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home : news July 27, 2015 

Trinity Baptist to install new minister
Historic Trinity Baptist Church in Florence will celebrate the installation of its new minister with a series of events this month. Dr. Calvin E. Robinson Jr. will be officially installed as the spiritual leader of Trinity Baptist Church during a service on Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary at 124 W. Darlington St. He succeeds Dr. William P. Diggs who served the congregation for 50 years. There will be a ticketed banquet on July 25 in honor of Dr. Robinson’s installation. It will begin at 5 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Florence National Cemetery to begin beautification project
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to begin a beautification project at Florence National Cemetery starting in late July or early August. The project will continue for approximately eight months depending upon weather conditions and other variables. The project will consist of removing and replacing the existing grass in sections 3, 8, 12, 13 and 14. “We strive to honor our veterans with a final resting place in a national shrine. It is a sacred trust that binds us to continually improve the appearance of the cemetery grounds”, said cemetery director Carolyn Howard.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Duke Energy Progress customers to see bill savings this summer
GREENVILLE – While energy usage tends to increase this time of year as customers crank up their air conditioners to combat the summer heat, Duke Energy Progress’ South Carolina customers will see some relief as the portion of their bills that pays for fuels used to generate electricity will decrease. Beginning July 1, electric rates decreased about 3.7 percent for residential customers, 5.6 percent for commercial customers and 9 percent for industrial customer bills – putting more money back into customers’ pockets.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Author Van Hipp to speak at Florence Library
Author Van Hipp Will present his new book, The New Terrorism, at the Florence County Library on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. We are living in an era in which terrorism demands our constant attention. Few people in North America or Western Europe have the capability to study and analyze the wide scale number and kinds of threats facing us as a civilization. Even fewer can make constructive suggestions on how to meet and eliminate these threats in an effective way.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

McCall Farms to open new production facility
McCall Farms, the South Carolina-based manufacturers of Margaret Holmes, Glory Foods, Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts and Bruce’s Yams, is expanding its existing Florence County operations with a new, state-of-the-art production facility. The $4 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs in Effingham over the next five years. Founded by James McCall in 1838, McCall Farms has grown significantly since its inception. Today, as one of America’s leading producers of fresh canned vegetables and fruit, the family-owned company grows its products on 2,000 acres of family farmland in Effingham, S.C., with an additional 18,000 acres contracted throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jimmy Cooper announces for mayor
DARLINGTON – With family, friends and supporters at his side, Darlington City Councilman James “Jimmy” Cooper III formally announced on July 6 his candidacy for Mayor of Darlington . Elected to Darlington City Council in 2011, Cooper is the fourth-generation proprietor of Cooper’s Barbershop in Darlington and has served on the Darlington City Planning Commission and the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Florence Regional Arts Alliance grants Betty Ann Darby Scholarships
Since 1997, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance has awarded 29 Florence County students with the prestigious Betty Ann Darby Scholarship. Last month, three more students were added to the list of deserving recipients. This year’s recipients are Grayson Cribb, Greer Spotts and Elliott Venable. Grayson Cribb is a student at South Florence High School and plans to pursue a degree in music education/performance at either Presbyterian College or the University of South Carolina.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Construction going strong downtown
A lot of building and rebuilding is going on in the historic area of downtown Florence. With most of the work to be finished next year, Florentines can expect to see major changes and improvements in 2016. HOPE HEALTH The huge facility towering above the northwest corner of N. Irby and Lucas Street is the new Hope Health Facility. This federally qualified health center will consolidate several of its current healthcare offices into the roughly 50,000 square foot facility currently under construction.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Campers at Camp Pee Dee Pride gather around representatives from CSX who presented a $7,500 check to Sheriff Kenny Boone last week during a camp session at Francis Marion University. Sheriff Boone, third from left, stands beside Sandra Sea, Manager of Community Affairs, Safety, Doug Rihanek, Supt. of Train Operations, Angie Averitte,assistant division manager, and Rachel Maxwell, clerk. At far right is Capt. Wayne Howard, camp director.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Missing dog was a passenger in stolen car

Percy, an Australian cattle dog/blue heeler, is missing. The dog was last seen in a stolen 2004 Gray Honda Element, license plate GRANDY, at Highway 378/Chandler’s Mill Road area near Lake City High School. Percy was wearing a camo collar. 

The car was found, but the dog is still missing. He had no tags and was not microchipped. His owner says he is a very loved dog that was recently rescued. The owner fears that he was dumped along the road by the car thief. If you have seen this dog, please call Lucia Thompson at 843-269-6762

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Agriculture, forestry has huge impact on S.C.
S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers is traveling around South Carolina promoting awareness of the huge economic impact agriculture and forestry have on our state. Commenting on a study conducted by Dr. James London, London & Associates of Clemson, Weathers noted that from 2006 to 2013, agriculture and forestry in South Carolina have grown 23 percent increasing the annual economic impact to $41.7 billion and 212,000 jobs.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

McLeod Health expands health services in Cheraw, Bennettsville
In an effort to maintain health services for two regional communities, McLeod Health in Florence has announced its agreement to operate the hospital in Chesterfield County. McLeod Health assumes operations of the former Chesterfield General Hospital, as an acute care hospital and operating as McLeod Health Cheraw.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

