Former Santee Cooper fishing guide wins Walmart Division tournament

Posted by | March 25, 2014 2:16 pm

rayovactournamentSUMMERTON – Lex Costas of Daniel Island weight a five-bass limit totaling 32 pounds and 14 ounces on Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Tournament of 2014 on the Santee Cooper lakes. He earned $3,255 for his victory. A former guide on lakes Marion and Moultrie, Costas used his local knowledge to bring in the massive limit that would have topped any single day catch in the Rayovac FLW Series event held just a week before.

“I never thought I would catch 32 pounds,” Costas said. “I caught fish in five different places. We … Read the rest

Rev. James Howell Spires

Posted by | March 25, 2014 12:51 pm

The Rev. James Howell Spires, 78, of Hodge Circle in Manning, widower of Ruth Marie Davidson Spires, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Born in Aiken, he was a son of the late Cola Blease Spires and Emma Lowe Spires Knight. He pastured a number of churches in West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida and South Carolina. The Rev. Spires was a member of Manning Baptist Temple in Manning.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Richard) Barwick of Manning and Terry (Guy) Spires-Vaughan of Ringgold, Ga.; a son, Julian Lee (Ann) Spires of Proctorille, Ohio; two sisters, Miriam Carrow of North Augusta and Jean Read the rest

Summerton Lions Club walks for sight

Posted by | March 25, 2014 11:27 am

Summerton Lions Club members came together March 24 to participate in the statewide Walk for Sight, an opportunity for Lions Clubs throughout the state to further connect with local towns and cities to shine a spotlight on the group’s motto, “We Serve.”


During the Walk for Sight held March 24 in Summerton, Anthony Smith stopped for applications for himself and his wife.

Founded in 1917, the Lions are best known for fighting blindness, according to Lions International. They also perform volunteer work for other community projects, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and … Read the rest

LMA B-Team defeats Colleton Prep

Posted by | March 25, 2014 9:45 am

LMA ShieldThe Laurence Manning Academy B-Team girls defeated Colleton Prep on Monday night in Walterboro. Emily Walker was winning pitcher, with eight strikeouts and was 3-5 with an in-the-park homerun. Olivia Coker was 3-5 with an in-park homerun; Caroline Robinson went 3-5 with a triple; and Maggie Josey and Ann Bethea Barwick both went 3-5. Annie Patrick had a double, and Liz Hussey pitched three innings and had seven strikeouts.


Dorothy Loretta Wilson

Posted by | March 25, 2014 6:30 am

SUMMERTON — Dorothy Loretta Wilson died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

dorothy-l-wilsonBorn July 7, 1953, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Judge and Jannie Bell Wilson.

She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, David (Diane) Wilson; five grandchildren; eight sisters; nine brothers; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Summerton with the Rev. O’Donald Dingle, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent … Read the rest

Lady ‘Cats beat Stallions

Posted by | March 24, 2014 7:13 pm

The Laurence Manning Academy softball team beat Williamsburg Academy 8-4 today.

The Stallions scored two runs in the first inning, but failed to reach home plate in the next five innings.

Laurence Manning countered with five runs in the bottom-half of the first inning to take momentum back from Williamsburg.

The Lady ‘Cats went on to score three more runs.

Williamsburg fought with two outs in the seventh inning and scored two runs, but couldn’t manage to overcome the six-run deficit.

Laurence Manning plays tomorrow 5 p.m. at home against Florence Christian.

Manning High invites Recreation Department teams to Friday’s home game

Posted by | March 24, 2014 4:56 pm

Coach Steve Crisanti and the Manning High School Monarch baseball team would like to invite all Clarendon County Recreation Department baseball and T-ball youth to attend the school’s game against Lakewood High School on Friday at home. CCRD youth, along with one adult, will be admitted free. CCRD players are asked to wear their CCRD jerseys, if available. If not, please wear black and gold. Players are invited to meet the Monarch’s coaches and teammates, as well as stand on the field with the varsity Monarchs during the National Anthem. Please arrive by 6 p.m. for the Read the rest

Sammie Lee Oliver

Posted by | March 24, 2014 4:20 pm

Sammie Lee Oliver, 76, husband of Christine Pearson Oliver, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 27, 1938, he was a son of the late Harry and Sarah Green Oliver. At an early age, he joined Liberty Hill AME Church and later joined Triumph The Church and Kingdom of God in Christ. He retired from SCDOT Highway Department and was a farmer.

Survivors besides his wife of the home include three sons, Sammie Lee Oliver, Lester (Valerie) Oliver and Quinton (Sandra) Oliver, all of Manning; two daughters, Kathleen (Milton) Pringle of Manning and Vanessa (Jasper) Pompey … Read the rest

Deputies find horse in Dingle Pond Road area

Posted by | March 24, 2014 3:39 pm

investigationsA small brown male horse was found about 2:29 p.m. March 17 in the 3000 block of Dingle Pond Road in Summerton. According to reports, a 67-year-old man notified deputies about the horse, which was near his property. Neighbors in the area who owned horses told deputies they had all their animals. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (803) 435-4414.

