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home : good life September 30, 2014 

GETS GRANT - The Florence Family YMCA has received the 'Beyond Our Rails' Grant from CSX for $15,000. This grant will be used for the Coached Approach to Wellness program, which encourages our community to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle by changing the way they think about exercise and eating habits.

Exhibition of Francisco Goya's renowned Los Caprichos coming to Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City
LAKE CITY – Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos etchings, one of the most influential graphic series in the history of Western art, will be presented in its only South Carolina stop at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, South Carolina from Saturday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. 
This exhibition features a superb first edition of the complete set of 80 etchings, which by tradition was one of the four sets acquired directly from Goya in 1799 by the duke of Osuna. It then came into the hands of Pedro Fernández Durán, of the house of the marquis of Perales, the greatest Spanish collector of the 19th century and a major donor to the Prado. His collector's mark appears on all 80 prints of this set.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

AARP meets Oct. 1

The local AARP chapter meets on Oct. 1, 9:45 the Leatherman Senior Center, 600 Senior Way Attorney Penny Hayes-Cauley will talk about identity theft.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Warm item drive will benefit House of Hope

Advantage Health and Wellness Center is sponsoring a warm item drive to benefit the House of Hope of the Pee Dee. A local medical office, Advantage Health and Wellness Center at 507 West Palmetto St. wants to help women and children in need by asking individuals to donate coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, scarves and blankets. The donation boxes will represent USC and Clemson, so help fill your favorite team’s box and receive a free gift, plus enter a drawing to win additional prizes. Donation boxes are located at Advantage Health and Wellness Center. Winners will be selected on Oct. 24. Advantage Health and Wellness Center has been providing outstanding patient care to thousands of patients in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas for over a decade. Voted Best Chiropractor of the Pee Dee, their services include peripheral neuropathy treatment, medical weight loss, chiropractic, physiotherapy, and more.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cooks for Christ will host chicken bog benefit for Rocky Moore
Cooks for Christ will host a chicken bog benefit on Thursday, Oct. 2, to assist Rocky Moore with medical bills and a future heart transplant. The benefit will be held in the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road 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. A bake sale will be held all day. Plates are $7 each and lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven plates or more. Checks should be made payable to Rocky and Emmy Moore Medical Account. The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Darlington author's book to be published
By Dianne P. Owens DARLINGTON – Retired RN Regina Smeltzer of Darlington will have her first Christian suspense book, “Deadly Decision,” published by Harbourlight Books, an imprint of Pelican Books, released on Friday, Oct. 31. Smeltzer calls her writing “Christian suspense with God’s intervention,” and says that Deadly Decision is somewhat of a supernatural thriller. “There are apparitions and visions, deceit and a kidnapping or two,” Smeltzer said. “I guess the publisher thought Halloween was as good a time as any to release it.” While waiting for “Deadly Decision” to be published, and because Pelican Book Group also picked up the right of first refusal of her second novel, Smeltzer was able to complete that second novel. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Kiwanis Clubs donates to local groups

The Kiwanis Club of Florence presented monetary grants totaling $5,000 to four local non-profit organizations at its Sept. 11 meeting held at the Florence Country Club. Representatives from each of the non-profit organizations were on hand to receive their gift and speak about the mission of their organization in the Pee Dee area. The organizations receiving grants were: S.T.A.R.S. of Florence, Classy Smiles, Inc., Christian Learning Centers of Florence, and Help4Kids. The Kiwanis Club of Florence’s mission is to enrich the lives of children in our community and beyond and to assist in the development of our present and future community leaders. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Marine League hosting barbecue
The Marine Corps League Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment #410 is having their annual Schoolhouse BBQ dinner fund raiser on Sept. 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. These funds help support their programs. The dinner includes barbecue, shredded pork, rice, red gravy, sweet potatoes/ yams, coleslaw, and two slices of bread. The cost is $8. They are taking orders now. Free delivery of orders of 10 or more, if delivery is requested at time order is placed. Orders of less than 10 may be picked up at 2220 West Jody Rd. Contact Jim Williams at 843-758-5164 to place your order. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mission: Ending Homelessness
(Myrtle Beach, SC): Financial relief for individuals and families that are imminently at risk of becoming homeless due to eviction or other verifiable reasons or who are literally homeless is now available through the Eastern Carolina Homelessness Organization. These funds can be provided to qualified applicants for short term assistance with rental payments, security deposits, utility deposits and utility payments. 
Friday, September 19, 2014

