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home : good life August 2, 2014 

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GRILLED CHICKEN - Josh Lawrimore, left, and Chandler Huntley, students at Florence Christian School entertain guests at Chick-fil-A Southside Commons on May 15, during a drop-in introducing Chick-fil-A's new grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.


Local transplant recipient brings home medals from Donate Life Transplant Games of America
MICHAEL SPRAUVE COMPETES IN SHOT PUT COMPETITION
MICHAEL SPRAUVE COMPETES IN SHOT PUT COMPETITION
Florence resident, Michael Sprauve represented South Carolina well at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America a couple of weeks ago in Houston, TX. Aside from Sprauve, 40-50 other people competed on the South Carolina team. Eligible game participants are recipients and donors of organs, as well as their families. Sprauve began training with Wilson High School track and field coach, Joe Montgomery a week prior to the event. He came home with a gold medal for the shot put and darts event, a silver medal for discus, and a bronze medal for the male doubles. Although he won gold in two events, Sprauve remained humble. “I clapped and cheered for everyone; even those I competed against,” says Sprauve.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Daryl Brown tells the real story about his father in his book, "Inside the Godfather"
James Brown is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in music history. The South Carolinian rose to fame in the late 1950s, and he was eventually dubbed the “Godfather of Soul” for making his own unique mark on the music industry. For years, Brown brought people from all backgrounds and races together with his unique sound and dance moves, and for years, fans and non-fans witnessed some of Brown’s highs and lows. Many people know him for his music, but few know the man behind the music. A movie chronicling James Brown’s life is scheduled to be released on Aug.1, but what some do not know is that a detailed tell-all book about Brown’s life will be released in stores on the same day. Daryl Brown, James Brown’s son, worked collaboratively with author Michael P. Chabries to compile and accurately tell the story of James Brown in his book titled, “Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle.” 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Family to family education program to begin Aug. 26
Over the last few months, America has witnessed a rash of school shootings such as the May 23 tragedy in Santa Barbara. Mary Gilberti, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recently addressed this situation, stating “Clear facts in tragedies emerge slowly. … However, it does seem clear that Mr. (Elliot) Rodger (who was responsible for the tragedy) received some mental health treatment and at least one welfare check by police. “When tragedies occur, it is often because something in the mental health system went terribly wrong. …” There is an urgent need to make sure that people who need treatment, especially young people, get it on an ongoing basis to avoid their symptoms escalating into a tragedy.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Young pianist wins Sonatina Award

Ruth Player, the 12-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Keith Player of Florence, won the National Piano Playing Auditions Sonatina Award. Ruth prepared and performed seven sonatinas which included a total of 17 movements at the 2014 National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions, held at Central United Methodist Church. She has studied piano with Madeline Sawyer for seven years, and has participated in the Florence Music Festival, SCISA Music Festival, and National Guild Auditions as a National and International Winner. Ruth graduated from All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in May, and is a rising 7th grader at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Haynes hopes to change kids' perception of hero thru her doll
Most people think of a being with superhuman strength that allows him or her to defeat the bad guys when they think of a hero. Unfortunately, that is also the perception that many children have as well, and those unreal super humans are who they idolize. D’angela Haynes of Marion is working to change that stiff perception and get more young males admiring everyday heroes who have positive impacts on their families, communities and jobs.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Registration open for Impact children's Theatre program
Registration for Impact Christian Children’s Theatre’s after school musical theatre program will be on Monday, Aug. 11 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Cashua Plaza, 1210 Cashua Drive, Suite 2, Florence, Classes for students in grades 3-12 will begin on Monday, Aug. 18. Musical theatre classes, meeting on Mondays from 4:30-6:30 p.m., include instruction in acting, singing and dance technique. All students participate in a Christmas production and Spring musical production, with several community outreach opportunities. Classes in musical theatre dance will be offered for students age 8 thru 18 on Tuesdays for beginning levels and on Wednesdays for intermediate/advanced levels.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shopping for Christmas in July

DARLINGTON – Grab a friend and come enjoy a night of food, fellowship, and shopping for Christmas in July from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center, 300 Sanders St., Darlington.
Admission is free.
Vendors include Thirty-One, Origami Owl, Mary Kay, The Pampered Chef, Scentsy, and Sweetest Hangover. Each will have a drawing for door prizes.
Info: 843-610-1094


