side of farming, not just the day to day labor. Watts jumped… Read the rest

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