Monthly Archives: February 2015

Gas leak at old Belk Building

Posted on February 18, 2015 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Manning Fire Chief Mitch McElveen said firefighters were toned out earlier to a possible gas leak at the old Belk Building on North Brooks Street, which is owned by Bobby Wilson.
“They have cut off the gas and there is no danger,” McElveen said. “They were trying to assess where the leak was coming from.”

No delays for Clarendon schools

Posted on February 18, 2015 6:06 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Though neighboring Williamsburg County School District has announced a two-hour delay, Clarendon County schools will open at their regular times on Thursday.
Clarendon 1 Superintendent Rose Wilder said her district has, however, canceled all after-school activities planned for Thursday.

Happy Birthday: Erline Gamble

Posted on February 18, 2015 5:05 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Manning Times and Stephens Funeral Home wish Erline Gamble a very happy birthday.

Nathan Phan places third in SCISA State Spelling Bee

Posted on February 18, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Laurence Manning Academy fourth-grade student Nathan Phan placed third in the South Carolina Independent School Association Spelling Bee held recently at Williamsburg Academy. He was one of 16 students competing in the fourth-grade category. He first competed in the LMA Spelling Bee to make it to state. Then, he placed in the Top 2 for the fourth-grade at the Regional Spelling Bee at Wilson Hall.
Nathan Phan

Happy Birthday: Whitney Welch

Posted on February 18, 2015 1:01 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

The Manning Times wishes Whitney Welch a very happy birthday!

Not too late to get your Taste of Home tickets!

Posted on February 18, 2015 12:12 pm by Leigh Ann Maynard

The Manning Times will be hosting a Taste of Home Cooking School on March 12 at Weldon Auditorium in Manning. General admission will be $12, VIP admission will be $35. VIP admission will start at 4 p.m. that day, with a meet and greet with the Taste of Home celebrity chef from 4:30-5:30 p.m. General admission starts at 5 p.m. The show on the Weldon stage will start at 7 p.m. There will also be food, arts and crafts and boutique vendors throughout the complex. Get your tickets at The Manning Times, 230 E. Boyce St. in Manning; Weldon Auditorium; … Read the rest

Swampcats win conference championship

Posted on February 18, 2015 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

The Laurence Manning Academy varsity Swampcats won the conference championship Tuesday night at the Sumter Exhibition Center, defeating Wilson Hall.

Striped Bass Festival plans solidifying

Posted on February 18, 2015 10:10 am by Staff Reports

The 36th annual Striped Bass Festival will be here before you know it.

Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce past president Ryan Way thanked several chamber supporters Tuesday night for their help with last year’s festival as planning is well underway for this year’s festivities.

This year’s celebration of the Striped Bass is slated to be held the weekend of April 24-26, Way said during a dinner at John Bassard Pond House.

The pageant will be held the weekend before, as will the poker run. On April 24, chamber sponsors will be honored at Land, Parker & Welch.

McDonald’s will once … Read the rest

Johns Island man leads deputies on chase

Posted on February 18, 2015 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

james edward owensA 29-year-old Johns Island man who led law enforcement officers from Sumter and Clarendon County on a high-speed chase early Tuesday afternoon was arrested in Clarendon County after Sumter deputies deployed stop sticks to flatten the suspect’s tires.
According to a report from the Sumter Sheriff’s Office, James Edward Owens was charged with failure to stop for blue light; violation of South Carolina gun law; resisting arrest; driving under suspension, second offense; possession of marijuana, second offense; and possession of a controlled substance. He is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending his next court hearing, which is scheduled … Read the rest

District 2 students could graduate with associate’s degrees and diplomas under new program

Posted on February 18, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Sophomores enrolled at Manning High School for the 2014-15 school year have an exciting opportunity headed their way.
The Clarendon School District 2 Board of Trustees approved Tuesday night a request from Central Carolina Technical College President Dr. Tim Hardee to implement a new dual-enrollment program that would see eligible students from this year’s sophomore class graduate in 2017 not only with a high school diploma, but also with an associate’s degree.
What Hardee called the “early college concept” would see students chosen for the 2015-16 school year – their junior year technically – spend the morning at F.E. DuBose … Read the rest

Windy Wednesday expected

Posted on February 18, 2015 9:09 am by Staff Reports

It’s currently 33 degrees with 91 percent humidity and calm winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Today should be mostly sunny with a high near 47. Light breezes are expected to pick up significantly, reaching 18 to 23 mph out of the southwest. A lake wind advisory is in effect.

Tonight’s low is around 21. Wind gusts might reach 30 mph.




