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home : news July 22, 2014 

AWARD PRESENTATION - Rick Walden, left, with the Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory presents the Humanitarian Service & Support Award to Dr. Michael Miller for taking care of veterans. The award was presented on May 15 at the Drs. Bruce & Lee Foundation Library during the meeting of the Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory meeting. Dr. Miller is a local dentist.

Museum artifacts being prepared for move
SUB FOSSIL TRUNK OF ANCIENT BALD CYPRESS – Being installed in the Pee Dee History Gallery of the new museum. Stephen Motte in background, Mike Fowle, who is helping with the installation, is on the right.
SUB FOSSIL TRUNK OF ANCIENT BALD CYPRESS – Being installed in the Pee Dee History Gallery of the new museum. Stephen Motte in background, Mike Fowle, who is helping with the installation, is on the right.
The Florence County Museum staff is busy working behind the scenes getting their collection and artifacts ready to move from 558 Spruce Street to the new location at 111 West Cheves. Stephen Motte, curator of collections and interpretations, and Katherine Martin, registrar, are heading up preparations to pack and transport over 7,000 items in the museum collection. Each item is being tagged with a number corresponding to information about it which is stored in the museum data system, before being carefully wrapped in archival protection material and then packaged in individual cardboard boxes for the move downtown.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Dentist giving back by caring for underserved
Sean Boynes wanted to find a career that allowed him to give back. His solution? He joined the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a federal program which offers loan repayment and scholarships to primary care providers and students who relocate t Dentist o communities with limited access to primary care. Now he is an outstanding primary care provider who moved to Florence specifically to care for underserved patients in the area. Eighty percent of Dr. Boynes’ patients fall below the federal poverty line, and they range from rural migrant farmers to the urban working poor. Sean’s story also echoes recent healthcare news about groundbreaking research which uncovered the importance of oral health. By age six, Sean Boynes wanted to be a dentist.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mission Florence project includes building chicken coop
While many are staying cool indoors this hot July, a group of youth and adult volunteers from St. John’s Church braved the heat last week for a project at the House of Hope men’s shelter. St. John’s youth minister, Charlotte Smith, organized this project to build a large chicken coop and prepare the soil for a future vegetable garden on the property of this homeless shelter in the Elim Community. Mission Florence is an annual summer outreach project for St. John’s. This year’s outreach also includes East Florence Mission. The purpose of the project at the men’s shelter is to help the residents establish a sustainable garden where they can grow food for the home and to sell at a local market.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Carolinian hosting Bank Fraud Workshop
The Carolinian will be hosting a Bank Fraud Workshop on July 17, at 2 p.m. in their Community Room. The workshop will be led by Reuben Hewitt, executive vice president of banking.This is a free information session geared towards helping seniors navigate the growing problems in elder fraud and abuse. This is an ongoing series that has been created as an educational opportunity for the community. Hewitt was born in Florence and has lived here all his life. He has been in the finance and banking business since 1989 and with First Reliance for the past 15 years. He is currently the branch manager for both First Reliance offices in Florence.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Trust Building coming down
After nearly six weeks of demolition efforts, the Trust Building at the corner of Irby and Evans has been reduced to a skelton of concrete and steel. Standing proudly across the street is the old U.S. Post Office building, built in 1906, and at the opposite end of the block stands Central United Methodist Church with its impressive red dome, built in 1914. Ironically, both these building were in place when the steel and concrete pillars of Florence’s first “skyscraper” were being installed for the original building in 1917. An addition was added to the Trust about 10 years later.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

