Davis Station man named Ginner of the Year

Posted by | March 4, 2019 10:30 am

Burt Rickenbaker of Davis Station was named Ginner of the Year by Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association. The award was presented at the annual meeting of Southern- Southeastern at the Westin Resort and Spa in Hilton Head in January.

Rickenbaker is the second generation running Rickenbaker Gin in Davis Station. His father started the company in the 1940s after returning from World War II.

The original gin was steam powered, but by the time Rickenbaker’s bought it, it ran on diesel. A fire that nearly took out the gin in the 1960s gave them the opportunity to convert to electricity. Over … Read the rest

Draft 2019 Aquatic Plant Management Plan available for public review

Posted by | March 4, 2019 8:06 am

The public is invited to review and provide comments on the Draft 2019 South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Plan through the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). Comments and suggestions should be submitted in writing or email and must be received by March 30, 2019.

The plan is available for review online at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/invasiveweeds/draftplan.html.

The SCDNR, in conjunction with the S.C. Aquatic Plant Management Council, is responsible for the management of nuisance aquatic plants in the state’s public waters. Each year SCDNR staff and the Council prepare an Aquatic Plant Management Plan that identifies aquatic weed problem areas, prescribes … Read the rest

What is writing really?

Posted by | March 3, 2019 7:30 am

By Evelyn McDonald

A couple of months ago, I got several books from our one and only Laura Stone. Before that, I had read Stephen King’s On Writing. All of these books are well and good, they talk about the importance of grammar and character creation.

However, they also talk about an overlaying message, of reaching out and having something important to say. A message for your audience to focus on and say, “This book is about the social structures of blah blah blah.” That’s fine. It’s ideal even. But what is writing really?

It’s every heartthrob of a … Read the rest

LMA shotgun team wins JV division in trap competition

Posted by | March 2, 2019 11:30 am

SCDNR Officer Billy Downer, Morgan Lowder, Broughton Lester and Daniel Newman.

The Laurence Manning Academy Shotgun Team recently competed in SCDNR’s trap competition in Edgefield. The JV team brought home the win for the JV division.

Broughton Lester won the Highest Overall (HOA) for the JV division, and the team finished as runners up in the overall competition.

AMBUCS comes to Summerton

Posted by | March 2, 2019 8:30 am

BCA General Manager Bob Edwards points out planned production line features for the Summerton plant against a backdrop of stored bicycle frames, while members of the AMBUCS National Board and Amtryke Advisory Board listen and ask questions.

Members of the AMBUCS National Board and Amtryke Advisory Board visited Summerton on February 22 to visit the new BCA plant. The visiting body toured the warehousing space, already partially full of BCA bike parts, and stood in the space which will be dedicated to producing Amtrykes, tricycles created for handicapped young children, teens and adults.

Bob Edwards, general manager for the Manning plant, walked everyone through the facility, pointing out features, areas which will need upgrading or cleaning prior to equipment being installed and the manufacturing path the tricycles will take through the coming production line.

“We already have … Read the rest

Turbeville clinic hosts ribbon cutting event

Posted by | March 1, 2019 7:50 pm

Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group dignitaries, Mayor Dwayne Howell and Dr. Kate Smith cut the ribbon at the Palmetto Health-USC Family Medicine office in Turbeville. Photo provided by Chris Moore.

Palmetto Health USC Medical Group hosted a ribbon cutting event at Palmetto Health USC Family Medicine in Turbeville on February 21. Although the business opened its doors a few weeks ago, it is officially announcing its presence to Clarendon County, welcoming visitors and new patients alike.

“It’s great to be here. This is an exciting day for Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and for Turbeville,” said Kevin Boggs, COO for Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group. “We have an opportunity to deliver great, compassionate care and to continue the legacy that is Dr. Smith. We’re so excited about that.”

Dr. Kate E. Smith, … Read the rest

Pets of the week

Posted by | March 1, 2019 7:19 pm

Rocky is a five-year-old, blond, male Lab mix. He currently weighs around 55 pounds, is current on all of his age-appropriate vaccinations, has tested negative for heartworms and has been neutered. Rocky is a very sweet guy but has lots of energy. He loves to play and walks well on a leash. If you are interested in this sweet and loveable little guy, you can get pre-approved to adopt by submitting your adoption application online at www.ASecondChanceAnimalShelter.com.


Leo is a two-year-old, gray and white, male Domestic Medium Hair cat. He is very sweet and loves to be held … Read the rest

Clarendon County School District Two Board of Trustees selects new superintendent

Posted by | March 1, 2019 7:16 pm

In a special-called meeting on February 25, the District Two Board of Trustees deliberated only a short time in executive session before returning to open session and unanimously voting to hire Dr. Shawn Johnson as the new superintendent.

