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home : news September 30, 2014 

Florence Museum plans Oct. 11 opening
The Florence County Museum will open to the public on Oct. 11, following a ribbon cutting ceremony. Florence County Council encourages the community to participate in this monumental event with remarks by Florence County Council Chairman, James T. Schofield and author, editor, publisher and Pulitzer Prize winner, Jon Meacham. Jon Ellis Meacham is the executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time Magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his work American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.
Tuesday, September 9, 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

Attorney Ron Jebaily honored by National Workers' Compensation Group
A senior personal injury attorney at the Jebaily Law Firm in Florence has been honored by a national legal organization. The Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) has named workers’ compensation attorney Ronald J. Jebaily as one of the nation’s Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys for 2014. Ron Jebaily is the Jebaily Law Firm’s senior partner, having practiced law for 45 years in Florence, representing injured workers. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fred H. Sexton Post 1 American Legion recognizes service, installs officers
The Fred H. Sexton Post #1 American Legion, held its annual Service Awards Ceremonies and new officer installments for 2014-15 on Tuesday, Sept. 9. These awards recognize Legionnaires for their loyal continuous service. Awards were made in five-year increments from five years to 45 years of service. In all, 31 members were recognized. Ten members had five years and eight members had 10 years. This reflects a growing trend of veterans joining the Legion. The longest serving veterans were recognized last in the program.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chick-fil-A team helping Fill-a-Truck for Harvest Hope Food Bank

Harvest Hope Food Bank and area Chick-fil-A restaurants are teaming up for the 4th annual “Fill-a-Truck” food drive! The food banks are challenging the public to help on behalf of the many children, families and elderly experiencing hunger. To participate, bring four non-perishable food items to the Chick-fil-A restaurants at David McLeod Blvd. in Florence on Friday, Sept. 26, 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. In return, receive an offer for a free chicken sandwich. Donations will be used to provide food for families in the Pee Dee

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Carolinian honors Colan Shiver
The Carolinian honored Colan Shiver of Agape Senior on Sept. 10. Shiver has conducted informational workshops designed specifically for veterans and their spouses. He never forgets to make sure the residents of The Carolinian enjoy some fun by hosting pizza parties and cook-outs. Shiver also assists families with hospice services. “Mr. Shiver has given countless hours of his time to help and support our residents throughout the year. We are grateful for his continued dedication to our community,” said Kathryn Wilcox, administrator of The Carolinian.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Florence Area League of Women Voters to host town hall meeting
The Florence Area League of Women Voters invites the public to attend a celebration of National Voter Registration with a Town Hall meeting on Monday, Sept. 29, featuring special guests from the state government to discuss the upcoming legislative session. The meeting will be held at the Drs, Bruce & Lee Foundation Library. Networking at 5:30 p.m. and program starts at 5:45 p.m. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Missions change Russian girls' lives
Florence has a heart for missions. It’s people and churches have a long history of supporting and participating in mission trips, both here and abroad. They don’t always know the outcome of their support of missions, but Katya Sims Haselden’s story shows how a mission trip involving people from Florence changed her and her sister’s life. Below is Katya’s story. Katya Sims Haselden has overcome the challenges of a new country, language and culture, to become a successful business owner. At age 14, Katya and her younger sister Irina, left an orphanage in Russia to become a part of a Florence family.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FLT hosting auditions for Crowns, Sept. 21, 22

