States scramble to comply with federal ID law

Posted by | May 20, 2017 10:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Several states have struggled for years to comply with the REAL ID Act, a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and to be issued to people who can prove they are legally in the U.S. With a January deadline looming, lawmakers across the country have been scrambling for legislative fixes so residents can board flights and travel without confusion. Washington state was the latest to try to bring its system in line with those requirements, as Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday creating a two-tiered licensing… Read the rest

Lawrence A. Waiters

Posted by | May 20, 2017 10:19 pm

Lawerence A. Waiters, 78, husband of Mary Ida Nelson Waiters died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at McLeod Health Clarendon. Born Oct. 8, 1938, in Manning, he was a son of the late Dove Waiters and Mary Lee Mack Waiters. The family will receive friends at the home, 6803 Moses Dingle Road in Manning. Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Leroy Johnson

Posted by | May 20, 2017 10:17 pm

Leroy “Bird” Johnson, 88, widower of Julia Hammett Johnson, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at Brookdale Assisted Living in Sumter. Born Sept. 6, 1928, in Manning, he was a son of the late Chappell Johnson and Annie Louise Stukes Johnson. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2017, at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church in Manning, with the Rev. Terry Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Florence National Cemetery in Florence. The family will receive friends starting Wednesday at the home, 1670 DuRant Lane in Manning. Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Snake fan hunts pythons in Florida to save other critters

Posted by | May 20, 2017 8:49 pm

Florida is paying $8.10 an hour to hunt invasive Burmese pythons, smilar to the one above, in the Everglades.
IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES (AP) – Florida is paying $8.10 an hour to hunt invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades, but Brian Hargrove says he’d work for free. He’s enjoying special access to state-owned wetlands and reliving his teenage years, when catching snakes gave him something better to do than join a Miami gang. It’s the best job ever for a man with a cobra tattooed over his heart. “I feel like I won the lottery, and I make minimum wage,” Hargrove said. But he must kill the pythons he finds. “The last thing I ever want to do is… Read the rest

3 men plead guilty in robbery of Sumter man

Posted by | May 20, 2017 7:18 pm

Three Manning men held since their arrests in March for their roles in the armed robbery of a 38-year-old Sumter man at a local gas station have all been sentenced in Clarendon County General Sessions Court. Markel Antonio Dennis, 19, of 305 Major Drive in Manning, Tykeem Davon Bradley, 17, of 1383 Meagen Lane in Manning and Dominic Javon White, 17, of 504 S. Boundary St. in Manning, all pleaded guilty between May 9 and 12 to one count each of strong-arm robbery, receiving similar sentences of one year in prison, suspended to six months in prison and one year’s… Read the rest

Blackwell named to Newberry College Spring Dean’s List

Posted by | May 20, 2017 4:45 pm

Devin Blackwell of Manning was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Newberry College. Students receiving recognition on the Dean’s List at Newberry College had to achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0-scale during the semester. Blackwell was one of 293 Newberry students to receive this honor.


Charles M. Hemingway Jr.

Posted by | May 20, 2017 3:14 pm

Charles McCall “Mac” Hemingway Jr., 67, husband of Ann Beasley Hemingway, died Friday, May 19, 2017, in London, Kentucky. Born Oct. 22, 1949, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Charles McCall Hemingway Sr. and Eleanor Edwine Zeagler Hemingway. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War and he was an ordained Baptist minister. He loved music and he participated in several church choirs. He is survived by his wife of Manning; a daughter, Ellie Baquiran (Luis) of Spartanburg; three stepdaughters, Marie Dorr (Maynard) of Gable, Diane Benenhaley (Rod) of Sumter and Becky White (Daron) of… Read the rest

Carolyn Cousar Hoff

Posted by | May 20, 2017 1:06 pm

Carolyn Cousar Hoff joined the Lord on Saturday, 13 May in Columbia. Born Dec. 13, 1929, in Sardinia, she was a daughter of the late John Landon Cousar and Annie Mable Cousar. She was raised by a loving mother in a home full of brothers and half-brothers with just one half-sister. Carolyn attended elementary and high school in Gable, then headed for college at Winthrop for a year. By the time she got to Winthrop, the quality of her mother’s positive influence was evident. She was known as the girl whose hair was always perfect, always dressed as if she… Read the rest

