County Council recognizes Donnie Feagin for 10 years of service

Posted by | September 14, 2017 6:12 pm

Clarendon County Council recognized Donnie Feagin on Thursday night for 10 years as a firefighter with the County Fire Department. Feagin is classified as a Firefighter III. He was presented with a certificate and a 10-year pin by Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart and Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson.

Rhiannon Marie Griffin

Posted by | September 14, 2017 5:28 pm

CALIFORNIA, Maryland – Rhiannon Marie Griffin, 27, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, as a result of injuries received in an automobile wreck in Lexington Park, Maryland. Born Dec. 12, 1989, in Greenville, she was a daughter of Cindy D. Nerheim and William Bradford Griffin. She served in the U.S. Navy for seven years as an electronics technician and sexual assault victim’s advocate. She was a technician for BAE Systems in Lexington Park. She is survived by her mother, Cindy Nerheim (Art) of Sumter; her father, William Bradford Griffin of Columbus, Georgia; her sisters, Desiree V. Goodall (Noah) of Dexter, New… Read the rest

Target recalls dressers due to tip-over, entrapment hazards

Posted by | September 14, 2017 3:46 pm

Minnesota-based Target Corp. has recalled a dresser-drawer set sold in three colors due to a possible tip-over and entrapment hazard. The recall involves a Room Essentials four-drawer dresser set measuring 41 and seven-eighths’ inches tall by 31 inches wide wide by 15 and eleven-sixteenths’ inches deep. The model number for black is 249-05-0103, for espresso is 249-05-0106 and for maple is 249-05-0109. These are printed on the product’s packaging. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Consumers should return the recalled… Read the rest

David Conyers Jr.

Posted by | September 14, 2017 3:04 pm

David Conyers Jr., husband of Tonia Dwyer Conyers, died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter. Born May 15, 1967, in Sumter, he was a son of Mattie Anderson Conyers and the late David Conyers Sr. A service of remembrance will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3249 U.S. 15 South in Sumter, where the Rev. Willie A. Wright Jr., pastor, will bring words of comfort. The service of committal and burial will follow in the Conyers family plot at Bradford Cemetery on U.S. 15 South in Sumter. The… Read the rest

Gallery: JV Lady Swampcats defeat Trinity-Byrnes

Posted by | September 14, 2017 2:55 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity Lady Swampcats volleyball team defeated Trinity-Byrnes on Wednesday by a final score of 2-0. Game scores were 26-24 and 25-21. Toni Lewis had two serve points and two aces. Abby Anderson had one serve point. Kelsie Austin had six serve points and two aces. Callie Thompson had three serve points and two aces. Brooke Thompson had 17 serve points and seven aces.

Farmers assess crop damage after Irma

Posted by | September 14, 2017 2:46 pm

As initial damage assessments and cleanup begin after Hurricane Irma’s impact on South Carolina, farmers throughout the state hope to experience minimal crop damage and infrastructure loss. With the mere size of Hurricane Irma, a large portion of the state’s 25,000 farmers may be negatively impacted. All farmers who have experienced losses are encouraged to contact their Clemson University County Extension agent, to complete an official ESF-17 Damage Assessment Form. “Early reports indicate somewhat minimal crop losses, but ultimately time will tell. With localized rains, flooding and heavy winds, a large part of farmers’ recovery will depend on how quickly… Read the rest

Gallery: Lady Swampcats fall to Trinity Byrnes

Posted by | September 14, 2017 2:40 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity Lady Swampcats fell 3-0 on Wednesday to Trinity-Byrnes in volleyball. Game scores were 25-11, 25-9 and 25-20. Kayla Acord had six serve points and three digs. Trinity Harrington had three serve points and one kill. Maggie Josey had two serve points and two blocks. Abby Haney had two serve points and four kills. Madisyn Hudson had seven assists and one dig. Bailey Moore had two serve points and two digs. The team’s record is now 0-5. The team plays Thursday at Carolina Academy. Photos provided by Larry Hewett.

Richland County man arrested on child pornography charge

Posted by | September 14, 2017 11:16 am

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Clifton David Perry, 29, of Columbia, on one charge connected to the exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest. Investigators with the Attorney General’s Office, also a member of the state’s ICAC Task Force, assisted with the investigation. Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which led them to Perry. Investigators state Perry distributed files of child pornography via social media. Perry was arrested on Sept. 13. He… Read the rest

Adult, juvenile charged after attempted break-in to RV

Posted by | September 14, 2017 9:07 am

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office arrested one adult and one juvenile suspect early Monday morning after the pair allegedly attempted to break into an RV parked in the Buckhorn subdivision. Sheriff Tim Baxley said in a release that the pair were seen with flashlights around the vehicle. They were stopped by deputies as they were leaving the scene and were both arrested. Jekez Conyers was charged with attempted theft from a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana. The juvenile was charged with attempted theft from a motor vehicle. “The subjects did have marijuana in the vehicle, along with items possibly… Read the rest

Tractor Supply invites Manning vendors to showcase goods at Farmers Market

Posted by | September 14, 2017 4:06 am

The Tractor Supply store in Manning is looking for farmers, crafters and artisans to sell their homemade and homegrown goods at its Farmers Market on October 7. Tractor Supply is encouraging crafters and growers with an interest in everything from homemade crafts and candles to baked goods, art and gardening to sign up. To register, vendors can visit or the Manning store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also welcome to register. “The Farmers Market will be a celebration of the talent and expertise in our community,” said Phil Reiter, vice president of national and local store marketing at… Read the rest

