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home : good life May 22, 2015 

Fantasy vs Reality kicks off Thursday at Art Trail Gallery
Three-D artist, Jim Gleason, and photographer, Lee Benoy are joining together for an exhibit of high contrast, entitled, “Fantasy versus Reality.” The show kicks off Thursday, May 21, at the Art Trail Gallery with a free reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. A special highlight of the evening will be an extended bluegrass performance by Carolina Crossroads. Ernie McCormick, Jerel Barnes, and Charlie Calder will debut their new young fiddler that evening.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FMU campus will be set for movie, 'Suicide Note'
Francis Marion University has long been known as one South Carolina’s most beautiful college campuses. Now it’s set to become one of the state’s most beautiful movie sets. The South Carolina- and California-based independent film company G That’s Entertainment Inc. will be filming a made-for-TV movie on the FMU campus for two weeks, beginning May 16. The broadcast destination for the project is uncertain. But the movie, entitled Suicide Note, a mystery involving college students, features strong female characters.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bethea Baptist Retirement Community cuts ribbon for Aquatic Center
DARLINGTON – Both Florence and Darlington Chambers held ribbon cutting ceremonies for the new Aquatic Center at the Bethea Baptist Retirement Community on Wednesday, May 13. The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m and the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. “We’re excited to open this new aquatic center not only to the residents of Bethea, it is also available to seniors over the age of 55 from the surrounding community,” said executive director Ben Spurling.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

South Carolina Colonial Dames XVII Century complete 2014-2015 year with breakfast meeting
The Peedee Chapter of the South Carolina Colonial Dames XVII Century held its final meeting for 2014-15 calendar year on Saturday, April 18. A breakfast meeting was held at the Florence Country Club. Mrs. Edwin C. McGee, Chapter President presided. After the rituals and business portion of the meeting, Mrs. McGee turned the program over to Bennettsville member, Jayne Lee. She and her daughter, Mary Jane Lee, who served as a page, reported on the 60th Anniversary State Conference.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Casper-Herford nuptials held in Columbia
COLUMBIA – Macaira Jane Casper and Robert James Herford were married on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The Rev. Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F., officiated the double-ring ceremony. A program of wedding music was presented by Mark Husey. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Kevin Casper of Florence. She graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Nursing and is employed with Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital. 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FLT to host Awards Night

Florence Little Theatre will host it 52nd Annual Awards Night on Thursday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. This will be an evening of entertainment and awards remembering the 2014-15 season, “A Tradition of Excellence,” and a preview of next year’s shows. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wilson Band earns 18 Superior ratings at solo, ensemble festival
Students from the Wilson High School Band participated in the South Carolina Band Director’s Association Solo and Ensemble Festival on April 24. This event is held annually to encourage excellence in individual and small group performance. Students prepared their selections in addition to their regular class work. The Wilson High School Band, directed by Troy Cato, entered 25 events in the festival and came home with 18 Superior ratings and seven Excellent ratings. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sheriff's Office Fishing Tournament to be held this weekend at Santee

SUMMERTON – The 23rd Annual Sheriff’s Office Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the John C. Land Landing. There are three age divisions, children 10 and under, ages 11-17, and adults 18 plus. Kids under age 12 may fish free if accompanied by a paying adult with a limit of two kids per adult. The registration fee is $25 and t-shirts are available for $10. All kids 12 and under pre-registered by May 10 are guaranteed a prize. Registration is from 5 a.m. until 10 a.m. with blast off at daylight. Lunch will be provided at noon. A weigh-in will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. with awards presented at 5 p.m. Pre-registered team are invited to a cook-out on Friday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the John C. Land Landing. All funds help support the Florence County Sheriff’s Office Summer Camp Programs. For more information, you may call Capt. Wayne Howard at 843-665-2121, ext. 339 or Capt. Scott Brown at 843-665-2121, ext. 332.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Downs Syndrome Family Picnic

A Down Syndrome Family Picnic will be held on Saturday, May 16, at Timrod Park from 11 to 1 p.m. Please bring your own bag lunch.
If raining, picnic to be rescheduled.
For friendship and fun, contact: Sandra Williams 319-7646.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FLT Workshop presents 'Peter Pan Jr. this weekend
The Florence Little Theatre’s Children's Workshop will present “Peter Pan Jr.”, May 15-17. The production is being underwritten by Chick-Fil-A. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16; and 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. General admission is $5. Tickets are on sale now at the FLT box office. There are two separate casts performing. The Monday Workshop class will perform on Friday evening and Saturday matinee. The Thursday class will perform on Saturday night and Sunday matinee.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Helen Lamm awarded Boren Scholarship to study in China
Helen Lamm of Florence, a sophomore at Wofford College, has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to spend the 2015-16 academic year studying in China. Lamm will spend a year abroad honing her language skills and another year at Wofford completing her degree before joining the federal government in the area of national security. Helen has a double major in Chinese and history. “I’m getting to study the language and culture that I love, and I have a job lined up after college. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and for those who helped me along the way,” says Lamm. While in China, Helen will be studying environmental protection through the C.V. Starr Middlebury School in Kunming for the first semester.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Darlington brings back gospel music event

