SNAC Board members, from left, Susan McGrath, Courtney Graham, Jacqueline Grich, Janice Howard, Brent Tiller, Bo Myers with Junebugs Care. Brent Tiller presents check to Bryan Braddock, executive director of House of Hope for windows and other home supplies.
SNAC and House of Hope have partnered together to provide housing for a Florence School District One family. SNAC – Shelter and Nutrition for All Children – is a non-profit organization that exists to decrease the number of homeless, indigent, and hungry in Florence School District One by providing funds for household bills or vouchers in emergency situations. The House of Hope of the Pee Dee Area provides shelter, food and clothing to homeless men, women and their children. “When House of Hope called us, we knew we had to join them in this project,” said Courtney Graham, fundraising chair for SNAC. “This home will provide housing, recovery support and hope for a local family in need.” House of Hope received the use of a local single-family dwelling property and has worked to renovate it. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Florence County Historical Society and the Florence County Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Federal raid on Florence during the American Civil War with Dr. Stephen R. Wise who will lecture on Sherman’s march and the raid on Florence. The event will take place on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence County Museum. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
COLUMBIA – A company that specializes in assisting businesses with the management of healthcare costs is establishing its company headquarters and a processing center in Florence County. Med-Enroll is investing $3.5 million to establish operations in downtown Florence. The investment is expected to create 153 new jobs. Med-Enroll is a startup service firm focused on helping its clients find alternative, low-cost healthcare solutions. Med-Enroll will achieve this by educating its clients’ employees on public healthcare options, screening eligible employees in coverage as well as managing ongoing reporting requirements. The company’s facility, a headquarters and processing center, will be located in Florence’s historic Rainwater Building at 151 West Evans Street. Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The House of Hope is celebrating its 25th year with an Anniversary Concert on March 23. The event will be held at First Presbyterian Church with live music, stories of hope and desserts. For more information, call Bryan Braddock at 843-667-9000.
The Area One Spring Games will take place on Wednesday, April 15, on the Darlington High School Track. Area One Track and Field Events cover Darlington, Dillon, Florence and Marion Counties for Special Olympic athletes. Special Olympics Area One needs grass root volunteers, new faces, leadership to create and support sponsorship and planning. They are recruiting a Games Management Team to develop the future of Area One. Volunteering with Special Olympics creates change in the individual who is involved and the athletes that are supported. Special Olympic athletes give back! The next meeting will be held on March 3. Please take a moment to email LaDriggers@florenceco. org or email@example.com about your interest and experience with Special Olympics.
Ten local athletes with the Florence City Parks and Recreation’s track and tennis programs are excitedly making plans to travel to Alkmaar, Netherlands, this June to compete in the International Children’s Games. Accompanied by three coaches and other adults, they will leave on June 24 and return on June 29. They need about $26,000 to cover travel expenses and have planned several fund-raising events. There are six track youth planning to go. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The SC House District 63 Special Election primary will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Seeking the Republican nomination are Robby Hill, Elijah Jones and Jay Jordan. If needed, a run-off will be on Tuesday, March 10, and the election will be held on Tuesday, April 14. The News Journal asked the candidates to respond to a brief survey asking about their qualifications, goals for South Carolina and if elected what will be their main focus. Robby Hill and Elijah Jones’ answers follow. Candidate Jay Jordan did not respond to our survey. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The S.C. Chamber Music Festival will return for its third year with a week of classic music at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, the new FMU Recording Studio, and several other area venues. The festival, the brainchild of Dr. Paolo Gualdi, FMU assistant professor of music, will once again feature music by world-renown musicians from the Ukraine, Serbia, China, Venezuela, Japan, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Italy and Florence – Florence, S.C. that is. Among this year’s performers is Florence’s own Terris Roberts, son of FMU professor of music Dr. Terry Roberts, as well as members of FMU’s renowned music faculty. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The Doctor’s Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host An Historical Overview of the Black Experience in South Carolina: Slavery, Jim Crow, and the Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights on Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room. Three distinguished speakers will bring perspectives from three different eras. Scholar Dr. Daniel C. Littlefield of the University of South Carolina will address slavery during the colonial period. Dr. Louis Venters of Francis Marion University will speak about the Jim Crow system and the nature of black activism in the early 20th Century. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Attorney Keating Lowery, a Florence native, was inducted as the 2015 president of the Association for Women Attorneys (AWA) Memphis Chapter, during their annual banquet on Jan. 29. Lowery has been a Memphis resident since 2009 and is currently an associate with Lawrence & Russell, PLC. Her practice is devoted to litigating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries, and third-party administrators throughout the United States. Prior to joining Lawrence & Russell, Ms. Lowery was an associate at Pounders Coleman where she practiced family law, representing individuals in all areas of domestic litigation. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
DARLINGTON – The Housing Authority of Darlington will accept applications for Public Housing on February 19 between the hours of 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pine Village Office, 324 Bacote St. Applicants must provide dates of births and Social Security numbers for all application members. Wednesday, February 11, 2015
For over 200 years, women having been coming together to sew and quilt as both a practical and social gathering. The Peaceful Piece Makers are continuing that tradition, but with an added purpose – ministry. It is a way to share the message of the Gospel, says Frankie Tanner, pastor of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where they gather every Wednesday morning to sew threads of love. “They are sewing the seeds of kindness through the garment of praise. Their hands serve as messengers for the Gospel,” Tanner commented. Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Nine talented South Carolina public school students have been selected as finalists in the fifth annual Comporium “This School’s Got Talent” Competition, hosted by South Carolina Future Minds. One winner will be chosen from the finalists through voting on the South Carolina Future Minds Facebook page. Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A chicken bog fund raiser will be held at the City Recreation Barnes Street Activity Center on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 1p.m. The chicken bog plates are being prepared by Rogers BBQ. Tickets are $8 a plate. Proceeds from this event will help pay for travel expenses to send 10 local track and tennis athletes to compete at the International Children’s Games in Alkmaar, Netherlands. They will be accompanied by three coaches and two adults and are scheduled to leave here on June 24 and return June 29.