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

McLeod Safe Kids, helicopter and ambulance make a visit to Camp Pee Dee Pride

McLeod Air Reach medical helicopter, McLeod Child Reach ambulance and McLeod Safe Kids, teaching the children about the importance of helmet safety with the “Jello Brain,” made a visit to Camp Pee Dee Pride at Francis Marion University on Tuesday, July 8. As a part of its community outreach efforts, McLeod Health is a sponsor of Camp Pee Dee Pride. This camp provides children in Florence County with a summer experience that includes activities and games and teaches respect for law enforcement. Since its creation more than 16 years ago, an estimated 4,300 children from all walks of life have enjoyed week-long camping experiences. Lt. Wayne Howard of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office oversees the camp.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MINGLE teams with Harvest Hope to deliver food

Harvest Hope Food Bank will partner with Levy Park Community Center to deliver food to senior citizens in the community through a Mobile Food Pantry sponsored by MINGLE of the Pee Dee on Wednesday, July 15. Harvest Hope’s MFP truck will arrive at Levy Park Community Center at 11:30. To coordinate the delivery of food to this community, volunteers will be on-site to help unload the truck and distribute food to senior citizens from the neighborhood. MINGLE stands for Minorities Involved in Networking, Growth, Leadership and Empowerment. Harvest Hope coordinates with civic organizations to organize distribution through its mobile food pantries. Community partnerships are vital to addressing the hunger concerns existing in the community.  


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Florence Little Theatre's new season focuses on 'traditions'
The tradition of presenting live theatre for the community continues as the Florence Little Theatre prepares for an exciting 2014-15 season. “Our theme for this 91st season is traditions,” said FLT President Dan Abernathy. These traditions resumed last weekend with the summer production, “Charlotte’s Web,” adapted from one of the most beloved children’s book. This children’s production will be presented again this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The 2014-15 season follows with the opening musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” “Fiddler is tradition,” Abernathy commented. “It’s all about a community of traditions.” Next on the slate is the comedy “Christmas Belles.” Comedies are popular with FLT audiences, he continued, and the new season includes two.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glory Foods hosting recipe contest
Glory Foods is seeking creative recipes that include the company’s canned greens for its “Can You Make the Can Recipe Contest.” The “Can You Make the Can Recipe Contest” started this year. It was first launched in April and required participants to create a recipe using the company’s canned cabbage. The purpose of the current contest is to create a recipe with eight or less ingredients, including any Glory Foods canned greens that will be appetizing for children, and encourage them to eat healthy. Aside from being the key ingredient due to its richness in nutrients, marketing director of McCall Farms Annie Ham says that greens were chosen for a few other reasons. “There are not a lot of recipes on the internet for canned greens. We feel that canned greens are very healthy; just as healthy as other greens,” says Ham.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Local scouts go to Philmont Scout Ranch
Twenty-four Florence and Darlington scouts recently spent a part of their summer vacation hiking in New Mexico. Members of troops 547 and 477 joined together for a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, June 10-22. Philmont is scouting’s premier high adventure base located in northern New Mexico. Each year over 20,000 scouts hike a 12-day trek that challenges the scouts both physically and mentally. The troop members formed two crews that hiked a rugged 70 mile trek. During their trek the scouts saw the only confirmed T-Rex track in the world. 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Clay Pot Happenings this week


It’s almost time for the “Top of the Pot” 2nd Annual Singer Song Writer Competition to begin - registration is open through July 19. This years prizes are: 1st place a recording package from Southern Harmony and a $300.00 cash, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 compliments of our locally owned First Reliance Bank $75, 4th & 5th place are $25 gift certificates courtesy Musical Depot, and new this year there’s a peoples choice award of $25 compliments from the Speak Easy Band.
Registration info and rules can be found on Clay Pots Face Book page under photos or picked up at Clay Pot, Musical Depot, Southern Harmony or Humble Soaps. Special thanks to Grover Windam for running the open mic Friday night it was fun for all in attendance. Our plan is to have open mic’s in conjunction with the “Top of the Pot” Competition rounds. Big thanks to Rocky Phipps for facilitating the full moon Community Drum Circle… we had so many folks beating their drums we had to move it to the Court Yard. 
This week events
Wednesday 16th - New, Board game night 7p – 9 Café
Third Thursday 17th - Mighty McFly Band, 6p – 9pm William H. Johnson - Courtyard
Friday 18th “East of West” acoustic duo from Camden SC Café 7-9pm
Sunday Dinner 20th with Ed Clements 12N – 2pm
Coming up
Wednesday 23rd Poetry Night Café 7-8:30pm 
Thursday 24th FloWriters Gallery 7-8:30pm
Saturday 26th 1st Round Top of the Pot Singer Song Writer Competition
Sunday Dinner 27th with Rebecca Morning 12N – 2pm


