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home : news October 20, 2014 

Reamer King is Chamber's Business Person of the Year
Reamer King was honored as Business Person of the Year by the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Membership Luncheon on Oct. 9 at the Civic Center. King owns the Cadillac, Buick, GMC dealership which he founded in Florence in 1980. The company has grown from a modest 26 employees to a staff of over 107 today. King began selling cars as a boy in Lake City. After attending Wofford College, he worked as a salesman for Folger Buick in Charlotte, N.C. In 1968, King took the opportunity to return to Lake City and became a partner in Coleman-King Chevrolet Oldsmobile, Inc. and established King Leasing Company Inc. In 1980, King sold his interest in the Chevy, Olds dealership to the Coleman family and purchased Hyman Cadillac, Oldsmobile in Florence. Five years later he expanded the business to include GMC trucks.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Wings of Freedom Tour flying into Florence
The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour will bring extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft from WWII for a local living history display at Florence Regional Airport from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22. The WWII Vintage Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator and North American P-51 Mustang will be on display on the main ramp at Florence Regional Airport. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only eight in flying condition in the United States, the B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the world. Visitors are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Civil War reenactors to camp on site of Florence Stockade
A living history display will be set up on the Florence Stockade property in observance of its 150-year anniversary. The Palmetto Battalion, a South Carolina Civil War Reenactment Group, will camp on the site on Oct. 18-19. Union reenactment troops also plan to participate as prisoners. Reenactors will be dressed according to the 1860s period and their camp will also be period, says Sandy Kendall, a member of the Palmetto Battalion and chairman of the Florence Stockade Development Committee. The public is invited to come experience what life was like for soldiers during Civil War times. The camp will be open both days between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. There is no admission, but donations to the Friends of the Florence Stockade will be accepted. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Circle Park CARF Accreditation renewed
The International Commission on Accreditation on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has awarded Circle Park Behavioral Health Services a three-year accreditation for its outpatient treatment programs, prevention services and Chrysalis Center residential program. “Circle Park is thrilled to receive its 8th consecutive three-year renewal of its CARF accreditation,” shared Randy Cole, CEO of Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. “By recognizing Circle Park, CARF validates that we are an organization focused on reducing the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use on the citizens of Florence County by providing high quality and cost effective behavioral health services.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Join the sheep shearing fun at Ovis Hill Farm
TIMMONSVILLE – Looking for some shear excitement? Look no further than Ovis Hill Farm’s Annual Farm Festival, where families and children learn that “the farm is where food is born” all while enjoying wagon rides, painting gourds and visiting lots of cute and cuddly farm animals. At the Ovis Hill Annual Farm Festival, you can see live sheep shearing and border collie herding demonstrations, take a tour of the farm, and see how wool is dyed and spun into yarn. You can also visit and feed farm animals, and experience beekeeping and butter-making. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FMU program remembers Lyndon B. Johnson and The Civil Rights Act -Oct. 14

“The Civil Rights Act at 50: A Legacy Remembered,” a special conversation featuring Mark K. Updegrove, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, will take place in the  Chapman Auditorium in the McNair Science Building on the campus of Francis Marion University on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
A panel discussion on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 begins at 5 p.m. Mark Updegrove takes the stage at 7 p.m., following an intermission and reception.
The event is sponsored by FMU’s Robert E. McNair Center for Research and Service and by the FMU African American Faculty and Staff Coalition. The event is open to the public. There is no admission.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pee Dee Area Council to Recognize Senator Greg Hembree as its 2014 Distinguished Citizen
The Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is proud to recognize the Honorable Greg Hembree as its 2014 Distinguished Citizen. Senator Hembree will be recognized at a special reception and dinner on November 13, 2014. Mr. Hembree has been a faithful servant of the people in Horry, Dillon and Georgetown Counties for the past 20 years: first as North Myrtle Beach City Attorney from 1995-1999, next as Solicitor for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit from 1999-2012, and currently as a State Senator representing District 28 (Dillon and Horry). 
Monday, October 13, 2014

