Friday last day to send Hugo recollections

Posted by | August 27, 2014 6:46 am

Hurricane_Hugo_1989_sept_21_1844ZHurricane_Hugo_1989_sept_21_1844ZThe 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo is now less than a month away, and The Manning Times is looking for your recollections now for an upcoming special edition. What do you remember about the night of the storm, or of the aftermath? How long were you without electricity? What did you do to cope and survive? Please send them, your pictures, along with your full name and area in Clarendon County, to as soon as you can. We can’t wait to hear from you!

A guide to county’s crackdown on primary residence ‘fraud’

Posted by | August 27, 2014 5:03 am

primary residenceprimary residenceThe owners of 180 properties spread throughout Clarendon County will be getting an interesting letter from the county soon. Clarendon Administrator David Epperson said Tuesday that these properties are misidentifying as “primary residences,” and they are being assessed at the wrong interest rate for property tax purposes. “There are certain requirements you have to go through and meet for the Assessor’s Office to qualify your property as one of primary residence, which leads to a lower interest rate of 4 percent,” Epperson said. “If you can’t meet those requirements, your property is assessed at the rate of 6 percent.” Through… Read the rest

Lady Swampcats defeat Carolina Academy

Posted by | August 26, 2014 10:34 pm

LMA ShieldLMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy Lady Swampcats Volleyball Team defeated Carolina Academy in three games on Tuesday, with scores of 26-24, 25-12 and 25-19. Courtney Beatson had eight kills and seven serve points, while Sara Herbert had five kills and 16 serve points. The team plays Wednesday against Williamsburg Academy.  

Florence County following car on I-95 toward Clarendon

Posted by | August 26, 2014 8:34 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolSouth_Carolina_Highway_PatrolDispatchers have alerted Clarendon County authorities that Florence County law enforcement officers are currently following a vehicle headed toward Clarendon County in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95. Reports indicate the driver of the small blue car fled the scene of a crime in progress, and Florence County deputies are attempting to make the vehicle return to Florence County. Be careful out there.

County officials: 180 properties misidentifying as ‘primary residences’

Posted by | August 26, 2014 5:14 pm

property-tax-house1property-tax-house1Clarendon County officials said Tuesday that a partnership with a Charlotte-based company has uncovered 180 properties on the county’s tax rolls that are incorrectly identified as the owners’ primary residences. “This is a project that we have been working on for the past year,” said Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson. “This has really been a problem throughout the state of South Carolina where you have property owners with homes in more than one location, and they’re claiming both homes as primary residences.” Homes claimed as primary residences carry a tax-assessed value of 4 percent. Second homes that are not recognized… Read the rest

Arlena Wilson Spann

Posted by | August 26, 2014 4:40 pm

OBITS-BACKGROUND-8-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-8-smallerArlena Wilson Spann, devoted wife of 62 years to Willie Lee Spann Sr., died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning. Born Nov. 30, 1936, in Bordeau, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Rev. James Maylon and Willie Mae Tucker Wilson. The family will receive friends at the home, 200 Collins St. in Manning. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced by Fleming and Delaine Funeral Home and Chapel of Manning.

Counterfeit bills being used at Manning businesses

Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:52 pm

counterfeit-moneycounterfeit-moneyDet. Rick Elms with the Manning Police Department said Tuesday that a string of counterfeit bills have been used at businesses within city limits in the past week. Businesses hit have included the Dollar General at 500 W. Boyce St.; the CVS at 471 W. Boyce St.; Walmart on Paxville Highway; and the Dollar General at 610 S. Mill St. “We do have a possible counterfeiting ring going around town, and we want businesses to be aware of what’s going on,” Elms said. He advised that, in some instances, those passing the bills – which included denominations in $20, $50… Read the rest

Floral Studio holds ribbon cutting

Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:28 pm

GHFS ribbon cutGHFS ribbon cut               A new floral studio on West Rigby Street hosted a ribbon cutting today and was officially welcomed into the Manning business community. “We look forward to serving you and to you serving the community,” John Belding, told Helen Brailsford, the owner of Garden House Floral Studio. “It’s exciting to have new ventures come into town,” the incoming president of the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce told her. Manning Mayor Julia Nelson was also on hand, along with City Administrator Scott Tanner and Carrie Trebil, the director of tourism and community development. See the… Read the rest

Fire in woods on I-95

Posted by | August 26, 2014 12:07 pm

CCFDCCFDThe Clarendon County Fire Department and other emergency responders are currently fighting a fire in a wooded area between the 133 and 135 mile-markers in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. Traffic will likely be slower during this time.