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wells Fargo Advisors recognized nationally for significant growth
Success for the staff of the Wells Fargo Advisors office located at 1801 W. Evans St. just keeps growing. The branch has experienced a tremendous amount of growth and recognition for providing their clients with excellent services over the past few years. “Under John Chase’s leadership, the office has grown significantly,” says Managing Director of Investments, L. Baxter Hahn. The branch now has a total of seven advisors, four of which were added between 2012 and 2014. The most recent addition is Financial Consultant Joseph Palumbo. Wells Fargo Advisors has been nationally recognized for excellent positive growth for three consecutive years.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FLT summer show, 'Charlotte's Web' runs next two weekends
Combine children, hand puppets and a classic tale by E.B White and what do you get? The Florence Little Theatre’s summer production of “Charlotte’s Web” with six performances over the next two weekends – July 11-13 and July 18-20. This children’s play is directed by Brad Sponic. The Armstrong Management Wealth Group is underwriting the production. This faithful stage adaptation of E.B. White’s legendary novel includes all your favorite characters: Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.”
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

McAlister's Deli coming to Florence

McAlister’s Deli will be satisfying Florence’s cravings for fast casual food with plans to open a new restaurant later this summer. It will be located at 1970 W. Palmetto St., owned and operated by the Charlotte-based franchise group, Southern Deli (SD) Holdings. McAlister’s Deli stems from humble beginnings, known for its American regional favorites served with a side of genuine hospitality. Opening its first store in a converted gas station in Oxford, Miss., McAlister’s Deli has grown into one of the nation’s top dining franchises. Staying true to its roots, the Florence location will serve all of the normal menu favorites, including sandwiches, spuds, soups, salads, desserts and of course, McAlister’s Deli Famous Sweet Tea™. They will also offer a full catering menu.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clay Pot Happenings this week

This week at the Clay Pot: 
July 10 – FloWriters Group Gallery 7-8:30pm
July 11 – Open Mic 7pm – 9:00 Cafe
July 12 – Full Moon Community Drum Circle Café, 7-8:30pm 
Coming up: 
Third Thursday, July 17, entertainment TBA, William H. Johnson Courtyard 6-9 pm 
July 18, “East of West” acoustic duo from Camden Café 7-9 p.m. 
July 20, Sunday Dinner with Ed Clements, noon to 2 p.m. 
July 23, Fourth Wednesday Poetry Night, Café 7-8:30pm 
July 26, 1st Round Top of the Pot Singer Song Writer Competition 
July 27,  Sunday Dinner with Rebecca Morning, noon – 2pm


Monday, July 7, 2014

DARLINGTON RACEWAY TO HOST 'FREEDOM FEST' ON JULY 4

Darlington Raceway will serve as the host site for Freedom Fest, a free admission Independence Day celebration hosted by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 4. Freedom Fest will be held from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and take place in the infield of the famed track that is Too Tough To Tame. The event is free and open to the public. The first-ever festival will feature a Kids Zone, Cruise-In for car enthusiasts, and concerts by the John Curtis Lewis Band of Florence, S.C. and Millstar Nashville Recording Artist Outshyne.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Library presents Susana, Timmy Abell performances for children next week
The Florence County Library System will welcome Susana and Timmy Abell (Silver Trout Arts) for Summer Reading 2014. This year’s theme, “Fizz Boom Read!”, seeks to discover the world of science through reading. Susana and Timmy Abell combine their unique talents to offer dynamic and highly engaging performances centered around a repertoire of unforgettable original songs and stories. Their concerts include an original puppet performance that has captivated audiences around the world, as well as spellbinding storytelling, poetry, and award-winning music on seven different instruments. 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Delta Sigma Theta hosts Jabberwock Cotillion
The Florence Country Club was the scene for the recent 2014 Jabberwock Cotillion sponsored by the Florence Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. The word Jabberwock, copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, has evolved in its symbolism over the past 80 years. It represents a cotillion program of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women program participants, while advancing the goals and objectives of the Delta Sigma Theta’s scholarship program. The evening affair featured seven young ladies in gowns and escorted by young men formally dressed in tuxedos.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