Florence Little Theatre will hold auditions for “Crowns,” on Sunday, Sept. 21 and Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. each evening.
The production is being directed by C.J. Miller. It was written by Regina Taylor, Craig Marberry, and Michael Cunningham All roles will be played by African Americans, ages 17 and older.
This is a moving and celebratory musical play in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her grandmother after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. Hats are everywhere, in exquisite variety, and the characters use the hats to tell tales concerning everything from the etiquette of hats to their historical and contemporary social functioning. There is a hat for every occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms, and the tradition of hats is traced back to African rituals and forward to contemporary times.
Set in Darlington, S.C., Crowns creates a tapestry of voices that transcends time and place. Production dates are Jan. 16-24, 2015 Underwritten by Victor’s Bistro and Garden Room and Nucor Steel
All auditions will be held at the Florence Little Theatre, 417 South Dargan Street. Prior experience is not required and all audition materials will be provided. Anyone auditioning, please bring a photo!
Call 662-3731 for more information.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Armstrong Williams addresses Rotary
Nationally syndicated columnist, radio and TV talk show host Armstrong Williams addressed the luncheon meeting of the Florence Rotary Club on Sept. 8 at Victor’s Bistro. An American political commentator, Williams is an entrepreneur, author of a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated TV program called ”The Right Side with Armstrong Williams.” He is also founder and CEO of the Graham Williams Group, an international marketing, advertising and media public relations consulting firm, and the owner of WWMB TV Channel 21. Williams was labeled by The Washington Post as “one of the most recognizable conservative voices in America.” Armstrong, one of 10 children, was born in Marion and raised on the family's tobacco and swine farm. Commenting on farm life, Armstrong said he read all the time because books was all he had.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alex Palkovich receives new national award
Alex Palkovich, well-known local sculptor, has won the Rhoda Sherbell Award for Portraiture Sculpture, presented to him in New York on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Allied Artists of America chose Palkovich’s relief of Pope Saint John Paul II as the winning piece, best exemplifying the high standards of portraiture in this most recent national competition. One hundred years old this year, the Allied Artists of America is a non-profit National Art Society with representation from across the country. As a sculptor, Palkovich has created everything from small pieces in bronze up to reliefs and large scale monuments. 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Community invited to come together to clean up Darlingt
The Kalmia Garden Study Club and the City of Darlington will team up with the community for a Community Clean Up Day in advance of the fall festivals. Meet at the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce on the Public Square between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday. Planned activities include trimming, weeding, planting, cleaning, and more at the Public Square, Liberty Lane, and the public parking lots off South Main Street (at News & Press and behind Krukr Specialty Store.
Everyone is invited to participate. Bring work gloves and other tools if you have them. Specific needs include weed eaters, trimmers, brooms, shovels, leaf blowers, hedge clippers, etc. A list of jobs and needed supplies can be found on the Facebook event at 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This week at the Clay Pot

Florence Art Guild is exhibiting the show “Art Across the Pee Dee” featuring the work of 18 members, through October 25.

This Week at the Clay Pot 

Wed. Sept. 24th Poetry Night 
Thursday Sept. 25th FloWriters Group - Open to all genres. No portfolio is required, however dedication and persistence are! Time will be divided between critique of works in progress and various creative exercises. 7p-8:30 Gallery 
Friday Sept. 26th Friday after Five Concert Series featuring “Jim Quick and Coastline” on the Block.. 
Saturday Sept. 27th “Top of the Pot” Final Competition 5-9pm William H. Johnson Courtyard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Central UMC's mission trip of service
Teams from Central United Methodist Church have been participating in mission building projects in Costa Rica for the past five years. However, their true mission is about service. Their purpose is three fold, explained Rick Knight, who leads the Costa Rica mission trips. “First, we are there to serve God; second, to bond together and serve with each other, and third to serve people of another culture and build relationships,” he said. The end result, he added, is “We serve them and they serve us.” The team has been working with missionary Will Bailey from Rocky Mount, N.C., who is affiliated with Costa Rica Mission Projects. Bailey and Central’s pastor Will Malambri attended Duke University Divinity School together.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rotarians learn about Duke Energy Progress
Mindy Taylor, Government and Community Relations Manager in South Carolina for Duke Energy, was the guest speaker at the Florence West Rotary Club’s luncheon meeting on Sept. 4 at the Florence Country Club. Taylor talked about Duke Energy Progress, commenting that the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy two years ago created the largest regulated energy company in the nation with service in 12 states. In South Carolina, the company operates two utilities, she said. Duke Energy Progress serves Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield, Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Dillon and Marlboro counties. Duke Energy Carolinas serves the upstate. Signage on all company trucks read Duke Energy which sometimes confuses customers about the utility’s name.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

