Teacher, husband found dead at New Zion home

Posted on October 31, 2019 5:05 pm by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office reported the discovery of two bodies at a home in the New Zion area Thursday morning, one of which belonged to a longtime Laurence Manning Academy teacher.
The school reported on its Facebook page early Thursday morning that the teacher, 40-year-old Jessica Purvis McFaddin and her husband, Samuel Raymond “Ray” McFaddin III, 39, had been killed in “a tragic accident.” Reports from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office stated Thursday afternoon that “preliminary results of the investigation appear to be from a result of an apparent domestic violence situation.”
The McFaddins’ bodies were discovered by a … Read the rest

Manning woman charged with homicide in death of 4 month old

Posted on June 21, 2019 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged a 21-year-old Manning woman Thursday afternoon with homicide by child abuse.
In warrants released Friday, SLED agents allege that Rondasha Steward found her four-month-old son face-down and unresponsive in his crib on June 1 and “did not seek medical attention. Reports further allege that the suspect the 21-year-old suspect left the child at the home alone without notifying anyone. Other family members found the deceased infant about an hour later, reports state.
SLED agents and local law enforcement, including deputies from the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office, allege that Steward’s failure to seek medical … Read the rest

Richbourg announces retirement

Posted on May 1, 2019 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Fire Department will have a new leader for the first time in more than a decade.
In a letter dated April 26, County Administrator David Epperson announced the retirement of longtime firefighter and Chief Frances Richbourg, one of the few women to hold such a position in South Carolina.
Her retirement is effective today. Deputy Chief Michael Johnson has been named interim chief.
“Throughout her career, she has been a trend-setter, serving as the county’s first female fire chief and one of only a few female fire chiefs in South Carolina,” Epperson wrote. “She was the handler … Read the rest

Judge James Dingle, 89, has passed away

Posted on April 29, 2019 3:03 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Judge James Dingle completed an entire career before many of his judicial contemporaries finished high school.
As an educator for more than 40 years with C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville, Dingle also served as a football coach; an athletics director; an industrial arts teacher; and as assistant high school administrator.
But when asked about his long career, he just smiles and has a simple answer.
“I was just a down home country boy who went off and made good and came back home to work in my community,” he told The Manning Times in 2016.
Judge James Dingle, 89, … Read the rest

Clarendon native, member of ECHS State Title-winning team to head Manning football

Posted on April 22, 2019 8:08 pm by Robert Joseph Baker

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Reggie Kennedy has led football programs at six different South Carolina high schools, one of them twice.
His eighth stint as head coach will be Manning High School. Currently the coach at Irmo High School, Kennedy made his final decision and presented it Monday to the Clarendon School District 2 and high school administrative staff.
The Clarendon County native was a member of the East Clarendon High School 1985 State Championship team, and then attended South Carolina State University. There, he earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors.
According to information from The State newspaper, Kennedy went 20-35 in five years with … Read the rest

CCSO searching for man accused of burglary, domestic violence

Posted on April 17, 2019 1:01 pm by Staff Reports

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Deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a 36-year-old man accused of first-degree burglary and first-degree domestic violence.
Bobby Ray Pillsbury is described as weighing about 160 pounds and standing about 5-feet-7-inches tall.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414.

Bill proposes school district consolidation; Districts 1, 3 release joint statement

Posted on April 11, 2019 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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Clarendon School Districts 1 and 3 issued a joint statement late Tuesday afternoon to address a State Senate bill that could see the districts become one as early as August 2020.
“As you may be aware, our state legislature is considering many important educational issues during this current session, including consolidation,” reads the release. “Senate Bill 203 is being debated this week in the Senate. As it is written, it would require that Tier IV county school districts with less than 1,500 students consolidate with another district in the same county.”
The bill also sets deadlines for impacted school districts … Read the rest

Suspect in student’s death declines to show for bond court

Posted on March 31, 2019 3:03 pm by Staff Reports

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A 24-year-old New Zion man charged in Columbia in the kidnapping and death of a 21-year old University of South Carolina student will remain in jail for at least 45 days.
Bond was continued for Nathaniel David Rowland after the suspect declined to show for court Sunday afternoon and waived his rights to the hearing. Rowland is charged with one count of murder and one count of kidnapping, accused of taking Samantha Josephson, 21, of New Jersey from the Five Points area of Columbia early Friday morning and later dumping her body about 70 miles southeast in a wooded area … Read the rest

Missing student’s body found in New Zion

Posted on March 30, 2019 7:07 pm by Johnny Weeks

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The search for a University of South Carolina student missing since early Friday morning came to an end in Clarendon County.
Authorities said that a group of hunters found the body of Samantha Josephson, 21, a New Jersey political science major with plans to attend law school in the fall.  She was found at 1:30 pm Saturday on Black Bottom Road, a secluded dirt road near the town of New Zion.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write these words this morning,” said USC President Harris Pastides. “Our prayers are with the family and friends of Samantha … Read the rest

NJ man killed in wreck

Posted on March 22, 2019 5:05 pm by Staff Reports

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A 72-year-old New Jersey man was killed Friday morning on Interstate 95 near the 105 southboud mile-marker, according to Clarendon County Coroner Bucky Mock.
“Kenneth Takacs died at the scene from multiple blunt force trauma around 10:40 a.m.,” Mock said. “Mr. Takacs was wearing a seatbelt.”