As director of choreography, Burnadene Kelley-Newman has a full dance card with Dancing With the Stars of Florence. This highly popular and successful fund raiser for The School Foundation will celebrate its fifth annual event on the evening of March 31 at the SiMT Building. Involved in this local benefit since its beginning, Burnadene choreographs about 80 percent of the dance routines, helps select the music for the competition, is responsible for finding the professional dancers, donates space in her studio for rehearsals, and generously assists dancers who ask for help with their routines, costumes and shoes. Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The McLeod Angels recently granted more than $17,000 to help fund programs and services that benefit patients and McLeod-sponsored healthcare initiatives in the community. Since 2009, the group has granted nearly $83,000 in support of patient care at McLeod. The McLeod Angels is an association of women organized under the auspices of the McLeod Foundation. The purpose of the group is to develop women’s knowledge of the impact of philanthropy on healthcare while providing an opportunity for them to network and receive healthcare-related education. Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Florence County GOP will be hosting a public forum for the three candidates in the upcoming special election for the open seat in the 63rd district of the State House of Representatives. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, and will be held at the Floyd Conference Center on the campus of Carolinas Hospital on Pamplico Highway. The forum will be moderated by FCGOP Chairman Richard Skipper and will feature questions on subjects such as roads/infrastructure, ethics reform, taxes, the economy, education, and local matters, among others. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Duke Energy Foundation presented a grant in the amount of $9,500 to the North Dargan Innovation Center on Jan. 26 to be used for CodeFlo, the software education initiative. CodeFlo is a community‐ sourced training program offered by the North Dargan Innovation Center, in partnership with Florence Downtown Development Corporation, to provide instruction in open source web and mobile technologies. The goal of CodeFlo is to expand Florence’s technical workforce by providing individuals of all skill levels with access to affordable training in web and mobile technologies, mentorship and networking. Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Christian leaders in the community gathered at Cumberland United Methodist Church last week to learn more about a new local Christian initiative, Helping Florence Flourish. Helping Florence Flourish hosted two meetings at the church – one on the evening of Jan. 20 and the other around noon on Jan. 21. Around 120 people attended one of the two sessions. “I was really pleased and encouraged by the broad and diverse participation,” commented Chris Handley, team leader for Helping Florence Flourish and associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Flip to May on your new 2015 calendar and mark a red heart on the 5th – that’s the day designated for a regional effort to give local non-profits a much-needed boost. The Big Give Pee Dee is a multi-media campaign that aims to transform the way local residents think about – and contribute to – area charities. Built upon the idea that everyone can be a philanthropist, the project affords individuals a simplified means of supporting Pee Dee non-profits through a one-day, online fundraiser. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Francis Marion University accounting students will once again be offering free tax return preparation services through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Each Wednesday night, beginning Jan. 28 and running through April 15 (the tax return deadline falls on Wednesday this year), tax preparation assistance will be offered in room 259C in Founders Hall on the FMU campus from 5-9 p.m. Citizens interested in the service should bring a driver’s license, a social security card (or military I.D. bearing the social security number) for the taxpayer, their spouse and all dependents listed on the tax return. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Benjamin T. “Ben” Zeigler of Florence has received the S.C. Golf Association’s Charles Drawdy Distinguished Service Award at the South Carolina Golf Day luncheon held at the Columbia Country Club on Jan. 10. The Drawdy Award is given annually by the SCGA and recognizes significant and exemplary service by a volunteer to the game of golf in South Carolina. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The Cooks for Christ chicken bog benefit for Robby Ott will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Robby, the associate pastor at First Baptist Church, has been battling cancer for more than two years. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. A bake sale will offer sumptuous homemade desserts as well. Plates are $7. Checks should be made payable to Robby Ott Medical Fund. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Florence County Disabilities Foundation is busy planning their only annual fundraiser, the 2015 Celebrity BBQ Benefit. It will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Roger’s Bar-B-Que in Florence from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Schoolhouse BBQ in Scranton from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and First Baptist Church of Johnsonville catered by the Schoolhouse BBQ from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 each and you can eat in, use the drive thru service or free delivery for 10 or more plates. Homemade desserts will also be available for $1 per slice or whole desserts will also be available for sale. Local celebrities will be available to serve you and work for tips for those who eat in. To purchase tickets, to volunteer or donate desserts, contact the Disabilities Foundation Office at 662-4021, 374-2641 or email at flodisfoundsc@ yahoo.com by Monday, Feb 2, at 3 pm. Your support of this special fundraising event will help make a difference in the lives of over 1,200 individuals with life-long disabilities.
The Florence County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Florence Police Department and Florence School District One responded to a bomb threat at a local high school earlier today. The threat, directed at West Florence High School was deemed credible based upon the manner in which it was received. Early this morning before any students, faculty or staff arrived, the school was thoroughly searched by explosive detecting canines. No explosives were detected. In addition, all staff, faculty and student’s backpacks were subjected to a free air sniff by explosive detecting canines. No explosives were detected. Tuesday, January 27, 2015