Florence Stockade nears 150th anniversary
Construction began on the Florence Stockade on Sept. 12, 1864. The prison was in operation for approximately five months, from September 1864 through February 1865, and held more than 13,000 prisoners. The stockade was built by the Confederate Army amidst the fear that Sherman’s forces marching through Georgia would free Union soldiers being held at Andersonville prison. Florence was chosen as the location of the prison because local railroads would provide easy transportation of prisoners and supplies. The stockade sat on approximately 23 acres of land and was situated on Pye Branch, a small tributary of Jeffries Creek.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Volunteers sought for Beach/River Sweep
Residents can help keep local waterways free of trash and debris by participating in the 2014 Beach Sweep/River Sweep. The cleanup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, behind West Florence High School. The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and Keep Florence Beautiful are teaming up to clean this site which is adjacent to Beaverdam Creek and part of the Jeffries Creek watershed. The area is used by many people enjoying the City of Florence trail system. Those interested in volunteering should meet at 9 the lot behind West Florence High School near the trailhead. Cleanup supplies will be provided.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Walk to End Alzheimer's set for Saturday
The Alzheimer's Association invites Florence residents to fight the nation's sixth leading cause of death by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. McLeod Health and Fitness Center will be the site of the Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m. “There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Florence to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Cindy Alewine, president/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter. “For many of us, Alzheimer’s is personal. We can remember the day that our loved one was diagnosed or when they no longer recognized their family. 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival pageants set for this weekend at Center Theater
HARTSVILLE – Even though the SC Sweet Potato Festival is still a few weeks away, the official representatives for the festival will be crowned on the Hartsville Center Theater stage this weekend. Contestants from across the Palmetto state will vie for the titles of Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival, Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival Teen and Junior Miss SC Sweet Potato Festival on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Admission to the pageant is $5 and tickets will be available at the door. The Miss and Teen winner will have the opportunity to compete for Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen 2015.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flute Circle begins at the Clay Pot Coffee Shop

The first Florence area flute circle will be at the Clay Pot Coffee Shop, 166 S. Dargan St. on Saturday, Sept. 20  at 7 p.m.
A flute circle is a gathering of all who love playing, are learning to play or just love the soothing sounds and haunting melodies produced by the flute. Flute circles bring people from all walks of life together for a time of fellowship and exchange. They are an opportunity to play in a comfortable and stress-free environment. Traditionally this has been for the Native American flute but by no means limited to it.
The circle will be facilitated by Theresa and Ken Grut, founders of Flutes for Hope, an outreach supporting suicide prevention efforts on reservations in South Dakota. They will be bringing some extra flutes to play for those who need one. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
So come as you are, bring your flute or drum and join in the fun.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lunch & Learn on Sept. 16

Join us in the Spears Fellowship Hall at Central United Methodist Church at 11 am on Tuesday, Sept.16, for an exciting historical program presented by Dr. Joseph Stukes.
We will lunch on a complementary meal and learn some amazing facts about our country's history. This special program is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kathy Mattea headlines An Evening of Hope
Country music artist Kathy Mattea will headline the 2014 An Evening of Hope to benefit the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research. The McLeod Health 15th Annual Cancer Benefit will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Florence Little Theatre. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the programs and services offered by the McLeod Cancer Center. Mattea has been honored with multiple Grammys, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. She will perform “Walking with my Dad,” a collection of songs and stories from her family’s journey with cancer, during the event.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Comic Con to be held at SiMT Building on Sept. 14
Legends Comics on Irby St. has the privilege of hosting a second Comic Con this year in Florence. It will be held on Sept. 14 at the SiMT Building. “It feels good to be hosting it again and to know that it is likely to work,” says Legends Comics manager, Shawn Hudson. Last year’s Florence Comic Con was a huge success with more than 2,000 attendees. “In Florence, there are not a lot of out of the ordinary activities, so people get excited about this,” says Hudson. Comic Con is a celebration of pop culture, but the focus is on comics. People who attend often dress up as their favorite character. Hudson and others that he knows who are avid Comic Con goers decided to bring the event to Florence for several reasons.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Darlington Kiwanis Club
Darlington Kiwanis Club board members David Vaughan, treasurer, and Bobby Kilgo, president-elect,  attended the 94th Annual Carolinas District of Kiwanis Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Aug. 22-24. The Darlington Kiwanis Club meets on Thursday, Sept. 11, and every other Thursday at 1 p.m. at Darlington Country Club.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keep Florence Beautiful Plans told for 4th Annual Brew Fest
Keep Florence Beautiful is excited to announce the 4th Annual KFB Brew Fest. The KFB Brew Fest will take place on Sept. 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Roseneath Farm, 1102 Cherokee Rd. Tickets can be purchased at www., from KFB board members, or at the gate the day of the Brew Fest. The $30 donation provides samples of beer from local breweries: Southern Hops and Seminar, regional craft breweries: Aviator, Holy City, Lone Rider, Natty Greene’s, New South, Palmetto Brewing, Red Hare, RJ Rockers, SweetWater, and Terrapin, and national craft breweries: Ballast Point, Blue Moon, Crispin, Dogfish Head, Fat Tire, Leinenkugel, Magic Hat, Rogue, and Sam Adams.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Red Cross hosting disaster training, volunteer orientation
HARTSVILLE –The Pee Dee Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a Training Boot Camp for current volunteers and those interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer or becoming Red Cross disaster trained. The Training Boot Camp will include free classes for the public on Sept. 12, 13, and 14 at the Darlington County Fire District, 137 North Center Road, Hartsville. The Friday class will be a New Volunteer Orientation and Disaster Services Overview from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will serve as a gateway to volunteering for Red Cross Disaster Services. The Saturday class will be Shelter Fundamentals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include a shelter exercise. The Sunday class will be a Disaster Assessment from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This week at the Clay Pot
Thurs. Sept. 11 -  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. 12th
"Top of Pot Round" with competing artists; Grover Windham, Jayna Emily Afanador Henry Sloan, and Marcus Goodman 7pm -9 Café

