Man facing life this week for criminal sexual conduct charges in Clarendon court

Posted by | February 2, 2015 7:53 pm

imageimageThe state Attorney General’s Office began its case Monday against a 67-year-old Olanta man on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor; and three counts of committing or attempting a lewd act upon a child younger than 16. Melvin Mack McElveen of 4161 Turbeville Highway in Olanta was arrested June 18, 2013, on warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division that alleged the suspect engaged “in a sexual battery with a minor younger than 11 between May 1, 2010, and July 3, 2012,” and another minor “between… Read the rest


Three named to honor roll at Charleston Southern

Posted by | February 2, 2015 4:25 pm

charleston southerncharleston southernCHARLESTON – The Charleston Southern University Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs has announced the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester. The following Manning area residents were named to the list: Adrianna Lea Nativida Chapman, a freshman majoring in graphic design from Manning; Robert Lewis Hinson, a sophomore majoring in biology, wildlife emphasis from Manning; Jordan Katherine Lee Evans, a sophomore majoring in kinesiology from New Zion In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must have earned at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5 or higher GPA during fall 2014 semester.

Downed power line causes grass fire on Greenall Road

Posted by | February 2, 2015 3:18 pm

The Clarendon County Fire Department is currently responding to a grass and woods fire on Greenall Road at Fox Hill Drive near Davis Station. According to dispatch, the fire was caused by a downed power line. Manninglive.com will have an update if the situation becomes serious or threatens people or structures. CCFDCCFD

Downed power line leads to grass fire at local church

Posted by | February 2, 2015 2:18 pm

CCFDCCFDThe Clarendon County Fire Department is currently responding to a grass fire at Harmony Presbyterian Church in the 8000 block of U.S. 301. According to dispatch, the fire was caused by a power line taken down by winds in the county that have reached gusts of 35 mph today. Manninglive.com will have an update if a serious situation develops, or the fire threatens the church.

Watch us talk Taste of Home on The Jeffrey Lampkin Show

Posted by | February 2, 2015 1:57 pm

Manning Times Publisher Leigh Ann Maynard and Editor Robert J. Baker appeared Sunday morning on The Jeffrey Lampkin Show. Lampkin, a Manning native, was kind enough to host The Manning Times as we promote our upcoming Taste of Home and announce some exciting door prizes, including a $2,500 grand prize donated by Prothro Chevrolet. If you didn’t get a chance to see the show Sunday, you can view it by visiting this link. Tickets for the Taste of Home are going fast. General admission is $12, and VIP admission is $35. We want to thank Jeffrey and WACH Fox… Read the rest

United Ministries asking for ‘Heart Healthy’ non-perishables

Posted by | February 2, 2015 1:50 pm

United Ministries of Clarendon County Executive Director Dennis Bassin is requesting donations of canned fruits and vegetables, along with any product made with whole grains, in order to promote a heart healthy month for Food Bank clients. He is also asking any churches, businesses or civic organizations that are not currently members to join. Bassin can be reached at (803) 460-3192 or dbassin@limestone.edu. heart-healthy-meal-planning-300x300heart-healthy-meal-planning-300x300

District 2 deploys digital devices

Posted by | February 2, 2015 1:33 pm

Just another Macbook Monday. This morning in the media center at Manning High School, students were given Macbook Airs as part of a grant-fueled technology learning initiative. “I think it’s pretty cool,” senior Shemar Mathis said as he waited for the Wi-Fi connection to link up. “It helps take a little bit of stress off the teachers, too.” Technology will be crucial for his career, as Mathis has been studying welding at F.E. Dubose Career Center. He plans on enrolling in Central Carolina Technical College after graduation, which will be free — just like the Macbook Air — as he’s… Read the rest

Woman: Husband threatened to cut her head off with machete

Posted by | February 2, 2015 12:00 pm

A 77-year-old woman living in the 500 block of Sunset Drive in Manning told the Manning Police Department about 11:28 a.m. Jan. 25 that her 71-year-old husband picked up a machete and threatened to kill her by cutting off her head during an argument earlier that morning. The victim said the argument started because her husband would not take her to church, and alleged that the man continuously said he was going to hit her. She said that ultimately no physical altercation took place. The suspect told police that the argument was about him not being able to pick her… Read the rest

Local pastors plan Community Crusade

Posted by | February 2, 2015 11:41 am

Adrian_Despres_bioAdrian_Despres_bioMore than 10 Clarendon County churches are joining with a couple from Sumter County bring a one-of-a-kind event to fruition. The 2015 Area-wide Spring Crusade won’t be held until 6:30 p.m. daily from March 15-18 at Manning High School’s Carl Ramsey Stadium, but its genesis started in mid-2014. “A group of pastors initially started meeting from some of the local Baptist churches,” said Pastor Mike DeCosta of Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu. Initially the small group consisted of pastors Graham Bochman of Providence Baptist Church, Leon Winn of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Neal Sweet of Home Branch Baptist Church… Read the rest