The City of Darlington will hold a spring Gospel Music on the Square will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17. The free event is sponsored by the City, Darlington Police Department, First Citizens Bank, The Dairy Bar, and IGA employees. 
Performances will include the Mayo High School Gospel Choir, Southern Redeemed of Florence, Johnnie Iseman, Ronnie Anderson & Friends, Sandy Banks, Marian Richardson, Leeah Stucks of Cain Elementary School, Ty Cain, William Felder, and others.
“The purpose of this event is to bring the community together for a wonderful afternoon of celebration through music,” says Lisa Chalian-Rock, director of planning and economic development for the City and director of the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association. 
“The Square is the perfect venue for so many events, and we are trying to utilize it as much as possible to bring residents together and to bring people in from the surrounding areas to see what Darlington has to offer.” 
Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blankets. Some vendors will be available for refreshments on site. Vendor spaces are available for $25 each.Spaces are limited. 
If you are interested in selling during this event, please call 398-4000 x 103 or email by Thursday, May 14.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Florence Family YMCA offers Mother-Son Wilderness Adventure at Lynches River Co. Park

The Y is teaming up with the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park to bring you a Mother-Son Wilderness Adventure on Saturday, May 16th from 10:30 AM – 2 PM.  Moms and sons ages 5 and older will have an adventure together as they canoe on Lynches River, learn about and practice archery, complete a GPS wildlife hunt and much more! Age and weight requirements apply for certain activities.  Moms will pick activities when registering at the Y.  Lunch, thanks to Pepsi,  The Drive-In, and Cold Stone Creamery is included.  Only $20 per family!  Activities are limited so register today!  Call the Y at 665-1234 for more information.

The Y:  We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Latta Community Singers Spring Concert this weekend

The Latta Community Singers will present their Spring Concert on Friday, May 8 at the Ellis Performing Arts Center on the Latta High School Campus at 618 North Richardson Street. A second performance will be presented in Mullins on Saturday, May 9 at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 402 North Main Street. 
Both events are free and begin at 7  p.m. 
The concert theme is “Grassroots American Music.” The program features songs selected from various years down through the centuries, beginning in 1844 with “The Morning Trumpet” from a Sacred Harp publication, and continuing to 1983 with Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” a melancholy tune about a doomed relationship.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday thru Friday events in Darlington

• Today, the National Day of Prayer service will be held at noon at the Public Square. If it rains, it will be at Trinity UMC.
• The Darlington County Humane Society will hold a Yard Sale Fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 7-8, and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, at the American Legion Post 13 on SC 151 in Darlington.
• Screen on the Square will be a free movie showing Friday, May 8, at dusk at Darlington Public Square showing Finding Nemo. If it rains, it will be shown at Darlington High School gym.
• Saturday, Letter Carriers Food Drive
• Spring Country Music Jamboree 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Darlington Raceway. Tickets are $15. Benefits the Darlington County Education Foundation. Features John Stone, Radio Romance, and Outshyne.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 9 ceremony commemorates Confederate Memorial Day
The Ellison Capers Chapter 70 United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Pee Dee Rifles Camp 1419 Sons of Confederate Veterans will be conducting a Memorial Service in honor of Confederate Memorial Day on Saturday, May 9. The service begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at the Confederate Soldiers Monument in Mount Hope Cemetery located at 100 Cherokee Road. Guest speaker is Ms Teresa Roane of Richmond, VA. Uniformed reenactors will perform rifle and cannon salutes. The public is invited. Roane is the archivist for the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rain Barrel Art Review winners listed
DARLINGTON – Thornwell School for the Arts and Williamson Park Committee took top awards in the 2015 Rain Barrel Art Review sponsored by the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium (FDSC). Open to schools and community groups in Florence and Darlington counties, the goal of the competition was to educate the public about the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce runoff and protect water quality. A total of 11 rain barrels were entered in the competition. Completed barrels were displayed at Kalmia Gardens’ Earth Day festival held on April 18 where visitors voted for their favorite barrel in each category.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Library presents program on Red Doe Plantation