School supplies, donations being accepted for Back to School Bash at Levy Park
A Back to School Bash, honoring the late Coach Michael Hawkins, will be held at Levy Park on Aug. 16. It will take place from 2:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include sports, music, food, games, and most importantly, school supplies for the kids. Known as Coach Mike, Hawkins was a community activist in Florence County. Since his passing, his family has tried to keep his legacy alive. His daughter Ashley Hawkins seeks community support with help with school supplies and funds. “I’m asking for all local business and churches to come together to help make this the best Back to School Bash that it can be,” she said.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

School supplies, donations being accepted for Back to School Bash at Levy Park
A Back to School Bash, honoring the late Coach Michael Hawkins, will be held at Levy Park on Aug. 16. It will take place from 2:30-8:30 p.m. The event will include sports, music, food, games, and most importantly, school supplies for the kids. Known as Coach Mike, Hawkins was a community activist in Florence County. Since his passing, his family has tried to keep his legacy alive. His daughter Ashley Hawkins seeks community support with help with school supplies and funds. “I’m asking for all local business and churches to come together to help make this the best Back to School Bash that it can be,” she said.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

At the Clay Pot this week

The Clay Pot happenings for this week: 
Thursday, June 26 - FloWriters Group Gallery 7-8:30 p.m. has been cancelled; next meeting July 10.
Friday, June 27 - Last Friday Concert Series on the Dargan Street Block 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28 - Indie-Folk Trio from Columbia, The Juniors 7-9 p.m.
Note: The Clay Pot will be closed for vacation from June 30-July 6 and re-open on July 7 at 6:30 a.m.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

New exhibit at FMU's Hyman Fine Arts Center explores nature, primitive man
An unusual one-man show featuring detailed nature paintings and distinctive native crafts is on display through Aug. 15 at the lobby gallery in the Hyman Fine Arts Center on the campus of Francis Marion University. Dr. Greg Pryor, associate professor of biology at FMU, is the artist and craftsman behind the exhibit. The show includes Pryor’s work in a variety of mediums. Besides his paintings, there are examples of Pryor’s work as a flintknapper (a maker of arrowheads and other simple tools from stone and glass), creations made from animal skin, musical instruments made from reedy plants, artwork made from gourds, and a variety of tools and other useful articles crafted from animal bone and sinew.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Registration underway for Top of the Pot Contest
The Clay Pot Coffee Shop announces the second anniversary of the “Top Of The Pot” Singer/Songwriters Competition. This competition is designed specifically for amateur musicians who have written their own lyrics and or music. Once again Florence’s local recording studio Southern Harmony is offering a recording package to the first place winner with a cash prize of $300 from The Clay Pot. Second place is $75, third is a $50 gift card, compliments of First Reliance Bank, fourth and fifth place prizes are $25 gift certificates, courtesy of Musical Depot. And new this year there will be a People’s Choice award of $25, compliments of Speak Easy Band. Competition registration is underway. 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Miss South Carolina Pageant returns to television June 28
COLUMBIA – The Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization announces its return to television for this year’s 78th Annual Miss South Carolina Pageant. The pageant will air in its entirety on Saturday, June 28. The Miss South Carolina Pageant will take place in the Township Auditorium. The 2014 Miss South Carolina Pageant can be viewed on WACH Fox and the Sinclair Network throughout South Carolina from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The Miss South Carolina Pageant was first televised in the 1960s until the 1998 pageant. Televising began again with the 2000 pageant before it was last televised in 2006. Events will begin with the Preliminary Miss and Teen Competitions on Tuesday, June 24, and go through Thursday, June 26. The Miss South Carolina Teen Finals will be held on Friday, June 27.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014







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