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home : news August 2, 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.

Coastal Surge trains here for competitions
Motorists on S.Irby Street were treated to a day of mini concerts last Tuesday by a group of young people with big horns. Fourteen members of the brass section of the Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corp performed impromptu on the side of the street across from Hallmark Square. Their idea was to attract attention and collect donations to help support their upcoming two-week tour. A pro-level marching band, Coastal Surge is a non-profit youth performing arts association from Myrtle Beach. Matthew Shrewbury of Coastal Carolina University is the executive director and CEO. Eric Thompson is the corp director.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014


S.C. tax-free weekend starts Friday
COLUMBIA – For the 14th year, shoppers can save money when it comes to an array of items during South Carolina’s “Tax Free” weekend. The event is set for Aug. 1. through Aug. 3. According to the SC Department of Revenue, this is the third busiest shopping period of the year behind Christmas and Black Friday. Shoppers will save the six percent tax on their purchases, which include school supplies, computers, wedding dresses, clothing and bed linens. The tax free weekend starts at 12:01 Friday morning and will end at midnight on Sunday.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

You can help MatchingDonors save lives

There are a ton of social networking web sites. But one stands apart for a very special reason – this one saves lives. It’s links organ donors with people in need of kidney and other transplants. In the U.S. 19 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant. Most of them for kidneys. If you’ve ever considered becoming a living organ donor or if you are someone in need of an organ transplant, visit MatchingDonors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest online living organ donor organization. You don’t have to donate a kidney to save a life. Donate your car, boat or plane. All proceeds will go to help saving the lives of people needing transplants. Call us at 1-800-385-0422 or donate online at

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Friends plan benefit barbecue, free concert to assist Mike Feaster with medical expenses

A concert and barbecue benefit is planned for the Mike Feaster Medical Fund. The event will be held on Aug. 2, from noon until midnight at Mike’s Corner Bar, on the corner of 340 and Rogers Road. Barbecue plates, with desert, will be sold for $7 until the plates run out. The free concert will feature Louder Than Light, Mike Creel, The Officials and Southern Pride. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and raffles. Mike Feaster and his wife Dianne, have helped so many – sick children, people battling cancer, widows, local humane societies and other non-profits by raising money and their own giving. Mike has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and the doctors have found a spot on his kidney. Their health insurance isn’t effective until December and he cannot wait until then for treatments. So, friends are stepping in to give back to Mike. For more information, call Gewene Anderson at 843-615-6094, Cynthia Jackson-Locklair at 843-453-9522, Shelia Collins at 843-861-0919 or Carey Mazzaroni at 843-472-8849.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Duke Energy Foundation helps fund youth work program
The Boys & Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area received a donation of $9,500 from the Duke Energy Foundation on July 16 to help fund a summer teen employment program. The Boys & Girls Club is using this donation, combined with support from the South Carolina Department of Social Services, to employ 24 low-income young adults at seven clubs throughout the Pee Dee. Duke Energy District Manager Mindy Taylor presented the donation to Ellen Pearson, board chair for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area. The young workers are helping Club staff in a variety of activities, depending on their special talents and interests. 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood, platelet donors
The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give. Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Duke Energy Foundation helps fund youth work program

The Boys & Girls Club of the Pee Dee Area received a donation of $9,500 from the Duke Energy Foundation on July 16 to help fund a summer teen employment program. The Boys & Girls Club is using this donation, combined with support from the South Carolina Department of Social Services, to employ 24 low-income young adults at seven clubs throughout the Pee Dee. Duke Energy District Manager Mindy Taylor presented the donation to Ellen Pearson, board chair for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pilots N Paws flies rescue dogs to new homes
Three mama dogs and their puppies from the Darlington County Humane Society flew to safety through the Pilots N Paws program last week. Rescue volunteers met pilot Scott Messinger at the Florence airport on July 17 with the dogs to be transported. They were flown to Schenectady County Airport in New York where receiving rescues were. gathered. Messinger, who lives in New Jersey, flew down from Philadelphia. He has flown over 4,000 rescued pets from shelters like Darlington to rescue groups in the northeast.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McLeod Family Medicine Residency faculty members receive state AHEC awards
McLeod Health announces that Dr. Carol Adams and Dr. Gerard Jebaily have received Excellence in Family Medicine Education Awards by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SC AHEC). These McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program faculty members were recognized for demonstrating a caring attitude and respect for patients, residents and students; valuing human dignity; displaying a passion and joy for teaching, learning and working with others; and participating in community service activities.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Trey Floyd joins staff at The News Journal
Trey Floyd of Florence has joined the advertising staff at The News Journal. “I am very excited to start a new journey in my career. I look forward to meeting with members in our business community and helping them with their advertising needs,” Floyd commented. Trey is a 2008 graduate of West Florence and has an associate degree of arts from Midlands Technical College of Columbia. He attended the University of South Carolina, also in Columbia. A graphic artist, he has created and maintains his own website. His past work history includes positions in the healthcare industry.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Carolinas Hospital System adds breakthrough MRI scanner
Carolinas Hospital System announced that patients and physicians now have access to the first-ever digital broadband magnetic resonance imaging system: the Ingenia 1.5T from Philips Healthcare. This revolutionary machine is designed to quickly perform high-quality MRI scans with a high level of patient comfort. The new MRI can significantly reduce exam time and has a wide opening to accommodate patients of varying size, age, and physical condition. This makes the system less confining and a more attractive noninvasive imaging option for patients at Carolinas Hospital System.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Area kids to get chance to experience life on a farm

Area youth have the opportunity to experience life as a Pee Dee farmer on July 30 at Ag Day, an educational event being hosted by the Cooperative Extension Service. All children, ages 5-19, and parents are invited to visit Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center, located at 2200 Pocket Road, on July 30 from 9:15 until 11:30 a.m. for the event. There is no cost and free wagon tours of the farm will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. “Agriculture has a huge economic impact in the Pee Dee and we want our area youth to have an opportunity to touch and feel what life is like on a Pee Dee area farm,” said Faith Truesdale, Florence County 4-H and Youth Development Agent. For more information on Ag Day or membership in 4-H, contact Mrs. Truesdale at

Wednesday, July 23, 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

Museum artifacts being prepared for move
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

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

Galloway Mosley
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