Edward Tuttle McNair

Posted by | May 20, 2017 1:02 pm

Edward Tuttle McNair, 62, died Friday, May 19, 2017, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence Born Oct. 21, 1954, in Manning, he was a son of Anne Tuttle McNair and the late John Carroll McNair. He was a member of New Harmony Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his mother of Gable; a son, Edward Tuttle “Ted” McNair Jr. of Charleston; a daughter, Aiken McDowell McNair of Charleston; three brothers, John Carroll McNair Jr. (Jan) of Manning and William Bruce McNair (Janice) and Robert Lynn McNair, both of Gable; a sister, Sarah Anne McNair LeNoir of Sumter; a sister-in-law,… Read the rest


$3K reward offered for information in Sumter man’s death

Posted by | May 20, 2017 10:16 am

The Sumter Police Department is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of Brandon Antwan Cummings. The 33-year-old Sumter man was found shot just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday outside of the Quality Inn on Broad Street. He was later pronounced dead at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Investigators are asking anyone who saw or heard something around 9:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the shooting to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700 or 1 (888) CRIME-SC.

Library to host production of ‘Three Little Pigs’

Posted by | May 20, 2017 5:08 am

The Harvin Clarendon County Library and Porkchop Productions will hold “The Three Little Pigs” at 2 p.m. June 15 at the library, 215 N. Brooks St. in Manning. Join them for the fabulously fractured adaptation of this timeless tale. When Stanley, the cool pig on the block, is encouraged by his mother to invite Ralphie, the new sheep on the block, over for a camp-out, Stanley is less than thrilled. Will a campfire story of “The Three Little Pigs” send Ralphie running into the night, or will Ralphie turn the tables on his high-on-the-hog host? This fast-paced performance highlights lessons… Read the rest

Today in History: Saturday, May 20

Posted by | May 20, 2017 12:00 am

325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church. 491 – Empress Ariadne marries Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta is able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne, after Zeno (late emperor) dies of dysentery. 526 – An earthquake kills about 250,000 people in what is now Syria and Antiochia. 685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated. 794 – King Æthelberht II of East Anglia visits the royal… Read the rest

Manning woman charged with Charlotte man’s murder

Posted by | May 19, 2017 11:59 am

A 35-year-old Manning woman turned herself into Clarendon County law enforcement Thursday for her alleged role in the death of a Charlotte man nearly two months ago. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Friday that it has charged Shenika Yvonne James with murder in the killing of 25-year-old Jarel D’Shaun Grace in Charlotte in early April. James is also charged with conspiracy, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault. According to a report from The Associated Press, James surrendered to the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and is awaiting extradition at the Clarendon County Detention Center. According to reports, Grace’s body was… Read the rest


10 things to know for Friday

Posted by | May 19, 2017 6:24 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP CLAIMS WITCH HUNT The president denies that his campaign has collaborated with Russia or that he’s tried to kill an FBI probe, contending a newly heightened investigation “hurts our country terribly.” 2. TRUMP EMBARKS ON FIRST TRIP ABROAD The president will carry the baggage of dire troubles at home during his five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe. 3. HOW TRUMP’S SUPPORTERS EXPLAIN HIS WOES Some focus on leakers working to undermine the president. Some see a conspiratorial plot, powered… Read the rest

Court to show jail videos Roof didn’t want released

Posted by | May 19, 2017 3:17 am

CHARLESTON – A week before the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof got a visit in jail from his mother, who pleaded with him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the fatal shootings of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church. But Roof was more concerned with the clothes he would wear to court. Since he could not have his first choice of his comfortable jail jumpsuit, he wanted two-tone gray pants, inseam 29, not 30, so they wouldn’t hang over his shoes. He also wanted thicker sweaters. And he wanted his lawyers… Read the rest

Junior Chamber donates trikes to MECC to promote wellness

Posted by | May 19, 2017 3:15 am

Manning Early Childhood Center has new tricycles, thanks to the efforts of four Clarendon County Junior Chamber of Commerce members. The Manning-based non-profit organization reached out to the community to raise more than $15,000 in order to purchase the trikes, which its members and school leaders hope will promote healthy living and wellness habits in students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. “I remember riding the old bikes as a student in the district,” said Junior Chamber President H.B. Buddin. “When we were growing up within the primary school system here in Manning, we had a track similar to the… Read the rest

McLeod Health Clarendon recognizes 2017 Nurse of the Year

Posted by | May 19, 2017 2:08 am

One of McLeod Health Clarendon’s certified nurses was recognized last week for “going above and beyond the service and care of all patients, while personifying the true faithfulness to their profession,” said Chief Nursing Officer Kim Jolly. Caitlan Huff was recognized as the 2017 Registered Nurse of the Year during a luncheon at the hospital to celebrate National Nurses Week, which was recognized nationally from May 8-12 in appreciation for nursing teams’ compassion, dedication and service. National Nurses Week is held each year during the week in which the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession,… Read the rest

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