062211 Clarendon Citizen
Clarendon County, SC community newspaper distributed countywide.
U.S. POSTAGE PAID PRSRT STD Manning, SC Permit NO. 555 ©2011 Citizen Media, LLC V olume 2 • N umber 25 S erViNg A ll of C lAreNdoN C ouNty , S outh C AroliNA J uNe 22, 2011 Clarendon Citizen Character Trait COMMITMENT Citizen Calendar Jordan Elementary Reunion Alumni of the Jordan Elementary School Reunion will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23, at Union Cypress A.M.E. Church. Registration is still open for the reunion that will be held Sept. 2-4. For additional information please contact Loretta Cantey-Conyers at 803-528-8183 or Viola Billups at 803-478-2930. Back Porch Players The Back Porch Players of Clarendon County will be presenting a play, “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring at 7:30 p.m. June 24 and 25, at Weldon Auditorium. Adult tickets are $15 and children under 12 are $10. Tickets are available at Weldon Auditorium or the Clarendon County Chamber. Santee Cooper tests dam Santee Cooper will conduct semiannual testing of its 15 Santee Dam warning sirens in Berkeley, Clarendon and Williamsburg counties on Monday, June 27. To conduct the tests, Santee Cooper employees will set off each siren in test mode, which includes about a one-minute siren, a pre-recorded message, and a live announcement concluding the test. Employees will be recording information on the wail time, message clarity, completeness and volume for both the pre-recorded and public address announcements. The tests will begin at 10 a.m. and last just a few minutes. For more information, visit www.santeecooper.com. T’ville Red Cross Blood Drive A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the Pine Grove Church gym in Turbeville from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, June 28. Healthy adults at least 18 years old are invited to donate blood for medical use. The drive is sponsored by the Ruritan Club. Call 843-659-4661 to make an appointment or walk in on drive day. MHS Class of ‘72 The Manning High School Class of 1972 reunion committee will meet on July 1 to begin planning their 40th reunion. The meeting will be at J&J Dinner located at 204 N. Church St. in Manning. Contact Bernice McCray at 459-6147 for additional details. Instructors sought The Clarendon Community Center is scheduled to open this Fall. The Clarendon County Rec. Dept. is seeking instructors for a variety of non-athletic classes, including crafts (jewelry, card making, scrapbooking, rubber stamping, needle arts), dancing (Zumba, line, shag dancing) and others such as CPR/First aid and teen etiquette classes. If you are interested in being an instructor, contact the Clarendon County Recreation Department at 473-3543. Hospital Board Meetings Clarendon Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the hospital’s Board Room, 10 Hospital St., Manning. There are no meetings in July and December. For more information, call (803) 435-8463. CALENDAR - pAgE 2 Johnson leads Kid’s Day Clarendon responds to earthquake B y C huCk W AtERs Where can Clarendon County citizens go for a night of laughter and enter- tainment? They can go to Weldon Auditorium and enjoy the classic tale of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” to be performed by the Back Porch Players of Clarendon County. “Arsenic and Old Lace” was written by Joseph Kes- selring and is a story about a man named Mortimer and his two murderous sisters. The sisters take to killing lonely old men by having them drink elderberry wine laced with arsenic. Mortimer also has a men- tally ill brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and spends much of his time in B y C Athy g iLBERt After three years of un- wavering devotion to Char- acter Education in Clarendon County and the wildly popu- lar Kid’s Day event, program founder and creator Todd Heldreth is passing the baton to Kim Johnson, Community Development Manager for the Bank of Clarendon, “I think it is time that we restructure a little bit, and we now have representatives from all across the county,” Heldreth said. “I am happy to see people younger than me take on these leadership roles. Kim is very, very quali- fied, is well known in the p LAyERs - pAgE 2 J ohNsoN - pAgE 2 s Am L Evy /Clarendon Citizen Kim Johnson, left, in conjunction with Ericka Sexton, right, will assume the leadership for Character Education and the Kid’s Day program, as Todd Heldreth retires. s hARRoN h ALEy /Clarendon Citizen Clarendon County Fire Department Capt. Bucky Mock communicates with the Command Center. C huCk W AtERs /Clarendon Citizen Members of the Back Porch Players will perform “Arsenic and Old Lace” June 24 and 25. They are (from left) Violet Moody as Martha Brewster, Bobbie Reaves as Abby Brewster, Stuart Smith as Jonathan Brewster, Chuck Gordon as Dr. Einstein, Billy Timmons as Mortimer Brewster, Debbie Watkins as Elaine Brewster, John Igo as Dr. Harper and Mr. Witherspoon and Charles Broadway as Mr. Gibbs and Teddy Roosevelt. O ne C Ounty ... O ne n atiOn ... u nder G Od ! Our Citizens ... ... Our Neighbors B y s hARRoN h ALEy Although it’s been more than two decades since a nat- ural disaster crippled Claren- don County, local emergency service agencies aren’t sit- ting back waiting on another disaster before getting pre- pared. Hundreds of first reponse emergency personnel burst into action last Wednesday when a mock 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Clarendon County. The center of the mock quake was the National Guard Armory on Raccoon Road. A banner across the front of the facility read, “COLLASPED.” Inside, doors and debris cluttered the hallways. The main room was littered with debris and shouts of “HELP!” could be heard coming from under- neath the debris and adjoin- ing rooms. The county’s E-911 com- munication center began receiving calls of damage and numerous accounts of injured from the mock earth- quake shortly after 1 p.m. Within seconds, firefighters, EMS personnel and law en- forcement officers were en route to the scene. The first to arrive were firefighters from the Claren- don County Fire Department. As Fire Chief Frances Richbourg and Deputy Chief Carl Floyd set up a command center outside the armory, firefighters in complete bun- ker gear began to enter the building. “Our firefighters did an excellent job,” said Battal- R EspoNDs - pAgE 5 Back Porch Players return to Weldon Only at Stokes-Craven Ford Stop By and Enjoy a Courtesy Cup of Bring Your Old Broken Necklaces, Bracelets, Rings, Earrings, Class Rings, Antiques, Etc. Any Gold or Silver Coins (Collections) (US or Foreign) Also Antique Guns, Swords, Knives, Furniture, Signs, Glass WE BUY GOLD & SILVER Lafayette Gold & Silver 143 S. Lafayette Dr. • Sumter 773-8022 / 773-9043 Open Mon-Fri 8:30-5:30 / Sat 8:30-3:00 (Any Condition) Congratulations Rick Atkinson, salesperson of the month. Rick Atkinson Stokes-Craven H igHway 261 • M anning • 433-5400 www .S tokeS C raven . CoM