Coming in February, the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) will present a murder mystery dinner through their fundraising event “A Valentine’s to Die For!” The dinner will take place Friday, Feb. 13, at the Art Trail Gallery at 185 West Evans Street, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will feature the actors of Murder Mystery Productions. Based out of Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, they are the Carolina’s longest running professional interactive murder mystery troupe. Murder Mystery Productions’ repertory company of performers are professional actors and have been with Murder Mystery Productions for 10 years, doing sold out shows at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach for a decade. Ticket options include $75 per person, $140 per couple or tables of 8 for $500. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Cooks for Christ will conduct a chicken bog benefit for Robby Ott on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road. Robby, the associate pastor at First Baptist Church, has been battling cancer for more than two years. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. A bake sale will offer sumptuous homemade desserts as well. Plates are $7. Checks should be made payable to Robby Ott Medical Fund. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The bake sale will be held all day. Delivery is provided for lunch and dinner orders of seven plates or more. The fund-raising event also will be held in Marion at Marion Baptist Church, 106 S. Main Street. Lunch will be served there from noon to 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Florence League of Women Voters will present Florence City Director of Planning, Research and Development Philip Lookadoo and Community Services Manager Kendra Cobbs in a public introduction of the program “Watch Us Grow – Building Community through Gardens and Gathering Places” on Monday, Jan. 26, beginning 6 p.m. at Central Methodist Church. A bachelor’s degree graduate of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Lookadoo also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Nebraska. Ms. Cobbs holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston as well as a Master of Science in Planning degree from the University of Tennessee. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
“Crowns: The Musical” opens on the Florence Little Theatre stage Friday, Jan. 16, with performances running thru Jan. 24. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m., except for a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 18, and there is no performance on Monday, Jan. 19. C.J. Miller is directing the play written by Regina Taylor, Craig Marberry, and Michael Cunningham. Victor’s Bistro and Garden Room, and Nucor Steel are underwriters for this production. Set in Darlington, S.C., 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. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The dancers for the 5th Annual Dancing With The Stars of Florence have been paired with partners and chosen their songs for this popular competition and benefit to take place on Tuesday, March 31. All funds raised go to the School Foundation. This year’s celebrity dancers paired with professionals are: Mike Miller and Cheyanne Beck; Robert Watkins and Drew Arnold; Michele Pridgen and Jacob Coward; Ashley Nance and Desiree Stokes; Fields Norwood and Tiffany Welsh; Dr. Deepak Chowdhary and Brandi Williamson; Steve Wade and Kayce Smith; Chris Warner and Meggie Baker; Will King and Amanda Smith; Dr. Susan Ninichuck and Jovan Kindred; Cedric Kennedy and Shandi Cox; Rick Ryan and Georgeanna Kelley. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Annual Taste of Central will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6-8 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. A silent auction begins at 6 p.m. Food tables open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door The church is located on the corner of Cheves and Irby Street. For information please call the church office at 662-3218.
Florence Little Theatre began auditions for Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on Sunday, Jan. 11, for men, and will conduct auditions for women on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. Females must be age 18 and older. There is one female named role – must have wide vocal range and acting range, willing to attempt an accent at audition. Familiarity with music is a plus. There are six dancer roles. Singing audition is optional for dancers – these roles will be cast as dancers first. Dance experience in a variety of styles, including tap, is a strong plus. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
McLeod Women’s Services is hosting “Straight Talk About Women’s Pelvic Health Issues” at the McLeod Health & Fitness Center on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at noon. A light lunch will be served. Dr. Gary Emerson of McLeod OB/GYN Associates will discuss urinary incontinence and explain what the condition is, how it is diagnosed, and treatment options currently available. Urinary incontinence is reportedly one of the most common medical conditions seen by primary care physicians. Thirty-three percent of women over the age of 50 will experience some type of bladder control problem. Ironically, young athletic women may also experience stress incontinence. