OBITUARY: Kerry Coker

Posted by | December 27, 2018 1:24 pm

Kerry Coker age 59, of Turbeville, died December 24, 2018 at his home after an illness.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o’clock PM Friday December 28, 2018 at Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church with burial in Gibbons Cemetery directed by Floyd Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Allen Randolph Coker and Agnes Virginia Watts Coker.  Mr. Coker was a retired Carpenter and attended Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded … Read the rest

OBITUARY: George Daniel “Dan” Campbell Jr.

Posted by | December 27, 2018 12:21 pm

George Daniel “Dan” Campbell, Jr., 83, husband of Henrietta Anne Mills “Henri” Campbell, died Sunday, December 16, 2018, at his home.

Born September 8, 1935, in Nashville, Tennessee, he was a son of the late George Daniel Campbell, Sr. and the late Etta Lorene Stewart Campbell. Dan was a US Marine Corps veteran, a 1961 graduate of the University of South Carolina and he was a retired electrical engineer with DuPont with almost forty years of service. He was a member of Summerton Baptist Church, where he served as a past Deacon. After retirement, Dan spent his time helping the … Read the rest

December Manning City Council

Posted by | December 26, 2018 7:00 am

BCA Representative Kathy Armstrong receives trophy for Most Creative entry in the Parade of Lights from Mayor Julia Nelson.

During the Manning City Council on Monday, presentations were made to the winners of the Parade of Lights contests.

Kathy Armstrong, who works at BCA, was present to receive the trophy for Most Creative entry.

“Some of you may not know this, but the Bicycle Corporation of America plant in Manning is the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the United States,” said Manning Mayor Julia Nelson. “We’re really glad they’re here. They are great community partners, and we’re glad they participated in the parade.”

Shelley Richburg, a member of First Baptist Church, was present to receive the trophy for Best … Read the rest

The loss of heritage crafts

Posted by | December 25, 2018 6:30 pm

A century ago, a woman knew how to make quilts for the beds, sew clothes for the family with hand-stitched embellishments, crochet or knit blankets and shawls and grow, harvest and “put up” the vegetables from the garden to have food for the winter. In today’s busy society of two-job households and with the ease and much lowered cost, comparatively, of food from grocery stores and manufactured clothing, these skills are slowly slipping by the wayside.

Gone are the days when you ran to buy material and a pattern, along with thread, buttons, snaps, zippers and appropriate needle weights for … Read the rest

Coroner’s press release

Posted by | December 25, 2018 1:34 pm


236 Commerce Street Suite 1

Manning, SC 29102


December 25, 2018  


TURBEVILLE – A 20-year-old Lake City man died late Sunday night in a single vehicle wreck on Salem Road in Clarendon County.

“Jackson Floyd died at the scene around 11:45 p.m.,” said Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock. “Mr. Floyd’s death was a result of head trauma.”

Information on the wreck can be obtained from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Christmas Story

Posted by | December 25, 2018 1:31 pm

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and Read the rest

Kwanzaa, a celebration of African culture

Posted by | December 24, 2018 12:00 pm

In 1966, Dr. Maulana “Ron” Karenga, then a professor of Black Studies, wanted to create a celebration to highlight and honor African cultures and their values. Although the holiday follows Christmas, it is not a religious holiday and was not intended as a replacement for Christmas or Hanukkah.

Instead, the holiday, whose name was taken from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest, commemorates the year-end harvest festivals held in Africa for thousands of years.

Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and lasts seven days, ending on January 1, and has an estimated 18 million … Read the rest

December Summerton Town Council

Posted by | December 24, 2018 7:00 am

During the meeting of the Summerton Town Council, a second and final reading was held to rezone the property at 410 Buff Boulevard. This property is the area at the 108 exit off of I-95. Previously, the 14.4 acres were partially zoned as Interstate Commercial and partially zoned as Planned Development. In order to move forward with the new building project at that intersection, all of the property needed to be zoned the same.

According to Mayor Mac Bagnal, it didn’t matter which zoning was chosen, as either was appropriate for the new business coming to Summerton. However, they did … Read the rest

Chanukah or Hanukkah

Posted by | December 23, 2018 4:00 pm

By Rabbi Josef Germaine

A minor festival spelled by any other spelling is still the same festival, even though the correct pronunciation requires what seems to be a clearing of the throat with no apology needed. Why do I refer to it as a festival and not a “holiday” or holy day? Good question. Essentially all Jewish Holy days are those found in the Hebrew Scriptures, “The Old Testament.”

Chanukah, which begins the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev (usually in December), is a historic event with references in the Book of Maccabees found in the Apocrypha, … Read the rest

Community Center gathers gifts for foster children

Posted by | December 23, 2018 11:39 am

Rosa Ragini and Maggie Conyers who work with the Center, Center Director Vibria Conyers, Willie Davis, Ulysses J. Conyers, Frank Thames, Clarendon County DSS Foster Care Supervisor Amanda Graham and DSS Foster Care Worker Hannah Lane stand next to Graham's car, which is packed to the brim with gifts for Clarendon County foster children.

Santa Claus came in a different suit this year for Clarendon County’s foster children. Sponsors from the Manning area helped buy gifts for the children through the Just Because Resource Center.

Housed in a small building at 313 N. Depot Street in Manning, the Just Because Resource Center is bursting with community involvement. The Center hosts workshops and tutoring sessions, offers mentoring for youth, holds movie events and assists with government and employment services for local residents.

They have a Men’s Support Group (Brothers Dwelling Together), a Women’s Support Group (RAWAR) and an afterschool program for ages six and up, … Read the rest

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