Monthly Archives: January 2016

Friday deadline to participate in dove hunting survey

Posted on January 4, 2016 9:09 pm by Staff Reports

Friday is the final deadline for participants interested in the state Department of Natural Resource’s dove hunting survey, which is assessing the thoughts of active dove hunters to determine their preferences for seasons and bag limits.
The survey also asks about hunters’ hunting activities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually sets the framework within which individual states can select seasons, bag limits and methods of harvest for all migratory game birds, which include doves.
Individual states, like South Carolina, can select options that are more conservative than the Federal framework. No state may choose more liberal options than those … Read the rest

Man accused of punching microwave at Brunson Street home

Posted on January 4, 2016 7:07 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

A 66-year-old woman living in the 200 block of Brunson Street in Manning said a 24-year-old male living in the home allegedly punched a microwave in the home about 10:13 p.m. Jan. 1 before knocking a picture off the wall and going into his room and “throwing things on the floor,” according to reports from the Manning Police Department.
The woman said that the young man had been arguing with his girlfriend when he came in the home. The man told police that he did not punch anything and “that his jacket caught the corner of the picture frame and … Read the rest

Loraine Tucker Bagnal

Posted on January 4, 2016 5:05 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

Loraine Tucker Bagnal, 72, wife of William Edward Bagnal Sr., died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born June 12, 1943, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late James Henry Tucker and Evelyn Corbett White. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church at Wilson and the Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband of Manning; two sons, William E. “Billy” Bagnal Jr. (Norma Jean) of Clarksville, Tennessee, and James C. “Cliff” Bagnal (Stacey) of Manning; three daughters, Connie Bagnal Gibbons (Kent) of Turbeville and Lisa Bagnal Anderson (Bruce) and Libby Bagnal, both of … Read the rest

Margaret Faye Brunson Sifford

Posted on January 4, 2016 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Margaret Faye Brunson Sifford, 78, of Salisbury, was transferred from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant Jan. 2, 2016, at The Laurels of Salisbury, where she had been a resident since August 2014.
Born Oct. 7, 1937, in Clarendon County, “Faye” was the second daughter of the late William Alva Brunson and Margaret Stuckey Brunson.
Faye graduated from Summerton High School in Clarendon County, graduating in 1955. She received her bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Winthrop College in Rock Hill in 1959. Her first teaching position was Bradley Elementary School in Columbia.
Following her marriage to … Read the rest

Posted on January 4, 2016 1:01 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

Clarendon County Courthouse

Edward Allen Landry Sr.

Posted on January 4, 2016 10:10 am by Stephens Funeral Home

Edward Allen Landry Sr., 75, an owner-operator truck driver and longtime resident of Manning, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, at his home.
Born Sept. 24, 1940, in Syracuse, New York, he was a son of James Landry Sr. and Corrine LaLonde Landry. He was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life of 45 years, Alma Fox Landry. He was a devoted father. The well-being of his family was most important to him. He served in the U.S. Army, owned several transportation companies, was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus and was a member … Read the rest

Mary Bannister Boatwright

Posted on January 4, 2016 10:10 am by Robert Joseph Baker

BROOKLYN, New York – Mary Bannister Boatwright, 69, widow of James Boatwright, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, at Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn.
Born March 29, 1946, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Willie Dow and Lila Mae Bannister, and a stepdaughter of Mary Jane Glover Dow.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Taw Caw Missionary Baptist Church in Summerton, with the Rev. W.T., pastor, officiating; the Rev. Willie Starks presiding; and Bishop Daryl McFadden as eulogist.
Burial will follow in the churchyard cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the … Read the rest

Posted on January 4, 2016 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

3rd Annual Gospel Program Flyer

Cecil Chessley Langston Jr.

Posted on January 4, 2016 6:06 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Cecil Chessley Langston, Jr., 81, of Manning and formerly of Elim, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at his home after an illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Floyd Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Elim Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Floyd Funeral Home and an hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Born in Florence County, he was a son of the late Cecil Chessley Langston Sr. and Ida Mae Davidson Langston. He was a retired electronics technician, a member of the Woodmen … Read the rest

Mobile Library Schedule: Monday, Jan. 4

Posted on January 4, 2016 2:02 am by Submitted via Email

The Harvin Clarendon County Mobile Library will stop from 1-3 p.m. today at Wee Academy Daycare in Manning. For more information, call (803) 435-8633.