Native American artifacts come to Wildlife Education Center

Posted by | March 24, 2014 2:18 pm

RIMINI – The Piedmont Archaeological Society of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina will host a Native American artifact show from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association Wildlife Education Center near Rimini.

051308-Rimini-Artifact-ShowCollectors and experts will display thousands of South Carolina and Southeastern Native American artifacts. Admission is free and lunch is available for $5 per person.

Collectors are encouraged to attend. Archaeological experts will be on-hand to identify and age your artifacts. If you are a collector or dealer and would like to exhibit, please call David Wielicki at (803) 452-6001, Read the rest

Clara Wilson

Posted by | March 24, 2014 11:38 am

clara wilsonClara Wilson, 67, died Friday, March 7, 2014, in Sumter County from injuries due to a vehicle wreck.

Born July 20, 1946, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Geneva Epps Wilson.

Celebratory services were held Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lynchburg with the Rev. Pattie E. Gordon officiating. Burial followed in Goodman Cemetery in Lynchburg.

The family received friends at the home, 1415 Puddin’ Swamp Road in Lynchburg.

These services were entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.


Spring has sprung — sort of

Posted by | March 24, 2014 11:06 am

Berry Pond pic

The warmth of the weekend has been replaced with blustery winds.

You’ll probably need a sweater or perhaps a windbreaker as temperatures are only expected to reach the high 50s with winds out of the east at 7 to 11 mph. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 40 percent chance of rain for our area after 1 a.m., as cloud cover increases and temperatures drop to around 40 degrees.

At least it’s sunny, though. Enjoy it while ye may.

Altomese Isaac Cooper

Posted by | March 24, 2014 6:42 am

altomese-cooperGABLE — Altomese Isaac Cooper, 91, widow of Columbus Cooper Sr., died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.

Born May 13, 1922, in Mayesville, she was a daughter of the late Jefferson Isaac Sr. and Estelle Muldrow Isaac. She attended Goodwill Parochial School of Mayesville. She was employed at Gamecock Vending Co. and Sumter School District 2 at R.E. Davis Elementary School. She was a member of Goodwill Presbyterian Church (USA), where she served on the deacon board, the chancel choir, the sanctuary choir, as a member of the adult Sunday school class, a member … Read the rest

Barbara Ann Allen Scott Bodenheimer

Posted by | March 23, 2014 9:58 pm

Barbara-BodenheimerALCOLU – Barbara Ann Allen Scott Bodenheimer, 55, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 26, 1959, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late James Preston Allen and Betty Lee Ballentine Bryant.

Survivors include a son, Wallace “Britt” Scott of Alcolu; a daughter, Deedra A. “Dee” Hardy of Alcolu; two granddaughters, Jodi Goodwin and Christy Hardy; two brothers, Donald (Deborah)Allen of Sumter and Richard (Marie) Allen of Columbia; a stepsister, Norma Jean (J.M.) McKenzie of Olanta; three nieces; three nephews; and special family, Faye Ray, Andrea Hodges, Rachel Scott, April Scott, Norris Allen and … Read the rest

Helen Tempney Hodge Smith

Posted by | March 23, 2014 7:54 pm

helen-hodge-smithFORESTON – Helen Tempney Hodge Smith, 81, widow of Roy Arthur Smith Sr., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 21, 1932, in Foreston, she was a daughter of the late John Henry Hodge and the late Naomi Alsbrooks Hodge. She was a member of Manning First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Roy A. (Brenda) Smith Jr. of Sumter; a granddaughter, Tiffany Logan Smith of Sumter; a brother, Ledford Hodge of Manning; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger Smith; and five brothers.

Funeral services … Read the rest

Tara Demetria Graham

Posted by | March 23, 2014 4:24 pm

OLANTA — Tara Demetria Graham died Monday, March 17, 2014.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Believer’s Holiness Convention Center, 4301 U.S. 52 in Coward. Burial followed in St. Mark AME Church, Truluck Road in Olanta.

The family received friends at the home.

These services were entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

DeLeon Holland

Posted by | March 23, 2014 3:33 pm

DeLeon Holland, died Monday, March 10, 2014.

Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of William Holland Sr. and Eliza Holland. He was a graduate of local public schools and a veteran of 24 years of service in the U.S. Army. Prior to his retirement, he also had a career in the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, where he sang with the choir and served as an usher. In recent years, he re-established his home in Chicago.

Survivors include a daughter, Ericka (Rossi) Holland; two grandsons; two sisters, Jamie Taylor and Shirley … Read the rest

Man charged for fondling 7-year-old girl’s breast area

Posted by | March 23, 2014 1:51 pm



A 49-year-old Summerton man was charged March 14 with third-degree criminal sexual conduct after a 63-year-old woman told the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office that she believes the man fondled her 7-year-old granddaughter in her chest area between July and December 2013. Jimmy Lee Sees Jr. of 1233 Rugby Ave. in Summerton was granted a $25,000 surety or cash bond by Magistrate June Briggs on the day of his arrest. He remains detained at the Clarendon County Detention Center as of Sunday, according to the Clarendon County Public Court Index.

A report sent to The Manning Times … Read the rest


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