Red Doe Plantation, one of Florence County’s oldest landmarks, will be featured in a presentation at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. Speaker Agnes Willcox, Chair of the Historic Florence Foundation, will discuss the history of the 169 year-old plantation as well as ongoing restoration efforts. Willcox states, “Red Doe Plantation is one of the few remaining Florence County historic properties that retains much of its original features. We hope that a full renovation will be done in the foreseeable future.” Admission is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library. For more information, please call (843) 413-7068 or visit

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

PDRTA announces summer youth pass
The Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority is making available to Florence’s youth up to 18 years of age a summer bus pass that will allow use of all Florence Transit System service from June 1 until Aug. 30. The pass is going on sale for $30. PDRTA staff will be selling passes at Florence high schools on the following schedule: Wilson High School on May 5 and 6; South Florence High School on May 11 and 12; West Florence High School on May 18 and 19. Passes are also on sale at the PDRTA offices on S. Stadium Rd. 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Camp Pee Dee Pride openings

Camp Pee Dee Pride, a two-week camp conducted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office, has 30 openings for the second session. This camp session will be held on weekdays from June 22 thru July 3. This is a free day camp for youth, ages 8-12. It is held at Francis Marion University and includes several field trips, including a day at Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside Beach.  Participants are expected to attend the entire two week session and perfect attendance is required to participate in the field trips. To find out more or obtain a registration form, contact Capt. Wayne Howard at 843-665-2121, ext. 339, or Delaine Martin at 843-679-0589.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Family Day at the Museum on Sunday
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Uno De Mayo Fiesta to be downtown on Friday, May 1

The Florence Habitat for Humanity celebrates Mexican culture by hosting the annual Cinco De Mayo fiesta in downtown Florence on May 1.
 Live music from Mariachi Band, Who's Bad (the Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band) and The Buzz.
Admission is free.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

YMCA open house on May 3

Get ready for summer. The Florence Family YMCA will host and open house on May 3, from 2-5 pm at the Florence Family YMCA.
Receive a discount on the joining fee when you join on bank draft. One day only.
The Y:  We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Darlington Market starts fifth season Saturday

The Market on Darlington Square celebrates its fifth season with more music, more vendors, more food, and more fun. Beginning Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., come to the Public Square for the monthly open-air market featuring produce, arts & crafts, food, and other vendors from across the region. 
The Market continues on the first Saturday of the month through October. Local favorite Doug Kight will be our featured performer for Saturday’s event. Each month, the Market holds a featured event. 
In May, the Garden Expo will have a variety of garden centers and farmers displaying their wares. 

Some of this month’s vendors include Anderson Organics, Kalmia Gardens, Savanna’s Garden Treasures, Artfully Adorned, Art We, Jamberry Nails, Earth Blessings, Kid Co, Sweet Jane’s, Celebrating Home, Tommy’s Treasures, Oragami Owl, Palmetto Nursery, DCIT, Wind in the Willows Garden Center, The News & Press, and more. 
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Square on Main Street in Darlington on the FIRST Saturday of the month through October. There will be no event in July due to the holiday. 
The open-air monthly market is a partnership between Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association, the City of Darlington and a dedicated group of volunteers that began in 2011. The Market on Darlington Square also has a Facebook page that can be found at 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happenings and such at The Clay Pot

This week: Wednesday, May 6 – Story Swap with Martha and Jess and special guest, local author Suzanna Linton “Life Lessons and Hacks,” Café 7-8:30pm
Saturday, May 9 – Book Signing - Meet and greet the local author Attorney Ben Matthews. His new novel "The Pursuit of Justice" was launched April 18 and now wants to share it locally. Gallery 11:30 – 2:30pm
Saturday, May 9 – Singer Songwriter “Joe Cat” from Athens Ga. is coming back to the Pot. He had so much fun in March he’s included us in his upcoming tour. Joe is an Americana performer who enjoys playing at the smaller quaint listening rooms like the Pot. Join us in welcoming Joe back! 7-9 pm – Café
Sunday, May 10, Special Mother’s Day Brunch with Singer Songwriter Frederick Ingram, 12-2pm Café
Art Gallery exhibit with works by Amy Smit, originally from Montana and currently residing in the Pee Dee area. Come and take in the vibrant water colors created on Yupo. February – June
The Clay Pot will be closed May 11 through May 22 and re-open for business as usual May 23 at 6:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Trinity-Byrnes Drama Department Presents "Shrek: The Musical" on May 1 and 2
DARLINGTON – Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School’s upper school drama program presents the popular SHREK: The Musical on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, at the Sonoco Gym on its campus at 5001 Hoffmeyer Road. 
Tickets are $5 adults, $3 students; the show begins at 7 pm each night and is open to the public. 
The show features ninth graders Julia Thompson, Raffy Santo Domingo, Lara Wyatt, and Mateo Thompson. 
This high school production is under the direction of Meredith Taylor.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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