Kitten naming contest

Posted by | December 12, 2018 1:24 pm

The Kitten naming contest is in full swing over at Facebook. Don’t forget the deadline is Friday night at midnight. So far, we have two votes for MT, 11 votes for Scoop and 15 votes for Oreo. Head on over to our Facebook page at and cast your vote for your favorite name, or email your vote to One vote per person, please.

Holiday gift idea

Posted by | December 11, 2018 12:55 pm

Looking for a fun and unusual gift for the holidays? The Manning Times has Clarenopoly available for purchase at The Manning Times office at 230 W Boyce Street in Manning. The game is a version of the much loved Monopoly, using Clarendon County features and businesses.

In place of the standard railroads, own four IGA stores. Travel the board, starting with Dwight L. Stewart, Jr. & Associates and Tammy Spigner Book Keeper, pass the John C. Usry Certified Public Accountant, where you would pay property taxes to the center of the board, and try to hop over the FTC and … Read the rest

Big little puppy

Posted by | December 11, 2018 12:00 pm

Jethro is a digger. Who is Jethro, you might ask? He’s a 15-month-old coonhound mix puppy. I say puppy in physical name only, as he’s over 65 pounds and is very tall.

Jethro came to us as a dumped puppy who stepped out in front of my car as an eight-week-old baby on a back road in Summerton. No, I didn’t hit him with the car. I also couldn’t just drive around him and leave him there. I’m not wired that way.

So home with me he came and was introduced to our other three dogs: Cadie, a Labrador retriever; … Read the rest

Clarendon 1 School Board meeting

Posted by | December 11, 2018 7:30 am

At the Clarendon School District One School Board meeting, Sharon Williams, Executive Director of First Steps, accepted a Community Partnership Award. The award recognized the contributions of First Steps in the community, a program which has been helping young children get a head start on education for 17 years.

First Steps is a state-wide initiative which increases school readiness. The Clarendon County First Steps program serves the community through the Imagination Library, which provides free books to children each year until they turn five years old. First Steps also provides the Countdown to Kindergarten summer program and also trains childcare … Read the rest

The Easton Branham Memorial Toy Drive

Posted by | December 10, 2018 4:00 pm

The third annual Toys for Tots drive in memory of Easton Branham is underway in Manning.

“We decided to begin the toy drive the year that Easton passed in 2016. His birthday is December 18, and it broke my heart thinking of not being able to buy gifts for his birthday and Christmas,” said Heather Branham, Easton’s mother. “We were reminded of Toys for Tots, and the gifts we had bought for him were donated to children who otherwise might have little to nothing to wake up to on Christmas. It is one of our ways of to give back … Read the rest

Car for sale

Posted by | December 10, 2018 2:28 pm

2007 Jeep Liberty, 125,000 miles, runs great!! Heat/air. Asking #3,900. For more information, please call (803) 460-3580.

65 new jobs for Summerton

Posted by | December 10, 2018 2:24 pm

In a news release today, Bicycle Corporation of America (BCA) announced expansion plans for its Clarendon County operations. This $5 million investment will bring around 65 new jobs, expanding its Clarendon County workforce by about 50%.

The newest facility will be located in Summerton, and the plant will produce two new product lines for the company. Hiring is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2019.

For the full story, please pick up a copy of The Manning Times on Thursday, December 13.

Gifts of Grace

Posted by | December 10, 2018 12:21 pm

21st Century After School Program Director Kiz Everette, Hands of Grace Healthcare Director Carol Tindal and St. Paul’s Elementary Principal Joaquin Brown stand in front of the Christmas Tree at St. Paul’s holding donated blankets from the Gifts of Grace drive.

The St. Paul’s Elementary School Beta Club has partnered with the 21st Century After School Program and Hands of Grace Healthcare to bring blankets and gifts to the senior community in Clarendon County.

Hands of Grace Healthcare Director Carol Tindal works with the elderly on a daily basis. Hands of Grace sends CNAs out to take care of the daily needs of Clarendon County seniors. Tindal regularly goes to senior service organizations, such as nursing homes and residential homes, to present healthcare tips and more and to assist with activities.

“This [project] is something we wanted to do for the … Read the rest

Tips from the Manning Police Department

Posted by | December 10, 2018 12:00 pm

The Manning Police Department has released the following suggestions for how to have a safer holiday shopping season.

It takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and snatch the iPod, laptop or purse on the front seat. Don’t become a statistic. Follow these common sense habits and tips for preventing car break-ins.