Today in History: Sept. 14

Posted by | September 14, 2017 12:00 am

81 – Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus. 326 – Helena of Constantinople discovers the True Cross and the Holy Sepulchre (Jesus’s tomb) in Jerusalem. 629 – Emperor Heraclius enters Constantinople in triumph after his victory over the Persian Empire. 786 – “Night of the three Caliphs”: Harun al-Rashid becomes the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi. Birth of Harun’s son al-Ma’mun. 1180 – Battle of Ishibashiyama in Japan. 1607 – Flight of the Earls from Lough Swilly, Donegal, Ireland. 1682 – Bishop Gore School, one of the oldest… Read the rest

William Coskrey Plowden Jr.

Posted by | September 13, 2017 2:21 pm

NEW ZION – William Coskrey Plowden Jr., 99, widower of Ruth Pearson Wilbur Plowden, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born July 15, 1918, in New Zion, he was a son of the late William Coskrey Plowden Sr. and the late Juanita Boykin Plowden. He attended Salem Centralized Schools in New Zion and was a 1939 graduate of The Citadel, where he received a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1941 until December 1946. He entered with the rank of second lieutenant and was honorably separated with the… Read the rest

McLeod Health Clarendon honors service award recipients

Posted by | September 13, 2017 1:36 pm

Six dozen employees were honored Sept. 6 by McLeod Health Clarendon at the hospital’s annual Employee Service Awards Luncheon. “The values of McLeod Health are demonstrated through the dedication and commitment of our employees,” said McLeod Health Clarendon Administrator Rachel Gainey. “The value of caring, the value of the person, the value of quality, the value of integrity and our mission of providing patients with medical excellence are the foundation of our daily focus.” During last week’s ceremony, 72 employees of McLeod Health Clarendon were honored for their contributions to the organization. Each employee was recognized for his or her… Read the rest

Charleston man arrested on child pornography charge

Posted by | September 13, 2017 12:02 pm

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest of Ryan McShane Cobb, 38, of Charleston, on one charge connected to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators with the Charleston Police Department made the arrest. Investigators state Cobb possessed images of child pornography. Cobb was arrested on Sept. 6. He is charged with one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office. Wilson stressed all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until… Read the rest

Adult Education reschedules new student registration

Posted by | September 13, 2017 11:48 am

Clarendon County Adult Education registration for new students has been rescheduled at the Manning location, the F.E. DuBose Career Center, for Monday. Sessions will take place at 8:30 a.m. or 5 p.m. and will last about three hours. Summerton and Turbeville locations will host sessions at 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Director Lisa Justice at (803) 473-2531.

4 men charged in alleged theft of lawn, garden items

Posted by | September 13, 2017 11:08 am

Four suspects were charged Monday after deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a break-in at a commercial building on Salem Road. When deputies arrived, the victim told them that a number of lawn and garden items valued at $4,020 were missing from the business. Deputies located the suspects in the area, Sheriff Tim Baxley said and found evidence linking them to the alleged theft. Roosevelt Webb was charged with possession of stolen property of a value more than $2,000; conspiracy to commit burglary; and accessory after the fact. He also received a felony charge… Read the rest

Today in History: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Posted by | September 13, 2017 12:00 am

585 BC – Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Sabines, and the surrender of Collatia. 509 BC – The Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus on Rome’s Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September. 379 – Yax Nuun Ahiin I is crowned as 15th Ajaw of Tikal 533 – Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimum, near Carthage, North Africa. 1229 – Ögedei Khan is proclaimed Khagan of the Mongol Empire in Kodoe Aral, Khentii: Mongolia. 1437 – Battle of Tangier: a… Read the rest

MPD seeking suspects allegedly using counterfeit bills

Posted by | September 12, 2017 8:42 pm

The Manning Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in finding three suspects alleged to have used counterfeit money on several occasions at local businesses since July. Inv. Rick Elms said the trio have used fake $50 bills to make their purchases, which have totaled nearly $500. According to reports from the Manning Police Department, loss prevention employees with the Manning Walmart told police about 2:45 p.m. July 11 that an unknown male and female buying merchandise in the store had used counterfeit $50 bills. The employee told police that the two suspects entered the store and purchased merchandise… Read the rest

Senator looking for service academy applicants

Posted by | September 12, 2017 6:20 pm

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is currently accepting applications for service academy nominations through 5 p.m. Oct. 13. High school student interested in attending one of four service academies may submit applications and other necessary documents. Those service academies include the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Students interested in being considered for a nomination by Scott must submit an application, SAT/ACT scores, two essays, high school transcripts and three letters of recommendation. For more information about the Service Academy nomination process, visit the Senator’s FAQ page or call… Read the rest

Report your claim and guard against scams

Posted by | September 12, 2017 3:26 pm

CAYCE – Farm Bureau Insurance adjusters are assessing storm damage and assisting policyholders. If you have storm damage, you may report claims anytime by calling 1 (800) 799-7500, or report claims online at If your home is damaged, do what you can to prevent further damage, as long as you can do so safely. If you make temporary repairs, keep all receipts to provide to the adjuster who handles your claim. Take photos of any damage before repairing it. Keep damaged items until the adjuster arrives and consider photographing or videotaping the damage. You’ll also want to prepare… Read the rest

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