RN of 42 years ready for retirement
After a nursing career that spans four decades, Florence native Cynthia Williams has moved to the North Carolina mountains to begin a new chapter in her life – retirement. A registered nurse in Florence for 42 years, she has worked in every hospital in Florence: McLeod, Bruce, Florence General and Carolinas. She also worked about two years in a physician’s office. Cynthia worked her way through the nursing program at Francis Marion College as a ward secretary and later as a tech in the ICU at the old McLeod Hospital. She graduated in 1972 in a program at the school that was in existence for only about two years. “I was 18 and fresh out of high school when I started as a unit clerk at McLeod’s.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New peanut facility coming to Darlington County
Rogers Brothers Farm, a crop producer based in Hartsville, will establish a new peanut facility in Darlington County. The $6 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs. Rogers Brothers Farm will buy, store and shell locally grown peanuts for the company’s commercial market at its new, 80,000-square-foot facility, located at 2530 Northcutt Road in Hartsville. The raw shelled peanuts will be sold for food processing, wildlife feed and oil crushing. Founded in 1970, Rogers Brothers Farm has grown into the state’s largest cotton farm and one of the largest modern row crop farms in South Carolina. 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Local business moving into Waters Bldg. on Friday
On Friday, July 11, the local office of Hilliard Lyons will move to the second floor of the historic Waters Building at 135 South Dargan Street. “Our team is excited to be moving to this new location, which is right in the center of downtown, said Senior Vice President Chip Munn. “When we committed to this project almost two years ago, we felt that the city and county, along with Francis Marion University and the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation, had laid a significant foundation for downtown success. We were excited about the chance to be a leader of private sector businesses willing to invest in the future of the area and show up to work there every day.”
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Eagle Scout Court of Honor conducted for four Troop 477 members
Four local boy scouts from Troop 477 received their Eagle Scout Awards during a God & Country and Eagle Scout Court of Honor on the evening of June 2 at First Presbyterian Church. Honorees were Charles Robert Clendenin, Samuel Jordan Fox, Robert Thomas Sloan and Jesse Whitten Motte. The Eagle Scout charge was made by Dr. Weave Whitehead, Troop Committee Chair. Charles “Buck” Clendenin is the 18-year-old son of Andrew Clendenin and Pam Clendenin. He is the grandson of Gerry Clendenin. He is a student at Wilson High School. Charles enjoys hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures. He is a member of Love Life Ministries in Darlington. Charles joined Cub Scout Pack 477 in second grade and received his Arrow of Light and Religious Emblem. He then joined Troop 477 his sixth grade year.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014


CHARLOTTE (JULY 1, 2014) - Nearly half a million South Carolinians are expected to hit the road for the Independence Day holiday, the highest number in more than 13 years, with holiday gas prices the highest since 2008 but the lowest in the nation. Traffic deaths soared last year over the holiday weekend, with 10 deaths, the highest in four years in South Carolina, partially aided by an extra day of driving. In six of those traffic deaths, alcohol was involved. "July 4th has proven to be one of the deadliest days of the year for traffic deaths," said David E. Parsons, President and CEO of AAA Carolinas. "The holiday spirit and corresponding celebrations seem to outweigh caution, courtesy and common sense by drivers this time of year. And we will have more motorists on the road this year."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

McCall Farms making changes to reduce emissions, save energy
McCall Farms, maker of popular canned vegetable brands Margaret Holmes® and Glory Foods®, has initiated changes to its packaging system that significantly reduce its environmental impact by using less paper and energy. Total savings can be measured by a reduction of more than a million pounds of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere each year at its Effingham, facility. “Anytime we can reduce our carbon footprint we feel a responsibility as a company to do so,” says McCall Farms Sales Director Woody Swink. “These changes may not be ones our customers would even notice, but we feel it’s worth the investment to strive to be more sustainable, which is a continuing effort here at McCall Farms.” Swink says the changes the company is making will result in the equivalent conservation of nearly 5,000 trees, two million gallons of water and 46,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Agape' Senior donates fans for Lighthouse to distribute

Agape’ Senior employees, Cathy Cantey, volunteer manager and Colan Shiver, senior solutions advisor, delivered fans to Lighthouse Ministries to be given to seniors in Florence County in need of relief from the summer heat. “We wanted to help make a better life for people who are suffering from the heat,” said Cantey. “We brought them to Lighthouse Ministries because they are such a vital part of the community and would carefully distribute them.” Cantey has donated hundreds of fans to Lighthouse Ministries over the past 10 years.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Golden K Kiwanis meets new chamber president

The Golden K Kiwanis Club welcomed Florence Chamber of Commerce President, Mike Miller to its June 22 weekly meeting at the Venus Pancake House. Miller relocated to Florence from Tennessee a few months ago to acquire the position. At the meeting, he spoke about chamber membership and upcoming events. He also talked about how the chamber is working to develop ways to promote Florence.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Learn about beekeeping

The Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park is offering an introduction to beekeeping program this summer. The program will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 1-3 p.m. For more information regarding the program, contact Jennifer Majors at 843-389-0550.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 4 is also the birthday of The Manna House
While July 4 marks the 238th birthday of our nation, it also marks 27 years since The Manna House served its first meal in 1987. Located on Jarrott Street, The Manna House provides breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, to anyone who is hungry. In addition to serving nutritious food, the staff and volunteers make it a priority to respond to diners with acceptance, respect and dignity. The Manna House was founded in 1986 when several area churches decided that Florence needed a centralized, coordinated way to help feed the poor in this community.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Duke Energy Foundation grants $75,000 for second year of Duke Energy Center for Innovation