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The Clay Pot’s daily operation hours are Wednesday – Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday 8:30 a.m – 3 p.m. The Clay Pot is looking for a volunteer facilitator for Drum Circle anyone interested with some drumming experience. Give us a call after 3 pm at 843-407-1646 and ask for Peggy. Gallery Exhibit – Local Watercolorist Uschi Jeffcoat’s “Adolescence in Flight” now through Feb. 20. This Week at The Pot: Sunday dinner with Grover Windham, noon-2 p.m. in the Cafe.' Coming up Sunday, Jan 25, Rusty Henderson a "Tribute to the 18th-century Scottish Poet and Songwriter - Robert Burns" with special guest writer and poet, Jim Bertram from noon - 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, Clay Pot Poetry Night 7:30-8:30 p.m. Joke Night – Date to be announced. Stay tuned for details 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 7: Clay Pot Story Swap w/ Martha & Jess Cafe 7 pm-8:45pm Thursday, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22: FloWriters in the Gallery 6:30 pm-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, Singer Songwriter Bruce Clark and Leslie Gilroy Cafe 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, Sunday Dinner with Ed Clements Cafe Noon-2 p.m. Coming up Jan. 28th: Clay Pot Poetry Night 7:30-8:30 Joke Night. Date to be announced. 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m
Florence Little Theatre will hold auditions for Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on Sunday, Jan. 11, for men, and on Wednesday, Jan. 14, for women. Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. Roles are available for men, age 18-60. There are 14 male roles. Familiarity with music is a plus. Must be willing to audition with an English accent – does not have to be perfect, just willing to try. Females must be age 18 and older. There is one female named role – must have wide vocal range and acting range, willing to attempt an accent at audition. Familiarity with music is a plus. There are six dancer roles. Singing audition is optional for andcers – these roles will be cast as dancers first. Dance experience in a variety of styles, including tap, is a strong plus Women's pit chorus: looking for 12-14 pit singers of varying ages and ranges to balance out the male voices in choral numbers. Arlene Boyd is directing. The book and lyrics are by Eric Idle and the music is . by John Du Prez. Wells Fargo is underwriting this production. A udition materials will be provided. Please bring a current photo. Photos will not be returned. This musical was lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python And The Holy Grail.” “Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations. The production will run April 24-May 2 and May 6-9. All auditions will be held at the Florence Little Theatre, 417 South Dargan Street. For information please call 662-3731
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) closed one lane on northbound Interstate 95 for repairs to the Great Pee Dee River Bridge near the Florence-Dillon county line. Work was scheduled to begin Monday night, Jan. 5. A contractor for SCDOT will remove and repair a 20-foot section of deteriorated concrete. This section has had holes temporarily patched over the past two weeks. The half-mile lane closure is at northbound mile marker 176. Crews work through the night, reopening the lane around mid-morning during the daytime. The lane closure will remain in effect as crews work around the clock until completion, estimated sometime on Friday, Jan. 9. Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The Darlington County Cultural Realism Center will hold an anniversary drop-in at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 to celebrate its 42 years of community service. For more information call 843-398-9793, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.culturalrealismvision.com.
Community members, parents, students, teachers, and dignitaries converged upon 1100 North Irby Street for the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new North Vista Elementary School. The participants celebrated the opening of the new school with student performances, a dedication pledge, and acknowledgment of the Florence One Board of Trustees for approval of construction of the school which is a 108,000 square foot facility.
FAMILY DAY – Students from the Florence Christian High School Choir sang Christmas songs to over 100 soldiers and their families as part of the unit’s annual Christmas Family Day. The Sumter unit is a part of the National Guard’s 351st Aviation Support Battalion which will be deploying in January 2015 to prepare for a tour of duty in Kuwait. The FCS choir is under the direction of Leslie Evans. Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Instead of letting your Christmas tree take up space in a landfill this year, state natural resources officials suggest giving it a second life by putting it to good use for fish or wildlife. In rural areas, discarded Christmas trees can be put to good use as erosion control or as brush piles to provide resting and escape cover for small animals. In addition to benefiting small game such as quail and rabbits, brush piles constructed of Christmas trees can help birds such as sparrows, towhees and wrens. “We’re getting to the time of year when the leaves have dropped and the landscape is more open. However, cover is still a vital part of a healthy wildlife habitat,” said Tammy Wactor, wildlife biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) based in Clemson. Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Winners of the Florence Christmas parade are as follows: Bush’s Recycling – Most Creative Float Florence Fire Dept. – Best First Responder South Florence ROTC Cowboys & Angels – Best Horse Group KFA – Best All Around Dance Group Young Life Kings – Most Unique Cars DA Daring Divas – Best New Dance Group Extreme Dancers – Most Creative Dance Group School of Dance Art – Most Spirited Dance Group
