Monthly Archives: October 2015

Clarendon Baptist Trunk or Treat on Oct. 28

Posted on October 20, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu will hold a Trunk or Treat from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the CBC Family Life Center, 1780 Main St. in Alcolu. There will be games, food and fun. Bring a friend. No scary costumes, please!

Lee Earnest Dukes

Posted on October 20, 2015 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMMERTON – On Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, Lee Earnest Dukes, exchanged time for eternity at the Lake Marion Nursing Facility of Summerton.
Born Oct. 22, 1940, in Manning, he was a son of the late Nero and Pink Wilder Dukes.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the home of his sister, the Rev. Dorothy Mae Dukes, 213 Alfred Henry St. in Manning, SC.
Services are incomplete and shall be announced by the Fleming and DeLaine Funereal Home and Chapel.

Florida man arrested in Clarendon sentenced in federal court

Posted on October 20, 2015 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A 38-year-old Florida man arrested earlier this year in Clarendon County has been sentenced in federal court for interstate domestic violence and interstate violation of a protection order.
Robert W. McCandless of Bristol, Florida, was sentenced to a little more than 12.5 years in federal prison on Oct. 1.
McCandless pleaded guilty July 9 in federal court to violating a protection order after unlawfully entering his former girlfriend’s home Jan. 16, strangling the woman with a communications cord and then forcing her and the couple’s two children to travel with him out of Florida.
Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested … Read the rest

Happy Birthday: David Epperson

Posted on October 20, 2015 12:12 pm by Submitted by Reader

Bridget Epperson wishes her husband, Clarendon County Administrator David Epperson, a happy birthday from her and their children, Harper and Maggie.
“Thanks for all you do. Have a great day!”

MHS Class of 2005 to hold food drive Friday night at homecoming game

Posted on October 20, 2015 11:11 am by Submitted via Email

The Manning High School Class of 2005 will kickstart its 10th year Class Reunion Friday night at the Manning High School homecoming game with a canned food drive. Graduates are asking for the community to pull together in order to help those in need from the recent storm.

B-team Swampcats defeat Cardinal Newman

Posted on October 20, 2015 11:11 am by Submitted via Email

The Laurence Manning Academy football B-team improved to 6-1 on the season Monday afternoon with a 48-34 victory over Cardinal Newman in Columbia.
Gable Harris scored all six touchdowns for the Swampcats, while totaling 368 yard of total offense. Harris scored on three-kick returns of 70, 66 and 74 yards, respectively. Harris also rushed for three touchdowns of 31, 26 and 33 yards. Harris also scored on a two-point conversion as well. Nolan Osteen scored one two-point conversion, and Bennett Stephens scored on four two-point conversions.
Stephens also rushed nine times for 91 yards.
Jonathan Griffith recorded 11 tackles and … Read the rest

Dog found during flood at Florence Area Humane Society

Posted on October 20, 2015 11:11 am by Submitted via Email

This dog was found Oct. 14 during the aftermath of the recent flooding in the Clarendon County area. He is now being sheltered at the Florence Area Humane Society. If you are his owner or know his owner, call manager Wendy Wilton at (843) 669-2921.

Hospital board meeting postponed til Nov. 10

Posted on October 20, 2015 10:10 am by Submitted via Email

The Clarendon Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Oct. 27 has been postponed. It will be held 6:15 p.m. Nov. 10.

Mary Shadd Walker

Posted on October 20, 2015 8:08 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Mary Shadd Walker, widow of Jerry Walker Jr., died early Saturday morning, Oct. 17, 2015 at White Oak Manor in Columbia.
Born Feb. 17, 1922 in Summerton, she was the oldest child of Abraham and Rosa Lee Manning.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a stepmother, Elizabeth Harvin Shadd; a sister, Martha Miller; a brother, James Shadd Sr.; a son, James Odell Walker; a stepson, Leroy Dinkin; a daughter-in-law, Thelma E. Walker; and a stepdaughter, Mary Carter.
Mother Walker accepted Christ at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sumter. Upon marrying Jerry Walker Jr., she joined … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Posted on October 20, 2015 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 2-4 p.m. today at the Turbeville IGA. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Pet of the Day: Foxy

Posted on October 20, 2015 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

Foxy is a 12-week-old female rat terrier and husky mix who weighs six pounds right now. A Second Chance Animal Shelter of Clarendon County staff are not sure if she will be small like a rat terrier or medium-sized like a husky. But she is current on her shots and has been spayed. The adoption fee is $125 for all puppies. Come see them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the shelter on Alex Harvin Highway in Manning.