Town Hall meeting on Saturday to discuss closing main post office

A town hall meeting will be held in the Poynor Auditorium on Saturday, Oct.11 from 11 am to 1 pm to address the closing of the processing and distribution of our mail at the Florence post office.
If this section of the post office is closed and sent to Columbia, it will delay our mail for Florence and parts of Horry County for two to three days. Guest speakers are Mayor Stephen J. Wukela of the City of Florence and the APWU National Vice President from Washington, DC.
Please let your voice be heard. Let's unite to "Save the Mail". For more information, please contact Isaac Nixon at 843.433.1812 or Pat Gibson-Hye Moore at 843.472.9420.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ICE Recycling helping recycle lives
ICE Recycling is doing much more than salvaging materials. They are recycling men. Three months ago, the company agreed to provide five job slots for men living at the House of Hope. These are men who were homeless and hopeless about finding a job. Bryan Braddock, executive director, and Mitch Gowan, men’s facility director of the House of Hope of the Pee Dee, approached ICE about providing jobs with the promise they would supply men that were ready and willing to work. “These are men who have been down and out. Some have lost their driver’s license, some have felonies or a not so pretty past. There is a host of reasons that make finding a job unlikely and sometimes nearly impossible,” Bryan said.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Friends of Florence Stockade get boost in efforts to reconstruct corner of historic landmark
Sandy Kendall, a local history buff and chairman of the Florence Stockade Development Committee, got new wind in his sails last week. Kendall and the The Friends of the Florence Stockade have been trying for over two years to construct a replica of the northwest corner of the Florence Stockade. The work is difficult and the workers few, so Kendall was about to give up on this dream of creating a visual of Florence’s most historic site. Last week, however his committee received a surprise gift toward this effort. Volunteers from C&C Contractors who have been doing work at the nearby Florence National Cemetery, offered their help. 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Talented Americans highlight Florence Open field
Florence’s professional tennis tournament, the McLeod for Health Florence Open, which is slated for the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center from Oct. 10 through 19, will feature some of the best young players on the Pro Circuit, including young American sensation CiCi Bellis and veteran Melanie Oudin. The 96 pros who are scheduled to play will come from all over the world. Most have played professionally for several years, but for some this will be one of their first pro experiences. Some have already won acclaim on the world stage and for others it is just a matter of time. Some of the best of these rising stars are Americans. CiCi Bellis pulled off the first stunner of this year’s US Open by defeating Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova, then ranked 13th in the world, in the first round.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Barbecue fund raiser
DON’T FORGET – The United Methodist Women of Central United Methodist Church are hosting their 11th Annual barbecue fund raiser on Wednesday, Oct. 8. They will be serving plates for lunch, 11 a.m - 1:30 p.m., and dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per plate Pictured from left are Ann Nesmith, Cynde White and Shirley Greer.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blood donors sought
The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program, will be entered to win a college scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at Donors are needed year-round, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Small works juried show submission deadline extended

The submission deadline for the Florence Regional Arts Alliance Small Works Juried Show has been extended to Monday, Oct. 6. Three cash prizes will be awarded. First place will receive $500, second place $250 and third place will be $100.
An honorable mention award will also be presented. Artists may submit up to four entries in any 2 dimensional medium. Maximum size restrictions are 12” x 12” including frame.
The entry fee is $15 per entry payable to the Florence Regional Arts Alliance. The competition is open to artists in North and South Carolina.
For more information visit or call 843.407.3092.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Opening reception Friday for student work at the Art Trail Gallery

Florence One announces that the Art Trail Gallery has offered space for Florence School District One art exhibitions. The exhibits will change monthly with different schools featured each month.
The initial exhibit features paintings from students at Southside Middle School. Heather McKissick Ward is the Southside Middle School art teacher. The students studied the work of Jacob Lawrence and created their own images based on his work.
There will be an opening reception for students and parents on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the gallery which is located at 185 W. Evans Street. The reception will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Pink Exhibit.
More information can be found at the Art Trail Gallery website (

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet Superintendent Candidate Dr. Randy Bridges today

The Florence School District One Board of Trustees will host a question and answer session for Dr. Randy Bridges, candidate for Florence One Superintendent of Schools, on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library, located at 509 South Dargan St.
Florence One employees are invited to attend the session from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. The general public is invited to attend the session from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
For more information call Florence One Board Chairman S. Porter Stewart at 843-669-6395.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Making cheese at Sardis dairy farm

In the peaceful Sardis countryside, Earle and Alice Boller have established a small dairy ranch offering grass-fed beef, raw Jersey milk and artisan speciality cheeses. Their small herd of Jersey cows are living a contented life, grazing on lush green pastures and supplying milk for this family operation. The Bollers grow the grass and hay for their cow pastures, milk the cows themselves, bottle some of the milk and use the rest to hand make butter and cheeses. It is truly living off the land and it is a humbling experience, says Alice. “When you depend on the sunshine, rain and nature, it is very humbling,” she said. The Bollers named their dairy operation Middle Sparrow Ranch, after nearby Sparrow Swamp and Middle Branch. The couple’s business is unique in that it is the only dairy farm in Florence County and the only dairy and cheese-making business in South Carolina.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PRISM to assist small, minority businesses

The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Community and Minority Enterprise Division unveiled a new program geared toward the growth of small and minority businesses in the area at a press conference on Sept. 23. PRISM (PRomoting the Inclusion of Small and Minority business) is an initiative to advocate, promote and facilitate economic opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses in the Greater Florence area. Through partnerships and collaborations, PRISM helps to facilitate opportunities for local businesses with an emphasis on minority and small business, strengthening the competitive advantage of all businesses. The initiative also focuses on accelerating the growth of minority businesses and expanding the chamber minority entrepreneurial community. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A.W. Miller Jr. inducted in S.C. Elks Hall of Fame