 A year after contributing initial funding to the Duke Energy Center for Innovation (DECI), a technology-oriented business incubator serving the Hartsville area, the shareholder-funded Duke Energy Foundation has granted $75,000 toward a second year in which DECI will continue to help innovators bring their business ideas to life. A public-private partnership among the Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development, the Community Foundation for a Better Hartsville and the City of Hartsville, DECI was established in July 2013 as one of Clemson’s Technology Villages, connecting those innovators who have developed technology business ideas with the resources and expertise to develop sustainable commercial enterprises.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Native artist part of national showcase
A national celebration of great American art will include a 1942 image created by Florence-born artist William H. Johnson. Johnson (1901-1970) was considered a leading painter of African-American life in the Harlem Renaissance. He moved to New York at age 17. Johnson’s artwork “Blind Singer” will be part of a national art show called Art Everywhere US. In August, some 50,000 donated advertising spaces will display great American art in airports, malls, and on billboards and buses. Art Everywhere US is a collaboration between leading American museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA).
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kiwanis Club participating in The Eliminate Project
The Kiwanis Club of Florence is joining forces with Kiwanis members across the globe in an effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), a painful disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, or about 160 newborns each day, and a significant number of women. The project is known as The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is a global campaign that will save or protect millions of mothers and newborns. The disease is typically contracted through unhygienic childbirth practices.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers training conference
The Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association will hold its 53rd Annual Training Conference in Florence July 7-11. Training and networking sessions will be held following the theme of “Staying Connected and Committed.” Guest speakers include The Honorable Kaymani D. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge, City Councilman Glynn Willis and County Councilman Waymon Mumford. “The Palmetto Law Enforcement Officers Association prides itself in providing South Carolina Criminal Justice certified training to our members from across the state,” said Palmetto State Law Enforcement Officers Association treasurer Denise D. Stanley. 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Josey selected for Commission on Continuing Legal Education

Turner Padget announces that J. René Josey, a shareholder in the Florence office, has been appointed by the Supreme Court of South Carolina to serve on the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. He will serve a three year term which begins July 1. The Supreme Court of South Carolina Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization is a commission of the Supreme Court which oversees mandatory CLE for approximately 10,000 South Carolina judges and lawyers. Josey is a member of the Business Litigation team whose practice includes a wide range of civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation. He is a graduate of Clemson University and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law where he was a member of the Order of Wig and Robe and served as an editor of the South Carolina Law Review as well as an instructor of Legal Research and Writing. In 1990, René was honored as South Carolina’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the year. René was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1996 to 2001.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mayor talks budget with Golden K Kiwanis
Mayor Stephen Wukela lightened the mood by telling a joke before giving the Florence Golden K Kiwanis Club an in depth talk about Florence’s budget. Club chairman of programs and meetings, Bill Bradham recruited Mayor Wukela to speak on the matter. “The budget is a local interest,” says Bradham. Mayor Wukela assured club members that the budget is flat with no new expenditures. According to Wukela, a little over $1 million was cut out in order to keep the budget flat. “It’s better to assume the worst and come out ok,” says Mayor Wukela. Two projects that this year’s budget will fund are two parking garages. One will be off Cheves St. near Francis Marion University’s Performing Arts Center. 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DMV allows you to transfer titles online
The South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a new online transaction designed to make it easier to title and register a vehicle. The new service allows customers who are transferring a South Carolina title to initiate their application online, print it and submit it to a DMV office or mail it to DMV. For those who submit the online form, their visit to the DMV office will be faster because the information from the form will populate the screen for the clerk.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Grant for House of Hope
Bank of America Charitable Foundation provided a $2,500 grant to House of Hope of the Pee Dee. Pictured at left is Tara Jeffords with Bank of America and Erika Mills, director of development at the House of Hope.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

National Safety Month reminds motorists to travel with caution
The summer season officially began on June 21, but for families with children, summer began when the children were released from school for summer break. In Florence and surrounding areas, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools normally release students the first week of June for summer vacation, which means that families can begin traveling as early as that time. Aside from June being the start of seeing more vehicles on the highways, it is also National Safety Month. With more families traveling, citizens can expect an increase in traffic which means sharing the roads with more people, so it is important that citizens travel with caution in order to stay safe when making the drive to their destinations. 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Secretary of State Offers Free Notary Public Training Seminars Across South Carolina
(Columbia, S.C.) — Secretary of State Mark Hammond is offering eight free regional notary public seminars this summer and fall for all South Carolina notaries and those interested in becoming a notary.  Secretary Hammond is excited to announce that the 2014 legislative session brought many critical improvements to the law regulating South Carolina notaries public.  Most sections of the law had not been updated since the 1960s. 
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Reformers Unanimous celebration planned

A big celebration is planned for Friday night, but it won’t involve alcohol or drugs ­– this celebration is about people being delivered from those addictive substances! The Florence Area Chapter of Reformers Unanimous (RU) will commemorate its 10th anniversary during its weekly meeting on Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Florence Baptist Temple. Corbett Stone, who started hosting RU in Florence in 2004, invites everyone to this special event to hear how God has delivered hundreds of lives from addiction.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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