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Tornado Leaves Destruction in Manning, S.C.

Michele Williamson looks at her destroyed garage on Gossett Ct., Manning S.C. caused by a tornado on the night of April 5, 2022.
A tornado strikes Manning County on the night of April 5, 2022. The tornado started at the Walmart in-town and traveled up to Old Georgetown Rd. continuing to follow Bob White Dr. and ending its destruction in the neighborhood of Gossett Ct.

The Robinson Family Loses Everything

Chinetta Robinson and her family of five lost their house and all of their belongings in a fire that occurred on Jan. 22, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. Chinetta works as a paraprofessional at an early childcare center while four of the five siblings attend Scott's Branch High School. They currently are staying at her mothers house in the meantime and are taking donations in the form of clothing, electronics, household items or money to help regain what they lost.

Three Days of Festival and Fun

Hangout Festival took place at Gulf Shores, AL. from May 19-21. Notable artists that performed were Fallout Boy, Post Malone, ZEDD, Moon Taxi and others.

Vietnam Veteran Wood Worker

Richard Brunson woodworking at his home shop on July 25, 2022.
The 75-year-old has spent that last two-years as a hobbyist woodworker. He wasn’t always one and only recently he delved into the profession in curiosity of what it had to offer in his every-day life. Though what Brunson produces from a slab or stick of lumber is what separates him from most woodworkers. The idiosyncrasies of the figures require a second look and a closer inspection. Brunson is a Vietnam Veteran and joined the war in March of 1969. He, along with fellow soldiers, contracted life-altering diseases after being exposed to Agent Orange when the United States Military used it to bomb the Ho-Chi-Minh Trail and Iron Triangle to clear foliage in order to gain better access and views of its treacherous routes during warfare. Agent Orange and the war have given Brunson PTSD, poor hearing, trouble breathing, nerve damage and nightmares that wake him up in sweats.

Family in Happiness and in Tragedy

The Scott's Branch varsity basketball team has made it to the State Championship four years in a row. The team has grown significantly in that time and head coach Kevin Miller has been through it all. The team's success took Scott's Branch through the regular season with ease but the post-season opened holes in their game. Although making it to the finals again, the team could not pull through and lost in tragic fashion. With veteran senior RJ Gibson leaving, the team begins a revamp into their upcoming 2024 season.

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