Clarendon Hall announces new headmaster

Posted on March 19, 2019 3:03 pm by Submitted via Email

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Clarendon Hall will have a new headmaster as of July 1, according to a release from the school’s Board of Trustees.
Kelley B. Wannamaker was on campus Tuesday, introducing herself to the full faculty and staff. She succeeds Headmaster Phillip J. Rizzo Jr., who announced his retirement in January. Rizzo, who will remain at Clarendon Hall through June 30, and will assist in the transition, has led the school for six years.
A native South Carolinian, Wannamaker received her bachelor of science and master of education degrees from the University of South Carolina. She has been in the education field … Read the rest

One killed in 4-car wreck

Posted on March 15, 2019 11:11 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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One person is dead after a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 late Thursday evening.
Lance Cpl. david Jones of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of a 2003 Honda Accord died about 8 p.m. Thursday after being hit from behind by a 2015 Toyota Camry, which was itself hit from behind by a flatbed tractor trailer truck. Jones said the Accord then hit the back of a 2002 Ford F-350 truck.
The victim’s name was not immediately available.
Jones said the drivers of the other three vehicles were uninjured.

Clarendon County man arrested on Child Pornography charges

Posted on February 20, 2019 6:06 pm by Laura Stone

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David Dwayne Womack, 28, of Olanta, was arrested on February 14, 2019, on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, third degree (§16-15-410).

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson announced the arrest. The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), both members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, assisted ICAC Task Force investigators with the Attorney General’s Office to make the arrest.

Investigators received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which led them to Womack. According to investigators, Womack possessed multiple files of child … Read the rest

Manning man dead after shooting incident

Posted on November 8, 2018 9:09 am by Robert Joseph Baker

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A Clarendon County man is dead after a shooting incident at a Paxville Highway home about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched about that same time to a home in the 8800 block of Paxville Highway after 911 operators reported a shooting. Charles Lee Cummings was hit twice in the chest and shoulder area. He later died as a result of his injuries, according to reports.
“At this time, the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident, and the subject remains at large,” said Sheriff Tim Baxley in a release. “This is not a … Read the rest

Randolph Lee “Randy” Garrett Jr.

Posted on August 26, 2018 2:02 pm by Stephens Funeral Home

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Randolph Lee “Randy” Garrett, Jr., 64, widower of Barbara Brock Garrett, died Saturday, August 25, 2018, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.

Born May 25, 1954, in Moncks Corner, he was a son of the late Randolph Lee Garrett, Sr. and the late Ada Jean Wiles Garrett. He was a former chief of police for the city of Manning and the former sheriff of Clarendon County.

He is survived by three daughters, Lamonda Sweat of Manning, Christina Garrett of Florence and Brittney Garrett of Summerville; two grandchildren, Dori Sweat and Jake Sweat; two brothers, Adam Carroll of Eutawville and Randy Lee … Read the rest

2 Manning residents found by N. Charleston Police with meth, $100K

Posted on June 8, 2018 6:06 pm by Staff Reports

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Two Manning residents were arrested Friday and were each charged by the North Charleston Police Department with trafficking methamphetamine after a traffic stop.
The stop came after North Charleston police officers watched a black SUV driven by Courtney Louise Herlong, 40, “drive aimlessly around closed businesses near Tanger Outlets,” according to a report from the Charleston Post and Courier at about 4 a.m. Friday.
“The vehicle was driving around with no purpose and was traveling around closed businesses,” according to a police report released Friday afternoon. The SUV, a black Dodge Durango, sped away when the officers first pulled behind … Read the rest

Stephen King-based TV series to film in Manning, seeks more than 300 local extras

Posted on June 6, 2018 12:12 pm by Robert Joseph Baker


A TV show whose second season won’t even premier til Aug. 22 is already filming is season finale in Manning.
Production associates with the Stephen King-based series “Mr. Mercedes” are seeking 300 local extras for the episode, which will film in Manning June 12-14.
“Mr. Mercedes is an American mystery thriller television series based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King that premiered on Aug. 9, 2017, on Audience,” reads a release from the company in charge of the production. “David E. Kelley is the showrunner and it stars Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway. On Oct. 10, … Read the rest

2 arrested after shooting incident

Posted on June 5, 2018 1:01 pm by Staff Reports


Two Summerton men were taken to jail May 22 after deputies with the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office discovered the pair had been shooting at one another at a Davis Station convenience store.
According to a report from Sheriff Tim Baxley, the incident happened about 8:30 p.m. May 22, and dispatch notified deputies of a shooting happening in the Davis Station area of Clarendon County.
“Thereafter, during the investigation, two subjects involved were identified at David Bodger and Akeem Croslen,” Baxley said in his release. “Following (further) investigation, Bodger and Croslen were arrested without incident.”
Bodger is charged with attempted murder; … Read the rest

Turbeville prison corrections officer charged with smuggling cell phone

Posted on June 5, 2018 12:12 pm by Staff Reports

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A Columbia woman who had only been working with the South Carolina Department of Corrections for a couple months faces years in prison after allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone into Turbeville Correctional Institution recently.
Prison officials announced Monday that Kyontae Ty’ Tiauna Moni Stroman of 1340 Longcrek Drive, Apt. 1217, in Columbia was arrested Sunday and charged with furnishing or attempting to furnish a prisoner with contraband, violation of the state’s ethics law, and misconduct in office.
Warrants allege that prison officials caught Stroman “trying to bring a cell phone and charger that wre hidden inside her state-issued … Read the rest

Florida man charged after chase

Posted on May 21, 2018 10:10 am by Staff Reports

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The Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Florida man with failure to stop for a blue light after a 25-mile chase through Clarendon County Monday morning.
Robert Charles Tock, 31, of Hermosa, Florida, was reportedly driving near the 123 southbound mile-marker on Interstate 95 when deputies initiated a traffic stop. Tock allegedly made for the 122 southbound exit before crossing back over onto the Interstate and heading to the 119 southbound mile-marker, riding down through Paxville and on U.S. 15 South to Summerton and then back to Manning.
Sheriff Tim Baxley said the man suspect was finally detained on … Read the rest


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