John H. Epps

Posted by | March 26, 2019 6:19 pm

ELMONT, New York – John H. Epps, 94, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Mayfair Care Center in Hemstead, New York.
Born Oct. 27, 1924, in Alcolu, a son of the late Louise Epps.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC.

Why I support President Trump’s national emergency declaration

Posted by | March 26, 2019 3:05 pm

Any American who has turned on his or her TV or glanced at a newspaper over the past few days and weeks knows that border security and maintaining our national sovereignty has been at the top of the news.
This debate has raged for years, for decades even. But as the matter at hand has become a crisis, the actions we take now are more important than ever.
National security has always been, and continues to be, one of our nation’s top priorities. Some may even argue national security is the highest duty a nation’s leaders are meant to ensure … Read the rest

SBHS standout chosen for national basketball program

Posted by | March 26, 2019 1:55 pm

Scott’s Branch High School student Zakee Rendell was accepted last week into the 2019 Team USA Basketball Team program, according to a release from 365 Sports.
As part of the program, Rendell will attend the NCAA Exposure Boot Camp this summer and train with NBA professional trainers as a member of 365-Team USA. He will then continue on to the Bahamas to play in the Tropical Shootout Tournament.
Rendell was invited to participate, according to a release, based on “exceptional play and (his) dedication to the sport of basketball.”
The 365 Sports Program is an opportunity available to “select individuals … Read the rest

Gabe Ballard Jr.

Posted by | March 26, 2019 1:16 pm

Gabe Ballard Jr., 77, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Williamsburg Reginal Hospital in Kingstree.
Born Sept. 21, 1941 in the Jordan Section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Gabe Ballard Sr. and Gertrude Johnson Ballard.
The family will receive friends at the home of his niece, Sarah Ballard Smith, 1109 Leo Road in Manning.
Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home of Manning.

Rosena W. McKnight

Posted by | March 26, 2019 11:55 am

Rosena W. “Zena” McKnight, 70, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at her home in Sumter, with her family by her side.
Born May 6, 1948, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Christine W. Witherspoon.
Zena attended the public schools in Clarendon County and later became a proud member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Bethel AME Church.
She also gave back to her community in many ways. She was a part of the American Association of State Troopers. In 1967, Zena married her first husband, John Henry Brown, and God blessed … Read the rest

Cassie Green

Posted by | March 26, 2019 10:42 am

Cassie Green, 55, died Friday, March 22, 2019, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in High Point, North Carolina.
Born Sunday, March 1, 1964, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Inez Green.
The family is receiving friends at the home of her aunt, Rosa Adams, 3497 Furse Road in Summerton.
Services have been entrusted to the professional care of King-Fields Mortuary of Summerton.

Lottie Hilton Marco

Posted by | March 26, 2019 10:32 am

NEW ORLEANS – Lottie Hilton Marco, 67, wife of Lionel C. Marco Jr., died Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.
Born Dec. 12, 1951, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late Louis Hilton Sr. and Bessie Tucker Hilton.
Funeral services for Mrs. Marco will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St. in Manning.
Services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

Edna Brayboy Webster Glenn

Posted by | March 26, 2019 10:18 am

COLUMBIA – Edna Brayboy Webster Glenn, 59, widow of Wilbert Glenn, died Thursday, March 21, 2019, at her home, 17 Cypress Cobe Road in Columbia.
Born July 28, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York, she was a daughter of the late Charles Brayboy and Ruth Alice Webster.
Funeral services for Mrs. Glenn will be held noon Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel of Samuels Funeral Home in Manning. Burial will follow in Hopkins Cemetery in Davis Station.
The family will receive friends at the home of her sister, Laverne Mobley, 626 Frazier St. in Manning.… Read the rest

Murdock Allen White

Posted by | March 26, 2019 10:15 am

Murdock Allen White, 96, died Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Magnolias of Santee in Santee.
Born March 12, 1923 in Manning, he was a son of the late Wilford G. White, Sr. and Rovena Scott White.
The family will receive friends and family at the home of his niece and nephew, Barbette Burke Stevens and Curtis Stevens, 429 W. Huggins St. in Manning.