Today in History …

Posted on February 18, 2015 5:05 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1861 – Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as provisional president of the Confederate States of American in Montgomery, Ala.
1878 – Outlaw Jesse Evans murders John Tunstall in Lincoln County, N.M., starting the Lincoln County Wars.
1885 – Mark Twain publishes “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
1970 – The Chicago Seven are found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Paul Francis Erickson

Posted on February 18, 2015 4:04 am by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMMERTON – Paul Francis Erickson, 90, husband of Donna Jean Racha Erickson, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at his residence.
Born November 27, 1924, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was a son of the late Carl John Erickson and Pearl Hemmingway Erickson. He was a member of Clarendon Baptist Church, also attending Seacoast Church and Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Survivors besides his wife of Summerton include five daughters, April Bryant-Taylor (Chris) of Prentiss, Mississippi, Paula Snyder (Michael) of Alcolu, Faith Rivera (Jose) of Savannah, Georgia, Jerry Kenyon of Dawsonville, Georgia and Christine Overbaugh of Brewerton, N.Y.; two sons, Leif Erickson (Heidi) of … Read the rest

Woman asks police to arrest another for slander

Posted on February 18, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

A 29-year-old Manning woman called the Manning Police Department about 7:10 p.m. Feb. 10 and said she wanted to file criminal charges against a 22-year-old Manning woman for “slander.”
Private 1st Class Shelton G. Case reported that the supposed victim said the suspect had been telling “everyone that (she) has herpes, and (she did not).”

Happy Birthday: John Witherspoon

Posted on February 18, 2015 3:03 am by Submitted by Reader

Tammy and Bryson Witherspoon sent us this message:
“We would like to wish John Witherspoon a very happy 40th birthday. We hope you have a wonderful day and many, many more. Love, Tammy and Bryson.”


Rachel Wiggins Hodge Boseman

Posted on February 18, 2015 2:02 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Rachel Wiggins Hodge Boseman, widow of Bennie Hodge Sr. and Edward Boseman, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at National Health Care in Sumter.
Born Oct. 15, 1915, in Berkeley County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Wiggins. She lived in Alcolu and Manning for many years and was employed by Sacony Manufacturing. She was the oldest member of Crosswell Baptist Church in Sumter.
Survivors for Rachel Wiggins Hodge Boseman include a son, Benny Hodge Jr. (Jean) of Sumter; two daughters, Dean Hodge Morgan of Lexington and Rita Hodge Weaner (Lowell) of Salem; six grandchildren, Cindy H. … Read the rest

House passes bill mandating agendas for public meetings

Posted on February 18, 2015 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

COLUMBIA (AP) — The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill that would require city and county councils and other public bodies to publish an agenda of what they plan to discuss and vote on at least 24 hours before their meetings.
The bill would set in law a common practice in the state. The need for a law emerged when the state Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that South Carolina’s current Freedom of Information Act did not require an agenda for public meetings.
The proposal would also require a two-thirds vote to change an agenda for … Read the rest

Taste of Home Recipe of the Day

Posted on February 18, 2015 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Manning Times is featuring one special recipe per day from our friends at Taste of Home until we host the Taste of Home Cooking School on March 12. Join us that day as celebrity chef Michelle Roberts provides great, easy and delicious recipes on the Weldon Auditorium stage. Craft, food and arts vendors will also be on hand. VIP admission is $35, while general admission is $12 before the event. Get your tickets at The Manning Times, the Chamber of Commerce or Weldon. Don’t miss it. In the meantime, enjoy this recipe for Hamburger Stew.
hamburger stew

Laura Alice Burnett Murphy

Posted on February 18, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

GILBERT – Laura Alice Burnett Murphy, 81, widow of James Elwood Murphy, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Lexington Medical Center.
Born September 18, 1933, in Hambden, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Burnett and Lillie Alice Bentley Burnett. She was a retired florist.
She is survived by a son, James Daniel Murphy (Connie) of Gilbert; three daughters, Charlene E. Murphy of Gilbert, Roxanne Carter (Bob) of Manning and Jackie Holloway (Roger) of Sulphur, Louisiana; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 20, 2015, at Crossroads Baptist Church in … Read the rest

Willie L. Whack Sr.

Posted on February 18, 2015 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Willie L. Whack Sr., 67, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 18, 1948, in Foreston, he was a son of the late Jack Whack Sr. and Mary McFadden Whack. He attended Clarendon County public schools. He was an independent truck driver and was a member of the Church of Christ of Manning.
Survivors include five children, Lisa (Glenn) Thames of Manning, Willie (Allison) Whack Jr. of Opelika, Ala., Johnny Whack of Columbia, Courtney (Tim) Walker of Sumter and Paula Whack of Columbia; three brothers, James Whack, Jack (Mary) Whack and David (Shirley) Whack, all of … Read the rest


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