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!

Christmas Memories

Posted by | January 3, 2019 11:00 am

The day has come and gone. Family has visited, creating fond memories of laughter and love. Stockings have been searched to see what Santa left. Presents have been given and received, leaving a scattering of wrinkled paper, empty gift boxes and a blank space under the tree.

The lights still twinkle on the tree inside and the eaves outside. Decorations still dress the house in green, red, silver, gold and more. The scents of Christmas candles still fill the air, wafting around corners in tiny gusts. Leftovers stuff the refrigerator and freezer, lasting reminders of the special day.

Yes, Christmas … Read the rest

Manning FFA donates to Brian Mance

Posted by | January 3, 2019 7:00 am

Many in the area know Brian Mance, who played football for and graduated from Manning High School and went on to coach football at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Two and a half years ago, Mance’s life took a turn for the worse.

On the way home from a July 4th celebration with his family, Mance began to experience neck pain, which became so severe, he ended up in the emergency room. The pain increased, and Mance lost mobility in his limbs. A team of doctors finally diagnosed Mance with neursarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disorder.

In 2016, FFA Alumni Chapter Officer … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 3

Posted by | January 3, 2019 12:00 am

1521 – Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
1653 – By the Coonan Cross Oath, the Eastern Church in India cuts itself off from colonial Portuguese tutelage.
1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
1749 – The first issue of Berlingske, Denmark’s oldest continually operating newspaper, is published.
1777 – American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton.
1815 – Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance against Prussia and Russia.
1823 … Read the rest

Posted by | January 2, 2019 6:41 pm

A ribbon cutting was held this afternoon at the Higher Learning Tutoring Center in Manning. See The Manning Times on January 10 for the full story.

OBITUARY: Thomas Larry “Tom” Floyd

Posted by | January 2, 2019 6:30 pm

Thomas Larry “ Tom” Floyd, age 63, died December 31, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday January 5, 2019, at Pine Dale Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial in New Zion Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Floyd Funeral Home. The family will receive friends until 8 p.m. on Friday January 4, 2019, at the home, 3484 Walker Gamble Road in New Zion.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late S. Bethea Floyd and Sybil Hardy Floyd. He attended Pine Dale Pentecostal Holiness Church for many years and, most recently, New Zion United Methodist … Read the rest

Democratic Party update

Posted by | January 2, 2019 6:19 pm

From Patricia Pringle, Chairperson of the Clarendon County Democratic Party

I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I am Wishing  everyone a very prosperous and productive New Year!!

Just a reminder that our first Clarendon County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting for the 2019 year will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 7:00pm at Bassard Pond House, 4162 Rev. J.W. Carter Road, Summerton, SC.

Now with the 2018 historic midterm elections for Democrats behind us, we are ready to get to work  for the 2020 Elections!!! Please plan to attend and bring your ideas and … Read the rest

Manning Jr. High FFA donates 1,000 pounds of food

Posted by | January 2, 2019 4:00 pm

MJHS FFA students sit outside the Daisy Gamble Mission House with food they purchased for United Ministries of Clarendon County.

The Manning Junior High School FFA has donated 1,000 pounds of food to United Ministries. According to MJHS FFA Advisor Micheal Haynes, the FFA students came up with the idea of a food donation and chose United Ministries to receive the gift.

This is the first year MJHS has had a chapter of FFA on campus in several years. Chapter President Miles Farmer states one of the main focuses of an FFA chapter is serving others. They believe in premier leadership, personal growth and career success. Farmer asserts the project was a success, as all $75 members contributed.

“It generated … Read the rest

OBITUARY: Viola Pearson Richburg Dingle

Posted by | January 2, 2019 12:01 pm

Viola Pearson Richburg Dingle, 92 wife of Judge James Dingle died Sunday, December 30, 2018, at her residence, 421 West Huggins St. Manning, SC. She was born January 24, 1926, in Manning, SC, a daughter of the late Willie E. Pearson and Esther McClary Pearson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dingle will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple Street, Manning, SC. Rev. Courtney D. Colleton, presiding; Rev. Dr. Bennie Colclough, Eulogist. Burial will follow in the St. Matthews AME Church, 1981 Moses Dingle Road, Summerton, SC.

Pets of the Week

Posted by | January 2, 2019 11:00 am

Ellie is a female three-year-old, tan Lab Mix. Ellie is a very sweet, loveable girl. She currently weighs around 40 pounds, is current on all of her age appropriate vaccinations, is heartworm negative and has been spayed. Ellie loves her belly rubbed. She is a total sweetheart, and is very easygoing. Ellie loves to play. If you are interested in this adorable girl, you can get pre-approved to adopt by submitting your adoption application online at www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com.


Rigby is a little over a year and a half old. Rigby is a male, gray tabby, Domestic Short hair cat. … Read the rest

FINAL: Clarendon Hall

Posted by | January 2, 2019 10:12 am

On Sunday, Clarendon Hall traveled to North High School to take on North High School in the Eagles Above the Rim Holiday Tournament championship and came away with a 67-63 win. The Saints are now 11-0 on the season. Traveon Davis led the Saints with 20 points and eight rebounds. Zyan Gilmore added 18 points, 13 rebounds and six steals, while Kylic Horton added 16 points and nine rebounds. Traveon Davis and Kylic Horton were selected to the all-tournament team. The Saints will return to Summerton on Friday to take on out-of-region Conway Christian and on Saturday to take on … Read the rest

The soft heart of Bicycle Corporation of America

Posted by | January 2, 2019 9:46 am

Bicycle Corporation of America is not only one of the largest employers in Clarendon County, it also holds the title as the largest bicycle plant that produces in the U.S. However, as large as they are, both at home and overseas, neither BCA nor Kent International, it’s parent corporation, have lost sight of the community.

In 2019, BCA will open the doors to a second plant in Clarendon County and will start up two new product lines. One will be a pedal-assist bicycle with a lithium battery. The other will touch the lives of the special-needs community.

Arnold Kamler, Chairman … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 2

Posted by | January 2, 2019 12:00 am

366 – The Alemanni cross the frozen Rhine in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.
533 – Mercurius becomes Pope John II, the first pope to adopt a new name upon elevation to the papacy.
1492 – Reconquista: the Emirate of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, surrenders.
1680 – Trunajaya rebellion: Amangkurat II of Mataram and his bodyguards stabbed Trunajaya to death a month after the rebel leader was captured by the Dutch East India Company.
1777 – American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the … Read the rest

Today in History: Jan. 1

Posted by | January 1, 2019 12:00 am

153 BC – Roman consuls begin their year in office.
45 BC – The Julian calendar takes effect as the civil calendar of the Roman Empire, establishing January 1 as the new date of the new year.
42 BC – The Roman Senate posthumously deifies Julius Caesar.
AD 69 – The Roman legions in Germania Superior refuse to swear loyalty to Galba. They rebel and proclaim Vitellius as emperor.
193 – The Senate chooses Pertinax against his will to succeed Commodus as Roman emperor.
404 – Telemachus, a Christian monk, is killed for attempting to stop a gladiators’ fight in … Read the rest

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