FMU Trustees approve budget, healthcare program
Francis Marion University’s Board of Trustees approved a new undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration and a tentative budget that includes a 3.25 percent increase in tuition at its regular quarterly meeting Thursday on campus. The new degree adds to FMU’s growing array of programs related to healthcare.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pee Dee Chapter BNI recognized as top-rated
The Pee Dee Chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) has earned the distinction of being the top rated chapter in the Charleston Region of BNI. The Pee Dee Chapter is one of 20 chapters in the region. BNI is the largest business networking organization in the world. Through dedication and hard work the membership embodies the BNI principle of “Giver’s Gain.”
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Honda of South Carolina Mfg. honored for safety culture
TIMMONSVILLE – When you see the digital sign in the middle of the engine department at Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. (HSC), it is yet just another indication of how seriously safety is taken at the plant. This electronic scoreboard is a daily reminder to all Honda of South Carolina associates that safety is 24/7. The sign, which today notes 840-plus days without an accident, is in an area of the plant where some of the largest components are installed in the all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) built at the plant, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Freedom Fest set for July 4 at Darlington Raceway

The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce will host it Freedom Fest Festival on Saturday, July 4, at the Darlington Raceway. 

3:30 p.m. Public and Reserved Parking Opens 
4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Event gates open to the public
4 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.Kids Zone/Inflatables Open 
9:30 p.m. Beer Distribution Ends 
9:30 p.m. Fireworks begin (Approximately) 
10 p.m. Event closes to the public 

Main Stage Schedule
5:45 p.m. Military Presentation 
5:55 p.m. National Anthem - Hannah Stanley 
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Morgan's Road Performs 
7 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Event Announcements
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sister Hazel Performs 

Community Stage Schedule 
4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Noah Stanley Performs 
4:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Event Announcements 
4:40 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. Consumed Performs Cruise-In Schedule 
3 p.m. Cruise-In Registration Opens 
6:30 - 7 p.m. Cruise-In Judging 
7 - 7:30 p.m. Cruise-In Laps 
7:30- 7:45 p.m. Cruise-In Winners Announced (Main Stage) 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Willie Nelson Tribute concert to be held Friday night at Taki's Diner in Darlington

Enjoy songs from the playlists of the Willie Nelson Family and Highwaymen Tours as Rusty Henderson and Marcus Goodman perform a Willie Nelson Tribute Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 26, to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank.
The concert will take place at Taki's Diner, 609 Pearl St., Darlington.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florence native serving on S.C. State board
Florence native Jeff Vinzani has been appointed to the Board of Trustees for S.C. State University. Vinzani grew up in Florence where he attended Delmae, Moore and West Florence schools. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and USC School of Law. A partner with the law firm Graybill, Lansche & Vinzani on Daniel Island, he is a commercial and real estate attorney.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FMU Police Chief retiring after two decades of service
Francis Marion University Police Chief Richard J. Austin will retire June 30 after nearly 22 years of service. Austin began his service at FMU in 1993 when he was hired as a public safety officer. He was named chief two years later, in 1995. Prior to coming to FMU, Austin served for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force as a security policeman and law enforcement officer. He was stationed in Alabama, Georgia, New York, England and Turkey before placement at his final duty station at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Honda welcomes McLeod nurse
Tasha Broach, nurse practitioner, joins the McLeod Occupational Health team to provide primary, acute and urgent care, as well as wellness and occupational health services at the Honda Health Center. As an Occupational Health Nurse, Broach will work closely under the direction of Dr. Jeniqua Duncan, Medical Director of Onsite Services, to provide onsite emergency incident health care response.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dr. Edwards participates in SC-EPFP
Alfred Rush Academy Principal Dr. Gerard Edwards has been named a South Carolina Education Policy Fellow graduating from the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program. Dr. Edwards was selected as one of 11 professional and civic leaders from across South Carolina to participate in the SC Education Policy Fellowship Program for 2014-15.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dr. Al Harley retiring after 50 years
After 50 years in private practice in Christian psychiatry, Dr. Al Harley is taking down his shingle. His office at 151 Pine Street will close its doors on June 30. While he may be retiring from private practice, Dr. Harley is not ready to quit working. He will serve as a pastoral counselor on the staff at Florence Baptist Temple. “Working is fun,” said the 82 year-old psychiatrist. “I really enjoy what I do.”
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kelley takes reigns of Pee Dee Electric
Brian Kelley has been named the new President and CEO of Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, according to an announcement from the Pee Dee Electric Board of Trustees. Kelley succeeds President and CEO, E. LeRoy “Toy” Nettles Jr. “Brian’s experience has prepared him well for this role and provides a solid foundation for the continued growth and success of Pee Dee Electric,” says Board Chairman James A. Goodson of Darlington. “We look forward to the experience and energy Brian will bring to the table and the continued success of the cooperative going forward.” Kelley has been at PDEC since 2002, most recently serving as the Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President of Marketing, and Vice President of Member Service.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Local government, colleges partnering to help businesses
A new program at FMU’s Small Business Institute will help small and minority businesses understand and access the government procurement process. A consortium of stakeholders, including Francis Marion University, the City of Florence, Florence County and Florence-Darlington Technical College, is collaborating on a new training and consulting program designed to help small and minority-owned businesses increase their knowledge of and access to public procurement process. 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rob Ardis to head up Santee Electric Cooperative
KINGSTREE – Santee Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees announces the hiring of Rob Ardis of Florence as the new president and CEO. Ardis will replace Santee Electric CEO Floyd L. Keels and begins Aug. 1. “After a comprehensive, nationwide search, the board selected Rob from a pool of highly qualified candidates,” said Don E. Coker, chairman of the board of trustees. “We look forward to helping him build on the success of the cooperative over its past 75 years.” Ardis comes to Santee Electric after serving 10 years as chief operating officer at Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in Darlington.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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