United Way Day of Caring is Friday

Show you care by participating in this year’s Day of Caring. For over 20 years, United Way’s Day of Caring has given back to the local nonprofit agencies that do so much to support our community all year long. Last year, over 300 volunteers participated in works of volunteerism across our county. However, each year there are still projects that are never chosen. Help us make sure that every United Way partner agency and its clients feel valued by signing up for a Day of Caring project to be held on Friday, Sept. 12. Volunteers will kick-off the event together at a catered “Wake-Up” breakfast with fun and prizes. After that, volunteers head to different sites to complete their chosen projects. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This weekend in Darlington
There's a lot of activity going on this weekend in Darlington. We hope to see you there!
  • Faith Freewill Baptist Church will hold a yard sale to benefit Missions from 7 am to noon Saturday, Sept. 6.
  • Kids, come out to the Market on Darlington Square Saturday for a FREE sidewalk chalk art contest. Register that day beginning at 9 a.m. Chalk will be provided. Judging begins at noon, and cash awards will be announced by 1 o’clock.
  • The theme for this year’s event is “The Natural World,” coordinating with the Kalmia Garden Study Club Flower Show, the first in Darlington in nearly 40 years. That exhibit will be held around the corner from the Public Square at the Trinity Church Youth Building on Orange Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Market on Darlington Square has more than just the art contest this month. Find farmers, gardeners, artisans, and craftsmen selling a variety of hand-made items, produce, plants, food, and more, and enjoy music by Stan Thompson while you shop. Also, beginning at 10 a.m., join the Recreation Department for Bingo! in the courthouse lobby.
  • The Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Public Square. Find us online at <> .
  • Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 4, as the Market on Darlington Square will bring back the Showdown on the Square Chili Cook-off where you choose the best bowl in this tasters’ choice competition for a cash prize. If you are interested in participating as a cook team, contact Lisa at 398-4000 x 103.
  • See you at the Market on Darlington Square!
  • Kalmia Garden Study Club will present "Meet Me in the Garden," a Small Standard Flower Show in Darlington, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, inside the Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Orange Street. This free show is open to the public and will feature horticulture specimens, container plants, floral designs, and educational exhibits.
  • As the first flower show in Darlington in nearly 40 years, the club hopes this event will inspire, educate, and involve the community.
  • Adults can enter horticulture specimens (leaves, branches, and blooms) and table or floral designs at no charge. Any amateur gardener or designer is encouraged to enter.
  • Drop off entries on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 5, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The judging will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday. 
  • Reservations are required for Design entries.
  • For more information or a copy of the show schedule, contact Linda Howle at <> or 843-616-2561 <tel:843-616-2561> . For Design reservations, contact Diane Langston at <> or 843-968-8335 <tel:843-968-8335>
  • You also can download the exhibit schedule online from <> . Under Attractions & Leisure, click Local Activities.
  • Cruise In at Joe's Grill Saturday and on the first Saturday of the month beginning at 5 o'clock. Come celebrate the recent renovations Joe's Grill has made! 393-9140 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Building relationships in Cancun, Haiti, Peru
While mission teams have different objectives, building relationships is the key ingredient for groups from First Baptist and First Presbyterian Churches. A team from First Baptist recently returned from what has become a “sister” church in Cancun, Mexico. Two teams from First Presbyterian participated in trips this year to Haiti and Peru. Led by its Pastor Daniel Inabinet, a small group of eight spent 10 hot July days in Cancun assisting the congregation of Jezreel Baptist Church. Pastor Carlos Reyes Lopez is the Jezreel pastor The team included Paula Abbott and her daughter Grace, Harrison Boatwright, all of Florence, Faye and Ray Joye, Mark Richardson of Marion; and Daniel’s father, Wilson Inabinet of Summerville.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

HopeHealth breaks ground for new facility
The site of a former eyesore in north Florence will eventually be home to a beautiful new healthcare facility. HopeHealth, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) based out of Florence, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday for phase one of its new facility at 360 North Irby Street. Demolition of three structures on the property was recently completed and the start of site work will take place this month. Construction will begin in the fall. 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Florentines share love with children in Ethiopia
Imagine traveling halfway around the world to hold babies and play with children in orphanages. A group of caring people with a heart for missions did that. Sponsored by America World Adoption and led by Jennifer Danfield of Florence, ten people from Florence, along with four others from New Jersey, Tennessee and Michigan, made up a team that traveled to Ethiopia, Africa, June 21-30. While there they visited seven orphanages in five days, interacting with almost 800 children. They played games, music and crafts, and they held and loved on babies. “We sang to them and prayed over them,” said Jennifer.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Roosevelt, Judge Cheveron Scott elected to international Elks offices
DARLINGTON – Roosevelt Scott and Judge Cheveron T. Scott have been elected to international offices for the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOE of W) during the organization’s recent convention held in Atlanta, GA. Cheveron T. Scott was elected to the fourth highest office in the organization as the Grand Esteem Lecturing Knight. In this office he will be responsible for educating members to fulfill the organization’s mission. 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

School Foundation to honor William Hubbard
William Hubbard, a 1970 graduate of McClenaghan High School, will be honored as Florence School District One’s Distinguished Graduate at the 13th Annual School Foundation Celebration Gala to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, foundation officials announced recently. “We are excited to recognize William as our 2014 Distinguished Graduate,” stated Debbie Hyler, Executive Director of The School Foundation. “As the first attorney in South Carolina to be named president of the American Bar Association, William’s success proves that our goals can be attained through hard work and perseverance.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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