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home : good life : good life August 27, 2015 

Rotary Club donates to healthy lifestyles
Florence Rotary Club President Debbie Hyler, right, presents Chrysalis Center Director Jeannie James, left, with a $2,000 check to support the development of healthy lifestyles with the Chrysalis Center’s mothers and children.
Florence Rotary Club President Debbie Hyler, right, presents Chrysalis Center Director Jeannie James, left, with a $2,000 check to support the development of healthy lifestyles with the Chrysalis Center’s mothers and children.
The Florence Rotary Club recently donated $2,000 to support the Chrysalis Center and its services to women and their children. The Chrysalis Center is a unique, extended term, residential treatment facility for chemically dependent women and their children, managed by Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. Located at 1430 South Cashua Drive, it provides living quarters for 16 mothers and their children under the age of 10. 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Local talent to highlight autism
Four local musicians will share their musical talents at a concert to benefit autism. Michael Chaney, Cmac, Justin Scott and Michael McNeill will perform at Lula’s Coffee Shop, 600 Pamplico Hwy., on Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. This fund-raising event is a partnership between Liteworx Entertainment, the South Carolina Autism Society and Lula’s Coffee Shop. The purpose is bring awareness to the problems and issues associated with autism and raise funds. All monies raised with go to the S.C. Autism Society.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Quinby Garden Club meetings
The Quinby Garden Club started the 2015 year off meeting at the home of Ann Angelides in January. Co-host was Nellie Clayton. The February meeting was held at Quinby Baptist Church with Ruth Sandifer and Lou Murphy as hosts. Anna Polk served as hostess for the March meeting. 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Poet's Night at the Clay Pot

Clay Pot will host Poetry Night in the Cafe on Wednesday, Aug. 26. This is an all ages event that focuses on the creativity of the written and spoken words of poetry. Read from your own works or from someone who inspires you. The Clay Pot Cafe offers a welcoming and intimate setting for sharing. They’ll be offering a dinner special also.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lake City DSN Foundation to host Largest Yard Sale
LAKE CITY – Do you have unwanted items that you need to clear out and just haven’t had time to have a yard sale? You will have the perfect opportunity during the South Carolina Tobacco Festival to sell them and have a large crowd of eager customers. The Florence County Disabilities Foundation will sponsor “Lake City’s Largest Yard Sale” during the festival on Saturday, Sept.19 in the parking lot of the Pee Dee Thrift of Lake City, 219 North Church Street in Lake City from 7 a.m. to10 a.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dr. Tammy Pawloski to headline Champions for Youth Tribute
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area will host its 2015 Champions for Youth Tribute on Thursday, Sept. 10. at the Florence County Museum. This year the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area is honored to be recognizing Dr. Tammy Pawloski for her dedication and exemplary work in changing the lives of children for the better. A reception will be held 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the celebration. Dr. Tammy Pawloski is a Professor of Education at Francis Marion University with special expertise in the areas of early childhood education and teaching children of poverty.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Car Hauler Parade will be held Sept. 3
The 11th annual Darlington Car Hauler Parade & Festival presented by OneMain Financial returns on Sept. 3 to the Florence Civic Center. This year’s event offers new race-related games for the kids and a chance to win a VIP ticket package to the 2016 race weekend. The fun ignites at 4 p.m. at the Florence Civic Center, featuring entertainment and live music by Painted Man.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Easter Seals offering help and hope
Easter Seals South Carolina has been providing help and hope to children with disabilities and special needs for more than 90 years. Easter Seals offers in home services to clients which helps create a family focused environment for children to grow and meet their developmental milestones.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Splash Pad welcomes dogs on Sept. 19
The Environmental Discovery Center and Lynches River County Park will host Paws on the Pad on Saturday, Sept.19 Bring your canine companion to the Splash Pad at Lynches River County Park for some cool fun in the sun!
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Local leaders to get close look at schools thru new partnership
Through a three-way partnership among Florence One, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce and The School Foundation, there has emerged a program designed for business and community leaders to spend time getting a unique, behind-the-scenes look into schools in Florence One. At Thursday’s meeting, the Florence One School Board approved a plan to implement Fellows in Education, a program which will take place over the course of the next nine months.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015


DONATE FANS – For the second year, Agape’ Hospice has donated box fans to Lighthouse Ministries. The fans are distributed to seniors in Florence County to help offset the heat. These fans also help keep their power bills lower during these hot months. Above, Colan Shiver and Cathy Cantey pose with the boxes of fans.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Williams Middle School receives recycling grant from Keep Florence Beautiful Education Initiative
Williams Middle School has received a Keep Florence Beautiful (KFB) Education Initiative Recycling Grant. The grant ensures that the school will receive roll carts, deskside recycle bins for each classroom, and weekly recycling service from Pluffmud Recycling.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Music students play for seniors at Leatherman Center