Today in History …

Posted on January 4, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

46 BCE – Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
871 – Battle of Reading: Æthelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
1490 – Anne of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the King of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lèse-majesté.
1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government.
1878 – Sofia is emancipated from Ottoman rule.
1896 – Utah is admitted as the 45th U.S. state.
1958 – Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from orbit.
1959 – Luna … Read the rest

Farley named St. Peter’s Lodge Freemason of the Year

Posted on January 3, 2016 6:06 pm by Submitted by Reader

St. Peter’s Lodge No. 54 presented Freemason of the Year to Carl Farley, owner of Palmetto Outdoors in Manning, in December.

New Year’s First Baby: Ayden Jermaine Fitts

Posted on January 3, 2016 2:02 pm by Breanna Bradham

Ayden Jermaine Fitts was born 4:54 a.m. Saturday at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, becoming Clarendon County’s first baby of 2016.
A son of Apryl Frank and Jermaine Fitts, he has two older siblings, Amiyrah Richardson, 3, and Aniya Brown, 8.
“While it might be surprising that the first baby of the year was born on the second, there were several babies who were born Dec. 31 that just missed being the first baby of the year,” said hospital interim CEO Paul Schumacher.
Ayden was 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Frank said her labor lasted about two hours. … Read the rest

Robert Lowry Walker

Posted on January 3, 2016 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

Robert Lowry Walker, 67, husband of Frances Kinard Walker, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
He was the only son of Eula Tidwell Walker and the late Lowry Lepage Walker. Mr. Walker was a member of Fraser Memorial Presbyterian Church and Claremont Masonic Lodge. He was a retired plumbing contractor and also retired from Clarendon County as a codes inspector.
Surviving are his wife of Sumter; his mother of Sumter; three children, Robert Lowry “Robbie” Walker of Manning, and Donna W. Gilbert and Roddy Walker, both of Greer; and four grandchildren, Carson Walker, Callie … Read the rest

Book features Clarendon, Gardner family history

Posted on January 3, 2016 9:09 am by Staff Reports

The fourth book published in a series of six that detail South Carolina families and their ties to historic moments heavily features Clarendon County.
Recently published by June M. Gardner, “Pop and the Gardners of Clarendon County,” details the descendants of Nathan Gardner, who settled in the Jack’s Creek area on the Santee River in the 1700s. A number of his descendants still live in Manning and Clarendon County to this day.
“Pop and the Gardners of Clarendon County” begins with the story of Greer L. Gardner, known as “Pop” or “Pert,” father-in-law of the author, who was born Oct. … Read the rest

Secret projects for 2016

Posted on January 3, 2016 6:06 am by Bobby Jonté

It’s that time of year.
Start planning for all those secret projects and New Year’s Resolutions. Before I get into my rant, let me tell some secret projects that happened in 2015. I kept a daily journal for the entire year.
I know the year is not over but I’m not worried about the last week. The journal has gone on so long, it’s a habit now. The last week will be no sweat. This month I went for a doctor’s appointment. I hadn’t been to the doctor in over six months. He told me that I had lost seven … Read the rest

Pet of the Day: Isabella

Posted on January 3, 2016 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

Isabella is a 5-year-old, black-and-white female domestic short haired cat. She is current on her shots and has been spayed. She was returned to Second Chance Animal Shelter because her owner is now on oxygen and can’t keep her. She is a sweet girl. The shelter, 5079 Alex Harvin Highway (U.S. 301), is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. To drop off an animal, call (803) 473-7075 for an appointment. If you’ve lost a pet, visit and

JCMC Haven of Rest to meet Wednesday

Posted on January 3, 2016 4:04 am by Submitted via Email

Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Reset will hold its regular public monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 4 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Parking is available in the lot nearest the entrance to the church’s fellowship hall. For more information, call Ann Driggers at (803) 460-5572.

Officials to celebrate courthouse’s 106th ‘birthday’

Posted on January 3, 2016 1:01 am by Robert Joseph Baker

The Clarendon County Courthouse was originally dedicated Jan. 5, 1910.
Local officials will come together 2 p.m. Tuesday to rededicate the long-standing structure, four months after the building opened back up to the public and nearly three years after it underwent extensive renovations.
“We will have a ceremony and ribbon cutting to celebrate the 106th anniversary of the courthouse’s dedication,” said Clarendon County Archives Director Nancy Cave. “It’s an odd year, but we figured with the courthouse just reopening, it would be a nice way to celebrate it.”
It will be the culmination of several other events that have heralded … Read the rest

Today in History …

Posted on January 3, 2016 12:12 am by Robert Joseph Baker

1521 – Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the papal bull Decet Romanum Pontificem.
1749 – Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
1848 – Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Liberia.
1861 – Delaware votes not to secede from the United States.
1925 – Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy.
1933 – Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position … Read the rest


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