First Day of School: Sophie Astin Lee

Posted by | August 26, 2014 11:16 am

sophie-astin-leesophie-astin-leeSophie Astin Lee attended her first day of K5 at Laurence Manning Academy on Monday. Send your back-to-school pictures to, and we will post them on a first-come, first-served basis. Public, private and home schools are welcome to send.  

Saturday with the Superintendent

Posted by | August 26, 2014 10:02 am

John Tindal - Clarendon 2John Tindal - Clarendon 2Clarendon School District 2 Superintendent John Tindal will meet with anyone in the district or community who would like to speak with him from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the district office, 15 Major Drive in Manning. For more information, call assistant to the superintendent Delphia Barr at (803) 435-4435.

Perry Wilson Jr.

Posted by | August 26, 2014 9:09 am

OBITS-BACKGROUND-7-smallerOBITS-BACKGROUND-7-smallerPerry “P.L.” Wilson Jr. died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Clarendon Extended Care & Rehab at Lake Marion. Born Nov. 3, 1949, he was a son of Lucille Fleming Wilson and the late Perry Wilson Sr. He attended Clarendon County public schools. He began his career as a farmer and later became a truck driver. He was formerly married to Ruth Ragin. Survivors besides his mother include a son, Perry M. (Nada Regina) Wilson; sister, Lizzie Preston of Manning; brothers, Robert (Louise) Wilson of Sumter, Lee E. Wilson of Sumter, and Leroy Wilson, Jackie Wilson and Henry Wilson, all of… Read the rest

Post your Labor Day closing on

Posted by | August 26, 2014 6:51 am

LABOR DAYLABOR DAYIs your business going to be closed on Labor Day? We know about the schools, the banks and the Harvin Clarendon County Library, but we don’t know about others in the county. Let us know at by noon Saturday, and we will post a list at 5 a.m. Monday letting folks know that you are closed for the day to enjoy time with your family and friends. We look forward to hearing from you!

Margie Jean Kelly

Posted by | August 26, 2014 5:29 am

Margie Jean KellyMargie Jean KellyMargie Jean Kelly Margie Jean Kelly, 81, widow of Billy Kelly, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Born in Bonito Springs, Fla., she was a daughter of the late George Thomas and Goldie Boyett Strickland. She was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, and a member of the Clemson Extension Homemakers Association from 1988-2000, serving as president for seven years. Surviving include a son, George A. Kelly of Hartsville; a daughter, Kimberly H. Coker of Hartsville; and two grandchildren, Joshua Kelly of Hartsville and Pagelynn Coker of Turbeville. Graveside services for Margie Jean Kelly were held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014,… Read the rest

Meter box on fire at mobile home

Posted by | August 25, 2014 6:48 pm

CCFDCCFDThe Clarendon County Fire Department is currently responding to a fire at a mobile home in the 1400 block of Stukes Road near Lake Marion. According to dispatch, a meter box connected to the structure is showing heavy smoke.

Happy Birthday: Althea Gibson

Posted by | August 25, 2014 6:44 pm

althea gibsonalthea gibsonIf you head over to today, you’ll notice a famous Clarendon County native as part of the page’s ever-changing home image. Today would have been Althea Gibson’s 87th birthday. The Silver native, who moved to New York when she was 3, was the first African-American woman to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.    

Say hello to Petty Officer Shantay Peterson

Posted by | August 25, 2014 4:50 pm

shantay-petersonshantay-petersonPetty Officer Shantay Peterson is a 1995 Manning High School graduate currently serving as an information system technician in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. She performs core and speciality functions of communications operations, messaging processing and networking administration and security; establishes, monitors and maintains radio frequency communications systems; performs spectrum management within an area of responsibility; handles, stores and retrieves incoming and outgoing messages; performs network system administration, maintenance and training; manages, plans and coordinates unit-level information systems security and integration across platforms, fleets and services; and ensures the proper security, distribution, handling, accounting, reporting and control… Read the rest

VVA Manning Chapter meets Sept. 4

Posted by | August 25, 2014 2:06 pm

vvalgvvalgThe Manning chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America No. 960 will meet 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the American Legion Hut on Sunset Drive in Manning. All veterans are invited to bring their spouses to join the group for a potluck supper. For more information, call Paul Taylor at (803) 460-5940, or Dennis Reynolds at (803) 460-8551.

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