Posted by | February 2, 2015 11:40 am

The city of Manning is once again asking students to take part in a writing competition in celebration of “Cities Mean Business” Month. “Cities Mean Business” Month, observed each February, celebrates local successes in forging stronger relationships between cities and towns and the businesses located within them. The city is providing several prompts to help students think about how businesses and city government can work together to make a stronger community. Students can write in any format a poem, essay, or short story. Prompts include: What does the mayor do? If I were mayor for a day … What happens… Read the rest

Clarendon County Relay for Life Update

Posted by | February 2, 2015 10:39 am

2014relay392014relay39Clarendon County Relay for Life teams have three upcoming fundraisers planned, far in advance of the actual event itself in May. Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and Clarendon County Team representative Dep. Annett Smith has a bake sale planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the County Administration Building, 411 Sunset Drive in Manning. Paulette King of the King Team will be holding the team’s annual Yard Sale and Fish Fry from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 at her home, 7917 Greeleyville Highway in Manning. Orders may be placed by calling King at (803) 473-6070. Smith… Read the rest

Grief Support Group to meet

Posted by | February 2, 2015 10:34 am

Bethlehem, Jordan and Union United Methodist churches will join Agape Hospice of Manning in holding a support group for those who have lost loved ones in the past two years. The first meeting will be held noon Feb. 21 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall. Lunch will be served. For more information, call Pastor Wallace Culp at (803) 435-4000.

Juanita Bethune Wilson Pendergrass

Posted by | February 2, 2015 10:06 am

Juanita Bethune Wilson Pendergrass, widow of Woodrow Wilson and Jackson Pendergrass, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Born Aug. 3, 1925, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Viola Bethune Richburg and James Henry Gibson. She attended Clarendon County public schools. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zero Missionary Baptist Church in Paxville. She was a faithful member there until relocating to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she placed her membership at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was employed as a domestic worker for many years. She later relocated… Read the rest

90 percent chance of rain today

Posted by | February 2, 2015 9:34 am

It’s pretty rainy thus far. And it probably won’t dry up any time soon. It’s currently 58 degrees with 98 percent humidity and southwest winds at 10 mph gusting to 20 mph, according to the National Weather Service. We might have a thunderstorm before 1 p.m. Today’s high is near 60 and it’s forecast to be windy: Winds out of the west could reach as high as 39 mph.; a lake wind advisory is in effect. Tonight’s low is around 27.  

The value of a buck

Posted by | February 2, 2015 9:32 am

dan geddingsdan geddingsWhat is the value of a thing? Do we measure value only in economic worth? Or is value measured by the quality of our lives? The two are usually tied together in some way. How do we value our outdoor experiences? On a recent late season deer drive I had the opportunity to reflect on how we value some things. It was a beautiful morning with golden sun beams streaming down through the towering pines. The air was frosty, but not too cold. A pack was running far out in the pines, to my front, and another pack was coming… Read the rest

Tell us who you think folks should know in Clarendon County

Posted by | February 2, 2015 8:05 am

The Manning Times is featuring 64 folks in our annual Clarendon Magazine, the guide to Clarendon County, in 2015. We have picked 49, and have room for 15 more. That’s where y’all come in. We want you to sound off on someone interesting in Clarendon County. Know someone who does a lot for local charities? Tell us. Know someone who has overcome crazy obstacles, has kept their optimism and uses their story to uplift others? Send ’em our way. We want regular folks doing extraordinary things. Please send full names – and contact information, making sure this person knows they’re… Read the rest

Today in history …

Posted by | February 2, 2015 5:25 am

1922 – “Ulysses” by James Joyce is published. 1943 – The Battle of Stalingrad in World War II comes to a conclusion as Soviet troops accept the surrender of 91,000 of the Axis forces. 1989 – The last Soviet armored column leaves Kabul, Afghanistan. 2004 – Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the No. 1 ranked men’s singles tennis player, a position he will hold for a record 237 weeks.

Lillian B. Owens

Posted by | February 2, 2015 4:57 am

LAKE CITY – Lillian B. Owens, 84, widow of Charles A. Owens Sr., died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, from injuries sustained in an automobile wreck. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at Floyd Funeral Home Chapel in Olanta, with burial following in Bible Temple Cemetery in Coward. The family received friends for an hour prior to services t the funeral home. Born in Charleston County, she was a daughter of the late Vivian Valentine Brandon and Rubie Turner Brandon. She was a member of Bible Outreach Ministries. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Vivian Johnson and… Read the rest

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