  1. Keep your car visible. Park in well-lit areas near people or with a parking lot or garage attendant on duty. Avoid having your car concealed by larger vehicles, fences or foliage; thieves like to work in private. Use exterior lighting to protect
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OBITUARY: Rosemarie Riggs Bavosi

Posted by | December 10, 2018 11:24 am

Rosemarie Riggs Bavosi, 86, widow of Arthur Bavosi, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Covenant Place.

Born August 14, 1932, in Jersey City, New Jersey, she was a daughter of the late John Riggs and the late Stella Kostu Riggs.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two daughters, Victoria Innes (William) of Wilmington, Delaware and Deborah Grant (Michael) of Henderson, Nevada; a grandson, Alexander Sinkovich (Arianna) of Neptune City, New Jersey; and a sister, Delores Young (Barry) of Hamilton, New Jersey.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, … Read the rest

Manning water main update

Posted by | December 10, 2018 11:01 am

The City of Manning has released the following update:

The water main break has been repaired, and the water has been turned on.

As a precaution, residents on Moye Drive, Briarcliff Road and Rudy Road are asked to boil water until further notice. Water sample results should be analyzed by tomorrow (Tuesday). We will provide notice of these results.

Manning water main break

Posted by | December 10, 2018 9:32 am

The City of Manning has released the following:

The City of Manning has a water main break around the corner of Rudy and Pickwood Streets. Water customers around this area may experience low water pressure, or water may not be available. Our Public Works Department is identifying the source and will begin repairs as soon as possible.

A birthday wish for Mark

Posted by | December 10, 2018 9:00 am

Last year, Mark Williamson overheard an innocent conversation his mom was having.

“I just heard my mom talking about kids who need toys and clothes and things for the holidays, and I felt bad,” said Williamson.

Seven years old at the time, Mark decided to do something about it. For his eighth birthday, he asked the Clarendon County community to donate toys for the Tuberville Children’s Home. Mark’s birthday party was held at Fayz at the Lake and was a huge success.

“Each year, I hope to keep donating. I even went shopping myself recently to get some stuff to … Read the rest

Kitten naming contest

Posted by | December 10, 2018 7:30 am

The Manning Times kitten has a clean bill of health and is ready for a new name. With a recent trip to the vet under his belt, our kitten has passed all his health checks, is parasite free and is up to date on all his shots.

He’s also growing fast and loving life at the paper. Toys lay scattered through the building, and any turn around a corner can lead to a kitten leaping out at your legs.

When guests enter our lobby, he often greets them, hoping for a snuggle and a scratch.

What he needs now is … Read the rest

Community service at its finest

Posted by | December 9, 2018 7:00 pm

Ann Driggers, Director of Haven of Rest, accepts purses from Tonia Smith during the Pack-a-Purse drive.

The Inv. Holmes N. Smith Jr. Foundation, Inc., successfully completed its pack-a-purse project, delivering over 350 purses to shelters in Clarendon County, Florence County, Sumter County and Columbia.

Churches, businesses, schools and individuals from as far away as Greenville donated purses and items to pack inside.

“We had donations from sororities and churches and from so many individual people,” said Tonia Smith, who created and runs the foundation. “I was very pleased with how everyone helped out.”

In Clarendon County, 25-30 purses were delivered to Haven of Rest, a women’s shelter run by Ann Driggers. Each donated purse was packed … Read the rest

A new director for the shelter

Posted by | December 9, 2018 2:30 pm

There’s a new shelter director in town, and he’s already making strides at A Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Jackson Padgett was raised in Charleston, although he’s been in Florida for some time. With a background as a hotelier for 30 years, Padgett helped build the Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, staying in Florida to run those for many years. Eventually he acquired sports bars and restaurants of his own.

Padgett retired a few years ago and sold his businesses. His mother had moved to the Elloree area, and he visited her there.

“I came to hang out with my … Read the rest

Turbeville Parade replaced by drive-through donation event and visit with Santa

Posted by | December 9, 2018 10:30 am

The Joy of Giving Christmas parade, scheduled for December 8 in Turbeville, has been cancelled due to forecast rain.

“We had a great parade planned,” said Jenna Windham, the chairman of the Christmas Committee and a member of the Turbeville Business Association.

Though the parade cannot take place, the Town of Turbeville has made alternate plans, with the assistance of the Turbeville Business Association. The event was planned as a charity event, which would take food and monetary donations to help with the Walker-Gamble holiday food project, and the Town doesn’t want the project to lose out because of rain.… Read the rest

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