Keep Florence Beautiful is partnering with Wilson High School which is the first school in Florence County to receive the Keep Florence Beautiful Educational Initiative Recycling Grant. The grant includes 100 recycling bins placed in each classroom at Wilson High School, and weekly pickups from a local company. The Keep Florence Beautiful Educational Initiative was recently created and is still in its infancy stages – the recycling grant is just one subsidiary of this program. Keep Florence Beautiful was approached by Maggie Dunham, Ed S, Special Education teacher at Wilson High School and supervisor of the autism program. Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The 67th Annual Tarantella Ball was held Friday, Dec. 19, at the Florence Country Club. The festivities began with a reception at 7 p.m. Members and guests were greeted by the immediate past president, Mrs. Albert Alonzo Munn IV and Mr. Munn, and the current president, Mrs. James Michael Saleeby Jr. and Mr. Saleeby. Other Tarantella officers include Mrs. Jason Wayne Hyman, vice president; Mrs. William Augustus Travis III, secretary; and Mrs. Frank Barnwell Lee Jr., treasurer. Debutante chair for the ball was Mrs. Joseph David Moss and assistant debutante chair was Mrs. Frederick Schipman Johnston. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor for four members of Boy Scout Troop 477 was held on the evening of Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church. Receiving Eagle Awards were Richard Shurman, Hunter Morgan Jr., Brandon Fuller and James Pezzimenti. Richard Anthony Shurman is the 15-year-old son of John and Jane Shurman and is a freshman at West Florence High School. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church and is active in the youth group. He is a member of the National Junior Beta Club. At West Florence, he runs on the varsity cross country team and plays JV soccer. Richard was chosen to be on the snare drum line in West Florence’s Marching Band. This past year, he was selected to be a percussionist in the District Honor Band and Region Five Honor Band. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Senior Citizens Association in Florence County (SCA), in cooperation with Carolinian Retirement & Assisted Living Community, is offering a free Arthritis Foundation exercise class to kick off the new year. This free program is open to the community and targets individuals living with painful conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus. The exercise class will meet for eight weeks on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., beginning Jan. 12, 2015. The Arthritis Foundation’s exercise class will help participants reduce pain, improve fitness, learn tips to manage their condition, and incorporate an exercise program into daily life. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Job seekers facing a competitive employment market now have a new way to improve their chances of landing that desired job. The Florence County Library System is offering practice interview sessions so that job seekers can strengthen their interview skills so that they may be better equipped to take advantage of employment opportunities. Patrons at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library can schedule mock interview sessions with a trained employment interviewer who will ask a series of questions that simulate a real interview. Afterward the interviewer will give the patron feedback that focuses on their strengths, as well as potential areas for improvement. Patrons can choose to have their interview video recorded so that they can review their own performance. Audiovisual equipment for recording interviews was purchased through a grant from Monster Worldwide Inc. Resume writing software, computer skills workshops, and other career resources augmented by helpful staff are available at all Florence County Library System locations.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE – Through the generosity of hundreds of people from throughout the Pee Dee Region, over 900 gifts were provided this Christmas season through Florence County Disabilities Foundation’s “Making A Difference at Christmas” project. The project benefited needy individuals with life-long disabilities served through Florence County Disabilities & Special Needs Board. Employees at Carolinas Hospital System pose with some of the gifts for DSN individuals on their Angel Tree. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. T. Kevin Casper of Florence announce the engagement of their daughter, Macaira Jane Casper, to Robert James Herford, son of Mr.and Mrs. W. Louis Herford of Charlotte, N.C. The wedding is planned for May 2015 in Columbia. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The staff at Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity introduces their next partner family, Vickie Moody and her daughter Miyah. After relocating to Florence, Vickie was able to get in touch with Joyce Ford, who is with the Naomi Project, where she became involved in a one-year program with this organization. The Naomi Project is a shelter for battered and abused women. While living at the Naomi Project, Vickie applied for a house with Habitat for Humanity. After sorting through the many applications that Habitat for Humanity received, Vickie was chosen as the next partner family. “We are so very excited for Vickie and Miyah as they begin their journey for a new start in life,” commented Wanda Fields, Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity program coordinator. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Alana Tyler won the title of Miss West Florence 2014-15 on Dec. 13. Alana is the daughter of Matt Tyler and the late Cindy Tyler. A senior, she will be attending the University of South Carolina next fall. First runner-up was Ann Collins Josey.