Clarendon 1 Community Resource Center to hold distribution at noon today

Posted on October 20, 2015 3:03 am by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMMERTON – Staff and volunteers at Clarendon School District 1’s Community Resource Center “labored tirelessly to ensure flood victims received donated items” during catastrophic rains and flooding in early October, said Kathleen Gibson.
“The items were donated by several agencies and churches, and even residents of Clarendon County, surrounding counties and other states,” Gibson said.
Center staff and volunteers focused exclusively on providing relief to community members who previously lived at Meadowfield Apartments in Summerton. The apartment complex will require about $1.5 million in repairs, according to management.
“These individuals lost their homes to the rain and flood waters and … Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted on October 20, 2015 12:12 am by Submitted via Email

1781 – Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase.
1805 – General Mack’s army surrender to Napoleon I at Ulm after a few skirmishes.
1910 – The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1935 – The Long March, a mammoth retreat undertaken by the armed forces of the Chinese Communist Party a year prior, ends.
1944 – Liquified natural gas leaks from storage tanks in Cleveland, then … Read the rest

In Loving Memory: Herbert Sharpe Sr.

Posted on October 19, 2015 9:09 pm by Submitted by Reader

“On Oct. 19, 2013, we lost our dad, Herbert Sharpe Sr. We know he’s in Jehovah’s memory, but the pain is still there. Even though he’s gone, he will never be forgotten We will not dwell on the time we won’t have with him, but remember the time we did. Love always, Joann, Herbert Jr., Deborah, Helena and grandkids.”

Georgia first responders donate to Manning relief efforts

Posted on October 19, 2015 4:04 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Claxton, Georgia Fire Chief Harold Rogers and Hagan, Georgia Police Chief Dale Kirkland presented the Manning Police Department and the City of Manning Friday with supplies gathered from their forces.
“We talked about donating to flood victims, and I contacted Chief Rogers,” Kirkland said. “We wanted to get as much stuff as we could for a small town. Our towns are separate, but we’re close to one another and we work well together.”
Hagan, Kirkland said, has about 1,000 residents, a little bigger than Turbeville. Clayton, Rogers said, has about 4,000, making it about the size of Manning.
“We are … Read the rest

SCDOT changes call center hours starting today

Posted on October 19, 2015 2:02 pm by Submitted via iPhone

The state Department of Transportation’s customer service center hours are now 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, until further notice.
To ask a question about a state road or report an issue, the public can reach the Customer Service Center at 1 (855) GO-SCDOT or 1 (855) 467-2368.
Information about state road closings and openings is also available on the SCDOT storm resources page,, which can be accessed via SCDOT’s home page,
The storm resources page also includes debris cleanup information; links to various maps and to SCDOT’s free 511 traveler system; and links to SCDOT … Read the rest

#ClarendonProud pictures starting Monday, next week

Posted on October 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Submitted via iPhone

For those participating in #ClarendonProud, Leigh Ann and Bobby will be making the rounds starting Monday to get those pictures for the paper and for The Great Flood of 2015 set us a little bit behind, but we’re looking forward to finding out your reasons for being #ClarendonProud next week!

Summerton SMC Homecoming set for Nov. 1

Posted on October 19, 2015 12:12 pm by Submitted via Facebook

Summerton Southern Methodist Church of Summerton will observe Homecoming services at 11 a.m. Nov. 1. Special music will be provided during the service. A covered dish dinner will be served in the Vernon Way Fellowship Hall following the service. All friends and former members of the church are invited to attend. Mike Watson is the host pastor.

Saturday’s fatal wreck the 12th for 2015, up 5 from previous year

Posted on October 19, 2015 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed Saturday morning in a wreck on Interstate 95.
Ralph Edward Sturgis, 60, of Brooksville, Florida, died about 11:55 a.m. Saturday after his tractor-trailer truck went off the right side of the road near the 118 mile-marker in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95. Clarendon County Dep. Coroner Charles Jackson said Sturgis died at the scene.
Jackson said an autopsy conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina Sunday morning gave a preliminary report of “total body blunt trauma” as the cause of death.
Sturgis’ is the 12th death to happen … Read the rest

Marion Elizabeth Geddings Galloway

Posted on October 19, 2015 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

SUMTER – Marion Elizabeth Geddings Galloway, 94, widow of Edward Aaron Galloway, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.
Born in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Harmon Moultrie Geddings Sr. and Ida Jane Wise Geddings.
Mrs. Galloway was a member of New Salem Baptist Church.
Survivors include two grandsons, Bryan Dawkins (Audra) and Kevin Dawkins (Melissa); five great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a sister, Betty Cornman of Warner Robins, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Galloway Dawkins.
Funeral services for Marion Elizabeth Geddings Galloway … Read the rest


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