HopeHealth announces 50+ Senior Life Expo Performers

Posted by | March 26, 2019 10:08 am

Vocalist and Wilson High School student Cailin Foxworth, daughter of HopeHealth pediatrician Dr. Michael K. Foxworth II, will join Dandy Don the Singing Cowboy in performance at the 24th annual 50+ Senior Life Expo. The event will be held from April 4-5 at the Florence Center.
Presented by MUSC Health Florence Medical Center,
“This premier senior event entertains and educates those approaching their retirement years or already retired,” according to a release from HopeHealth. “New this year is a child activities area and grandparents are encouraged to bring young grandchildren along to play at the HopeHealth Pediatrics Kids Zone.”
For … Read the rest

JV Lady Saints tie Anderson

Posted by | March 26, 2019 9:41 am

The Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity softball team tied Anderson on Monday with a final score of 5-5. Gracyn Nalley, Lindsey Barwick, Anna Marie Beard and Macy Jans each had an RBI.

Tuition-free online public school offers flexible option for K-12 students

Posted by | March 26, 2019 4:58 am

South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free, state-wide, online public school, announces open enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. The school, which served nearly 5,000 students in grades K-12 across the state during the 2018-19 school year, offers a flexible learning option to accommodate the needs of the modern student and grants families the ability to personalize and monitor their student’s education.
“We’re excited to welcome our new and returning students to the 2019-20 school year, empowering them to reach their full potential academically and personally,” said Amanda Ebel, executive director at South Carolina Connections Academy. “We look forward to leading … Read the rest

JV Lady Swampcats defeat Cardinal Newman

Posted by | March 26, 2019 3:34 am

The Laurence Manning Academy junior varsity softball team defeated Cardinal Newman 4-3 on Friday night. Laura Betts Brogdon led the way with two RBI, while Abby Anderson and Callie Thompson each had one RBI as well. Malorie Spiegel picked up the win in the circle.

Today in History: March 26

Posted by | March 26, 2019 12:59 am

590 – Emperor Maurice proclaims his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.
908 – Emperor Zhu Wen of Later Liang has Li Zhu, the last Tang Dynasty emperor, poisoned.
1027 – Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.
1169 – Saladin becomes the emir of Egypt.
1344 – The Siege of Algeciras, one of the first European military engagements where gunpowder was used, comes to an end.
1351 – Combat of the Thirty: Thirty Breton knights call out and defeat thirty English knights.
1484 – William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop’s Fables.
1552 – … Read the rest

McLeod to observe Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Posted by | March 25, 2019 5:36 pm

In observance of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, McLeod Health Clarendon is raising awareness of colorectal cancer.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society Estimates the number of new colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2019 to be about 101,420.
Colorectal cancer symptoms experienced by most people inclde a change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, blood in the stool and weight loss. Yet, most of the time there are no symptoms until the cancer is present. If symptoms exist, the … Read the rest

Pets of The Week

Posted by | March 25, 2019 3:32 pm

“Taurus” is a 2 year old, tan, female, Lab Mix. She currently weighs around 60 pounds, is current on all of her age appropriate vaccinations, heartworm negative, and has been spayed. Taurus loves to cuddle and tries to be a lap dog. She gets along well with other dogs, and does not mind riding in a car. Taurus is an absolute sweetheart, and loves having her belly rubbed.  If you are interested in this sweet and loveable dog, you can get pre – approved to adopt by submitting your adoption application online at


“Salem” is a 2 … Read the rest

MHS senior receives Optimist Club scholarship

Posted by | March 25, 2019 2:56 pm

William Shaw, a senior at Manning High School, recently won the Optimist Club of Clarendon’s essay contest based on a theme of “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”
He was recognized for his first-place achievement by club President Brittany Tindal at the club’s meeting on March 14 at Porter Jacks Restaurant.
Shaw was awarded a medallion and certificate for the honor. He received a $100 scholarship prize, given toward any educational costs Shaw may incur as he enrolls at Winthrop University this fall. In addition, Shaw’s essay will be sent to the district level to … Read the rest

Simpson earns top honors from alma mater

Posted by | March 25, 2019 11:45 am

W.R. “Cody” Simpson III was awarded the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award by Francis Marion University at its annual Alumni Awards Gala at the FMU Performing Arts Center held Feb. 28.
Simpson, who is special assistant to Gov. Henry McMaster, graduated from FMU in 2013 and 2017, receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration. He grew up on his family farm in the Home Branch Community of Clarendon County and graduated from Clarendon Hall in 2009.
While at FMU, Simpson was elected to two terms as student body president and was … Read the rest


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