Johnson, who is currently the superintendent for Barnwell School District 19 in Blackville, has a long background with the school systems in South Carolina, starting as a classroom teacher and working up through administration. His accolades include Superintendent of the Year—Region IIIA for 2016-2017, SC High School League Class 2A Conference President 2015, Closing the Achievement Gap Award Winner for 2007, 2009, … Read the rest

“We Are The Champions” Way To Go Lady Eagles!!!

Posted by | March 1, 2019 5:50 pm

Congratulations to the Lady Scott’s Branch High School Girls Basketball! They are the new 1A state champions after playing today at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia at 3:30 p.m against High Point Academy.

In Grandma’s garden

Posted by | February 28, 2019 7:19 pm

A glass of iced tea at my elbow and a bucket of string beans between my feet waiting for me to pull the “strings” and snap them in half—pure heaven. Many summer days were spent on my grandmother’s screened porch sharing secrets, talking about boys and politics, school and current events, my hopes for the future and her memories of the past while we processed food from her garden.

Every year my grandparents planted a massive garden of corn, string beans, okra, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, turnips, onions, cucumbers, squash, strawberries and whatever else struck their fancy. Framing … Read the rest

Undefeated and State Champions

Posted by | February 28, 2019 7:16 pm

Clarendon Hall varsity boys took home medals and the state champion trophy on Saturday night.

The Clarendon Hall varsity boys swept through the 2018-2019 basketball season undefeated, culminating in winning the state championship on February 23.

While Head Coach Anthony Reitenour felt confident his boys would have a fantastic season, he was not expecting a season quite like this. Facing close by teams as well as an international team, the Saints rose to every occasion, pushing to excel in each game.

“I expected one of them to knock us in the mouth,” said Reitenour. “But no matter what, the boys fought hard. Whatever level of competition they had, they kept pushing.”

Reitenour states no one … Read the rest

Letter To The Editor: A Bride’s WORST nightmare!

Posted by | February 28, 2019 5:21 pm

My fiance and I finally set a date for our wedding: April 27, 2019. We looked at a few venues and a local center in Manning caught our eye. The venue had an amazing package deal that fit our budget and fit my idea of a dream wedding.

On Septermber 24, 2018, we sat down with the booking coordinator. Before sitting down with her, we and another family member asked her if April 27, 2019, was available. She said, “Yes.”

We signed our contract and put our deposit down. We booked our dae, and we were so excited! We started … Read the rest

Be on the lookout

Posted by | February 28, 2019 11:59 am

The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office asks that everyone be on the lookout for a 2014 red Canam Outlander ATV stolen on February 24 from North Church St. in Summerton. If you have any information, please contact the Summerton Police Department at (803) 485-4385.

The Manning Times seeks new reporter/editor

Posted by | February 27, 2019 7:59 pm

Laura Stone has received a new job offer which will take her out of the state by mid-March. As a result, The Manning Times is seeking a full-time reporter/editor.


  • Strong writing skills
  • High level of editing skills
  • Familiar with AP Style Guide
  • Able to work a flexible schedule
  • A dependable vehicle and a driver’s license
  • Available on some evenings and weekends to cover meetings and events
  • Able to work unsupervised
  • Commitment to firm deadlines

If you meet these requirements, please send a resume with phone number to manningsctimes@gmail.com.

Manning High student signs with Apprentice

Posted by | February 27, 2019 4:00 pm

Keilah DuPree signed to play football with The Apprentice School, a four year vocational school in Newport News, Virginia, on Wednesday morning at Manning High School while his mother and grandfather looked on. For the full story, see the March 7 edition of The Manning Times. 

Summerton Strikes Back

Posted by | February 27, 2019 8:30 am

By Cedric Liqueur

The Force is with the Town of Summerton 4 MAIN…or at least it will be on Saturday, March 2, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. when Clarendon County Star Wars fans of all ages will welcome the 501st Legion for a Star Wars theme event.

This fanbased costuming organization of 12,600 Star Wars devotees from around the globe began—no, not on planet Mustafar or Naboo—but right here in South Carolina. It is the preferred costuming organization of Lucasfilm Ltd./Disney representing characters trademarked by George Lucas’ universe.

Summerton Strikes Back will unleash The Force and unite 4 MAIN, … Read the rest

Harvin Clarendon County Library March bookmobile schedule

Posted by | February 27, 2019 5:13 am

March Mobile Schedule

2nd and 4th Mondays, March 11 & 25

Summerton Piggly Wiggly 2:00-4:00

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, March 5 & 19

Turbeville IGA 2:00-4:00

3rd Wednesday, March 20

Shake Store on Kingstree Hwy 3:30-5:00

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, March 13 & 27

Lanes Shopping Center (Hwy 260) 1:00-2:00

J&E Suprette in Davis Station 2:30-4:30

1st and 3rd  Thursdays, March 7 & 21

Summerton Piggly Wiggly 9:30-1:00

Manning Primary School (afterschool program) 3:00-5:00

2nd and 4th Thursdays, March 14 & 28

Turbeville IGA 9:45-12:30

Barrineau Pentecostal Church 2:30-3:30… Read the rest


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