The South Carolina Elks Association held their 2014 Summer Convention on the weekend of Sept. 5 and 6 in North Myrtle Beach. During this event, A.W. Miller Jr., a member of the Florence Elks Lodge was inducted into the South Carolina Elks Hall of Fame. Mr. Miller was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of The Citadel, 1st Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean Conflict, has been a member of the Florence Elks Lodge for 63 years, served as lodge president on three occasions and is an Honorary Lifetime Member. He is still active in the Florence Elks. The Florence Elks Lodge congratulates Mr. Miller for earning this honor. For more information on the Florence Elks, contact the Florence Elks Lodge at If you would like to learn more about the Elks, visit their website at

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Last McLeod School of Nursing class celebrates 50th reunion
The McLeod Infirmary School of Nursing’s Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Percy and Willie’s. “Our legacy began in 1891 when Dr. Frank Hilton McLeod came to Florence and felt the need for a hospital,” said Linda Richardson of the ‘64 nurses class. His vision and commitment to provide the best of medical care to his patients has become a legend with the medical community of the southeastern United States, she added. In response to the shortage of nurses at that time Dr. McLeod opened a School of Nursing. The program was focused on preparing the student to function effectively at the patient level and on inspiring concepts of growth necessary to obtain the highest standards of professional nursing. Dr. Waddy Baroody, Dr. Barry Monroe, Dr. James Owens, Dr. Louis Palles Jr., and Dr. Casey Taylor were recognized during the celebration for being the remaining members of the medical staff of 1964.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Oct. 4 voter registration deadline approaches

COLUMBIA – To help ensure voters are prepared for the Nov. 4 General Election, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information. 
To vote in the 2014 general election, you must be registered by Oct. 4. 
• If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration. • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by Oct. 4 to be eligible to vote. 
• If you’ve moved within your county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you – and your neighbors – by updating your information prior to Oct. 4. Register or update your registration: 
• Online at (requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card) 
• At your county voter registration and elections office. Most offices will be open during the morning of Saturday, Oct. 4. Check locally for specific opening and closing times. 
• By downloading a voter registration form from Complete and return it to your county voter registration and elections office: 
o By mail (postmarked by Oct. 4) 
o By fax (received by Oct. 4) 
o By email attachment (received by Oct. 4)
Visit the mySCVOTES section of on the right side of the home page.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jazz vibraphonist Jon Metzger to perform at PAC on Thursday

FMU Artist Series presents Jazz Vibraphonist Jon Metzger Francis Marion University Artist Series presents accomplished jazz vibraphonist, composer and educator Jon Metzger on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. on the mainstage of the Performing Arts Center downtown.
The performance is open to the public. There is no admission. Tickets are available at the box office on the day of the performance.
Metzger has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has served as a jazz ambassador and cultural envoy in more than 20 foreign countries in the Near East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.
Metzger is a clinician of 26 years presenting hundreds of master classes and clinics at more than 45 prestigious U.S. conservatories and universities and at multiple Percussive Arts Society’s International Conventions and International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences. He is also the author of The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes, widely considered the definitive, most comprehensive method book for learning the instrument.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Friday is deadline to register for Chili cookoff

Do you or someone you know make awesome chili? Want a chance to win up to $250, a trophy, and bragging rights to the Best Chili in Town?
Enter the Showdown on the Square Chili Cook-Off at the Market on Darlington Square. 
The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, but you need to register by Friday. Entry fee is $15. You can download the entry form and see complete rules online at Click  on "Local Activities" under Attractions & Leisure. You may also call 398-4000 x 103 or email or stop by the city administration building, 410 Pearl St. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

William Leonard Ratliff, Sr.
Funeral services for William Leonard Ratliff, Sr., age 82, who passed away September 20, will be held Saturday at 3:00 at McBee Baptist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Charlie Short and Rev. Ken Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in the McBee Cemetery with Masonic and Military Rites, directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Mr. Ratliff was born in Cheraw, a son of the late Walter David and Bertha Brock Ratliff. He retired from DuPont after working with Seaboard Airline Railroad and serving in the US Army. 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Family Promise hosting Cardboard City
Family Promise will host Cardboard Box City 2014 on Sept. 27 at West Florence High School. This is a one-night event to raise money and awareness for Family Promise of Florence, a community wide program that supports homeless families on their journey to a stable future. Activities begin at 4 p.m. on the soccer field and continue thru the night with participants sleeping in cardboard boxes, ending on Sunday morning. There will be entertainment, dinner, contests and breakfast. There is a rent fee of $20 per person if registered by Sept. 22. The rent goes up to $25 after that date. This event is designed for young people and families to help raise awareness about the increasing problem of homelessness in our community and to help raise funds for Family Promise to open its doors in Florence County this year.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Circle Park introduces campaign aimed at parents
In this ever changing world of youth culture today, one thing has remained a constant, and that is alcohol remains the drug of choice for today’s youth. Circle Park Behaviorial Health Services introduced a media campaign last week encouraging parents to think about the immediate and lifelong consequences to providing alcohol to their children and their friends. They urge them to consider not doing so to give them their best opportunity to grow into healthy, mature and happy adults. Youth today are drinking more often, and are consuming more alcohol when they do drink than ever before.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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