Sunday, Sept. 14th
 Lunch with Sumter artist Frederick Ingram 12n – 2pm Cafe

FYI reminder the Florence Art Guild is exhibiting the show “Art Across the Pee Dee” featuring the work of 18 members, through October 25, 2014

“TOP of the POT” Singer/Songwriter update
Saturday nights round with artists Dawn Larsen, and John Pickett, and Patrick Hill was great fun! Do you all realize how much local talent we're blessed with in Flotown? We’ve got one more round on Sept. 12th with Singer/Songwriter artists; Grover Windham, Jayna Emily Afanador, Henry Sloan, and Marcus Goodman, then were off to the William H. Johnson Courtyard for the “Top of the Pot" finals on Sept. 27th 5pm – 9:00.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

'Fiddler on the Roof' opens Friday night at Florence Little Theatre
The legacy of traditions in a changing world are explored when the Florence Little Theatre opens its 91st season with “Fiddler on the Roof” on Friday, Sept. 5. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. The cast of 66 local performers will lift the roof with song and dance in this musical about Tevye, a poor Russian dairyman, and his wife and five daughters. The musical continues thru Sept. 13 with performances at 7:30 p.m. excluding Sunday, Sept. 7, when there will be a matinee at 3 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 8, when the theatre is dark. The FLT production is directed by Robin Thompson and underwritten by ACS Technologies and Habitat 2000.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Mr. and Mrs. Mark F. Shepard of Pacific Junction, Iowa, announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Molly Kaye Shepard of Athens, Ga., to Charles Joshua Rauh, also of Athens. Mr. Rauh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Edwin Rauh of Florence. The wedding is planned for Dec. 6 in the Cecil B. Day Chapel in the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Realtors hosting yard sale

The Pee Dee Area Realtors are sponsoring “Keeping Hope Alive Yard Sale” Friday, Sept. 5, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. This huge indoor yard sale is located 2005 Second Loop Road across from Roger’s BBQ. Come out and buy gently used items and furniture to support two great nonprofits, House of Hope and Harvest Hope Food Bank. All of the proceeds go to these two charities. For more information, call Lin at 843-665-2242.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adams Outdoor employee retires after 27 years service
Annette Baldwin of Darlington retired from Adams Outdoor Advertising last week. At age 76, Mrs. Baldwin was ready to begin a new chapter in her life. She has been the receptionist for 27 years. “I just figured it was time,” she said. “Driving back and forth from Darlington makes a long day. I still love Adams and always will. I told them I will be checking on them,” she said. “Annette is the voice and face behind Adam’s Outdoor Advertising,” commented general manager Jon Weiss. “For 27 years she has always greeted people with kindness and sincerity. We will miss the things she’s done for this organization. She will surely be missed.” What she will miss the most is seeing everybody, Annette said, not only the staff, but customers as well. 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Welcoming Club Ice Cream Social

The Florence Welcoming Club will host an Ice Cream Social for adults new to Florence or just new to the group  on Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word at 1900 Second Loop Road.
Come meet new friends, enjoy some complimentary ice cream, and learn what fun activities the Florence Welcoming Club has to offer. 
Can't make it? Contact us at for more information about future events.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This week at the Clay Pot
This week at the Clay Pot:
Wed. 27th Poetry Night 7-8:30pm Café
Saturday 8/30 Open Micwith Grover Windham  7- 9pm Café
Coming up:
Wed. Sept. 3rd Story Swap with Martha & Jess 7-8:30pm Café
Fri. Sept. 5th Singer/Songwriter John Pickett 7-9pm Cafe
Sat. Sept. 6th "Top of Pot Round"  with Artists - Jayna Emily Afanador, Dawn Larsen, John Pickett, Grover Windham  7-9pm  Cafe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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