Music students of Mrs. Janice Saulters participated in an outreach project last week by entertaining senior citizens at the Leatherman Senior Center. The students played piano and violin selections for the seniors on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Participating musicians included Jasmine Doctor (piano and violin), Braxton Isaac, Christopher Isaac, Nylah McNeil, Kamiah Moore, Bradley Saulters (piano and percussion), and Sidnee Saulters. The students, from Florence and Darlington, attend A Special Touch Music School, LLC, located at 103 Sanborn Street.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cooks for Christ to host benefit for Fay Sims
Cooks for Christ will host a Chicken Bog Benefit on Aug. 27 for Fay Sims. Linda “Fay” Sims of Turbeville has End Stage Liver Disease. She was diagnosed with this disease in 2010. In March of this year, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension and Congestive Heart Failure and placed on a ventilator. She also suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis and borderline Lupus. Fay has been given six months or less to live.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Florence Elks assist senior facilities with outdoor furniture and food
The Florence Elks Lodge #1020 received a $2,000 Beacon Grant from the Grand Lodge to benefit local senior centers and Alzheimer’s patients. The South Carolina State Elks Association has chosen Alzheimer’s care as it’s major project, so the Florence Elks decided to help some local facilities. The grant money was used to purchase eight ADA compliant picnic tables and food. 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pee Dee Black Farmer Storytelling Project on display in Florence Library
Pee Dee Land Trust has prepared an exhibit of storyboards featuring photographs and quotes collected during a series of interviews with six African American farmers in the Pee Dee region. The “Pee Dee Black Farmer Storytelling Project” is currently on display in the lobby of the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence through Aug. 18.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Red Cross asking for blood donations to prevent shortage
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help prevent a blood shortage. Blood donations often decline in August as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. On average, during the summer months, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Men's Choral Society fall auditions, rehearsals

The Florence Men’s Choral Society will begin rehearsals for their fall 2015 concert on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals are held weekly in the Parish Hall of All Saints Church on Cherokee Road. Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled rehearsal to receive new music. Auditions for new singers will be held on Aug. 25, as well, at 6 p.m. No need to have anything prepared. To schedule an audition, call Director Julian Young at 843-206-5146 or email at

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FLT plans Volunteer Fair
Florence Little Theatre opens its doors on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. for a Volunteer Fair. The event will begin in the theatre with a video preview of FLT’s 2015-2016 Season: Anything Can Happen. As a community theatre, every aspect of our show from backstage to on stage is dependent on the dedication of volunteers. Learn about the areas of the theatre you can become involved in from current volunteers. 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

American Legion, Post 1 begins membership drive
The Fred H. Sexton Post #1 began their 2016 membership drive last month. In spite of the brutal heat and humidity, Legionnaires set up in front of Walmart on Beltline Drive on July 17 and met dozens of veterans. Post commander Charles Bethea and Auxiliary President Vickie Grimla, assisted by six of their members, greeted the veterans.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SNAC hosting cookout
SNAC is hosting a cookoout event in memory of Courtney McGinnis Graham on Aug. 22. Courtney was the original executive director and a founder of SNAC. She passed away on June 25. ‘Carry On For Courtney’ 2015 SNAC cookout will be held behind Block N Vino, 2001 Hoffmeyer Road from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person or $25 per family. 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Al Yeatts named Melvin Jones Fellow
Al Yeatts of Effingham has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) in recognition of his commitment to serving the world community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is one of the Foundation’s highest recognitions, honoring the commitment to humanitarian service. Yeatts is a member of the Florence Evening Lions Club. 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Library registering for children's fall programs
The Florence County Library is having registration for fall programs through Aug. 31. The library has planned a variety of programs for children. Registration is required for all programs and space is limited for some programs. Daycare centers may call for a separate appointment for Preschool Storytime. For more information and to register for the programs please call the Greenberg Children’s Library at 292-7382. Toddler and Preschool Storytime The library will offer Toddler and Preschool Storytimes on Tuesday mornings.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Funniest Man in America to perform at FLT Friday nite

James Gregory "The Funniest Man in America!" will be at the Florence Little Theatre on Friday, Aug. 14,  at 7:30pm. T
he James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear.
Tickets range from $27-$42.
Place: Florence Little Theatre at 417 S. Dargan St. Contact: 843.662.3731

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FLT Children's Workshop registering for fall classes

The Florence Little Theatre is registering for its Children’s Workshop. Class meets once a week. Students may participate in the weekly Monday class or Thursday class. The fall session begins on Aug. 31, for Monday classes and Sept. 1 for Thursday classes. Time depends on grade level. Grades 2 and 3 meet from 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Grades 4, 5 and 6 meet from 4:45 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Each session costs $200. The fall session will conclude with performances of Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids” on Dec. 11-13. Lisa Sims is director. The production is underwritten by Chick-fil-A.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Back to School Bash Saturday
The Northwest Park Men’s Club is sponsoring a Back to School Bash on  Saturday, Aug. 15, at Northwest Park Community Center, 801 Clement St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. School supplies to be given away while supplies last. Call (843) 616-0765 for more information.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Galloway Mosley
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